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Billie Joe from Greenday sings Walking Out On Love...again! On New Years Eve in New York City at Berlin...Happy New Year everybody!

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Special Holiday Sale!


Long time Gone plus One Night LP's

2 records for $30 plus a copy of Paul Collins Live!


Personally signed to you for the holidays!

Postage is included! USA only!


Happy Holidays!

Hot off the presses!

Ok People! It’s now available in full living stereo, Live broadcast from Harlow, England, mastered by Justin Perkins (The New Bash & Pop Record among many others!) US orders Paypal $20 including postage to, Overseas fans pay pal $25. Keep on rocking! 



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“It was 1974 and I was living in the back of a yellow school bus in Atherton, California. Every day when I woke up I had only one idea in my head, all I wanted to do was write a good song. I would bang away on my old beat up Harmony guitar with rusty strings on it. This was the first song I ever wrote….You Won’t Be Happy…” And so begins the musical journey through the forty plus year career of Paul Collins. Hear all of his most well-known songs and the stories behind the music. Paul also includes gems by his songwriting mentors, Jack Lee and Peter Case, with whom he formed the now legendary and pioneering band The Nerves. Let Paul take you through a musical time machine as he plays the songs that The Nerves and The Beat have made famous over the years. From now until then it’s a walk through rock n roll history you will be happy not to miss…


10/19 Sacramento The Press Club

10/20 Chico House Concert

10/21 San Francisco Thee Parkside

10/22 Live on the Air @ the legendary KPIG Radio Studio! 10:30 AM!

10/23 Santa Cruz Flynn’s Cabaret (Formerly Don Quixote’s)

10/24 San Luis Obispo Boo Boo’s Records

10/27 San Diego Till Two Club

10/28 Los Angeles The Redwood Bar & Grill

10/ 29 Santa Ana Diego’s w/J.P. McDermott

As always we are proud to be supported by Pollstar, the leading concert industries magazine! They support DIY musicians!

After a world wind tour of Europe performing 31 shows in 31 cities in 8 different countries all by train and bus Paul has decided to continue touring in this fashion, the California tour will use Amtrak and Greyhound as its transportation service!


The Lyres and Paul Collins to head up Boston’s Starlab Fest VIII!

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Back from the blistering European Solo Tour! It was thrilling and a big thanks to all the fans who came out! It was one of the best tours ever and so exciting to do most all of it by train! I want to thank all the wonderful people I met along the way who helped on my journey! Here are a few pics from my trip!


Taking the train from Rouen to Paris!


Rocking out totally acoustic at Pet Sounds Records in Stockholm


Power Poppin Kitty Kat in Paris!

The last show was a double header in Trouville-Sur-Mer in Normandy, France!

On a boat and then on stage!


All in all it was a blast with lots of great food and great wine!


Pollstar continues to support DIY artist Paul Collins!

Paul Collins Takes Center Stage

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Paul Collins, of The Nerves, The Breakaways, and The Paul Collins Beat, is packing his guitar and doing a solo acoustic tour through Europe in the coming months.


Vive Le Rock showcases Always Got You On My Mind to celebrate Re-Issue April 28th!


Next up Water Front Cafe with The Rockinghams! April 22 Glen Cove, LI

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Ticket Link: 

Extra Extra! Paul Collins to perform with The Beach Boys @ Fuengirola Power Pop Weekend! The Lone Ranger of Rock strikes again!


New Tour Poster!

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Saturday’s Show at Voltage Lounge was awesome!


Protex, Posers & Paul Collins

Promotion in Motion! Out man Tony from Pavement PR is burning it up with the new reissue on Lolipop!

Listen! Live at Monty Hall 7/22/2016

A live performance at Monty Hall! If you want to watch the show on video, please click here:

Hot off the presses!

All Over The World premiers on Blurt!

Lolipop gears up for release of Long Time Gone/To Beat Or Not To Beat!

Paul embarks on massive European Solo Tour to celebrate!

Read all about it here:


Upcoming Shows!

Tuesday March 14!


Come out to this fabulous Upper East Side groovy bar with great food & drinks! Always free and always fun! Ethyl’s 1629 2nd Ave NYC

March 16 Firehouse 13 Providence


Come out to Queens!


March 11, 2017 Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Philadelphia!

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From the International Desk! Paul Collins Solo Acoustic Euro Tour May 2017!

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For Immediate Release:                                             

A man, his songs and his guitar! That is exactly what you will get when Paul Collins rolls into town! Spanning a career of four decades Paul will play the songs that made him famous with The Nerves, The Breakaways and The Beat. Forty years of pure unadulterated rock n roll!

You will hear up front and personal, what makes these songs so special the words and the melodies. Don’t miss this chance to see one of America’s genuine rock n roll articles. This is a concert for all the rockers who are young at heart!

Dates to follow shortly!

Once again Paul strikes out on his own and books this tour DIY with help of his many friends in the industry and fans across the globe.

Paul will be supporting two brand new re-issues

One Night on Frodis Records

The double EP To Beat or Not To Beat/Longtime Gone on Lolipop Records.


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Monty Hall Performance July 22, 2016


Pitchfork top 200 songs of the 70’s includes The Nerves “Hanging On The Telephone” #161



Complete up and coming tour dates courtesy of Alive Records!

Radio Spot on CIUT in Toronto!

Thanks to Cleveland Scene for supporting our tour!

