MUSIC NEWS - Ex-J. Geils band members are being sued by bandleader, John Geils as he claims they are unlawfully using the band's trademarked name for an upcoming tour without him and interfering with his business activities. The lawsuit claims that band members Richard Salwitz, Danny Klein, Peter Wolf and Seth Justman had "planned and conspired" to exclude Geils from performing with them under the J. Geils Band name on a recently announced concert tour.
The original J. Geils Band released 13 studio albums between 1967 and 1985 and has sporadically reunited over the past thirteen years. The Boston based rockers are best known for their 1981 hits "Centerfold" and "Freeze Frame" .
Mr Geils is seeking full rights to the trademark, prevention of other members' use of the name, and damages. The lawsuit was filed in Boston Superior Court.
"Together they're the J. Geils Band, but separately they're Mr. Wolf, Mr. Salwitz , Mr. Klein, and Mr. Justman," said Charles Grimes, the attorney representing Mr Geils.