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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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Dave May 2, 2012, 23:41:09

C’mon Radz, get back together and set up a residency in Nola. You could play 20 weekends a year. Plenty of fans will come to town to see you play…

TCinNYC May 3, 2012, 08:41:32

I agree with Dave, & would add that a weekend or three a year in NYC would be splendid as well. The Rads boast the happiest, most positive, fun loving audience I have ever been a part of. PS Feel better Reggie!!

Timmy May 3, 2012, 13:24:19

Totally agree on the Rads’ fanbase. They are like a mini Deadhead crowd without all the sketchy people (no disrespect to the good heads, one bad apple etc.) I was a little late to the party for the Rads, but at least got to see about a dozen shows over the last decade, including last years’ scorching farewell. Get well Reggie. Hope you are well enough to tour with New Orleans Suspects.

Moses May 3, 2012, 14:52:38

Yeah, what they said! We can bring the party to you! It’s the least we can do ;-) Much love to all my derelict friends… Miss ya like crazy

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