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Scott (Senator-Centerfold) Brown Gets A Royal Flush

We already knew that Massachusetts’ Teapublican Senator Scott Brown is an Emperor with no clothes (see his nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine). What we did not know however, is that he alleges that he pals around with other royalty to boot! Whether or not these other royals shed their own robes when in Scott Brown’s company is still open to conjecture.

Scott Brown must be truly worried about his upcoming election in November. He appears to realize that not only is his Democratic opponent (and architect of the Consumer financial Protection Agency) out-raising him in campaign donations, but Elizabeth Warren is also winning the war of framing the campaign on the actual issues. Rather than resort to character assassination as Brown has done by alleging that Warren is not of Native American descent as she claims her parents told her, Warren has taken the fight to Brown by revealing that his Senate votes prove that he is indebted to the Wall Street bankers who provide the vast majority of his donations and not to the working/middle class who he pretends to represent.

Consequently, Scott Brown is now attempting to portray himself as a very important and powerful Senator during his campaign for the most highly anticipated Congressional race in the nation (his opponent has hauled in more than any of the 1,613 candidates officially running for Congress) . This is ridiculous of course, because Brown is only a junior Senator with little more than 2 years tenure. In fact, the Republican party leadership thinks so little of Brown that shortly after he was elected in a special election in 2010 following the death of Ted Kennedy, they evicted Brown out of Kennedy’s primo and spacious office space to a tiny dank and dark office in the bowels of the Senate. Brown has also lost favor with rank and file Republican Senators and conservative voters for his unreliability in voting the party line.

But even if his own Republican leadership insists that Brown is ineffectual and unreliable, Brown is hearing none of it. He sees himself in an entirely more flattering light. Indeed, Scott Brown believes that he is a power-broker who influences world events by caucusing with the leaders of the world. Just this week he appeared as a guest on Boston talk radio station WTTK-FM and told this whopper of a tale:

“Each and every day that I’ve been a United States Senator, I’ve been discussing issues, meeting on issues, in secret meetings and with kings and queens and prime ministers and business leaders and military leaders, talking, voting, working on issues every single day.” (Here is the audio: http://www.hark.com/clips/yqmgpwmfmz-kingsandqueens)

Immediately after the interview aired, Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh demanded a list of the Kings and Queens Brown claims to have met with since he took office, reports the Boston Herald. Then, just a few hours after the radio interview, Brown spokesman Colin Reed said the Senator misspoke. Fact is, Scott Brown has not and is not meeting with any Kings and Queens in double-secret meetings or even in the open for that matter.

Many people would refer to Scott Brown’s royal negotiations statement as a lie. However, maybe there is another explanation. As Brian McGrory of The Boston Globe says, maybe Scott Brown is simply delusional. McGrory ponders,

“Scott Brown understands that the Burger King is just a restaurant name, right — not an actual person? And when he sneaks off to the Dairy Queen for an Oreo Blizzard, that doesn’t actually count as a secret meeting with royalty?…Be worried about Senator Brown. Be very worried. It looks like he’s becoming delusional, starting to believe — and worse, trying to convince others — that he’s far more important than any junior senator has ever been.”

To make matters even worse for Scott Brown, The Huffington Post has just revealed that “Senator Centerfold” has been recorded on at least 5 separate occasions falsely saying that he has “secret” meetings with Kings and Queens. Let’s go to the video:

Looks like Senator Scott Brown has been caught with his pants down yet again.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Centerfold song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA1ykK1mhfo

SCOTT BROWN IS THE CENTERFOLD

(sung to the J. Geils Band song “Centerfold”)

Come on!

