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  1. That's funny, I was only half paying attention, and didn't notice that! It's great how one song can continue on forever.
  2. They also play the Blitzkreig Bop at Yankees games, and the Ramones families have been trying for years to get some royalties.
  3. A version that sounds like a duet was just on the CBS series, twice. they picked up the tune a couple lines before the drum break. Still a few minutes left, maybe more to come?
  4. Hi Darlene, and thanks, I do come by and lurk every couple weeks still, and try and keep up with the posts:) I was hoping this was an old post at first, dragged up, sad to see it's not the case. Too many of my favorite artists have self destructed too young. Eric, if you never read it, get Johnny Cash's biography Man In Black. Sobering stuff, great read. He made it thru the demons and became even stronger thru his work. That's what you need to do, start the woodshedding and write your way thru your problems and ordeal, you've never had a problem getting real and showing emotion before, maybe this past year will inspire your greatest works ever.
  5. Eric, I hadnt been here in a while and just found out about all this. First, It totally sucks to lose your dad, mine died after over a year in the hospital battling lung cancer from smoking 4 packs a day. It still hurts 10 years later, but I think about him and try to make him proud every day. Whenever I say the Lord's prayer, "our father who art in heaven" gets me everytime. It's a pain that will never end, and can't hide from it with drugs or booze. I hope that if this is the case you can find a way to make peace with his passing. Second, maybe it's time to get back to work on music seriously! Maybe spending the hours daily struggling with writing will help you occupy the empty hours. You certainly have enough things to write about. Everyone here cares about your well being, reading this thread felt like an intervention in progress. I hope you find the strength to fight this and rally to even greater heights, while I might have stirred the pot a lot in the past, this is no time to be throwing darts. My best friend's father was an alcoholic, and his kids never had a real relationship with the man until he stopped drinking, at which point he became the loving father to his already grown children, I hope you don't miss the chance with yours. If you can't kick the habit for yourself, do it for your kids. Don't worry about public opinion, it's what's inside you that counts. You are about to embark on the toughest journey of your life, and I wish you the best. If you had the strength to become a performer and suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, I know you have it in you to kick the bottle. Best Wishes, Mike
  6. I like the "special letter" she brings when applying for the job, but throws away when she gets a look at Newman & his staff! I loved this film so much I watched it twice in a week.
  7. Don't know if this was mentioned here before, but there's a great black comedy film To Die For, with Nicole Kidman, she has her hubby murdered, and at his funeral, she sets a boom box on a tombstone, and boom boom ba boom, All By Myself starts blasting out from the drum break on! Pretty funny scene!
  8. I think it's too late to escape the type casting already, she's just a commodity to her TV producers, and they are plastering her all over everything. She's stuck with it, might as well roll along until the road ends like her Achy Breaky dad did. At least she'll maybe get .10 cents on the dollar of what she's making for producers, managers & record labels. Nowadays TV contracts are written for 7 years, with minor built in pay rises, so she's basically stuck until they decide to drop her. Or she can go the Elizabeth Berkeley/ Anne Hawthorne route, and try to do risque roles, once she's 18. Didn't work for them, though.
  9. Johnny Bongiovi can thank his lucky stars his uncle Tony used to let him sweep up at the Record Plant, and record there in off hours. Of course, he never gave him any credit, nor paid him back for the thousands of hours of time or reels of tape:) He admitted in a recent interview to selling drugs until the band took off. The funny thing at a Bongiovi concert is the girls that are stuck in the 80s, with the big hair and spandex, my sister went to see them for free last year and had some great stories about the crowd afterwards! Like I said, Hannah is a disposable hero, next year this time, the only place you'll see her face is at Big Lots and the Dollar Tree. At least she was smart enough to tour during the writer strike.
  10. Hollies, on the same night, with the regular sets both bands play live, I'd choose the Raspberries too:) Seen Trick way more times, plus they have been playing almost the same show since the 70s! I wish the Berries could/would do what Trick did though, and play a multi night show, with each night featuring one LP in it's entirety & then the hits. Trick did that in the mid 90s, what a tour, songs I never expected to hear live.Starz did the same thing a couple years back, 2 nights Starzfest, and played the first 2 LPs with the original lineup, and the last 2 nights with the later era lineup. And as a bonus, they did a Stories set each night with Ian Lloyd.
