By Mike McKenney, Rock At Night New England
Live Review: The Rascals at the Greenwich Odeum, East Greenwich, Rhode Island-September 18, 2021
The 60’s are alive and well whenever Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals come to town. Pumping out hit after seemingly endless hit, The Rascals played some of the greatest songs that shaped classic rock for an entire generation.
The Rascals, (originally known as The Young Rascals) hailing from New Jersey, quickly became one of America’s answers the initial British rock band invasion. Founding member Felix Cavaliere (Keyboard and vocals) has kept the great sounds of the 60’s alive even as The Rascals underwent personnel changes throughout the years. “The King of the Blue Eyed Soul”, Cavaliere stays true to the magic and beauty of the simple songs that made The Rascals 1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
While “People Got To Be Free” spoke to some of the tumult of times, the nostalgia of “A Beautiful Morning”, “Good Lovin”, and “A Girl Like You” is reminiscent of a simpler, more innocent time. Even the selection of some popular covers such as The Temptations “Get Ready Cause Here I Come”, and Wilson Pickett’s “In The Midnight Hour” and “Mustang Sally”, mixed in seamlessly.
As The Rascals continued, Felix Cavaliere asked the audience to sing along but he was already way too late, “You Better Run”, “Come On Up”, and “I Aint Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore”, these loyal fans knew every word. Felix Cavaliere still sounds just as he did on the old 45’s from all those years ago. His timeless voice matches perfectly with The Rascals iconic feel good music from a bygone era.
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