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12/7/05

J.P. CHECKS IN FROM THE SET

It's been a busy autumn for "Thunderbolt the Thespian." He's currently in the middle of filming the climatic final scene for the Ivan Reitman directed Super Ex-Girlfriend, starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson. A few weeks ago it was a casino scene in The Hoax with Richard Gere, and a role playing manager to young jamsters O.A.R. on the TV show The Bedford Diaries, starring Matthew Modine. J.P. also had the pleasure of filming a party scene with the equally lovely Rita Wilson and Julianna Margulies for Beautiful Ohio, directed by Chad Lowe. Look for him in the upcoming Lady Luck with Lindsay Lohan, in which J.P. will actually speak if it doesn't end up on the cutting room floor...

10/24/05

"NBT" IN MOJO

November's MOJO magazine calls "The Next Big Thing," which is featured on a free CD included with the issue, one of the "Greatest US Punk Tracks of All Time."

10/18/05

MANITOBA CALLED THE "BEST"

Manitoba was honored in the Village Voice "Best of" issue as the Best Satellite Radio DJ, for his gig on Sirius satellite radio.

NEW ROSS THE BOSS INTERVIEWS

Modern Guitars and Metalzone interview Ross (with audio).

MANITOBA IN THE MEDIA

Jazz Review writes about one of Handsome Dick's recent appearances with DKT/MC5.

Previously, HDM killed the last weekend of July at the Northsix Club in Brooklyn and at Central Park, both with the DKT/MC5 (great photos by Mike Frigerio here), and at the Continental with Cheetah Chrome. Here are a New York Times review and some HDM mentions from the press conference Little Steven put together to save CBGB.

8/22/05

MR. MANITOBA...ON THE ROAD AGAIN!!!

WITH THE MC5....

Monday, Aug. 29
Vice Magazine party in Las Vegas
(One set)

Friday, Sept. 16
San Diego
Casbah

Saturday, Sept. 17
Los Angeles
Royce Hall, UCLA
UCLA INVITES MC5 MEMBERS & SUN RA ARKESTRA FOR OPENING WEEKEND PERFORMANCE: Royce Hall, UCLA's beloved theater, will open its Fall 2005 Season with DKT/MC5 and the Sun Ra Arkestra! Yes, you read it right.

AND .... the HANDSOME one spent parts of the last week rubbin' elbows with Howard Stern, up at his Underground Garage dj stint @ Sirius...AND...while filming a video for the Hard Rock Cafe, on why NYC is the Rock n' Roll capital of the universe, and doing a voice over for the Hard Rock, Mr. Manitoba was introduced to, and had his picture taken with an all time hero....BRIAN WILSON!

7/2/05

HDM ALL OVER MANHATTAN ON JULY 30

Now, as well as jumpin' onstage and jammin' with the MC5 on Saturday, July 30, at Central Park Summerstage (3-7pm), Handsome Dick is bartending at Manitoba's afterward, THEN doing SONIC REDUCER with Cheetah Chrome's band, in the wee hours (1-2 am) at the Continental.

5/28/05

HDM ROCKIN' THE WORLD AND NYC!

Manitoba has several new dates performing with DKT/MC5. Other guests include Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses) on guitar and Dave Vanian (the Damned), Lisa Kekaula (BellRays, Basement Jaxx) and Mark Arm (Mudhoney) on vocals.

EUROPE

Saturday, June 11, 2005
The Berlinova Festival
MZA
Luckau, Germany
DKT/MC5 Featuring: Michael Davis/Wayne Kramer/Dennis Thompson
Handsome Dick Manitoba (Dictators)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Dave Vanian (The Damned)

Sunday, June 12, 2005
The Download Festival - Snickers Stage
OzzFest at Donington Park
Donnington, United Kingdom
DKT/MC5 Featuring: Michael Davis/Wayne Kramer/Dennis Thompson
Handsome Dick Manitoba (Dictators)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Dave Vanian (The Damned)
7:30 Set Time

