Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish were once part of the popular soulful rock band known as The Rascals. Decades have passed since the two musicians were part of the band that churned out classic hits like “Good Lovin’,” “Beautiful Morning” and the easygoing “Groovin’,” which provided fans of the flower child generation a soundtrack to the changing times for which they were a part of. Now it appears that the two classic rockers will be reuniting at southern California’s City National Grove of Anaheim later this summer on Friday, Aug. 24, where they’ll be joined on drums by veteran rock percussionist, Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd).
The upcoming concert is part of a select run of shows which the two musicians will embark on later this summer and into fall. The brief tour is also the first time in half a decade where Cavaliere and Cornish will take the stage together, making it the latest in a long stretch of select reunion performances over the years since The Rascals initially broke up in 1972. According to both men, their acknowledgment of their longtime fans acted as the main catalyst for bringing them on stage together again.
“There’s something magical that happens when we’re on stage together,” Cornish said about their upcoming performance(s) in a statement. “We’re going to celebrate these songs for as long as the fans allow us to and give the fans a chance to see us perform live.”
Cavaliere also further shared his desire to get back out there with Cornish and the fans in saying, “I had an epiphany while performing in Hawaii last year. It’s not about me – it’s about the fans. It’s about the music. I spoke with Gene and he agreed that we can’t take any of this for granted anymore.”
Various songs from the band catalog of music have firmly established themselves as staples in the weird but fun history of American rock and roll. “Good Lovin’” has gone on to undergo many interpretations over the years, most notably as a recurring fan favorite in the Grateful Dead’s live arsenal. Speaking of the counterculture, “Groovin’” was famously included on the loaded soundtrack for the 1969 road trip drama, “Easy Rider.”
Tickets to see Cavaliere with Gene Cornish's Rascals on Aug. 24, as well as their performance at Saratoga, California's Mountain Winery the following night on Aug. 25, are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.