Does Scott walk? Does Brown talk?
Does he lie and cheat?
More devil than an angel
Always dealing in deceit

Scott’s as light as snowflakes
No credits to his name
He’s just a fallen angel
He’s also short one brain

Years go by I’m lookin’ through a girly magazine
And there’s my hometown Brownie on the pages in-between

CHORUS:
My blood runs cold
Scott’s mammaries are toned and bold
Scott Brownie is the centerfold
Brownie is the centerfold

My blood runs cold
Scott’s history has now been told
Brownie is the centerfold

Selling votes under his desk
Wall Street boys thinkin’, Scott Brown’s the best
My oh my, Scott earns their pay
No doubt he is their guy

Brown’s now shakin’ in his shoes
Whenever he’s jeered on nightly news
Like the whole damn G.O.P.
Scott Brown’s a pack of lies

They’re spineless, weak bed-wetters
Tea Baggers are their crutch
Scott Brown was their Queen for a Day
Now these days… not so much

CHORUS
My blood runs cold
Scott’s mammaries are toned and bold
Scott Brownie is the centerfold
Brownie is the centerfold

My blood runs cold
Scott’s history has now been told
Brownie is the centerfold

(Burger King and Dairy Queen break)

Now listen…
It’s okay I understand
Scott Brown is not a manly man
I hope that when Scott Brown is gone
I’ll see him when his clothes are on

Take his truck, Yes he will
He’ll take his truck and drive it
He’ll take it to a motel room
And take ’em off in private

Although Scott Brown is tanned and ripped
He must regret that day he stripped
Oh no, he can’t deny it
Oh yea, it’s gonna be “goodbye” yet

CHORUS:
My blood runs cold
Scott’s mammaries are toned and bold
Scott Brownie is the centerfold
Brownie is the centerfold

My blood runs cold
Scott’s history has now been told
Scott Brownie is the centerfold

My blood runs cold
Scott’s mammaries are toned and bold
Scott Brownie is the centerfold
Brownie is the centerfold
My blood runs cold
Scott’s history has now been told
Scott Brownie is the centerfold
Brownie is the centerfold

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Sunday Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 87

Sorry about the late post but these beach days are cutting into Lynnrockets’ productivity!

Just a few newsworthy items (and comments thereon) that have been making their way through the political universe this past week but may have escaped your attention. Please ponder and maybe chuckle a bit before enjoying a wonderful day!

BREAKING NEWS:  It is OK if the House Republicans have not passed one single job creation bill since they made the promise to do so back in 2010. Who needs them? Great news this week was that 117,000 jobs were added last month and the numbers for the last 2 months were revised upwards by 56,000 jobs. These job numbers surpassed all predictions. all gains were in the private sector and unemployment is decreasing. Change we can count on.

THIS JUST IN:  The latest example of sleazy Republican tactics to reduce the Democratic vote. Americans For Prosperity (a Koch Bros. owned front) is mailing absentee ballots to Democrats in at least 2 Wisconsin state Senate recall districts with instructions to return the paperwork after the election date. This follows shortly after the GOP Gov. (facing recall) announced closing 10 voter ID issuing DMVs in Democratic districts. Why is the GOP afraid of voters?

BREAKING NEWS:  All Americans should know this. ABC News reported this week that 4 of the 8 Republicans running for President and who claim they know how to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US have their campaign t-shirts manufactured in other countries. The offenders are Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and Ron Paul.

THIS JUST IN: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has summed things up pretty well. He says, “The rich are getting richer. Their effective tax rate, in recent years, has been reduced to the lowest in modern history. Nurses, teachers and firemen actually pay a higher tax rate than some billionaires. It’s no wonder the American people are angry.”

BREAKING NEWS:  The next time somebody tells you that the Tea Party is gaining momentum, inform them of this. The St Louis Tea Party had scheduled a rally on August 4, 2011 which was expected to fill the Kiener Plaza. Instead, the event received only 3, yes 3, confirmations of attendance and the rally was cancelled. This follows upon the cancellation of the Tea Party’s 2011 convention for lack of reservations and the disastrous showing of only 50 people at last week’s Capitol Hill Tea Party rally.

THIS JUST IN:  This week’s episode of “Tea Party Hypocrites” features Teapublican Wisconsin state senate candidate Kim Simac. She is attempting to unseat incumbent Democrat Jim Holperin. Talking Points Memo reports that it has been revealed that the uber-patriotic themed children’s books authored by Simac are published not in the USA but in China. How is that for patriotism?

