OUR DEAR DEE DEE RAMONE IS AN
ANGEL, WE LOST HIM 20 YEARS AGO...
THIS IS JARI-PEKKA LAITIO-RAMONE'S
MEMORIAL PAGE TO DEE DEE
BACK TO MAIN
PAGE OF MY RAMONES SITE
I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) started creating this memorial section on
my site few days
after Dee Dee Ramone passed away. And updated regularly...
Latest update: January, 2022
1) BASIC INFORMATION,
2) COMMENTS BY TOMMY, MARKY AND CJ RAMONE.
3) TEXTS BY CHRISTIAN BLACK, ANDY PONCHERELLO AND
4) MEMORIAL CONCERT TO DEE DEE RAMONE IN
5) MEMORIAL ART CELEBRATION TO DEE DEE IN
6) DEE DEE'S CLOSEST ART PARTNERS
PAUL KOSTABI AND HEIDI FOLLIN,
7) CRUEL MAN, GARY KURFIRST.
DEE DEE SAID OF HIM: "MY MANAGER IS
8) BIG MEMORIAL EVENT GOT CANCELLED IN
9) TRIBUTE CONCERTS IN DIFFERENT
10) SOME SPECIAL NOTES (2002-04).
11) DIFFERENT KIND OF SPECIAL TRIBUTE: PUNK DUCKS
HONORING DEE DEE.
12) MEMORIAL TEXTS WRITTEN TO DEE DEE BY
YOU FANS. THESE MEMORIAL TEXTS WERE SENT
1) BASIC INFORMATION, MEMORIES...
2002 it did happen..., the most bad Shock Treatment
what we can get... Dee Dee Ramone died at his
home in Los Angeles on June 5, 2002... Dee Dee was only 49 years
young. Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zampini found Dee
Dee at 8:25PM on their living room couch and she called 911... Fire
department paramedics pronounced Dee Dee dead at 8:40PM. The official
cause of his death was an accidental drug overdose..., this news
was particularly sad since Dee Dee was known to be free of drugs for
many years. Can only imagine how Barbara was shocked. Our strength and
love goes always to her.
Dee Dee was born on September 18, 1952, in Fort Lee, Virginia, USA. Dee
Dee's real name was Douglas Colvin. He grew up mostly in Berlin,
Germany. He spent fourteen years as a service brat in Germany.
As you know, Dee Dee Ramone was the bassist for the Ramones in
1974-1989. Dee Dee was known as the main songwriter from the beginning
even though the songs on their first albums were credited to the whole
band. It was specifically Dee Dee's song writing talents that redefined
the standards when it came to writing songs; he had a magical way about
the way he approached his craft. He was also known to be the wildest
member of the Ramones when they performed live.
In 1977, Dee Dee met Vera Boldis, and on
1978 they got
married. Dee Dee's last official Ramones gig was
on July 5, 1989 in Santa Clara, USA (Dee Dee made a guest appearance at
the last Ramones show held at The Palace in Los Angeles, USA on August
6, 1996). Soon after Dee Dee quit
the Ramones, he divorced Vera and had moved to England and then
Amsterdam to clean himself up. He continued writing songs to the Ramones
and he pursued a solo career which proved to be multi-dimensional with
many surprises. Dee Dee never stopped playing and writing songs. Dee Dee
was always an artistic soul and besides his music, Dee Dee also
experimented quite successfully with writing and painting.
September 12, 1996, Dee Dee married Barbara Zampini who was originally
Dee Dee Ramone had four real shows in May 17-25, 2002 in USA (San Diego,
Corona, Anaheim and Las Vegas). Dee Dee played his last performance at
rather lame Hollywood event
called Club Make-Up, a glam, trash, punk, sleaze music night at the El
Rey Theatre, in Los Angeles, USA, on June 1, 2002. Rodney Bingenheimer
was one of the last people to see Dee Dee alive. Rodney is considered to
be one of the most well known DJs in the world. The Ramones were on his
very first show in Los Angeles on KROQ-FM
(click to homepage of his program) in
June 1, 2002,
Rodney was in the lobby talking with Dee Dee before he went on stage.
Four days later Dee Dee passed away. You can read long interview with
Rodney and Maria Montoya-Kaye from my
third book Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives (2009). Rodney also gave to the book
photos from 1976->
Dee Dee was scheduled to record a show at the Key Club in
Hollywood, California, USA on June 14, 2002. There were plans to
release a CD of that show in the fall of 2002. The CD would have been
produced by Gilby Clarke, former guitarist of Guns 'N Roses.
So it was Dee Dee's wife Barbara who found Dee Dee on their living room
couch on June 5, 2002. Dee Dee is buried at the Hollywood Forever
Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.) in Los Angeles, California, USA,
really close of Johnny Ramone statue etc.
After Dee Dee passed away, I told fans they has chance to write their
memorial text to Dee Dee. They are included in this memorial
Johnny Ramone said in a statement:
"Dee Dee was a star and the most influential punk rock bassist."
"I believe he has influenced every kid playing bass
that saw him perform. ... He was my friend and I will always miss him."
Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone met few times in 2000-2002. My books
has lot information of the Rock And Roll
Hall Of Fame induction ceremony
where they met.
Johnny's wife Linda Ramone explains in my final book Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives (2009), about lunch Johnny had taken Dee Dee
before that and how happily Dee Dee reacted. That meeting meant a lot to
Dee Dee as many of you have read from my book.
Dee Dee's and my friend Lothar Felkel
knew with guys
since 70's. You can see photo of Dee Dee and Lothar in photo collage
above right. Lothar received his last handwritten letter from Dee Dee in
January 2002 (five months later Dee Dee became an angel). Dee Dee wrote
about Johnny Ramone, Marky Ramone, and an upcoming exhibition in
Dee Dee writes how he met Johnny Ramone the other day at a record store
by accident. I included some more of letter (also scan of small part) to
Soundtrack Of Our Lives, as Lothar and I both know that Dee Dee
would have given us permission to include it for the fans. Dee Dee
asked in that same letter for my
phone number from Lothar. I had run my page 6-7 years then and
collected so much material about Dee Dee for my webpage including all of
his releases, news, activities, etc. I gave them to Dee Dee in 2000 and
2001 and this is probably the reason why he wrote about me:
"He seems to know more about me than I do." Then Dee Dee finished the
letter to Lothar with the words:
"Okay, lots of love from Dee Dee Ramone."
Andre (Andy) Poncherello was Dee Dee's best
Los Angeles in
last few years. Also to Andy Dee Dee had told of that record store
meeting with Johnny. He explains of it in Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives. June 5, 2002, Dee Dee and Andy were
supposed to meet that day for lunch. Some parts of Andy's texts are
stated below in this memorial page.
What I know, the last time when Joey, Marky and Dee Dee were on stage
together (all three), was at the Continental, NY on February 21, 1999.
The Independents, Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers, The Waldos), Suicide
King, Perforated Head and Furious George, played that night. Lot
material (texts and
photos) by Randy Wisebrod, Michael Schmidt and Tony Taylor from that
night are included to my first
two books Heaven Needed A
Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone (2002),
and Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone (2004).
2) COMMENTS BY TOMMY RAMONE, MARKY RAMONE AND CJ
Tommy Ramone said at the Dee Dee Ramone
concert at The Continental, NYC, USA on July 2, 2002.
Tommy: "Dee Dee was one of the major architects of punk rock. His
songs set the rules and made the blueprint. I had never heard songs
like the ones he wrote - they were totally original and powerful. Like
Joey, Dee Dee was loved by so many people because of his unpretentious
and friendly personality. It is so sad
to have such a treasured person
taken from us at such a young age. We are truly fortunate to be left
with the bounty of his works. I feel blessed to have been lucky enough
to have known him."
These comments by Marky Ramone are from my
books, I compiled few good parts from my interviews with Marky.
"I got to know Dee Dee very well through Johnny Thunders. Dee Dee and I
were the closest in the group. We used to do chicken beak boy stuff. We
used to hang out until five or six in the morning and go everywhere we
toured, we would hang out at clubs, drink and come back to the hotel.
Laugh and play jokes, do crazy things. So that's what we were known for.
We weren't really normal people you know? But we had a good time. A lot
of good times.
In 1989 when Dee Dee left, CJ joined. It was different. I guess you
could say it was like Paul McCartney leaving the Beatles..., you replace
him with a great bass player, but a guy who couldn't write, a guy who
could play as well as Dee Dee, but we lost something", said Marky Ramone
in my interviews with him.
These comments are from my interview with CJ
Ramone, and are included in Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives (2009).
"Dee Dee, the first time I met him was when I first got into the Ramones
at a rehearsal. Dee Dee just stopped down at the studio for a visit. He
had his head shaved, was wearing braces and boots, he looked like a...
He was, you know..., Dee Dee. He said: "Hey you guys what's up?" He was
great. I loved him. He was such a big influence on me. It was awesome
to finally meet him", is CJ Ramone remembering.
3) TEXTS BY CHRISTIAN BLACK, ANDY PONCHERELLO AND
You can read hundreds of texts of Dee Dee and other Ramones members from
Heaven Needed A
Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone (2002),
Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone (2004),
Soundtrack Of Our Lives (2009).
With my books the most are helped (grammar checked all texts, typed up
interviews etc): Maria Montoya-Kaye, Diane Hatcher
(RIP), Lynne Cameron and Randy
Together with my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee
And Joey Ramone was given as a extra tribute CD MAIN MAN: A Tribute To
Dee Dee Ramone. The CD features 31 bands from 10 countries and has
fabulous artwork by Darren Merinuk.
Canadian Larry Retard of the AMP Records
got idea of that CD and he also mainly composed it etc. with my help.
Bands are playing songs about Dee Dee and the Ramones. This ain't no
covers compilation. Read more
of the CD here.
There are a lot of famous musicians etc. with who I did interviews to my
books or received memory texts. I wanted to include
texts by Christian Black and Andy Poncherello, who were close to Dee
Dee in his last few years. After those gentlemen comes my
Dee Dee's guitarist Christian Black wrote for me
message about Dee Dee soon after Dee Dee became an angel. Christian is
really great and friendly guy. I toured with him, Dee Dee and Chase
Manhattan in 2001 in Sweden...
" I'm very sad about the loss of my former bandmate and friend, Dee Dee.
I'm sure all of us are. I'll always
miss him and even still, I can't believe he's gone. We're all very hurt
and shocked. I feel like we've lost one of the most important entities
in the history of rock n'roll. As if that isn't bad enough, we all lost
a great friend. We had so many plans to record and tour that are now
Despite popular belief, I really believe that it
was an accident. I have been around him more than anyone can imagine for
the past three years and i have never seen him use heroin. He never even
took a drink during some of the hardest times on tour. I really believe
that he just slipped and wanted to get high. He really didn't mean to do
this to everybody. He taught me so much about life and music... I just
cannot believe it's all over. We had plans to come back to Europe and
tour again. Just before he died, we decided to record a live album at
Key Club in Hollywood. That was supposed to be on June 14th, 2002.
Instead, he died tragically on June 5th (my birthday) and took a piece
of me with him.
I'll never forget the time i was able to spend with him and I'll always
be grateful for that. "
Andre (Andy) Poncherello
Andre (Andy) Poncherello was Dee Dee's best
friend in Los Angeles in last few years. Or better to say, Andre was
Douglas Colvin's best friend that time. Andre treated Dee Dee like he
would treat anyone else, so Dee Dee was relaxed and didn't needed to act
being Dee Dee Ramone. Douglas and Andre were hanging out almost daily.
You can find Andre's interview from my second book Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone, and read how was Douglas' and Dee Dee's
regular life. One of the many things Andrea explains is the club where
Dee had his final performance. It was at Club Make-Up in
Los Angeles, USA, on June 1, 2002.
Andre: "Dee Dee played his last show at this rather lame Hollywood event
called Club Make-Up, a glam, trash, punk, sleaze music night at the El
Rey Theatre. Club Make-Up, was a monthly or bi-monthly event and Dee Dee
had played it before with a pick-up band featuring Clem Burke from
Blondie and Stephen Perkins from Jane's Addiction. He hated rehearsing
with everyone in the band except for Clem. It was funny to see Dee Dee
yell at the band for not "getting it." They
couldn't play the Ramones songs right and it really drove him crazy.
Clem knew the songs since he had replaced Richie Ramone for a few shows
as Elvis Ramone, before Marky rejoined the band after the Halfway To
It wasn't a great last show to remember. The punk night was bullshit.
Club Make-Up was this typical Hollywood club that was put on by people
who acted as if punk hadn't existed past 1980. It was all an act for
them, like dressing up for Halloween or a costume party. After seeing
who would actually show up to these things, made
him upset. It seemed like everyone wanted something from him. I never
really wanted anything from him and I saw how he was being pulled in
many different directions by opportunists looking to make some
Dee Dee hated playing it (Club Make-Up), but he loved playing, so he
played the show for the love of music," said Andre Poncherello in
Here's another question and quote from Andre's interview.
Jari-Pekka: Were you talking with Dee Dee often of Joey Ramone after Joey
Andre Poncherello: "Dee Dee was very upset when Joey died and while he
wouldn' admit it to many, if any, he did tell me that he was upset. He
didn't like Joey's solo album because it was like hearing a ghost. When
he read from his book at the Knitting Factory performance (I don't
remember the exact date) he had to stop twice because he was crying as
he read the piece he wrote specifically for Joey.",
I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) will also tell how
I heard what had happened to dear Dee Dee Ramone/ Douglas Colvin. I
write also longer my thoughs and memories.
