Five vintage rockers to perform on Long Island
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Lead singers from '70s and '80s bands don't fade away, they simply go solo. Here are five frontmen from multiplatinum groups -- each armed with a set list of vintage hits -- who will take the spotlight this week on Long Island.
BIRTH NAME Ian Scott Anderson
BAND Jethro Tull
LANDMARK ALBUM "Aqualung," released in 1971, featuring "Locomotive Breath"
GROUP STATUS The band last toured in 2011, the 40th anniversary of "Aqualung." They have no projects on the horizon.
HIS LOOK Back in the day, Anderson wore big, bushy hair and a wild-man beard. Today he sports a well-groomed goatee and a skullcap covering his receding hairline.
CURRENT PROJECT Anderson is touring the globe in support of "Thick as a Brick 2," the sequel to the 1972 Jethro Tull concept record, which he released as a solo album last year. He plays both albums in their entirety on his current tour.
L.I. GIG 8 p.m. Oct. 8, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
INFO $69.50, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com
BIRTH NAME Lou Grammatico
LANDMARK ALBUM "4," released in 1981, featuring "Waiting for a Girl Like You"
GROUP STATUS Gramm quit Foreigner to pursue a solo career in 1990 but reunited with founding guitarist Mick Jones in 1992 to rebuild the band. However, the duo was still at odds and parted ways for good in 2003. The group still tours with new lead singer Kelly Hansen.
HIS LOOK Gramm's appearance is quite different from his old skinny frame and curly moptop. Today, he's heftier, with wavy hair.
CURRENT PROJECT In addition to touring playing Foreigner hits, Gramm recently released a tell-all biography, "Jukebox Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'N' Roll."
L.I. GIG 8 p.m. Oct. 11, The Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington
INFO $67-$72, 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org
BIRTH NAME Bret Michael Sychak
LANDMARK ALBUM "Open Up and Say . . . Ahh!," released in 1988, featuring "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
GROUP STATUS Poison tours regularly in the summertime. In 2011, they hit the road with Mötley Crüe and the New York Dolls. Last year, they participated in the "Rock of Ages" tour with Def Leppard and Lita Ford.
HIS LOOK Michaels is rarely seen without a bandanna around his head and a cowboy hat on top, plus tight jeans and a T-shirt.
CURRENT PROJECT "Jammin' With Friends" is Michaels' latest solo album, on which he performs duets with Jimmy Buffett, Miley Cyrus and Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray.
L.I. GIG 7 p.m. Oct. 17, The Emporium in Patchogue
INFO $42 in advance, $50 day of show, 631-627-8787, theemporiumny.com
BIRTH NAME Peter Blankfield
BAND The J. Geils Band
LANDMARK ALBUM "Freeze-Frame," released in 1981, featuring "Centerfold"
GROUP STATUS The J. Geils Band is still touring, sans guitarist Geils, who is suing for the name rights. The band was the opening act on Bon Jovi's 2013 summer stadium tour.
HIS LOOK Wolf is known for dressing in black, donning sunglasses and a fedora atop his fluffy, black hair.
CURRENT PROJECT Touring with his solo band, the Midnight Travelers, Wolf mixes solo material with some blues rock covers and J. Geils chestnuts.
L.I. GIG 8 p.m. Oct. 18, YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore
INFO $55-$60, 631-969-1101, boultoncenter.org
BIRTH NAME Charles Roger Pomfret Hodgson
LANDMARK ALBUM "Breakfast in America," released in 1979, featuring "Take the Long Way Home"
GROUP STATUS Hodgson left after the album " . . . Famous Last Words" in 1982. The band continued on while Hodgson went solo.
HIS LOOK Hodgson's appearance hasn't changed much. His signature grin and shoulder-length hair are prominent with a few wrinkles and a touch of gray.
CURRENT PROJECT Hodgson is touring the globe, playing a set list chock full of Supertramp hits such as "The Logical Song" and "Give a Little Bit."
L.I. GIG 8 p.m. Oct. 26, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
INFO $49.50, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com