The Rascals Celebrate 50 Years on the Paramount Stage
JAMES MIRANDA, Featured Writer
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee rock group the Rascals took their 50th anniversary tour to Peekskill, NY and performed on the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater’s stage on Sat., Nov. 6.
The group of four were welcomed to a thunderous applause from the audience of approximately 400.
Many of their classic rock hits were performed such as “Good Lovin,’” “Beautiful Morning,” and “Groovin,’” which all topped charts and shaped rock and roll in its early days.
The music is best described as a hybrid between hard rock, jazz, classical, and soulful with the piano evoking an old club’s ambient sound. The keyboards, guitars, and drums were excellently in sync as they filled the Paramount’s auditorium space.
The Rascals also took time to pay tribute to other famous songs that inspired them and were popular during their prime such as “My Girl” by the Temptations.
The New Jersey based band has performed their one-of-a-kind rock music for over 50 years and dedicated 2016 to celebrating their legacy. The tour will come to an end in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Originally known as “The Young Rascals,” they were formed by vocalist Eddie Brigati, keyboardist and vocalist Felix Cavaliere, guitarist Gene Cornish, and drummer Dino Danelli in 1965.
Their prominence in the rock and roll scene began when they performed “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore” on Hullabaloo in 1965.
Cavaliere, Brigati, and Brigati’s brother David Brigati wrote most of the music and they band churned out hit-after-hit throughout most of the 60s with “Groovin’” being their most popular and most notable song.
Eddie Brigati and Cornish left the group in 1970 and 1971, respectively, while Cavaliere took over sole possession of the Rascals and moved it more towards a gospel- and jazz-influenced style. They did reunite, however, in 2012 for a few shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.
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