I had amazing experience to get a chance to visit Joey Ramone's
apartment with Joey's mother Charlotte Lesher and his brother Mickey Leigh in 2002. Upon returning to Finland from
New York, I travelled and
had release parties in Finland for my first book Heaven Needed A
Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone. It was during release
party in Tampere, Finland, when I got a call from Marky Ramone
And The SpeedKings'
singer-guitarist Nick Cooper, informing me of
the tragic news, that Dee Dee had passed away...
Just before second band Pojat played their Ramones
set..., I did a 10
minutes long speech of the Dee Dee. Earlier between first band Rehtorit and
Pojat I did speech of the book and Joey. I started Dee Dee speech with
stories how friendly Dee Dee always was for me and I told some extra
special Dee Dee memories.
I told sad news one minute before I ended speech and cheered for Dee
Dee... I toured with Dee Dee in 2000 and 2001. You can read of both
tours in my books and of tour 2000 also in my site, click
In that tour 2000 did happen so lot amazing things. Dee Dee Ramone,
Barbara Zampini, drummer
Chase Manhattan, crew members Frank, Brian Waters and
Joanna (sadly I do not remember their
surnames) had taken care of me and my friends so incredibly.
The most amazing and memorable day always get me on tears, it was in
Helsingborg, Sweden on May 5, 2000. Exactly two weeks later on May 19,
Joey Ramone had his last birthday, and I turned 22.
After following experience in Helsingborg, Commando is my fav song to
After a few songs, Dee Dee said something from the stage and then
crew member Frank came to me and told me to go on stage. My friend
Aaltonen took the video camera. I can see from the videotape the
where Dee Dee says "Come up on stage.", he meant me. Also few times
later I sang on stage with Dee Dee, in both years 2000 and 2001.
Here is in left personal tour diary Dee Dee wanted to give
to me. I had shown him printed material from this my
homepage, Taking Dope fanzines Dee Dee had done with Barbara and
Paul Kostabi etc.,
photos by Keith Green etc. Dee Dee said he was really impressed after
seeing printed pages. Here is story how I got diary. Exact quotes
from my book pages.
"Dee Dee commented: "Wonderful. How did you put up all this
information? This must be driving you crazy."
(So that did happen in 2000, when I had run my page already five
"Dee Dee said: I need the keys to the van now. I've to go to the van
now, that's wonderful."
Then crew member Joanna came to the room and Dee Dee asked her
for the van keys. While waiting, Barbara drew a page for the first
Taking Dope fanzine. (The drawing contained a punk rocker, some New York
apartments, gravestones etc...) Barbara then added a dragon, slug, some
skulls, a mouse, a spider, and their Kessie-dog and she autographed and
Dee Dee came back to the room and discussed with Barbara something
about his tour diary book. Barbara said to Dee Dee: "Sure you
can, it's yours." Her answer was for a really shocking event; Dee Dee
wanted to give me his personal tour diary! I couldn't believe it, that's
what he had taken from the van.
Dee Dee: "These are nice words." He read to me and Kimmo Aaltonen some
the diary, he read a lot and also sang a little, explained me some
texts and some pics, which are fabulous...
Dee Dee: "On this pic, Barbara and Joanna don't look so good after 12
pints of beer at the Smechlack pub. This is a thank you for you, but
don't put these on your website, OK?"
Jari-Pekka: "OK, sure. Are all these writings yours?"
Dee Dee: "Yeah!"
The cover is red & Dee Dee wrote on the cover "The Horror
Of Europeian Touring By Dee Dee Ramone." The size of the tour diary is
A5 and it contains eight pages full of Dee Dee's text, four drawings by
Dee Dee, and eight small photos from their tour. Dee Dee has written
comments on these photos and he also wrote some thoughts about events
in different countries such as Switzerland, France, Germany and Sweden.
events that happened before in Mexico and the United States."
Finnish Ramones fan Kimmo Aaltonen wanted to join me for this tour and
he brought his car along. We met lot of fans, old and new friends, and I
am happy to be in touch with many of them still. You really did take
good care of your fans Dee Dee.
Next year Dee Dee did treat this Finnish Pinhead as a old friend. He had
incredible memory. Our punkrocker had seen hundreds of people after
2000, but he did remember so many things of me. Even when offering
sandwich, Dee Dee said there is no meat. Man did remember I am
I was shocked when Dee Dee read me some of his new writings for his next
book. Dee Dee had written about me. Back then he was writing his
Of A Rock Star book. Legend Of A Rock Star was released after
his death. Thunder's Mouth Press was originally scheduled to release
the book in June 2002, but because of Dee Dee passing away, it was
delayed until early 2003. Dee Dee writes about his
European tour in this book in a one half real, one half fiction style.
Many events in this book are horrific and nightmarish.
It contains three text parts about me, two of them being partly
fiction. So don't be a bit confused after reading them.
earlier books are Poison
Heart/ Teenage Lobotomy: Surviving The Ramones and Chelsea
Horror Hotel: A Novel.
Dee Dee, You'll live forever with us.
We fans miss You. Thanks of looking after us with Joey and Dee Dee.
Love to You Dee Dee forever.
4) MEMORIAL CONCERT TO DEE DEE
RAMONE ON JULY 2, 2002.
Special Dee Dee Ramone memorial concert was at The Continental, NYC,
USA on July 2, 2002. Tommy Ramone sang, and Marky
Ramone and CJ Ramone
played there and honored our Dee Dee in many ways. Also Walter
Lure (The Heartbreakers, The Waldos), Jesse
ex-D-Generation), Handsome Dick Manitoba (The
Dictators), Jimmy Gestapo
(Murphy's Law), Theo (Lunachicks), Ramones
producer Daniel Rey,
Joey's brother Mickey
Leigh, The Misfits (line-up was that time Jerry
Ramone and Dez Cadena), Toilet Boys, Furious
George etc. were on stage.
The stage was simply adorned with an oversized black and white photo of
Dee Dee playing his guitar, his expression showing all his love and
emotion for his craft.
Idea of event was by The Continental owner Trigger. After Barbara
Zampini's suggestion the money went to UNICEF in Dee Dee's
Read long reports of this
memorial event here. Texts are written by Linda
Iorio and Ida S Langsam.
5) MEMORIAL ART CELEBRATION TO OUR DEE DEE ON
SEPTEMBER 18-26, 2010.
Johnny Ramone's wife Linda did mention to me, when we did interview for
Soundtrack Of Our Lives: "So if Mickey has a Joey event or if I have
a Johnny event and hopefully someone will conduct Dee Dee Ramone
events, we keep the Ramones legacy alive."
Small Dee Dee tributes has been connected to Johnny Ramone memorial
events. And now...
...FINALLY, there was a bigger memorial celebration what really was to
dear Dee Dee Ramone. A birthday memorial, art exhibition to Dee Dee
Ramone was on September 18-26, 2010. Exhibition was at the La Luz
De Jesus Gallery. Opening reception was at 8-11PM on September 18.
Admission to the exhibition was free and open to the general public.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery:
Address: 4633 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA.
Phone number: +1323 666 7667.
30 art pieces, and photos by Jenny Lens
At the La Luz De Jesus Gallery you had chance to see an exhibition of
over thirty original pieces by Dee Dee, many of which were displayed
for the very first time at this extraordinary event sanctioned by Dee
Dee's estate to
honor the Dee Dee.
Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zambini, Johnny's wife Linda, John Cafiero, and
other had assembled an exhibition. You can see in a photo in left
Barbara and some paintings.
Also are exhibited photos by amazing photographer Jenny Lens. The
Ramones and their crew allowed Jenny Lens to follow them throughout
their first California tour, August, 1976, but she chose to only shoot
them in LA three times during 1977, and then twice during 1978. Without
Jenny's body of work we would not have hundreds of photos of the
Ramones. Jenny has released Ebook Ramones: First West Coast Tour,
Highlights, V. 1, August 11 - 29, 1976. It wasn't available in her site
anymore, sadly. You can read exciting six pages long interview with
Jenny and see many photos taken by her in my book Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
At the La Luz De Jesus Gallery was available for purchase as
oversized, signed, numbered, museum quality prints by Jenny Lens. Jenny
did share her experiences with the Ramones at the opening night
reception, specifically citing Dee Dee as the reason she picked up a
camera initiating her prolific body of work from 1976-1980.
Barbara, Linda and Johnny were also proud to debut a special limited
edition commemorative archival lithograph featuring one of Dee Dee's
quintessential self-portraits Dee Dee Ramone: The Blue Dragon.
A portion of net proceeds from the sale of lithographs and photo prints
was benefit the LA Regional Food bank via donation in Dee Dee's name.
Hopefully it was more than 10-20 %.
Comments by Barbara
Barbara Zampini explained in advance idea of La Luz De Jesus Gallery
wonderful to have the opportunity to
share these rare works with fans to fully appreciate in person. Dee
Dee's spirit truly lives in these paintings and when you experience them
up close, its very obvious. He always talked about helping children &
gave to the homeless all the time. Dee Dee was very generous, more than
most will ever know. I think he'd be really proud that he continues to
help people today through his art."
6) DEE DEE'S CLOSEST ART PARTNERS PAUL KOSTABI AND HEIDI
FOLLIN, AND ONE OF THE BEST FRIENDS
Dee Dee's closest art partners and one of the closest and most important
friends were Paul Kostabi and Heidi Follin. Dee Dee's best
friend in Los Angeles in his last few years was Andy Poncherello.
less aware of Dee Dee Ramone's talent for art and painting. So I thought
to give you now an lesson and explain a bit more of that subject. I
will also mention something what is sad and truth experience
concerning cruel business man, Dee Dee's personal manager.
You who don't have read my second book Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone, you will learn something new as I tell you
now a bit background
So you can read the most extensive and most detailed information ever of
art career from my second book Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone. It has 8,5 pages long interview with
Paul Kostabi and Heidi Follin. Dee Dee also said to me they were one of
those few who he did trust 100%, and who were one of the best friends
along with Andy Poncherello etc.
Heidi Follin was Dee Dee's art manager. She runs the Follin Gallery.
Heidi also represents Paul's famous brother Mark Kostabi as well as many
others. Paul Kostabi is a multi-dimensional artist. Dee Dee and Paul did
a lot of works and paintings together in Dee Dee's last years. Dee
Dee, Paul and Barbara did collaborations as well together. I has one
of those. Also those three did Youth Gone Mad recordings.
Heidi Follin's and Paul Kostabi's quotes from my
Ramones' creative director Arturo Vega has said to me, he convinced Dee
Dee to start painting around 1992. Then it didn't lasted for so
But when Dee Dee was really starting his painting career, he called to
Follin and talked long periods of time and told her about the paintings
he was already in 1997 making for his books. Here are small examples
by Heidi Follin and Paul Kostabi of Dee Dee's art background,
quotes are from Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
Heidi Follin: "First I didn't like Dee Dee's work because it started out
not being very good. Then it developed into something good towards the
when he began having his own ideas as opposed to anything to do with the
Ramones. So before, he was only painting what he thought other people
wanted him to paint, such as the Ramones pictures and stuff."
"In the end, because I urged him to, he started painting what comes from
inside. That's when an artist works well. I don't think Dee Dee was very
secure with it. I got him his first solo exhibition and he didn't know
what to paint. He'd call me and get very nervous. I told him to paint
what comes from the inside. Abstracts would have been what he would have
continued to do but he died.
So Dee Dee was an abstract painter and was really good as an abstract
painter. It was only for his solo exhibition that he found his
his voice so to speak, in the last paintings," says Heidi Follin.
Solo exhibition was around March of 2001.
Paul Kostabi: "See Dee Dee was making illustrations
for years. But the last year, he figured out how to make a painting of
an illustration. He would take Andy Warhol's Flower, or Soup Can which
were silk screens that were mass produced as pop art. He would hand
paint them. He was inspired by the Warhol imagery but the technique was
labor intensive, which was strange, so the paintings turned out weird.
Those particular paintings that were highly influenced by Warhol or
other artists are quite unique compared to his other works.
when he just let loose and painted his abstracts with a brush, the
result was beautiful. Floating eyeballs, floating pieces of cactus and
the Campbell's soup can. Everything is wrong about it, the perspective,
the color, and the typeface. Yet, he took a famous pop image, hand
painted that image, then combined it with mass produced images with
rubber stamps, and stamped it all the way around the other image. He
juxtaposed hand painting with mass production," explains Paul Kostabi.
So those were few quote examples from Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone of Dee Dee's art background.
Youth Gone Mad
Dee Dee Ramone also played on quite a few recordings in Paul's band
Youth Gone Mad, and so did Barbara Zambini as well. Like in these ones:
Mad Featuring Dee Dee Ramone (2002) and
Mad's CD Touching Cloth (1999). Some of Dee Dee's arts are used
in Youth Gone Mad releases.
Dee Dee is also in few other Youth Gone Mad releases. Joey Ramone sing
in a split 7', it contains the Youth Gone Mad song Meatball Sandwich
recorded in 1996. CJ Ramone's old band Los Gusanos did also a split
single with Youth Gone Mad. Los Gusanos song is Snake Piss.
