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The Wallflowers

Postby Chris » Mon May 05, 2014 10:59 pm

The Wallflowers – Saturday at 5pm

Jakob Dylan – Guitars and vocals
Other members TBA

Jakob Dylan (vocals and guitar) and high school classmate Tobi Miller (lead guitar) started The Wallflowers in 1989 in LA. Dylan, the son of Bob Dylan, was raised in a musical family but would go on to make a name for himself. In 1992 the band, also consisting of Tobi Miller (lead guitar), Barrie Maguire (bass), Peter Yanowitz (drums), and Rami Jaffee (keyboards) released their self-titled debut album. Yanowitz left and was replaced by Greg Richling. Initial sales of the album were poor but the band’s sophomore effort, 1996’s Bringing Down the Horse, would shoot the band to stardom. The album contained four Billboard top 100 hits. “6th Avenue Heartache” reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100, “The Difference” hit #23 and “Three Marlenas” made it to #41. But it was the #2 hit “One Headlight” that became the bands biggest hit and earned the band two Grammy awards in 1998. The song was #1 on three different Billboard charts. The album reached #4 on the charts and went quadruple platinum. A cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” for the Godzilla movie soundtrack followed in 1998 and reached #26. The band went to work on a follow-up album and returned in 2000 with (Breach). Despite critical praise, the album sold poorly and would only reach gold status. The album opened at #13 on the charts and fell from there and only one song, “Sleepwalker,” would chart (#73). Letter Day debuted at #32 in 2002 and 2005’s Rebel, Sweetheart opened at #40. Three songs from those albums reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Adult Album Alternative (AAA) chart but neither album would sell well. The band wouldn’t release another album until 2012, when Glad All Over was released. The album had two singles reach the AAA chart, with “Reboot the Mission” at #2 and “Love is a Country” at #12. The band had many lineups over the years, with Dylan and Jaffee the only members to appear on every album. Bassist Greg Richling has played on all the albums except the debut. Both Jaffee and Richling quit in 2013. The lineup, other than Dylan, has yet to be determined for their performance. The band will be making their 2nd appearance at Moondance Jam after playing Jam 10 in 2001.

Billboard Hot 100 Hits
1996 6th Avenue Heartache #33
1996 One Headlight #2
1997 The Difference #23
1997 Three Marlenas #41
1998 Heroes #26
2000 Sleepwalker #73

Album Charts
1992 The Wallflowers
1996 Bringing Down the Horse #4 (4X Platinum)
2000 (Breach) #13 (Gold)
2002 Red Letter Days #32
2005 Rebel, Sweetheart #40
2012 Glad All Over #48

Did You Know?
The band was originally called The Apples.
Jakob Dylan is the son of legendary singer/guitarist Bob Dylan.
He is the youngest of Bob and Sara Dylan’s five children.
The Wallflowers won two Grammy awards in 1998.
One was for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
The other was for Best Rock Song for “One Headlight.”
Bruce Springsteen joined the band at the 1997 MTV VMA’s for their performance of “One Headlight.”
The song was the #1 video of the year on VH1 and #5 on MTV in 1997.
Bringing Down the Horse was #86 on Billboard magazine’s end of decade chart.
Adam Duritz of Counting Crows sings background vocals on “6th Avenue Heartache.”
Original guitarist Tobi Miller produced the band’s 4th album Red Letter Days.
T-Bone Burnett produced Bringing Down the Horse.
Dylan has released two solo albums and has toured as a solo act.
He played at Farm Aid concerts in 2008 and 2011.
After a jam session in 2013, he joined the supergroup The Nauts. Charlie Sexton and Dave Matthews are both members.

Setlists
October 12, 2013 in Times Square
Three Marlenas
Letters From the Wasteland
I’ve Been Delivered
Sleepwalker
The Letter
Closer to You
6th Avenue Heartache
Love is a Country
One Headlight
(What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
The Difference
Loving Cup
God Don’t Make Lonely Girls

October 11, 2013 in Vienna, VA
Three Marlenas
Letters From the Wasteland
I’ve Been Delivered
Sleepwalker
Everything I Need
The Letter
Closer to You
6th Avenue Heartache
Love is a Country
Nothing But the Whole Wide World
Standing Eight Count
One Headlight
(What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
The Difference
Loving Cup
God Don’t Make Lonely Girls

My Take
I think The Wallflowers have a perfect laid-back vibe for an early slot at Moondance, similar to Big Head Todd and Cracker in years past. They will have 3 songs that everyone will know in “The Difference,” “6th Avenue Heartache,” and “One Headlight.” Even though “One Headlight” was their biggest hit, I am most looking forward to hearing “The Difference” live. It is hard to believe all three of those songs came off the same album, along with some other great songs like “God Don’t Make Lonely Girls” and “Three Marlenas”. What is even harder to believe to me is that the band was unable to sustain the popularity they enjoyed with that album. They have put out some good music since then (see links below, especially “Sleepwalker”) but none have come close to matching the success of that album. I respect how it seems that Jakob Dylan does not try to use his father’s status in the music world to further his career. The reason Bringing Down the Horse was so popular was because he wrote some great songs and he can sing, not because of who his father is. I have never seen the band live but I did see Jakob Dylan’s solo acoustic performance at Farm Aid a few years ago in Kansas City. I look forward to seeing him play all his hits with a full band. I’m guessing they will be excited to play for a huge crowd at Moondance, the size of crowd I would have predicted would be normal for them after winning two Grammy’s over 15 years ago.

Videos
One Headlight - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzyfcys1aLM
6th Avenue Heartache - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXDiGtgPL6E
The Difference - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qSAMtomFvk
Sleepwalker - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvwu4e664Jo
Letters from the Wasteland - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaJsUNH1Rss
Closer to You - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvwBCstZuTc
Three Marlenas - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1J9E2EUhjY
God Don’t Make Lonely Girls - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkyG7GaT_uA
One Headlight (live with the Boss) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK1B3hwrETQ
6th Avenue Heartache (live on Letterman) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oQf59BIBn0
The Difference (live at Alcatraz) -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I5jn2A5 ... 8B4DB94254
Sleepwalker (live on Letterman) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJuKpObaNcA
Love is a Country (live on Letterman) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc6D7dAOY18
Heroes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g2VdB4YpzQ
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Re: The Wallflowers

Postby gopherboy6 » Tue May 06, 2014 7:15 am

Great review Chris, I am excited about Heroes, because it is the one song that he really sounds like his dad in a couple of lines. Should be a great 5 show!
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Re: The Wallflowers

Postby Chris » Tue May 06, 2014 7:55 am

gopherboy6 wrote:Great review Chris, I am excited about Heroes, because it is the one song that he really sounds like his dad in a couple of lines. Should be a great 5 show!


Thanks! I hope they play it "Heroes" too, unfortunately they don't play it that often.
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Re: The Wallflowers

Postby DrJim » Tue May 06, 2014 8:53 am

Good stuff Chris. I am now looking forward to these guys.
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Re: The Wallflowers

Postby stevebuk1 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:09 pm

these guys for me were the surprise act of the jam
they were amazing!! great set.looking forward to seeing them again
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Re: The Wallflowers

Postby The Jam Web Guy » Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:54 am

stevebuk1 wrote:these guys for me were the surprise act of the jam
they were amazing!! great set.looking forward to seeing them again
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agree totally.
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Re: The Wallflowers

Postby NDHouligan » Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:10 pm

Ditto! My favorite act of the Jam. They put on a helluva show. Great musicians!
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Re: The Wallflowers

Postby Chris » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:05 pm

The Difference and Heroes were two of the best songs of the weekend!
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