Thursday, June 25, 2015

Denny Laine and Steve Holley @ Johnny D's

Denny Laine (of The Moody Blues & Wings) & The Cryers + Steve Holley from Wings 

Show Details
  • When: Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 7:00 PM (Doors open at 5:30 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $20.00 - $25.00
  • Door Time: 5:30 PM
  • Show Type: Rock
  • Restrictions: 21+ General Admission
    Ages of 10 years and older must purchase zone seating and be accompanied by an adult
Denny Laine & The Cryers:
Denny Laine first came to prominence as the lead vocalist with his hometown
group The Moody Blues notably on their 1964 chart hit, a version of Bessie Banks soulful ‘Go Now’. During the late 60’s Denny wrote and
recorded the classic pop psych single ‘Say You Don’t Mind’, in
collaboration with fellow Birmingham musician Trevor Burton (The Move),
and Viv Prince. The song was later covered by Colin Blunstone (Zombies)
and charted in 1972. By which time Denny had joined Paul McCartney in
Wings remaining for the entire ten year span of the group contributing
to every album. Playing lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, bass guitar, and woodwinds, singing lead and backing vocals, as well as writing and
co-writing some of the material. Including ‘No Word’ on Band On The Run, ‘Time To Hide’ on Wings At The Speed Of Sound plus ‘Mull Of Kintyre’.

Denny signed to President Records in 1985 releasing the albums Hometown Girls, Wings On My Feet (1987), Lonely Road (1988). Four singles were released by President including the title track to the second album which featured Rick Wakeman. Hometown Girls was recorded at Herne Place the studios of Eddie Hardin (Spencer Davis Group) who also contributed to the tracks, and produced Denny’s single ‘Peace Must Come Again’.

AllMusic Review by  [-]

Reborn is a brilliant album by an erratic and often misdirected artist. It is, actually, quite refreshing in its simplicity, with Laine's vocals surprisingly in good shape. In the late '80s and early '90s, the founding member of the Moody Blues who should never have left Wings had little of his great voice left. He was performing in New England doing covers of previous glories, talking about a musical opera he was writing, and raising a daughter with his girlfriend Helen Grant, daughter of the late Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin. Hearing "Hard Labor" on this disc definitely shows the rebirth the title track acknowledges. The voice is more flawed here than on other tracks, but it works, like a drunken Steve Marriott might sound today had he lived, raspy and sincere. Brian Hines, in his Denny Laine persona, crams choruses he was so good at creating into compact little tunes with great melodies. "Misty Mountain" is a good example -- this pop tune dives right into that sound Laine helped establish. What a shame he didn't come up with songs like this when Paul McCartney generously gave him room to express himself on Wings albums. Laine looks ragged on the park bench photo next to the lyrics to "Misty Mountain," but the ecology-minded musician is at the peak of his powers here, material as strong as "Say You Don't Mind," his composition that Zombie Colin Blunstone hit with. "Fanfare" is a bit more subdued, Laine sounding like a journeyman preacher. He's released a number of lukewarm records, and his failure to stay in the spotlight has made him one of rock's forgotten soldiers. Upon hearing "Blue Lights" (not on this record), executive Don Rubin said to the late Jimmy Miller that he felt Denny Laine was one of the few artists who could come back the way Steve Winwood did in the '80s. This album is evidence that Rubin's comment was quite accurate, but the timing, clearly, was off. "Reborn," the title track, has a definite drive. The sound would be perfect for a reconstituted Traffic or Electric Light Orchestra. Those groups performing "Rollin' Tide" or "In Time" might find themselves vital again, and give a much deserved rebirth to Denny Laine. The vocal and keyboard interplay on Rollin' Tide deserves to be heard by millions of ears.


In the 1990’s Denny moved to the US and toured regularly in a classic rock band as well as continuing to write and record. More recently Denny has been playing live shows across the US.

Advanced Tickets are available until 4PM   6/27/15
(if not Sold Out prior)

 Guaranteed Seating: For guaranteed seating, purchase a ticket in one of the main room zones A-G, arrive within designated time which is under the 

Information on this event page / in your confirmation email, and purchase dinner that evening. $15 FOOD minimum per person plus 7% meal tax.

