Personally, I have to hand it to whoever had the brilliant idea to pair 2 of our favorite bands on one bill. Despite the common “beat” in their names, The English Beat and Paul Collins Beat have yet to share a stage—until, that is, a run of dates through the States that stops at Virginia’s State Theatre this Friday night, 10/12.
On the road since the summer release of Keep The Beat: The Very Best of The English Beat, Dave Wakeling told us in July, “What was interesting about The Beat was we had a number of different phases from the quite fast angry – not angry – but strident first album, to a more eclectic, introspective second album, to a sort of bold, brassy, pop third album.
So, this Keep The Beat: The Very Best of The English Beat record that Shout! Factory bringing out now, I’d say that’s the best because it would give a sample of the sort of different sides of us that we went through over the years.”
Joining The English Beat are our friends the Paul Collins Beat, who it seems are never OFF the road. I know for a fact Paul will be dropping his bags in one location for at least 48 hours when the Power Popalicious II power pop festival hits Asbury Park, NJ this coming November 16th and 17th. (TVD is a proud sponsor of the festival too, by the way…)
Join TVD Friday night by entering to win a pair of tickets in the comments below for the double beat evening at the State Theatre. Give us your dream pairing on one bill, and the most compelling match up takes the tickets. We’ll choose one winner for the pair this Thursday, 10/11 at noon!
The English Beat and Paul Collins Beat Tour Dates:
10/11/12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
10/12/12 – Falls Church, VA – The State Theatre
10/13/12 – Natick, MA – Center for Arts in Natick
10/14/12 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
10/15/12 – Louisville, KY – Private Function
10/16/12 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club
10/18/12 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
10/19/12 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/20/12 – Detroit, MI – Hard Rock Cafe
10/23/12 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
10/24/12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe
10/26/12 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
10/27/12 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights