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Newsletter 12-22-07

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   Welcome to the mid-December edition of the Orleans Newsletter. Especially during
   this season of joyous celebrations, we are most grateful for your being here!

   Topics covered in this E-zine:

   1. Season's Greetings!
   2. Holiday Gifts for YOU!
       (with a bonus :-)

   4. DVD/CD Holidays Specials 
       & Tee-Shirts+ Blowout Sale!
   5. Cool Links
   6. RPM @ Kennedy Space Center

 from all of the Orleans ground crew!

    All of us here at Orleans Central wish to express our deep appreciation and gratitude for your support of  over the years ... especially those of you who take the time to read this newsletter, stay abreast of what's happening in our world, and make it a part of YOUR world. If not for YOU, we would not be here .. period!    

    Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukah / Happy Kwaansa / fill-in-the-blank :-) holidays season to ALL of our friends around the world!

            We love YOU!


Christmas at the
Hoppen household, 1960

Lane (age 4), Lance (age 6) and Larry (age 9) demonstrate, even at this early age, where their interwoven paths would lead them. Now, all in their 50s, the brothers continue to spread their musical message (just not in their bathrobes :-)

To see just where time has taken them to this particular Christmas Season,
click this link.

Wishing you and yours a Peaceful and Joyous Holiday Season
and the most Prosperous of New Years!

2. Holiday Gifts for YOU!

As I've mentioned in previous emails, we've been readying a SUPER SPECIAL FREEBIE GIFT for all of YOU! We dug down deep to find some of the very oldest and historically interesting audio we could come up with ... and WE FOUND IT! Then, we paired that with the very latest in Video interview commentary.

Together, we feel that this
Audio/Video Gift Package for our VIF (Very Important Fan) ListMembers (that's YOU) will brighten any fan's Holidays.

We're ready and eager to send this to you! All we ask of you is just ONE thing ...

What is
Living Legends Music" ...
and what does it have to do with the

Holiday Gift Package

awaiting all RESUBSCRIBED 
VIF (Very Important Fan) ListMembers?

3. TIME TO RESUBSCRIBE! (with a Bonus :-)

It's almost time to say goodbye to our good friends at EMMA (the email service you get this newsletter from) in favor of something called "AWeber". That means I must ask you to RESUBSCRIBE to the Orleans VIF (Very Important Fan) emailing list.

The way email and SPAM is these days, it is a requirement that YOU - your very self - add yourself to our mailing list and also CONFIRM that it was you who did it when asked. I know, I know ... but it's either that or it's bye-bye time between us!

Now, we know you're busy, but this is quick, easy and painless. Only takes 60 seconds and a few clicks.

And we have this SUPER SPECIAL FREEBIE GIFT ... about an hour of some of the oldest and newest Audio & Video we have  ... ready and waiting to send to you.

What's the catch? You have to STILL be on the list (the NEW AWeber list) when we send the Gift to you.

So, please
RESUBSCRIBE NOW ... because the very next mailing will be this bonus and it will ONLY reach those who have resubscribed. OK?

 "We're Still Havin' Fun"

4. DVD/CD & T-Shirts+ *** Holidays Specials ***

Just a quick reminder that, for a limited time, there are Holidays Specials running on The "We're Still Havin' Fun" DVD.
 In the Spirit of the Holidays, we are giving away FREE CDs and discounts when you order the DVD.

Get a FREE "Still the One: Live" CD (includes the Christmas ballad "New Star Shining") with every order ... AND get a discount when you purchase a "We're Still Havin' Fun" DVD/CD combo set!

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Also, the T-Shirts+ Blowout Sale! will be continuing through the end of the year. This is your big chance to get Orleans Logowear at rock-bottom prices. Charlie Morgan and friend all comfy and snuggled up, awaiting the arrival of Santa --- who, it is rumoured, may be bringing some special sleepwear from the Blowout Sale!

photo by Cheryl Eckler

     5. Cool Links!

Kids and Guitars ---

YIKES! ---
6-year old plays Andy 
McKee cover
 (and the original from 
Andy himself --- great stuff!)

Double YIKES! ---There seems to be a
debate as to whether or not

this kid is actually playing this (?)
What do YOU think?

"I Choose Love" video by Shawn Gallaway

Straight No Chaser -12 Days of XMas

Doo Wop Christmas Song

Over the Top Xmas Lights/Music Display

   If YOU have a Cool Link to share, please send it to orleans_online@yahoo.com 

     6. December Gigs?

On Saturday, Dec 1st, RPM with David Pack (Ambrosia), Rick Derringer, and Jimi Jamison played at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral, FL in "The 
Rocket Garden"!


For pictures and story, click here.

Prime touring season for 2007 is over, but  gigs do tend to pop upfrom nowhere.
Please check the
Tour Dates page
periodically for details & updates about live shows.


     As for me --- 

     Just like Santa's elves, the Gift creations continue here, as at the North Pole.
     And just like Santa, my work is not done until the Gifts are delivered to YOU!

     Please remember to resubscribe. You're in for a treat!

      Here's wishing you and yours the Happiest Holidays Season ever!


   Best wishes for wherever your path may lead you,

   Lance Hoppen
      (on behalf of all of Orleans)
PS --- please forward the newsletter to ALL of your friends, so they may choose to sign up and receive "the good stuff", too! (see the one-click function at the top of the email)

     Hope you're enjoying the new web stuff at least half as much as I am creating it. Feedback is always welcome at


Somehow missed the Signup Bonus Free Downloads? Grab them
Missed the more recent Special Perk FREE Downloads? Grab them by going
If you're new around here, you can catch up by visiting the links found on our
Home page.

PBS began airing "My Music: The 70s Experience" the first weekend of August! 
check your local listings) (for the rest of the story, click here)

CDs Available Online:

"We're Still Havin' Fun" (SONY/BMG)
A collection of 10 audio tracks from the DVD of the same name. BONUS! 
e offer you an EXCLUSIVE, SIGNED, POSTER with every SONY CD! 
   ... which you can ONLY get through us.

"Live - Volume 1": ("Greatest Hits" Live), "Dancin' in the Moonlight"  (latest studio cuts), 
"Still the One: Live" (30 years of tapes from our personal vaults) --- ALL available at

OrleansOnline Digital Download Store is now open!

"Mall Cop": If you haven't yet seen or heard Fly's offbeat comedic blues tune yet, you can now --- released in TWO video versions on YouTube, with the full-length feature on the DVD.

Wolfgang's Vault is arguably the web's BEST source for Rock 'n 'Roll memorabilia. One of their specialties is the remastering of "vintage live concerts". We are VERY pleased and proud to announce that
Wolfgang's Vault has just released a live show of ours from 1977.

Analog Men and Ride Downloads!

Two long-lost albums ... "Analog Men"  (1994) and "Ride" (1996) ... are now available as mp3 downloads! These two CDs are out of print and difficult to find anywhere at any price ... but we're making these hidden gems available to YOU at special discount pricing! Listen to samples of TWENTY tracks known only to the most serious diehard fans ... checkout the R&B-style REMAKE of "Dance With Me" ...  then add these cuts to your collection!