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12/2/02

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Jake Koufax Manitoba
Born Dec. 1, 2002
at 9:45 p.m.
8 pounds
20.25 inches long

Mother, baby and proud papa are all doing fine.

Check out Jake's first mention on the New York Post's Page Six ..... more Jake news can be found here and here.

10/2/02

THANKS TO AUSTRALIA AND SPAIN

Where did August (& early September) go? Well, for the most part ... overseas!

Our trip down under was a huge thrill and lots of fun. Highlights included two totally rockin' shows in Melbourne; the Sydney Harbour Cruise; J.P.'s summit with Midnight Oil drum hero Rob Hirst; and Andy's red-carpet treatment at various vineyards. The professionalism exhibited by the promoters and crew throughout was truly inspirational.

Jerez, Spain, was one big rock summer camp. It was great to see old friends Nashville Pussy, the Bell Rays and the Nomads and new friends Supersuckers and Southern Culture on the Skids.

Many thanks are in order, so let's get to it ...


9/18/02

TOP TEN LEAVES THE DICTATORS

BAND ANNOUNCEMENT:

YEAH, EVERYBODY HAS HEARD THE RUMORS – AND WE WANT TO CONFIRM THAT THEY ARE TRUE. TOP TEN HAS LEFT THE BAND AND REALLY DID MOVE TO THE WEST COAST TO PURSUE A SINGER/SONGWRITER CAREER....THE OTHER NEWS IS WE’RE NOT REPLACING HIM. WE'RE NOW DOWN TO ONLY ONE GUITAR GOD, BUT WE JUST RETURNED FROM AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND SPAIN, AND ROSS THE BOSS ROCKED EVERY COUNTRY.

THE DICTATORS WILL ALWAYS LOVE TOP TEN AND WISH HIM NOTHING BUT THE BEST.

DFFD

HDM, ANDY, ROSS, JP


MESSAGE FROM SCOTT:

HEY EVERYBODY! i wanted to take a minute and write a little something to all y'all. Firstly, while it is true that I sing and write, I feel the the term singer-songwriter might be a tad misleading. I will NOT be turning into James friggin' Taylor or Jackson freakin' Browne or nothin'. While I do play a big black Johnny Cash-style Martin, I ain't puttin' down my beloved Strat for anybody. EVER! Some of youse might be aware of my having written, sang and played guitar for THE DEL-LORDS a while back. I even have a god-damn solo album out there. It was just time for me to get back to it, to reclaim that part of my trip. I'll be around, I got a new band with my friend, Neil Giraldo called THE PARADISE BROTHERS (at least that's this week's name), and a new solo record called SAVING GRACE (out soon).

Sooooooooooo, I really wanna thank everyone who has supported and/or just given a flyin' fuck about THE DICTATORS over the years (30 years, man!) from the very bottom of my heart of hearts; and of course, to HDM, ROSS THE BOSS, ADNY, JP and everyone else who strode that stage shoulder to shoulder, side by side with me through everything imaginable. I will always love you all. Well, this is where I get off the van, but I will see you up somewhere up the road (and feel free to call me Top Ten as long as it suits ya).

ADIOS, SAYONARA, SHALOM, DFFD and GO YANKEES!
Scott


J.P. ENDORSES VIC FIRTH

Dictators drummer J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson endorses Vic Firth drumsticks. Click here for a pic of J.P. proudly displaying his custom Vic Firth drumhead.

ALBUM RELEASED WITH BONUS TRACK IN OZ

D.F.F.D. released in Australia with bonus track "Sonic Reducer." We hope to have a few copies for sale in the Dics-Mart soon.

HDM AND ROSS ON NEW NOMADS DISC

Showdown 2 - The 90s, the new disc from legendary Swedish rockers the Nomads, features appearances by Handsome Dick Manitoba and Ross the Boss. The Dictators material was recorded when HDM and Ross appeared onstage at Sweden's Hultsfred festival to help celebrate the Nomads' 25th anniversary. Showdown 2 appears on the White Jazz label.