Monday, June 13, 2005
The Wedgewood Rooms
147B Albert Road
Southsea, Portsmouth,
Hampshire PO4 0JW
DKT/MC5 Featuring: Michael Davis/Wayne Kramer/Dennis Thompson
Handsome Dick Manitoba (Dictators)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Dave Vanian (The Damned)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005
The Zodiac
190 Cowley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1UE
DKT/MC5 Featuring: Michael Davis/Wayne Kramer/Dennis Thompson
Handsome Dick Manitoba (Dictators)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Dave Vanian (The Damned)

NEW YORK CITY

Friday, July 29, 2005
Northsix
66 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-5103
DKT/MC5 Featuring: Michael Davis/Wayne Kramer/Dennis Thompson
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Lisa Kekaula (BellRays, Basement Jaxx)
Mark Arm (Mudhoney)
Performing in its entirety,
the groundbreaking MC5 album
KICK OUT THE JAMS
+ Surprise Guests (HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA)

Saturday, July 30, 2005
Central Park Summerstage
Rumsey Playfield in Central Park
(enter at 69th Street and 5th Avenue)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 360-2777
w/ Sun Ra Arkestra & DJ Spooky DKT/MC5 Featuring: Michael Davis/Wayne Kramer/Dennis Thompson
Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
Lisa Kekaula (BellRays, Basement Jaxx)
Mark Arm (Mudhoney)
+ Surprise Guests (HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA)
3pm - 7pm

5/14/05

DOWNLOAD THUNDER-BOSS!

J.P. and RTB's record "THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON with ROSS THE BOSS" is now available to download on Thunderbolt and iTunes International, Napster and Napster International, MusicMatch/Yahoo!, Real Networks, MusicNet (AOL, Virgin), MusicNow (Circuit City), MSN Music, Sony Connect, Snocap, E-Music, Rhapsody and Hear Music/Starbucks.

It's all Ross, all the time. (Click here for the cover art.) A quick run-down of the credits:

ROSS THE BOSS: Lead Guitar
C.J. SCIOSCIA: Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
J.P.: Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Harmonica

Recorded at Le Chateau Bow Wow, Watchung, New Jersey
Written, Arranged and Produced by J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson

4/26/05

'TATORS INVOLVED IN TRIBECA FILM FEST

Catch Andy performing in the movie TV Party, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Meanwhile, Manitoba was interviewed by punk historian and filmmaker Don Letts for his film Punk: Attitude. HDM attended the premiere and party April 25 for the documentary, which features live footage of the Dictators from The Old Grey Whistle Test and interviews with John Holmstrom, Legs McNeil, Henry Rollins and others. Punk: Attitude premieres on IFC on July 9.

4/19/05

OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE KEMPNER FAMILY

All of us in the Dictators family want to express our condolences to Scott and Robin Kempner on the recent loss of their father, Manny Kempner. He had been a part of all of our lives for many years and he will be missed.

4/17/05

THUNDERBOLTS STUN SPAIN!

THE THUNDERBOLTS featuring ROSS THE BOSS just wrapped up their Spanish dates, with spectacular results; many thanks to all who attended and helped sell out both Hell Dorado and Gruta 77. J.P. and Ross want to especially thank their Spanish brothers/bandmates Juancho, Fernando and Miguel. A big hand goes out to Juata, who put together the Thin Lizzy tribute CD that got the ball rollin'. It's just out on Animal Records: check out RTB's guitar and J.P.'s vocal/drums on "Jailbreak." Stay tuned for news about upcoming European shows ...

3/25/05

HDM GOES FULL TIME AT THE UNDERGROUND GARAGE

Handsome Dick Manitoba has moved from his weekend slot in the Underground Garage to a FULL-TIME one! ..... He can now be heard, EVERY WEEKDAY, Monday through Friday, at 8 pm (8pm to 12 midnight) Eastern time ..... that would be 5pm to 9pm on the left coast! Sirius Satellite Radio/Channel 25/The Underground Garage. Joan Jett moves into a weekend slot.

