The Paul Collins Beat plays new and old power pop gems, from the 1979 skinny tie era to the iPad present, including their shoulda-been-a-hit, “Don’t Wait Up for Me.” Collins has a colorful history, starting with his childhood days in Greece and Vietnam, and his initial entry into the music biz via punk band the Nerves, who recorded the original version of “Hangin’ On The Telephone,” the big Blondie hit. Collins was their drummer. Other fun facts? Eddie Money helped get him a record contract. Bill Graham used to manage him. Greg Kihn, Cyril Jordan of the Flamin’ Groovies, and Chuck Prophet all chipped in on Collins’ first solo album. And The Beat landed a song on the “Caddyshack” soundtrack LP, though it was cut from the actual movie. More recently, Green Day’s been covering Paul’s oldie, “Walking Out on Love.” And in 2012, The Paul Collins Beat joined The English Beat on the cleverly-named “Two Beats Hearting in One Tour.” With the Miss Georgia Peach Band and the Josh Berwanger Band. Tom Surowicz
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Date: Ended 05/31/14
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