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Gene Cornish, center, joins fellow Rascals founder Felix Cavaliere, left, on stage at the Alberta Bair Theater Friday, Sept. 7. Cornish collapsed on stage following the band’s opening song.

Gene Cornish, a founding member of The Rascals, is in stable condition after collapsing on stage during a concert Friday night at the Alberta Bair Theater.

“We would like to thank all the fans for their prayers and encouragement,” said Melissa Kucirek, Cornish’s publicist, in an emailed response. “Gene is resting comfortably and doctors say he will make a speedy recovery." 

Cornish appeared at the Alberta Bair Theater on Friday night with fellow Rascal Felix Cavaliere and guest drummer Carmine Appice in a tour that brought two of the four original members of the band together. There is no official word yet what caused the collapse. 

"Management isn’t sure on the exact reason, but he’s working with doctors to remedy and get back to doing what he loves most," said Kucirek. 

Early Saturday morning on his Facebook page, Appice thanked everyone at the Alberta Bair Theater for a fast response, saying “it saved our good friend Gene’s life.”

The Rascals (originally the Young Rascals) formed in the 60s and became known for hits such as “Groovin,” “People Got to Be Free,” “A Beautiful Morning,” among others. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

The trio recently completed a Canadian tour, and the next scheduled appearance was Sept. 21 in Morristown, New Jersey.

Alberta Bair Theater staff is in contact with the group’s management regarding ticket refunds or a rescheduled performance for the Sept. 7 concert, which was cancelled shortly after Cornish was taken to a Billings hospital. Tickets are non-refundable “unless that performance has been cancelled,” according to Alberta Bair Theater policy.

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Arts and Entertainment Reporter

Arts & Entertainment Reporter at The Billings Gazette.