J. Geils Band - Live @ Oakland Coliseum Arena (1980)

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J. Geils Band - Full Concert
Recorded Live: 3/22/1980 - Oakland Coliseum Arena (Oakland, CA)

Setlist:
0:00:00 - Night Time
0:03:01 - Just Can't Wait
0:06:29 - Come Back
0:11:22 - Southside Shuffle
0:15:36 - Detroit Breakdown
0:21:58 - Till These Walls Come Tumbling Down
0:26:54 - Sanctuary
0:30:54 - One Last Kiss
0:36:04 - Teresa
0:39:57 - Wild Man
0:46:44 - Love Stinks
0:49:36 - Looking For a Love
0:54:12 - Give It To Me
1:00:12 - Whammer Jammer
1:03:13 - (Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party
1:09:47 - Where Did Our Love Go?
1:14:54 - Love Rap
1:20:17 - Must Of Got Lost
1:24:42 - Love-Itis
1:29:43 - Peachy Tree
1:32:11 - First I Look At The Purse

Personnel:
John Geils - guitars
Stephen Jo Bladd - percussion, drums
Seth Justman - keyboard, vocals
Danny Klein - bass
Magic Dick - harmonica
Peter Wolf - vocals

Summary:
This performance by blues-rock outfit J. Geils Band was captured on March 22, 1980 at the legendary Oakland Coliseum for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. The concert finds the band on the cusp of its greatest success. The group is touring behind its 1980 release Love Stinks, an album that climbed all the way to No. 18 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart.

The group is at its kinetic best, as evidenced by their opener "Jus' Can't Stop Me," the last track from their tenth album, 1978's Sanctuary. From there, they keep the energy up with storming versions of "Night Time," "Just Can't Wait," and "Come Back"-all key tracks from Love Stinks.

John "J." Geils' guitar work is up to his high standard, with his bluesy licks peppering the songs and really bringing them to life. Lead vocalist, the aptly named Peter Wolf, is full of personality and spirit, and he consistently engages the crowd with his quirky banter and passionate vocals. The rhythm section, comprised of drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and bassist Danny Klein, serve as the group's powerful engine room, providing a solid template for Geils, Wolf, keyboard player Seth Justman, and multi-instrumentalist Magic Dick (trumpet, saxophone, harmonica) to play off.

The group sets a party mood, and the audience really responds. This recording makes it clear why J. Geils Band remained a popular touring band for almost 20 years and is still remembered fondly by music fans who know them for more than a certain 1980's radio smash.

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