Eric Blackwood (musician)

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Eric Blackwood
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at Marillion Weekend, Port Zelande, 2013
Background information
Born (1968-07-24) July 24, 1968 (age 48)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Neo-prog, progressive rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, author, special FX technician, property technician, photographer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums
Years active 1982–present
Labels Random Disturbance Records, Wreckords Records, Racket Records, Thunder Bay Press, Baker & Taylor
Associated acts Edison's Children, Crimson Steele, Sunblister, Blackwood & Foti, Marillion

Eric Blackwood (also known as Eric Pastore) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, musician, author, photographer, webmaster, special FX technician and property technician. Eric Blackwood and Pete Trewavas of Marillion and Transatlantic, formed the band Edison's Children in 2008 and recorded the album In The Last Waking Moments..., released on November 11, 2011, by Random Disturbance Records, and distributed in Europe by Marillion's Racket Records. It spawned the U.S commercial radio Top 40 hit "A Million Miles Away (I Wish I Had A Time Machine)" on the FMQB Hot A/C Commercial Radio Charts on September 18, 2012, and remaining in the Top 40 for ten straight weeks, returning to its peak position at number 32 on October 12, 2012.[1] A 2nd Edison's Children album "The Final Breath Before November" was released in 2013 featuring Pete Trewavas and award winning drummer Henry Rogers. A third album of some new material and mixes by King Crimson's Jakko of The Final Breath... is expected in June 2015 and a full album release is expected in May 2016.

The song "At Night", penned during his previous effort Blackwood and Foti, and remixed by the band Closenuf, has received an Official Grammy Ballot Placement.[2]

As webmaster and photographer of the website,[3] Blackwood authored and photographed the top-selling book 500 Ballparks (Thunder Bay Press, Baker & Taylor)[4] with his wife, photographer Wendy Farrell. He has also performed as a special FX technician and property person / set dresser in over 45 films and television shows including Bourne Ultimatum, I Am Legend, Person of Interest, Boardwalk Empire, Men In Black 3, Smash, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Spider-Man 3, The Adjustment Bureau, and American Gangster.[5]

He also composed the soundtrack for the films Growing Down in Brooklyn and DeStressed[6] and has been an honorary member of the Marillion touring crew since 2005.