2012-08-24 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

The J. Geils Band Reunites For Show At Westbury

The J. Geils Band. The J. Geils Band. The J. Geils Band will be giving its fans another dose of hard-driving rock ‘n’ roll as they unite once again for a special limited tour. The band is hitting the road with original members Peter Wolf (lead vocals), Seth Justman (keyboards), Danny Klein (bass) and Magic Dick (harmonica) and will be joined by longtime associates Duke Levine (guitar) and Tom Arey (drums).

Guitarist John Geils will not be joining this tour due to an ongoing legal dispute between The J. Geils Band and John Geils’ solo record label, Francesca Records. The band is challenging Francesca Records’ baseless claim to ownership and control of the rights to the name “J. Geils Band.” Unfortunately, John Geils’ decision to align with Francesca Records has hindered a working relationship with The J. Geils Band. Once again, The J. Geils Band will be joined by the Uptown Horns and background vocalists, who appeared with the group on their historic “Freeze Frame Tour” in the early 1980s.

Peter Wolf, who recently released the solo album Midnight Souvenirs, says, “To rock it up once again with The J. Geils Band gives us a chance to share a body of work that we created and enjoy performing.”

These Boston-based rockers are known for their special blend of blues, rock and R & B. They’ve toured with blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and John Lee Hooker and headlined with the Allman Bros., Tom Petty and U2.

Signed to Atlantic Records in 1970, the band received immediate airplay with the singles “First I Look at the Purse,” “Looking for a Love,” “Give it to Me,” “(Ain’t Nothin’ But A) Houseparty” and “Musta Got Lost.” The group garnered further commercial success in the early 1980s with their EMI albums “Sanctuary,” “Love Stinks” and “Freeze Frame,“ which included the smash hits “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold” (#1 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

The J. Geils Band was invited to tour the U. S. and Europe as “special guests” of the Rolling Stones in 1982. After disbanding in 1985, the group reunited with Wolf in 1999 for a critically acclaimed tour.

Recent band highlights include multiple nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, co-headlining a sold-out hometown show with Aerosmith in front of 37,000 fans at Fenway Park in Boston and an upcoming appearance in Adam Sandler’s film sequel, “Grown Ups 2.”

The 2012 “Houseparty Tour” follows a series of sold-out shows last summer. The J. Geils Band, known as one of rock’s greatest live concert bands, will continue to hit the stage with the energy and musicality that their fans have come to expect.

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