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Eric Bazilian: “My Life as a Song”
November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
RealArts Faculty Director Anthony DeCurtis will interview Bazilian (C’75) about his work as a founding member of the band the Hooters, and talk to him about his songwriting, including hits for Joan Osborne (“One of Us”), the Scorpions (“The Best Is Yet To Come”) and Robbie Williams (“Old Before I Die”). Bazilian will also perform some of his songs.
The son of a classical pianist and a psychiatrist, Eric Bazilian first saw the light on February 9, 1964, when the Beatles played on The Ed Sullivan Show. The next day he formed his first band, The Limestones, with whom he performed on Philadelphia’s ‘The Gene London Show’. Throughout the 60s and 70s he was inspired by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Jeff Beck, The Rolling Stones, Fairport Convention, The Strawbs, Traffic, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and less lauded but equally powerful influences such as Autosalvage and Quicksilver Messenger Service.
At 16 he started writing songs for his first band, Evil Seed. He got hooked on performing as his band played at “Be-ins” at Belmont Plateau, in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. By the mid 70’s, while studying Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, Eric met his musical soul mates and closest friends, Rob Hyman and Rick Chertoff, with whom he created a creative unit which remains strong to this day.
Eric and Rob’s most notable early collaboration founded The Hooters in 1980. Nervous Night, The Hooters’ debut, sold more than 2 million copies and included Billboard Top 40 hits such as “Day By Day,” “And We Danced” and “Where Do The Children Go.” After creating 6 well-received albums, The Hooters achieved superstar status throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. As a result, The Hooters were asked to open 3 of the most important musical events of the century, Live-Aid Concert, 1985 in Philadelphia, Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium in 1986, and Roger Waters’ extravaganza at The Wall in Berlin in 1990.
Since then, Eric has become recognized internationally as a gifted songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. Eric wore all those hats while involved with Joan Osborne’s debut project. “Relish” was nominated for 6 Grammy Awards in 1996 including Song Of The Year for the #3 Billboard smash hit “One Of Us,” which Eric is proud to have written.
Eric has crafted hits for artists such as Billie Meyers (“Kiss The Rain”), Robbie Williams (“Old Before I Die”), Ricky Martin (“Private Emotion” and “Lo Mejor Di Mi Vida Eres Tu), The Scorpions (“The Best Is Yet To Come”), and many others.
In 2000, Eric released his debut solo album “The Optimist”; “A Very Dull Boy,” his sophomore effort, followed in May 2002.
In 2012 Eric released “What Shall Become Of The Baby,” an album with long-term collaborator Mats Wester in Sweden. Since then he has been writing with and producing numerous artists in many musical styles, both at his studio in Pennsylvania and in Stockholm, Sweden.
Eric continues to tour extensively with The Hooters, as well as performing selected solo shows and special event tours such as Rock Meets Classic in Germany (2013 & 2018) as well as Night Of The Proms in 2019. He also enjoys sharing his experience and perspective at workshops.
Eric is currently riding out the pandemic in Stockholm, while working with artists such as Alexxis And The Medicine in Philadelphia, and Manu in Slovenia. He will be releasing his first solo album in eighteen years later this summer.