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  1. Pezband fans rejoice! It's official--Pezband is reuniting! Perhaps the best "power-pop" band EVER is reuniting! Original late-'70s members Mimi Betinis and Mick Rain--along with founding member John Pazdan--are currently rehearsing for some upcoming dates. Pezband's first gig will be closing the show at the International Pop Overthrow in Chicago on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 11PM. The show will be at "The Abbey" at 3420 West Grace in Chicago. Tickets are $10--and the phone number to call is: (773) 478-4408. For more information, see the Pezband site and the International Pop Overthrow (Chicago) page. If you haven't already--check out my in-depth essay about the history and legacy of Pezband: The Best Band You Never Heard Of . Footnote: I don't consider Raspberries "power-pop"--and neither would I call Pezband "power-pop"--to me, both groups transcend that limiting tag. I only use it here as a point of reference! Light, --Larry
  2. Hi all. Yeah, I've been away from posting to EC.com board as of late, but it doesn't mean I'm not reading the posts! Anyway, thanks to blackhawkpat for remembering my Pezband article. I had some strong interest from Goldmine for the piece--but I have a feeling my idea to do a full-length piece about Pezband for them was um, "appropriated"--by a person who shall go unnamed. I'll be curious to see if Goldmine does run a Pezband piece over the next few months--and to see who the writer is... Having said that, I further pitched my article to a number of music magazines--and even the major Chicago newspapers. But alas, there were no takers. Most of the editors I spoke with had never even heard of Pezband--which was a huge surprise to me. In any event, if anyone does want to read my in-depth Pezband article, which is called The Best Band You Never Heard Of--and which features quotes from my recent interviews with Mike and Mimi (Pezband's founders), as well as quotes from several pop-rock experts (such as one Mr. Bernie Hogya)--head over to my website --it's linked there . Long live Pezband! --Larry
  3. This Thanksgiving week marks the one-year anniversary of the first Raspberries reunion concert in Cleveland, Ohio. For those of us blessed enough to attend, I'm certain you recall the show and the events surrounding it--as one of your life's highlights. It certainly was in mine. I'll never forget the dizzying thrill of seeing the screen rise up after Bernie's amazing video montage—and hearing the opening chords of "I Wanna Be With You.' And there they were! The Raspberries in concert! They looked and sounded amazing! What a joy! I'd like to give my wholehearted thanks to the Raspberries for even agreeing to do that show (and all 10 shows) in the first place—they didn't have to do all the grueling work they did on those shows--after all, their lives are established now, they all have families and careers. I mean, at a certain point in life, who would want to rehearse for hours on end, go back on the road, travel thousands of miles, and be away from home and family—sleeping in hotel rooms and living out of suitcases? But they did it. And they did it for us, the fans. Thank you Eric. Thank you Wally. Thank you Dave. Thank you Jim. And thanks of course, to the Overdubs, Jennifer, Paul and Billy, and the great road crew and the sound and light people who made the Raspberries shows over-the-top professional. Sure the band was rehearsed to the quality of a burnished diamond—but so much else goes into it—we shouldn't forget that. Of course, thanks to Bernie and Ken, for the Marathon Man book. I'm certain that labor-of-love book—not to mention the years of selfless work Bernie put into the Eric Carmen.com site (and don't forget Ken's original Overnight Sensation book from a decade ago)—were critical to us fans in developing a belief consciousness that a reunion could and should happen. Which perhaps was the tipping-point for the band to finally begin to wonder the all-important question "why not?" Speaking of thanksgiving, I'm grateful for my new message board friends—Bernie and Kathy, Ken, Marv, Ted, Darlene, Annie and all the rest of you loving and caring people: it's been a delight to share the shows with all of you—as well as the daily posts documenting our love of our precious Raspberries. So, Happy Thanksgiving to all. And here's to even more Raspberries thrills, surprises and joy next year! Light, --Larry
  4. This is great news! With Ted here to pitch in with Bernie and Kathy--I'm sure the board will be a much more enjoyable read-through--free of the extraneous weirdness that's popped-up in recent months. Terrific news--congrats and thanks, Ted! --Larry
  5. Indeed--first, THANKS so much to Bernie for informing the band of our latest ticket plight--and then a BIG HUGE THANKS to all the Raspberries for looking out for us--and strong-arming TicketMaster into doing the right thing! AWESOME! Light again! --Larry (Bal C-Row I).