Check out this great review of what we are doing these days on Pancakes & Whiskey!

Next Stop Canada!

Read all about it here!

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As always our tours are supported by Pollstar!


Fantastic Weekend with Split Squad in Harrisburg & Baltimore!

Here is a pic by Michelle Shinn of everyone singing A Million Miles Away @ Wind Up Space Baltimore!

The Stents and Idle Gossip with PCB and Split Squad

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Feb 10 New York City Berlin’s w/Bodega Bay & No Ice

Feb 5 Philly Ortlieb’s w/Sheer Mag, Metalleg & The Whips!

When You Find Out @ Soundcheck!

Fantastic Weekend!

Sold Out Show with Lyres in Boston! Read all about it in Boston Groupie News!

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Just in Blake Maddux preview for the Middle East show!

Ring in the new year with The Paul Collins Beat! The new band is blazing trails all over the place! Meet Joi, Ryan and Vincent the new line up for the Paul Collins Beat!



These pics are from our very successful 3 day Canadian tour!

Come and meet the new band at any of our upcoming shows!

Jan 29 Dusk, Providence RI w/The Itchies, Pyramid & Hot Tramps

Jan 30 Middle East, Boston Mass. w/ The Lyres & ModifierS

Jan 31 Museum of Interesting Things, NYC Unplugged! Early Show 4 PM!

Jan 31 Union Pool, BKLYN w/The Jay Vons & Talsness Evening Show

Feb 5 Ortlieb’s, Philly PA w/Sheer Mag, Metaleg & The Whips!

Feb 11 Berlin, NYC w/ Bodega Bay, No Ice & Jackyl Onassis

Feb 12 HMAC, Harrisburg PA with Spit Squad

Feb 13 The Wind Up, Baltimore MD w/Split Squad & The Stents

March 12 Club 77, San Juan PR!

Nov 7 Cake Shop NYC w/Mean Jeans from Portland/Nancy...10:30 PM set!

Nov 14 Palomino Calgary! We are flying in for this one folks!


Dec 4th Record Fair/Happy Hour Mini Fest @ Don Pedros in Bushwick!

Get ready folks! We are gonna do it again as we have done it all over the world! We are gonna have a record fair/happy hour to start our mini fest with Human Head Records at Don Pedros Dec 4th, 2015! These event are a lot of fun, vintage vinyl cool drinks DJ's and Rock N Roll!

It was a blast!

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Jan 7 Toronto Old Laurel

Jan 8 Ottawa House of TARG*

Jan 9 Montreal Brasserie Beaubien*

*w/Mothers Children, Pale Lips & Jonesy


Listen to the New Paul Collins Beat here!

Live on Three Chord Monte!

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New Shows East Coast 2015!

Just Added!

Cake Shop Saturday Oct 17 8:30 PM

Crossroads Garwood , NJ Oct. 9th 8PM Show with Michale Graves of Misfits!

WFMU Performance Oct. 19th Noon to 3 PM!

Oct. 23 The Acheron Midnight after party for the Terry & Louie show at The Palisades Bushwick!

Just Added! Brighton Bar Long Branch, NJ w/Soriai

Just Added!

Berlin(Jesse Malin’s new joint!) 25 Ave A, NYC w/Karla Rose 8 PM

Nov. 7 Cake Shop NYC with the fabulous Mean Jeans from Portland! 10 PM show!

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Just in! Rock & Folk feature in the latest issue!

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Europe was great, thanks to all the fans who came out, now it’s time to rock the USA again!

Announcing Paul Collins Beat West Coast Summer Tour Dates!

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IN STORES~! We love to play record stores!

London Flashback Records 6 pm   Amsterdam Concerto Record Store 4:30 pm

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Stay tuned for more!

Extra Extra read all about it!

For Immediate Release PAUL COLLINS BEAT EURO TOUR 2015

Paul Collins has been making hits for 40 years…from The Nerves to The Beat to The Paul Collins Beat year after year of quality rock n roll that has stood the test of time.

In the true spirit of the DIY ethic, anything is possible. Mr. Paul Collins has taken his brand of DIY Touring to extraordinary lengths, tours of Australia, Japan and even China, all done in the DIY, Grassroots style of the 21st Century. Emails, Facebook and Skype are the major components of how Mr. Collins, AKA The King of Power Pop arranges tours all over the globe. These tours are humble affairs revolving around ordinary clubs and venues and almost exclusively with young up and coming bands. The “Feel The Noise Euro 2015 Tour” planned for April/May is no exception. Back in 2014 the young and ferocious band The #1’s played a show with Mr. Collins at one of New York City’s premier DIY rooms, The Cake Shop. It was the band’s first New York performance and Mr. Collins was quick to see that they were like many of the new bands he has been touring with, in the groove of what is happening in today’s new rock n roll scene all over the world. Beers were shared, contacts were exchanged and in short order Mr. Lumsden, of The #1’s and Mr. Collins were making plans trans continentally to arrange for a tour. Mr. Collins was especially excited at the opportunity to tour Ireland as his father’s side of the family is from County Cork and he has never had the good fortune to set foot in Ireland and also to play in Glasgow a city he has always heard is a great place for live music. The tour will then take the boys to England to play more cities Mr. Collins has always dreamed of playing, mythical cities for any rocker who has been around the block more than a few times! The first leg of the tour ends up in London Town with the good folks from Dirty Water and then it’s off to Amsterdam and a month of shows all over Europe, ending up in sunny Spain on May 10th.

