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Talk about cool introductions. After the Coach House lights dimmed, an instrumental recording of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” was cued up. The band took the stage and kicked into a brief jazz version of the Irving Berlin tune.
Then Peter Wolf slowly emerged in trademark all-black attire and porkpie hat — holding down that always wild mane of hair — to start the haunting, mandolin-accented “Growin’ Pain,” from his 2002 album Sleepless.
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With a solid 5 piece band that reminded me of the instrumentation’s of the J. Geils Band: 2 guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, one of the guitarist was multi-instrumentalist that used a lap steel, les paul and acoustic guitars.
Peter Wolf and his west coast (?) hired guns were well rehearsed, ran through his new material from the “Midnight Souvenirs” release, although the audience was never pitched the usual stage banter of “this next on is on my new release” promotion. Wolf seemed to connect with the keyboard player who worked both the piano and B-3 organ with horn, while the singer would work the small stage and blow some harmonica and double maraca’s.
Well into his set the singer made the comment of how he was giving the band a fit, how they had requested the formation of a set list, and making the comment that although one was made, that they had not played any 2 songs in their list order. One of the highlights was the the beginning of the heavy beat of the old J. Geils song: “Looking for Love” the crowd of 40-60 somethings erupted with dancing in the wings!
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Thanks to Dave Miller for this great review of Peter Wolf performing at Park West, Chicago, IL on May 15th, 2010.
Dropping to his knees just as he used to watch James Brown do at the Apollo Theater in Harlem was just one trick in Peter Wolf’s repetoire Saturday night at Park West. Wolf pulled out all the stops in giving what amounted to a master class in being a frontman. Whether whirling like a dervish, shaking maraccas like he was backing Bo Diddley, telling tales of meeting Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, rapping like an old-time DJ, singing while sitting on the edge of the stage or hushing the crowd by playing a harmonica off mic, Wolf gave a performance that would have made the Godfather of Soul proud.
Wolf has few equals as a frontman. You can count Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen among his peers in that department. Like the rock icons, Wolf defies his age at 64. Touring behind his first album in eight years, the J. Geils Band singer sounded in fine voice and brought his trademark energy and enthusiam to the stage to a degree that would make rockers of any age envious.
Source: The Detroit News
As the frontman of the much-loved J. Geils Band, Peter Wolf can draw on a deep well of love and affection built up from years of playing in the band’s second home of Detroit.
So it’s no surprise that his show at Saint Andrew’s Hall on Monday, in support of his urban and country blues-soaked solo album “Midnight Souvenirs” (Verve/UMe), is sold out. But he still makes no presumptions about that love.
“I don’t take it for granted, especially in a place that means as much to me as Detroit,” Wolf said by phone from his Boston home.
Susan Whitall / Detroit News Music Writer
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