is the third and final live album by American rock band The J. Geils Band
, released in 1982
It was recorded at the Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan on September 4th, 1982. This was the last release by the band before frontman Peter Wolf's departure in 1983.
A great live band recorded on stage in a city that loves them. What could go wrong? Enough. For one thing, the material is not as strong as on the 1972 classic Full House Live, also recorded in Detroit. And this release is marred by a witless, overlong Peter Wolf intro to "Love Stinks." He was ousted not long after this album, and the band dispersed after one album without him.
To hear this sextet at its crowd-pleasing best, delve back another decade and pluck Full House Live.
John Warren Geils Jr. (February 20, 1946 – April 11, 2017
), known as J. Geils
, From an early age, he listened to his father's albums by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie, and attended a Louis Armstrong concert with his father. He worked out Miles Davis music on trumpet and drums, and he listened to blues guitarists Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters on the radio. In 1964, he began attending Northeastern University and was a trumpeter in the marching band
. Drawn to folk musicians in Boston, he left Northeastern for Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he studied mechanical engineering. He formed the J. Geils Blues Band while still a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with bassist Danny Klein, harmonica player Richard "Magic Dick"
Salwitz, and added lead vocalist Peter Wolf
, who was a late-night DJ on WBCN. After dropping the word "Blues" from their name, the band released their first album in 1970, performing soul and rhythm and blues-influenced rock music for most of the 1970s before turning to pop music in the 1980s.
Geils fell in love with Italian sports cars. He drove in five races a year during the early 1980s, at the peak of the J. Geils Band's popularity. He opened an automobile restoration shop in Massachusetts to service and repair vintage sports cars such as Ferrari and Maserati. Tension and conflict arose among band members, and Wolf left to pursue a solo career. The band broke up in 1985. Geils put down the guitar to concentrate on auto racing and restoration.
In 2016, Geils was arrested and charged with drunk driving after allegedly rear-ending a car. On April 11, 2017, police conducted a well-being check on Geils and found him unresponsive at his home. He was pronounced dead from natural causes at age 71.