Well, the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City has done it again. A grand-slam Saturday night date for all of you looking for something different to do. Besides having many great eateries throughout the complex, the Tropicana continues to bring in great entertainment. Such was the case with the J. Geils Band Saturday night. All the casinos have eating and entertainment, so what makes the Tropicana a grand-slam? The fireworks held each night during the summer months completes this trifecta of fun. Probably the best fireworks display you ever saw, and that’s no exaggeration.
The J. Geils Band, for those unfamiliar, is no longer led by John Geils. Instead, Peter Wolf is their front man and he could be considered Mick Jagger lite. Wolf is non-stop motion and excitement, just like Mick. The only real difference is the music. The Stones have many more big hits. J. Geils does have their share, and they played them all. The ones that got everyone up dancing were Freeze Frame, Centerfold, Love Stinks and the tour namesake, House Party. This tour began in November of 2014 and allowed the group many fine concert venues. The band is most talented with great guitar leads, the harmonica genius of Magic Dick, and driving drum beats combined with a strong base and organ. The lady backup singers add a great component to the sound. It’s hard to believe that they just played the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston the night before. Where do they get all of this energy?
What makes rock concerts so exciting? Why is the rock concert such a great choice for a date with your mate? Is it the rhythm, the beat, the melody, the words? Does the rock concert bring back your youth, or is it the fact that after the concert everyone is feeling so good, having forgotten their problems, that they are going home for some “good loving?” It’s really difficult to say what’s so alluring about rock and roll. Certainly there’s the conjoined drugs and sex factor. You know, the phrase, “drugs, sex and rock and roll,” wasn’t coined for no reason at all. The words of the songs, the beating-heart rhythms, the allusions to sex and drugs by the between-song banter pretty much says it all.
If you’re looking for a great way to get away to relive your youth by boarding “train nostalgia,” consider a rock concert. Don’t wait too long, because you are already going deaf from all those concerts you’ve attended since your rocking days began. Once you can no longer hear, concerts may no longer have such an allure.
Here’s a good hint. Whenever you go to rock concerts, take with a set of ear plugs. Put them in BEFORE the band begins. You might think you’ll miss something, and you’re right. You’ll miss the distorted music, you will miss that ringing in your ears for hours after the concert ends and you will preserve your hearing for many more rock concerts to come. A special bonus: when you wear earplugs, you can hear yourself sing no matter how loud the band plays. This is good unless you have a terrible voice. You will not be able to hear your date’s voice, but you really couldn’t even without the earplugs. Bring a paper and pen and write notes to communicate with your date. Will that look stupid? Yeah. Will you look stupid with ear plugs? Yeah, but who cares. If you are vain, use flesh colored earplugs. If you are the true party animal go for the cool orange ones. You only live once – or so they say.