  11. Hey, I'm not saying the Raspberries might not be better than those bands, I'm just saying they were bands of the time that had much more success commercially then the Berries, but they still struggle to draw, at prices substantially lower than the Berries charge. Might be fairer to compare the Berries to the NY Dolls, both majorly influential acts that broke up in the 70s without a ton of commercial success. But the Dolls get the street cred of being called "Punk godfathers" and outdraw the Berries. However, they are also committed to working full time as a band, have one recent LP, and this year recording another and also a live LP is on the way. And tickets for the current tour are $17-25. The real money in rock right now is on the European/Japanese festival circuit, and I don't think the Berries could or would subject themselves to that kind of show. Stripped down bands like Iggy or the Dolls can get away with it, but the Berries would suffer at the hands of limited soundchecks, using unfamiliar gear & short sets. I think in some ways the Berries hurt themselves by not releasing the full show DVD separately commercially, as music on DVD right now way outsells CDs. And people seeing the band would win over new fans. You can't really compare the Berries to the Stones or Macca, both have had mega millions in sales over the years, and I think Zeppelin's upcoming tour will blow away Miley Cyrus' ticket prices & sales. If/when that happens, I predict you will see $1000 tickets from the box office.
  12. Eric said it all in the other thread. We live in a youth driven culture, with a 5 minute attention span. Entertainment nowadays is driven by cel phone & ipod. Yesterday's hero? Dogmeat. Look at Britney Spears. Just 3 years ago, top of the world, ma! Today? a punchline on Leno, an episode of cops. Lindsay Lohan? Who? Hannah Montana better enjoy her year at the top, by this time next year, she's roadkill. By the time she's 18, a footnote. Remember her dad? Billy Ray What? And you expect the Me generation of the 70s, most of whom are now grandparents and struggling working 2 jobs to make ends meet to care about a band they liked 30 years ago? Contemporaries of the Raspberries, like Cheap Trick and Blue Oyster Cult, both multi platinum artists have a hard time selling a couple hundred tix, how in reality could you expect the Raspberries to fare any better? Be grateful for what you've seen, and pray for more miracles to come. The only forward motion for them is with new recordings, the best bet is to give away tracks for free to every producer in Hollywood, and light candles that they use one in a film & it catches on.
  13. Darlene, that was a beautiful post, and why I always enjoyed playing, that special feeling you can't describe when the audience & the band are all in the moment & loving each other.
  14. They could never get the kind of money they want opening for a tour, and I would think most other acts wouldn't appreciate getting blown off the stage night after night.
  15. Of course the way around that is billing... The Raspberries featuring: Eric Carmen , Wally Bryson, Dave Smalley, Jim Bonfanti
  16. JohnO, great summation, anywhere your articles can be read online? And You Tore Me Down has always been one of my favorite Groovie Grooves. The Beatles covers are their weakest point, but the Byrds & Stones were sometimes better then the originals, as Cyril said in the liner notes on Slow Death, Keith Richards said he loved their version of Jumpin Jack Flash and thought they captured the spirit of what he wanted the song to sound like better than the Stones. Another late era classic is Jumpin In The Night. I've got a number of Groovies live tapes, but man when they are playing Beatles, they are bad. Also, are you aware of any Groovies on DVD? A longtime want, to see them perform live!!!Thanks bud.
  17. Don't get me wrong Hollies65, Shake Some Action is a great song, maybe the finest of the Cyril era, the early UK sessions with Slow Death too, but Cyril led the band into a world of covers which I hated. They stopped moving forward with songwriting, and relied on poorly executed covers. UNlike the Raspberries, the Groovies sucked as a cover band:) I would recommend one CD to you,good sir, Slow Death on Norton, you will love it, it covers the later period and collects rare & demos versions of stuff, like a version of Shake Some Action recorded at Capitol records studio! I myself prefer the guts out Buddah LP, but then again, I'm a Monster, got a revved up Teenage Head! Later, taters, Happy Holidaze to all, Raspberries tour in 2008 dammit!
  18. The Groovies were a big influence to the original NY punk rock bands, hollies65. I've got Groovies covers by many of the famous NY punk acts, which influenced some of the biggest punk bands currently in the world. The Shake Some Action period you refer to is not even their best stuff, the most influential and groundbreaking Groovies would be the first 2 LPS, with Teenage Head and Texas Border. That's their punk sound, after Cyril took over they sounded like the Byrds or Beatles, and covered both in abundance. By contrast, the only NY punk act that I ever heard refer to or cover the Raspberries was the Dead Boys, and they were from Cleveland. Anyway, it's apples and oranges, both bands drew water from the same well. To get back to the main point, the editor of the Plain Dealer is trying to appeal to the broadest audience, and a multi platinum artist playing an arena is more news worthy then a band playing a theater. I know everyone here loves the band, but the media is looking to move papers, and to them, Barry>Berries.
