Daily Archives: August 6, 2011

Saturday With Friends, The Red Sox And The J. Geils Band!

There does not appear to be too much newsworthy news to comment upon this morning. Consequently, Lynnrockets will simply tell you a little bit about the plans for this beautifully sunny day.

First there will be a some of the usual Saturday morning maintenance. Clean the koi pond filters, re-stack that pile of firewood that fell over in last week’s storm and water the potted plants. Next we have to de-scale the Keurig coffee maker which is an hours-long and tedious process involving white vinegar. As that is taking place we will be more than ready for a walk down the hill to Dunkin’ Donuts (think of Krispy Creme for New Englanders, but much bettah) for a couple of refreshing ice coffees.

Speaking of Kurt Schilling, the afternoon of course, will be dominated by the Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees game at venerable Fenway Park. The arch-rivals are tied atop the American League East standings but the Sox will be looking to avenge last night’s 3-2 loss before the home crowd. Needless to say, nothing gets Red Sox Nation more riled-up than when the Yankees are in town. Here we go, Red Sox, here we go!!!

After the baseball game we will be meeting up with some friends visiting from the UK for a few quick libations at one of Boston’s many great watering holes. We will only have a few because the 4 of us will then be off to the waterfront pavilion for the J. Geils Band concert. As many of you longtime Rocketeers know, the J. Geils Band is Lynnrocket’s favorite all time live act. They are a Boston blues and rock band that was notoriously popular in both Beantown (Boston) and the Motor City (Detroit) in the 70s and early 80s. They were known for their raucous and very long stage performances which were dominated by the stage antics of frontman Peter Wolf and lick-stick master Magic Dick. They played most every New Year’s Eve at the old Boston Garden to sell-out crowds. The band changed-up its sound to a more pop-influenced style with its 1981 “Freeze Frame” album. The album included the smash hit “Centerfold” and catapulted the J. Geils Band into the national spotlight. This was fortunate for the band and their wallets, but unfortunate for their long-time fans who still yearned for the rock/blues. The change in style also created a little strife within the band and by 1985 they broke-up.

On May 22, 2006 all six original members had a surprise reunion at bassist Danny Klein’s 60th birthday party at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. The magic was back and so on February 19, 2009 the band reunited once again to perform the opening concert at the new House of Blues in Boston. We attended that show and were thrilled that the magic was still there. Subsequently they played two more shows in 2009 on April 24 and 25 at Detroit’s Fillmore Theater (formerly State Theater). They also did a second show Boston’s House of Blues on April 28. On July 11, 2009, the J. Geils Band reunited again at the Borgata Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On Dec 31, 2009 (yes, New Year’s Eve), they¬† reunited for a one-night-only live gig at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT. The band then played a benefit in Boston for Big Brothers/Big Sisters on January 23, 2010, which Peter Wolf called the “last” Geils show. “You never say never,” Wolf noted, “but I can tell you in my heart of hearts that as far as I know — and I’m a pretty good source — there is nothing I can think of that’s planned. So this is basically it right now.”

Not exactly. On August 14, 2010 The J. Geils Band reunited once again to open up for Aerosmith (also a Boston band) at a sold out show at Fenway Park. Lynnrockets also attended that show and felt that the Geils band outperformed the headlining Aerosmith because of their back to roots blue/rock selection of songs. Aerosmith instead, unfortunately relied heavily on newer power ballads and post “Rocks” material from the 1990s and 2000s.

Tonight will be the J. Geils Band’s first show since the Fenway Park gig and we cannot wait!

Interesting J. Geils Band Note: The band has released three live concert albums, one of which is a double album. There is not one repeat song on any of those albums.

Please enjoy these video-clips of the J. Geils Band in action from their early days to the present:

Make sure you watch this one till the very end. it is quite entertaining!