I would have liked my early Christmas gift to have been to go this
Thursday, December 4, to see the J. Geils Band play with Bob
Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. I had seen J. Geils at the Agora
in Cleveland with my good friend who had “rockers” for parents,
way back when. The ‘front man,’ Peter Wolf, has a new album
coming out in 2015. Let me be one of the first to let you know
this incredible news.
If Peter Wolf had had his way, he would also have included the late
great Bobby Womack on it, since he also is a former Clevelander.
You may or may not have known Bobby Womack passed away last
June, aged 70 years old. A fantastic singer and also a great one to
join and collaborate with others.
This will be the return of Wolf’s music, after a five year hiatus from
creating. But Peter Wolf never stopped performing. His schedule is
quite busy. His last album, “Midnight Souvenirs” is worth another
“listen,” since his habit of asking other artists to join him included
Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case. What an outstanding
group and I need to listen to the 2010 album more.
Peter Wolf had not been back to Cleveland since 2005, when he
had performed a tribute to Sam Cooke. That particular night and
memory was shared with Chuck Yarborough of the Cleveland Plain
Dealer. There were Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello and all of Sam
Cooke’s brothers singing with Aretha Franklin. The infamous song
rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come” was their group-shared
performance. “The Blind Boys of Alabama” were part of this great
soulful evening, too. I wonder if this is filmed in its entirety and if
can be found on Youtube?
Peter Wolf mentioned his enjoying meeting the Cleveland famous
newscaster and journalist, Jane Scott. He said she was ‘dear to
their hearts.’ (Some may have read a post where I mentioned that
Michael Heaton, Patricia of “The Middle” fame’s brother went to
school with me. He is working on a documentary of all those many
rock and roll musicians who remember Jane Scott.)
Wolf also mentioned another performance stage location in Richfield,
which is called the “Coliseum.”
Pete Wolf’s small little comment,
Cleveland “means so much more than that Rock and Roll Hall of
Peter is eluding to the fact that J. Geils Band has not made it into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (yet.)
Since 1967, with memorable hits such as “Centerfold” and “Freeze
Frame,” along with the slightly silly song, “Love Stinks,” the Band
certainly should someday be handed this reward. Their longevity
alone, in its variations along the way, should give Peter Wolf his
earned recognition with the entire past ‘cast’ of the Band. His solo
career is a fine collection of musical albums, too.
It made me smile a bit, when Peter Wolf’s recent Plain Dealer
interview made it seem like Bob Seger and the Silver Bullets
Band are young ‘whippersnappers,’ compared to the longer
running band, J. Geils Band. Bob Seger’s group is part of the
2004 inductees of the R and R Hall of Fame.
An interesting memory of a past major concert that played in
Detroit really made Peter Wolf’s point of age and time being
fickle to those who deserve recognition:
“The first time we played Detroit, it was the J. Geils Band,
MC5, Iggy Pop and the Stooges and Mitch Ryder and the
Guess who was the opening act?
(The reversed roles doesn’t bother Peter Wolf, ever gracious to his
fans and Cleveland.)
Peter Wolf’s band will be the lead-in or ‘warm up band’ on Thursday.
Both bands are in my list of favorites of all time, so wish I could
travel North on this day, but really I don’t want to use a vacation
day on Friday.
And if I danced all night, I definitely would need the day to
Do you remember the J.Geils Band and did you ever go to see them
live? Would you prefer Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band over
Is there a group who you follow and enjoy listening to, who has not
made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?