Steven Van Zandt Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Reunite the Rascals
Bruce Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt is doing his best to reunite one of his favorite bands, the Rascals. He's launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring a production called 'Once Upon a Dream' featuring all four members to stages around the world.
Rascals reunions have been few and far between. The last time came two years ago at the request of Steven and Maureen Van Zandt at a benefit show in New York. That relationship only grew after the performance, and Van Zandt has come up with an idea for a stage production that will feature the band, combined with visual images representing their importance in the history of music.
As the guitarist and bandana enthusiast says, "Since that [benefit] show, I've dedicated any time I've had to bringing them back for real. Their music was unique, not only in its greatness, but through their music they were able to tell the entire story of the '60s."
Van Zandt posted a message at the Kickstarter website explaining his plans:
To do justice to the Rascals importance, I've written a show for them that is just as unique as they are. It’s called "Once Upon a Dream". It's a combination of a Rock Concert and a Broadway show that will include their own live performance by the original four Rascals - Felix, Eddie, Dino, Gene, and be complimented by filmed segments and news footage and will be a show that they can take all over the country ...The show will be an uplifting inspiration for you fans that have been waiting all these years, praying for a Rascals comeback, and those of you who are younger will get a real taste of the '60's you missed the first time around. Me and Marc have invested our time, money, and blood these past few years for this idea and now we need you to bring it home. Not one dollar that is contributed will go into anyone's pocket, or be commissioned in any way, every dollar will go into the production making it as good as it can be, as great as the Rascals deserve … So that's it. The Rascals are coming back. We have been looking for other investors but nobody has any vision anymore. Frankly nobody believes in this dream except me, Marc, Peter and you. The production will be as big as you make it. On behalf of the Rascals, Thank you.
As part of the campaign, fans have the opportunity to be rewarded for their donations. Some of the items that can be had depending on the donation price tier include audio downloads of interviews with the band conducted by Van Zandt, having your name included in some of the visual production elements, or two seats to an opening week show with a meet and greet with the band, dinner afterward and a signed lithograph.
Visit 'The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream' Kickstarter page here to donate.
Watch Steven Van Zandt's Rascals Reunion Kickstarter Video