The Rascals, Steven Van Zandt talk about reuniting the band, recreating the 'Good Lovin' of the '60s and more
The Rascals' Once Upon a Dream tour isn't just a rock and roll reunion concert; it's the resurrection of a legacy long considered dead and buried.
For five rollicking years in the late 1960s the Rascals, were America's most prolific, successful rock band. Seven albums yielded nine certified Billboard hits, with Good Lovin', Groovin' and People Got to Be Free reaching No. 1 and defining the decade.
And then they were gone. For four decades, the Rascals were no more.
"There's really no explanation for what transpired in those years," said Felix Cavaliere, 70, whose Hammond B3 organ was integral to the Rascals sound. "Sometimes when people get involved in legal issues, you'd like to think that in the majority of times there's a really good reason … but this was just total nonsense."
Still, the band's legacy was already secure. Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven Van Zandt were among their many acolytes, and Van Zandt was the man who finally convinced them to get back together after 40 years.
"We finally got them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was great, but that wasn't quite enough for me," said Van Zandt, who gave the induction speech. "I just felt their place in history needed to be a bit more secure. This was the way to do it."
"This" is a unique stage show titled Once Upon a Dream, a multimedia hybrid of Rascals reunion concert and chronicle of the band's tumultuous era. Van Zandt wrote, directed and co-produced the show, which is traveling the country and has a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday. (Tickets are $55-$200; click here to get them.)