Punk rock's best-known cover band, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, will be previewing material from their upcoming "Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!" album at this weekend's Punkspring festival.
Made up of players from the popular punk and rock groups NOFX, Foo Fighters, Swingin' Utters and Lagwagon, the playful side project began in 1995 and issued its first full-length album, "Have a Ball," in 1997.
Since then — or at least whenever the members can find time away from their full-time jobs — the quintet has toured the world performing their high-energy takes on classic rock, pop, show tunes, R&B and country chart-toppers. Many fuzzy memories have been created over the years, but guitarist Joey Cape clearly remembers an unexpected episode from a past Japan jaunt.