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5th July 2017

'Handsome' Dick Manitoba

The Dictators NYC have changed their name to Manitoba due to "legal issues regarding old bandmates".

A statement by the band reads:

"The Dictators NYC are now called Manitoba.

"Due to legal issues regarding old bandmates, The Dictators NYC are not allowed to use 'Dictators' in their name.

"From this day forward we are Manitoba.

"Same great line-up, same great songs, plus some new ones, and of course same great high energy live rock'n'roll with Ross The Boss, Handsome Dick Manitoba, JP 'Thunderbolt' Patterson, Dean 'The Dream' Rispler, and Daniel Rey.

"So to our dear fans, please spread the word, use social media, tell your friends, Manitoba is here.

"Thank you all. Manitoba, ex-The Dictatirs NYC."

No further details of exactly why the band were stopped from using the name are currrently available at the time of writing but stay posted for further info.

The original Dictators line-up consisted of songwriter/vocalist/bassist Andy 'Adny' Shernoff, lead guitarist Ross 'The Boss', rhythm guitarist Scott 'Top Ten' Kempner and drummer Stu Boy King and it was this line-up, along with roadie/occasional vocalist 'Handsome' Dick Manitoba who recorded the band's 1975 debut album, 'The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!' for Epic Records.

The group was renamed The Dictators NYC in May 2013.

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