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12/21/06

J.P. & ROSS HITTING SPAIN WITH THE THUNDERBOLTS

Spain Thunderbolts poster

The following are the dates the Thunderbolts will be playing in Spain in January and February:

Jan 24 2007 11:00P El Roquero ALMERIA
Jan 25 2007 11:00P TNT COX
Jan 26 2007 11:00P EL Tren GRANADA
Jan 27 2007 11:00P Gruta 77 MADRID
Jan 28 2007 11:00P Fuzzmanchu BURGOS
Jan 30 2007 11:00P Porta-caeli VALLADOLID
Jan 31 2007 11:00P Kotton PONFERRADA
Feb 1 2007 11:00P Kapitol SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Feb 2 2007 11:00P 360 MONDRAGON / ARRASATE
Feb 3 2007 11:00P Parque del Piles GIJON
Feb 4 2007 11:00P Studio 54 LEON

More info at the Thunderbolts' MySpace page.

12/06/06

MANITOBA REPORTS FROM DKT/MC5 TOUR OF SPAIN

Handsome Dick's trip to Spain with the MC5 (Lisa Kekaula, BellRays, on vocals; Adam Pearson, Sisters of Mercy, guitar) was MAGNIFICENT!...
4 well attended PASSIONATE audiences...
Barcelona, Madrid, Gijon, Bilbao
In the beautiful portside city of Gijon, on Friday, December 1, right before the final encore of the night, "American Ruse," Mr. Manitoba announced to the audience in Spanish, that "Today is my son Jake's 4th birthday. Happy Birthday, Jake, I love you"....To which the already rabid audience of more than 500 people responded with a hearty chorus of "Happy Birthday"...
Blew my socks off!
Had the time of my life!
HDM

10/30/06

DICTATORS A&R EXEC PASSES AWAY

From HITS:

THE PASSING OF AN A&R LEGEND: Former Warner Bros. and Elektra/Asylum A#38;R and publicity exec Karin Berg, who signed acts like Television, the Dictators, Dire Straits and R.E.M. to the label as a champion of many of the early new wave bands, passed away on Wednesday (10/25). Berg was one of the first and most admired female talent executives in the business. The St. Louis-born Berg was an ardent baseball fan, a political activist and a civil rights pioneer in addition to being a groundbreaking music executive. She was a member of the Riverside Democratic club, before joining NY CORE. After years as a secretary, she began reviewing jazz for alternative newspapers, then was a west coast-based publicist at Elektra/Asylum, where she helped convince label head Joe Smith to sign Televison. Her latter years were spent as a consultant to Nonesuch, though she was confined to her Manhattan apartment, where she had to use an oxygen tank. (10/28a)

Karin was pure gold, one of the most amazing people in the business. Beyond just an A&R visionary, she was an incredibly warm, intelligent, and passionate person. Above all she had impeccable taste in all things, not just music. She was a big sister figure and mentor to many of us in WB's heyday, and frankly, her passing signals the end of an era as much as the closing of her old haunt, CBGBs.

10/15/06

CBGB'S LAST WEEKEND OCT. 13-14, 2006

CBGB 10/14
Photo courtesy of Rick Edwards

The Dictators pose with Tommy Ramone following their last show at CBGB on Oct. 14, 2006.

Reports from the front:
MySpace: Le Chateau Bow Wow Recording
The Hillbilly Dictators Jihad
Brooklyn Vegan: The Last Friday Show
Brooklyn Vegan: The Last Saturday Show
BrooklynRocks
Rolling Stone: Friday
Rolling Stone: Saturday
SugarbuzzMagazine.com

Photos:
TheDictators.com: Dics Pix
TheDictators.com: The Latest
10/13/06 by Scott Moulaison
Goodbye CB's by Jeff Cuyubamba
Paraskevidekatriaphobia Hajj 2006 Pics

Video clips on YouTube:
Oct. 13: "New York, New York"
"Next Big Thing"
"Sonic Reducer
Oct. 14: "Who Will Save Rock and Roll?"
"Sonic Reducer"
"Blitzkrieg Bop" (with Tommy Ramone)
Photo/video compilation (includes "Stay With Me")

Interviews/quotes:
New York Post
The Christian Science Monitor
LA Weekly

10/7/06

ADDITIONAL CBGB SHOW ADDED!!!

The Dictators' Oct. 13th show sold out in 15 minutes, but those shut out have another chance to see Handsome Dick Manitoba, Ross the Boss, Andy Shernoff, Scott Kempner and J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson in action: The Dictators now also will play Oct. 14th -- the last Saturday night ever at CBGB -- along with Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, who will be performing an acoustic set. Tickets go on sale Sunday, Oct. 8, at noon via TicketWeb.

HDM IN SPAIN WITH  DKT/MC5

The Handsome One once again takes the stage with DKT/MC5! Additional musicians include Lisa Kekaula (BellRays) on vocals and Adam Pearson (Sisters of Mercy) on guitar. Here are the tour dates:

Wed, Nov 29 — Barcelona, Spain — Apollo
Thurs, Nov 30 — Madrid, Spain — Copernico
Fri, Dec 1 — Santiago, Spain — Capitol
Sat, Dec 2 — Bilbao, Spain — Santander 27 Club

MANITOBA PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE FLESHTONES

HDM is recording the lead vocal on the Fleshtones tune "American Beat" for a soon-to-be-released Fleshtones tribute album. Sweden's the Nomads recorded the track. More info soon!