  6. I love that corporate crapola from that HoB ticket rep: "Keep checking to see when reserved seats will be sold." HEY--BITE ME! You think we've got nothing BETTER TO DO than slave over a hot PC for the next few weeks WAIITNG for reserved tickets to magically appear?!? I'm with Bernie--sure I'll stand--and I'll love the show--but it just IRKS and IRRITATES me that HoB and TicketMaster DON"T stick to what they promise! As Eric said so pointedly: "It's time to leave--this party's booooring..." --Larry
  7. I'm getting the same thing--nothing but GA tix on HoB.com and worse--TicketMaster doesn't have ANY tix available--stating they're on sale 9/13--which, as mentioned previously in this thread--is FOUR DAYS BEFORE THE SHOW! What a MESS! I GIVE UP!!! Thanks for nothing "House of Blahs" and "DribbleMaster"! --Larry
  8. Out of all the ridiculous DRAMAS in geting tickets for our boys (and that includes working with the assinine House of Blues online system)--this latest Ticketmaster fiasco HAS to be the most annoying and FRUSTRATING situation yet. Darkness, --Larry
  9. I'm so PISSED OFF I CANNOT TELL YOU! I could NOT get even ONE TICKET for a BALCONY SEAT! This is INSANITY! Light fading fast, --Larry
  10. Right with you Smittie (Julie R.)! Good ol' House of Blues and their ridiculous ticketing system. Same sh#@--different day... I'll be taking my chances with Ticketmaster tommorrow as well--or--if I have too, at this point, I'd rather buy from a scalper--rather than dealing with these HoB freaks. No light, --Larry
  11. Just came across this young new band called "The Click Five." Billed as "new school power pop" (ugh--there's that word again!)--the group is making a splash on MTV with a semi-snappy tune called "Just The Girl" That song has a decidedly 'Cars meets Hanson' vibe (and also sounds just like "Stacey's Mom")--all which belie the Beatle haircuts and matching suits image they're trying to push out there. Note also the black and white album cover--(hey, at least it wasn't called "Meet The Click Five"--ha!). The group's home page is OK--you can hear the full "Just The Girl" song--but their bio page at Atlantic Records is better for bio info and stuff. They have some fans from the big-time--Adam Schlessinger (Fountains of Wayne and "That Thing You Do!" writer) wrote some of the songs; Paul Stanley contributed a song; and Elliot Easton plays lead on one of the tunes; and no surprise--they're produced by Mike Denneen (Fountains of Wayne producer). Having said that--they sure could've used some help from 'our kid' Eric. Light, --Larry
  12. "There are no second acts in American lives." --F. Scott Fitzgerald Well, Eric, you certainly proved your old literary hero absolutely wrong. Because your second act began post-Raspberries with your magnificent solo work--and after that, you somehow called up the energy to re-invent yourself in the '80s, and once more in the '90s. And now, all of us are in awe by how you've done it again--this time rocking like a 20-year old in the new millennium. Thank you Eric Carmen, for being in this world. You're a national treasure, and we take such joy in your artistry. Happy birthday. Love and light, --Larry Lange
  13. Hi everyone! I just logged on as a "member" on the House of Blues website--and got this: House of Blues Atlantic City 801 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401 box office: 609.236.BLUE date: Sat, September 17 door: 8:00pm ET / show: 9:00pm ET genre: Classic Rock ages: 21 and over Member Onsale Begins: Tue, Aug 9 @ 10:00am ET Member Onsale Ends: Wed, Sep 14 @ 12:00am ET Public Onsale Begins: Sat, Aug 13 @ 10:00am ET You DO NOT get this information if you go to the HoB website withoug logging on as a "member." Additionally--absolutely NOTHING comes up for a search of "Raspberries" on Ticketmaster.com (as of now). Light, --Larry
  14. Sounds GREAT Bernie--we're all looking forward to your updates. And just to say it--thanks for all your hard work. Your labors of love have paid off for every one of us Eric Carmen and Raspberries fans--beyond our wildest imaginings! Bernie Hogya: you ROCK and you RULE! And a special thanks and a shout-out to Ken Sharp as well! Light, --Larry
  15. Hi all--I know we're all still in the throes of Rab4 heaven from this past weekend--but if you can't get enough--VH1.com has posted the full-length video for Eric's 1988 "Make Me Lose Control." Forgive me if you already know this--but since I never noticed it before on VH1.com--I thought I'd give everyone a heads-up. Bernie can probably tell us all about it (who are all the people featured--the musicians, the model, the DJ (Kid Leo), etc.). It's a very slick video--quite cinematic in fact--and the story follows the song lyric. Plus--Eric's hair is in all its '80s lion-mane glory! Go to VH1.com's Eric Carmen page and scroll down for the video. Enjoy! Light, --Larry
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