Saturday, December 15, 2012
The Rascals Reunion: Cross One Off My Bucket List
It wasn't that it exceeded all expectations. Or that it was the best show I've seen all year. Or that it was a night I never thought I'd experience in my lifetime. Well...okay. It was all that.
Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish and the ever-so-mighty Dino Danelli, collectively known as The Rascals, were together on stage for 2 hours last night, and even with video projection that screamed nostalgia, this felt more like a proper rock and roll show than so many of the old timers I've seen lately still burning out and not fading away on stages acrosss the globe.
You see, these guys just stopped. And while each member has played on his own in various Rascals incarnations, or with other projects, this unit, aside from a Steve Van Zandt produced one off in 2010, wasn't expected to play again. The fact that they did and were as well-oiled as they were last night, is a real musical miracle. (Nice work, SVZ!)
Opening with "It's Wonderful," and really I could have gone home happy right after those 3 minutes, the Rascals played a relentless set of music. 28 songs. I'm having a hard time coming up with words that truly express how great these guys were. How about "BLLAAAHHHHH?" Or "WWEEEYEEAOH?' Or, "GAABABLABAAA?"
I might just have to do an interpretive dance to convey the feelings of joy over this night.
Baby Let's Wait
Do You Feel It
I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
Okay.....I won't spoil it.
LONELY TOO LONG
YOU BETTER RUN
IF YOU KNEW
I was nervous. A little scared. Apprehensive.
Was Dino going to cut it on drums? Can Eddie sing at all anymore? Will the band gel?
YES! YES ! YES!
And who the hell knew Gene Cornish was such a dynamite guitar player! Not me.
Look, I'm gushing. I know it. But I love this band. And when you love a band like I love the Rascals, you want things to be right. This was so right, it felt wrong.
The highlight: Eddie front and center for "How Can I Be Sure." This might the musical highlight of the last ten years.
There's more to the show than just a 28 song set. Video and narration by all four members, as well as an ensemble of actors playing the parts of the Young Rascals, Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd and others, takes place on a giant screen behind the stage. I read about this and I wasn't happy about it. Until I experienced it. It works in a big way.
NYC area people, you have four more chances this month to catch this show, all taking place at the legendary and newly renovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
I implore you.
If you are a fan of The Rascals, do yourself a favor. See this show.