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I have to confess here, I missed both opening acts. I was not that hot on seeing them anyway, and my tickets were at will call and my cousin was late getting off his job and couldn't come in until about 8 anyway, so we waited for him. Had dinner at the Hard Rock in Tower City with my sisters beforehand--despite the fact that I actually work in the complex, I had never eaten at the Hard Rock before. It's funny--the guy at the merchandise counter asks us "Where are you from?" and we say "Here..." Anyway, it was fun to eat at the restaurant where Wally's gold 45 for GATW hangs on the wall.

Sounds as if I might have enjoyed the opening acts a bit had I seen them, but while we waited for my cousin we went to the Riverside Cafe and had drinks. The raspberry mojitos were heavenly. Also saw a local celebrity in there, Daffy Dan the T-shirt man. I still have the can I got one of his T-shirts in 25 years ago. And he looks exactly like every cartoon I've ever seen in any of his ads.

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The sound man who mixed the Scene Pavillion show was brought in at the last minute when the band's regular sound man took ill. Needless to say, this introduced a whole host of potential pitfalls that needed to be overcome throughout the show! Thankfully the band rose to the challenge and made up for the limitations with an extra dose of PASSION. And a GREAT show was what we all got in the process :-)

Bernie

PS: The band also needed to employ a first-timer on lights. That's why the lights got a little "unusual" half-way through the band's set :-)

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Beware, for the NY show I'm hijacking the light person and introducing them to my light meter. I'd love to have appropriate light on each Berrie and Dub... and maybe enough front light to avoid harsh shadows and "racoon eyes". Good light is a beautiful thing. The person who did light at the June show with Paul Sidoti (and the guest shot by Raspberries) and Deana Carter did a GREAT job. The shot I have of Deana shows what nice light will do.

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Thanks Bernie for the insight into the sound / light problems. I had a feeling that had something to do with the glitches in the show. Also wondered why Wally looked like he was in the dark for most of the show, it could have also been his cap blocking the lighting on his face. A substitute sound and lighting person helps to explain the situation. I have to honestly say I was a bit disappointed in this venue. The floor seats were chairs placed incredibly tight and without numbers, it made it impossible to find your seat and everyone in our row had to move several times, because we accidentally sat in the wrong seat, due to the lack of numbers. However I did enjoy being able to sit down and have a reserved seat. This is one of the reasons I chose the Cleveland show over NYC. The sound did improve as the show progressed and the last 4-5 numbers finally sounded like the Raspberries I saw in Nov. and Chicago! I guess Chicago was just a magical night and not all shows come off as flawlessly. I'm so glad I was there to witness it.

On the upside, it was great to see everyone from the board. My husband Dave and I met up with Barb and had dinner at the Powerhouse. We then met up with JasonOrlando, Cozmik and Karl from the Raspberries board and his wife before we entered the Scene. Barb, Dave and I sat right behind Julia from London and her hubby. Thanks so much for the use of your fan, Julia, it was a lifesaver!! Very kind of you. Met up with Bernie, Kazumi, Ken Sharp, Darlene and Herman, Gina and Anthony, and saw the purple hat guy too! Thanks Gina for the bubbles!! Bubbles from such a bubbly girl and raspberrry scented ones too! They were fun! Was great to meet Matt Clark from the board also. Hope he enjoyed his first Raspberries show. Must have sweated out everything I drank Friday night. The humidity made me feel like I was melting in my seat-unbelievably sticky and warm!

Was really surprised by how much I enjoyed The Knack's set. Would like to see them perform again sometime. They would have been a perfect opening band for Chicago. I hope the 'berries keep them in mind as a future opening act. They were a real fun blast from the past and sounded great.

Overall, I came away happy, but a little disappointed comparing this show with Nov./Cleveland and Chicago. Hope the band can work out the kinks and get everything back on track for NYC. Still love Raspberries and enjoyed being in Cleveland for the weekend!

On Sat. we met up with Barb again, this time at Jacobs field and had fun seeing the Indians play Chicago, despite the rain!! Another hot and humid day. Impressive stadium!

Topped off Saturday night at the HOB listening to Paul Sidoti and Tequila Sunrise. Really enjoyed this show! If you missed this band, be sure to catch them next time, you won't be disappointed. Paul is such a versatile performer. Just love watching him smile and interact with the crowd. Enjoyed seeing Raspberries roadies helping out Tequila Sunrise with their show too! A busy weekend for all!

Arrived home safe and tired and my wallet feels a bit lighter, but overall an enjoyable trip. smile

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My main disapointment is they cut Mr. Postman from the cover set. I have always loved the way the Berries do Beatle covers and if they were doing a show of nothing but covers I would attended. (and yes I love their original material as well)

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I just got back from my trip and I wanted to share my thoughts before reading everyone else's.

