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Perfect Night—What Was Your Favorite Moment?


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What a memorable night!! Everything was just perfect! Starting with the pre-show reception, meeting some of the board members, standing in the trenches with Karen, listening to Bahoodore harmonize with The Raspberries (by the way—where are my pics?!),and of course the ultimate concert of the year—or years -30+ to be exact!! What a way to cap off the evening by meeting Dave, Wally, Eric, and Jim--they really are a personable and professional group!! Although everything was much more than what I could ask for—I would have to say my favorite moment of the night was at the beginning—when the montage was shown—the buildup—and finally the curtain opened—what a thrill!! I will never forget it!

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Yes, the opening was fantastic! The filmed bit (by Bernie, I've heard) was great! MY personal high point was Wally's nieces shouting "We LOVE you, Uncle Wally!" after he introduced Kay and the rest of his family. Something about the fact that so many of their own family hadn't ever seem them play, and that this was a chance for the guys to show what all the fuss was about. I just got a bit choked up.

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Favorite moment ?? Hmmm....the entire night far exceeded my wildest imagination...I'll have to think about this one for a bit. The opening WAS fantastic, I didn't know Bernie put that together! The night was electric.....I don't remember the last time I had so much fun!

Marlene

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Yep, when the curtains opened, and there they were, it was like "this really IS happening this time". Eric commented something like "this is what it looks like when hell freezes over", and I just cracked up. Seeing and hearing them together again was phenomenal.

The next best moment for me was *the touch*. So many times I'd watch him play piano, and I'd just sit and daydream about such a moment, never daring to think it'd really happen one day. spin

The third best thing was going into my hotel elevator afterwards and ripping off my heels.

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What an evening! It was like a dream. I sat taking myself back to "simpler times", shedding an occasional tear. Tears of happiness. Afterwards I had the honor of spending most of the night with the band, had the pleasure of meeting Bernie, we all talked in the lobby of the Renaissance until 4 am, and met up for breakfast this morning, before parting ways. It truly was an evening of a lifetime.

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Ok...I've thought about it, and the whole night was amazing, but the most wonderful moment for me was meeting the band. (although, THEY probably wouldn't guess that..as soon as Eric looked at me and said my name, I lost all thought and reasoning.) It was just so incredible to look in their eyes and say thank you. They were exhausted, I'm sure, but very gracious, and I felt almost guilty taking their time, but what I found to be true in the very few moments of our meeting, is that Jim is wonderfully warm and friendly, Dave is SO easy to talk to and has a great smile, Wally is hilariously funny and made me laugh out loud, and Eric...(well aside from making me lose my speech,which those of you who met me know is quite a feat) is charming, witty, and ladies...when he looks at you, it WILL take your breath away. 😁 He seems to have a way of making everyone feel special. And they're all just so darned cute! Thanks to all of you, it was the best night. Marlene

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I stayed at the meet and greet only briefly. I didn't want to be greedy. It was a great thing. To be there and shoot pictures was great. Who was it... Al Chan who coined the phrase Rockumentarian? To be an observer to all of this (especially after 31 years) was wonderful.

Prozac couldn't lift my spirits more today. But, another high spot... looking forward to the DVD cranked up on surround sound!

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No favorite moment in particular because the whole night was great, but the funniest was when Eric couldn't read the settings on his guitar because the writing was so small. Then Wally puts on some glasses and walked over and read it for him, making everyone laugh. A funny, yet, touching moment.

Meeting the band was the best, but also, having front row center balcony seats with all board members sitting around us, and meeting all of you.

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My favourite moment had to be the beginning. What an amazing video show! And to hear the audience go nuts and sing along with the songs sent chills up my spine. Just when it couldn't get any better the curtain rose and they launched into "I Wanna Be With You"—I could've fainted right there (but then I would've missed the rest of the show). Man, what a night! 😁

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John, I agree, when that curtain opened and they launched into "I Wanna Be With You", I swear my heart stopped, and my goosebumps had goosebumps! The words just don't come to me, "incredible" doesn't do it justice... it was a night I never in a million years thought would actually come to fruition.

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It had to be the moment that screen started flashing the word "TONIGHT" and then retracted, and THERE THEY WERE, playing my favorite song! My heart just swelled up, I had tears in my eyes and was standing there with this smile all over my face, and when Eric sang the first "so BAD!," I just thought, "Raspberries were meant to be...because nothing that incredible can disappear after so short a time."

smile --Darlene

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"Don't Want To Say Goodbye" was a real moment for me. I never thought too much about the song until I saw them play it live. It used to feel like a heavy, durgy kind of song to me. But after hearing them play it live I've found a new love for the song. Not only did they rev up the power, they LOVED doing it. And it showed. At one point while they were playing it, Dave, Wally and Eric we're all lined up diagonally across the stage...and from my angle (on the right) I couldn't help but notice they were beaming...smiling like kids on Christmas Eve.

