The Nerves' Peter Case and Paul Collins to Reunite on Tour and Release Material Recorded at the Golden Bear

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Mod/power pop pioneers Peter Case and Paul Collins, who first banded together in the seminal new wave band the Nerves, are going on tour together. They're skipping Orange County, but on Mar. 7 they'll be at the Echo in LA, Mar. 8 in San Diego at Bar Pink, and Mar. 9 at Pioneertown (near Joshua Tree) at Pappy & Harriet's--so there are enough SoCal venues on their list.

The tour will see Case and Collins performing songs from the Plimsouls (which Case played in after the Nerves) and the Beat and the Breakaways for Collins. They'll have a full band, so they'll probably be playing a load of gems on this  eight-week tour.

According to Soundspike,
Case is also set to release Beach Town Confidential, a live album of Plimsouls material recorded onstage at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, CA, on Aug. 13, 1983, when the four-piece was at the height of their fame. "Beach Town Confidential," featuring six songs that have never been recorded by the Plimsouls before, will be released on Feb. 7.

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This is great news! Most people dont realize, The Nerves formed the same year as The Ramones, (in 1974), making their own records, booking their own tours and driving in their own customized station wagon, which Paul Collins supplied. Ironically, The Nerves toured with both The Ramones and Eddie Money, who co-wrote Let Me Into Your Life with Paul Collins. These musical friendships later helped Paul Collins and Peter Case when they disbanded The Nerves and The Breakaways to form spinoff groups The Beat (Collins) and The Plimsouls (Case). The Paul Collins Beat were featured on the Caddyshack motion picture soundtrack with Journey and Kenny Loggins, while The Plimsouls were featured as a performing band in the 80s Nicholas Cage film "Valley Girl." 

Fast forward to the present day and you have two separate groups with Peter Case & Band and The Paul Collins Beat. Peter Case has a large adult following in the world of folk music and singer/songwriters. Case has won words of praise from artists such as Bruce Springsteen. With kind words from punk artists such as members of The Ramones, Paul Collins has a large youth fanbase consisting of teens, twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings. Collins owns a partnered booking agency called The Beat Army, which focuses on booking new rock bands and organizing tours. In 2011, Paul Collins performed live as a guest with Green Day. Their frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong is an avid fan of The Nerves and has been covering the song Walking Out On Love as part of the American Idiot Broadway musical production. For many years, fans in the audiences of Peter Case and Paul Collins would request songs from their group The Nerves. Both artists  have embraced and accepted the popularity and legendary status of The Nerves. Its hard to categorize The Nerves in one particular genre and further proof would be the cover versions of their songs as done by modern indie rock artists such as Cat Power. With any luck Im hoping Peter Case and Paul Collins will record a live album CD and film a live concert DVD during their tour tribute to The Nerves.

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