the gigs ran out with the New Rascals, I asked Dino if he wanted
to gig as D.D.R. and he jumped on that band wagon and said it
was a great idea since I had been booking the N.R. band and
still had some irons in the fire!
The bands' first rehearsals were in a hanger by the Santa Monica
Airport i n West Los Angeles 6/10 6/13/2012 went great!
We were all preparing for the fall tour of Dino
Danellis Rascals! After a traffic ridden drive
up the 405 from their home in Hermosa Beach, Mike and Val pulled
up in their Red T-Bird convertible Monday night to the sound
stage and airplane hanger building which also houses Bear Lighting,
right next to the huge Santa Monica Airport hanger where the
filming of Snoop Dogs' summer concert rehearsals had taken place
just a few weeks before.
Charlie, who had just flown in from San Francisco, and Richard
T-Bear with his vast array of keyboard gear, were patiently
waiting and together soon began to play the music, "Good
Lovin'", "Groovin'", "Come on Up" and
all the rest of the Rascals' hits. The chemistry between the
new members was electric and the harmonies on all of the songs
naturally fell into place like it was meant to be!
Then again on Tuesday night, with Dino on the phone talking
through the set with the band, it became a magical time and
the beginning of something very special. "Rehearsals in
New York City with the full band is in the planning stages for
some fine tuning,"
said Dino, "and the set will be ready for a high energy
I booked our first show at a club in Las Vegas the folowing
week but Dino canceled it. He couldn't get "his numbers"
plus pay the rest of us! Oh well, that's show biz!
After a self-imposed hiatus that lasted nearly three decades,
T Bear, aka Richard T. Bear, returns with a striking new album,
Fresh Bear Tracks, on April 16th 2021via Quarto Valley Records.
The 12 song collection offers a sturdy mix of blues, soul, and
rock with a whos who of special guests including Stephen
Stills, Robby Krieger, Edgar Winter, Tom Scott, Walter Trout,
and Hutch Hutchinson, to former Paul McCartney & Wings members
Laurence Juber, Denny Seiwell, and The Heartbreakers Benmont