The Rascals Reunion show, “Once Upon a Dream,” kicked off the band’s tour at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY in December, 2012 was “dreamy.” ’Dreamy” is the term we pre-teeny boppers used in the 60′s to describe male musicians we found attractive.
In their first concerts together as a group in 40 years, Eddie Brigati (vocals), Felix Cavaliere (keyboard/vocals), Gene Cornish (guitar), and Dino Danelli (drums) were ably directed by Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band/The Sopranos, television series on HBO.) Montages of the group’s many album covers, still photographs of Eddie, Felix, Gene, and Dino’s younger selves and psychedelic special effects melded together onscreen behind the live performance.
I was able to watch Stevie, with his characteristic bandana atop his head, count tempos and segues throughout the production from my seat in the same row. The audience included plenty of Baby Boomers, but there was respectable showing of young people whose parents were giving them an historical experience.
Dino Danelli, drummer extraordinaire, at Sardi’s after their Broadway opening with his friend Brian
Note as of December 5, 2013:
Even though Eddie Brigati and other members of The Rascals announced the cancellation of the second Broadway tour in 2013 earlier last week, I’m mentioning it now, as “How Can I be Sure? I Really, really want to know…”( You may recognize the not so subtle reference to Eddie’s asking this question in the song of the same name.)
The party line is that due to Steven Van Zandt’s scheduling conflicts, which include the filming of his Netflix show, “Lillyhammer” show shot in Norway and New York City. The Rascals Tour, “Once Upon a Dream,” appeared to be gaining some traction as the four decades long separated group toured from San Francisco, Los Angeles, (The Greek Theater) Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, several venues in Florida, upstate New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, and so on. My favorite venue (where I was able to sit in the second row) this last summer, was Jones Beach, long Island. It was a perfect balmy summer night, and Eddie blew kisses at me (but mostly Brian, who is a friend of his.)
Let’s hope that somehow, these four lads can regroup and go back out on the road to bring us some more memories, new and old, of “Good Lovin’.”
Eddie joins his fellow ‘Rascals” Gene Cornish, Felix Cavaliere, and Dino Danelli on ‘The View”
On today’s (November 13, 2013) airing of “The View,” Steven Van Zandt told Whoopi Goldberg when asked about why he put the show together, said,” We have an obligation to the next generation…for this music.”
The band played their #1 US Hits, “Good Lovin,” and “Groovin.” ”People Got to Be Free,” their last #1 hit, referred to the mood in the United States during the Viet Nam era, and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
(Did you know?) The Rascals refused to play segregated concerts.
The band played other hits such as, “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and ‘How Can I be Sure.” The Rascals have consistently played their under appreciated hit, “See,” as the encore.
“Once Upon a Dream’ was the name of the first album the Rascals produced from conception as an album, rather than as a vehicle for th band’s many hits.
The Rascals will perform 17 shows at the Marquis Theater, 1535 Broadway, New York NY (212) 382-0100 form December 16, 2013 through January 5, 2014.