Mr. Collins’s forte is touring at ground level with as bare bones an operation as possible; these are shows for the everyday rock fan not big ticket shows that break people’s pocket. Mr. Collins knows who he is and what he can do, play balls to the walls power pop music to a crowd not more than ten feet away, this, in his opinion is where the real rock lives, always has and thank god, always will. As Mr. Collins likes to say…“There are a lot of worlds out there but the one that exists in these small clubs all over the globe is exciting and fun it’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else.”

In what has become a tradition with The Paul Collins Beat, Paul will be joined by three young talented musicians from Dublin who represent the new guard of musician’s around the globe that have picked up the torch to carry on what Mr. Collins and his contemporaries started many years ago in the last century…if you dig vibrant rock n roll played with passion and honesty then make a point of coming out to one of these shows, you will not be disappointed…

The band:

Conor Lumsden – Guitar & Vocals

Shane Masterson – Drums & Vocals

Luke Healy – Bass & Vocals

For press, bio contact info:

For info on the dates on the Continent contact Jean Luc @ Jostone Traffic Agency, France

Tél +33 (0)2 38 56 28 76

Fax +33(0)2 38 66 63 08



Going to SXSW! 2 fab shows lined up!


Come out and see The Lifeforms my fab new back up band perform Wienermania March 18th!

The Garageland Rock n Roll Extravaganza continues!


In the wake of the first ever Garageland tour, Mr. Collins is convinced…”This Works!” What started out as just another idea has become a reality… and a good one! Record Shops all over the country have embraced the idea of bringing cool vintage rock records to the gigs for a record fair/happy hour with a DJ. The response has been fantastic from day one. The fans love it and the vibe at the show is so much better with the DJs spinning the kind of music we all love to hear. As Mr. Collins puts it, “These shows are about community. It's the people and the sense of belonging to a community that sucks you in. We all love music; we love hearing it live and we love talking about records. People are looking for REAL interaction, not virtual interaction.  You can only get that at the record shop OR at a rock show at a club. It’s so exciting to see this idea in action…kids going through the record bins, seeing a lot of the discs I grew up with and hearing all the cool tunes the DJ’s are spinning. Now the show is really a show!” Pauls is proud to be performing with The Lifeforms!


Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

The Paul Collins Beat returns to Iowa as part of nationwide tour

CEDAR FALLS | Paul Collins has been touring long enough to pick up some patterns at live rock shows in clubs large and small.

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“A lot of people seem to come to the conclusion that local bands don’t need money,” Collins said.

Another pattern is that people show up late, so the local opener holds the door, and then the touring headline act ends up playing much later.

On the Paul Collins Beat’s latest tour, the Garageland Tour, Collins plans to bring more people out earlier and help open opportunities (and maybe wallets) for small, DIY bands. Each show will start with a ticketed record fair and happy hour before the live music.

“We’re trying to make each show more of an event,” Collins said.

During the tour, each venue will host an area record store which will bring a selection of music similar to the style of rock the musicians will play, posters or shirts. The record fair and record swap happy hour before the show will be part of the ticketed event. Collins said he will launch that format Jan. 10 at a show with Waterloo power pop trio Twins at Octopus College Hill in Cedar Falls.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said David Diebler, Octopus owner. “Record swaps are so much fun.”

“This is grass-roots rock and roll,” Collins said, adding it will connect bands and small labels with record stores and venues with bands from across the country.

Record stores across the country including Burger Records in Los Angeles and Antone’s Record Shop in Austin, Texas have gotten behind the plan. It will not only help small bands get their music into markets across the country, but will likely bring a strong, paying crowd to support the local bands and clubs.

“The clubs depend on local support to have a good night,” he said.

On the other hand, it’s the small clubs that offer genuine music experiences, he added.

“You can’t get that in-your-face rock-and-roll experience except in these clubs,” Collins said. “You should be honored to put your $10 down for that and be grateful.”

Garageland Presents!

Paul Collins Beat & The Rich Hands!



Hello we are about to embark on the very first Garageland Tour, it is a new concept for touring in our little world and the idea is to try and connect all of us, bands, fans, record stores, clubs, promoters and small labels in an attempt to make the touring experience more successful and profitable for the bands who go out on the road. We want to start a network that all of the musicians, fans and professionals can tap into so we can help ourselves to get ahead.

This is a fine example of the old guard working with the new guard; Paul Collins has earned his stripes over these last 4 decades first with The Nerves, then with The Beat and now with his nonstop touring machine The Paul Collins Beat. Paul tours almost exclusively with up and coming young bands like The Rich Hands, bands that embody the new wave of The New Wave, so it all fits, it all has come full circle, so get yourself down to the show and see what all these fine people are doing to get you to shake your booty and smile, to jump up and down and…do we dare say it? Yes…have a good time!

To make the point even clearer, Paul’s new touring band is comprised of a new young band from Jacksonville Florida called The Lifeforms…

In what has become an amazing show of support Pollstar has been posting our concerts for quite some time now we are honored to receive the support of such an influential magazine!

Hot off the presses! Just in time for your Christmas Shopping The Nerves are back in Orange Vinyl!

Get them here:

Merry Christmas!

