In Memoriam: J. Geils

In the twilight years of MusicTAP, I had planned to not write up remembrances on stars who are passing. At this point, it is certainly the time where many of them will be leaving us with some frequency. And while 2015 had its share, it wasn’t until 2016 when a notable performer like David Bowie drew every one’s preternatural attention to the deaths of our favorites. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the passing of Mr John Warren Geils, otherwise and affectionately known as J. Geils, and for whom he named his band after.

J. Geils put together a stunning collection of musicians that were highlighted by the incredible vocal and stage prowess of one Mr Peter Wolf, a former DJ of note. Once that magnificent collective of musicians were on the road and in the studio, well…Rock and Roll was the luckier for it. And so were we.

It depresses me to see J. Geils leave us already at the young age of 71. I know he joins an elite band in his passing but the world is deprived of a proper send-off as it should have been. Nevertheless, Mr J. Geils left a legacy behind in a series of albums and songs. He also left behind a legacy of stage shows indicated by incredible Live documents, Full House (1972), and the awesomely wild Blow Your Face Out (1976), and even Showtime! (1982). If you had a chance to see them live, then you were lucky indeed!

Although I’m a BIG fan of the Atlantic years of the band, with less an interest in their EMI years, I loved them throughout. And J. Geils willbe missed for what he gave the world, The J. Geils Band.


Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie To Release Album In June

In an interesting pairing, Christine McVie has joined with Lindsey Buckingham in a Buckingham/Nicks-like endeavor that should prove to be quite enjoyable. Both are incredible and UNIQUE lyricists and song-crafters, each as different as Stevie Nicks is in her own right. It was that uniqueness that made the Fleetwood/Buckingham/McVie/Nicks/McVie version of Fleetwood Mac such a strong unit. Although we all knew that these two were recording an album, it’s just as nice to know the album is soon to be available.

On June 9, Atlantic Records will release Lindsey Buckingham . Christine McVie as a ten-track set. A fore-running single from the album, “In My World” will be issued on Friday (04/14). With these two as a strong song-writing unit, it could be interesting to apply a sense of translation as it could have been Fleetwood Mac as the recipient of these tracks. Which makes me quite interested to hear this upcoming song.

It’s also nice to find that they will be touring this album giving fans a more personal experience to remember the album with. I wish more established and well-known bands that venture into this kind of territory would be as adventurous as Buckingham/McVie.

Lindsey Buckingham.Christine McVie will be issued on CD, DD, and 180g-weight vinyl LP.