3/18/05

PLAYBOY: MANITOBA'S IS BEST NYC DIVE BAR

The April issue of Playboy names Manitoba's the Best Dive Bar in New York City!

3/10/05

MANITOBA'S TRIUMPHANT RETURN FROM DKT/MC5 TOUR

Handsome Dick Manitoba recently returned from two-week tour of Europe with DKT/MC5. More on the trek below, plus a review from Belgium and several new photos here.

3/2/05

THE NEW LIVE ALBUM ART IS HERE!

Front cover

The cover of the upcoming live album!!!

Click the image to see the front and back covers in all their panoramic glory, courtesy of the artist, Cliff Mott.


ROSS THE BOSS & THUNDERBOLT PATTERSON SPAIN-BOUND

The Thunderbolts featuring Ross the Boss (J.P. and RTB's Spanish-American combo) are set to drop the bomb in April ...

Friday, April 8 ... Vitoria (Helldorado)
Saturday, April 9 ... Madrid (Gruta 77)

Ross and J.P. will be recording in Madrid the week leading up to the shows, so if you see 'em on the Gran Via or in Louie Louie, offer up a hearty "Hola"!


CARBON 14 FEATURES 'TATORS

The latest issue of Carbon 14 features four Dictators photos in its review of the Little Steven Underground Garage Festival. In addition, a CD compilation of some of the 45s the magazine has included throughout the years has two tracks of special interest: the Dics' "Faster and Louder" and the Master Plan's "What's Up With That?"


"FIND SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL" FOUND COOL

Little Steven named the Master Plan track "Find Something Beautiful" his 12th Coolest Song of the Year for 2004 on his Underground Garage radio show. Listen to Episode 144 here.


1/19/05

ROSS & BRAIN SURGEONS TO STORM EUROPE

The Brain Surgeons, the critically acclaimed NYC collaboration between Ross the Boss and Blue Oyster Cult founder Albert Bouchard (the guy who, contrary to SNL reruns, really put the cowbell in "Reaper") begin a European tour Friday, Feb. 11, at the 100 Club, London. Before that, NYC-area fans can check out the band at CBGB on Saturday, Jan. 29. A recent CD anthology, Black Hearts of Soul, featuring three Ross-dripping tracks, was released by the French Bad Reputation label. A new studio album, loaded with Ross's shredmeistery, has just finished tracking. For more information: www.cellsum.com.

1/29 New York, New York @ CBGB
2/11 London, England @ 100 Club
2/14 Paris, France @ Glazart
2/16 Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos Saal
2/17 Stuttgart-Leonberg, Germany @ Uhlenspiege
2/18 Soest, Germany @ Sonic
2/19 TBA
2/20 Ingolstadt, Germany @ Eiskeller


1/13/05

HDM TO TOUR EUROPE WITH DKT/MC5

Handsome Dick Manitoba will join the DKT/MC5 tour of Europe from Feb. 19 through March 5. Also appearing with the group will be guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses) and singer Lisa Kekaula (BellRays). Following are the dates of the tour so far (subject to change):

February 2005
19 Barcelona, Spain ..... Razzmatazz 3
20 Madrid, Spain ..... Sala Arena
21 Bordeaux, France ..... 4 Sans
22 Brest, France ..... Vauban
23 Lille, France ..... Aeronef
24 Brussels, Belgium ..... Ancienne Belgique
25 London, U.K. ..... Royal Festival Hall with Sun Ra Arkestra
27 Turin, Italy ..... Hiroshima
28 Treviso, Italy ..... New Age

March 2005
01 Zagreb, Croatia ..... Tvornica
02 Belgrade, Serbia ..... Dom Omladine
04 Athens, Greece ..... Gargarin 205
05 Thessalonica, Greece ..... Mylos


1/3/05

THUNDERBOLT ALERT!

Viewers of NBC's Today show can get a 30-second preview of Dictator drummer J.P."Thunderbolt" Patterson's solo record the weeks of January 3-14. Look for the autographed guitar auction promo, benefiting the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. The shredding is, of course, Ross the Boss.