7) CRUEL MAN, GARY KURFIRST, OR AS DEE DEE SAID
HIM: "MY MANAGER IS HORRIBLE."
As you Ramones fans knows, I have wanted to leave out from my books and
this my homepage mainly all those stupid and many times childish fights
what are all the time going on in our
Ramones family. Too often they are related to money, and
people can't acquiesce and stay in same level with others.
Sometimes I am so full of shit what are going on. Of so
many things it is better, you fans don't know. From my side and with my
works, I wanna keep legacy
going on with love.
I did one except in my final book Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives, I decided not to cancel releasing one part,
what I had collected before music business veteran Gary
Kurfirst passed away on January 13, 2009. I feel he had no
Kurfirst was managing for certain years the Ramones, with Ian Flukes he
founded Radioactive Records in 1990 etc.
Gary Kurfirst was also Dee Dee's personal manager. After Dee Dee Ramone
died, even Ramones members (expect Johnny was?), Ramones producer
Rey, Ramones' creative director Arturo
Vega, and Dee Dee's closest
friends weren't invited to Dee Dee's funeral. They didn't let Gary stop
them, so I am happy that many of
them were present at the funeral anyway.
Because this is related to Dee Dee's death, I thought to include few
quotes to this Dee Dee's memorial section of Gary Kurfirst section from
Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
Even this is just speculation, I feel Dee Dee would had lived longer, if
Gary Kurfirst would had treated Dee Dee better. But business man is
So these are just some examples how he worked.
1) Read how is treated Arturo Vega, man who was
Ramones' creative director since 1974, man who designed the Ramones'
eagle logo and most all of other items, man who worked as the Ramones
lighting director, man who worked on 2261 shows (missed 2 Ramones shows
altogether), man who definitely is/was one of their closest friends.
Arturo has told to me:
"As usual, somebody immediately tried to
away from me once a Ramone was dead. Ramones manager Gary Kurfirst
demanded that I send him my paintings I had collaborated with Dee Dee
on. I convinced Dee Dee to start painting around 1992 and I used to
canvases with some color and or texture and then gave them to Dee Dee so
he would paint over the surfaces I had prepared, I would work on ten
canvases then he would finish them and keep half of them and give me
back the other half, we did this for a few years. But according to Gary
Kurfirst I had to return mine to him. I did not."
2) Official Ramones photographer George DuBose
writes in "thanks" of his
book entitled, I
Speak Music - Ramones, nicely for example of the
Ramones members, Ramones road manager Monte Melnick, Joey's mother
Charlotte and brother
Mickey, Arturo Vega, Tony Wright, Ira Lippy and CBGB's founder Hilly
Kristal (RIP). Then
comes Gary Kurfirst (about thanks...).
George DuBose: "Gary Kurfirst, for nothing. Expect for not having the
time to look for original films that his company lost and telling me
how my lousy covers hurt the band's record sales."
3) Heidi Follin commented to me in 2003:
(Heidi and Paul Kostabi) didn't go to the Dee Dee's funeral because it
strictly for the creeps. It was a business funeral, not like a real
funeral. It seemed as though the business manager Gary Kurfirst was in
Barbara's face about trying to make sure that they were able to keep
their hands on everything...
Paul was his best friend and Andre (Andy Poncherello) was
his best friend in Los Angeles. Andre Poncherello devoted his whole life
to Dee Dee. I felt sorry for Andre. He was devastated. Five days after
Dee Dee died, Gary Kurfirst's assistant came by Andre's house and asked
to see all the paintings. They started looking at everything. They took
4) Andre Poncherello wrote to me in 2004:
"Dee Dee never liked Gary Kurfirst and I
have never met him. I do know that when he first started dealing with
bands, he would sign them to lifetime contracts that were good until the
death of the artist. Ask the members of Jane's Addiction, Blondie and
the Talking Heads about his business practices...
After Dee Dee died, Gary sent his assistant to come to my house and pick
up the paintings from the Knitting Factory exhibit. I don't remember her
name, but during the week of his death, it was all about the
5) Paul Kostabi explained to me in 2003:
"Dee Dee's whole life was based
on what were called
crumby snatchers. These are people who wait to get the leftover crumbs.
The day Dee Dee died, Gary Kurfirst and his assistant called
me up and didn't say Dee Dee is dead. Instead, they asked: "I wanna know
exactly what your business arrangement is with Dee Dee. I want to know
all the accounting. I want all the money." I asked myself: "Why are they
calling me? Is Dee Dee dead?" It was so cold. I knew. They didn't tell
me (of Dee Dee's death)...
...The art belonged to me because they were collaborations. All the
management cared about I think and maybe there were some heartfelt
feelings for Dee Dee's passing, but this manager had a contract with
Dee Dee for life...
Dee Dee didn't like these people. For a few years what I heard from Dee
Dee was: "My manager is horrible."
6) Jari-Pekka: "Gary Kurfirst, let Dee Dee,
Johnny, Joey and Tommy Rest In Peace."
8) IN 2003, BIG MEMORIAL EVENT GOT CANCELLED. IT
WAS ORGANISED IN SMALLER SCALE..
There was planned to have a party celebrating Dee Dee Ramone's birthday
with family and friends at the Viper Room or Garage, Los Angeles, USA,
on September 18th, 2003, with Dee Dee's wife Barbara, CJ Ramone (his
longtime band Bad Chopper was going to play), and others.
Ramones' creative director Arturo Vega wrote in his first infos: "Why?
Because Dee Dee liked Los Angeles enough to happily live there the last
few years of his meteoric life. CJ Ramone is coming to town with his
band Bad Chopper and that's not all Barbara, Dee Dee's wife who played
bass and sang on tour with him will be there and will perform with CJ
and with some other very special guests. Wait there is more the coolest
all girl LA band Go Betty Go will be part of the bill as well.
...then I got confirmation from Arturo Vega, one promoter with whom they
were working was a big liar etc. This Dee Dee Ramone's memorial birthday
event got cancelled. I had already booked flight tickets from Finland to
Luckily The Viper Room still threw something together on a smaller
scale, without this "promoter" Arturo spoke of, simply because they
already kept the night open for Dee Dee. That night book writer and PUNK
Magazine founder Legs McNeil had memorial speech of Dee Dee speech,
mostly spaced to his and Dee Dee's auto-biography book Lobotomy:
Surviving the Ramones. Also few bands played. One was Ramones tribute
band Whoremones. You can see picture-story-report of my
9) DEE DEE TRIBUTE CONCERTS.../ SOME SELECTED
TRIBUTE CONCERTS AFTER DEE DEE PASSED AWAY...
- Information: Marky Ramone called for me and said that at Continental
July 2, 2002, tribute concert for Dee Dee. Marky did this with his and
Night featured: Marky Ramone, CJ Ramone, Jerry Only (Misfits), Dez (Black
Flag), Mickey Leigh, Daniel Rey, Handsome Dick Manitoba (Dictators), Andy
Shernoff (Dictators), Walter Lure (Heartbreakers), Jimmy (Murphy's Law),
members of the Lunachicks, Toilet Boys, Bullys..
etc. etc. Example Marky, Jerry and Dez played and did a special tribute
together. Also featured special video compilation of Dee Dee's life etc.
Doors opened 9PM and for 21 years and over. Portion of proceeds was
donated to Unicef in Dee Dee's name.
review and press release of that night.
- Information: Dee Dee and Joey Ramone memorial at Mission Bar, San
Francisco in June 15, 2002.
From 8-10PM ONLY Ramones and Dee Dee related music was played. After
that, the jukebox was random. From 8-10PM there was an altar with
candles (you got chance light) and pictures of the bruddas. From 8-9PM a
couple Dee Dee and Joey solo CD's was given away to randomly selected
people who sign in at the altar. etc. etc.
- This was different kind of Ramones tribute... Hubba Hubba Hey! A
burlesque salute to the Ramones at The Bowery Poetry
Club (308 Bowery @ Bleeker, New York) on Wednesday April 30, 2003. A Bevy
of Beautiful And Bizzarre Burlesque Stars! Performances were inspired by
the Ramones and dedicated to the Ramones! Night featured Bambi the
Mermaid, Dirty Martini, Tigger, Remy Vicious, Reina Terror, Tyler Fyre,
Jo Boobs, Ula The PainProof Rubber Girl..., Gabba Gabba Go-Go Girls,
Cherokee and Kitten Klaw! Circus Artists! Pinhead Pinups! etc.
Afterparty had DJ Rocket.
Information: Andrea Gallinini (Tornado Ride Records)
organise Dee Dee Ramone birthday/ memorial party at the MrMuzik OFF in
Modena, Italy on September 18, 2010. At the MrMuzik OFF are playing
Andrea's band The Leeches and
And The Landslide Ladies.
Andrea Gallinini run Italian label Tornado
Ride Records who has released
mainly LP's and 7' vinyls. Records like Walter Lure:
Live In Berlin (LP), Hamburg
Ramönes: Long Black Hair (LP), The Coverones' Ramones tribute
album, and records also by bands like The Chuck Norris Experiment,
Cowboy Prostitutes, The Wyldfyre etc.
Some records Tornado Ride Records has released together with Nicotine
Records (Italy), or Nicotine
Records has released CD version and Tornado Ride Records vinyl version.
One of those is Skinny Bones
And The Gonedaddys album, one song on it is Shot My TV which Skinny
Bones and Dee Dee Ramone wrote together..
Information: June 28, 2002, The Montague Arms, New Cross Gate.
Bands: The Phobics, Melena and Revenge. Dee Dee on the turntables all
night, help send off the craziest Ramone of them all with a hell of a
wake in his memory.
There was "first" tribute gig for Dee Dee by
in June 21st, Midsummer Night Place - Fusilier and Firkin, 7-8 Chalk Farm
Rd, Camden. Time - 8.00 - 12.00. But then in June 21 Phobics' bass
player's amp blew up all four speakers at the same time!
Information: Terrorgruppe had some Dee Dee
tribute shows. Dee Dee Ramone/ Terrorgruppe split MCD
and 10' vinyl were released in 2002.
Dates of Terrorgruppe's tribute shows were:
July 6, 2002: Sound of Frankfurt, Alternative Stage, Frankfurt a. M.,
July 19, 2002, Big Hit, Chodov, Czech Republic.
July 20, 2002, Mystic Skate Festival, Prague, Czech Republic.
July 26, 2002, SO36, Berlin, Germany.
August 23, 2002, Arena Open Air, Wien, Austria. Also playing
September 6, 2002, Luna, Bielefeld, Germany.
- Information: Dee Dee, Joey and Ramones tribute night at the Opiniao
Alegre in August 7. The bands: Los Vatos, Vórtex e Blitzkrieg and
some guests like some members of Tequila Baby.
- Sheena & The Rokkets did Dee Dee Ramone tribute in Japan on August 25,
2002. There were also some other bands.
- There was arranged a Dee Dee tribute at Oslo in September, 2002! Place
was called Gamla and show was sold-out. Members from Turbonegro,
Euroboys, the Graves, The Yum Yums, Silver, Big Daddy etc. were
- The 3rd annual
Ramone-A-Thon, 2002, Brisbane. Really Ramoniac show in
Dee Dee's memory. Bands: Mach Pelican, Roshambo, The Remedials, The Priks
- THE FOURTH ANNUAL RAMONE-A-THON! = Ramones mania were taken over two
stages, in a memory of Dee Dee and Joey!
Venue : Indie Temple, 210 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane,
Australia on October 4th, 2003. 16 Ramoniac bands in 8 hours. Bands:
Groovie Ghoulies, Mach Pelican, Roshambo, Fancy Boys, The Remedials,
Marones etc. More info here.
- Information: Tribute to the Ramones at Von Krahl (Rataskaevu), Tallinn
was in Saturday 27, March, 2004 at 22:00. Tickets were 60 kronor, but 50
kronor if you had flyer or if you were wearing Ramones T-shirt.
Bands: Psychoterror, The
Tuberkuloited and Rawones.
This tribute show, dedicated, in loving memory of Joey and Dee Dee, to the
Ramones 30th anniversary, was the first Ramones tribute show
in Estonia ever.
10) SOME SPECIAL NOTES (WHAT I
COLLECTED IN 2002-2004):
1) Dee Dee lives through us forever.
2) Like you supposed, there was a shrine for Dee Dee in front of CBGB
(RIP) club in New York. There were flowers, candles, well worn leather
3) Paterson (New Jersey) Museum had an art exhibit containing five of
Dee's paintings. Along with stuff by Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Ron Wood,
Entwistle, and Joni Mitchell. Exhibit started on weekend between June
6-8, and the manager had said that with all the press about Dee Dee's
death, the museum was trying to extend the exhibition.
4) Dee Dee was planned to play together with Marky, CJ and Daniel Rey in
Brazil, 2 nights.... in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre. It was yet secret
surprise, but later it was informed
5) You had chance to listen Dee Dee's (probably) last interview.... It
was KFOG Morning Show interview on Monday June 3, 2002. KFOG is from San
Francisco and it was chance to listen for some months in their
On it Dee Dee speaked (also surprise comments) of Rock And Roll Hall Of
Fame, his latest line-up, what he plays on gigs, paintings, Phil
Spector etc.... Silence...