I thought that the performance was outstanding! MUCH better than the first show in Cleveland. Eric was in top form, hitting the high notes like the old days. Most notable highlights: Let's Pretend was so smooth and rich with harmonies - the best version of Let's Pretend I've heard. I Can Remember was again performed brilliantly. Eric's vocals at the end of If You Change Your Mind were great - difficult to sing, and he did it. Wally, Dave, and Jim played with passion. Dave's Making It Easy was his best song. Wally was terrific on The Party's Over. Jim was flawless the whole night, but shined especially on Tonight and Ecstacy. Billy, Paul, and Jennifer looked like they were having fun, too. I wish they had also played: Starting Over, Cruisin' Music, On The Beach, and All Through The Night.

It was great to see Darlene, Herman, and Gina again - sorry I missed the rest of you. The bubbles were fun, Gina, although one fuddy-duddy guy sitting behing me asked if we could blow them in another direction!

Of some concern: The place wasn't sold out! I don't know why...I had a GREAT time!

Steveh

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After reading the other posts...I wholeheartedly agree that I Don't Know What I Want was unbelievable - unbelievable that it was not The Who singing. And...about the sound quality...maybe I'm just easy to please - I was just happy to be there and yeah, I'm sure if the sound guy did a better job it would've sounded better, but I still thought the band rocked!

Steveh

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Kazumi, I saw you!! (on stage at least) Oh well, I really did not show up and take a seat much before the band went on. I was in the sixth row (F) in the middle of the floor. The sisters I had with me were first in the row on the left, then my cousin and then me.. I had empty seats beside me but just a while before they started playing a couple of elderly folks were let into my row and the gentleman sat right next to me. My sisters told me that they had overheard that these were the parents of Dave's girl Kim. I had to smile a bit, because the mister was definitely an example of "the sacrifices we make for our kids!" in action. He wore earplugs (no doubt to make the sound level more tolerable)!

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We arrived at the waterfront as the Stone Pony Band was beginning. They did a great job and we thought, "What a great venue!" The Knack was terrific! Doug Fieger is quite an actor! What a great band to open for the Berries--what a sound! Thoroughly enjoyed their performance and they got a great reception in Cleveland! Gina brought about 100 bottles of raspberry scented bubbles, and we had fun throwing them to members of the crowd before the Berries concert.

As night fell and Raspberries took the stage, I knew it was gonna be another homerun. They hit it "out of the park!" When I heard the beginning of "Ticket To Ride," all I could think of was, "Ah! Just like Carnegie Hall!" And our "RAB 4" were at the top of their game all night. As with any outdoor venue, I knew the sound was going to be less than perfect, and one can't compare the sound in any outdoor venue to that of an indoor one, BUT, that said, all things considered, the sound was fine. No sound or technical problems could have detracted from the STELLAR performance put on by the Berries, assisted by Overdubs. When the four came out alone, I couldn't even breathe! They transported me back in time more than 30 years ago to "the old days." I had tears in my eyes. Their Beatles covers were amazing, as they've been since Raspberries started. Trindy and those who wrote before described it all beautifully. For me, there is something cosmically special about seeing Raspberries perform in Cleveland, and seeing and hearing them against the backdrop of the Cuyahoga River and the dramatic Cleveland skyline was pure magic. The fireworks (and Eric exclaiming, "The Indians won!") and the lights of the Nautica Queen sailing by, its occupants waving as they heard the music, was just "Cleveland perfect." The best magic was going on onstage, as previously described by Trindy and friends. I was especially moved when I heard Dave say how glad he was to see old friends from Cleveland and perform for them. I was sitting on the aisle in section 3, about 8 rows back, and we heard some Clevelanders who were discussing how they had gone to see Raspberries at The Agora. They just kept saying over and over that the guys are better NOW than they were THEN. One guy said he just can't imagine how Eric can hit all the high notes! People all around were saying that Raspberries just keeps getting better and better with every show. And it does! Congratulations, Eric, Wally, Dave and Jim! You truly were, are and always WILL be stars in the Cleveland sky! And soon you'll once again have your "name in lights" in New York.

And *I* can't wait till New York, either! Clubs such as The Bottom Line and others are no longer there. Being able to go into a New York club and see the air electrified with Raspberries magic once again will be indescribable for me! Having seen Raspberries in New York, I can tell you that their return will truly be an *historic* event. So, EVERYBODY--GO!!! Hop on a plane, train, boat or bus, because if you don't, you'll be sorry...

smile --Darlene

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Between this site and the Raspberries site, there seems to be some resentment that anyone would comment on the inadequate sound manangement at the show (and lighting too for that matter).

The worst thing we, as dedicated fans, can do is to ignore these issues. The band needs to know (remember, Wally asked about the sound Friday during the show)about such matters so they can fix them.

The Raspberries as artists are, to me, absolutely FLAWLESS. When they get the sound and lighting back up to previous standard, then the entire package will be unbeatable.

I'm looking forward to the 2 New York shows with more anticipation even than for the first reunion show. In a way I am glad they have not played many more venues, because I would be out of vacation time and low on funds!! I just hope we see some form of continuation after New York. But....if not....thank you Eric, Wally, Dave, and Jim for bringing back some wonderful memories and making 2005 a year I will never forget.