BREAKING NEWS:  Sometimes when you hear an idea for the first time, it simply sounds stupid. Then, when you take the time to really ponder it, you understand that it is even more stupid than you originally thought. That is the case with Republican Fox News host Mike Huckabee and his idea that President Obama should fire Timothy Geithner and “Ask Donald Trump to be Treasury secretary.” So, in Huckabee’s opinion, the way to guide the nation out of its economic problems is to have the economy presided over by a man who has declared bankruptcy four times. Here is a better idea: Mike Huckabee should stay out of politics and continue to play the guitar!

SPECIAL NOTE ONE:  It was great to see the Boston Red Sox turn things around yesterday at Fenway Park and wallop the New York Yankees while regaining sole possession of first in the American League East standings. Here’s hoping the trend continues in Game 3 of the series tonight.

SPECIAL NOTE TWO:  The J, Geils Band concert last night at the Pavilion in Boston was terrific. Here is a portion of the review from the Boston Herald:  “Seeing the Boston Whammer Jammers at a sold-out Bank of America Pavilion on a fine summer Saturday night … was great. During that old, brilliant warhorse “Must of Got Lost,” it was damn near transcendent. Last night, Wolf was the consummate showman — still as scrawny, screwy and fun as he always was. And he held court all night long, leading the boys through rock ’n’ roll ser-mons including “Homework” and “Night Time.” Guitarist J. Geils proved why he’s the namesake, with his burn-down-the-house-slowly solo on “One Last Kiss” and the churning Chicago blues of “Detroit Breakdown.” Then there was harmonica maestro Magic Dick —the dude is killer (monster moment: the dirty groove harp on “Sanctuary”). And I didn’t even get to their secret-weapon organist Seth Justman or guest guitarist Duke Levine. The diehards dug it when Geils and Co. reached into their back pages with the bar-band favorites that conquered every honky-tonk and gin joint from here to the Motor City.

There is not yet any video of available from last night’s show. So, in the meantime please enjoy this clip of Peter Wolf joing Elvis Costello and The Imposters on stage at Boston’s Wang Theatre last May:

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!

Monday Mid-Day Music Byte (J. Geils Band/Aerosmith Fenway Review)

Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band belted out a tune last night.

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler...
Photo by Christopher Evans

The Boston Herald review of Saturday night’s J. Geils Band/Aerosmith concert at Boston’s fenway park:

It happened. Lord, oh, lord, it actually happened.

After 40 years of rock, millions of dollars burnt on booze, pills, powders and hospital bills, and months of fresh infighting, Aerosmith made it to the stage at Fenway last night. And they (mostly) did the city proud.

Along with J. Geils Band and opener locals Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents (a cute little garage soul outfit), Aerosmith rocked the sold-out park.

Yes, there were moments that made the (not always) Bad Boys look like tools. Lame late singles “Falling in Love,” “Pink” and (seriously? ugh!) “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” wasted time needed for more “Toys in the Attic.” Joey Kramer’s drum solo surrounded by clouds of fog was a Spinal Tap moment. And Joe Perry’s guitar duel with a digitized version of himself, the exact same one from the ’09 Comcast Center show, was another sad, stupid ad for the band’s “Guitar Hero” game.

But there were many brilliant moments.

The set list was standard, as we basically got what every other crowd on the tour got – where was the expected, coulda-been-awesome Geils/Aerosmith collaboration? But most of the performance was a glitzy blitz of glammed-up, hammed-up stadium rock.

The show opened with a Denis Leary-narrated JumboTron video history of Aer-O-(expletive)-Smith and the band’s “Train Kept A-Rollin’ ” thunder clap. Then it lapsed into newer hits, with Tyler often struggling vocally. Some ruled – “What It Takes” began with Tyler a cappella before becoming a tasty, gooey sandwich of pop cheese and Rolling Stones leftovers. Some were awful – did I mention blob-of-vomit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing?”

After the uneven pop came lots of top-notch rock. “Come Together” featuring a freaky Perry solo. An epic “Sweet Emotion.” “Baby, Please Don’t Go” with Tyler exclaiming, “Excuse me while I whip this out,” and grabbing his harmonica.

