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Published: 2012/08/09

J. Geils Sues J. Geils Band Over Use of His Name

John Geils, of J. Geils Band fame, has filed a lawsuit against his bandmates Richard Salwitz, Danny Klein, Peter Wolf, and Seth Justman over naming rights to the band. The lawsuit, filed in Boston Superior Court, claims that the other members of the band “planned and conspired” to exclude Geils from performing with them under the J. Geils Band name on a recently announced tour. The frontman of the 70’s rock band is seeking full rights to the trademark, prevention of other members’ use of the name, and damages, according to the Reuters report.

The band had originally planned 11 concerts without Geils as “The J. Geils Band,” which was set to begin August 25th in Syracuse, New York.


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Alex Rubin August 9, 2012, 12:43:18

J Geils is not the front man of J Geils Band, Peter Wolf is.

me August 9, 2012, 12:59:04

Soon to be followed by another suit of J Geils by the J Geils band, claiming John is using their band names as his nickname… Of course, after that will be a flurry of lawsuits by every Jim, John, Joe, Jerry, Jack, Justin, Jake, Johna (well you get the idea) whose last name is Geils… it’s gonna get messy!

todd August 9, 2012, 13:36:47

Well then Alex, they should play as the Peter Wolf Band. Simple enough.

jojorisin August 9, 2012, 14:16:54

Whats’s next? The Dave Matthews Band, sans Dave, hits the road for an arena tour?

Cloudy Knight August 9, 2012, 15:01:03

That’s what you get when you name a band after an individual.

burning_beard August 9, 2012, 21:10:28

And Jerry Garcia’s estate is planning on suing J. Geils, or his former bandmates who are using his name, for the hand print image which very closely resembles Jerry’s hand print, except that it’s the left hand. What a debacle this is going to be.

DANKERATOR August 14, 2012, 14:35:45

LET’S NOT FORGET WHO THE NEW DRUMMER IS FOR J.GEILS IS ‘TOM AREY” How come i didn’t see this on jambands wtf u guys are slippin. not one mention!! as for money hungry musicians who can’t play fuck John Geils just cause he prob can’t play and is jealous. They are a better band without him. he needs to get over it.

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