6) Nick from ex-Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings phoned me just when they
were ended recording a song called I've Got Dee Dee On My Mind. They
did it together with Fifi from Fifi & The Mach III and Dee Dee's voice
has been sampled to give the final 1,2,3,4 -count. Song is on Marky
Ramone & The SpeedKings single by HDP Records. Single is dedicated to
the memory of Dee Dee.
7) Many bands dedicated songs to Dee Dee after he passed away. Die
Toten Hosen dedicated The KKK Took My Baby Away for me, Dee Dee and Joey
at Himos Festival in June 20, 2002.
8) George Quintana was streaming Live local rock shows from The
Starlite room at La Hacienda Restaurant on Hwy 9 in Lake Stevens, WA.
First show dedicated to The Ramones, started July 19
SEE GEORGE'S MEMORIAL TEXT FOR DEE DEE BELOW, NUMBER 51!!
9) The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum, purchased one of
Keith Green's 16x20 exhibition photographs of Dee Dee,
to be exhibited as part of a memorial exhibition. Keith Green is a
really great guy and familiar for you already, if you seen these
things on my page during the last years.
10) Really interesting Dee Dee self-interview was in
Wanker Fanzine homepage, this
interview was taken from the last Taking Dope Fanzine.
11) Many artists were and still are playing nowadays Ramones songs as a
tribute to Dee Dee and Joey. When
Jason Ringenberg (of Jason & The Scorchers) did a solo tour in
on October, 2002, he ended all his shows with I Wanna Be Sedated.
Rotten released Guitarded-CD, Feb 15th, 2003.
It contains a tribute song for Dee Dee called Dee Dee Is King (Rock'N'Roll
Is Dead). In example songs contains lines: "..You know he was
the king of punk, So all you kids around the world, Listen up to what
you're told. Rock'N'Roll is dead, Dee Dee is king..... You really showed
them that you're too tough to die, You were the last one to survive
13) Late February 2003, Woimasointu
released new Häiriköt-CDEP. This EP
has 3 songs, first is called Joey Ja Dee Dee (Joey And Dee Dee).
It has pretty traditional lyrics how Ramones/Joey/Dee Dee is affected and
changed your personal life, but it's also always really important and
special story to hear.
14) Roman Romero from Romeros wrote text and Kevin K. Band music to Dee
Dee Tribute song called Dee Dee
Left Home. You can upload it from their homepage, go
and click there Band.
Records released album called AcidBeaters, with 6 tracks from
The Queers and 6 tracks from The Manges.
The Manges dedicated
song Barrage Of Hate to Dee Dee with words "to the living memory of Douglas
16) Ramonez '77 from Germany released CD in April 15, 2004. One of
the new songs is called Dee Dee's Dead. That is recorded with guest
singer Bela B. of Die Ärzte.
17) Henry Rollins wrote to his book Broken Summers, 4-5 pages of Dee
Dee, of his last meetings with Dee Dee and how Dee Dee asked his help
concerning Dee Dee's book and how he helped Dee Dee. And sure feelings
what Henry had/ has that Dee Dee passed away. Henry also wrote 0,5 page
of my and his meeting on that same book, manysided way..., he talks nicely
of my first book.
18) As most of you knows, I have wrote three Ramones memorial books
There did happen some mistakes in layout of Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives and few texts were not in final layout. It
Here is one from Stevie D. where he write
a lot of Dee Dee :
Stevie D., bassist for Glass Heroes
Background text written by me around 2007 (and grammar checked by
Bassist Stevie D. aka Steve Davis is the founding member in the Glass
Heroes from Phoenix, Arizona USA. They are a powerful streetpunk band
and were formed in the early 1990's. Since 1976-77, Stevie D. has been
playing the bass in bands such as: Ties, Veins/Shivers, and Hellfire.
The Glass Heroes CD, Liars Cheats'N'Thieves was produced by Rat Scabies
who is best known for being the drummer in The Damned.
Glass Heroes had played with Nirvana at the long-lost (but not
forgotten) Sun Club in Tempe, Arizona and were the opening act for the
Sex Pistols in 2003.
Stevie has rock in his veins. His first bass was purchased by his
grandmother and his 70+ year old mother still goes to see their shows
occasionally. You could say that Stevie also has Dee Dee tattooed in his
blood as the main influence from any other artists.
Stevie D. is a friend of Despo (Los Gattos). Dee Dee did some
shows with Los Gattos in the West Coast (USA) area in 2000-2002 and
together they co-wrote the song entitled, Downhill.
Memorial text for Dee Dee written by Stevie D.:
The Ramones changed my life the first album cover was so powerful!! The
way they dressed, that's how I dressed already, and the music, loud and
strong. That showed me I could do this too. I am to this day, still
playing, like a million other kids, we're all aping the Ramones. I
remember the first time I played the first LP for my stoner metal
friends, I was so excited to share with them this fast/loud
rock'N'roll!!! They shook their heads and said: "Get that off the
turntable! It's terrible, whadd ya' thinking?" Then they left. That's
when I knew that something really cool was going on! It had that much
power to clear my room! I'd had all the lyrics memorized from the first
two albums with the tunes in my head (as they're we're no walkmans at
the time) and anywhere I went I could take those songs! I was a loner
save the Ramones.... They were the soundtrack for my life!
It seemed there was a song for all the things that I went through
growing up. As each new album came out I had more material. Kind of like
a map for me. My best friend since high school Anthony Castillo, went to
New York to visit and stayed at the loft of the Ramones creative
director Arturo Vega, when he got back he said if I sent Arturo 100 US
dollars he would get me a Schott Perfecto leather jacket and some badges
Ramones, I did exactly that.
The first time I saw the Rock And Roll High School movie was at the
premier. At the ticket window, the guy asked if I was in the costume
contest, I said what are you talking about? I was told whoever is
dressed the most punk wins a soundtrack of the movie, it was after all
just another night, I wore what I always wore and I did win for the
boys, the girls had one too...
I had the good fortune to see the Ramones perform eight times two of the
times were w/o Dee Dee. There is nothing like a good Ramones song,
nothing. As Dee Dee had wrote a great deal of the music for their whole
career, I would say he saved my life to a degree in the sense that life
is hard and rough at times, and the hope that I can get through the hard
times, the strength came from Dee Dee. He's the man, then, now, and
always. Today when I go through something tough in my life I ask myself:
"What would Dee Dee do?" I always get a feeling and some direction at
those times. He is the reason I picked up the bass as my instrument and
that was 1977. Never met the man, but I saw him live in Phoenix, USA in
2000, how cool he was. I was so fortunate, and on June 6, 2002, I had
several friends call me as they know my history, and told me the sad
news. I was so down for several days, thoughts of his wife Barbara, and
happy that Dee Dee had found some joy as of late... Now he's on the
highest trails above.
Thank you Dee Dee, and the Ramones for making my life and the world, a
much cooler place to be. It's a Ramonial world from the Ramones tattoo
on my chest to the bass I play and all the wonderful Ramones fans I've
met through the years. Gabba gabba hey...
11) DIFFERENT KIND OF SPECIAL TRIBUTE: PUNK DUCKS
HONORING DEE DEE
This part (Punk Ducks Honoring Dee Dee) I did update in January
Quackwhores is a non-profit collective caring for urban waterfowl
wildlife in Hollywood.
Long time Ramones' fan, musician and artist Coyote Shivers and his
partner Pleasant Gehman are making world a better place with a special
way. Dee Dee Ramone's grave gets visited daily by a group of punk ducks,
other birds etc.! Gehman and Shivers trained the cemetery ducks &
critters to visit
Dee Dee Ramone every day. Dee Dee is buried in Hollywood
Forever Cemetery and close to grave is Johnny Ramone's statue.
Shivers says the ducks are fed every day using a "dinner bell," which is
essentially a new version of Blitzkrieg Bop called "Duckskrieg Bop" that
features the ducks themselves quacking: "Hey ho, let's go".
Visit sites: www.instagram.com/ramonesducks
and Donations for healthy food Venmo: http://quackwhores.org.
Here are quotes from article that was published on Rolling Stone: Rolling
Stone article by Brenna Ehrlich.
"Dee Dee Ramone specifically wrote that he didn't "want to be buried in
a pet sematary," but that didn't stop L.A. musicians/artists Coyote
Shivers and Pleasant Gehman from turning his grave into a wildlife
buffet and documenting it all on Instagram
account Ramones Ducks.
According to Shivers (who you may recognize as Berko from cult film
Empire Records), he and his partner, Gehman, have been feeding the ducks
since the pandemic (covid-19) started; they launched the Instagram this
past summer. "Everything was closed, even the beaches and parks, so we
would go to the cemetery to get away from the negativity, and feel some
air and beauty and care for some of the urban wildlife that live there:
ducks, geese, feral cats, squirrels, doves, swans, etc," he tells
"It was a joy - it felt pure and was so much fun. When things opened up,
people started to notice what we were doing.", Gehman adds.
The animals came to include five black ducks that their friend had
raised, only to be forced off the property by the friend's landlord. The
ducks were very domesticated, so Shivers and Gehman trained them to
visit Dee Dee's grave every day. "We started calling them the Ramones
Ducks because they're all black and they stick together and stood out
like a gang and they'd run up to Dee Dee every day."
Their names, of course, are Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy, and
"And sure enough, it worked like the ice cream truck song in the
summertime. The kids come running when they hear it. Soon enough, more
and more animals joined the party, as the fowl-filled Instagram shows,
including peacocks, squirrels, cats, pelicans, geese, and, of course,
the titular ducks. By last spring, we started noticing the new mother
ducks were bringing their days-old ducklings and teaching them, When you
hear this song, march up the hill to here,. and we realized it was
becoming generational to them. It just keeps growing, and little by
little same with spectators," Coyote Shivers says to Rolling Stone.
"We consider it part urban wildlife charity, part performance art
installation, and part living tribute to the king Dee Dee Ramone.
Everyone loves the Ramones Ducks. They bring nothing but smiles. Young
kids and old punks really love it."
"It's fun for everyone and also helps children to love, respect, and
care for animals," Pleasant Gehman says. "Plus, it shapes their musical
taste by teaching them that the Ramones are the best damn band on the
They also collect donations for food via the Instagram page.
One might worry that Ramone's grave might get a little, well, messy
given all the visitors, but Shivers says he and his friends take care to
clean the plot; they even installed an astroturf mat to protect it: "We
think it's the coolest tribute to any rockstar ever," Shivers says.
Although Dee Dee doesn't ostensibly have any connection to waterfowl, he
did write the most famous song about monuments to deceased pets of all
time - the theme to the 1989 adaptation of Stephen King's horror
masterpiece Pet Sematary, about a burial ground that brings animals (and
people) back to life. The chorus, of course, went: "I don't wanna be
buried in a pet sematary/I don't want to live my life again."
"On one hand, he gave us the entire plot of the movie, and on the other
hand, he made it very personal," director Mary Lambert told TIDAL in
2019 of the song. "Because Dee Dee had a really tough life and I can see
why he might not have wanted to live it again. He was born in post-war
Germany to a mother who was a German and a father who was a serviceman.
It was really rough. He grew up really rough, and not in an especially
loving and nurturing environment."
Now, however, that his grave is a haven for L.A. wildlife, perhaps he
wouldn't have minded the company.
So this article was published on Rolling Stone: Rolling
12) OUR MEMORIAL TEXTS TO DEE DEE RAMONE (MOST OF
THESE WRITTEN IN 2002-2004).
RAMONES FANS' SENT ME THESE TEXTS THROUGH THIS MY RAMONES' HOMEPAGE.
1) Dee Dee, take my friendship love and hugs, with endless thanks. I've
twice with you and those trips has gave for me so much Gabba Hey power
strength to endure with all my Ramones works. I'm thinking how many
thousands times I've heard your 1-2-3-4-count and how many times I've
punked song you've written and how many tears are today falling because of
you? and what did you said at first for Joey?
Even after our first meeting you treated me like old friend in Oslo,
Norway on May 3, 2000 and it hurts to think all nice things what happened,
how you spoke and how I heard your voice now in my mind. I'm sad because
those people who never got chance to meet you and see how unique you're.
All memories are so
closely and I'm so happy that many of our meetings are videotaped. In this
Oslo concert I took my place in the front row on Barbara's side, you
on the left on the stage (when looking at it from the audience), and the
first song was Rockaway Beach. It was a crazy feeling that is
unforgettable. After the gig we walked together to the hotel. Later on
that tour I got chance first time to introduce for you pages of my
homepage and you were so impressed that you wanted to give me your
personal tour diary. That's at sure one of the most important item in my
life, you really was wrote it for yourself and added photos for it
time I sang together with you was in Helsingborg, Sweden on May 5, 2000.
Song was Commando. I saw 5 of your gigs in this tour.
Next year I saw 4 gigs. And you did remember so many things of me from
year and so much happened. It was so special notice how friendly you was
and you observed me, like you came to offer many times food, you nodded
for me to join you on stage during songs, you were arguing with manager
about me that I can travel with you in your van and specially I was
shocked when you then showed me some of your new writings for a coming
book and you had written about me.
