Steven Van Zandt Calling On Fans To Finance Rascals Reunion Show
Steven Van Zandt is calling on fans to help contribute funds for a multimedia concert tour staring the reunited Rascals. Despite years of inner-band conflict, the Rascals will reunite for new recordings and live dates, with the first shows announced for December. All four founding members of the Hall of Fame group -- keyboardist and vocalist Felix Cavaliere, vocalist Eddie Brigati, guitarist Gene Cornish, and drummer Dino Danelli -- will perform on December 13th, 14th, and 15th at Port Chester New York's Capitol Theatre. Van Zandt has made the band's enduring legacy his personal mission and is calling on the Rascals' legion of fans to help him.
He posted a plea to fans on Kickstarter.com (http://tinyurl.com/c5zf5jr) to help fund the production:
"To do justice to the Rascals importance, I've written a show for them that is just as unique as they are. It's called Once Upon A Dream. It's a combination of a Rock Concert and a Broadway show that will include their own live performance by the original four Rascals -- Felix, Eddie, Dino, Gene -- and be complimented by filmed segments and news footage and will be a show that they can take all over the country.
The show will be an uplifting inspiration for you fans that have been waiting all these years, praying for a Rascals comeback, and those of you who are younger will get a real taste of the '60s you missed the first time around. Me and (production designer) Marc (Brickman) have invested our time, money, and blood these last few years for this idea and now we need you to bring it home. Not one dollar that is contributed will go into anyone's pocket, or be commissioned in any way, every dollar will go into the production making it as good as it can be, as great as the Rascals deserve.
So that's it. The Rascals are coming back. We have been looking for other investors but nobody has any vision anymore. Frankly nobody believes in this dream except me, Marc, (Capitol Theatre owner) Peter (Shapiro) and you. The production will be as big as you make it. On behalf of the Rascals. Thank you."
Steven Van Zandt showed his passion for the band when he inducted the Rascals into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997: "The Rascals were the first rock band in the world. In the '50s, we had vocal groups. And, okay, over there in England, some guys were making some noise. But in the real world, in the center of the universe, New Jersey, the Rascals were the first band!"
We asked Felix Cavaliere what he believes to be the main ingredient that separated the Rascals from their competition: "I think the energy, I think, is the one thing we always had that kind of separated us a little bit from the other bands, and I think that our voices also blended so well together, y'know?"