The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band The Rascals has reunited for the first time in more than 40 years for a very limited engagement on the Great White Way. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following report.
For their fans, it's like a musical miracle. The Rascals, a 1960s band with a long list of hit songs, is playing shows for the first time in more than 40 years.
The show, called "Once Upon A Dream," is taken from the name of one of their albums. There's two hours of music, multimedia, and young actors playing, as they were once known, The Young Rascals. There's also interviews with the musicians, Dino Danelli, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati, and Felix Cavaliere.
"Our fans are so passionate, they are so demonstrative, they are ferocious," says Danelli.
"People who go to see a show besides the music are getting a whole treatment," says Cavaliere.
"So much has been buried in the past. I like to think of that as fertilizer for this garden that is blooming now," Cornish says.
There's joy onstage and a lot of fun backstage too.
"You practice, practice, practice, you get to Carnegie Hall. How do you get to CBGB's? Don't practice," Cornish jokes.
"Once Upon A Dream" is a dream realized for its writer and producer, Steve Van Zandt, a lifelong Rascals fan.
"Steven was the avatar. He came in the middle. He's the referee, he wrestles the alligators, he's brilliant," Brigati says.
The same could be said for songs that sound as vibrant today as they did when first written and recorded.
"People got to be free, which is kind of a statement that I'm proud that we made," Cavaliere says.
Usually, when old groups get back together, there is maybe one or two of the original members. To see all four of the original rascals onstage together again for their fans really is like a dream.