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GENTLEMAN JESSE AND HIS MEN
THE EXPLORERS CLUB
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 (The Plimsouls) to form The Nerves in 1974. The Nerves proved to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning U.S. punk-rock scene, independently releasing their own four song EP which included the classic “Hanging on the Telephone,” later to become a hit for Blondie.
After The Nerves disbanded in 1977, Collins moved to LA and formed The Beat with bassist Steve Huff, drummer Mike Ruiz and lead guitarist Larry Whitman. Their friend Eddie Money recommended The Beat for management by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. Under new management, 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 Beatles and Byrds-influenced guitars and catchy choruses, defining the skinny-tied power-pop which The Knack took to the charts. In the ’90s, The Beat re-formed as the Paul Collins’ Beat and continue to write and tour releasing two critically acclaimed albums for the Get Hip label.
Friday, February 6th. Doors at 8:30PM.
$8 advance tickets available here. ($10 day of show)
1039 Washington Street