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Get Ready NYCB Theatre at Westbury, J. Geils Band Will Rock!

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The J. Geils Band really needs no introduction. Since their formation in the hazy, crazy time of 1967, they’ve sold more than 10 million records, racked up five gold records, a double-platinum record, a Grammy nomination and toured with the Stones and the Allman Brothers.Although they’re regarded as a Boston band, that’s only part of the story. It all began in New York City, where Jay Geils was born before moving to New Jersey and then studying engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. That’s where the great guitarist met the funky bass-man Danny Klein and the bearded blues harp master known to us today only as Magic Dick. Then the young men moved to Beantown and joined forces later with Peter Wolf on vocals, Stephen Jo Bladd on drums and Seth Justman on keyboards.For their first gigs around New England they were called the J. Geils Blues Band and that’s who they were when I saw them play a mind-blowing outdoor summer concert in Portland, Maine. Soon they dropped the “Blues” from their name but not their repertoire as their wonderful first album, self-titled, came out in 1970 on Atlantic Records thanks to the perspicacious music-business acumen of Jerry Wexler.Their premiere release included lots of great covers like John Lee Hooker’s “Serves You Right to Suffer;” blues great Albert Collins’ “Sno-Cone,” and Otis Rush and the Contours’ “Homework,” with its great refrain: “I can’t do my homework anymore!”—the song that always opened my college FM radio show. But my favorite was their version of Smokey Robinson’s “First I Look at the Purse,” which is one of the songs that Nick Hornby features in his literary tribute to pop music called 31 Songs.Before becoming the front man of the band known for his Cab Calloway-like vocalizing, Wolf was the fast-talking disc jockey (as well as the program and music director) on Boston’s best rock radio station, WBCN, where his moniker was the “Wolfa Goofa Mama Toofa.” Years later, Wolf was the voice for the audio version of the memoir of the great Fillmore East & West promoter Bill Graham, which was recorded after he’d died in a helicopter crash. Also worth noting, Wolfe was once married to the actress Faye Dunaway of Bonnie and Clyde fame and was a roommate of future Hollywood filmmaker David Lynch.It’s ironic that Seth Justman and Peter Wolf could combine their writing talents when the band was in the 1970s and getting hot but couldn’t keep it together in the 1980s when their tastes went off in different directions, ultimately tearing the band apart. At first the band fittingly toured extensively with blues legends like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and James Cotton. But then they got a little slicker, adopting a more new-wavey sound in the 1980s.The band’s romantic numbers range from “Looking for a Love,” which is a super fast paean to frustration, to “Love Stinks,” the ultimate downside of disappointment. Their tune “Centerfold,” about the shock an old boyfriend experiences when he finds out that his former girlfriend has been letting it all hang out, got so much air play (if not foreplay) in 1981 it went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and remained there for about six weeks. It’s a quirky song, not typical of their musical prowess or their R&B roots, but it struck a chord in pop culture and had enough charm to avoid the wrath of the growing religious right wing, which had begun to hound rock radio in the reactionary age of Ronald Reagan.The band’s last studio album was You’re Getting’ Even While I’m Getting’ Odd, which came out in 1984 after Wolf had left. All told, the band did nine albums for Atlantic Records and five albums for EMI America. There’s been great live albums and two “best of” compilations, one in 1979, the second in 2006.Wolf went solo in 1983 but he’s rejoined the band every so often since the late ’90s. He’s got a new solo album coming out next summer, reportedly. His 2010 Midnight Souvenirs effort featured Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case; his 2002 album Sleepless borrowed the talents of Steve Earle and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Wolf will be doing an acoustic show with his Midnight Travelers later this winter at the Winery in Manhattan.But first up in our area is the J. Geils Band blowing the lid off the NYCB Theatre in Westbury on Tuesday, Dec. 16, then shuffling off to Buffalo for a night before coming back to Madison Square Garden as the opening act for Bob Seger, who’s been a long-time friend of theirs. If you want to see them in their full glory—just them and there’s nobody like them—then the Westbury venue is the place to go to hear them perform their classics like “House Party” or “Give It to Me” or “Freeze Frame.” You know when they whip out their “whammer jammer” you’re in for a freakin’ good time.For more mind-blowing gigs and performances at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in The Island Ear!NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50, $79.50. 8 p.m. December 16Watch J. Geils Band’s immortal “Love Stinks” video below!last_img read more

Tigers outlast Panthers, stay undefeated in Big 5

first_imgJaden George had 22 points, including a perfect 12-12 night from the charity stripe, Garrett Hall poured in 14 points and the Arcata Tigers nabbed an important Big 5 Conference win a few miles north at its rival’s house, defeating the McKinleyville Panthers 74-69 Saturday night at McKinleyville High.“I thought this was the first game where we stayed composed and in rhythm even when our opponent went on runs and took the lead,” Arcata head coach Dusty Scofield said. “Games like this is what the …last_img read more

10 months agoMonaco coach Henry leans on Dein to go for Chelsea midfielder Cesc

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Henry leans on Dein to go for Chelsea midfielder Cescby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Thierry Henry has jumped into the battle for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Off contract in June, Cesc has been put up for sale by Chelsea ahead of the January for a price of £7-8m.AC Milan and Roma are in talks with Cesc and Chelsea, as is Atletico Madrid.And Nice-Matin says Henry is also keen on the former Arsenal captain as he attempts to stave off relegation. The pair played together at Arsenal for four years.Further strengthening Henry’s chances is he shares with Cesc the same agent, Darren Dein. last_img read more

10 months agoMarcos Llorente proud to be Real Madrid MOM for CWC final

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marcos Llorente proud to be Real Madrid MOM for CWC finalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente was named man of the match for the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain.Llorente impressed in midfield and even added a goal to mark the occasion.”Football is like a dream and it can change overnight,” he said.”You have to keep working and not let your guard down.”Only then can you take advantage of opportunities.”Llorente again shone for Real Madrid and he admitted his happiness with the recent recognition he has received.”I’m happy to receive it,” he said.”For the goal and for the final we just won.”It’s time to enjoy it with the family now, with those who are there when things are not going well.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Cardiff lodge bid for Nice midfielder Tameze

first_img​Cardiff lodge bid for Nice midfielder Tamezeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff are preparing an offer for Adrien Tameze from Nice.The midfielder will cost roughly £8.5 million, with manager Neil Warnock a huge fan.The Frenchman has played 50 times for Nice.”I think we’ve almost agreed terms for one particular player,” said Warnock to reporters recently, with the assumption he is referring to Tameze.”There’s numerous players we’ve been linked with, the chairman (Mehmet Dalman) and Ken Choo (CEO) are talking to loads of players as far as I’m aware – second, third choices – to see who’s available.”But we’re not going to bring people in that aren’t better than what we’ve got. You’ve got to get the right ones in.”You look at some of the players we’re looking at and the figures are astronomical. I think it’s going to be one of those jobs again, late on in the window again where somebody decides to let somebody go.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer tells Man Utd chiefs they must buy striker in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer tells Man Utd chiefs they must buy striker in Januaryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told club chiefs they must buy a striker in January.Solskjaer lost both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan in the summer with no replacement brought in.Still Solskjaer says he has no regrets about letting Lukaku leave Manchester United.He said: “It was time for Rom to go. He knows that. He didn’t want to be here. What is the point in having players that don’t want to be here?”Solskjaer says he tried to find a new striker in the summer but simply couldn’t get the right man.He said: “There’s no point getting players in that you’re not 100 per cent sure about.”When you get players in you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period and that’s the long-term thinking we have to show.“I cannot think, ‘I need a player because this is my reputation’. No, it’s the club.” last_img read more