NEWS FLASH April 24, 2010: The Rascals Reunite For One Performance Together On Stage At Last!!
Click image below to experience the event!
Other than the night The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, all 4 of The Rascals have not played together since 1970. But April 24 2010, that changed! In the press just 2 days before the event: "I speak on behalf of the band when I say all the money offers in the world could not entice The Rascals to reunite," guitarist Gene Cornish said in a statement. "But four phone calls from Stevie Van Zandt and without hesitation we enthusiastically and immediately agreed to both support this wonderful cause [The Kristen Ann Carr Sarcoma Fund] and honor Stevie and [his wife] Maureen."
We were at the Tribeca Grill in New York for this historical rock and roll event and we have video and audio from the show that we recorded, so stay tuned for clips coming soon! Others musicians were Paul Shaffer (playing keyboards onstage), Bruce Springsteen (The Rascals jammed with Bruce on stage), and Mark Prentice played bass. Eddie's wife Susan Lovell sang backup along with Eddie's brother David Brigati. Other celebs in attendance were Bill Murray, Whoopie Goldberg and Tribeca owner Robert DeNiro among many others. The room was packed beyond capacity and the show was electrifying!! Great job guys!!
Hello and welcome to my Young Rascals Appreciation Site and message board. The Rascals were the BEST 1960's Rock & Roll group (and early 70's, and I know I am not alone in my opinion. Today they are members of the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! The people who made up the band were: Felix Cavaliere (vocals, Hammond B3/keyboards), Eddie Brigati (vocals and percussion), Gene Cornish (guitar and vocals) Dino Danelli (drummer extraordinaire) and Eddie's brother David Brigati (background vocals). David was an original member of Joey Dee & The Starliters and also did vocals for Jackie Lomax, Danny O'Keefe, Steve Goodman, Gordon Haskell, and The Average White Band in the 70's.
There was a magical blending of Felix, Eddie, Gene and David's voices which is what created an important part of the Rascals "sound", along with that wonderful Hammond B3 that Felix played with abandon. The Rascals did not have a bass player, so Felix played the bass parts on the pedals of the Hammond, keeping his hands, feet and mouth pretty busy (ok, so sometimes the mouth didn't keep up, but hey, that just endeared Felix to us all the more :-)! Dino was just as busy, wowing the crowd by twirling his drumsticks so fast during slight pauses in the music you could hardly see them! This was one of his trademarks, along with his very tight, ultra-precise drumming. He is considered to be one of the all time great drummers, a natural born "virtuoso" if you will. Gene played funky rhythms on his big old Gibson up front, as well as playing harmonica and doing vocals on some songs as well. They were awesome in their live shows - just ask anybody who ever saw them perform in the 60's - their shows were not easily forgotten!
Even though I was only 7 and 8 years old when The Rascals were at their peak, I will never forget the sound of Felix's voice singing "A Beautiful Morning" as I sat out on our back porch in the early morning while the birds sang in our Willow tree, eating breakfast at the picnic table, or as I lay on the dock up at our island summer home with radio in hand (an island is pretty boring to an 8 year old, so the radio was my salvation!) The Canadian airwaves didn't carry much "cool" music, but I always managed to find a way to tune in WKBW, our local Buffalo station from home who played the Rascals music happily for us (Thanks KB!)
Groovin' with my mom's transistor in July '68,
I was 8 here
Our porch where I used to
always hear The Rascals
breezing over the KB
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