ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES new album out on April 7

For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape on the guitar, Shiflett brother (and Foo Fighter) Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer and Fat Wreck utility superhero Dave Raun on the skins, and are rounded out by Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFX main-dude Fat Mike, and incomparable crooner Spike Slawson. Together, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes—an outfit that has always operated more like a beer-hall Pussycat Dolls than a regular mortal band—contain so much hot air, so much pomp, so much attitude, that it’s a wonder that these guys can still manage to pull their five individual tour buses into the same parking lot, put their differences aside and belt out the ballads without clawing each other’s eyes out. But they do, for the love of the fans, the music, and of course, the applause.
 
So, what is really left to say about punk super-group and cover band extraordinaire Me First and the Gimme Gimmes?  After 7 studio albums, a live record and too many singles to count, they’ve tackled just about every genre under the sun.  Be it Motown, Country, show tunes, Japanese Pop (sung in Japanese!), these seasoned punk rock pros have triumphed on every occasion in a way only the Gimmes could.  With such an extensive and wide ranging catalog, where does one begin? 
 
Lucky for you, they’ve done that work for you. Out April 7, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, finally compiles all the best hits onto one disc! From perpetual favorite “I Believe I Can Fly” to the classic Country tune “Desperado”, to the diva sensation “Straight Up”, the hits just keep a-comin’!  They’ve even thrown in some deeper cuts for the Gimmes’ most fervent enthusiasts with “City of New Orleans” and “Hats off to Larry”. With 17 of only the very best hits, Rake It In is sure to satisfy Gimmes fans from all reaches of the globe. 
 
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes will be on a worldwide tour in 2017 so be sure catch them live. When duty calls for one of the Gimmes to perform with their other band, rest assured a traveling Gimme will step in. Scott Shiflett, you guessed it, Chris Shiflett’s brother and guitarist for Face to Face will be filling in and on occasion, Jay Bentley from Bad Religion will sub for Fat Mike. The powerhouse continues and they’ll be singing ballads, showtunes, Country and Motown hits all year long, so don’t miss it!
 
 
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Tour Dates:
2/09/17  Madrid, Spain Sala But^
02/10/17  Barcelona, Spain Sala Apolo^
02/11/17  Bilbao, Spain Sala Santana^
02/13/17  Toulouse, France Connexion Live^
02/14/17  Montpellier, France Secret Place^
02/15/17  Livorno, Italy The Cage^
02/16/17  Bologna, Italy Zona Roveri^
02/17/17  Solothurn, Switzerland Kofmehl^
02/18/17  Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall^
02/19/17  Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg^
02/22/17  Manchester, UK O2 Ritz^
02/23/17  Bristol, UK O2 Academy^
02/24/17  Birmingham, UK O2 Institute^
02/25/17  London, UK O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire^
 
04/11/17  Pittsburgh, PA The Rex*^
04/12/17  Cleveland, OH House of Blues*^
04/13/17  Chicago, IL Concord*^
04/14/17  Detroit, MI Majestic*^
04/15/17  Toronto, ON Canada Phoenix Theatre*^
04/16/17  Montreal, QC Canada Club Soda*
04/19/17  Boston, MA Royale*^
04/20/17  Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer*^
04/21/17  Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage*^
04/22/17  Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony*^
04/23/17  New York City, NY Webster Hall*^
05/02/17  Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom#
05/03/17  Vancouver, BC Canada Commodore#
05/04/17  Seattle, WA Showbox#
05/05/17  Boise, ID The Olympic#
05/06/17  Salt Lake City, UT The Depot#
05/07/17  Denver, CO Summit Music Hall#
05/10/17  Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock#
05/11/17  San Diego, CA House of Blues#
05/12/17  Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
05/13/17  Los Angeles, CA The Fonda#
05/14/17  Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre#
 
06/09/17  Interlaken, Switzerland Greenfield Festival
06/14/17  Attnang-Puchheim, Austria Freizeitzentrum Attnang-Puchheim EQUALITY Festival
06/15/17 Nickelsdorf , Austria Nova Rock Festival
06/16/17  Bischofsmais, Germany Rock The Hill
06/17/17  Bischofsmais, Germany Rock The Hill
06/23/17  Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
06/23/17  Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
06/24/17  Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
06/24/17  Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
06/25/17  Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
06/25/17  Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
07/01/17  Würzburg/Giebelstadt , Germany Flugplatz Mission Ready Festival
^ w/ Masked Intruder
* – w/ PEARS
# – w/ Together Pangea
 
Rake It In: Greatestest Hits track listing:
01. The Times They Are a-Changing
02. Rainbow Connection
03. City of New Orleans
04. Summertime
05. All My Loving
06. Straight Up
07. Over the Rainbow
08. Country Roads
09. Sloop John B
10. Jolene
11. Uptown Girl
12. Hats Off To Larry
13. Desperado
14. Lady
15. San Francisco
16. I Believe I Can Fly
17. End of the Road
 
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