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  posted on 2/15/2009 at 08:22 PM
The J. Geils Band in its heyday!


http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2009/02/15/freeze_frame/

It seems fitting that the group that sang "(Ain't Nothin' But a) House Party" will be the one to christen the new incarnation of Boston's House of Blues. The J. Geils Band is reuniting on Thursday to give the Lansdowne Street venue a baptism by funky rock and blues fire. (The show is sold out.) The band members, including namesake guitarist Geils, frontman Peter Wolf, keyboardist Seth Justman, harmonica whiz Magic Dick, and bassist Danny Klein, have played together only a few times over the past decade, most recently for Klein's 60th birthday party in 2006. Longtime band friend Marty Richards will be filling in for original drummer Stephen Jo Bladd. We caught up with man-about-town Wolf to chat about the reunion and the new venue.

Q. You all don't get together very often, but it sounds like you're still on good terms when you do.

A. There's a lot of history. Obviously the band broke up over certain, shall we say, artistic differences. But the feeling of what we did together and were able to achieve together while we were together is still important to me. When and if the moment presents itself, which it does every now and then, it sort of feels right. There's certain bands and they get together and they always are talking about a reunion tour; we've been sensitive not to exploit that situation.


Q. So people shouldn't expect an announcement that the J. Geils Band is doing a summer tour or cutting a record?

A. No, there's not been any talk. I can say I hope to be out there on the highways and byways involved in my [upcoming solo] project.

Q. Have you started rehearsing?

A. We're going to be rehearsing [this] week. We just sort of get together and bring a couple of kegs and kick in.

Q. Aside from the songs you have to play, like "Love Stinks" and "Centerfold," how do you choose the set list?

A. We pretty well know what people expect, and we'll probably throw in a couple of surprises. But we're going to try and cover a really good amount of it and go from the early days right up 'til our last CD together, basically just really concentrate on what a Geils show is all about. . . . We're keeping it bare bones, raw and raunchy.

Q. Where's original drummer Stephen Jo Bladd?

A. He just felt that it would be best to just stay where he's at. It was all very amicable, sort of like Bill Wyman with the Stones. He might show up. At the birthday party for Danny he jumped on drums and we had a good time, so anything goes.

Q. Have you been inside the new House of Blues yet?

A. I took a tour of the space and it looks pretty good. I was concerned about the sound, and it seems that it doesn't have that tin feeling. The sight lines seem to be really good. There's lots of dressing rooms and nooks and crannies for people to hide. It's hard for me to endorse anything until I've actually been there, but I have looked at the space and it looks like it has some really good potential.

Q. You're often seen out and about checking out local bands. Do you mind when people come up to chat with you?

A. I've always enjoyed speaking with fans about the music, especially the ones that are really into it. A lot of times I find out about a lot of other bands through them. So I find it an important way for me to stay in touch. Live Nation and the House of Blues is cool, but I also really love to support the independent clubs in Boston, and I think that there's some real good ones. The Lizard Lounge and Atwoods have some really great stuff, and the Middle East of course has contributed and been very important to music and bands.

Q. When can we expect your new album?

A. It should be in the spring. If people liked [Wolf's last album] "Sleepless," I think this is hopefully an interesting continuation. I'm very excited about it. It's a lot of the people who played with me on "Sleepless" and Duke Levine, Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne, and Neko Case.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2009 at 08:48 PM
Sounds like it'll be a great time, Susea.

How close is the HOB to Fenway? Is it near the old 21 Lansdowne Street that the ABb played at?

Bummer they won't be taking it on the road....

 

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  posted on 2/15/2009 at 08:52 PM
You know when I was younger, all I knew about the J. Geils Band was "Centerfold"

I acquired the 45-RPM record, which my brother received as a party-favor at a Bar Mitzvah!!

Later on I discovered that although CENTERFOLD was their biggest top 40 hit, their recorded output went a lot further than that obvious tune. Lots of great tunes since their 1970 debut. Also I was surprised to learn that the band personnel remained relatively intact for the entire time.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2009 at 09:04 PM
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Sounds like it'll be a great time, Susea.

How close is the HOB to Fenway? Is it near the old 21 Lansdowne Street that the ABb played at?

Bummer they won't be taking it on the road....

Very close, on the backside of it! 15 Landsdown!

Love to see them do a few of these...

J Geil's Sept 1968
New Penelope Club
Montreal, Canada

Set 1

Dust My Broom
Look Over Yonder
Slow Blues Jam
You Don't Love Me
Orange Driver
Something You Got
Smokestack Lightin'
Rock Me Baby

Set 2

Blues Instrumental
Somebody's Gotta Go
Help Me
Peter Wolf Intro
Everything's Gonna Be Alright
Hurts Me Too
Black Night
Do The Funky Broadway

 

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  posted on 2/15/2009 at 09:19 PM
I would LOVE the hear them do Smokestack Lightnin' and Funky Broadway...or any tunes, for that matter

 

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  posted on 2/15/2009 at 10:00 PM
Would love to see this show. I saw Magic Dick open for BB King years ago and he was great.
 
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  posted on 2/15/2009 at 11:26 PM




[Edited on 2/16/2009 by pops42]

 

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  posted on 2/15/2009 at 11:28 PM
IMO,very few bands are better live that J.Geils band...high energy to the Max !

 

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  posted on 2/15/2009 at 11:30 PM
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GREAT photo, Pops! DA with JG and Dickey in the background....VERY cool!

 

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  posted on 2/16/2009 at 06:38 AM
I would bet we get a JG sighting at the Beacon in March! All who played with Duane!

 

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  posted on 2/17/2009 at 06:03 AM
Where's Marge! Yar!!!

 

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  posted on 2/17/2009 at 07:52 AM
If we don't get a J Geils sighting at the Beacon it'll be a shame. He, Taj Mahal and John Hammond should be at the top of the list

 

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  posted on 2/18/2009 at 07:21 PM
Tomorrow night!!! Hell Yeah!!

 

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  posted on 2/19/2009 at 12:21 AM
My older brother got me started listening to these guys. They were my first big Rock n Roll show--with Blue Oyster Cult at the Commack Arena circa 1977(pretty sure there was a third act but I just finished two twelve hour shifts in a row and I'm shot. Would love to see them again. Wasn't much of the Freeze Frame error fan but loved the older stuff--Whammer Jammer, Southside Shuffle, House Party...
Another band the honey doesn't care for but will have to get him to download a few for me.

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  posted on 2/19/2009 at 06:29 AM
There's going to be a House Party tonight!!!

 

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  posted on 2/19/2009 at 09:25 AM
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There's going to be a House Party tonight!!!
With Susea in the house! (Have fun and report back - these guys put on a great live show!!!)

 

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  posted on 2/19/2009 at 10:36 AM
GREAT photo, Pops! DA with JG and Dickey in the background....VERY cool!
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where is this photo from? Fillmore East, maybe up in Boston?? Anyone know?

 

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  posted on 2/19/2009 at 10:37 AM
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There's going to be a House Party tonight!!!



"Ain't nuthin' but a HOUSE PARTY!!!"

 

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  posted on 2/19/2009 at 11:30 AM
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With Susea in the house! (Have fun and report back - these guys put on a great live show!!!)


Yes!!! Can't wait for the reviews.

 

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