The Rascals started out as "The Young Rascals" in New York and New Jersey. This was the first time they have played in Los Angeles or almost anywhere since 1971. The show, produced by Little Steven, consisted of current interviews of all the original band members: Felix Cavaliere (organ and lead vocals), Dino Danelli (drums) Eddie Brigati (lead and supporting vocals) and Gene Cornish (lead guitar).
The event was supported by a beautiful light show and nostalgic images behind the band. This show was a continuation of a few shows that Little Steven produced in New York and on Broadway over the last two years.
The band played almost all their hits which was quite impressive. Opening with "It's Wonderful," a psychedelic hit, the band followed up with "You Better Run," an earlier original soul tune. Other great moments in the performance included "C'mon Up,""I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore"—with Eddie on lead vocals—"A Girl Like You," "It's Love," Eddie's Brigati's masterpiece 'How Can I Be Sure," written along with Felix but sung beautifully tonight by Eddie who struggled to stay in key, but held it together well.
Dino literally hasn't skipped a beat and held the rhythm down with a heavy and dynamic performance that included a lot of stick twirling. Felix Cavaliere's voice was excellent and his keyboard playing was stellar, especially playing all the horn, flute and other orchestral parts himself on the keys. And Gene Cornish sounded great playing his classic lead breaks note for note on a collection of fine guitars.
The Rascals closed the show with "People Got to Be Free," in tribute to the civil rights movement and people striving for peace and justice. They came back for a popular encore which turned out to be one of their last big hits, "See."
Words and Photos by Andrew Solomon
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