Posted in music | tour dates on September 27, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Dave Wakeling / Paul Collins
English Beat
Paul Collins Beat

Holy 1980! As gimmicks go this is a pretty good one: Power pop pioneer's The Paul Collins Beat and The English Beat are hitting the road together for a string of dates dubbed "Two Beats Heart As One" tour which includes a stop in NYC on October 16 at B.B. King's Blues Club. Tickets are on sale now.

Paul Collins' Beat, perhaps best known for "There She Goes" which featured on the Caddyshack soundtrack, had first dibs on the "Beat" name, forcing Birmingham, UK neo-ska band to change their name to The English Beat. While it was surely a point of contention back then, time (and the internet) have smoothed things out for Wakeling and Collins. Says Wakeling: "Paul and I originally met back in '83 and have been in touch occasionally over the years, but recently we've been in closer Facebook contact, which led to this idea becoming a reality....Two beats, hearting as one!"

After the East Coast tour, The English Beat (Wakeling being the only original member) will continue to tour through the Midwest and West. For fans of the shortlived group, you should really check out this recent interview the AV Club did with Wakeling, it's a good read.

All English Beat tour dates are below.

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The Paul Collins Beat - "Rock N Roll Girl"

The English Beat - "Best Friend" on Rockpalast 1980

The English Beat - 2012 Tour Dates
Sep 28 Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA
Sep 29 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach, CA
Oct 05 Romano's Concert Lounge Riverside, CA
Oct 06 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Oct 11 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC *
Oct 12 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA *
Oct 13 The Center for Arts Natick, MA *
Oct 14 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA *
Oct 16 BB King's New York, NY *
Oct 18 Rapids Theatre Niagara Falls, NY *
Oct 19 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON *
Oct 20 Hard Rock Café Detroit, MI *
Oct 23 SPACE Evanston, IL *
Oct 24 Hard Rock Café Pittsburgh, PA *
Oct 25 Hard Rock Café Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 26 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI *
Oct 27 Mill City Nights Minneapolis, MN *
Oct 30 Knucklehead Tavern Kansas City, MO
Oct 31 The Blue Note Columbia, MO
Nov 02 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
Nov 03 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
Nov 09 Hard Rock Café Las Vegas, NV
Nov 16 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 23 Bimbo's 365 Club San Francisco, CA
Nov 24 B Ryder's Bakersfield, CA
Nov 30 SoHo Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 01 SLO Brewing Company San Luis Obispo, CA
Dec 07 T. Boyle Tavern Pasadena, CA
Dec 08 T. Boyle Tavern Pasadena, CA
Dec 14 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
Dec 15 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA
Dec 22 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
Dec 29 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach, CA
Dec 31 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
* w/ Paul Collins Beat

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Comments (9)

When Paul Collins toured with Peter Case earlier this year, he was kicked off the tour because he was abusive.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 7:18 PM

The American (Paul Collins) Beat were the best power pop band ever. Their first album was genius.

Posted by Dollar Man | September 27, 2012 9:27 PM

are you saying they got on each other's Nerves?

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 10:29 PM

Good one....

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2012 11:39 AM

Paul Collins Beat debut was a power-pop classic. The follow-up has some gems on it too.

But Paul must be a loose cannon if he couldn't get along with Peter Case. Dave Wakeling is widely known as a nice guy, so I hope he knows who he's getting mixed up with.

Posted by Edoc | September 28, 2012 2:01 PM

Actually, Paul Collins walked off the tour after mutually fighting with Peter Case, who was angry because Collins was being paid more than twice what Case or any of the other band members were earning on the tour. Case felt he was not being paid what he was worth. Collins felt he deserved a bigger cut for his work because he organized the tour and spent countless hours on the phone for bookings.

Apparently, Case was angry because they were performing too many Collins Beat songs and not enough of his own crap. Peter Case hijacked the tour after Collins left, only playing Nerves and Plimsouls songs.

As for Collins having problems getting along with people, Peter Case has been his only struggle. Paul Collins has been friends with Dave Wakeling from The English Beat for sometime, as Wakeling currently resides in California. Ironically, Collins is a fan of The English Beat and Dave Wakeling suggested that they join forces for a tour featuring both bands. Fans of The English Beat are being exposed to the music of The Paul Collins Beat and vice-versa. It's basically a tour of new wave nostalgia.

Posted by Gregory | September 29, 2012 3:00 AM

I saw The Paul Collins beat a few days ago on their tour with The English Beat. If you have a chance to catch this show, then run and do it.

I didn't know much about Paul Collins before this concert, but now I'm kicking myself for missing out on his music for so long.

I had a chance to chat with Paul, and you couldn't ask to meet a nicer guy. Their set was blistering!

Posted by Kerry Myers | October 13, 2012 2:32 PM

Sounds more like Constellation which is rad. The last one seemd a little too clean and less intense

Posted by Yahoo Mail | November 25, 2012 4:30 AM

I love his shades.

Posted by mike | July 15, 2013 1:41 PM

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