The J. Geils Band continues its working retirement with an end of summer tour that includes a stop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Artpark. The band officially fell apart when lead singer – and one of the most entertaining and dynamic front-men in rock history – Peter Wolf headed off on the solo trail, back in 1983.
Infighting, road-weariness and legal issues kept the band members estranged, and ultimately led to a permanent parting of ways with founding member John Geils, but time has done its healing, to the point where Wolf and fellow original members Magic Dick on harmonica, Danny “Dr. Funk” Klein on bass, and Seth Justman on organ have been undertaking periodic short tours for the past several years.
If you’ve been lucky enough to catch a J. Geils Band show over the years, you know that there’s nothing quite like the onstage house party these guys are capable of throwing. The years have done nothing to diminish that capability. There are few American rock bands able to summon so much fire on such a consistent basis.
Tuesday’s Artpark show will surely benefit from the addition of opener Ian Hunter. The former Mott the Hoople leader and his band will kick off proceedings right on time, so get there early. Gates will open at 4:45 p.m. Tickets are $12 (box office, Artpark.net and Tickets.com).