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Paul Collins – Feel The Noise (Alive Records)

Album Reviews | November 14th, 2014

Power-pop is one of the most contradictory forms in rock n’ roll. A genre designed to mine from the best parts of early Beatles and Beach Boy harmonies, Pete Townsend’s massive guitar jangle and sweetness and simplicity of The Everly Brothers, power-pop is so expertly enjoyable that it is rarely present in the world of mainstream music. On his last record, Paul Collins crowned himself The King Of Power Pop, a title he makes a strong argument for. He is most famous as drummer of The Nerves, the influential but short lived 70’s group best known for “Hanging On The Telephone” which would later become a radio staple when covered by Blondie on their humongous Parallel Lines record. He would later play in The Breakaways and The Beat (later re-named The Paul Collins Beat) and has been recording and playing shows fervently for the past 30 years. Feel The Noise is as pure to the form as any record in his Collins’ career. His voice has barely aged, executing Buddy Holly hiccups on “Baby I’m In Love With You” and pulling off a far-fetched on paper cover of The Four Tops’ “Reach Out (I’ll Be There.”) A hard working master of his craft, Collins rarely misses a step, singing love songs and songs about rock n’ roll, like the inspired title track. He may not be reinventing the wheel, but he is a master of his craft, of which he has few peers.– Jamie Frey


The New Beat Shirts are here! $25 postage included anywhere in the USA, Small, Medium, Large & Extra Large Black or White! Pay Pal 

This just in from our London Office! Shindig Digs Feel The Noise!

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Feel The Noise drops September 9 worldwide on Alive Record & Tapes

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Pollstar Announces Feel The Noise Tour Dates!

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Reviews for Feel The Noise are coming in!

“Grade-A rock & roll that will sound great on the AM radio in your mind. Feel the Noise suggests Paul Collins is in the midst of an unexpected career renaissance, and folks who love smart pop and rock & roll with hooks and heart have been waiting for this, even if they don't know it.” - Mark Deming ALL MUSIC

Collins (The Beat, the Nerves, The Breakaways) writes perfect rocking’ guitar pop like hipsters steal oxygen. It’s in his DNA; he has equals but there’s nobody better. A good proportion of these songs would be mainstream hits in a more enlightened and less disposable time. by The Barman


Its Festival mania for The PCB!
Hot off the presses! Paul Collins Beat to perform at CMJ Fest NYC @ Niagara Oct 23rd Headline slot!
Paul Collins Beat set to open Goner Fest Memphis September 25th!


PCB set to perform at Fest in Gainsville, FL November 1!


Feel The Noise Tour Dates Coming soon!

New Record “Feel The Noise” out September 9th on Alive Records!


All Across The USA Tour 2014!

This is a big step up for us, it marks the first time we have tackled the entire country on a DIY tour. We want to thank in advance all the fans, all the clubs and all the bands that are going to help us along the way. Support Live Rock N Roll!

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Pollstar releases China Diary!


When you plan your very first trip to China you imagine all kinds of things. People who have visited the country tell you even more things.  Plus, if you go online to do a little research you’ll get even more information. But none of it prepared me for my tour of the country.

Please go to this link for the whole diary:

The Bell House brings Shoes to New York, Paul Collins Beat set as opener!


On the Road to China Interview!

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Feature in Rock & Folk Magazine France March 2014

Thank you Pollstar for all your support!

Paul Collins Beat Goes To China

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Paul Collins takes his DIY attitude to China where his Beat will play a series of shows in different towns beginning in early March

In January Collins gave Pollstar a heads up on his China plans during an interview focusing on how he applies his do-it-yourself methods to touring.  For Collins, playing the small towns is as important as his big city gigs.

“We’re going to take a bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing and play all these little towns where they don’t even know what rock ’n’ roll is,” Collins told Pollstar. “It’s going to be through the roof.”

Collins’ tour of China actually begins near Shanghai in the community of Songjiang.  Stops along the way include Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Hefei and Qingdao before wrapping in Beijing.  Here’s the schedule:

March 6 – Songjiang, Du Yin Jia (Independent Music House)

March 7 – Suzhou, Tunnel Bar

March 8 – Shanghai, Yuyintang

March 9 – Kunshan, Whales Bar

March 11 – Nanjing, Castle Bar

March 12 – Wuhan, Vox

March 13 – Hefei, On The Way Bar

March 14 – Qingdao, Downtown Bar

March 15 – Beijing, Yogong Yishan

Collins plans to supply Pollstar with a tour diary and photos of China once his journey begins.  Click here for the website and here for his January interview.


Paul Collins Beat & Parasite Diet Go On Tour!

Hot off the presses from Pollstar! Read all about it!

Once again the spirit of DIY Rock n Roll will take to the high roads and blitzkrieg its way around the US of A! Parasite Diet, an up and coming Punk Pop band out of Nashville will team up with the Paul Collins Beat self-proclaimed King of Power Pop to ply their brand of guitar driven rock n roll on unsuspecting kids anywhere they can. The festivities will begin in Appleton, WI at The Crunchy Frog the perfect place for these two bands to start their odyssey that will snake its way down through the middle of the country and eventually wind up in the crown jewel of The South…New Orleans. Make no mistake about it rock n roll is alive and well and thriving in the clubs in towns all across America, yeah it may be on the outside of the limelight, you won’t hear about it Rolling Stone, but who reads Rolling Stone anymore? Tour after tour Paul Collins and his Beat are undaunted in their belief that rock n roll can still be fun, affordable and loud! What started out as a lark some five years ago when he hit the road with Gentlemen Jesse (ATL) as his opener and backup band, has turned into a way of life. Hundreds of shows later, done with countless new and up and coming bands from all parts of America they show no signs of stopping. Sure this is nothing new and bands are criss-crossing the country right now as we speak, what makes this important is the style of music that is being expunged here…Power Pop, rock n roll at its most melodic point, songs, harmonies and an uplifting message that says lets have some fun, let’s try to kiss some girls and let’s dance! This is the kind of music young kids can dream about, soaring melodies that lift you up out of your seat and take you on a ride into outer space.