9/15/06

THE DICTATORS TO PLAY FINAL FRIDAY AT CBGB

The Dictators (Handsome Dick Manitoba, Ross the Boss, Andy Shernoff, Scott Kempner and J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson) will play the last-ever Friday night at CBGB on Oct. 13.

9/15/06

ROSS, J.P. & HDM'S FAREWELL TO THE CONTINENTAL

Handsome Dick Manitoba will be joined onstage by Ross the Boss (guitar), J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson (drums) and Dean Rispler (bass) -- otherwise known to the world as "Thunderboss" -- on Sunday, September 17th, the last night ever for live music at The CONTINENTAL.

8/18/06

THUNDERBOSS IN THE MEDIA & NYC

In the media:
* Lead interview with J.P. in the new Carbon 14 (Issue No. 28)
* Interview (and cover photo) with J.P. and Ross in the August issue of More Sugar ("The Hudson Valley's Entertainment Source")

Live:
* Record release party September 12th at BillyMarks West (29th and 9th Ave. in Manhattan) featuring Thunderboss LIVE!

8/8/06

CHECKING IN WITH ANDY SHERNOFF

Listen to an MP3 of an audio interview with Andy on the Rock and Roll Geek Show podcast here.

Two new compilations with songs Andy produced:
* "Pabst Blue Ribbon" by the Untamed Youth on the Children of Nuggets compilation, released on Rhino Records
* "My Favorite Hunting Knife" recorded by Guided By Voices on The Best of Guided By Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly Rates, released by Matador Records

Other song news:
* Mary Weiss, lead singer from the Shangri-Las, just recorded two new Andy compositions, "You Didn't Have to Lie" and "You're Never Gonna See Me Cry," for a Norton Records release in early 2007
* The Hellacopters recorded "Master Race Rock" on Cream of the Crap Vol 2
* There is a compilation out of Australia's Savage Beat Records (where did they get a name like that??) that includes "Stay With Me." It also includes the Turbonegro song "Get It On" -- which is a tribute to the Dictators where they "borrow" the riff from "The Next Big Thing."  Here's the link.

Video news:
* Andy can also be seen in the DVD of The Filth and the Fury, the Julian Temple documentary on the Sex Pistols
* "Faster and Louder" is used in the skate–punk documentary The Way of the West on Homeslice Video.

8/8/06

SEE & HEAR THE THUNDERBOLTS

The Thunderbolts record is out now. Check out the Thunderbolts on YouTube:
"The Boys Are Back in Town"

"Stay With Me"

7/13/06

"THUNDERBOSS" IS HERE!

"THUNDERBOSS: Thunderbolt Patterson with Ross the Boss" is now available from Poptown Records. Buy it here.

5/29/06

"THUNDERBOSS" FINALLY ON CD!

J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson is proud to announce his signing to Poptown Records and the Aug. 1, 2006, release of "THUNDERBOSS: THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON with ROSS THE BOSS." Details to come ...

5/13/06

DKT/MC5 SHOWS OFF

The three recently announced shows (in Brooklyn and Florida) with the reconstituted MC5 have been called off while Michael Davis recovers from a motorcycle accident.

5/13/06

THE THUNDERBOLT...SPEAKS!

All J.P.'s lines and scenes made it into the Lindsay Lohan flick Just My Luck, which opened 5/12/06. Don't miss his Brando-esque performance in this cinematic masterpiece.

5/4/06

HDM: BASKING IN THE SUN DOWN IN FLORIDA

For the Memorial Day Weekend, Little Steven's Underground A-Go-Go "splashes down" in Florida once again.

Two "really big sh-o-o-o-ws" featuring the reconstituted MC5 (with the Underground Garage's Handsome Dick Manitoba on lead vocals!!), and Marshall Crenshaw (on guitar & vocals), the Supersuckers (from Tucson, AZ), the Gants (Mississippi "Mersey Beat" from the 60's), the Hate Bombs (a reunion for this band from Orlando, FL) and the Holograms (grrrl rockers from L.A.).

Sunday, May 28th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. 2 PM showtime. Tickets: 20 bucks (girls in bikinis!!! -- half price!!!)

Monday, May 29th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, FL. 2 PM showtime. FREE SHOW!!

Both shows held POOLSIDE!!!

Both shows hosted by LITTLE STEVEN, himself!!!

4/20/06

HDM & DKT/MC5 IN NYC

WHO: HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA, LIVE!
WHAT: SINGING WITH THE MC5...
WITH: JOINED BY MARSHALL CRENSHAW
WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 18th
WHERE: NORTHSIX CLUB, BROOKLYN, NY
WHY: 'CAUSE IT'S A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ..."THE WORLD'S GREATEST ENTERTAINER" (since the death of Sammy Davis Jr.)
More info here.

2/15/06

J.P. IN LATEST LOHAN MOVIE

Lindsay Lohan and the Thunderbolt! You can get a glimpse of our own J.P."Thunderbolt" Patterson in the trailer for the upcoming film Just My Luck. Pay attention towards the end, and don't blink!