HISTORY OF THE J. GEILS BAND IN YOUNGSTOWN AREA

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John Warren Geils founder of The J. Geils Band, was found dead in his home Massachusetts. Police say the death is not suspicious. He was 71.  The J. Geils Band played a lot of shows in Northeast Ohio over the years. They were a great party band with those heavy R&B influences.  Here is a look back at some of them.  On Saturday August 5, 1972 The J. Geils Band opened for Alice Cooper at The Akron Rubber Bowl.

On April 17, 1976 they played at Beeghly Center at Youngstown State.

In May of 1976 I caught them at a free concert on The Commons at Kent State.  The line up included Michael Stanley, The Outlaws, and more.  What a great all day show...everybody from the dorms took the mattresses out of their rooms and were sitting on the hillside. 

On August 28, 1976 they were supposed to play at the ill-fated Mosquito Dam Jam at The Trumbull County Fair Grounds.  They didn't go on because of rain.  Over 25,000 people were at the event that was marred by a stabbing and a riot. People went berserk and started throwing food. It turned into a melee.

Later that year I caught them again when they played The Freedom Festival at The Nelson Ledges Race Track.  They were there with Steve Miller, ELO, Heart, Roy Buchanan and Widow Maker.  The thing I remember most about that one was everybody was burning the tires around the race track all night long before the show.  In the morning everything was covered with soot and it looked like everybody had spent the night working in a coal mine.  In 1980 they returned to Cleveland for play The World Series Of Rock on July 19.

On December 10, 2001, Jay and his harp player Magic Dick played The Cellar in Downtown Struthers.  On December 5, 2014 I saw them open for Bob Seger and I went to the Pittsburgh show on that tour too.  The band rocked by J. Geils was not there.  He left the band that bares his name back in 2012. Some people think that singer Peter Wolf is J. Geils.  It would be nice to see them in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The live version of" Musta Got Lost" is my favorite and we used to use "Southside Shuffle" for our radio ads for Bullwinkle's bar because of course was on South Ave.  

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