General Admission does NOT guarantee seating. Bar area is unreserved, first come first served, and offers a full menu. 

 ore music begins, unoccupied tables in the main room are open for all patrons.

review by Joe Viglione

This 17-song compilation of music from the founding member of the Moody Blues and participant in Wings/Ginger Baker's Air Force is actually quite pleasant and superior to the longer collections where some of this material was culled. Brian Hines, in his Denny Laine persona, is quite an enigma -- a superbly talented musician whose laziness kept him from achieving superstardom on his own. "On the Radio" has a tremendous hook, and substantial vocals, as does the track which precedes it, the opener "All I Want Is Freedom," and the song that follows, "Rescue My World." Record exec Don Rubin, who was instrumental in Ronnie Spector's '80s signing to Columbia, felt that Denny Laine was the only musician in the world who could equal Steve Winwood's comeback status around the time of his "Higher Love." His instincts here were accurate, but Laine was his own worst enemy. "Rescue My World" cries for a Russ Titelman to add more than the MIDI production which inhibits mass consumption. Yet another go at Bessie Bank's "Go Now," this version not as solid as those by Paul McCartney's Wings or the Moody Blues -- if you're going to go that route, why not rearrange or change the tempo, รก la Neil Sedaka, Rob Grill, or Burton Cummings, breathing new life into old hits? Laine is content to rest on his laurels, no matter how time keeps chipping away what laurels he has left, and what could be a stunning work by a master craftsman is a decent outing by someone who owes the world a bit more enthusiasm. "I Would Always Smile" is early Wings from 1973 and the Japanese Tears/Weep For Love collections, featuring Paul Linda McCartney, Denny Seiwell, and Henry McCullouch -- the tragedy here is that Laine didn't produce more great music like this for his many solo opportunities with Wings. If Pete Best is the unluckiest guy in ock music, Denny Laine would have to be the most ungrateful. Paul McCartney offered him a forum to present his voice to the world, and, instead, he opts for cheap compilations like Retro Music's 1995 CD Go Now, released the same year as this Griffin label's collection. Paul McCartney plays bass and co-writes the exquisite "Send Me the Heart," the third of four tracks from the Takoma/EMI release Japanese Tears. The moody (no pun intended) "Who Moved the World" is taken from 1982's Anyone Can Fly album, and has strings right from the Sound of Philadelphia. "Light on the Water" borrows heavily from "Say You Don't Mind," the Denny Laine composition which hit for Colin Blunstone, and it's not a bad sequel, though the electronics tend to bog it down. All the material on this compilation was taken from three albums, 1980s Weep for Love (released in the U.S. in 1983 as Japanese Tears), 1982's Anyone Can Fly, and the 1990 release from Belgium/Holland, All I Want Is Freedom. The tunes "Running Round in Circles," "Anyone Can Fly," and "Who Moved the World" are taken from Anyone Can Fly, while the four titles already mentioned, taken from Japanese Tears, would make the ten other tracks all from the rare All I Want Is Freedom disc. That being said, both the Rock Survivor, featuring Paul McCartney, and Go Now compilations fail to give decent liner notes, and suffer from poor tracking -- the material is totally scattered on Rock Survivor, sad to say, very much like Denny Laine's career. It is essential a Denny Laine boxed set find its way into release, which should include material from Balls, the band signed to Jimmy Miller's early-1970s label, Electric String Band, Wings, the Moody Blues, Air Force, and some of this solo material. No matter how he has mismanaged his career, the prostitution of his music on these small indy imprints, with little or no commentary, is outrageous, and needs to be corrected. Rock Survivor is a good album, but could have been so much more, and, this time, the fault was not with the artist. On a purely musical level, though, it is still entertaining. ~ Joe Viglione, Rovi

Table of Contents


By Jo Jo Laine and Joe Viglione

Get Back      Jo Jo


Preface by Joe Vig

Foreword by Rod Stewart

Chapter 1

1)Wings Over America

2)Aerosmith, Brad Delp and days at The Tea Party

3)Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock

4)Mr. Mojo Risin' - Jo Jo meets Jim Morrison

5)Band On The Run

6)Venus and Mars

7)Wings At The Speed Of Sound

8)London Town - With a Little Luck

9)Back To The Egg

10)Tug Of War

11)Life with Denny Laine

12)Life after Wings, Life after Denny

13)Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself
Jo Jo meets Jimmy Miller

14)The Jo Jo Laine recording sessions

15)Buddy Guy

16)Mission out of control


18)The book is still open

Afterword Ginger Baker

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