Yeah it’s no big deal really, songs about work, love and travel the stuff that has moved people for generations, but if you take a chance and check out a show and see the crowd movin and a grooving, dancing and smiling, bouncing up and down in time to the music, then you will have a whole different attitude about what it is that is happening, you will see that maybe it’s no big deal but it is damn good!

Writers, editors, DJ’s and programmer’s we need your help in getting the word out to the people in your town who will dig this, and they are out there, this we know to be true, all it takes is the spark to get them going, in the end all we want to do is give them a good time.

In these times we live in, where hardly anyone does anything by hand anymore, we are out there, using our god given talents, no machines involved outside of an automobile to bring our music to the people just like it was in the beginning.

There is whole new scene out there brewing underground, what was once old has now become new again, this is the perfect pairing, Paul Collins cut his teeth in The Nerves & The Beat legendary groups from a bye gone era and Parasite Diet, a new young band that carries the torch for the next generation….all for less than 10 bucks…you can’t beat that with a stick!

Once again we are pleased to announce that Pollstar the leading magazine in the concert industry is supporting us with news flashes in their pages!


January 2014

Tues 7  Milwaukee, WI Bremen Cafe

Wed 8   Green Bay, WI  Crunchy Frog w/Norb and the Onions

Thurs 9  Rockford, IL Mary’s Place

Fri 10  Indianapolis, IN Melody Inn w/The Inspectors

Sat 11 Carbondale, IL Hangar 9 w/the Copyrights

Sun 12 Evansville, IN PG w/Be My Doppelganger

Monday 13 Nashville, TN Basement

Tuesday 14th Murray, KY Terrapin Station w/ Barbariettes

Wed 15 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe w/Capgun & Born Frustrated

Thurs 16 Atlanta, GA The Earl w/Dinos Boys & Vito Romeo

Fri 17 Murfreesboro, TN Black Hole (house concert) w/Dark Horse

Sat 18 Huntsville, AL Coppertop Bar and Grille w/Raidy & The Erasers

Sunday 19 Athens, GA The HiLo w/The Arcs & The VG Minus

Monday 20 Pensacola, FLA Sluggo’s

Tuesday 21 New Orleans, LA Siberia w/Jack of Heart (France), Bipolaroid & Loose Diamonds



14/11 THU - Edone' - Bergamo (IT) (PCB only)

15/11 FRI - United Club - Torino (IT)

16/11 SAT - Mistral Palace - Valence (F)

17/11 SUN - L'Ubu - Perpignan (F)

18/11 MON - Mondo Bizzarro - Rennes (F)

19/11 TUE - Le 3 Pièces Muzik Club - Rouen (F)

20/11 WED - La Mecanique Ondulatoire - Paris (F)

21/11 THU - Sonic Ballroom - Koln (DE)

22/11 FRI - Austerclub - Berlin (DE)

23/11 SAT - Bounty - Thiene, (IT)

24/11 SUN - PMK - Innsbruck (A)

Spanish Shows just PCB!

27/11 WED – Estudio 27 - Burgos (SP)

28/11 THUR – Los Picos - Lierganes (SP)

29/11 FRI – Centro Niemeyer - Aviles (SP)

30/11 SAT - El Sol - Madrid (SP)


Power Pop for Punk People Tour 2013

The Paul Collins Beat and The Maxies hit the road!

We are so proud to be listed in Pollstar, the leading source of information in the concert business!


The Paul Collins Beat and The Maxies hit the road!

Truth is stranger than fiction and from small beginning come great things….last May The PCB played VHLS, a DIY space in Pomona California, it was a Sunday night and no one knew what would happen…as luck would have it The Maxies were also on the bill, from the moment Maximum lead singer hit the stage with his band of crazies we knew it could be a match made in heaven! After the show the two bands bonded and both Maximum & Paul agreed that a tour was the only solution to their song “My band is better than your Band” Once again the DIY ethic has brought together people in their pursuit of happiness! On this 5,000 mile tour the two bands will be joined by a myriad of bands from all over the Southwest, Northwest & West Coast’s to bring low dough shows to the people. The spirit of cooperation makes all things possible, in these times of economic difficulties we are joining forces and resources to go out there and take our music to the people. Our aim is to get everybody who comes to the shows to have a good time without breaking their banks!

Below you will see the tour dates along with the bands who will be joining us. The rest is up to you, come out and have a good time with us! We are happy to report that there will be a number of all ages shows on this tour! We are also proud to announce that to help celebrate this tour Radius Records has released a 4 song single featuring 2 songs from each band…all proceeds will go to help finance the tour….Gas money!

Keep on rocking!

