Filed in the Boston Superior Court earlier this month, the suit–in conjunction with Geils’s record label Francesca–claims that the group “‘planned and conspired’ to prevent him from performing with them” on an upcoming 11-date U.S. tour that the J. Geils Band was scheduled to begin August 25 in Syracuse, New York.
Geils is seeking damages and full rights to the band name, and his lawyer Charles Grimes said that “they do not have the right to take his name and use it, and try to deny him the right to use his own name.” The band has hired its own lawyer and look to contest the allegations. This could get messy, though it seems like Geils himself might have the upper hand. He was the one who changed the bandname from Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels back in 1967, even though he’s primarily the lead guitarist and not the band’s main singer or songwriter. [NME]