Influential rock group The Nerves' Paul Collins & Peter Case have announced a 2012 reunion tour featuring guitarist Tim Schweiger, who also tours with The Beat and Tommy Stinson of The Replacements. Recently, The Nerves experienced a resurgence in popularity when their songs were covered by Cat Power and several other indie rock artists. In 2011, Green Day covered The Nerves' song Walking Out On Love as part of their Broadway Special. Collins also joined Green Day onstage for live performances in New York. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is an outspoken fan of The Nerves.
With an increased demand for The Nerves' music, longtime friends and musical partners, Paul Collins and Peter Case have announced a reunion tour paying tribute to their respective bands The Nerves, The Breakaways, The Beat and The Plimsouls. The touring band lineup for the Collins and Case tour is augmented by members of The Paul Collins Beat, offering audiences with a full-band electric showcase. As a steady member of The Paul Collins Beat, lead guitarist Tim Schweiger will take the place of original guitarist and Nerves member Jack Lee, who is not part of the tour. Schweiger also plays for Tommy Stinson of The Replacements. Drummer Amos Pitsch will also be present.
The Nerves formed the same year as The Ramones, in 1974, making their own self-released records, booking their own tours and driving in their own customized station wagon, which belonged to Paul Collins. Ironically, The Nerves toured with The Ramones and performed for the troops on the USO tour. The Nerves started hosting concerts of punk rock notables such as The Germs, The Dils and The Weirdos. They rented space in a Los Angeles movie studio at the corner of Sunset and Gower and named it the Hollywood Punk Palace. Hosted and operated by The Nerves, people would pay a small cover to see some of the latest regional punk rock acts.
Playing hundreds of shows each year, Case and Paul Collins have both established themselves as hard-working singer-songwriters. As the story has been told, Peter Case began his musical career as a folk singer, writing and performing on the streets and in the clubs and coffee houses of San Francisco. Collins moved to California in 1974 with only $75, a station wagon and a guitar. His life changed after meeting Peter Case and Jack Lee and the trio began writing songs and performing as The Nerves. The group funded their own studio recordings and North American tours, performing in the U.S. and Canada.
Collins managed the group and handled their bookings, which included a tour with The Ramones and respectable spots on the USO tour, performing for the troops. The Nerves disbanded around 1977 and Collins and Case formed The Breakaways, which literally "broke away" into two groups, The Plimsouls and The Beat, later known as The Paul Collins Beat. Case became a solo artist in the 80s and has since recorded dozens of prolific albums as a singer-songwriter. Aside from The Beat, Collins recorded his first solo album in 1990, which included members of Chris Isaak's band. Several more solo albums followed, until Collins re-formed The Beat. With support from punk artists such as members of The Ramones, Paul Collins Beat have re-established their place in music and has a large fanbase consisting of teens, twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings. Collins owns a partnered booking agency called The Beat Army, which focuses on booking/discovering new rock bands and organizing tours around the world.
For many years, fans in the audiences of Peter Case and Paul Collins would request songs from their legendary group The Nerves. It's hard to categorize The Nerves in one particular genre and further proof would be the cross-genre cover versions of their songs as done by modern and classic rock artists such as Cat Power, Blondie, Green Day, L7 and Def Leppard.
2012 Tour Schedule:
March 1, 2012 10:00pm Vancouver, BC Low Down & Dirty Presents at Iron Road Studios 383 Raymur Ave. Vancouver, BC V6A 4B5 www.lowdowndirty.biz
April 19, 2012 9:00pm Nashville, TN The High Watt 1 Cannery Row Nashville, TN (615) 251-3020 www.mercylounge.com
Aprill 20, 2012 9:00pm Chatanooga, TN JJ's Bohemia 231 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Chattanooga, TN 37403 (423) 266-1400 www.jjsbohemia.com
April 21, 2012 9:00pm Atlanta, GA Star Community Bar 437 Moreland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 681-5740 www.starbar.net
April 22, 2012 9:00pm Asheville, NC Jack of the Wood 95 Patton Ave. Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 252-5445 www.jackofthewood.com
Please remember that tour dates for any artist can be subject to change. All of this information is available online and courtesy of Peter Case and Paul Collins' respective websites. Please check the following sites for tour updates and other important news.
Occupation: Paul Collins Beat continue to tour and record new material
The Paul Collins Beat have just finished recording a new album with the White Stripes producer Jim Diamond for the record label Alive Total Energy, which features other artists including The Black Keys, T Model Ford, Black Diamond Heavies, Radio Moscow, Mondo Drag, Scott Morgan, Brimstone Howl, Brian Olive, Hacienda, The Plimsouls, The Nerves (featuring Paul Collins) and The Breakaways (also featuring Paul Collins).
With concerts around the world booked into next year, The Paul Collins Beat will make a rare appearance in Philadelphia at M Room during this tour, performing songs from Collins' massive career with his bands The Beat, The Nerves, The Breakaways and solo projects with The Paul Collins Band. Today, The Beat are commonly known as The Paul Collins Beat.
Paul Collins' legendary band The Nerves continue to be worshipped by new generations of hipsters, indie rockers, punks and music lovers worldwide. Rock icon and cult favorite Paul Collins founded The Nerves with Peter Case and Jack Lee in 1974. The Nerves funded their own recordings, toured with The Ramones and released Hanging On The Telephone, a hit song which has been covered by Cat Power, Def Leppard and Blondie, on the Parallel Lines album. After The Nerves disbanded in 1977, Paul Collins formed The Beat, recruiting members of various rock bands. The Beat were music video pioneers, with several 80s music videos appearing on early MTV and touring the world, performing with major rock acts such as The Cure, The Police, The Jam, Devo, Huey Lewis and countless others. Today, Paul Collins Beat continues to play hundreds of concerts each year, touring USA, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, UK and throughout Europe.
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Indie rock group The Beat are now known as Paul Collins' Beat, recording new material and playing hundreds of shows each year. This year, Paul Collins Beat have released the all-new studio album as a follow-up to the 2007 critically acclaimed album Flying High. In addition, Paul Collins Beat are offering the new album Live In Europe as an exclusive free full length CD and DVD combo mp3 video album audio download through their official website.
Paul Collins' legendary early band The Nerves continue to be worshipped by new generations of hipsters and music lovers worldwide. Rock icon and cult favorite Paul Collins founded The Nerves with Peter Case and Jack Lee in 1974. The Nerves funded their own recordings, toured with The Ramones and released Hanging On The Telephone, a hit song which has been covered by Cat Power, Def Leppard and Blondie, on the Parallel Lines album. After The Nerves disbanded in 1977, Paul Collins formed The Beat, recruiting members of various rock bands. The Beat were music video pioneers, with several 80s music videos appearing on early MTV and touring the world, performing with major rock acts such as The Cure, The Police, The Jam, Devo, Huey Lewis and countless others. Today, Paul Collins Beat continues to play hundreds of concerts each year, touring USA, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, UK and throughout Europe.