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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 11:30 PM
Absolutely tore up Detroit tonight.
If tickets are available through scalpers and you are not sure if it is worth it, it is.
I may even try to go again Saturday.

 
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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 11:39 PM
Good news, love to hear it.

I only wish they'd come out west.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 07:05 AM
This doesn't surprise me!! I seen them in Boston back in February to a sold out screamily wild crowd! Was an amazing show!!!!

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 07:58 AM
This band really needs to take it on the road for real.

The current sorry state of rock and roll (with the usual exemptions of course) needs a solid ass kickin' by these guys.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 09:36 AM
I read an interview with Peter Wolf a few days ago where he said that
after the Detroit shows there are no further plans for the J. Geils Band and
he will be concentrating on his solo career again.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 11:01 AM
Magic Dick will be playing our Blues Festival this summer .

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 11:21 AM
Those boys love playin' Detroit-town that's for sure -- thanks for the post, would loved to have been there

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 11:21 AM
Magic Dick will be out and about as usual as will Peter doin' his thang!! If only the band would give us one major tour across the States... oh the satisfaction... I say... never say never...

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 01:47 PM
Do these gigs include everybody - Danny Klein, Seth
Justman, Stephen Jo Bladd? I was so tempted to go
to those Motown shows, that venue is so small. Saw
the Bros. there in '94.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 02:00 PM
The band members, including namesake guitarist Geils, frontman Peter Wolf, keyboardist Seth Justman, harmonica whiz Magic Dick, and bassist Danny Klein. Longtime band friend Marty Richards is filling in for original drummer Stephen Jo Bladd. The band is very tight.

They'll be back here in Boston this Tue at our HOB. It had been sold out. I wasn't going to go to this show but a ticket came up so now I'm going!

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 02:11 PM
Here's the set list...

First I look At The Purse
Homework
Hard Drivin’ Man
Pack Fair And Square
Sanctuary
Nighttime
Crusin’ For A Love
So Sharp
Detroit Breakdown
Serves You Right To Suffer
Give It To Me
Musta Got Lost
Love Stinks
Lookin’ For A Love
Whammer Jammer
Houseparty
Encores:
Centerfold (With Kid Rock)
Where Did Our Love Go
Freeze-Frame
Just Can’t Wait
Peach Tree Street (added in place of Start All Over Again)
Love-itis



http://www.funkyjudge.net/geils/?p=2386

The J. Geils Band and Detroit discovered that the thrill of their love affair isn’t gone after an impossibly tight two-hour house party at the Fillmore Friday night.
The band plays the Fillmore again tonight before heading back to its real hometown of Boston for a Tuesday show.
Peter Wolf and the band came out swinging with one of their famed Motown covers, “First I Look at the Purse” (originally by the Contours).Wolf, prowling the stage in a glam silver jacket, spoke often of the band’s affection for Detroit.
“Detroit, you got (bleeping) soul!” he yelled. He worked Kid Rock into an onstage shtick about looking for his elusive text-messaging girlfriend, seeing her in a limo with “KR” on the side and then going knock-knock-knocking on KR’s door to find her. Kid Rock came loping out to trade verses with Wolf and in his ongoing role as ambassador de Detroit exhorted the crowd to give the band a “Detroit welcome” — as if the city hasn’t been doing that since the age of Aquarius.
The band also tossed in another Motown cover as an encore, their take on the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go?”

Ona balmy day at the end of a hard winter, it was clear from the smiles on faces throughout the crowd that the band was giving this Detroit audience a much-needed, one-night-only vacation from the woes of life. It’s something that music does during good times and bad, and you must give in to the Geils Band insistence on a party or just leave the hall.
Wolf is as always, one of rock’s most effective frontmen, an age-defying dervish doing his trademark, skittery jive across the stage. An irresistible magpie, here creates moves from R&B kings like the Temptations all the while unleashing a torrent of patter like the disc jockey he once was.

The band was even entertaining when a human mistake occurred, as when perfectionist harmonica whiz Magic Dick made an uncharacteristic false start on his star turn, “Whammer Jammer.” That prompted cocked heads from his bandmates, who simultaneously decided, without a word, to “start all over again” and the funky tune was as always, one of the set’s highlights.

Wolf lauded Detroit as one of the most fertile music scenes over the years, calling out the names of Detroit musicians including John Lee Hooker, Jackie Wilson, Catfish Hodge, Bob Seger and Hank Ballard. He also gave a shoutout to a disc jockey or two (Arthur Penhallow for one). The singer is a historian of both R&B and the history of great R&B disc jockeys; talking to a reporter, he spoke fondly of the great air talent The Electrifyin’ Mojo and wondered if he was on the air anywhere (he isn’t, of course).

As with all great show bands, each musician is working at peak torque, ready at any moment to jump into the fray with a solo. To see Seth Justman wailing away on his Hammond B3, Leslie speaker spinning like a bizarre 19th century device; Wolf in frantic high spirits with J. Geils delivering tasty guitar solos amid Magic Dick’s precise harmonica licks, was to have time stand still for a night.

The Geils band was born as a live outfit, and in classic show band style, as each musician takes a solo it should be a jolt of sound and energy.

The band did their part, from the first song the intensity never flagged, but they got no help from the underpowered P.A. or the Fillmore’s soundman. In a small theater setup, we should have been flinching slightly at the loudness, instead at times we had to concentrate hard to hear the guitar, harmonica and Hammond B3.
We can hope that a Saturday sound check will get the sound system cranked up to match the band’s intensity.

“This isn’t a tour,” Wolf told the audience at one point.” This is just for Boston, our hometown, and Detroit, our second hometown.”
Let’s hope for the sake of other cities that it does turn into a tour; the band seems hungry for it and an infusion of highly danceable, soulful joy into the live music scene is long overdue.



 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 02:15 PM
Thanks for sharing the setlist and review, Sue. Killer setlist!!! Would have loved to be at this and I'll throw my hopes in the ring for a tour, also!

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 02:25 PM
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Absolutely tore up Detroit tonight.
If tickets are available through scalpers and you are not sure if it is worth it, it is.
I may even try to go again Saturday.

So what are your thoughts on the Kid Rock sit it? I am laughing picturing how Wolf must have gone on and on...

[Edited on 4/25/2009 by susea]

 

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  posted on 4/25/2009 at 02:27 PM
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Thanks for sharing the setlist and review, Sue. Killer setlist!!! Would have loved to be at this and I'll throw my hopes in the ring for a tour, also!

Looking forward to hear what tonight brings. Hope they dial in the mix better for everyone. Even though it was so crowded in Boston. The acoustics were stealth!

Deb, wouldn't it be great to see them hit the road!

[Edited on 4/25/2009 by susea]

 

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  posted on 4/26/2009 at 08:43 AM
Dertriot Breakdown

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLmUOjJ7WvM

Whammer Jammer -> Houseparty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OEkhpX_yrI

[Edited on 4/26/2009 by susea]

 

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  posted on 4/26/2009 at 01:50 PM
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So what are your thoughts on the Kid Rock sit it? I am laughing picturing how Wolf must have gone on and on...



I was happy he sat in on a song I didn't care about.
Would have been very upset if he ruined one of the older tunes.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2009 at 05:14 AM
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I read an interview with Peter Wolf a few days ago where he said that
after the Detroit shows there are no further plans for the J. Geils Band and
he will be concentrating on his solo career again.


That is too bad....

 

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  posted on 4/27/2009 at 10:28 AM
Bless 'em -- I love the J. Geils Band -- too bad SJo can't play a few songs here n there but these guys aren't spring chickens anymore -- even though they play like it!!!! They're so bad...

 

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