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  1. again,your opinion on the in ear "monitors"?..after seeing you tube before "all by myself"..what are the pros and cons on YOUR opinion?..lol,chris
  2. Eric...Sometimes I know a song so well that I just listen to it and don't think past that. Today...In my ongoing mission to recruit people to the wonderfulness of the Raspberries and your solo work...I played a friend some cuts from "The Definitive Collection". While listening to "I Wanna Be With You"...my friend immediately likened the guitar intro to the piano intro of the Chiffons' "One Fine Day"...and upon further reflection I thought that indeed there was a similarity. By The Way..she loved the song. Was she right? Was there any connection between these two songs when you wrote "I Wanna Be with You"?-Ira.
  3. Eric, will you be tuning in to Att Blue Room for Acoustic Christmas? My husband wants to know. Sherry (great meeting you, thanks for the hug)
  4. Eric, Since you answered Sherberries plea for a LA concert, I am asking you for one in Pittsburgh or the surrounding area! I have been a fan of yours and the Berries for as long as I have been a Steeler fan. I never had the opportunity to see you or the Berries in a concert. When you had the 2004-05 reunion, I had not even heard of it until I became a member of the board. I think I may be the only member of this board who has never seen you perform live. I think you like it here in Pittsburgh or in the surrounding area during the summer. The weather is beautiful. It is like living in paradise. We have many great concert halls, just ask Huey, Hall & Oates, Nickelback, Chicago, Eric Burdon, Pat Methany, John Mellencamp, The Clarks, Donnie Iris. You get the hint.
  5. Eric, we all know you felt terrible about the problems at HOB, just know that your fans still had a blast and I for one was not bothered by it! I still had the time of my life! And since I started the "Please come to L.A." thread, a million THANK YOU's for coming to L.A. and thanks for the hug! Sherry
  6. Eric, On the new live Cd you start telling a story about the transistor radio and listening to your favorites groups. Someone in the audience yells out "Over Night Sensations", you pause and then simply say,"This is about that". It seems like you may have had a little more to the story till the yell out. ???? Jeff
  7. Eric...I've been reading "Phil Spector..Tearing Down The Wall Of Sound" for what seems like forever. It made me go to YouTube to peruse some Darlene Love videos and thanks to ScentLady I saw a video that was posted by Art Fein.... of Darlene Love in the 80's as she began her comeback.Art is a fixture on the L.A. scene. I thanked Art for his video and wrote him to advise him to catch you guys next week in L.A. He responded that he has photos of the Raspberries from the 70's...and that he worked at Capitol in '72 and '73 and that John Lennon remarked to him that the Raspberries reminded him of the Beatles. He wasn't sure if he can make the shows next week...BUT he is yet another fan. Do you remember Art Fein? After I wrote him I actually found him mentioned in the aforementioned Spector book as an invitee to Spector's "Invitation Only" luncheons in the early 2000's. I thought you might enjoy knowing that John spoke fondly of you. Hell I speak fondly of you to anyone who'll listen...BUT John wielded a little more influence than me even though I can be downright charming. Knock 'em dead in L.A. See you in Cleveland.-Ira.
  8. Eric, I have tried to listen to your Geffen album so many times, but I cannot get past the 80's reverb and electronic drums... I love many of the songs on that record, and feel they would have been so much more spectacular without the 80's production... As an example: American As Apple Pie ....with your 70's band, that song would have been so much more colorful, and emotional....the only saving grace on that record, is your amazing vocal performances...(as always, you never short changed your audience) and the REAL piano on the ballads. I wonder if you had, during the creative process (and after it was finished) feelings of "my songs were hacked", because of the production? Also, what did you do when a producer had different ideas as to how YOUR song should be arranged, versus what you heard in your own head? bahoo
  9. Eric, I was in the Staff Cafe at the Hospital where I work today and there was this lady enthusiastically relating her experience of her something that happened during a recent visit to USA. Yes, it was Kiwi telling another staff member about WAB and you and Jim turning up. All I can say is that after being back in New Zealand almost two and a half months her joy at meeting you has not diminished. I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for being there and making my girl so very happy. Now the question. I read an article on the board a little while ago which quoted you. I can't find the article now but in it you were quoted as saying something along the lines of..."The girls got Raspberries music but their brothers were getting Jethro Tull".. Then at a Church service I attended the preacher made reference to AQUALUNG by Jethro Tull and how much controversy it generated at the time. The part the preacher referred to was the "rewrite" of Genesis 1.."In the beginning Man created God; and in the image of Man created he Him.". I guess my question is two part. Have you ever been tempted to "jump" on the bandwagon of what seemed to be popular at the time and write lyrics/music to get exposure of your music? Have you ever written or wanted to write lyrics that reflected anything of the hypocrisy of people's religious claims?. Muzza
  10. Eric : What do you think of X-box 360 Guitar Hero? Isn't that just sampling taken to an extreme?
  11. Eric are you going to the Springsteen show tonight in Cleveland?
  12. Okay Eric, back in May I asked if there were plans to come to the House of Blues in Dallas and you said Hmmmmm Dallas would be nice in Autumn. Well it's autumn here and I'm waiting. Were you just teasing me? Of course, if you do come I will be the first one there. Seeing you AND meeting you in July 2006 was euphoric. I need another boost. Come on down. You'll have a good time.