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I was at Cleveland Friday afternoon at 4:35. I took pictures around the Scene Pavillion around at 5:00 (sorry, NO pictures during the concerts) mad . Too bad there was NO second encore including "Drivin' Around"/"Cruisin' Music" (medley) missing from that concert. I was upset that there was NO autograph singing after the show was over. angry because I wanted to get a picture of me & Jim Bonfanti. I would like to thank Bernie (bring the Raspberries to the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan or Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan come Summer 2006) wink , Gina & Anthony, Darlene & Herman as well as Jesse Bryson for all their support. When I was at the Hampton Inn, I forgot to set my alarm clock at 8:30 but I got up around 10:20 mad . I said "Oh man, I got to get going". I got off the motel when I was staying at 11:10 & at 11:30, I went to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum. First off, I took pictures of the ships at Lake Erie, The Cleveland Browns NFL Football stadium & the Great Lakes Science Centre. Then at 12:15, I was in the Museum (sorry, NO cameras allowed at the place) mad I only took a picture of the late Roy Orbison 1967 Corvette & that was it. I looked around but I took too much time. Then it was 3:35 in the afternoon & I left the Rock Hall & it just began to rain hard. Then I went to the Hard Rock Cafe to take pictures down there & Gina & Anthony were there because Gina had her cell phone & I talked to my mother & she was worried about me. I told her that I will be home at around 11:00 or 12 midnight. Then I had a cheeseburger, french fry & a chocolate shake (the best tastin' shake that I ever had). It was 4:45 in the afternoon when I got back to the car & I had to leave the city of Cleveland for good so I was on my way back home but first, I went to Sandusky, Ohio (to take the last 9 pictures) to the Sandusky Mall (at 6:45) & finished up the camera but I decided NOT to take the drive to Toledo, Ohio because the mall was about to close at 9:00 instead I got the pictures developed Sunday afternoon at Midland, Michigan at the mall near my home. That was the end of my trip which I came home around 11:25 last night & called my mom, my brother as well as Gina (Hungry Eyes). It took me 306 miles from Sanford, Michigan (where I live) to Cleveland (there & back) & $ 42 for gas. I will never forget about that Friday night!!! smile Matt

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Art, Great point. *Because* the guys are consummate artists, they want their sound and lighting to be as perfect as possible. When problems occur they DO want to know, and they are usually aware of a problem within a microsecond. (I don't know if Wally's question Friday night was practical or rhetorical). In the best of venues, things can go wrong, and despite artists' best efforts and most intense preparation, problems that arise with the sound systems and/or sound staff at some venues often cannot be foreseen. The guys know what they must have and, fortunately, THEIR sound staff is the best in the business, so if they experience problems at some venues, they can prevent them the next time. The road crew was AMAZING Friday night. They were right there, as always. Thanks, guys--nobody does it better!

smile --Darlene

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Hey Trindy,

Sorry I missed you. I was at the Indians game as well. Did you make it through the whole game. I got soaked to the skin but I waited out the rain delay and watched the 9th. The Indians at least didn't go down easy at the end!

Regarding the sound, I have to agree with everyone. I think it was a combination of the venue and the mix. Both the Chicago HoB and last November's HoB's shows sounded a lot better.

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Just wanted to let you all in on a few things.... Being an employee of blossom music center( also a HOB venue) I asked around and found out that it wasn't all the new sound guys fault. I was told by fellow employees that there is always sound problems at the Scene Pavillion. I personally was back at the light board and the girl who was working it kept telling me " I can't do that" everytime i tried to get Wally out of the shadows, and also she totally screwed up the lighting we had planned for overnight sensation and a few other songs, I hope we can get it all worked out for the NYC show.

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Art,

No resentment over the sound discussion here. Don't worry about the band -- they are WELL AWARE of what is happening on stage! The inadequate sound was "topic A" before, during and after the show. Technical issues aside, there were some outstanding moments Friday night, not the least of which were the TIGHTEST versions of "Tonight," "Ecstasy," "I Don't Know What I Want" and "Go All The Way!" And seeing all FOUR guys alone on stage for the encore? Priceless!

Bernie

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I stand corrected...it was NOT 1975 I saw the band in Minneapolis, but probably 1973... I moved to Minneapolis in 1971...moved back to Kent in summer of 1974. It was a hall type of venue, but not that big; spoke with Eric & Wally backstage; I believe Dave & Jim were still in the band then...a long time ago!!

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Thanks for all of the great posts about the Cleveland show. I can't wait for NYC this weekend. I'm obviously in the minority here, but I'd prefer they skip the covers and do a few more Raspberries songs. I'd much rather hear them do "I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine" or "All Through the Night" or "Don't Wanna Say Goodbye" instead of a cover of an old Beatles' song.

I'm glad to hear everyone liked the Knack. They are sadly under-rated. Their CD "ZOOM" (since re-released as Re-Zoom) is great.

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