The Rascals Reunite Thanks To Steven Van Zandt
Who would have thought it would take Steven Van Zandt, the singer-guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, to bring the original members of the 1960's group 'The Young Rascals' back together. The story behind it dates back almost 50 years.The first live concert Steven Van Zandt attended was in 1965 and the band playing was the Young Rascals. As the story goes, Bruce Springsteen was also at the concert that night and it wasn't too long after that the two would meet and form both a partnership and friendship that has endured over the years.
Now, Van Zandt has convinced the original members of The Rascals, Felix Cavaliere, Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigatti and Gene Cornish to perform on a Broadway stage. Van Zandt call the show a "bio concert" in that it isn't exactly a musical or a concert but an event featuring live performance, video and special lighting.
Van Zandt's love of The Rascals is reflected in his comparison to other greats saying, "They're up there with the Beatles, and Stones and Byrds." He also remembers they were promoting the single "Good Lovin" when he first saw them in concert. Back then they were known as The Young Rascals later dropping the ""Young" when they stopped wearing their schoolboy outfits with the knickers.