Imagine Ross The Boss' surprise when he found out that a guy he was talking to at the Speedfest Festival last weekend put their conversation in a Dutch Newspaper. It was the last show of The Dictators NYC 12 city European tour, which landed them in Paris just four days after the terrorist attacks.
Ross posted this on his facebook the day before he played Paris, "Tomorrow will be the most emotional show I have ever played in recent memory when we go to Paris , I lived there back in the day and I love her . The Dictators NYC will play Wednesday nite . I know we had to move to to smaller venue because there was nothing available but to us Wednesday nite it will be the biggest arena we ever played. I will give every ounce of RnR energy I have in me . Vive Le France ."
'Ross 'The Boss' Friedman, guitar player of the New York Punkband The dictators, is standing near the Speedfest artist entrance and he has a message for you. He just arrived from Paris where his band played as one of the first rockbands after the attacks. 'We were supposed to play on Tuesday in a venue but they were afraid, called us and cancelled the show. We did not accept that. We said that these guys should never win and they will if the show was cancelled. All those rockbands that cancelled their tours? Well, fuck em, that's how you let them win. We looked for another club and we found a venue brave enough to organize the show. We played in La Méchanique Ondulaire for 150 persons. Of course, we cried, all of us, but it was the biggest and most beautiful show we played in 40 years.' Friedman is a tough guy, the indestructable metalhead, a 61 year old kid. 'They say the Bataclan was attacked because the owner is Jewish. But I tell you one thing, We Jews are used to tough situations and these terrorists are fucking with the wrong guys. I have a message for them: We're gonna win!'" - via Gerry Berthauer
about the Dictators NYC's upcoming new single Supply and Demand.
Handsome Dick Manitoba and Ross The Boss decided it was time to write more Dictators songs and so it was done. For now this first song's only available at shows but soon you'll be able to get it online.
Ross says, "New era, New songs. The past is the past. The Dictators NYC own the present and future."
"40 Years later I'm getting the last laugh" says Ross The Boss as Sony Legacy prepares to release a special 10" Dictators EP for Record Store Day.
From Scott Kempner's facebook page: "This coming Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) is also a Record Store Day (perhaps you already know that, and i am just a little late to the party) Sony Legacy is releasing a 10" EP of five songs from THE DICTATORS GO GIRL CRAZY, and one unreleased song from those sessions, the album that started it all, and is responsible for the esteemed position i hold today! As an extra added bonus, it will feature a few remixes by Andrew WK, (they're pretty rockin' actually, and) a cool variation on the classic (did i just say that??!!) LP mixes we all know and love.
I gotta say i am a bit overwhelmed that Sony is doing this. It is a bit of an honor, after all. The new mixes are NOT replacing anything, as shortly thereafter, Sony Legacy is releasing a double cd in honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release (original mixes intact), with one disc being the original record, with a second disc of a few of these Andrew WK remixes, and some outtakes, unreleased songs, and some stuff of whose existence has been completely unknown to me - until now. It really is well done, with passion, skin in the game, and fun, I think. Andy has written some ace liner notes to accompany the cd, too.
The whole package underscores our basic mindset at the time. We were truly just expressing ourselves, our idea of rock'n'roll, and believe it or not, the record is a pretty accurate representation of who, what, and where we were as a bunch of NYC wise-ass, know-it-alls, who thought rock'n'roll needed a big kick in the ass at the time, and we were quite sure we were just the ones to deliver it. I will be hawking this from time to time (no, i am not above this sort of thing), so please bear with me!"