Felix Cavaliere doesn’t want to comment on the public feud and impending legal battle with Steve Van Zandt over rights to the band's name.
Cavaliere tours as Felix Cavaliere's Rascals with original guitarist Gene Cornish. Van Zandt is looking out for the other two Rascals -- singer Eddie Brigati, whose cabaret show he produces, and retired drummer Dino Danelli.
Perhaps Cavaliere will put something about it in his upcoming memoir. He tells us he's close to completing the book. Though he's been working on it for a couple of years, the inspiration actually came earlier -- when, during press conferences for the band's Once Upon a Dream reunion tour in 2012 and '13, he found that his recollection of the Rascals' history differed at times from his bandmates.
Felix talked about writing his memoir:
"Well, we've been doing it for a couple of years, you know. And, although I must say, I find it very boring [chuckle], just about, you know. Sitting down and talk about yourself for hours? I remember all this stuff 'cause I was there, ya know."
Cavaliere talked about what convinced him it was time to write a book:
"When we did our tour, with Zandt's Once Upon a Dream, there were sit down press conferences and they would ask each of us the same question. And everybody had a different answer. I said to myself, 'Man... it's like when you're telling a joke and it's repeated. Sometimes, the joke is completely backwards from what it started with.' But anyways, I decided, look, I think it's a good idea. Let me just put out something with my words and my life."
He's going slow regarding shows with Cornish and guest drummer Carmine Appice as Cornish recovers from last fall's health scare. Appice sat in with Felix's "solo" band for their New Year's Eve show in Hartford, Connecticut and "we had a ball! To still say that when you're in your 70s, I'm a lucky guy! Up there, they had to pull me off the stage, 'cause I'm still having fun."