  19. The Flamin Groovies are just as influential of a band as the Raspberries, possibly more. The Punk movement grew out of bands like the Groovies. As some others have said, go to any board for a dinosaur era band, you'll get these same arguments as to why their band is ignored. Here's why: The media makes most of it's money on youth oriented acts. Barry Manilow at a 20,000 seat arena is a bigger story than a band playing to 2,500 people, sorry to say. Even a hometown band in a reunion date. It's not their first Cleveland show in 30 years either, it's the third in 3 years. And maybe a freelancer did try to cover the show, but couldn't get in.Just be happy a band with one gold 45 record 35 years ago got ANY press. Consider this, bands like Evanescence have sold 8 million copies of one record, but they are far from a household name. Their appearance here netted 2 magazine covers, 1 interview and no post show reviews or press. Pre show press is the most important anyway, that's what sells the seats.
  20. Heh Heh!! Good One Tigg, but how does it rank them, on distance or accuracy???
  21. Austin, the 2 songs you mention were performed in 2005, not this year. And Mellie, it's well and good to throw it back on us to promote the band, well, that's their job, not ours. I have in fact tried repeatedly to promote this band. In 2005, I had 2 articles published about the band, and photo discs requested by the band were promptly sent. However, the press pass I was promised at AC HOB never materialized, causing me to leave several thousand dollars worth of camera equipment in my car and causing much anxiety the whole show. When requesting photo passes for 2007, repeated emails to the Press address and Al K directly were ignored, even though we told him we had the story placed and needed photos. No reply, so I never bothered to shoot the shows,or write the article. Mind you, in both cases, I told them I already had bought tickets, so there was no money loss to the band. I get into many shows for free every year, and gets lots of free CDs, but here is a band where I have paid for everything, but still can't get a pass. So how much more effort am I supposed to put forth?
  22. I'd pay $50 in a minute to see any incarnation of the Flamin Groovies. I've paid to see the Raspberries 5 times now, and the only real disappointment so far was the much shorter sets of 2007. I would hate to see them cut the sets any shorter by opening for an unrelated band. I've mentioned BOC here before. This past year, they toured opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Not a good match, the fans didn't show until they were mostly done, and instead of seeing them in clubs right up close for $20-35, decent tickets ranged from $75-100, for a set reduced from 15 songs to 7. I didn't see them once this year because of that. If the Raspberries do the same, I would have to skip their shows too. As I said above, the covers were not an issue to me in a 2 and 1/2 hour set, but in an hour and 1/2, they eat up too much time, especially with ABM as part of the show too.
  23. You need the smiley they have on the BOC board where the smiley is stirring the pot:) It's a message board, I don't think anyone is arguing, just putting out our opinions, which I believe is what the board is here for, no? Go to any board from a similar dinosaur era type band, and you'll see the same posts, the same arguments about set lists, length, tightness of trousers, etc. Nobody needs to get their feathers ruffled, just trying to get different views expressed. But to stir the pot some more, I had nothing against covers, until the set was cut from 2:20 down to 1:30, now every cover is one less song I love and can hear nowhere else. I understand they have always done covers, but this reunion wouldn't have meant so much had they stayed a cover band, right? I think Eric et al need to review what brought them to the table, I can remember in another post he answered that only a few of their songs were hits or known by the audience. To this I'd say, look down at the crowd, and see how many people are singing along with the most obscure tunes in your repertoire. If you can't win them over with those songs, then they don't deserve to be at your show in the first place, Mr Carmen!!! LC, if the Raspberries do a show near Monroeville, they need to save it until the Zombie walk on Halloween at the mall where they filmed Day Of The Dead!!
  24. Not saying I hate all covers, in fact, I love Needles and Pins, that is the Ramones version:) I like it when a band owns a song and makes it their own, like the Raspberries did on Locomotion. But for a band with as deep a catalog and recently shortened set lists to pass over their own material in favor of note perfect renditions of covers is not the way to go, IMHO. I can go see Beatlemania if I want to see Beatles covers, I'd much rather hear anything by the Raspberries. My friend that came to AC with us is a big Who fan, so in theory he should have loved their probably better than the current Who's rendition of I Can't Explain, but it was just the reverse, and he thought it made the whole show cheesy to do so many covers. If they paid in to see the Raspberries, then give them that. If they can't appreciate the musicianship and quality of your shows & original songs, well screw 'em!!!!
  25. I dragged a friend to the AC HOB show, and he loved most of the show, but said he didn't think he'd see them again, because they did too many covers. Now that they've decided to only play 90 minutes, the covers are more of a drag to me, with them cutting songs already. I missed Dave singing some of his stuff, and still waiting to hear I Saw The Light & Starting Over. To say nothing of Cruisin Music, On The Beach, Rock & Roll Mama, etc.
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