So much I waited that you're coming soon back to Europe, like your
guitarist Christian Black was told me. Then that dream ended, when I got
phone call that you're passed away... That was happened some hours before.
got this call 2 hours before started third release party (Tampere) of the
Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone book.... I
couldn't understand it, it was much too bad dream to wake up... We told
these sad news just before second band Pojat played their Ramones set... I
did a 10 minute speech of you, I started it with stories how friendly you
always was for me and I told some extra special memories. Many of those
memories are also in the book, sadly I didn't got chance to send book for
you. Book also contains one color page, only filled with pictures from
those tours. In Tampere I asked to the stage also Kimmo, with whom I
toured your gigs in 2000. I told sad news 1 minute before I ended speech
for you... Then Ramones-set started and I sang Blitzkrieg Bop. Pojat and
Heko from Rehtorit/ Ne Luumäet did a great set, total honour for you
I wish you didn't felt pain when angels came and asked you to join them.
It's hard to imagine how that happened, because you didn't used any hard
drugs on these tours which I punked with you and I was just heard that you
OK. I can only imagine how Barbara is feeling now It's important that
around her are people who can support and remind that this fuckin life
win. And it's important that you'll live forever with us.
(Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone, 24, Finland)
2) My brother called me on the phone and said me that DEE DEE passed
away, I couldn´t believe him, I think nothing could happen to him or any
other RAMONE´S member, but strength of heaven it´s stronger, JOEY needed a
bass player, and he called DEE DEE, I think he will call the others but
please not now, I remember DEE DEE like one of the best compositors
universe could have, I´m a bass player like him, like C.Jay, I owe him
that, as C.Jay do. He fundated RAMONES with JOHNNY, wrote really great
songs, and makes us feel happy. I´m out of words, I only can say THANK
YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND SAY HELLO TO JOEY. BYE BYE GERMAN BOY, SEE
YA IN HEAVEN. I´M MISSING YOU A LOT. TAKE IT DEE DEE!!! EINS, ZWEI, DREI,
(Patricio Harispe, 19, Argentina)
3) Fuckin' sucks. Loud music all day. I dont care if it is ninety fuckin'
degrees here in Florida. I'm wearing my leather jacket. I'm crying.
dammit. I know time goes on and people die and it fuckin' sucks -- but why
does it have to happen to da bruddahs? Hugs to you, man. We miss ya, Dee
Dee. And we will always remember.
(Annie Lechak, 27, St. Augustine, FL, USA)
4) DEE DEE RAMONE: 1952-2002
I know it's stupidity and I also know that thinking of it as a stupidity
is a trace that I'm really getting into the fucking adult life. This
afternoon when I got home with my gal, my dad arrived and told me that
someone had died, in fact I didn't really care, 'cos I wasn't expecting
anyone to die, but... He told me that DEE DEE RAMONE passed away probably
because of a drug O.D.. My first reaction was turning blue and crying on
my gal's shoulders. After that he told me that my uncle have phoned him
about it and that he's read it on the net. To me it's really amazing and
disastrous to think that the man that contributed on my character and
personality formation is dead from now on. Even not personally knowing
him, but thinking that it would've happened soon, I really think that he
is one of the coolest guys around, the dumbness, smartness, teenageness
and all the things that he passed to me as being part of himself.
Let me tell why I'm writing it; this one of a kind man CHANGED MY LIFE!
My clothes, my hair, my music and my tastes are just a feel things I can
name and that was influenced by him. For example, my bass; it's a white
My jacket; it's a black leather jacket... I know that studying was always
a bad time to DEE DEE, but now I'm at the University, and I'm studying
German, just because of this little old bastard.
What the fuck really happened!? DEE DEE was really the junk kind of guy.
He was a funky guy that is now probably hearing the birds of
paradise sing. Now I'm sure he will be a teenager forever. It's funny the
way you feel in that days that you get up knowing there's something wrong
deep inside. He will always be the coolest guy in the room.
(Gabba Ramone, 20, Brazil)
5) In Loving Memory Of Dee Dee Ramone 1952-2002.
Rest In Peace. 1-2-3-Forevermore... Saddened, Shocked and Sorrowful,
(Mike Bourassa, 32, Crosslake, MN, U.S.A.)
6) Gabba Hey!
We're really sad again. It's so hard to believe it! But the news is all
around, Dee Dee is dead! I'm shocked again... he had so many plans... new
releases, he had seen the induction of the Ramones in the Hall of Fame...
It was only a year ago when we lost our brother Joey! Now, we'll have to
miss another brother! Don't know what to say! It's like a nightmare!
(Alfredo Cordeiro, Spain)
7) In the name of the legion of RAMONES fans all over the world, we are
very sorry for the death of the greatest composer the best band of the
world ever had! REST IN PEACE, DEE DEE! Love,
(Guilherme Kalil, 26, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
8) Bloody hell, Dee dee´s gone :0( *feel so sad* I just can´t believe
it!! We fans should get together and have a memorial party for him! Dee
Dee´s always in my heart just like Joey. Sad hugs...
(Victoria, 22, Stockholm, Sweden)
9) Shock Treatment again and too soon! Dee Dee, you wrote very good songs
for The Ramones. You got style! I´m very sad that you´re gone. Hopefully
you and Joey make heaven funny place to come some day. 1-2-3-4!
(Tea Strömsholm, 33, Finland)
10) Recently many friends, who saw me on june 7th have asked me why I acted
the way I acted. And why i didn't act the same way after Joey's death.
What can I say them. I knew that Joey was ill and I also knew how hopeless
could be a fight with cancer (my grandfather died in cancer 3 years ago).
So I had time to prepare myself for that news. And the shock was smaller.
I guess that many of you, dear co-fans, did the same. But Dee Dee's death
was something I (we) could not expect. I (we) knew that he was clean and
sober and had no problems. And maybe that's why his death shocked
me (us) so badly. I don't know. Dee Dee has been dead for.... I'm
angry why Dee Dee? Why? Warum? Why you? Why not Ricky Martin or Britney
Spears? My friends have also asked me who was my favourite Ramone. They
thought it was Joey. Somehow Joey was not. Dee Dee was. Why? I don't
know... Joey sang. I'm not a singer. Dee Dee played the instrument. I play
too. Guitar. When I started writing songs I tried to copy the Ramones. It
didn't work out. But I still tried. now I have realized that I cannot copy
Ramones. But I can use the conseption: song must be so easy that everyone
can learn it to play, but so genial that not everone can't come up with
it. And it works. Thank you Dee Dee. Thank you Joey. It took me about 2-3
years to realize that. But I'm happy now. Thank you!
But still.. WARUM??? Dee Dee, I really looked forward to your next
tour. I was sure that that time I'm gonna see you playing live. I hoped
that I could organize your concert In Tallinn (my hometown; real
international punkstars hardly ever play here). But you let me down. But I
don't hate you. Hate is wasting. Bye bye Dee Dee! You were, you are and
you will be!!! That's it. Pretty graphomaniacal. But that's what I think
and how I feel...
(Mart Niineste, 18, Estonia)
11) It's just so, it's just so, it's just so bizarre .. "Ramones leave
home, just leave the Ramones Alone "!
Oh Yeah, you were my inspiration!! It's Gonna Be o.k. 'cause I always
keep the record of him, that can last 4 ever. By the way, HoP ArOuNd was
very good isn't it? :O) I always think of you Dee Dee, my unknown friend,
(BobbY Hoper, 27, Montreal, Canada)
12) No no no no... It's so bizarre.. Dee Dee, you gave a lot to me, and
a lot to rock'N'roll. I Remember you, we remember you. Rest in peace....
(Donkey Benson, 16, Finland)
13) I'm Rafael from Brazil... My english sux.. but I think that u will
I was thinkin here.. you must be very very sad.. Dee Dee was my favourite
Ramone and I wanted to met him.. like I met marky here in Porto Alegre
last February (he came to record with a local band here called "Tequila
Baby" and I saw their rehearse)... well... I don't know what to say...
Life goes on right?... You are blessed for met him...
(Rafael H, Brazil)
14) I know you feel the same way as I do know, which is depression!
Wasn't it enough to lose Joey, was it really time for Dee Dee too? I've
been mourning and drinking beer in order to drown my sorrows all weekend.
I saw Dee Dee at Mango Rock Bar in Stockholm in 2001, and that was one of
the best and closest gigs I've ever seen in my life! Now I know I will
never see him live again, and I hate it, hate it!
(Björn Tennfors, 28, Sweden)
15) When I heard the news that Dee Dee Ramone died, my heart honestly
sank. I was completely stunned. Joey's death last year surprised me
enough, but there was something different about Dee Dee's, I just don't
know what it was. Perhaps it was because I had heard that Joey had cancer
and while I knew about Dee Dee's drug use I somehow didn't forsee a death
in the near future. Maybe another factor was that I had experienced one
Ramone's death and it seemed impossible that yet another band member would
be forever gone. With Dee Dee gone, it is clear that there can never be
a reunion. He was truly the heart of the band, even after he left the
group. Something about him, his unstable manner, his incredibly catchy
songs, and maybe even just the way he looked, always intrigued.
I remember meeting him July 20, 1999, at the signing the Ramones did
in New York City for the release of The Ramones Anthology; it was one of
the most incredible moments of my life. I can still see Dee Dee in my
mind; so alive. I remember speaking to him and he told me he liked my
hair. That was quite a shock to me, that Dee Dee, one of my idols,
actually acknowledged me. Looking back on that day, it's difficult to
comprehend that this man is no longer a living human being anymore. He
was once vividly alive and now he has become a part of music history.
I'll never be able to see him again, but I'll always remember that
complement he gave me. Though it was nothing to him, I feel honored to
at least have made some kind of an impression on an individual who
definitely has touched my life from a young age. I'll never forget Dee
Dee and the empty feeling my soul had when I heard of his passing.
(Jamie Papadimas, 17, USA)
16) I am very sad about Dee Dee's death I just cant believe it. First
Joey now Dee Dee how much can a person stand to see his favorite group
loss two members it's just terrible. Being from Queens myself I am VERY
hurt by this The RAMONES gave me the strength to endure. Well Joey & DEE
DEE are together again. Playing their music for the ANGELS "Take it DEE
DEE" "1 2 3 4" .............. "Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one
of us" they will always be a part of us.
(Mike Breschard, 38, USA)
17) We'll miss ya!!!!!! Ramones will rule in Heaven too!
(Vanni, 24, Italy)
18) If you should go skating-on the thin ice of modern life-dragging
behind you the silent reproach-of a million tear-stained eyes-don't be
surprised when a crack in the ice-appears under your
feet ...................................... Dee Dee-we all miss
(Boogie Ramone and Andrew, Poland)
19) All my love goes to the memory of a great artist called Dee Dee Ramone
and my totally love, support and a "hold tight" to Barbara Ramone.
I am speechless.... Dee Dee, Rest In Peace in the Garden Of Serenity.
(Rossella, 29, Milano, Italy)
20) On the Swedish highway heading for Oslo, Norway the radio played the
best rock band ever!! I smiled, sang a little with the song... remember
youuu oohoooo.. and life was a gas, but then i got the message.. I stared
out the window of a car speeding much too fast, thinking of a life who was
lived just the same way. IT'S SO BIZARRE,BUT WHAT CAN I DO? I REMEMBER
Love from Bendiksen rock family + TIP TOPPERS, POPGUN, GRAVES and the
(Ulf Bendiksen, 30, Norway)
21) IT'S SO SAD... ANYONE WHO LOVES ROCK'N ROLL WILL BE MISSING YOU DEE
DEE... GOODBYE BROTHER...
22) Another great punkrocker left... it was a sick world for Dee Dee and
death is the price he's paid... this sucks... RAMONES fans all over the
world stay together in Ramones punkrock.
(Stefan Nicolaus, 33, Germany)
23) Dee Dee Ramone lives forever. He represents everything that is cool
about the bass. Everytime I pick up a bass, it's always the same, look and
play like Dee Dee in every way possible. He influenced so many all around
the world, it's so cool. Dee Dee will be missed by us all, but Dee Dee
Ramone isn't gone, Dee Dee Ramone lives through every kid who is in a
garage or basement just having a blast.
(Tyler Boutilier, 18, Cape Breton N.S., Canada)
24) Hey ho Dee Dee Ramone. I hope you are in a better place now
thx for all we will miss you. Gabba gabba hey.
(Lucas Kakau, 19, Brazil)
25) Life has no sense. First, we loss our dear Joey and now, our sweet
Dee Dee. I remember when I talked to Marky, last time in January, he said
he was coming back soon to Brasil with Dee Dee. When he said that, words
didn't came outta my mouth, even started stuttering that time, didn't know
what to say. It couldn't be true... some days later... no... but Dee
Dee... he... a dream... a broken dream. The fucking drugs took our Douglas
away from us... It's hard to accept. Dee Dee, I want you to know that you
won't be forgotten. I know you're resting now, you deserved to rest after
so many thing that life did to you. Have no more words, my angel... it
hurts a lot... rest in peace by God's side, dear... 'some day I cry alone,
but I know I'm not the only one I see that another day is gone' (Lacuna
Coil - Falling)
(Fernanda, 15, Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil)
26) I AM FUCKING SAD BECAUSE OF THIS NEWS... I CAN'T BELIEVE DEE DEE'S
GONE... HE INVENTED PUNK ATTITUDE! THE WAY HE MOVES, THE WAY HE PLAYS THE
BASS, THE WAY HE SHOUTS THE 1-2-3-4's... JUST CAN'T BELIEVE. MY TWO IDOLS
ARE NOW IN OTHER WORLD. IF NOT FOR HIM, I'M SURE PUNK WOULDN'T BE THE
SAME. WE HAVE LOST THE BEST PUNK SONGWRITER EVER. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT
IT. I HOPE HE'S STILL PUNKING UP THERE. ANYWAY DEE DEE IS NOT DEAD. DEE
DEE IS A FUCKING LEGEND NOW. HE WON'T BE FORGOTTEN!
