Platinum-selling legend, the J. Geils Band, reunited this summer to give fans a dose of the group’s celebrated classics, and just got off the road; but the band’s celebrated singer, Peter Wolf, is showing no signs of slowing down. The vocalist is going solo once again this autumn, when he’ll launch a series of shows beginning on October 5th at the Hotel Cafe in L.A.
Assembling a stellar five-piece backing band of New England’s greatest jazz, rock and blues musicians, Wolf will present a unique performance of music and storytelling. The evening will include Geils fan favorites and will feature songs from Wolf’s seven solo albums, as well as selections from his latest release, Midnight Souvenirs (Verve/UMe). In between tunes, the singer will regale audiences with tales from his life as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest frontmen, such as working with Mick and Keith from the Rolling Stones; getting chased down an alley by Sly Stone; his “wild nights” in Cambridge with Van Morrison, and being the college roommate of film director David Lynch.
Wolf’s upcoming tour will include key dates in and around his hometown of Boston as well as in New York City (full itinerary below). Last year, Rolling Stone named Midnight Souvenirs as one of the “30 Best Albums of 2010,” stating that it “proves nothing can kill Wolf's charm, musicality and youthfulness.”
Midnight Souvenirs includes a series of sterling duets with A-list singers such as Neko Case, Shelby Lynne and country legend Merle Haggard, and follows 2002’s similarly star-studded Sleepless, an artistic triumph with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Steve Earle, which Rolling Stone listed among the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
For some, Wolf is best known as the energetic lead singer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-nominated J. Geils Band, whose many hits include “Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame” and “Love Stinks.” Throughout the band’s many world-wide sold-out tours, Geils had as their opening acts such diverse performers as U2, Tom Petty, Billy Joel, Bob Segar and Fleetwood Mac, to name only a few.
Yet these highlights barely scratch the biographical surface of the multi-faceted talent, Peter Wolf, who as a child, painted in the studio of Norman Rockwell; was the founding program director and late night disc jockey at Boston’s legendary FM station WBCN, and who became close friends with blues greats Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and John Lee Hooker. The music and stories will flow at the tour dates below.
Friday, October 5 Hollywood, CA Hotel Café
Saturday, October 6 Santa Barbara, CA Soho Music Club
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Brownfield ME Stone Mountain Arts Center
Friday, October 26, 2012 Rockland ME Strand Theatre
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Fall River MA Narrows Center For the Arts
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Fall River MA Narrows Center For the Arts
Saturday, November 03, 2012 New York NY City Winery