Fresh off the news that J Geils Band would be touring the US for a set of dates, I run across a news piece (Vintage Vinyl News) that reported John Geils is suing the band mates. Well, make that ex-band mates. Somewhere, somehow, Seth, Peter, and the others decided that touring with the band’s founder and namesake wouldn’t work out because of ongoing legalities.
What is this band without J. Geils’ guitar, his presence? The J. Geils show was one that I’ve anticipated for such a long time. To finally reach the prize and find it incomplete is another disappointment in a growing line of disappointments with band mates unable to reconcile differences for the sake of their fans.
Grand Funk without Mark Farner; KISS without Ace Frehley and Peter Criss; Yes without Jon Anderson; Journey without Steve Perry; Wishbone Ash without Martin Turner; Pink Floyd without all the components pieces; Faces without its pieces. The bloody list goes on. Far too long.
I understand that we have differences. And that sometimes those differences are deep. But when fame is achieved and loyalty is acquired, sometimes it is required to set things aside (even if you can’t talk to each other during the tour). This inability to “get along” is a time bomb cancer. If it is that bad, okay! But the group that brought the magic should allow all the proper pieces to perform together.
Guess which show I won’t be attending.