I RAISE MY BEER FOR YOU, DEE DEE. I HOPE TO SEE YOU... ONE DAY. BARBARA,
LO SIENTO. PERO LA VIDA SIGUE. SÉ FUERTE.
(Daniel Losada, 25, Sevilla, Spain)
27) Shit happens! It's hard for all Ramones diehards to accept the loss
of yet another original Ramone. A friend from Berlin sent an SMS on the
mobile to inform me. It struck me as hard as Joey's death last year - LONG
LIVE RAMONES!!! At least in our memories - bye Dee Dee!!!
28) Dee Dee was the only idol I have ever had, and I´m so sad now that
he´s gone. I´ve read his books, listened to his songs, told my friends
about all the stuff his been through and all the funny things he have
said, and I just can´t believe that there will be no more new stories,
only memories. He was the coolest guy ever, I will never forget him!!
(Johan Sjöholm, 25, Sweden)
29) I was shocked to hear from a friend of mine of Dee Dee's passing, as I
was on vacation during that time and seen little T.V. & radio was heard
even less. I was exposed to the Ramones by a Soundtrack Album for the film
"Over The Edge" that my Mom bought for me when I was in 7th grade. And I
am still a fan 20 years later. I am primarily a guitarist but always liked
Dee Dee, as I thought he looked Cool on the bass. I sent off once from an
advert from the back of a magazine for Rock & Roll pics where they send
you a sample pic of whoever you check as far as band names on
their order form. I checked the Ramones and received a concert pic of Dee
Dee which has to be a good 19 if not 20 years old which I still have.
I was saddened by Joey's death and saddened even more over the passing of
Dee Dee. They gave me the strength to carry on while I was in school as I
was a Geeky Punk kid who got kicked around alot and had few friends. I
fought back eventually and got along better in life, while listening to
that "Stupid Band" called the Ramones. You have to remember this was in
the age of the 80's music craze, when we had Flock of Seagulls as the
great band of the time and the arrival of Madonna not too long after.
Anyway I am still in shock of Dee Dee's passing. He was such a pivotal
member of the Ramones, Within & Without the band. He is sorely missed.
Best wishes to his wife, and my humblest sympathy to the Colvin
(Stephen L. Garen, 33, United States)
30) You bass playing was the best, especially the power it gave to the
first Ramones album. Part of my youth died with you. Rest in peace.
(Cliff Hughes, 36, New Zealand)
31) It's Friday 7th of June 2002, I'm in DBTL (Down By The Laituri, a
Finnish festival held in Turku) and watching a gig by The Odorants. They
play some of their own songs and then the singer announces that the next
song will be for the memory of Dee Dee Ramone. Then they played Blitzkrieg
Bop. I was under the influence of alcohol, so I just continued hopping
(and singing along, of course). But the next day it really hit me, I felt
like breaking into tears. First Joey now You, we all know that You are
now in a better place. And when I come up there promise me one thing,
We'll make Heaven rock! Gabba Gabba Hey Ho Let's Go!
(Matti Hirvonen, 18, Joensuu, Finland)
32) What can I say? He's got strength to endure, and the love so pure... I
wish I could die today, to see the big jam session in heaven with Joey and
Dee Dee... I'm not sad, I'm not crying, cause I know that he gave his
contribution to the punk, to the music, to the world and to my life. I'll
be happy some day when I die and have the chance to see a great Ramones
concert in the other side, the chance I never had in life, I know I'll
have in death. See ya Dee Dee, say hey to Joey for me! Take care of us all
from where you are, and wait for us all... You deserve all the tributes in
the world and more! What can I say? 53rd and 3rd... See ya up there gabba,
(Rafael M., 22, Fortaleza-Ce, Brazil)
33) The first time i saw dee dee in a interview he said something which
influenced me & my best friend a lot in the interview he was describeing
nancy spungen he said "she had a bad mouth & controled him mercylessly"
i'm sure nancy would have been flatterd & since then we have been the
perfect girlfriends thanks dee dee for the priceless advice r.i.p forever
we will miss you.
(Cassandra, 17, England)
34) It's very hard to accept the fact that you're not with us anymore, Dee
Dee. You passed away so unexpectedly and I was rather shocked. I feel
happy however that I got the possibility to see you performing three
times, and that I spoke to you. I remember that we spoke for more than an
hour, and you were very friendly. There's really a huge emptiness now when
both you and Joey are gone. Your music and the music of the Ramones
changed my life and no other band could ever take the place you have in my
heart. I think all true Ramones fans know what I mean. Dee Dee, you were
my favourite Ramone. I admired you so much and you'll always be my hero.
Rest in peace.
(Åsa Lindholm, Sweden)
35) Now two of my guys are angels. It's sad. But they will be remembered
and we never gonna forget them. Rest in pease Dee Dee and Joey. You
were the best ever. Love,
(Henrik, 17, Sweden)
36) Dee Dee Ramone is the punkrocker king!
(Peter Aradi, Karpitos, Hungary)
37) Thank you for the music and the spirit you gave to us. You were
great!!!! Never forget you !!!!!!! Rock on in heaven... 1 2 3 4
(Christian Kossak, 24, Bayern, Germany)
38) I'm sad; Dee Dee is gone. My heart is with him; his heart is with us.
I discovered punk rock hearing Dee Dee shout "1, 2, 3, 4!", so I just can
say THANX. Have a good time there. Give a kiss to our beloved Joey. As he
said, RAMONES, ETERNAL & UNIQUE. And Dee Dee was one of them, one of the
most greatest band in the world.
(Josu, 26, Spain)
39) Seeing you wild eyed, makes me want to be your bride. You're always
yelling 1234!, making me want you more. Your clothes are beautiful, and so
is your hair, people like you are so rare. You're an excellent writer, and
a talented poet, Dee Dee you're the best, and we all know it!
(RamonaBetsy, 17, US)
40) you will be forever in my heart...why did you leave us?
(massimo armenti, 37, italy)
41) Dee Dee is gone. It's a terrible loss. I couldn't believe it when I
heard the news. Another one gone. Dee Dee was my idol. He was my punk rock
idol. He was a true genuine artist, musician and lyricist. No one could
depict pure punk rock than Dee Dee Ramone.He inspired plenty people
including me. I just want to thank you Dee Dee. Thank you where ever you
are. In the physical sense you might be gone but your legacy and your
music still lives on through true Ramones fans.
(Nora, 19, Canada)
42) DEE DEE RULES!!!!! WE ARE GONNA MISS YOU DEE DEE KING.
(Raul Hernandez, 26, Mexico City)
43) I only saw Dee Dee play with the Ramones a few times before he left as
I first saw them at the old Ritz in 1988. But I was lucky enough to see
the Ramainz in 1997 at a club in Long Island and meet him after the show.
Watching him on stage being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was
great as you could see he was very proud to have made it this far. It is
truly a shame that he had to die this way,so young,he had so much more to
give. But he was a true punk and one of the all time great
songwriters/bassists. Farewell and Godspeed.
(R. Feroce, 33, USA)
44) So long, Dee Dee. I have always loved you. Who cares music industry
lost an important punk pioneer? I'm just too sad because I lost my best
friend... Your songs always make me feel that I'm not the only one. Just
like Joey, you are one of us. Hope you meet Sid again. Say hi to Joey,
too. And we all are going to see you sometime. I don't know where you
are, but keep watching us, OK?
(Fumi Yamada, Japan)
45) The next shock after Joey's death - may God stop now his
Ramoneskilling. Thanx for everything, DeeDee.
(Conny, 35, Andreas, 33, Austria)
46) This message is only to say that the Ramones are the best punk-rock
group of all the times. Today I see in the web that Dee Dee Ramone died.
My english is not very well so I donït know what can I say more. Only one
more thing if you want to listened a version of Rockaway beach in spanish
look for "Rock en Samil" from a Punk spanish group called "Siniestro
Total" other version that you can find in the audiogalaxy or something
similar is "sheena is a punk rocker" from "Reincidentes". Ok Thatïs all.
Hey oh Beers go! :) (spanish humor)
(Angel Gonzalez, 20, Spain)
47) Now when Joey & Dee Dee left the earth behind them, at the other side,
there's a hello of a band hanging around the clouds. We had a gig couple
of days ago, we played "Blitzkrieg Bop" to honour Dee Dee.
(Jack & Petey ScarecroW, Finland, Hyvinkää)
48) My god what kind of cruel joke is god playing on us first Joey Now Dee
Dee. Dee Dee was the greatest songwriter ever my prayers go out to
Barbara. Take care Dee Dee I will see you again.
(Joey, 30's, u.s.a.)
49) Goodbye my friend! Thank you for everything....... RIP
(Andre Dahlmann, Norway)
50) "Los Ramones", when we were at high school this was your band name for
a few people in my city. You were a nexus for heavies, punks, rockers,
bikers, surfers,... everybody wear a Ramones t-shirt, everybody wanted to
be a ramone. The first videoclip that was cool for me was a videoclip
performed by Ramones (sorry I donït remember the title, I was 12 years
old boy). For this and more youïll be in my heart forever.
(Martin, 29, Basque Country, Spain)
51) Losing Ramones
By George Quintana
This story is dedicated to the memory of two punk rock champions. Joey
Ramone, born May 19, 1951, left our world on Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001
and now Dee Dee ; Sept. 18, 1952 - June 5,2002 joins his brother in Rock
and Roll heaven. Both are deeply missed by many fans, including
It was post Woodstock, 1971. That was when I first met Joey, (Jeff Hyman).
A tall, lanky sort of withdrawn person who always wore dark red granny
glasses and twirled locks of his long stringy black hair around his boney,
nicotine-stained fingers. Joey and I quickly became close friends. We
created our first band, Sniper that year. The band lasted less than a year
before the band members conspired against us kicking Joey out who called
himself Jeff Starship, because they thought he was too weird. That freed
him up to join Johnny, Tommy and Dee Dee who were trying to put together a
band called The Ramones.
I could have been a Ramone. I had every opportunity. After all, they were
my friends; we hung out together and had the same taste in music and life
style. I even auditioned for the drummer spot, one of the first in fact.
However, it was not to be and to this day, I cannot say with any certainty
why. Perhaps it was my insecurity of being discovered as having no talent
by my peers, or maybe it was something less romantic such as lack of faith
and commitment to do whatever was necessary. Consequently, we drifted
apart. Years passed before I met up with them again in Florida, where I
had bitterly exiled myself.
The Ramones where playing at a very popular club in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. I
had hitchhiked from Miami to see them. They were recently back from a very
successful tour of Europe and had just released there album, Ramones
Leave Home. I was nervous and did not know what to expect. I thought to
myself, maybe now that they are big stars they may act aloof and reject
me, or maybe they would not even remember me. My fears were quickly
dispelled as Johnny instantly welcomed me, handed me a beer and introduced
me to a confusing array of groupies and backstage people as The Fifth
Ramone! He told me to give Joey a few minutes to come down off his post
performance adrenalin rush before I greeted him. After the initial
awkwardness of our meeting, such as not knowing weather to call him Jeff
or Joey (he assured me it did not matter which name I used) we hoped a cab
and hit a few local bars. People still stared and whispered but now being
stared at had a complete different meaning and context. The local band
playing at the bar recognized Joey and asked if he would like to go up on
stage and do a song with them. Joey laughed but kindly declined the
Back at the Ramones hotel room that night, it was just like old times. Dee
Dee rolled up a few fatties and we talked of old times and how they never
see any of our old friends anymore. The room was a double bed type and I
wound up sleeping over, sharing a bed with Joey. In the early morning
Monte the tour manager hustled everyone outside the hotel like a mother
hen to take a head count. I said my sad goodbyes and headed back to Miami.
From that, point on I realized my dream of ever being a true Ramone was
over. That was the last time I ever saw Joey or any of the other Ramones
in person again. With the Ramones ever-increasing popularity and tighter
security, I lost total contact with my old friends.
After years of trying to get a hold of them, one day I finally found a
listing for Jeff Hyman in the Village area of New York City. I was
overjoyed with the idea of reuniting! I called for weeks at all different
times. I called day and night but to no avail. Then one day the
devastating news came over the radio. Joey Ramone had lost a battle I
never even knew he was fighting. The world lost a punk rock hero and I
lost a very special friend.
The other day I was at a club in Everett, WA where Dee Dee Ramone is
scheduled to perform. I was there to buy a ticket for the show when this
guy setting at the bar commented to me I hope Dee Dee doesnt break out
with any of that rap shit. I didnt respond although I thought to myself, I
really dont care what he plays I just want to hug him and thank him for
his contribution and dedication to the Ramones!
I was very excited about talking to him about playing at opening night at
a new rock and roll venue I am opening up in Lake Stevens, WA about mid
July! It will be the first on the West Coast featuring Streaming Internet
Live Broadcasting. However, Wednesday morning while checking my e-mail, I
received the devastating one-two punch, about Dee Dees death. I hope Dee
Dee receives this message. Love you pal!
