LIVE: The J. Geils Band @ the Times Union Center, 12/2/14

December 8th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

I never took a course in Physics, so I’ve always been somewhat flummoxed by Newton’s Law which says something like, “A body in motion tends to stay in motion.” Then I saw Peter Wolf fronting the J. Geils Band at the Times Union Center last week…

Once he hit the stage and launched into “Hard Drivin’ Man” (following the band’s opening around-the-horn, instrumental rave-up of “Sno-Cone”), Wolf simply could not stop moving.

11 songs.

50 minutes.

Dancing… Twirling… Testifying… Stalking the stage. Shaking those skinny legs and all. Wearing his sparkling, sequined jacket, he was like a human mirror ball. Or a glittering Tasmanian devil.

And the man is 68 years old…

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A Few Minutes With… Peter Wolf

October 16th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

Four bands saw this music journalist through the dark nights of the disco-dominated 1970s pop music scene: the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Van Halen and the J. Geils Band.

The first three groups still exist but haven’t produced new music up to their earlier standards. The fourth doesn’t exist under the Geils name, but their lead singer, Peter Wolf, is writing music that is more real and heartfelt than he was between 1969 and ’81 when he left the band. He plays with his current band the Midnight Travelers at The Egg in Albany on Saturday night for the third time in three years.

The first three groups still play arenas, essentially presenting an oldies greatest hits show. Wolf plays venues one twentieth the size, performing new music just as heady, raw and dynamic as he did with Geils but with the added wisdom of lyrics that stand tall next to those of other grizzled veterans, some of whom fall generally under the label of Americana like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver and, yes, Bob Dylan.

Why, you may ask, is Wolf playing to much smaller audiences if he’s better than his contemporaries?

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LIVE: Peter Wolf @ The Egg, 5/21/10

June 4th, 2010, 1:24 pm by Greg

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf

Holy smokes! At age 64, Peter Wolf has not lost one iota of the power, drive and charisma that he was known for when fronting the J. Geils Band so many years ago.

The J. Geils Band’s hits built around Peter Wolf’s voice in the late ’70s and early ’80s dominated the Billboard charts. Memorable tunes like “Looking For Love,” “Love Stinks,” “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold” are still classic-rock radio staples today.

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