And the encore was even better. Tyler, whose voice was at its best by night’s end, in a Sox jersey at a white grand piano atop the Green Monster belting out “Dream On.” An extended “Walk This Way” (it takes a while to get from the Monster to center field) fired Brad Whitford and Perry’s tough, tight guitars.

Steven Tyler may have a “Big Ten Inch Record,” but he doesn’t have a guy named Magic Dick in his band.

The harmonica wizard, fab frontman Peter Wolf and the rest of the J. Geils Band rarely reunite, so when they do, they make damn sure it’s a blow-your-face-out house party. The band plus New York’s Uptown Horns delivered a set of rocks-off r & b steered by the wily Wolf – through the hour-plus set he was in and out of the crowd, tossing roses to the ladies or rhyming and rambling through Wolfa Goofa rants.

A good chunk of the crowd was specifically there for classic Geils – Dick honkin’ away on “First I Look at the Purse,” guitarist J. Geils ripping into “Detroit Breakdown,” and highlight “Must of Got Lost.” But the biggest cheers were for the ’80s hits – “Love Stinks,” “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold.” Geils did the Top 40 tunes justice, but its heart is still in gritty, bar band stuff.

There was rampant speculation that the Fenway forum would induce the bands to perform together for a bit. Such was not the case however, because prior to the concert, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and J. Geils Band’s Peter Wolf got into a loud and public argument. It appears that the egomaniac Tyler did not want Wolf to use the crowd runway during his band’s performance. Wolf would have none of it and used it frequently. Aerosmith then would not let the Geils Band perform with them. Oh well, what’s Boston without a fight anyway!

There is not a lot of great footage of the J. Geils Band out there just yet, but in the meantime please enjoy these somewhat lacking clips of “Musta Got Lost” and “Give It To Me”. After that, the next clips of Aerosmith have better quality. The “Dream On” clip is notable because Steven Tyler performs from atop the famed left field wall known in Boston as the “Green Monstah”.

J. Geils Band – “Musta Got Lost”

J. Geils Band – “Give It To Me”

Denis Leary and “Train kept A Rollin”

Aerosmith – “Dream On”

Saturday Night Music Byte

Peter Wolf and Steven Tyler

In preparation for my attendance at this weekend’s long awaited J. Geils Band/Aerosmith concert at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, Lynnrockets will take a small break from music bytes devoted to the 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die and substitute a few songs from the aforementioned Boston based bands. Please enjoy.

J. Geils Band (Then 1972) – “Floyd’s Hotel” and “Hard Drivin’ Man”

J. Geils Band (Then 1974) – “Give It To Me”

J. Geils Band (Now 2009) – “Detroit Breakdown”

Aerosmith (Then 1974) – “Train Kept A Rollin'”

Aerosmith (Now 2004) – “Last Child”

Friday Night Music Byte

In preparation for my attendance at this weekend’s long awaited J. Geils Band/Aerosmith concert at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, Lynnrockets will take a small break from music bytes devoted to the 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die and substitute a few songs from the aforementioned Boston based bands. Please enjoy.

Aerosmith – “Dream On”

J. Geils Band – “Lookin’ For A Love”

Tuesday Night Music Byte

The J. Geils Band circa 1972

As anybody who reads this blog already knows, one of my favorite bands is the J. Geils Band. Some of you newcomers however, might not know too much about these guys. So, here we go…

The J. Geils Band (pronounced “Guiles”) is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts . The band played R&B-influenced blues-rock in the 1970s before moving towards a more pop-influenced sound in the 1980s. Since their initial break-up in 1983, the band has reunited several times.

The band started as an acoustic blues trio in the mid 1960s, with singer and guitarist John Geils, bassistMagic Dick). Danny Klein (Dr. Funk) and harmonica player Richard Salwitz (stage name

The band formed under the name ‘Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels’, while Geils was attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a couple of semesters. In 1967, the band switched focus, starting to play electric guitar and bass and recruiting drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and fast-talking ex-disc jockey singer Peter Wolf, born Peter Blankenfeld, both from Boston. They became the J. Geils Blues Band, later dropping the word, “Blues” from the band name. The following year, former fan Seth Justman joined as an organist. The group signed to Atlantic Records in 1970.

