- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2016

The founder of the J. Geils Band, famous for the 1981 hit “Centerfold,” was arrested Tuesday in Massachusetts for driving under the influence.

John Warren Geils Jr., 70, of Groton, was arraigned Wednesday in Concord District Court and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop at a stop sign, the Lowell Sun reported Wednesday.

Mr. Geils was released on his own recognizance and ordered by Concord District Court Judge Lynn Brendemuehl to abstain from alcohol as a condition of his release, according to the Sun.

According to the official Facebook page for the J. Geils Band, the group is still actively performing, but has done so without its founder for at least four years: “The 2012 ‘Houseparty’ Tour followed a series of sold-out 2011 shows. The band toured without John Geils due to an ongoing legal dispute between The J.Geils Band and John Geils’ current record label. The label, with whom the band has no relationship, falsely claims ownership of the name ‘The J. Geils Band.’”

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