(CBS Local) The Rascals played their first public concert in four decades at New York's Capitol Theater as they kicked off a six-night stand which started last night (December 13th).
The man behind the reunion is the group's biggest and most high-profile fan, Steven Van Zandt.... and he told CBS Local that he'd been trying to get them back together for a long time. "People had been throwing money at the guys for many many years, they kept turning it down. Two years ago, my wife [Maureen Van Zandt] and I were being honored at the Kristen Ann Carr cancer benefit." He requested that The Rascals get back together and perform at the private event.
"The benefit appealed to them," he says. "They came together, they did an hour long set, and it was incredible. From that moment, I felt that it had to come together permanently in some more public fashion." Steven had a lot more to say.