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Saturday, March 15 • 11:20pm - 11:50pm
Paul Collins Beat

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Paul Collins Beat Bio The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, who spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He studied at the prestigious Julliard Music School and eventually moved to San Francisco where he joined songwriter Jack Lee and bassist Peter Case to form The Nerves in 1974. The Nerves proved to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning US punk rock scene, releasing their own 4 song EP which included the classic “Hanging on the Telephone,” later to become a hit for Blondie. After The Nerves disbanded, Collins moved to LA and formed The Beat in 1977 with bassist Steve Huff, drummer Mike Ruiz and lead guitarist Larry Whitman. By mid 1979, their friend Eddie Money recommended them for management to legendary concert promoter Bill Graham and The Beat toured with The Police, The Jam and Joe Jackson. They also made numerous TV appearances and recorded their debut self-titled album with producer Bruce Botnick (who had produced The Doors). The album featured Byrds-influenced guitars and catchy choruses, and defined the skinny-tied power pop which The Knack took to the charts. In the ’90s, The Beat re-formed as Paul Collins’ Beat and continues to write and tour. "Flying High," Paul Collins’ 11th album since The Beat, marks an end to a nearly 12-year musical quest and the start of a creative period that will generate several more releases, including more full-length studio albums. The new 12-track album was recorded in Madrid over the course of four days. "Flying High" is a return to the basics for Collins. The album successfully fuses his undeniable song writing talents with his unparalleled musicianship. In fact, the bulk of the album was recorded live, with many songs largely completed in the first take. The album’s 12 songs showcase Paul Collins band’s undeniable skill and musical versatility. Anew studio album is to be recorded in November in Sweden, with Chips, of The Nomads and Helicopters fame producing. Pop Culture Review of last year’s performance, by Luke Torn. Friday was set aside for tending to the Pop Culture Press day party, but Saturday started with a bang. Young Austin outfit (and I mean young, early teens) Jenny And The Wolfpack sounded fab at the Antone's Record day party, churning out nuggets like "For Your Love" and "Johnny B. Good" with the confidence of pros, before giving way to a solid power pop explosion by Paul Collins' Beat. With a great band of Spanish accompanists, Collins ripped his way through mixed new material from his "Flying High" album with classics like "Rock'n'Roll Girl" and "Workin' Too Hard" before welcoming Peter Case onstage for a near Nerves reunion set highlighted by a hammering "Hangin' On The Telephone". www.paulcollinsbeat.com

Saturday March 15, 2008 11:20pm - 11:50pm
Soho Lounge 217 E 6th St

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