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E Street Band's Van Zandt Rescues Rascals

Guitarist Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band knows plenty about good band chemistry, and for 40 years, his favorite group and one of the 60’s most influential bands, The Rascals, lay dormant in what he called “a crime against nature.”

But all that changed in 2009, when Van Zandt orchestrated a triumphant return to the stage for The Rascals, best known  for hits like “Good Lovin',” “Groovin’,” “Lonely Too Long” and “It’s A Beautiful Morning.”

The Broadway show, written, directed and produced by Van Zandt, combines a jam-packed Rascals concert and film footage covering the history of the group.

Now, Once Upon A Dream Starring The Rascals is on the road, including a stop at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Nov. 24.

In addition to his work with Bruce Springsteen and as a solo artist, Steven Van Zandt has appeared on screen as Silvio on The Sopranos and assembled the soundtrack and trained the musicians for the 2012 David Chase film Not Fade Away.

Credit George Rodriguez
The Rascals are back together after four decades of dormancy.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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