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The people who go to see the Raspberries in Atlantic City (with the exception of die-hard fans like us) are going to be totally different than any other venue the band has played. For the most part the audience is going to be made up of local gamblers and boardwalk ramblers. They're going to be between the ages of 21 and 91. They'll go to the concert because it's the only rock n roll in town that night. So what the heck does the band play? Most of the audience won't know any of the deeper cuts. Heck, they might not even be familiar with anything but GATW!! Some of the songs mentioned in the 'cover songs' thread might work. But I'm sure Eric, Wally, Jim and Dave don't want to come off sounding like an expensive cover band. Any suggestions?

Dave

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Yes. You know, the material being new to many might be a plus. Could be a risk but some will say "Wow, where did THIS come from?"

I gave a Raspberries CD to a friend (much younger) who listens to Velvet Underground etc. and thought there would be no way he would like it. Well...he did like many of the cuts very much. He was pretty impressed, so you never know.

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The Health Club I belong to has been playing Go All the Way alot lately, some of the younger memebers were talking about it so I played dumb and asked them if they know who was singing, and they told me it was some new group called The Raspberries. If they only knew...

Ron

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Hey, Ron, "playing dumb" was a "brilliant" idea! You have it exactly right: they'll do the show the exact way they've done them all, and it will be a hit.

After all, when you put "sheer genius" out there, it shines like an unextinguishable beacon and *will* be noticed. True talent can never be ignored. Add to that their inexhaustible love and zest for their music, each other and what they're doing, and people will make it their business to know "where this came from."

And Heaven only knows what celebs and rock stars may wind up in Atlantic City that night! It can only be good. No, GREAT!

smile --Darlene

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I checked out the casino concert schedule for AC on September 17th, and it appears that the competition for the band will be Tim McGraw and the Warren Brothers.

Dave, "local gamblers and boardwalk ramblers" sounds like a lyric from a Springsteen song. If you're on the boardwalk, look out for Madame Marie!

Marvin

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I don't think there's ANYTHING to be concerned about when it comes to Raspberries winning over new fans. I've SEEN it happen at the last 3 concerts, in Denver and NYC. Once the band begins playing, and the guys turn on their magic...people , whether they're familiar with all the songs or not, can't help but "feel it".. wink ) Atlantic City will be WILD !! happyhappy Marlene

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Reading Marlene's post, I think we should also subscribe to "Marlenism"! She's absolutely right. No one can resist Raspberries, once they've heard them. And Gord flew in from Canada?! Wow! Sorry I missed meeting you, Gord and Meg. I'm looking forward to meeting you in Atlantic City...

smile --Darlene

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You play the same show and don't change a thing. What else can they do... work up Danke Shoen, or Strangers in the Night? Just like if you get a small audience, you don't cut back as those are your most die hard fans, in fact, the larger the audience, the less die hard.

Play the same smoking show everywhere you go, and build the reputatiion that you never go wrong at a Raspberries show.

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I still think they need to approach the show differently. Maybe they need to tell their story, history, etc in a much deeper way. Maybe they play fewer non-hits and more covers. Maybe (and I stress 'maybe') they cover some of Eric's hits. I totally understand everyone's undying belief that the band can win an audience over with its talent. But is that enough? In tourist towns like AC people want to hear stuff they know. They want a sure bet!! $50 is a lot of money to spend to hear one or two oldies that they remember. Yes the true fans will love anything the band plays. But the bulk of the audience are going to be vacationing weekenders from Perth Amboy, Fort Washington, Trenton and Staten Island. In a sitution like this the band has to find a way to relate to the entire audience. Not just its fans.

Dave

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Steve, I agree with you completely. They shouldn't change a thing. No offense lobster, but the more people I mention the band to , the more that I find out how many people know the band, and with a little help remember the songs. Alot of people still don't know that they are back together and touring. We all need to spread the word. I was standing outside B.B. Kings on Sunday afternoon and a car pulled up and asked who was playing as there were already people standing in line. I told her The Raspberries and she was overjoyed and asked if tickets were still available. I think with the proper advertisement they will have no problem selling out in Atlantic City

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----"I think with the proper advertisement they will have no problem selling out in Atlantic City"---

That's the problem Babes. From everything I've heard HOB does a lousy job of promoting. Another problem...AC isn't near anything! The only reason you go there is to gamble. Especially in September. There is no fan base in Atlantic City. None. Zero. It's not like Ohio or NYC where fans are oozing out of the woodwork. Everyone will have to commute in.

Hey maybe I'm underestimating the popularity of this band. I hope I am! My biggest concern is keeping the band performing and recording. I just don't want them to assume that every venue can be approached the same way.

Dave

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Repeat after me: Raspberries, Raspberries, Raspberries....

Notice - nowhere above does it say Eric Carmen. Sure I love his music, too, but this is a RASPBERRIE'S concert we're talking about. Let's not forget that.

That's not to say i wouldn't enjoy hearing him do some of his songs but that's not what this is all about.

That's my story and ... you know the rest.

Ted

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I'm with Dave on this one. If you've been to AC you know that it really is in the middle of nowhere. You don't go there unless you have a reason (casino, vacation, other show etc). Speaking of which, I know one NJ singer / songwriter who will be around the Jersey shore in September - and if the cards fall properly (gambling pun unintended), he'll be at the AC show.

Marv

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