Although living in Boston, the band had always considered Detroit their second home because of their enormous popularity there. Two of their three live albums were recorded in Detroit at various venues. The third live album was recorded in Detroit and Boston.

The J. Geils Band first received FM radio airplay with the live single “First I Look at the Purse”, then had several hit singles in the 1970s, the most successful of which were a cover version of The Showstoppers’ “Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty” (1973) and “Musta Got Lost” (1974). Later in the 1970s, the band signed with EMI America Records.

On August 17, 1971, at a show in the Boston Common, The Allman Brothers Band named The J. Geils Band as their favorite local band. Both bands later played the last show at the Fillmore East, before it closed. After their initial commercial successes the group seemed destined to be nothing more than a party band, until the release of Monkey Island (1977), followed by Sanctuary (1978).

In 2004, Geils produced the album Nail It! for Massachusetts-based blues/rock group The Installers (Francesca Records #1011). He has also been known to appear on stage with The Installers occasionally.

On May 22, 2006, the six original members had a surprise reunion, at bassist Danny Klein’s 60th birthday party at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

Magic Dick recently contributed his harmonica playing and some vocals as part of a live recording called Command Performance by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Tommy Castro Band, Deanna Bogart, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and others. Since 2007, he has toured as part of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue on different Blues Cruises, and again on land-based shows. Peter Wolf toured with Kid Rock during the first half of 2008, and is finishing up on a new solo cd.

On February 19, 2009, the band reunited once again to perform the opening concert at the new House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts on Lansdowne St. in Boston, (formerly the location of The Avalon, The Axis, The Embassy, and The Modern) with longtime associate Marty Richards filling in for original drummer Stephen Jo Bladd. Subsequently they played two shows on April 24 and 25 at Detroit’s Fillmore Theater (formerly State Theater). They also did a a second show on Landsdowne St. April 28. No tour is planned, however the J. Geils Band will be performing along with one of Boston’s other great bands, Aerosmith this August at historic Fenway Park.

Please enjoy this video clip from 1981 featuring the J. Geils Band performing “Land Of A Thousand Dances“.

Wednesday Night Music Byte

James Cotton

Lynnrockets will be attending a concert in Greater Boston this Friday evening titled, “Boston legends: A Tribute To James Cotton“. The show will feature  Michael Carabello of Santana, former Boston member Sib Hashian, David Hull of The Joe Perry Project, Jon Butcher of Jon Butcher Axis, Magic Dick of the J. Geils Band with the James Montgomery Band, Billy Squire (“The Stroke” and “Everybody Wants You”) and The Uptown Horns (known for performing with the Rolling Stones and the J. Geils Band). James Cotton will be in attendance and may, or may not, perform.

The Lynn Item reports, “As the youngest child in a large family, James Cotton grew up in cotton fields in Tunica, MS where he worked alongside his parents. His father Mose was a Baptist preacher.

Cotton says some of his earliest memories are of his mother playing chicken and train sounds on her harmonica and for a few years he thought those were the only sounds the harmonica could make. That idea evaporated quickly when Cotton received a 15 cent harmonica for Christmas one year. Cotton said when he heard the harmonica legend Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) playing on the radio, his love affair with the harmonica started.

At age 9, Cotton lost both his parents and an uncle introduced him to Williamson.

Cotton said he immediately started playing Williamson’s radio show theme song.

“I walked up and played it for him,” he said. “And I played it note for note. And he looked at that. He had to pay attention.”

The two were inseparable for years following that encounter and Cotton, who was too young to go into the juke joints where Williamson performed, would stay outside and play for tips. In 1954, Cotton got a break when Muddy Waters hired him to play harp in his band. You would be hard pressed to find a blues performer Cotton has not played with over the years. This year marks Cotton’s 66th year in the entertainment business and the show at Lynn City Hall is a fitting tribute to the Grammy Award winner, who has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institution.”