October 2nd  The Void,  San Diego, CA w/International Dipshit & Poontang Clam

October 3rd The Dial, Murrieta, CA w/ Ready Steady Go & Too Much Beer & Welcome Back Carnitas

October 4th The Wheelhouse, Hemet, CA w/ The Walking Toxins (Maxies at Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room)

October 5th The Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV w/ The Mapes & The Pluralses

October 6th The Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ w/ Daisy Face & The Breakup Society

October 7th The Train Yard, Las Cruces, NM w/ Kepi & Miss Chain and the Broken Heels

October 8th Seventh Circle Music Collective, Denver, CO w/ Blackdots & The Shaloms & Benjamin Kellogg

October 9th Buddah Bob’s Bar at the Sands, Rock Springs, WY w/ Shocktroopers

October 10th The Shred Shed, Salt Lake City, UT

October 11th The Shredder, Boise, ID w/Shivering Denizens & Orphelia

October 12th  Monk’s, Missoula, MT

October 13th The HOP!, Spokane, WA

October 14th El Corazon, Seattle, WA w/Success & The Waywards

October 15th Chinese Gardens, Longview, WA

October 16th Katie O’Briens, Portland, OR

October 17th The Press Club, Sacramento, CA

October 18th 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, Oakland, CA w/Jabber

October 19th The Redwood Bar, Los Angeles, CA w/So Social La Drugz

October 20th 13th Frame Lounge (La Habra Bowl), La Habra, CA

Split Single!

          Tour shirt!






In their never ending quest to bring Power Pop to the masses, The Paul Collins Beat will hit the road in yet another self-produced tour of the Midwest. “I like to think of us as the Johnny Appleseed’s of rock n roll.” says Collins from his headquarters in New York City.

This tour is a bit more ambitious than previous outings as it will rack up some 5,000
miles crisscrossing the Midwest. In what has become their motto all shows will include like-minded local young bands that share their enthusiasm for the ever growing genre of Power Pop. Today’s Power Pop bands include everything from left, right and center, some bands have a more garage rock feel and some are more punk pop, but they all have the love of guitar based rock n roll at their core. Thanks to the internet power pop has been able to attract a larger fan base as these stylistically different bands come together in their appreciation for a good pop song, bringing their fans along with them.

Operating completely outside of the mainstream music world The PCB has established a
network of clubs and bands nationwide that share the DIY ethic of touring, the success of which depends on grassroots promotion via Facebook and sympathetic press & radio that support this alternative style to getting out on the road and avoiding the astronomical costs of touring. In a growing network of bands and fans it has become possible to do the impossible; tour nationwide by cutting costs down to a minimum, sharing gear, staying with friends and cramming into hotel rooms when possible…all in the effort to play a style of music that has been bubbling under for some 20 years now.

“We are proud that we can do this and still keep the ticket prices to $10 and under, we
play music for the people and we want them to be able to enjoy it without having to go broke!”

We are proud to add Dubuque and Cedar Falls to our list of cities that support The Beat Army!

We need your support to get the word out to the fans in your area!

The Beat Army 


4 Rockford, IL Mary’s Place w/Michael Whyte & The Sunset Movies & Calico Flamingos

5 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups w/The Girls & TKLS

6 Indianapolis, IN Melody Inn w/Brothers Gross & Melismatics from Minneapolis

7 Peoria, IL Brass Rail w/Black Roses

8 Dubuque, IA The Lift w/Twins

9 Bloomington, IN Bishops w/Purple 7 & Triptides

10 Chicago, IL Ultra Lounge w/The Stranger & My Blue Valentine

11 Cincinnati, OH The Comet w/Pretty Pretty

12 Grand Rapids, MI Tip Top w/The Campanellis

13 Kalamazoo, MI 411 Club w/Black Roses

14 Cleveland, OH Happy Dog w/Rainy Day Saints & Black Roses

15 Pittsburgh, PA Howler´s Coyote Cafe w/Meeting of Important People & Neighbours

16 St Louis, MO Off Broadway w/TBA

18 Kansas City, MO Record Bar w/Dead Girls & Rev Gusto

19 Cedar Falls, IA The Octopus Bar w/Twins

20 St Paul, MN Turf Club w/COZY & Travis Ramin Band

21 Fargo, MN The Aquarium w/The Statmods & Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band

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Summer Show in Pollensa, Mallorca!

The Paul Collins Beat to perform at the opening ceremonies of La Patrona! July 30!


Cafe Nine New Haven June 21 w 509ers & The Radiation

Maxwells Hoboken June 22 w Swingin Neckbreakers, Bamboo Kids & Insomniacs!


May 2 Til Two Club, San Diego w/ The Widows

May 3 Redwood Bar LA w/The After Hours & The Cry

May 4 Riverside Private Party open to public!

May 5 Studio City Private Party

May 6 Burger Records In Store Fullerton

May 6 Evening show at Continental Room Fullerton w/87’s. Bee’s Knees & The Cry

May 7 Pomona VLHS DIY Show w/Images, The Maxies & tba

May 8 San Jose The Blank Club

May 9 OFF

May 10 San Francisco Thee Parkside w/Courtney & The Crushers & The Cry

May 11 Sacramento Bows and Arrows Collective w/English Singles

May 12 OFF

May 13 OFF

May 14 Chico OFF

May 15 Chico Private Party

May 16 Redding OFF

May 17 Portland East End Club w/Blue Skies for Black Hearts & The Cry

May 18 Seattle The Comet w/Cute Lepers, Loud Eyes & Big Eyes


So happy to see this old poster surface on the web, it was for the very first punk rock show in Cincinnati!

