Manitoba (formerly The Dictators NYC)
+ Guitar Gangsters + More Kicks
Entry Requirements: 14+. Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult
Back in 1973 a band calling themselves the DICTATORS started out playing in New York City. They were quite influential and an integral part of the New York City punk rock scene, calling their home away from home CBGB's. After three major record company releases the band broke up. In the mid 1990s they came back together to play a bunch of successful shows in Spain. And in 2001 a new record got released. After a while things got to a point where two of the members of the band didn't want to continue any longer. Two of the members did.
People from every state in America and many many countries all over the world would come to visit MANITOBA'S bar owned by lead singer of the DICTATORS, HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA. They wanted to hear the songs by the DICTATORS cover tunes and new tunes which Mr. MANITOBA began writing.
Two of the founding members, Ross "The Boss", lead guitar, and Handsome Dick, lead singer, decided to go out and play again for their fans.
Because it wasn't the entire original band they added NYC to their name DICTATORS to indicate a difference. The new band was now called the DICTATORS NYC. It was guitarist Ross "THE BOSS", "HANDSOME" DICK MANITOBA, guitarist DANIEL REY, bass player DEAN the "DREAM" RISPLER and drummer JP "THUNDERBOLT" PATTERSON.
Not long after, the band once again decided to change their name to make clear who they really are: MANITOBA NYC. MANITOBA NYC is the same exact band, lineup wise as the DICTATORS NYC.
MANITOBA NYC LINEUP:
HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA - founding member of the DICTATORS and MANITOBA'S WILD KINGDOM. He also sang with the MC5 as a guest singer.
ROSS THE BOSS, founding member of the DICTATORS, founding member of MANOWAR, who wrote their first 6 albums, and played lead guitar player with MANITOBA'S WILD KINGDOM.
DANIEL REY, EX-SHRAPNEL, songwriter and producer for the RAMONES, lead guitarist for MANITOBA'S WILD KINGDOM and currently playing in the great RONNIE SPECTOR'S band.
JP "THUNDERBOLT" PATTERSON, Drummer with MANITOBA's WILD KINGDOM, drummer with the DICTATORS for the longest amount of time of any DICTATORS drummer, drummer with the DICTATORS NYC and drummer now for MANITOBA NYC.
Finally, BROOKLYN'S own DEAN "THE DREAM" RISPLER, an amazing bass player and guitar player who has played with Murphy's Law and way too many bands to mention here because it would take up too much space!
That is who they are, where they come from, and THIS is what they deliver: The same great high-energy rock 'n' roll show that the fans have become used to as they toured Europe and the states for the last five years...!