  13. Eric...I don't know if anyone here has ever asked what you think of Peter Cetera and Crystal Bernard's version of your Bee-yoo-tiful! song. I posted the song so others could enjoy it again or if somehow they never heard this version. Thanks...See you in Cleveland and maybe on the Sunset Strip.-Ira.
  14. Eric...did you ever turn down a song that became a hit for somebody else? Did/do you get offered many songs (besides Hungry Eyes)? I would think your song writing talents may have prevented many offers, with the thinking that you mostly recorded your own songs. Sorry if this has been adressed before.
  15. Eric, can you tell us who inspired "Deanie"? Love that song...especially the bridge!
  16. Eric...I'm probably WAYY! OFF! here. Some old standards had introductory verses which are seldom heard anymore. One such song is "White Christmas." I believe Irving Berlin had moved west to be part of the burgeoning movie business when he wrote this classic that actually begins with this verse.... The sun is shining, the grass is green, The orange and palm trees sway, There's never been such a day, In Beverly Hills L.A., But it's December the 24th, And I'm longing to be up north I'm dreaming of a White Christmas Now-Here's a little of "Desperate Fools"... The sun beats down on the L.A. scene, But you can't feel the cold, When the grass is so green Now in "Desperate Fools"...the idea that the external beauty of L.A. masks a less than idyllic and moral paradise is a much more biting paradox than Berlin sets up but it is similar in it's yearning for a better place and the implication that warm and cold may not always be what we think they are. Am I really reaching Eric? Do you feel there is a common thread that you and Mr. Berlin expressed about L.A.? Did you ever happen on this original verse and muse that Mr. Berlin had his misgivings about the land of "Sun and Fun too? I'd love to hear your thoughts.-Ira.
  17. Eric: This is far from any question on music! Just curious..my family and I frequently go to Ho Wah's for dinner in Beachwood even though it is an hour drive from home. In fact, we were there this past Saturday. I know it's near you...do you ever eat there?
  18. Eric: I always felt that "She Did It" should have made the Top 10 nationally, as it did in Chicago (WLS), instead of its more moderate success at #23. Which of your songs have you hoped might have charted just a little better than what they did? (Of course I am sure "All By Myself" going to #2 would have been one of them!)
  19. GMan

    Joe Borowski

    I know this isn't a sports forum but I know Eric is an Indians fan.Joe Borowski is from my hometown of Bayonne,NJ. I know he makes you guys sweat a little but all of us from town wish him and Cleveland well against Boston!! We even went to the same high school. Eons apart of course
  20. Hi Eric. After you get settled from all the excitement from the last show, there is something I always wanted to ask. We all think about our regrets in life, and I think as we get older we look back more and reflect on them. Not dwell on them, but look back and think of what we might do differently. I think we also wonder what regrets those whom we admire and respect have. I particularly ask this because I hope I may be able to teach my children not to make the same mistakes I did. We are both roughly the same age, started families about the same time, and have children about the same age. Was wondering if you might share any of your thoughts with us. Any regrets about decisions in the music business over the years? Thank you and Thanks for all the good times. Play on.
  21. Eric,Target makes really beautiful stylized commercials...No sarcasm intended. Still...I just saw a commercial for bathroom goods where among other images...the words "Hello GoodbUy" were spelled out in toilet paper rolls while the Beatles classic tune played as the main theme of this ad campaign. I found this a little yucky. Eric...How much control do artists have in how the songs they've licensed will be used? Have you ever leased a song and had qualms with the commercials that followed? I get a real kick when songs by my favorite artists are used...but sometimes the commercials are "Things That Make You Go Huh!" I'd love to read your take on this subject and look forward to seeing you and the band on Sunday.-Ira.
  22. The last time I saw you was on your birthday and I sang you "Happy Birthday To You". The next time I see you will be on my birthday October 13 I was thinking...
  23. Hey Eric! It won't be long. Roadie #3 tells us that guitar strings will be changed this weekend and I'm sure there are a few other preparations going on right about now. We can't wait to get up there and see you and the band again. How are rehearsals going?
  24. Eric any Raspberries songs that you have never played live that you may have reconsidered to play live? I give my vote for "Cry" that song really rocks.
  25. eric,what song do u think had the strongest reaction from the fans in ALL the reunion shows? lots of love,chris
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