So excited to be able to present all these fine bands! Come on out and enjoy the music! Feb 1 & 2 Cake Shop NYC get your tickets here:

King of Power Pop tours the Midwest Feb 6-16 first tour of 2013!

The Paul Collins Beat gears up to tour the Midwest as their first tour of 2013!

After doing over 80 shows last year under the banner of The Beat Army, they continue to blaze a trail all across these United States, Canada, Europe, and as far away as Australia! DIY is the order of the day here! The PCB ban together with up and coming power pop, punk pop, garage rock bands from all over to put on shows at local venues far and wide, with low dough ticket prices. In these hard economic times they have found a formula that works! Join forces, share gear and transportation and the show can go on!

“I love working with all these new bands…” says Paul Collins, “They are the future of rock n roll and it is very inspiring to me to work with them…aside from that it keeps me on my toes and it continues to remind of what is the most important part of why we do this…to have fun!”

Come out to the show, meet the bands and see how we do it here in our world of rock n roll!

We are proud to announce that will be performing for the very first time in Rockford & Springfield , IL, Fargo, Iowa City & Des Moines!


Feb 6 Mary’s Place Rockford, IL w/The Sunset Movies

Feb 7 Township Bar Chicago, IL w/Little Boy Jr. & Blizzard Babies

Feb 8 Club Garibaldi Milwaukee, WI w/Trolley & The Sugar Stems

Feb 9 Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL w/The Gilligans                           

Feb 10 The Mill Iowa City, IA w/The Good Habits & The Blendours

Feb 11 Gas Lamp Des Moines, IA w/The Good Habits & Twins

Feb 12 Turf Club Saint Paul, MN w/Pinsch & The Magnolias

Feb 13 The Aquarium Fargo, ND w/Les Dirty Frenchmen

Feb 14  Chadwick's Appleton, WI w/Rev. Norb & The Onions

Feb 15 411 Club Kalamazoo, MI w/ Nobody's Favorite & The Boss Mustangs

Feb 16 Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Grand Rapids, MI w/ The Boss Mustangs

European Tour 2012!


29/11 THU - LO:FI - Milano (IT)

30/11 FRI - Slowclub - Freiburg (DE)

01/12 SAT - Sonic Ballroom - Koln (DE)

02/12 SUN - Tivoli - Utrecht (Le Guess Who Festival) (NE)

03/12 MON - Cortina Bob - Berlin (DE)

04/12 TUE - Molotow - Hamburg (DE)

05/12 WED - Folk & Rock - Malmo (SWE)

06/12 THU - TBC - Oslo

07/12 FRI - Club Slacker - Goteborg (SWE)

08/12 SAT - Tivoli - Moss (NO)

09/12 SUN - Southside - Stockholm (SWE)

13/12 THURS - Coruña - Mardi Grass (SP)

14/12 FRI -  Irun -  Cafe Teatro (SP)

15/12 SAT - Miranda del Ebro - La fabrica de Tornillos (SP)

16/12 SUN - Alcala de Henares - Egolive (Madrid)

Odds & Ends....

Listen...Revenge of the 80’s


One Chord Progression

Paul Collins: The TVD Interview

A beginners’ guide to the heyday of power-pop, 1972-1986,86527/1/


Once upon a time long, long ago, there were two groups of fellows who loved to play music, one group of gents resided over in Birmingham, England and they were grooving to a sound that was capturing the bodies and souls of all their mates, unbeknownst to them far away across the ocean in a town called Los Angeles another group of fellows were also grooving to a sound all their own, it was very different but it too was capturing the bodies and souls of the kids in their neighborhood, well as chance would have it, both of these lads hit on the same name for their groups at precisely the same time! Not to worry because even though both of these groups were new and fresh they were tapping to a different BEAT! Ladies and Gentlemen it is with great pleasure that we announce the first ever tour of two of the groundbreaking bands from the musical revolution of the late 70’s and early 80’s The English Beat with The Paul Collins Beat! Yes the Two Beats will now Beat as One….get out your dancing shoes and get ready to party! See you on the dance floor!                         


                                                         For the first time ever!

                                                 English Beat Paul Collins Beat Tour 2012

Oct 11 THUR– Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

Oct 12 FRI– Falls Church, VA  – The State Theatre

Oct 13 SAT– Natick, MA – The Natick Center of the Artists

Oct 14 SUN– Philly, PA – The World Café Live

Oct 16 TUE– NYC – BB Kings

Oct 18 THUR– Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre

Oct 19 FRI– Toronto, Canada – The Phoenix

Oct 20 SAT– Detroit, MI – The Hard Rock Café

Oct 23 TUE– Evanston, IL – SPACE

Oct 24 WED– Pittsburgh, PA – The Hard Rock Café

Oct 26 FRI– Milwaukee, WI – The Turner Ballroom

Oct 27 SAT– Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

Additional dates!

The band will play some extra shows on this tour on their own, we want to thank these clubs for accommodating our schedule...

Oct 22 MON– Grand Rapids, MI –The Pyramid Scheme w/Amoebas

Oct 25 THUR–Columbus, OH Ace of Cups w/The Girls

Oct 31–WED- Lafayette, IN –Black Sparrow Halloween!

Nov 1 THUR– Bloomington, IN –The Bishop w/Purple Seven

Nov 2 FRI–Atlanta, GA– The Earl w/Missing Monuments & Glory Fires

Nov  SAT 3– Chattanooga, TN JJ’s Bohemia w/Future Virgins


New Summer Tour Dates!