(George Quintana (the 5th Ramone), USA)
52) Man First Joey and Now Dee Dee this is probably one of the most
depressing things ever to happen to me. To have two of my Heros stripped
from my life forever. No matter how some people try to avoid it these guys
Impacted music forever the Ramones Still and will always live in a special
little place in our hearts, minds, and lives forever!
(Chad Leach, 16, USA)
53) Dee Dee was always my fav. Ramone, but he will be missed all over the
world and I play drums and just the way he played just made me wanna go
out and grab a bass and do just the same, Dee Dee will be missed.
(Archie Villain, 14, USA)
54) Dee Dee was fantastic showman as well as a great songwriter. I submit
the live performance of "Rockaway Beach" on the Ramones video "Were Outta
Here" this mot******ker is ROCK'IN!
(Steve Maren, 43, USA)
55) Dee Dee, your death shocked the hell outta me. I can remember watching
you just a couple months ago on vh1 thanking, well, yourself. I can even
remember sitting on my living room floor when I was seven, watching
Rock'N'Roll High School for, like, the one millionth time just see the
parts the Ramones were in. You should see my little four year old brother,
he love you guys too! Point being, I'll never forget you or Joey or any
of The Ramones because you guys were the greatest. Everything has been
said. Nothing I say is new. I can only say that I took you for granted.
This, your death, is one of those instances where I can say, you don't
know how much you've lost til it's gone. Well, that's come true. It
saddens me because I wanted to meet you so bad. I'm writing a screenplay
with The Ramones in it and now a reference is gone. It would've been great
to see you tour again, as well. I'm young, so I've missed it all.
(Emili, 17, US of A)
56) I am saddened by the loss of someone like you, why god had to take
someone like you will forever be a mystery. I don't understand why a
candle as bright as yours had to be put out so soon. If I was ever down
and needed a friend, i would turn to your songs.... Goodbye DEE DEE,
(Chris Neate, 18, Canada)
57) Sad, this is the first feeling that came in the head from any fan when
he knew about Dee Dee's death. I imagine that all are in mourning, for Dee
Dee's death (and also for Joey's death). But for me they will continue
alive, be in his music, or in the ideas, after all they changed a lot of
thing in my ideology, and of a lot of people.
(L¡via, Minas Gerais, Brasil)
58) First Joey, now you, the apocalispsis is near, the rock'n'roll has
lost other star, and the punk has lost his only bass player, see you later
(Armando O. Osornio, 24, Mexico)
59) IT'S SO HARD, I LOVE THE RAMONES, I LOVE JOEY, I LOVE DEE DEE.... they
are gone, but the Ramones live on! FOREVER! Their music lives on, they
live on inside us. punk is not dead, the Ramones arent dead. i love all of
you Ramones fans, and i grieve deeply, with you and for Dee Dee AND Joey.
I'm still not over Joey's death. the Ramones have touched all of us fans,
and we will never forget! i didnt know any of the Ramones personally, but
i knew their music, and what i wouldn't do to meet all of the Ramones. we
will NOT forget, goodbye.
(Gabba Gabba Samantha, 15, Canada)
60) Well what can I say... My Dee Dee is gone now and I just can't stop
thinking abou it, though it's 15 days already since he got his wings and
flew away from us. I want to share with everyone an email I sent to him
once and that one of his friends: Andy Poncherello was kind and wonderful
enough to print out and give it to him, for this I'll be forever grateful
to him. Thanks Andy! ...
Dear Dee Dee, I thought I'd drop you some lines just to let you know how
much impact you
and your music have had on my life. First of all your music has moved me
in ways that no one else's has, specially "Poison Heart". I've been a fan
of the Ramones for 12 years now and I haven't traded your music for
nothing else in the world since. I have just recently finished reading
your Lobotomy book and I loved it. You sure had a rough life, but also one
full of adventures and memories that not an ordinary individual can live I
think. I Think you are one of those genuine original people who are
destined to live some kind of extraordinary life, and also a strong soul
that's surpassed a lot and won't just give in.
Just thought I'd let you know my feelings towards my idol: Dee Dee Ramone!
Thanks for all the songs and for sharing your life with us cretins!
... Dee Dee you will always be in heart and soul! I love ya bro! Say Hi to
Joey for me! 4,5,6,7 all the cretins go to heaven!
(Renato Gianola, Mexico)
61) I CAN STILL REMEMBER SEEING DEE DEE IN CONCERT - HE GAVE OVER 100%
EVERY TIME HE PLAYED. HE ALWAYS STOOD CLOSER TO THE FANS THAN THE REST OF
THE BAND AND WAS ALWAYS COVERED COMPLETELY IN SWEAT BY THE END OF THE
SHOW. NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE WILL SAY ABOUT HIM DURING THE COMING DAYS -
HE REALLY CARED ABOUT THE MUSIC AND THE FANS.
(Susan Willis, 47, USA)
62) I hope you are in heaven now!!!!!!!!! With Joey, and you can play your
songs again with him!!!!! Take it Dee Dee!!!!!! (Joey says)
(DDT JDI, Jakarta, Indonesia)
63) Dee Dee you'll never be forgotten. Rest in Peace. You're very much
missed by us all. I was very saddened to hear of Dee Dee's death.
(Lynne Cameron, Edinburgh, Scotland)
64) The more genuine man, I'm really very sad. I have just seen a
Motörhead in Italy and Lemmy has dedicated R.A.M.O.N.E.S to Dee Dee
and Joey. A lot of people wore Ramones T-shirt and everybody got crazy!
Great Lemmy! Great Dee Dee! Great RAMONES!
(Giorgio Venture, 34, Italy)
65) I am totally shocked that this happened. It is hard for me to get out
all my feelings because I just can't believe that we lost another talented
and greatly influential person. I am completely devastated over this great
loss, first Joey and now Dee Dee. The Ramones have been for me like a
friend or family member would. Everytime I was sad or depressed I would
listen to the Ramones and everything started to get better. Through
highschool I have been very lonely, I never really had many friends
because I was so quiet and shy and I really never fit in. None of that
mattered to me because the Ramones made me feel like it is okay to be me
and who cares about everyone else. They made me feel like I was part of
something, that I actually fit in. They were in a way my friends. I felt
like I totally related with them. When I felt like giving up they gave me
hope and made me feel like I was someone and soon everything will work out
for me. They continue to help me through my loneliness, low self-esteem
and sadness. They got me through high school, one of my hardest times and
hopefully will help me get through this tough thing called "LIFE"!!!
Many people think I am weird for saying this but Ramones fans will
understand. I feel like I lost another best friend. I keep on losing
people that I love being musically or people I have known personally. It
makes me very sad but I know I will feel better. I will keep the memory of
Dee Dee, like Joey, in my heart and he will continue to live on in his
music, just like Joey lives on. The Ramones, like their music are
immortal, so in a way we did lose Dee Dee and Joey but then again we
didn't. Everyday the Ramones gain new fans and their great music
continues to influence everyone who listens. My heart and prayers go out
to dee dee's friends, family members and other fans who all suffer from
this great loss.
(Christina R., 18, Pennsylvania, USA)
66) When Dee Dee died I started crying. I called my friend and we cried
for hours. You got me playing bass and calling my self Jackie Ramone. I
wanted to be a Ramone cus it seemed like every one was a Ramone. We miss
you and will love you and Joey forever! Slap Nancy for me I know you
Will!-Love. p.s. were young but we know you kicked ass for soo long
(Jackie, 14, Betty, 15, Buttons, 15, Ramone, USA)
67) I am without words, Joey's death and now Dee Dee, The Punk Rock is sad
with the death of two of your creators, God blesses them. Dee Dee, we will
love you forever.
(Orlando Oliveira, 35, Brazil)
68) All I can say is I gonna miss him like hell. The best songwriter of
all time. Today Im glad I had the opportunity to meet him two times here
in Sweden. And all I can say is that he was a nice man with a heart of
gold. Thanks for the memories Dee Dee, always going to remember you.
(Fredrik Eriksson, Sweden, 30)
69) I am lost for words. Dee Dee was a true inspiration and part reason
why I kicked my herion habit in 2000. The very first songs I played on my
bass were all Ramones songs, I continued on to play the whole catalogue. I
really miss him. I suppose I thought of him as invincible. Legends never
(Jay Harris, 21, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
70) Dee Dee Ramone passes away leaving our tears slowly running down our
cheeks while we are cruising in our trucks or cars SHOUTING..... HEY HO
LETS GO. Screaming in pain, like we all lost a relative. I had to hear the
news in a wrong way, by some of my closest friends telling me, with out me
finding out first I may not be that old in knowledge with the punk scene
but I have always loved the Ramones ever since I was 13. Their music
changed me a lot I wore that black shirt proudly on that hot day! They
were everything to me.. god bless Joey & Dee Dee RAMONE!!!!
(Sammy Quesada, 20, Anaheim, California, USA)
71) One of my best memories of Dee Dee is, I was at a show in Long Island.
I was standing up front and Dee Dee came over to me and placed a guitar
pick right into my hand! I wrapped my hand around it and did not open it
till I got outside. I'll never forget that or him.
(Sheena, 44, USA)
72) We love very much THE RAMONES! Never forget JOEY AND DEE DEE, because
they were part of our lifes. We love you for the eternity.
(Ivonne and Irene Tinoco, 31 and 29, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico)
73) I can't believe that you are gone Dee Dee, you've been my leading star
since I started to listen to the Ramones back in the late 70's. Without
your brilliant lyrics and music the Ramones never ended up what they
became. You will always be no.1 for me Dee Dee! Hope you'll find peace
now, wherever you are. All my love,
(Björn Glasell, 33, Sweden)
74) I am so grateful to have met Dee Dee last year. He was exactly what I
imagined, a true punk rock star. He was charming & mysterious. I thank
him for his wonderful talent in music writing & bass guitar.
(Kate, 27, USA)
75) Gabba Gabba Hey! Rock On in heaven, Dee Dee. Miss You!
(John Ramoniax, Stockholm, Sweden)
76) You were my only hero. Thank you for that!
(Alex, 18, The Netherlands)
77) Dee Dee... I love Dee Dee, he is in my heart and in my head forever.
(Emiliano, 26, Argentina)
78) OH GOD!! DEE DEE WAS MY HERO!! I AM A TEENAGE GUITAR BASSIST, I LOOKED
UP TO DEE DEE, IT MAKES ME SO SAD TO SEE A GREAT LEGEND PASS AWAY,
ESPECIALLY MY HERO, I'LL NEVER QUIT THE GUITAR PLAYIN' BUT IT'LL BE HARD
-- I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU DEE DEE!!!
(Jonah, 15, USA)
79) 1 2 3 4!!! - Punk legends should be immortal! Dee Dee inspired us all,
I know all of the Ramones fans will miss him. Heaven needs some kickin'
tunes anyways. I'm sure Joey and Dee Dee are rockin it up there. I found
out a little late, I'm not always up to date on these things. Even though
Dee Dee is gone, we will all remember his music.
(Joseph, 32, USA)
80) DEE R.I.P.
(Faye, 16, Greece)
81) Gabba hey Dee Dee... It was time for u to go, join Joey. Thank you for
your beautiful, crazy, unique and powerful songs and lyrics. We will keep
Rock n Roll alive. Dee Dee Ramone, Punke'angel'Rocker, ROCK the Heaven!!!
(Azli, 22, Seremban, N.Sembilan, MALAYSIA)
82) Thank you Dee Dee for helping me through life with your songs. You are
truely the best and nobody will ever come close. Barbara, our thoughts and
punk rock prayers are with you.
(Greg Desposito, USA)
83) It's a very sad time! Thank you for so much, your name is on me in a
tattooed ink. Your songs are deep in heart!!! I will miss you!!! Love,
(Robert Ramone, 23, Germany)
84) Too many for last years... Joey... and after him Dee Dee... We're
missing you, guys... You will stay in our hearts and souls - FOREVER!
(Duxa, 20, Russia)
85) I was sitting in my room drinking some beer when I heard the news of
Dee Dee's passing. I fell down on my knees and became motionless. My
friend came upstairs and said that he had really bad news for me that he
saw on the news. When he saw my face . . . he already knew that I had
heard it too. First, we lost our Joey . . . and now Dee Dee is gone. He
was the reason I started playing bass, it was because of him that I sing
the 1,2,3,4's before each and every song; he is the reason I wear a
leather jacket today. The world will never be the same. I'm gonna miss him
so very much. Dee Dee was an inspiration. "You know that life really takes
its toll, And a poet's gut reaction is to search his very soul, So much
damn confusion before my eyes, But nothing seems to phase me and this one
still survives." He lived it the way he wrote it. Joey and Dee Dee are in
heaven now, and will forever be loved and missed. I love you Dee Dee, and
you will be in my thoughts and life forever.
(Yanick Renault, 25, Canada)
86) The best songwriter in the world is gone. It´s so sad. What a waste.
I´m glad that I met him. He seemed like a very nice guy. We will miss you
Dee Dee! Adios amigo!!
(Marcus Gustafsson, 27, Sweden)
87) Good people die young... but not Dee Dee... he's the one true
american... (after Joey, of course). He lived long enuff to sniff the
stinkin' smell of our modern music.. fuck metal..! I love The
(Arile Bih Punk, 19, Bandung, Indonesia)
88) Joey is dead and now Dee Dee is dead... He was best punk rock bassist
and too tough to die! Dee Dee you're my punk-rock bassist hero! 1-2-3-4!
