Review: Peter Wolf live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on October 27, 2011 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf

I know what you are thinking – Michael Jackson is dead.  The above photo might look like Michael, but it’s rock god Peter Wolf!  The former front man of the J. Geils Band performed at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on October 26, 2011.  For the first time in my New York concert going experiences at Bowery Ballroom, the show was seated.  I think it worked in this setting because the show was so intimate.  Peter Wolf told stories in between songs – sometimes the story behind the song, sometimes a fond memory from the past and sometimes he just wanted to flirt with the audience.  One memorable story was a time when he was hanging out with Howlin’ Wolf and someone pointed out to the pair that there were two Wolves (Wolf’s) in the room.  Howlin’ Wolf said “no.  There’s only one!”  Throughout the 2 hour show, Peter Wolf danced like a man possessed and if you’ve ever seen the video to “Lights Out,” you know what kind of dancing I’m talking about.  Though songs from that album were not played, Peter Wolf did play a nice selection of covers and his own solo material.  He also performed a folksy version of the J. Geils Band’s “Love Stinks,” which got a tremendous response from the audience.  By the end of the show, the entire audience was up and dancing and Peter Wolf was called back for 2 encores (totalling 6 songs!)

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf

Both Peter Wolf and his band sounded great and if you missed him tonight, you are SOL because his show at Brooklyn’s Bell House on October 27, 2011 is sold out!  After the jump, see the set list.

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Hugh Cornwell (of The Stranglers) Live at Mercury Lounge

Posted by The G on October 27, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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Hugh Cornwell

On October 26, 2010, the former lead singer of punk/new wave legends The Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell played two intimate shows at New York’s Mercury Lounge.  I caught the first set and I loved it. He mixed in solo material with Stranglers greatest hits and then after a short intermission, he performed the Stranglers album “Rattus Norvegicus IV” in its entirety!  The band only consisted of 3 members and all three played the sh-t out of their instruments.  I was so fascinated by the drummer who was drumming so fast and he made it look effortless.

I met Hugh Cornwell before the show and a photo of that encounter will be coming soon, so stay tuned.  There was no setlist posted, so Hugh die-hards, help us out…. I recall the first few songs were “Nice n’ Sleazy,” “Going to the City,” “Dreadful Nightmares” and “Rain on the River.”  It was really cool to see so many fans packed into the Mercury Lounge to show Hugh some love.  When someone shouted out a song request in between songs, Hugh told the crowd “take the hamburgers out of your mouth before you speak.” Loved it!

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