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Published: 2012/05/02

The Radiators Reunite for Benefit Performance

New Orleans Suspects

Almost a year after officially retiring, The Radiators reunited for a set at New Orleans’ Howlin’ Wolf last night. The band’s original lineup played a 40-minute set to benefit RADS bassist Reggie Scanlan, who is recovering from a rare form of pancreatic cancer. The group announced their return online before the gig.

The show also featured Scanlan’s current project the New Orleans Suspects, which brings together the bassist, drummer Mean Willie (Neville Brothers), saxophonist Kevin Harris (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band), guitarist/vocalist Jake Eckert (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) and keyboardist C. R. Gruver (Outformation). The New Orleans Suspects ‘ set featured a slew of sit ins, including Lee Boys’ Roosevelt Collier on “Jesus On The Main Line” and Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kruetzmann on “Turn on Your Lovelight.” In addition RADS guitarist Dave Malone sat in on “Love Light,” “Spanish Moon,” “Big Chief” and “Danang” while RADS guitarist Camile Baudoin appeared on “Danang” and “Big Chief.” Scanlan continues to perform despite his condition.

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