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The Rascals Reunited By Steven Van Zandt

Steven Van Zandt

The Rascals have been reunited by long-time fan Steven Van Zandt.

The actor and E Street Band member first saw the group back in 1965. The concert left such an impression on the musician that he helped get the original members back together for a series of shows on Broadway.

“The Rascals created music that inspired a generation – and that feeling has lived on through their original fans and the legions of new fans that have discovered their music over the years,” Van Zandt said in a recent statement.

Now that The Rascals have been reunited, the group will play a handful of shows on Broadway beginning next month. The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream will open at Richard Rodgers Theatre this April and close on May 15. Only 15 shows are currently scheduled.

In addition to seeing the band live, fans will also be treated to video reenactments, archival footage, and plenty of psychedelic lighting. Around 30 songs are expected to be performed over the course of the show.

“The musical depth is astounding when you get into it,” Van Zandt told The Associated Press. “The Rascals are something else. They’re up there with the Beatles, and Stones and Byrds. That level of musicality.”

The Rascals are comprised of singer Eddie Brigati, keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, guitarist Gene Cornish, and drummer Dino Danelli. The band is known for their songs “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “People Got to Be Free,” and “How Can I Be Sure,” among many others.

Steven Van Zandt is currently filming the second season of series Lilyhammer. The musician is expected to meet up with Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band for a tour once The Rascals show opens on Broadway.

Tickets for the upcoming performances of The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream will cost between $27 and $137. A special package featuring meet and greet can be purchased for around $300.

Are you excited that The Rascals have reunited? Are you planning to attend one of their shows later this year?

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6 Responses to “The Rascals Reunited By Steven Van Zandt”

  1. Greg Memberto

    The Rascals were and will always be my favorite group. I saw them many times in the late 60s. So much of their music has served as a soundtrack of my life. If only there was a way to see them one more time. I know the vocals would not be as sharp as before the spirit, enthusiasm and showmanship along with the great songs they performed would put the finishing touches to a love affair that began oh those many years ago.

  2. Kathi Farrell

    I have great memories of the Rascal's music. One of my all time favorite groups. I saw them in the late 60's in a gym at Springfield College! I'm going to try to go see them!

  3. Tom Peters

    So glad! Thank you Steven! Always wondered why they never re-united. Great band, great music, great memories.

  4. Larry Bernstein

    I'm in an unusual position, in that I never saw the Rascals in person but love the song "I ain't going to eat out my heart anymore" That song is never mentioned but to me it is the best of their works. Raw and hard driving. I would make it a point to watch them whenever they were on TV. The drummer Dino was one of the most entertaining drummers next to Keith Moon. Although I lived in Richmond I went to LA in 1966 to visit my 1st girlfriend and we were in Hollywood clothing store when Gene Cornish and Eddie Brigati came in and of course I had never been up close and personal with any celebrity rock stars, so I went up to Gene and said the standard stuff to people you admired. We had a nice conversation. When I told him my last name was Bernstein he told me his manager was Sid Bernstein and he wanted to know if I was related to him and I said, "I wished" because Sid was the manager to a number of rock stars. I have never forgotten that encounter to this day and I still love the early music of this group.