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Eric Carmen Interview Oct. 8, 2004


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While driving into work this morning I was listening to Majic 105.7 WMJI. They are sponsoring the Raspberries reunion concert and they had a live (via telephone) interview with Eric. It was a pretty good interview and lasted quite some time. Sorry, I was driving and could not take notes. However the following are some highlights of the interview.

Friday, October 8, 2004

WMJI Morning Show, Lanigan and Malone

Cleveland, Ohio

Show host was John Lanigan (J.L.)

J.L. mentioned that he had Eric Carmen on the line, that Eric was from the 70ís Cleveland group the Raspberries and that the Raspberries were doing a reunion concert at the H.O.B. on November 26th.

Eric was real upbeat, joking and friendly. Eric talked about how it has been almost 32 years since the original members have been on stage together. If a reunion show was done it had to be done well. He (Eric) did not want to do a show with just a couple of lights, etc. He (Eric) wants great stage lighting a good size stage and also a great sound system. Eric said that if people go to a concert and the sound system is bad the people do not say oh the sound system was bad, they usually say the band sounded bad and Eric wants people to only see and hear the band at itís best. He (Eric) has played other House of Blues (H.O.B.) while touring with Ringo in 2000 and feels that H.O.B. stage, lighting and sound system are among the best, and that the back stage area is also great.

Now about the reunion showÖ

J.L. mentioned how much he liked Ericís song îHungry Eyesî and Eric (laughing) said that Clayton always asks him to sing ìHungry Eyeballsî J.L. asked Eric if the show would contain any songs from his great solo career. Ericís response was that if the band members asked him to do a couple he would but he really does not want to because this is a Raspberries reunion and he (Eric) does not want to take anything away from raspberries at all. Eric said the show would be Raspberries music with a couple of surprises thrown in. (I am assuming a couple of cover songs as Raspberries have always done in past concerts). Eric and the band are also having Jennifer Lee, Paul Sidoti and Billy Sullivan (all played with Eric at the 2000 Rock Hall of Fame concert) with them to help add a fuller sound similar to the recordings. Eric is planning on this being a one show only but is open to additional tour performances if all goes well. Eric said that the H.O.B. is very interested in Raspberries performing at some of their other locations. He (Eric) is also planning on the concert to be approx. 2 hours in length and a minimum of 25 songs. (Wow!) Eric said that right now they are having fun together, practicing and that the band sounds great! (The magic is still there). Eric and the band (Wally, Dave and Jim) want people to leave the concert saying how great it (the concert) was.

Eric then talked about how he lives in the area in ----- -----, his family and also about how Touring extensively can get old, and other general items.

J.L. Thanked Eric for his time, that it was great talking to him and wished him (Eric) the best of luck. J.L. again mentioned that the reunion concert was Friday, Novenber 26, 2004, the day after Thanksgiving at the opening of the H.O.B. in Cleveland.

Get ready Cleveland!!!


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Thx. Everyone is welcome. I wished I could have remembered more and wished everyone could have heard it. I am even more pumped for the concert now! <img border="0" alt="[blech!]" title="" src="graemlins/blech.gif" /> (No blech, I just really like this face. LOL)

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I was listening earlier (had to be at work by the time Eric called). One guy wanted them to tell Eric that his original copy of the first album, the scratch and sniff Raspberry patch still worked (as does mine after 30 plus years)

They have been having a contest every morning this week and one of the prizes is two tickets to the concert. Well this morning a guy called and got the right answer but Lanigan (the DJ) accidently hung up on the guy and they gave the prize to the next caller. If this was a true fan that lost out he may drive down to the station and slap a certain DJ around! LOL!

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I don't think that Eric will get invovled with any lengthy venture if it means being away from his children. He's the only one in the band with young children, so if there is something beyond this one show, he'll probably pick and choose. I find that I do the same thing because my children are very young and I find every minute I'm away from them to be very tough.


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I would have agreed with you a few years ago, regarding not wanting to hit the road with young children but I speculate that this is different and special.

He can't be completely against it as he did hook up with Ringo. The reason this is different is it's his career, not Ringos. They have been talking about a Raspberries reunion forever, first the band didn't want it, then the promoters lost interest. If this show kills (and it will) and the promoters come calling with good venues, it's a once in a lifetime deal that will be hard to pass up.

The concert, the book, Ringo, etc... the worlds are colliding and it is time to strike. They already know this.

I'm not exactly sure how it all works, but maybe they don't even need a third party promoter, the House of Blues is so big you can stage an extended tour and never leave their family of venues.

When McCartney was trying to come back with Wings Over America in 76, he just packed the family with him on the road, no problem.

Now if Eric insists that Susan play keyboards for the band, the boys might have issues... ;-)


I'm just speculating.. it's just fun to have something to speculate about.


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Thank you Jump man for not driving off the road during the interview! Great recap!

If i was driving and all of a sudden heard Eric's voice on the radio, I'd hyperventilate, fog up the windows and listen to the rest of the interview from the side of road!



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