J. Geils Band

Date City Venue Country
05/09/12 Calgary Century Casino – Calgary Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $275. Address: 1010 42 Ave SE, Calgary, T2G 1Z4, Canada.
02/25/12 Fort Worth Billy Bobs United States
Time: 10:30pm. Admission: $165 and up. Address: 2520 Rodeo Plaza Dr., Fort Worth, Texas 76106.
08/27/11 Wantagh Jones Beach Nikon Theater United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1000 Ocean Parkway Wantagh, NY 11793. Venue phone: (516) 785-1600. “Rib Rock Festival” The J. Geils Band / Buddy Guy / Gary Clark Jr. CANCELLED

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The J. Geils Band  was formed in 1967, best known for their 1981 #1  single, “Centerfold” in early 1982.

The band started in the mid 1960s as an acoustic blues trio , guitarist and singer and John Geils, bassist Danny Klein, and Richard Salwitz (stage name Magic Dick).

The bands name was ‘Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels. In 1967, the band switched focus, starting to play electric guitar and bass and recruiting drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and singer fast-talking ex-disc jockey Peter Wolf. They now became the J. Geils Blues Band. The group signed to Atlantic Records in 1970 and droped Blues from their name.

The J. Geils Band first received airplay with the single “First I Look at the Purse”, then had several hit singles, the most successful of which were a  “Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty” (1973) and “Musta Got Lost” (1974). Later in the 1970s, the band signed with EMI America Records.

J. Geils

J. Geils

On August 17, 1971, The Allman Brothers Band named The J. Geils Band as their favorite local band. Both bands later played the last show at the Fillmore East. After their initial commercial successes the group seemed destined to be nothing more than a has been, until the release of Monkey Island in 1977, followed by Sanctuary (1978).

The group’s commercial fortunes improved in the early 1980s, first with the humorous Love Stinks, then with their success with the Freeze Frame album which included #1 hit for 6 weeks “Centerfold”.

The band went on to record one more album of new material, You’re Gettin’ Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd, after Wolf left. He was not replaced, and Seth Justman took over most of the vocal duties. The album produced only one single ? “Concealed Weapons”, and was not a commercial success. The group reunited with Wolf in 1999, for a 13 date tour of the east coast and upper mid-west. Wolf continues to tour with his own backup band, and the rest of the Geils band makes occasional appearances.

Since the semi-retirement of the band, Geils has been restoring sports cars in Massachusetts and started the legendary performance shop, KTR European Motorsports in Ayer, Massachusetts. In 1992, he joined his old bandmate Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz to form the band Bluestime, which released two records: the self-titled Bluestime (1994) and Little Car Blues (1996) on Rounder Records.

In 2004, Geils produced the album Nail It! for Massachusetts-based blues/rock group The Installers (Francesca Records #1011). He has also been known to appear on stage with The Installers occasionally.

The six original members had a surprise reunion in May 2006, at bassist Danny Klein’s 60th birthday party at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

In February, 2009, the band reunited once again to perform the opening concert at the new House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts on Lansdowne St. in Boston, (formerly the location of The Avalon, The Axis, The Embassy, and The Modern) with longtime associate Marty Richards filling in for original drummer Stephen Jo Bladd. Subsequently they played two shows on April 24 and 25 at Detroit’s Fillmore Theater (formerly State Theater). They also did a a second show on Landsdowne St. April 28.