Peter Wolf Brings Acclaimed New Music to The Bowery BallroomMay 5th, 2016
The Bronx-born Peter Wolf first came to fame as the frontman of the J. Geils Band off and on since the early ’70s. And since the R&B-influenced blues-rock band has had a number of breakups (including Wolf’s departure in 1983) and reunions over the years, he’s remained busy by launching a solo career, with the release of Lights Out, in 1984 with songs the J. Geils Band had turned down for their next album. “The rest of the J. Geils Band were kicking themselves when their lame Wolf-less album tanked,” according to AllMusic. “You should be kicking yourself, too, if you write this album off as just fluff. It is great fluff, some of the best the ’80s had to offer.” In the more than 30 years since, Wolf has reunited with the “Centerfold” band while continuing to release his own quality material, including his eighth LP, A Cure for Loneliness (stream it below), out last month. “While Wolf’s signature influences of soul, R&B, rock and roll and even country are displayed over the course of these dozen tracks, his songwriting, singing and backing from a typically solid band show he’s just as vital in his fifth music-making decade as when he broke out with the Geils guys on their 1970 debut,” writes American Songwriter. Touring behind the new album, Wolf (above, performing a bluegrass version of “Love Stinks”) returns home to New York City to play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.