3/21/02

GOD BLESS THE RAMONES AND ALL THEY STAND FOR!!!

Congrats to our buddies the Ramones, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 18!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Ramones
VH1's Rock Hall page

Also, if you haven't yet, be sure to check out Joey Ramone's solo disc, Don't Worry About Me. Andy plays bass on it and co-wrote the song "Stop Thinking About It." There are 10 other tracks on the disc, including Joey's version of "What a Wonderful World," which will be used in a Verizon TV commercial.

For reviews and articles on the album, click over to the news section at joeyramone.com. Andy also spoke to The Village Voice recently about the CD.

2/21/02

FREE SCREENINGS OF "FINAL RINSE" SET FOR L.A.

Two free screenings have been scheduled in the Los Angeles area for the film Final Rinse, which features a performance by the Dictators, as well as the final acting role for Joey Ramone. The rock and roll comedy cop thriller also features Sebastian Bach, Frank Gorshin and Uncle Floyd.

There will be two screenings at the AMC Santa Monica on the 3rd Street Promenade (1310 Third Street), Theater 1: Friday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. No invite is needed. Just mention that you love the Dictators and get in for FREE!!!

Click here for more on the flick: Final Rinse.

1/31/02

"WHO WILL SAVE ROCK AND ROLL?" GETS SOME MUSIC CITY BUZZ

Nashville rock station 102.9 The Buzz (WBUZ) added "Who Will Save Rock and Roll?" to its playlist on Jan. 10, and the song has made the fan-requested Top 9 @ 9:09 several times recently. It was last seen parked at No. 4, its highest position yet. "Who Will Save Rock and Roll?" also is listed among the station's top 20 most-played songs.

1/10/02

THE DICTATORS' NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

1. We will come play in your town ... or someplace near your town ... or maybe someplace within 3 days' driving distance from your town ....... How about this, we will play more shows this year than we did last year.

2. We will re-release the Manitoba's Wild Kingdom CD.

3. We will re-release Manifest Destiny on CD.

4. We will watch every episode of The Sopranos again

5. We will watch every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm again and again and again.

6. We will open our own White Castle franchise in Manhattan.

7. We will keep the power chord alive.

RIP 2001 -- Joey Ramone, Helen Wheels, Billy Hilfiger, Johnny (Bully) Heffernan, Lee Robinson

1/9/02

THE MONTREAL CANADIENS RULE

"Who Will Save Rock and Roll?" is being played at all Montreal Canadiens home games during warm-ups.

1/9/02

NEW ALBUM A HIT IN YEAR-END CRITICS' POLLS

The Dictators' latest album, D.F.F.D., appears on several critics' best-of-2001 lists:
The Denver Post (at No. 1!), The Boston Globe, New Times Los Angeles, Phoenix New Times, KNAC.com (Editor in Chief Frank Meyer's list) and Billboard's Critics' Choice (Director of Special Sections Gene Sculatti's list).

In addition, New York Post critic Mary Huhn picked the disc as one from which she'd burn singles for her "dream 2001 compilation set," and Bush guitarist Nigel Pulsford told Allstar that D.F.F.D. was his seventh-favorite release of the year.

1/9/02

JOEY RAMONE SOLO ALBUM OUT FEB. 19

Joey Ramone's posthumous debut solo album, Don't Worry About Me, is due Feb. 19 from Sanctuary Records. Dictator Andy Shernoff plays on the disc, and co-wrote the track "Stop Thinking About It."

Other contributers are drummer Frank Funaro (ex-Dictators, ex-Del-Lords, current member of Cracker), as well as drummer Marky Ramone. The Damned's Captain Sensible guests on the track "Mr. Punchy." The album's producer is Daniel Rey, who recently finished mixing tracks that had not been completed before Joey's death from cancer last April.

In other news, the Ramones will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 18.