The Pitch: How did this tour come about?
Collins: Our label Alive Records had been asking us for a while now if we would like to do some shows, and then there were all the fans who had been asking forever 'When are ya gonna tour together?!' So one day we said 'Aw ... what the heck, let's give it a shot!'
The songs are great, and that kinda was the thing. We knew if we went out there and did the best of our songbook, we couldn't miss. Yeah, the stories are flying all over the place.
Is there a pretty even distribution of material across the set list?
Pretty much ... it represents all of us well.
Have you seen a new audience for the Beat's music as your music's been made more available — file-sharing, reissues, etc.?
Oh, yeah ... without a doubt. I am a big fan of all the Internet stuff, kinda saved my life in a way. I'm working now more than ever, and a big reason is because of the Net.
Even having rebranded the band as Paul Collins' Beat, are there still folks who expect a ska show?
No, but there have been a few wondering if we would play a polka or two.
Is there a new Paul Collins Beat album on the way?
There is always a new Paul Collins record on the way. The big question is, when will it arrive!
Or will there be any releases assorted with this tour?
Well, we've got a merch table to die for, but aside from that, we will all have to see.