(I just noticed that many of my posts since Friday night mention people smiling. I guess that kinda captures how we were/are all feeling.)

Dave

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That Montage by Bernie in the beginning was really the emotional icebreaker—I think it brought everyone into the reality of what was happening. And then, when the curtain opened, and we see the "continuation" of that film montage, but 30 years later, and the film turning into the "real" guys, it was the defining moment of the evening, for me. I can't say enough good things about that montage, except, thanks !!

The whole night was so incredible. I chose to be standing in the front, rather than up in the balcony -- I felt more part of the "party". I can't believe I stood for over 3 hours straight in dress shoes, and I didn't even feel the pain until the night was over !! My wife who was with me, who was busy being a fetus when the first album was released, has become such a fan now !! (she was sort of an Eric fan anyway when we met—she just never heard of the berries)

Sadly, for me, the only event that would be anywhere as close to exciting as that night, would be a Badfinger reunion, which cannot ever happen 😔

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Music has been such an important part of my life. From being a college DJ doing local music for twenty years to Being elected President of the Cleveland Music Group for three terms. My sister was as huge a fan of the Raspberries as I was in the seventies. But she was three years older than me and didn't want her younger brother tagging along with her to a show, or anywhere for that matter! So, I never got to see them live back in the day. Knowing a lot of the infighting that went on, A reunion never seemed possible. As the video program said "I was Wrong!" Now that I have had some time to think, If the Raspberries can put aside their grievances, just maybe, there's a chance that could happen elsewhere in the world. One can only hope. Since the band acknowledged how influential the fan base is, it's time to start harping for a new original release. Im lighting the candle for a double LP!!! Thanks guys for restoring hope back into my vocabulary.

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My husband and I were seated in the balcony near the entrance to the box seats closest to the stage. Right before the show started four senior citizens and what appeared to be family members of the band were escorted to the box. I said to my husband, "I think those must be one of the Raspberries parents. Isn't it great they could attend." Not knowing who they were, I would look over from time to time and watch their reactions and expressions, trying to guess which band member they "belonged" to. They appeared to be having a great time and stood at the edge of the box railing throughout the entire show, but I still was clueless, and kept my eyes on the band most of the time. Near the end of the show when the Blues House was really rocking, one of the women exited the box and stood in the aisle very near where we were seated. She could tell I was having a fabulous time and after the last song, we made eye contact and smiled. She spoke first and said, "How did you like the show?" I told her it was fantastic!! I asked her if she was related to one of the band members and she said, "Yes, I'm Eric's mom!" I couldn't believe it!! After I caught my breath I shook her hand and told her how much Eric and the Berries music means to me and that she had raised a wonderful son! She thanked me and I said, "Oh, and thanks for giving him those music lessons at such a young age, I really think that was the key!" She smiled and said, "yes, he was so musically talented even as a toddler." or something like that! I told her how nice it was that she could be at the concert and then we said good-bye. It was a magical moment, and I can't believe my good fortune!

It was extra special to me because my mom passed away earlier this year, so it was touching for me to see Eric's parents be able to share his current success. He's very fortunate

to have them both in good health and actively attending the Berries show. What a wonderful memory for his parents. His mom sounded so proud of Eric and she should be!! When I met Bernie after the show and told him my story he said that Eric's mom has always been one of his greatest supporters and biggest fans! Isn't that fabulous!

By the way, when I met Eric I said, "Hi Eric, I just met your mom and she is so proud of you!" I'm sure he knows, but I think he was really pleased to hear it from one of his fans!

It was so wonderful to see the band's families at the meet and greet. To the Berries families: Thanks for sharing the men in your life with us! I hope you saw how much we love the band. We truly appreciate the support you have given them as they prepared and practiced for the reunion show!

A special thanks to Kay Bryson for making those terrific Raspberries gift bags! How very thoughtful and kind of you! I loved mine!

Julie Rhoads

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For the record, I couldn't have done the video montage without Ken Sharp. He and I seem to be doing everything together these days 😉 and I really value his partnership as well as his friendship!

One of our biggest thrills is when Ken and I first showed the pre-concert video to the band just before watching them rehearse for the show. We included a lot of footage that the guys had not seen in years and some it it they had never been seen. Needless to say, getting the chance to work on the video made both Ken and I immensely proud.

