From Handsome Dick Manitoba's facebook:
"Dear fans and friends of the DICTATORS, the DICTATORS NYC, and MANITOBA NYC,
You have been amazing, loving, devoted, fun, and supportive fans that have been there for us over the years...
the DICTATORS NYC
And to those who consider that this WAS, THE DICTATORS ...we have some sad news, at least for the moment... the band in this incarnation is breaking up...people are getting involved in different projects...at least for now and maybe for good
The name changes were a strange situation that we HAD to deal with (READ BETWEEN THE LINES)
Admittedly, changing your band name often is not a good idea
Back to you,
the fans !!! Whether we played to 50 people or 1000 people
every single fan that came seemed to have a great & enjoyable time, and was very appreciative that we came to your town and busted our asses to entertain you
We all don’t know what the future will bring ... but for now, this is the way it will be The good news?..... The great DICTATORS and MANOWAR founder and lead guitarist, Ross “The Boss”, is busy traveling the world with his band: Ross “The Boss”...an absolute top of the food chain metal band
Handsome Dick Manitoba, lead singer of THE DICTATORS since the beginning, has put together a slew of NEW songs and has made his first solo album ever...it won’t be out for a little while... at the moment the working title of the album is “Born In The Bronx”...the band will simply be called “HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA and the SOUL PUNK KINGS.... we will let our friends know online, what’s going on...at the moment I have my HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA - Facebook page...you can always check Ross’ stuff out on the internet as well... AND THE BOSS is busy working on a great new record ...
Again, we love you from the bottom of our hearts
We thank each and everyone of for your support
and we will see you again ...for sure we WILL see you again...in one way, shape, form or another..WE’LL be back!.... until the day we can’t do it.
THANK YOU!...BLESS YOU ALL. 🎤💙🎸🎤💙🎸🎤💙🎸🎤💙🎸🎤💙🎸🎤💙🎸~ROSS THE BOSS & HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA~"