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For The J. Geils Band, everything old is new again.
Yes, it's been almost four decades since the band's live record "Blow Your Face Off" was released, but it certainly isn't shy about revisiting material from the late '70s to the early-to-mid '80s. In fact, J. Geils Band says it makes it a point to make the material "come alive as best we can" when they're out on stage.
It turns out the band's legion of fans are still clamoring for the older hits, and they'll often get them in a shorter set (such as when JGB serve as the opener for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, which they're doing no). That's when all the longtime band members like Peter Wolf, Danny Klein (bass), Magic Dick (harmonica), Seth Justman (keyboards), Tom Arey (drums) and guitarists Duke Levin and Kevin Barry say they have the best time digging into the band's catalog.
Speaking of their catalog, word on the street is that J. Geils Band is about to release a brand new vintage live album. It will be called "House Party Live in Germany," and is expected to have a February 24th release date. It will feature the group's 1979 performance on the German TV show "Rockpalast" while on tour in Europe to promote its then-new album "Sanctuary."
"House Party Live in Germany" will be available as a CD/DVD combo as well as a digital download, and is expected to retail for $19.98.
About J. Geils Band
The J. Geils Band became one of the most popular rock and roll bands in the United States during the 1970's, using covers of R&B, doo wop and soul to build a following of frenzied fans who filled arenas all around the country to hear them play.
The band started as an acoustic blues trio in the mid 60's, with guitarist John Geils, bassist Danny Klein and harmonica player Richard Salwitz (who performed under the stage name Magic Dick). Drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and vocalist Peter Wolf also joined up, and eventually the J. Geils Band added Boston University organist Seth Justman to the mix, landing a recording contract with Atlantic in 1970.
A series of hit singles brought the band more attention. Tracks like cover versions of The Valentino's "Looking for Love," The Showstoppers' "Ain't Nothing But a Houseparty," "Give It To Me" and "Musta Got Lost" furthered the momentum. The back end of the decade saw the release of the albums "Monkey Island" and "Sanctuary," the latter of which charted at No. 49 on the Billboard Top 200 and spun off the hit single "One Last Kiss."
Despite some success in the early 80's, the J. Geils Band disbanded in 1985. Its members would reunite for tours of the East Coast and upper Mid-west in 1999, and over the last decade have played a number of charity functions and large events. This includes a stop at the Borgata Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2009, and opening for Aerosmith at a sold out show at Fenway Park in Boston the following year.
The J. Geils Band recently finished a short U.S. tour through August/September 2012. However, J. Geils was not part of the tour after filing a lawsuit against the other members of the band over the use of the name in an upcoming tour in which Geils does not plan to be part of. Geils claims the other band members "planned and conspired" to exclude him from the tour and are unlawfully using the group's trademarked name. On the current tour, guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry have replaced Geils, and Tom Arey is the band's new drummer.
The J. Geils Band Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Best of the J. Geils Band||2006|
|Blow Your Face Out||1993|
|Flashback: The Best of The J. Geils Band||1988|
|You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd||1984|
|Nightmares...and Other Tales From the Vinyl Jungle||1974|
|Give It to Me||1973|
|"Live" Full House||1972|
|The Morning After||1971|
|The J. Geils Band||1970|
Top 10 The J. Geils Band Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|4||Give It to Me||1,532||927|
|5||Must of Got Lost||1,407||877|
|10||Land of a Thousand Dances||934||541|
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The J. Geils Band Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 01/31/2015 Duluth GA Gwinnett Center 01/24/2015 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre
The J. Geils Band Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/16/2014 Westbury NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury 12/11/2014 Chicago IL United Center 12/06/2014 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 12/04/2014 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 12/02/2014 Albany NY Times Union Center 11/29/2014 Boston MA TD Garden 11/22/2014 Bangor ME Cross Insurance Center 11/20/2014 Hampton NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 11/19/2014 Bethlehem PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center 11/15/2014 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit 11/14/2014 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit
The J. Geils Band Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 07/27/2013 East Rutherford NJ MetLife Stadium 07/25/2013 East Rutherford NJ MetLife Stadium 07/24/2013 East Rutherford NJ MetLife Stadium 07/20/2013 Foxborough MA Gillette Stadium 07/18/2013 Detroit MI Ford Field
The J. Geils Band Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/27/2012 Foxboro MA Showcase Live 12/07/2012 Detroit MI The Fillmore Detroit 09/22/2012 Hampton NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 09/21/2012 Hampton NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 09/19/2012 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 09/16/2012 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 09/15/2012 Atlantic City NJ Tropicana Showroom 09/13/2012 Silver Spring MD The Fillmore Silver Spring 09/12/2012 Westbury NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury 09/08/2012 Boston MA House of Blues Boston 09/07/2012 Boston MA House of Blues Boston 08/31/2012 Buffalo NY Erie Canal Harbor 08/28/2012 Allentown PA Allentown Fairgrounds 08/26/2012 Essex Junction VT Champlain Valley Expo 06/20/2012 Folsom CA Three Stages at Folsom Lake College
The J. Geils Band Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 08/28/2011 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/28/2011 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/27/2011 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 08/19/2011 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 08/14/2011 Wallingford CT The Dome at Oakdale Theatre 08/13/2011 Danbury CT Ives Concert Park 08/12/2011 Atlantic City NJ The Borgata Outdoor Entertainment Complex 08/07/2011 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 08/06/2011 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 08/04/2011 Bangor ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
The J. Geils Band Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 08/21/2010 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 08/14/2010 Boston MA Fenway Park 05/14/2010 Foxboro MA Showcase Live
The J. Geils Band Tour Dates 2009
date city state venue 12/31/2009 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena