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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND STEVE VAN ZANDT JOIN IN ON RASCALS' REUNION SHOW

4/26/2010

The Rascals reunited on Saturday night (April 24th) for only the second time in 40 years to perform at the annual Kristen Ann Carr Fund's A Night To Remember benefit in New York City. The event, which took place at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Grill restaurant, featured both Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt joining the band for a rousing rendition of "Good Lovin'." This year the annual fundraiser saluted Steve and Maureen Van Zandt. In addition to being "Little Steven's" longtime wife, Maureen is probably best known to fans as also portraying Gabriella Dante -- the on-screen wife to Van Zandt's character Silvio Dante on The Sopranos.

The Rascals -- featuring co-founders Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, and Dino Danelli -- were convinced by Van Zandt, a longtime fan and friend, to perform at the cancer benefit in tribute of Carr, who was the daughter of Springsteen's co-manager Babara Carr and his biographer Dave Marsh. Kristen died of sarcoma in 1993 at age 22.


Highlights in the band's set included such classics as "Groovin'," "You Better Run," and "In The Midnight Hour,"


Among the celebrities who attended the benefit to show their support were The Brady Bunch's Eve Plumb, Bill Murray, and Whoopi Goldberg.


Van Zandt explained to Backstreets.com how he got the long-feuding New York legends to bury the hatchet for -- at least -- one night: "We first met around 1980 to discuss reuniting the band and have tried every five years or so. Maureen suggested we give it one more shot and sure enough it took Kristen's amazing spirit to finally get it done."


Gene Cornish went on to add: "I speak on behalf of the band when I say all the money offers in the world could not entice the Rascals to reunite, but four phone calls from Stevie and without hesitation we enthusiastically and immediately agreed to both support this wonderful cause and honor Stevie and Maureen."


In 1997, during his induction speech for the Rascals at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Van Zandt gave a loving and comical tribute to his favorite band: "People talk about white soul singers, and there's a lot of names that come up. But Eddie and Felix , they're the best. I mean, you know, with all due respect, the Righteous Brothers -- we love the Righteous Brothers. They're fantastic, but they didn't . . . Eddie, Eddie and Felix, though, you see . . . to sound that black, you had to be Italian!"


We recently caught up with Felix Cavaliere and asked if he's in contact with any of the other members of the Rascals: "We don't really have any relationship whatsoever. It's kind of sad. You know, the group split up many, many years ago in 1972 and we really have not buried the hatchet in most areas. Which is really kind of an embarrassment to me."


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