THANK YOU, CBGB!!!!
"Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night..." were gonna stop us at CBGB's, though P.A. gremlins DID do their best on Friday. Many thanks to all who toiled: C.J. and Bart; Gerry; Gary and the film crew; Anne; and Hilly and the entire staff at CBGB's. Special thanks to everyone who came out in the snow, and extra special thanks to those who traveled great distances to join us. We know who you are, and it means a lot to the band ... The Dictators thank everyone (really, EVERYONE) for a great year. We look forward to seeing you in 2004.
It's with great sadness that the Dictators put Spain in our rear view mirror
for the final time of 2003. The Azkena Festival was truly historic, and we
had a lot of fun to boot. "Tour 2003"saw us literally crisscrossing the
country consuming everything in our path, accompanied by a great crew. Big
Dictator Ups (and a Mahou) to Angelita, Sergio and Juancho ("CAFE CON
LECHE!"). As always, a hundred thanks to the boss, Pepe. Muchos Gracias to all the fans who made it out to the shows ... we'll see ya
"JOEY RAMONE PLACE" IS OFFICIAL
All four Dictators were among the hundreds present and accounted for at the unveiling of Joey Ramone Place in New York City on Nov. 30. The sign can be found high atop a streetlight post at the corner of Bowery and East 2nd Street, just north of CBGB. Read all about it -- and see pics of HDM and Andy at the event -- at joeyramone.com.
DICS APPEAR IN NEW RAMONES BOOK
The new book by Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick features several quotes from Handsome Dick and Andy. Check out more info on the book here; purchase it from Amazon.com here. (thanks to Jeroen)
In more Ramones news, joeyramone.com reports that New York City will dedicate the corner of Bowery and East 2nd Street as Joey Ramone Place. The ceremony takes place Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.
MASTER PLAN ALBUM RELEASED ON VINYL
The new album from the Master Plan, Andy's side project with Paul Johnson and Fleshtones Keith Streng and Bill Milhizer, was released on vinyl by Demolition Derby on Nov. 10. The LP, called Colossus of Destiny, features the original version of "What's Up With That." Order the album here: demderby.com. (thanks to Paul Johnson)
NEW VERSION OF "16 FOREVER" ON TRIBUTE DISC
The Dictators recorded a new version of "16 Forever" this year for inclusion on a disc paying tribute to Swedish rockers the Nomads. Also appearing on 20 Years Too Soon are the Hellacopters and Electric Frankenstein. The CD will be released in November on Big Bongo/Wild Kingdom records.
"I AM RIGHT!" GOES NATIONWIDE ON RADIO SHOW
A sample and discussion of "I Am Right!" was heard on Neal Boortz's nationally syndicated radio-talk show on Oct. 22. More info at the Hillbilly Dictators Jihad.
A MESSAGE FROM THE MERCH DEPARTMENT:
We are in the process of updating the Merch page (lots of new stuff!).
Please be advised that the following items are currently NOT available:
*ANY and ALL vinyl recordings
* D.F.F.D. shirts
*New York, New York live CDs
Thanks, and be on the lookout for the new page.
P.S. The merchandise staff will be on vacation from Nov. 7 through Nov. 25. Your orders will be filled promptly upon return.
DICTATORS TO ITALIA: MILLE GRAZIE!!!
The band's first-ever shows in Italy -- played this month in Basano and Rome -- were both great successes. Thanks to our Italian brothers and sisters (and the folks who drove from Poland, too)! We hope to be back before long.
In addition, Ross the Boss reports that the band is playing better and better every time -- "more tight and more explosive than ever."
HELP WITH GIGOGRAPHY NEEDED!!
A fan is undertaking the daunting task of compiling 30 years of Dictators shows into one massive list. Please e-mail him with any additions or changes.
LIVE SATELLITE RADIO SESSION AVAILABLE
Sirius Satellite Radio customers can hear an hour-long Dictators special from Sept. 3, 2003 -- six songs live in the studio and interviews. Check Sirius listings for repeat airings.
SHAKIN' STREET REISSUE ON WAY
Bad Reputation/Ulftone are set to reissue the 1980 self-titled U.S. debut from the Ross the Boss project Shakin' Street this month. Track listing: "No Compromise," "Solid as a Rock," "No Time To Lose," "Soul Dealer," "Susie Wong," "Every Man, Every Woman Is a Star," "Generation X," "So Fine" and "I Want To Box You." Click here for more label information. For more on Shakin' Street, click here.
"TWO TUB MAN" ON RHINO COMPILATION
"Two Tub Man," off the Dictators' first album, 1975's The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!, will appear on an upcoming four-disc punk compilation from Rhino Records. Ever Get the Feeling You've Been Cheated? The '70s Punk Rebellion is set for an Oct. 28 release.
IN MEMORIAM: DAVID ROTER
We regret to report the passing of our dear friend David Roter. David co-wrote "Pussy and Money" from our new CD, and Andy played on his solo records and produced one of his CDs, Find Something Beautiful. For more on David, click here.
THE HANDSOMEST FAMILY IN ROCK'N'ROLL!!!
Meet Handsome Dick's son, Jake, pictured here in his pint-sized Manitoba's hat with his proud father and mom, Zoe. For another picture of Jake, click here.
IN MEMORIAM: PETER SHERNOFF
We have sad news to report: Andy's brother, Peter, passed away suddenly last month. Our deepest sympathies to the Shernoff family.
Peter's friends put together a website celebrating his memory. You can visit it here.
COOLEST SONG IN THE WORLD THIS YEAR!!!
The Soprano family's Silvio Dante himself, Little Steven, named the Dictators' own "The Savage Beat" as Coolest Song in the World This Year on the Dec. 29 edition of Little Steven's Underground Garage!
Listen to the archived radio show here.