Still, the icing on the cake was watching it on the big scren at the House of Blues when all of you got so freaking excited and clapped and yelled your heads off SO LOUDLY and ENTHUSIASTICALLY that it literally shook my soul. When they hit that chord and started playing "I Wanna Be With You" I felt that I was in heaven. THEN the show started! Hoo boy, did I need Oxygen!!!

Bernie

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Moments:

1. The end of "I Can Remember"—sounded like the gods of pop had fulfilled their purpose. It was a true peak...

2. Wally mouthing Eric's line in "I Can Remember": "But the more things seem to change, the more they stay the same" and giving an affirmitive gesture...

3. Bernie's intro film w/ curtain rise into "I Wanna Be With You"

4. Wally singing The Choir's "When You Were With Me" and watching a lot of his family in tears of joy...

5. Marvin's incense...

6. Watching my close friends Tommy and Bob Allen (who indirectly turned me onto the band) witness it all..

7. Watching my close friend Nick Celeste witness it all for the first time (after trying 3 times in his teens).

8. Watching Nick Celeste show Eric Carmen the tix from Carnegie Hall he won from WPIX in 1973 which were unused because he couldn't get a ride into NYC... this time I supplied the ride

9. Watching Ken Sharp in the balcony witness his first Berries show with Beatlemania glow in his eyes...

10. All the extremely hard guitar parts that Wally pulled off w/ ease...

11. The rhythm section: David Smalley and Jim Bonfanti... Just playing like no time had passed...

12. Eric singing "Play On"

13. Watching Eric Carmen give Tommy Allen a big hug...

14. Watching Dennis 'the fly' Ferrante (he helped engineer their first 3 albums) hanging out with The Raspberries for the first time in over 30 years and posing for a classic photo...

15. GO ALL THE f-ing WAY!!!!!!!!! LIVE!

16. Wally's lead on "Party's Over"

17. Eric's voice on "I'm A Rocker"

18. David Smalley singing "It's Cold Outside"

19. Jim Bonfanti playing drums on "Overnight Sensation"

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Pat,

It was an honor to meet you as I have great respect for your posts here in this forum and your most eloquent writing on the subject of power pop elsewhere. I hope I'm not telling secrets out of school but I must admit that I did catch a bit of Eric complimenting you as well when he connected your face to your name at the MEET AND GREET. Good for you!!! You DESERVE it!!!

Bernie

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I think he affimratively resaid my name. It was just as dumbfounding as when I heard David Bowie walking down the hallway of his studio and saying "Pat Pierson?" as to wondering if I was there (when I did the interview).

Thanks for the kind words, Bernie. Everything you've done has been so reaffirming and top-notch.

The main thing I want to see change is the band's place in the history books. With the help of choice live gigs in LA and NYC this might happen along with a well-done career retrospective CD and maybe a live DVD. If writers can clearly and profoundly express what makes the Raspberries so unique, special and groundbreaking things can change.

The Raspberries have always had the tough task of getting close to unanimous acclaim from the rock press. And since the latest era of rock writers and historians have gravitated to the less-sentimental artists (although they, the writers, come across as sentimental) it's not gonna be easy. That's why the live show matters so much. I knew Eric had it in him, BUT I did not know it would be THAT incredible. They literally blow your mind & that's a very rare thing. And to have someone like Eric Carmen come out of the shadows to "rock" is an incredible and pleasant shock. And as a band, they still have that ineffable magic that only the rare few great transcendental bands can hang onto.

Just so you know: Some cool hip people from NJ were there including Joe Belock who writes for my mag and is a DJ on WFMU (Tuesday at Noon--the same time I'm on WRSU)... and Todd who is the guy who books the bands who plays Maxwell's in Hoboken. I was very surprised to see Todd there.

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I must admit that I always felt that "I'm A Rocker" was jsut an average song, but they nailed it on Friday night. It was one of my favorites of the evening. I was also blown away by "Ticket To Ride". I could go on and on. My buddy who was supposed to accompany me canceled out at the last minute. My wife really didn't want me to drive alone, but there was no way I was going to miss it. Boy am I glad I made the trip!

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Wow! What a night! It's real hard to pick just one favorite moment. But, for me it would be "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)" - what a thrill to hear it "Live". The whole evening was outstanding. All of the 'Berries were tremendous, and you could tell that this show was not "thrown together" in a short period of time. I understand that rehearsals had been going on for months, and it showed. Congrats to Bernie on the video intro, just loved it!

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