Please enjoy these video clips of James Cotton. The first is vintage Cotton playing “Slow Blues” and the second is Cotton and J. Geils of the J. Geils Band performing together in 2008 at The Roxy in Boston. Please enjoy. We will report on the concert later.

Friday Night Music Byte

By 1983 the members of Boston’s J. Geils Band were arguing over which direction the band’s future music should take. They were still fantastically popular in the mainstream because of the tremendous success of their recently released Freeze Frame album which contained the hit, “Centerfold”. That album however was far more pop oriented and commercial than the band’s earlier work which was much more heavily blues influenced. In 1983 most of the band were happy with their new-found monetary success but they were disappointed in the musical product which they considered to be a sell-out. Peter Wolf,  the lead singer on the other hand wanted to continue in the new pop oriented format. No resolution to the dispute could be reached and consequently, Wolf left the band to pursue a solo career. His first solo album titled, Lights Out was released in 1984 and it carried on the pop sound of Freeze Frame.

This video clip is Peter Wolf performing the hit single “Lights Out” from the album of the same name. Please enjoy.

Thursday Night Music Byte


The J. Geils Band (pronounced “Guiles”) is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts . The band played R&B-influenced blues-rock in the 1970s before moving towards a more pop-influenced sound in the 1980s. Since their initial break-up in 1983, the band has reunited several times.

The band started as an acoustic blues trio in the mid 1960s, with singer and guitarist John Geils, bassistMagic Dick). Danny Klein (Dr. Funk) and harmonica player Richard Salwitz (stage name

The band formed under the name ‘Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels’, while Geils was attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a couple of semesters. In 1967, the band switched focus, starting to play electric guitar and bass and recruiting drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and fast-talking ex-disc jockey singer Peter Wolf, born Peter Blankenfeld, both from Boston. They became the J. Geils Blues Band, later dropping the word, “Blues” from the band name. The following year, former fan Seth Justman joined as an organist. The group signed to Atlantic Records in 1970.

Although living in Boston, the band had always considered Detroit their second home because of their enormous popularity there. Two of their three live albums were recorded in Detroit at various venues. The third live album was recorded in Detroit and Boston.

The J. Geils Band first received FM radio airplay with the live single “First I Look at the Purse”, then had several hit singles in the 1970s, the most successful of which were a cover version of The Showstoppers’ “Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty” (1973) and “Musta Got Lost” (1974). Later in the 1970s, the band signed with EMI America Records.

On August 17, 1971, at a show in the Boston Common, The Allman Brothers Band named The J. Geils Band as their favorite local band. Both bands later played the last show at the Fillmore East, before it closed. After their initial commercial successes the group seemed destined to be nothing more than a party band, until the release of Monkey Island (1977), followed by Sanctuary (1978).

In 2004, Geils produced the album Nail It! for Massachusetts-based blues/rock group The Installers (Francesca Records #1011). He has also been known to appear on stage with The Installers occasionally.

On May 22, 2006, the six original members had a surprise reunion, at bassist Danny Klein’s 60th birthday party at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

Magic Dick recently contributed his harmonica playing and some vocals as part of a live recording called Command Performance by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Tommy Castro Band, Deanna Bogart, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and others. Since 2007, he has toured as part of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue on different Blues Cruises, and again on land-based shows. Peter Wolf toured with Kid Rock during the first half of 2008, and is finishing up on a new solo cd.

On February 19, 2009, the band reunited once again to perform the opening concert at the new House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts on Lansdowne St. in Boston, (formerly the location of The Avalon, The Axis, The Embassy, and The Modern) with longtime associate Marty Richards filling in for original drummer Stephen Jo Bladd. Subsequently they played two shows on April 24 and 25 at Detroit’s Fillmore Theater (formerly State Theater). They also did a a second show on Landsdowne St. April 28. No tour is planned however.

Watch this damn band on these vids. It’s great music performance.

And this great Boston performance…

Now please pay attention to the reunion concert in February 2009 in Boston, some 25 years since they last played together. the magic is still there. watch Wolf work both the crowd and the band.