The Rascals are reportedly reforming for a world tour -- and possibly recording new music, according to showbiz411.com. Following the band's reunion show last April at New York's Tribeca Grill, the band has been seen together at a Grammy screening of a film about their mentor and producer Arif Mardin -- and reportedly have signed a management contract with Steven Van Zandt.
The Rascals -- Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli, and Gene Cornish -- formerly disbanded in 1972. No tour dates have been announced.
Steven Van Zandt -- a die-hard Rascals fan -- inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997: "The Rascals were the first rock band in the world. In the fifties, we had vocal groups. And, OK, over there in England, some guys were making some noise. But in the real world, in the center of the universe, New Jersey, the Rascals were the first band!"
We asked Felix Cavaliere what he believes to be the main ingredient that separated the Rascals from their competition: "I think the energy, I think, is the one thing we always had that kind of separated us a little bit from the other bands, and I think that our voices also blended so well together, you know?"
Felix Cavaliere's Rascals will next perform on August 21st in Chehalis, Washington at the Southwest Washington Fair.
The Rascals are best remembered for their string of blue-eyed soul hits, including, "Good Lovin," "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore," their covers of Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" and "In The Midnight Hour," "Lonely Too Long," "A Girl Like You," "It's Wonderful," "A Beautiful Morning," "You Better Run," and "People Got To Be Free," among others.