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marc_so_cal

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  1. I've always seen Styx as trying to rip off Yes and they did. Then "Come Sail Away" came out and all that synth stuff sounded like it was lifted right out of Rick Wright's keyboards. In short, I think Styx was good at emulating other bands sounds. Marc
  2. Isn't it funny how today in 2005. people now put Rush in the same catagory as Styx? BTW, I am originally from the Roseland section (South side) of Chicago, the same neighborhood that Styx comes from. Roughly 115th. & Michigan Ave. I liked a few of their songs, but have never really been a fan. I guess it probably has to do with Panozzo's drumming. I was never impressed with his drumming. All I heard growing up was how wonderful Styx was and... oh, everyone that I know from back there has some kind of relation to Styx. You know, someone that someone that knows someone who is babysitting for Denis DeYoung, etc... I got tired of all the BS. Their music to me was always hokey, especially that Mr. Roboto stuff Marc
  3. I agree! Let's get Todd in there to do it right! Todd Rundgren!!!!!!!! Marc
  4. Speaking of Punky Meadows, have any of you ever seen a movie that Frank Zappa did called "Baby Snakes" If you haven't, you MUST! They do this whole bit on Punky Meadows live on stage. It seems that Punky Meadows once came on to Frank's drummer, Terry Bozzio. On Baby Snakes they do a song called "I Promise Not To Cum In Your Mouth" where Terry sings the whole story about his relations with Punky Meadows! It's great! They even make fun of Punky's leads and the band Angel! Marc
  5. What about Hocus Pocus by Focus? They're a Dutch band! Marc
  6. Does that mean we need to but the "Tonight" package? Marc
  7. Hey! you forgot Harry Houdini (SP?) Marc
  8. I know I already posted this before, but it looks like it got buried. As we were going through security, there was a die-hard Raspberries fan behind us; he was wearing an original Raspberries concert T-shirt. He had dropped his wallet and the bone-headed bouncer/doorman/pro.thug thought this guy threw it at him and he almost didn't let the guy in because he though this fan had copped an attitude. I witnessed this and I think it was the HOB employee that had the tude problem. Who was this poor Raspberries fan behind us? I felt bad for him. It's gotta be someone from this GB. We were in a party of 3, me, my blonde wife from Helsinki Finland and my bud, Josh who's band I play drums in and do recording production work for, The Band Maloy. Marc
  9. Well the first thing I would like to clear up is my face! Oh, I forgot I don't have acne anymore. Yuk yuk! I forgot to tell Wally that there was this chick hanging around out back asking about him all night long, but she had her face on backwards! That was a joke we used to tell on stage. LOL! Hey Rodie3, thanks for all the stage mechanics info. and all the work you do. You guy's certainly pulled it off! Marc
  10. As we were going through security, there was a die-hard Raspberries fan behind us; he was wearing an original Raspberries concert T-shirt. He had dropped his wallet and the bone-headded bouncer/doorman/pro.thug thought this guy threw it at him and he almost didn't let the guy in because he though this fan had copped an attitude. I witnessed this and I think it was the HOB employee that had the tude problem. Who was this poor Raspberries fan behind us? I felt bad for him. It's gotta be someone from this GB. We were in a party of 3, me, my blonde wife from Helsinki Finland and my bud, Josh who's band I play drums in and do recording production work for, The Band Maloy. Marc
  11. Nevermind about the songlist. I just found Gene's pics and he has one of the song list! Wouldn't you know! Thanx. Marc
  12. Hey Gene! Can I please get a picture of the band? That would be totally awesome! Thanx PS: I shot a handfull of pics myself, got some good ones. Let me know if you want them. Marc
  13. I just previewed both those songs on amazon.com and I can't tell because they fade them out before the choruses. I wish the people at ec.com would post the song list already. It was one of the last songs before the 4 song encore and it was the chorus that sounded strikingly Utopian. I am a BIG TR fan and I've heard just about everything he has ever put out. I love his release from last year titled "Liars." Although I don't agree with the man's & his wife's politics... see michellerundgren.com, I enjoy the sounds of his songs. Marc
  14. Ted, I know what you're saying because I've read Eric's comments about that event with TR in the studio and sure TR stole the title from Eric, but TR's "I Saw The Light" doesn't sound anything like Eric's song of the same title. I was referring more to the Utopian sound (layered keyboards & harmonies & certain TR style chord progressions) than TR's solo sounds. Marc
