[b]PAUL'S MIDWEST TOUR WILL ALSO FEATURE SPECIAL GUESTS THE HALF RATS[/b][b][/b]
PAUL COLLINS[/b] (one of the originators of the high-energy sound known as Power Pop and co-founder of THE NERVES, THE BREAKAWAYS and THE BEAT) will be kicking off a Midwest tour on February 18th in Milwaukee with the Lafayette, IN-based garage-pop rockers THE HALF RATS, just prior to [b]PAUL COLLINS BEAT[/b] tour of Japan and Australia in March and April.
[b]KING OF POWER POP![/b] (on Alive Records) is Paul's latest studio album and it's a complete return to his roots - to power pop, the sound he helped create and popularize, a sound that has seen a resurgence in recent years, a sound that is here to stay!В
[b]PAUL COLLINS BEAT / THE HALF RATS 2011 MIDWEST TOUR DATES[/b][b]В [/b]
02.18 MILWAUKEE, WI - CLUB GARIBALDI (W/ THE MID WEST BEAT)[/b]
[b]02.19 CHICAGO, IL - SUBTERRANEAN (W/ THE SLEEPOVERS)[/b]
[b]02.20 LAFAYETTE, IN - THE BLACK SPARROW (W/ ERIC & THE HAPPY THOUGHTS)[/b]
[b]02.21 BLOOMINGTON, IN - THE BISHOP (W/ CHARLIE & THE SKUNKS)[/b]
[b]02.22 INDIANAPOLIS, IN - THE VOLLRATH
02.23 COLUMBUS, OH - THE SUMMIT (W/ EXWHITES / PAUL DULL & HIS MEDIA WHORES)[/b]
[b]02.24 CLEVELAND, OH - NOW THAT'S CLASS (W/ THE WOLLY BULLIES)[/b]
[b]02.25 DETROIT, MI - LAGER HOUSE (W/ THE SIGHTS)[/b]
[b]02.26 KALAMAZOO, MI - LOUIE'S (W/ AMOEBAS)[/b]
[b]PAUL COLLINS[/b] is Power Pop's greatest champion and spokesperson. Through extensive worldwide touring, and connecting to like-minded bands, artists and fans through social networking sites, Paul has created [b]THE BEAT ARMY[/b], a DIY network of people connected by their love of Power Pop, punk, new wave and rock-n-roll to help ensure its success at the club level - where rock-n-roll lives and breathes. While THE BEAT ARMY only began last March, Collins has already amassed over 2,700 members. In addition, he's been touring heavily in support of both THE BEAT ARMY and his new album KING OF POWER POP! As Collins enthusiastically explains, "This will be tour number five for us since forming THE BEAT ARMY. So far we've done 50-plus shows throughout the South, Canada, East Coast, Midwest (actually this will be our second Midwest tour) and the West Coast involving over 60 bands from around the country. The shows all have low ticket prices (averaging from $8 to $10) and we book them ourselves. 'By the people, for the people'... that's our motto."
Produced and engineered in Detroit by Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs, The Go, White Stripes, to name just a few), [b]KING OF POWER POP![/b] also features Eric Blakely on guitar and backing vocals, Diamond on bass, and Dave Shettler on drums (SSM, The Sights). Motor City guests include Wally Palmar of the legendary power pop hit-makers THE ROMANTICS, as well as pop icon Nikki Corvette of NIKKI & The CORVETTES. The catchy cover art is the work of legendary artist BILL STOUT.
[b] PAUL COLLINSвЂ™ SONG "DO YOU WANNA LOVE ME?" FROM KING OF POWER POP!:[/b]
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