Date: March 22nd 1980
Venue: Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
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01 – Jus’ Can’t Stop Me
02 – Night Time
03 – Just Can’t Wait
04 – Come Back
05 – Southside Shuffle
06 – Detroit Breakdown
07 – Till The Wall’s Come Tumblin’ Down
08 – Sanctuary
09 – One Last Kiss
10 – Teresa
11 – Wild Man
12 – Love Stinks
13 – Lookin’ For A Love
Info: 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.