  15. Raspberrywine, Socialism? What about Lefollette and his great "laboratory of democracy?" Wisconsin was the first state to implement “Initiative, Referendum & Recall†like over 100 years ago. The same stuff that we have here in California. Direct participation in democracy! Thank you Lefollette! If it wasn’t for that guy from Wisconsin, Californians wouldn’t have been able to Recall Governor (Gumby head) Davis and replace him with Arnold the TRUE Governator! I’ve got a few more for you about our goth bartender. First of all, he wasn’t goth. Here’s my description below; 1. The excessive tattoos up and down the arms. 2. The “No Fear†and “Porn Star†stickers on the rear window of the 1 ton FWD pick up truck that never actually hauls anything nor ever goes off-road. 3. PU truck has tinted windows all the way around, raised suspension and oversized wheels & tires (and the idiot still slows down for speed bumps.) 4. Oh, and let’s not forget the special $300 chrome exhaust pipe. 5. The girlfriend’s name is usually Ashley (also covered in tattoos) and they have 2 Rottweilers. They don’t even think anything’s wrong with letting their toddler(s) roll around on the floor with the Rottweilers. Then when the kid(s) gets mauled, they don’t think they did anything wrong! 6. Did I forget something? Yes, also excessive body piercing! And yes, they think rap is music. 7. Oh yes, they also think they know it all. That type of person! I think they (the Andy Warhall crowd) call this Generation X, Y or Z or something like that. Maybe even no generation. How about generation KILL? Marc
  16. Hey! I think "Money Down" ROCKS! Reminds me of R. Plant & Zep. Maybe it's on your list because it's a blues rock song and not a power pop song? Marc
  17. Does anyone know the title of that song that sounded very TR & Utopia? It's one I never heard before and I thought it was really cool. Eric was on the keyboards. Marc
  18. Also there was another thing that left a bad taste in my mouth about the HOB in Hollywood. I went to the bar (main floor) to get a beer and the bartender was telling me how much he thought the band sucked. He was a young dude and I asked him if he had any idea of who & what the Raspberries were in the history of rock. He just gave me a blank stare like I was some kind of idiot for being a fan. He didn't know. I think this is totally unprofessional of HOB employees to be behaving this way. I bet if BB King himself found out about this guy, he'd be outta there in a heartbeat! What about the rest of you out there? Were you getting the same comments and vibes from HOB employees? Am I the only one? Marc
  19. Hey everyone! Hope you all enjoyed the concert. I know we certainly did. We were fighting traffic all the way there and got there in the middle of "Tonight" BUMMER! I wish I could have been there from the beginning. LA traffic really SUCKS! Can someone tell me how much I missed? Those HOB folks I thought were a bunch of jerks. They lead us into the wrong section of the bar and then make us go all the way out and all the way around the back of the building to get in. Then they had jerky attitudes about it all. They should put a big sign in front of the building telling concert goers to go around back. Anyway, in all I was pretty happy to finally get to see & hear the band play together. Eric was excellent, the man's still got it after all these years! I didn't get to meet anyone from this GB though. I did get a chance to get up close and take some good pictures. I was in a Japanese shirt near the speakers on the right (near Wally) snapping pictures! Got some really good shots too! Marc
  20. My humble commentary: This concert is going to be great and I can’t wait. These 4 guys are the REAL rock stars! It just so happens that the record deal they had at the time (in the 70’s) was a real bum deal. Remember all those 80’s bands with no talent that were getting signed to record deals and MTV spots left and right just because of how they looked and acted in front of the camera and it wasn’t because their music? It was all about who they knew and who (PR people) they were going to gratify period. Most 80’s bands (with the exception of a few) to me were just a big yawn. The whole record industry was corrupt with payola deals that locked artists like the Raspberries out. We were being forced to digest what ever the record industry thought was best for us. Since the emergence of the internet and different music recording formats, the record industry has lost total control and I believe this is why we now have access to what WE WANT TO HEAR! Now they have a comeback and it’s on THEIR terms! Talk about poetic justice! What do you folks think? Marc
  21. His name is Michael Delvin. I think he's in Bollingbrook now. White Castles are an aquired taste. When you have them all the time, you get sick of them. I also prefer Duncan Doughnuts over Krispy Cream. I also love Duncan Doughnuts coffee. Marc
  22. Franklin Park! Wow! That's where my bass player was from. I've eaten at Giovannis too. Good pizza. Another great Chicago pizza is Mancinni's in Hegewisch. Nice super thin crust!
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