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Green Day covers Walking Out On Love by Paul Collins/The Beat/Nerves on Broadway

The Nerves was Paul Collins' early group he formed with Peter Case and Jack Lee in 1974. The Nerves toured with The Ramones and released their own albums without record deals. Recently, The Nerves' music received more attention from mainstream audiences, including genre-crossing covers of their songs by Cat Power, Green Day and Def Leppard.

In 2011, the band Green Day launched the American Idiot Broadway Musical Production and began performing the song "Walking Out On Love," written by Paul Collins and recorded more than once with his bands The Nerves/Breakaways and The Beat.

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is an outspoken fan of The Nerves and Collins was later invited to join Green Day onstage for live performances in New York.

Paul Collins & Peter Case 2012 Tour Tribute to The Nerves

With an increased demand for The Nerves' music, longtime friends and musical partners, Paul Collins and Peter Case have announced a reunion tour paying tribute to their respective bands The Nerves, The Breakaways, The Beat and The Plimsouls. The touring band lineup for the Collins and Case tour is augmented by members of The Paul Collins Beat, offering audiences with a full-band electric showcase.

The Nerves formed the same year as The Ramones, in 1974, making their own self-released records, booking their own tours and driving in their own customized station wagon, which belonged to Paul Collins. Ironically, The Nerves toured with The Ramones and performed for the troops on the USO tour. The Nerves started hosting concerts of punk rock notables such as The Germs, The Dils and The Weirdos. They rented space in a Los Angeles movie studio at the corner of Sunset and Gower and named it the Hollywood Punk Palace. Hosted and operated by The Nerves, people would pay a small cover to see some of the latest regional punk rock acts.

Case and Collins' friend Eddie Money co-wrote Let Me Into Your Life with Paul Collins. These musical friendships later helped Paul Collins and Peter Case when they disbanded The Nerves and The Breakaways to form spinoff groups The Beat (Collins) and The Plimsouls (Case). The Paul Collins Beat were featured on the Caddyshack motion picture soundtrack with Journey and Kenny Loggins, while The Plimsouls were featured as a performing band in the 80s Nicholas Cage film "Valley Girl."

Fast forward to the present day and you have two separate groups with Peter Case & Band and The Paul Collins Beat. Peter Case has a large adult following in the world of blues, folk music and singer/songwriters. Case has earned words of praise from Bruce Springsteen and the Grammys.

With support from punk artists such as members of The Ramones, Paul Collins Beat has re-established their place in music and has a large fanbase consisting of teens, twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings. Collins owns a partnered booking agency called The Beat Army, which focuses on booking/discovering new rock bands and organizing tours around the world.

For many years, fans in the audiences of Peter Case and Paul Collins would request songs from their group The Nerves. It's hard to categorize The Nerves in one particular genre and further proof would be the cross-genre cover versions of their songs as done by modern indie rock artists such as Cat Power and Def Leppard.

House Concert Living Room Tour Format launched by indie rock icon Paul Collins

Good news for fans of The Beat and The Nerves: Innovative Living Room House Concert format a success for businessman and rock legend Paul Collins from The Nerves and The Beat

In the ever-changing world of music, singer/songwriter, businessman and author Paul Collins has launched a new program where each homeowner becomes a virtual concert promoter. Households hire Paul Collins and agree to host his live concerts, often inviting guests and sometimes charging a fee at the door to cover expenses associated with hiring and hosting a performer.

The house concert tour has found Paul Collins performing in living rooms throughout Canada, The U.S. and Europe, the same regions where Collins regularly tours with his full band The Paul Collins Beat. Audience numbers range anywhere from 2 to 300. Recently, Paul Collins performed a house concert at a mansion in Los Angeles to a private crowd of 300. The concert was held in a couple’s lavish “media room.”

House concerts, as these events are known, have recently blossomed into a full-fledged national movement. From San Jose to Brooklyn to Miami, more than 500 homeowners have become part-time concert promoters turning their living rooms into mild-mannered clubs for a night, and scores of performers are discovering that they can make good livings simply by touring these private residences.

At a time when live performance outlets in many places are drying up because of the struggling economy and hostility from the police and community groups, house concerts are becoming the most exciting and vital alternative-performance circuit around for acoustic musicians, with some shows selling out in just an hour or two. They are luring an audience that professional concert promoters have given up on: fans who prefer the familial intimacy of an acoustic storytelling living room concert.

When people go to their first house concert, they’re amazed that people can do something like this. Paul Collins has done a lot of shows where by the end of the night, he has known every person in the audience at least by their first name.

The hosts of these concerts are generally ordinary people who like music and don’t mind handprints on the wallpaper. By day Greg Marquez, 41, works for a software company and Lisa Hampton, 38, is an instructor. But once a month, with the help of local college radio disc jockeys, they become music promoters, plastering the city with posters advertising concerts in their living room by relatively well-known singer-songwriters like Paul Collins, founder of legendary rock bands The Beat and The Nerves.

Mr. Marquez and Mrs. Hampton are not alone in this tradition. Gerard and Terri Knudsen hold a concert series in their home nearby. Last month, in an effort to give the performances more legitimacy, the Knudsens even turned their house into a nonprofit corporation, complete with a board of directors and an advisory committee.

For the musicians, who range from up-and-comers who can’t get a club date to some of acoustic music’s most celebrated musicians, like The Flatlanders (the trio featuring Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore), Bela Fleck and David Wilcox, the cover charge at house concerts is generally higher than at clubs. Because most homeowners already have jobs and are happy just to have these performers in their living rooms, they usually give them all the door money. In addition, the audience is generally more attentive, more enthusiastic, and more willing to buy CD’s after the show.

This year, singer/songwriter and indie rock icon Paul Collins, founder of The Nerves & The Beat joins forces with UK singer/songwriter John Wicks, the lead singer of The Records from London.

In addition to playing combined acoustic storytelling sets with John Wicks, Paul Collins also plays house concerts by himself or with his lead guitar player if requested. Setup is based on the requests of each client hosting the house concert.