LIVE: “Once Upon a Dream Starring the Rascals” @ the Palace Theatre, 11/24/13, Take Two

November 26th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Rascals

The Rascals

Review and photograph by Ted Were

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The only distractions were a muddled initial house mix, which was resolved after 15 minutes or so. The other was the rear projection screen used for the video presentation. It was like a drive-in screen comprised of many panels. These were maybe one-foot square, perhaps 40′ high by 60′ wide. A few of these had been replaced and were super bright when compared to the rest of the screen. The placement of these panels was, unfortunately, positioned in the narrator’s face. Annoying, given the concept of the show, but didn’t detract from the live music.

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LIVE: “Once Upon a Dream Starring the Rascals” @ the Palace Theatre, 11/24/13

November 25th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review and video by Joel Patterson

The disembodied voice that came booming over the loudspeakers before the show was right up my alley. It encouraged me to, in fact, leave my cellphone ON, take out my camera, and in short, “Do whatever the fuck you want!” So I started to bootleg the show, and the results are here:

But I got bored after about the first seven minutes and twenty six seconds. I might not be the reporter to watch a reunion of pudgy, pot-bellied guys pretending to be the Rascals – even if they ARE the Rascals! There’s something inalterably pathetic about it. Extra-special for a group “formerly known as” the Young Rascals, eh? Scions of youth culture grown all haggard and bloated.

In pauses between the band performing onstage, a “television documentary” narrative with interviews explained the whole Rascals career and phenomenon, and then “artsy” photo and abstract color collages accompanied the songs they played. Nothing but young people, slim and slender dancers, in the vintage ’60s clips. By the end, a dozen people were up and swaying, and the half-full house (not half-empty!) was roaring in solidarity and joyous affirmation, a sea of white hair and balding heads.

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