BOSTON – The lead guitarist for the J. Geils Band has died. Seventy-one-year old John Geils Jr. was found dead in his home Tuesday in suburban Boston.
Authorities say that Geils died of natural causes but are continuing their investigation. The J. Geils Band often considered Detroit their second home.
The J. Geils Band was founded in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, while Geils was studying at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
The band’s first big hit “Love Stinks,” a rant against unrequited love, was the title song on their 1980 album.
Their song “Centerfold,” from the album “Freeze Frame” was released in 1981 and eventually charted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982. It stayed there for six weeks and was featured on MTV.
The band broke up in 1985 but played at many reunion concerts — playing both The Fillmore and DTE Energy Music Theater in recent years and in 2014 and 2015 with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
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