Guitarist J Geils Dead at 71

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  1. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    John Warren Geils Jr., better known as J. Geils, the guitarist of the the J. Geils Band, was found dead in his home in Groton, Massachusetts Tuesday. He was 71. Rolling Stone has confirmed Geils’ death. According to Groton Police, “a preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes.”

    “At approximately 4 p.m., Groton Police responded to a home on Graniteville Road for a well-being check,” Groton Police said in a statement. “Upon arrival to the house, police located a man who was unresponsive. He was declared dead at the scene … The Groton Police Department is investigating the death, as is standard procedure in all unattended deaths, however foul play is not suspected at this time.”

    Guitarist J. Geils (Rolling Stone)
  2. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I was confused because I thought he'd already died, and he did--the article is dated 4/12/17.
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Whew...Twilight Zone moment.
  4. getrhythm


    Nov 2, 2015
    New Jersey
    B7SRUsZCEAMycDM[1].png I saw this show.
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  5. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Well since we are talking about him/them anyway, one of the things that gets overlooked in that very talented band was the rhythm section, Stephen Bladd and Danny Klein had a such a killer lock. Bladd has to be one of the most overlooked drummers from that period. I saw them a LOT back in the day, they were ubiquitous in the NYC area concert scene of the early 70's.
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  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Why does this bring Tom Petty to mind?

    Remember what happened with that?
  8. getrhythm


    Nov 2, 2015
    New Jersey
    Nice! I met Ian and Ruth Underwood outside before the show. Apparently, Ian was going to join the Magic Band on guitar but eventually had to bail because of migraines. As we were talking a limo containing CB & the MB pulled up, the Underwoods bid me a farewell and hopped in the car, I said hi to the boys in the band and they pulled away. I also snuck a cassette recorder into the show but the tape is long gone.
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  9. CB and the MB especially Rockette Morton were on fire for that show. As I remember, many of the J Geils band fans weren't too impressed.

    Billy Joel was an unknown at the time and played the opening set to a pretty empty house. This was before Piano Man and Captain Jack was his big song of the night.
  10. MCF


    Sep 1, 2014
    Interesting bills. One I’d have loved to see was King Crimson, Redbone and The Flying Burrito Bros. On the same night. And obviously very early Yes Shows.
  11. getrhythm


    Nov 2, 2015
    New Jersey
    Exactly! I remember the J. Geils fans yelling during the Captain's set.."J.GEILS! J. GEILS!"
    And B.J. was solo and forgettable (to me).
  12. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    My most enduring memory of the J. Geils band is the note on the album cover of one of their 70's live albums; "made loud to play loud".

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  13. ELG60


    Apr 26, 2017
    Yeah, that article's over two years old ... Musta got lost.
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  14. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
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