Eric Carmen is gracious in victory: As a member of the Sounds of Silence, the Raspberries singer was once a rival of Cleveland’s Cellmates. But he remembers them well, and he’ll join the group for its first reunion show in 20 years at the Brush High Class of 1967’s 40th anniversary reunion.
The private event will be held at the Mayfield Sandridge Country Club Saturday, July 14.
From 1965-67, the band released a 45 and played originals and soul covers. Singer Tom Consolo works with music management giant Irving Azoff, and has worked with Journey and Michael Bolton. Drummer Nick Puin leads a self-titled band and plays Cleveland regularly.
“We will all be friends for life after experiencing our band,” says Puin. “It must have made a deep impression on us, and we must have just have enjoyed each other's company by having a good time together making that music. If not, then we would not be going through all this time and effort to reunite and play at our reunion.”
Read a full bio of the band at Buckeyebeat
, an excellent resource for Ohio rock history, or visit Puin's site
. -- D.X. Ferris