The J. Geils Band have announced their 2012 Houseparty Tour. Beginning Aug. 25 in Syracuse, N.Y., the veteran rockers will play nine dates in the Northeast, winding up in Hampton Beach, N.H. on Sept. 22. More dates are expected to be added soon.

But there is a catch. Although the tour brings back original members Peter Wolf (vocals), Magic Dick (harmonica), Danny Klein (bass) and Seth Justman (keyboards), they will be without the band’s namesake, John “J.” Geils. Yes, this confused us, too. However, there is an explanation.

“The band is challenging Francesca Records’ baseless claim to ownership and control of the rights to the name ‘J. Geils Band,’” the group said via press release. “Unfortunately, John Geils’ decision to align with Francesca Records has hindered a working relationship with The J. Geils Band.”

Their love’s gone cold and it’s our memories that are being sold as a result. Still, as long as Wolf is there keep the party going and Magic Dick blows some ‘Whammer Jammer,’ it’s still bound to be a great time.

2012 J. Geils Band Houseparty Tour Dates

Aug. 25  – Syracuse, N.Y. — New York State Fair

Aug. 26, – Essex Junction, Vt. — Champlain Valley Expo

Aug. 28 – Allentown, Pa. — The Great Allentown Fair

Aug. 31 – Buffalo, N.Y. — Erie Canal Harbor

Sept. 12 – Westbury, N.Y. — Theatre at Westbury

Sept. 15 – Atlantic City, N.J. — Tropicana Casino

Sept. 16 – Uncasville, Ct. — Mohegan Sun

Sept. 19 – Port Chester, N.Y. — Capitol Theatre

Sept. 22 – Hampton Beach, N.H. — Hampton Beach Casino