Press release: Peter Case & Paul Collins of The Nerves 2012 Reunion Tour

Like many bands, they said it would never happen; there were no plans to reunite The Nerves. When I interviewed both Case and Collins a few years ago, they each praised one another, but stated that a Nerves reunion was unlikely.  More recently, The Nerves experienced a resurgence in popularity when their songs were covered by Cat Power and several other indie rock artists. In 2011, Green Day covered The Nerves' song Walking Out On Love as part of their Broadway Special. Collins also joined Green Day onstage for live performances in New York.  Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is an outspoken fan of The Nerves.


Peter Case & Paul Collins - Two  longtime friends, musical partners,  Americana heroes and founding members of legendary rock group The Nerves will be joining forces for a North American tour in 2012, including special dates at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas and some appearances in Canada. The tour is a reunion of Peter Case and Paul Collins, two founding members of The Nerves. Rather than focusing only on The Nerves' material, their sets will encompass the entire careers of Case and Collins. Expect to hear classic tunes such as Hanging On The Telephone and Walking Out On Love, in addition to key songs from The Plimsouls, The Beat and related works of Case and Collins.

This will be a full band electric tour where the duo is backed by members of The Paul Collins Beat. Paul Collins and Peter Case are 2/3 of The Nerves. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, likely to be the closest thing to a band reunion of The Nerves the world will ever see.

Case and Paul Collins have both established themselves as hard-working singer-songwriters. As the story has been told, Peter Case began his musical career as a folk singer, writing and performing on the streets and in the clubs and coffee houses of San Francisco. Collins moved to California in 1974 with only $75, a station wagon and a guitar. His life changed after meeting Peter Case and Jack Lee and the trio began writing songs and performing as The Nerves. The group funded their own studio recordings and North American tours, performing in the U.S. and Canada.

Collins managed the group and handled their bookings, which included a tour with The Ramones and respectable spots on the USO tour, performing for the troops. The Nerves disbanded around 1977 and Collins and Case formed The Breakaways, which literally "broke away" into two groups, The Plimsouls and The Beat, later known as The Paul Collins Beat. Case became a solo artist in the 80s and has since recorded dozens of prolific albums as a singer-songwriter. Aside from The Beat, Collins recorded his first solo album in 1990, which included members of Chris Isaak's band. Several more solo albums followed, until Collins re-formed The Beat.

2012 Tour Schedule:

March 1, 2012
10:00pm Vancouver, BC
Low Down & Dirty Presents at Iron Road Studios
383 Raymur Ave.
Vancouver, BC  V6A 4B5 

 March 2, 2012
9:00pm Seattle, WA
The Funhouse
206 5th Avenue North
Seattle, WA  98109
(206) 374-8400 

 March 3, 2012
9:00pm Portland, OR
Star Theater
13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 226-6630 

March 5, 2012
9:00pm San Francisco, CA
Red Devil Lounge
1695 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA  94109
(415) 447-4730 

 March 7, 2012
9:00pm Los Angeles, CA
The Echo
1822 West Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90026
(213) 985-4329 

 March 8, 2012
9:00pm San Diego, CA
Bar Pink
3829 30th Street
San Diego, CA  92104
(619) 564-7194 

March 9, 2012
9:00pm Pioneertown, CA
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
53688 Pioneertown Road
Pioneertown, CA  92268
(760) 365-5956 

March 10, 2012
9:00pm Riverside, CA
Private Event 

March 11, 2012
9:00pm Tucson, AZ
Club Congress
311 South Congress
Tucson, AZ  85701
(520) 622-8848 

March 13, 2012
9:00pm Phoenix, AZ
Rhythym Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ  85014
(602) 265-4842 

March 16 & 17, 2012Austin, TX
SXSW  (Events TBA)

 March 18, 2012
9:00pm Oklahoma City, OK
The Blue Door
2805 North McKinley
Oklahoma City, OK  73106
(405) 524-0738 

March 19, 2012
9:00pm Kansas City, MO
The Record Bar
1020 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO  64111
(816) 753-5207 

March 20, 2012
9:00pm Springfield, MO
The Outland
326 South Avenue
Springfield, MO  65806
(417) 863-9779 

March 22, 2012
9:00pm St. Paul, MN
The New Amsterdam
6 W. 6th Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
(612) 285-3112 

March 24, 2012
 9:00pmMilwaukee, WI
Shank Hall
1434 North Farwell Ave.
Milwaukee, WI  53202
(414) 332-3061 

March 25, 2012
9:00pm Chicago, IL
The Empty Bottle
1035 North Western Ave.
Chicago, IL  60622
(773) 276-3600 

March 27, 2012
9:00pm Columbus, OH
Ace Of Cups
2619 N. High Street
Columbus, OH  43202 

March 28, 2012
9:00pm Cleveland, OH
Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH  44110
(216) 383-1124 

March 30, 2012
9:00pm Harrisburg, PA
Stage On Herr
268 Herr Street
Harrisburg, PA  17102
(717) 441-7506

March 31, 2012
8:00pm Collinsville, CT
Bridge Street Live
41 Bridge Street
Collinsville, CT  06022
(860) 693-9762 

April 12, 2012
9:00pm Troy, NY
Bat Shea's Public House
95 Ferry Street
Troy, NY  12180
(518) 423-9138

April 18, 2012
9:00pm Memphis, TN
Hi-Tone Cafe
1913 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN  38104
(901) 278-8663

April 19, 2012
9:00pm Nashville, TN
The High Watt
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN
(615) 251-3020

Aprill 20, 2012
9:00pm Chatanooga, TN
JJ's Bohemia
231 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN  37403
(423) 266-1400

April 21, 2012
9:00pm Atlanta, GA
Star Community Bar
437 Moreland Ave.
Atlanta, GA  30307
(404) 681-5740

April 22, 2012
9:00pm Asheville, NC
Jack of the Wood
95 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC  28801
(828) 252-5445


Please remember that tour dates for any artist can be subject to change. All of this information is available online and courtesy of Peter Case and Paul Collins' respective websites. Please check the following sites for tour updates and other important news.

Peter Case official website

Paul Collins Beat official MySpace

Peter Case & Paul Collins Tour official Facebook

The Nerves official MySpace

Paul Collins Beat official website

Get Hip Recordings official website

Alive Naturalsound Records official website (record label for The N...

Paul Collins Beat official ReverbNation

The Beat Army Forum & Partnered Bookings official website

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Comment by Kyla Fairchild on January 26, 2012 at 12:18pm

What fantastic news!  I was a big fan of Peter Case, The Plimsouls, and the Paul Collins Beat back in the 80's. The place they are playing in Seattle is a bit off my radar so I probably would have missed this had you not posted.  So thanks and also thanks for including all the great videos!!

Comment by Jack on January 26, 2012 at 7:43pm

Very cool.  Weird, I pulled The Plimsoul's Kool Trash off the shelf for the first time in eons and had it in the car over the weekend, and now stumble across this news. 

Comment by Mark Grissom on January 31, 2012 at 11:04am

The Nerves used to rehearse at the same rehearasal space my band Fleshtones (not the NYC band, we pre-dated them) did in San Francisco in the mid-70's. Nice to see them re-surface!


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