The Rascals will be groovin’ at Lousville Palace Sept. 8

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The Rascals are coming to Louisville!

Featuring original members Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish, the legendary band will take the stage at the Louisville Palace Sept. 8.

Cavaliere and Cornish are teaming up for the first time in five years. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, Grammy Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame members and Songwriter Hall of Fame, The Rascals are widely considered the best ‘blue-eyed soul’ group to come out of the 1960s and their music the soundtrack of a generation. The Rascals have 17 Top 20 hits, seven Top 10 hits, and three No. 1 hits, including “Groovin’,” “People Got To Be Free” and “Good Lovin’.”

“I had an epiphany while performing in Hawaii last year,” Cavaliere said. “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.”

Cornish, who first worked with Cavaliere and future Rascals singer Eddie Brigati in Joey Dee & The Starlighters in 1964, echoed Cavaliere’s feelings.

“There’s something magical that happens when we’re on stage together,” Cornish said. “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.”

Joining them on this new journey is hall of fame drummer Carmine Appice. The Brooklyn-born drummer’s resume includes working with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Rod Stewart, Beck Bogert & Appice, Ozzy Osbourne and Pink Floyd.

“Gene and I both thought there’s no way we can replace our brother Eddie, and Dino expressed that he didn’t want to do it,” Cavaliere said. “We both thought of Carmine at the same time.” 

During his first phone call with Cornish, Appice wasted no time agreeing to join them.

“I grew up watching The Rascals on Ed Sullivan. I’m a huge fan,” Appice said. “These songs are the soundtrack to so many peoples’ lives. I’m looking forward to sharing the music with life-long Rascals fans, and to new generations of fans.”

Originally named The Young Rascals and comprised of Cavaliere, Cornish, Eddie Brigati, and drummer Dino Danelli, the group signed to Atlantic Records in 1965. A short time later, their first single “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Your Heart Out Anymore” reached modest success. They struck No. 1 in February 1966 with the mega hit “Good Lovin’.” They followed suit with a string of hits like “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “Groovin’” (No. 1 in 1967), “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be Free” (No. 1 in 1968).

The show will begin Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.LouisvillePalace.com or by calling (502) 883-5804.