Mini Tour with The Electric Mess!

August 17  Boston @ The Precinct

August 18 Portland The Lobster Stomp!


Summer tours! Spain & Italy!


15/06 Madrid Gruta 77,

16/06 5º Andoaingo Rock Jaialdia w/Blasters, Nomads, Bob Long III & Pretty Things!


21/06 THU - Festa della Musica - Arco (TN), 22/06 FRI - Trouble Festival - Monza, 23/06 SAT - Jack the Ripper - Roncà (VR), 24/06 SUN - Ungawa Tiki Bar - Bergantino (RO), 26/06 TUE - Lio Bar - Brescia, 27/06 WED - Titty Twister - Villadossola (VB), 28/06 - Init Club - Roma, 29/06 FRI - Festival Beat - Salsomaggiore Terme (PR)

30/06 SAT - Shake Club - La Spezia


Paul Collins Beat to perform at Generation Records NYC to celebrate Record Day!

This will be a full band performance with all the classic hits! Please join us!                              

Return Tour of Australia! May11th to May 19th 2012

Tickets available soon through Moshtix and Zombie Dog Entertainment

Fri 11th May Brisbane Hotel Hobart


Sat 12th of May The Tote Melbourne

+ Wolfy & The Bat Cubs

Sun 13th of May Caravan Club Melbourne

+ Wolfy & The Bat Cubs

Sat 19th of May Sandringham Hotel Sydney

+ Mick Medew (Screaming Tribesmen) + Richard Lane (The Stems)

+ Southern Preachers


New Release on Get Hip Records!  

PAUL COLLINS BEAT  "The Kids are the Same"

Label: Columbia-Get Hip

Catalog number:  ARC-36794 / ARC-36794CD

Release Date: 2/14/2012


“As easy to like as Baby Sitters' Breasts.” – CREEM Magazine, 1982


Now some 30 years later, those titties are getting ready to show themselves again! Paul Collins Beat's second album followed in the footsteps of his brilliant debut to rave reviews, an apathetic record company and a clueless public.  Despite featuring some of his greatest songs – "The Kids are the Same," "On The Highway," "Dreaming," "I Will Say No" – Columbia Records dropped the band as they toured relentlessly while "On The Highway" poured out of FM radio airwaves across the country and the newly launched MTV channel aired the videos for “The Kids Are The Same” and “On The Highway.”


As noted rock journalist of The Los Angeles Times Robert Hilburn put it back in the day: “One song however, contains much of the stuff FM rock radio stations adore. While somewhat atypical of Mr. Collins’ festive, compact style, “On The Highway” is a moody, extended track that has gotten more airplay around the country than anything on The Beat’s first album. Still it hasn’t been enough to make this album a hit.”


Finally the weight of the business crushed their spirit, the band faded away as corporate rock devoured everything in its path, and this gem of a record was relegated to cutout bins and relative obscurity for years. But wait! What’s that sound? THEY ARE BACK! Yes it is true kids!  After being banished to another planet, The Paul Collins Beat is back and better than ever, touring constantly in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan! We are very proud to present after some 32 years in the bargain basement bins….The Kids Are The Same! Now re-mastered and reissued for the first time on 180 gram vinyl, "The Kids are the Same" makes the perfect complement to The Beat "The Beat" (Sony-Get Hip, 2010).

The King of Powerpop rides again!

 ***Reissue features Bonus track “DOWN” not available on the original LP!


Check out The Burger Records Release of The Beat Live 1979!



Peter Case & Paul Collins Reunite For Nerves, Plimsouls and The Beat Tour

Peter Case & Paul Collins will reunite this spring for a North American tour where they will perform fan favorites from their joint and separate bands. Here is the official word with the details:

Prior to Peter Case forming The Plimsouls in '78, he was part of two other influential mid-to-late '70s bands with Paul Collins – The Nerves and The Breakaways (Paul would later go on to form his own highly-respected group, The Beat). Both Peter and Paul have enjoyed successful solo careers on record and on the road, but this spring they'll once again be reunited for a very special North American tour.

The two frontmen (along with bassist Timm Buechler and drummer Amos Pitsch) will be performing classic numbers by their bands, The Nerves and The Breakaways, as well as material by The Plimsouls and The Beat. For fans of energetic live performances, visceral rock & roll, and raucous, hook-laden songs that draw as much from the golden age of '60s pop as they do from punk, these shows should prove to be nothing short of nirvana.

March 01 Iron Road Studios, Vancouver BC, CAN

March 02 The Funhouse, Seattle WA

March 03 The Star Theatre, Portland OR

March 05 Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco CA

March 07 The Echo, Los Angeles CA

March 08 Bar Pink, San Diego CA

March 09 Pappy and Harriet's, Pioneertown TBA CA

March 11 Club Congress, Tucson AZ

March 13 Rhythm Room, Phoenix AZ

March 16 TBA SXSW Official Showcase, Austin TX

March 17 Alejandro Escovedo's Taco Party at Maria's Taco Express Austin TX mid-afternoon

March 17 Freddie Steady's 12th Annual Frontier A Go Go And Rock & Roll Hootenanny, Austin TX 5:30 PM

March 18 The Blue Door, Oklahoma City OK (acoustic duo)

March 19 The Record Bar, Kansas City MO

March 20 The Outland, Springfield MO

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