Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt will never forget his first concert — The Young Rascals. “It was the most exciting night ever,” he told the Associated Press of his memorable night in 1965. “They were phenomenal live, really quite different than anybody else. And very, very influential to this day.”
Forty-eight years later, Van Zandt has found a way to pay tribute to The Rascals by reuniting the four-man band on Broadway. The quartet — singer Eddie Brigati, keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, guitarist Gene Cornish and drummer Dino Danelli — will play 15 performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre starting April 15. The show will combine live performance, video reenactments, archival concert and news footage, op-art backdrops and psychedelic lighting.
“The musical depth is astounding when you get into it,” Van Zandt explained. “The Rascals are something else. They’re up there with the Beatles, and Stones and Byrds. That level of musicality.”