Leader: “Ah, Agents K and S. Report on your plan for Dictators World Domination. As I recall, 2011 and 2010 were very quiet. Was 2012 more of a success?”
Agent K: “Yes, Leader, in previous years, the stupid, stupid humans were resistant to our message, and activity was limited. But we consider 2012 to be one of the best years in many, and it promises future success, which will affect us in the future.”
Agent S: “2012 saw the formation of the band Manitoba, which brought the loud message to people of the Northeast, Canada and Spain, and which will surely continue to spread the gospel of Faster and Louder. They will ring out 2012 with a huge show at the Bowery Electric on Dec. 31.”
Leader: “Excellent. Is there more?”
We here in Boston are girding our collective loins, whatever that means, in anticipation of the upcoming Manitoba invasion. It’s been 9 years since the loud and the proud have graced us with their presence.
Boston has always had a weird relationship with the band, and vice versa. The music and musicians are always welcomed with open arms. The “Yankees Uber Alles” attitude, not so much. Over/under on the length of time between them hitting the stage and the first insult exchange = 2 minutes.
While we wait, those of you in the NYC area have pul-enty of ops to see our boys. Tonight, Andy and the Master Plan are playing their first gig in two years at the Bowery Electric, in support of Denis Tek of the legendary Radio Birdman. It’s an early show. Tomorrow night, you can head to Webster Hall for the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash, which will feature both JP and RTB.
— Salvi C.
Where are the Dictators members these days? Where AREN’T they?
Personally, I’m having great difficulty keeping track of them and their many different projects. Here’s a quick snapshot of where to find who doing what when … if I missed something (and I probably did), please e-mail me or comment below!
In random order, because I love ALL my Dictators (separate but equal, yo!):
We’ve stumbled across lots of news bits to share, which means it’s time for another edition of ‘Tators Tracker. Here goes:
* HDM, Andy and J.P. have all taken part in a new Joey Ramone solo album. More info as we get it.
* Andy’s heading out on tour with the can’t-miss “When Giants Walked the Earth: A Musical Memoir” show. First stop: a guest appearance at tonight’s Carla Rhodes show in Brooklyn, then a very special opening slot for David Jo at New Jersey’s Brighton Bar tomorrow night (more info). During the next few weeks, he’ll hit Tennessee, Canada, Pennsylvania, NYC, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Details here.
* A new Ross the Boss audio interview has been posted at Blabbermouth.net.
* Scott Kempner gets listed among some pretty heady company by the legendary Dion DiMucci.
* Cool photos of Thunderbolt Patterson at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash are posted here.
* Time Out offers a sweet portrait of family life at Chez Manitoba; plus, HDM merits another Page Six mention, just by showing up: NYPost.com.
Handsome Dick Manitoba is rebroadcasting his radio interview with Iggy Pop this Friday (March 12) in honor of the Stooges’ induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next Monday. Catch the interview, recorded last October, at 11 p.m. ET on the “Handsome Dick Manitoba Radio Program” in Little Steven’s Underground Garage, Sirius 25, XM 59.
Andy Shernoff is performing more of solo acoustic shows, starting with this Friday’s (March 12) appearance with Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick at The Record Collector in Bordentown, N.J. Next, he’ll be singing and telling stories at NYC’s Lakeside Lounge (Monday, March 15) and Hoboken, N.J.’s Maxwell’s (Saturday, March 27).
Thunderbolt Patterson will be performing songs from The LP Is Dead at Austin’s SXSW, backed by Dave Bone and the Troublemakers. He’ll be singing lead and playing drums. Shows already announced are being held Friday, March 19: 2:15 p.m. at Sonny’s Vintage, 7:15 p.m. at Spiderhouse Cafe.
Scott Kempner just wrapped up a tour of Spain with the Del-Lords. He currently is continuing work on the band’s new album. More info here.
Ross the Boss, who just played some dates in Germany with the Ross the Boss Band, is now in the studio working on the band’s second album. Check out a recent video interview with Ross at venue music.
Dictators roll call!
In random order, and with info courtesy of our friends over at TheDictators.com, here’s who’s been doing what and where and when:
Handsome Dick Manitoba
- Performing two songs at the Continental in NYC on Sunday night (midnight with CJ Ramone and Daniel Rey, 12:30 a.m. with Cheetah Chrome)
- Interviewing Cheetah Chrome for his radio program
- Wrote the introduction to Clifford Meth’s Whorehouse Madrigals, available now for preorder
- Massachusetts teens record tribute tune
- Caught by the New York Times catching the Care Bears on Fire with his son, Jake
Ross the Boss
C’mon, let’s rock ‘n’ roll with the Dictators — four of whom hit the radio waves this week:
Wednesday (12/16), 2 p.m. ET: Thunderbolt Patterson joins host Lou Molinaro live on Indi101 FM in Hamilton, Ontario, and simulcast online at http://indifm.ca. Featuring cuts from Thunderbolt’s The LP Is Dead.
Thursday (12/17), 8-11 p.m. ET: Ross the Boss guests on the Internet-based show Metal Meltdown.
Archived from Sunday, 12/13: Andy talks wine and song on the Mr. Cutlets Show.
And, last but not least, for your daily entertainment:
Weekdays, 8 p.m-midnight ET: The Handsome Dick Manitoba Program, on Sirius Satellite Radio, Underground Garage, Channel 25.
For a look at radio host HDM at work, check out this video clip of him interviewing Iggy Pop — the only man we dare not mock for rocking mandals.
[Edited to add: Congrats on that Hall of Fame thing, Iggy!]
Monday night we enjoy the rare treat of two Dictators making public appearances within stumbling distance of each other: Andy performing at Lakeside Lounge (162 Ave. B) and J.P. celebrating his record release at NYC’s Premier Rock and Roll Bar, Manitoba’s (99 Ave. B). Andy’s set starts around 7; J.P.’s bash runs 8-10 p.m. [UPDATE: Andy will hit the stage at 7:30 sharp, making this post even more relevant. Study up, people!]
It’s the same damned street, which is awesome, but while the timing is convenient, it’s also tight. No navigational errors allowed from folks partaking in too much 2-for-1 happy hour revelry (or traveling in from, God forbid, New England).