But now, rest in peace Dee Dee... Adios amigo!
(Arto, 18, Alavieska, Finland)
89) The Ramones have been a major influence on me & my band SMOOTH &
GREEDY! I had the opportunity to see them "live" a couple of times & they
will always remain a great & influential band on me/us. Not just their
music which is/was what it´s all about; bringing rock´n´roll to the very
level of what it shoud be: simple, loud, back-to-basic with that 1950´s
rock- feel mixed up with glorious punkrock. And the attitude of nothin´ is
too hard - JUST DO IT! Live it! Alright... Hey Ho I gotta Go! Keep on
(Smooth Ray, 33, Sweden)
90) Dee Dee was a great guy..... last year I met him after a gig here in
Italy and he was very cool! He didn't drink anything, but he offered to
all of us some beers and talked a little about how bad are drugs and
alcohol! He was disappointed about Joey cause he wanted him to be sober to
recover in a good way, but then we all know that something went wrong. Now
I think my life won't be the same, cause two great idols of mine are gone
away and I won't hear any new songs from them. But they both left some
great music and those things will stay with me forever. Dee Dee, I miss
(Vinni, 33, Italy)
91) Dee Dee I'll see you in heaven some day. You have inspired me to start
playing bass and guitar. Thanx for all!
(Torgny Frank, 23, Sweden)
92) I started to get into the RAMONES when I heard them on a video game
and thought they were really good and I bought a CD ROAD TO RUIN and I
loved it. Then before I had like 5 cd's of them and records. But anyway
Dee Dee was my favorite Ramone. So I was really mad when I heard that he
past away. I fell the same way about Joey but I wasn't into the Ramones at
that time but I will always remember both of them forever. Will miss
(Kenny Henry, 14, U.S.A)
93) It's taken me a bit of time to be able to say anything about Dee Dee,
mainly because it's as devastating as Joey's death was which most of us
are not even over yet. I always looked at Dee Dee like " Well after all
he's been through, he can make it, he can keep going" then I can keep
going, keep living, keep being a better person. When he died, I started to
doubt all this. When Joey died it broke my heart, Now Dee Dee's gone and
it's broken my soul.
(Baby Ramone, 27, USA)
94) Dee Dee was the heart and soul of punk rock... He wrote songs all of
us misfits could relate to. I mean from Wart Hog to Too Tough To Die....
The words tattooed on our heroes arm .... I too have these words on my arm
the exact spot Dee Dee had his.... I also will treasure the times I met
Dee Dee on the streets of the city .... he always took the time to make
you feel like you were important .... Too bad he never got his just due as
the truely greatest song writer of our time ..... He will never be
forgotten as long as we have the music he and his bros created .... Heaven
is a much happier place now with Joey and Dee Dee together again. Fans
remember Dee Dee summed it up best DRUGS DON,T EVER PAY ...... LOVE KILLS
...... Too bad Dee Dee didn't realize this sooner .... I guess the demons
won out in the long run .... WHAT A FUCKIN, SHAME .....GABBA GABBA HEY
REST YOUR SWEET SELF IN HEAVEN ......
(Joe Coma, 33, Brooklyn, NY, USA)
95) In love with U Dee Dee. VIVA RAMONES .. GABBA GABBA HEY!
(Daniel Herbert, 22, Ciputat, Jakarta, Indonesia)
96) You and Joey are so happy now. You made us happy when you were alive
and thank you for that.
(Ana, 16, Croatia)
97) There's no bass anymore...
(Hartza, 32, Finland)
98) VERY VERY VERY SAD NEWS WE WERE ALL SHOCKED, CONFUSED, AND SAD! THE
SADDEST PART IS I HAVE NEVER MET DEE DEE RAMONE BUT WANTED TO SOOOOO BAD!
I WAS GOING TO GO SEE HIM AT THE KEY CLUB JUNE 14 IN L.A. BUT SAD NEWS
CAME OF HIS DEATH AND I WILL NEVER HEAR HIS "1-2-3-4" AND HIS EXCELLENT
PLAYING PUNK MUSIC AND ENJOYING LIFE! BUT HE THREW IT ALL AWAY ONE NIGHT
FOR A DRUG HOPING TO MAKE HIM FEEL BETTER, BUT INSTEAD TOOK HIM FOREVER
AND NEVER ABLE TO SING, AND PLAY ANYMORE! THIS IS VERY VERY SAD NEWS BUT
JUST LIKE HEARING ABOUT JOEY'S DEATH (R.I.P) WE ALL HAVE TO KEEP GOING
WITH OUR LIFE'S AND THINK POSITIVE AND TRY TO MAKE THINGS BETTER AND
BETTER BEFORE THEY RUN OUT AND I WILL LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME FOR ALL MY
PRAYERS GO TO DEE DEE RAMONE AND JOEY RAMONE! 2 LOST 2 TO GO! HOPE TO SEE
THEM TWO SOON AND MAY THE RAMONES STAY TRUE AND IN HISTORY RAMONES #1
(Christian Gutierrez, 16, USA)
99) For folks like us who experimentated with cheap equipment in our
children rooms in the late seventies, Dee Dee was the one we wanted to be.
Fast and straight. In fact, in Germany he was the hero of the punk era and
he's still in our hearts. Dee Dee and the Ramones meant life to us and it
ever will be.
(Lars Kauffmann, 38, Germany)
100) I´ll never forget you. You gave me the strengh to endure. Hasta
(DD, 26, Madrid, Spain)
101) The Ramones are my favorite band of all time. Even though I never got
to see them in concert, I have most of their records. Both Joey and Dee
Dee will be missed. I believe that the Ramones inspired some of the
popular punk bands of today including Blink 182 and Sum 41. It is hard to
picture what the world would be without punk rock. RIP-Joey and Dee
(Sean Anderson, 28, USA)
102) I arrived from school and I heard Rock N' Roll High School playing on
the TV. It was some news on MTV, and then my mother asked me who was Dee
Dee Ramone and I said that he was the bass player and one of the most
importants Ramones. And then my mother told me that he died on that
morning. It was that fact that MTV was showing. I have to say that my
favorite Ramone is Joey, because I love his voice, and his style, and his
songs. But as time went by, I saw that Dee Dee was very important too, and
I really love his songs too. And when I started to listen to Ramones, and
when I started to see that he was great, he died. It was very sad. I heard
53rd and 3rd and Punishment Fits The Crime... But I thought... Well, LIFE
GOES ON... And this is for him: I REMEMBER YOU.
(Daniel Dutra, 12, Brazil)
103) DEE DEE WILL DANCE FOREVER! RAMONES: The best band in the WORLD EVER.
Even better than Beatles. Dee Dee; as Joey you will always be in our
poison hearts, in our stuck brains. Thank you for showing me the WAY.
CARBONA NOT GLUE!
(Carlos R, 27, Spain)
104) Sorry mate, times up, u had a good! Top guy, top music! RIP! Punk
must go on.
(Mick, 31, England)
105) My life has changed since I found out that after Joey, now Dee Dee is
gone too. The Ramones are my life, they gave me sense to live and inspired
me for almost anything I have done in my life. I would like to thank to
DEE DEE, JOEY, TOMMY, JOHNNY, MARKY and C.J for the best music in the
world. They really did change the world. Joey, Dee Dee, RestInPeace.
(Tomaz, 21, Slovenia)
106) The world is sad because of Dee Dee's death last June, all of us
that loves Ramones, will miss him a lot, and that's something that we
can't change, but we can think that Joey and Dee Dee are waiting for
everyone of us who loved them here on earth and will love them in
(Susana, 24, Mexico)
107) I WAS REALLY EXCITED WHEN YOU USED MY PHOTOS IN YOUR BOOK AND ALBUM
SLEEVE - THEN WHEN WE MET AND YOU SIGNED THEM I FELT LIKE A SUPERSTAR!
LIFE WONT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU AND JOEY NOW THAT YOU ARE REUNITED,
4,5,6,7 ALL GOOD CRETINS GO TO HEAVEN!
(Alan Giff, 33, N. Ireland)
108) I FIRST HEARD ABOUT DEE DEE'S DEATH BY MY BEST FRIEND, THE MOMENT SHE
WAS TELLING ME THE NEWS I HEARD MY SISTER CALLING FOR ME... I KNEW WHAT
SHE WAS ABOUT TO SAY... DEE DEE'S DEAD, DEE DEE I LOVE YOU I FEEL SO
MISERABLE THAT I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO KNOW YOU BUT EITHER WAY I JUST LOVE
YOU, SCRU EVERYONE ELSE JUST ME AND YOU I LOVE YOU... WAITING FOR YOU TO
COME AND TAKE ME AWAY CAUSE EVERYONE HAS POISON HEART... WE'LL HAVE THE
(Hara, 15, Greece)
109) Hey, I was looking at your "Dee Dee is an angel now" page... Dee Dee
was a great bassist! I remember when Joey Ramone died I was at my
grandparents, my cuzin was watching MTV and then the news report came up,
it was truely sad, I cried. Then this year I was just checking my mail,
and a opening like comment type thing saying Dee Dee died, it was really
bad, no one here knew so I told everyone, no one believed me, I dont know
why, but it was sad for me and all my friends, I can't really explain how
I felt, but after we found out we all wore our RAMONES shirt the next day
in his honor!!! Dee Dee inspired me to play bass, Joey inspired me to
sing, they are truely great people and artist...
(Carolyn Prevost, 15, USA)
110) Goodbye Dee Dee .... Maybe you're the best punkrocker in the world!
I'll never forget you 4ever...
(Put Ramone, 19, Indonesia)
111) The first time I saw The Ramones on a video, that had the
Ramones on it was the song Blitzkrieg Bop. When I saw Dee Dee play that
bass, it made me go crazy. At that moment I wanted to be a bass player,
because of Dee Dee. Dee Dee I miss you so much. It hurts me to think of
you because you're gone and my soul fells empty without your Punk Attitude
in me. You are what made me love everything about Punk. You are Punk Dee
Dee. I Never Saw the Ramones live and that makes me angry but I Remember
you from your great music and Music Videos. Alot Dee Dee your stuff was
the greatest. It had that Fucking Punk Attitude to it, the attitude you
gave to the Ramones Plus 100% more ass kicking Punk attitude. I will have
a moment of silence for you Dee Dee............. This is to me And Dee
Dee. I loved you Dee Dee you where like a brother to me. I wish I would
have had a chance to talk to you but your gone. Your soul is in my Bass
Dee Dee. Every time I pick it up and play it your Punk attitude is in it.
From now on everytime I play it I will do a tribute... play Blitrieg Bop,
every fucking time just for you Dee Dee. I miss you. I hope when I die I
will be able to jam with you in heaven and you to Joey will rock the hell
out of heaven together Dee Dee. When I go to heaven I will look Just for
you Dee Dee. I will tell God: Hey Where's Dee Dee and Joey! I want fucking
play some punk rock jams with them. They will play song that I will like
to go "Dee Dee Rock'N Heaven". Well R.I.P Dee Dee you to Joey. I will
truly miss the hell out of you guys. Hey Dee Dee I am going to the Misfits
in the Key Club. I'll try to tell Jerry Only and Marky Ramone to do a
tribute to you man. Lots of love your Friend Jesse. Dee Dee lives on in my
heart. oh yeah Dee Dee is King of PUNK!!!!!!!! forever...
(Jesse Escobar, 16, California, United States)
112) There gone now, can't imagine it's over, doubt it really is though,
beyond the legacy and fond memories one thing remains... these guys saved
rock and roll.. and I for one am very grateful!
(Jay Philips, 38, Canada)
113) I'll always miss you in the stages, when you rock my heart was
paralysed, and the only thing that I think of was that life was grate, but
now I quit, I leave home and I promise that I will follow your steps. Dee
Dee I leave home for you.
(C. Gee Ramone, 19, Chile)
114) DUDE THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THE RAMONES I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM AND
THEIR MUSIC! THEY'RE MY FAV BAND EVER I LOVE THEM! WHEN DEE DEE DIED I WAS
ALL CRYING EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T KNOW HIM I FELT LIKE I KNEW HIM FOR YEARS!
I KNOW I'M ONLY 14 BUT I LOVE THE RAMONES I WOULDN'T GIVE UP THERE MUSIC
FOR ANYTHING IN THE WORLD! I HAVE ALL THEIR CD'S, MY MOM GAVE ME THE ONES
SHE HAD ALMOST ALL OF THEM! I HAVE SHIRTS, LUNHBOXES, PATCHES, STICKERS,
POSTERS, CD'S, I'M PLANNING TO GET A RAMONE TATTOO! I LOVE THEM TO DEATH,
WHEN I DIE I WANT THEM TO PLAY THE RAMONES AT MY MEMORIAL! EVERYTIME I'M
SAD OR MAD I PUT SOME RAMONES! THEIR MUSIC GETS ME ALL HAPPY AGAIN. I LOVE
RAMONES NOW AND FOREVER *****DEE DEE&JOEY***** R.I.P
(Christine, 14, Norwalk, USA)
115) THIS IS NUTS! DEE DEE I STARTED TO SING IN A BAND BECAUSE OF YOU. NOW
MY DREAM TO MEET RAMONES MEMBERS BROKE FOREVER. YOU ARE THE BIGGEST ROCK
LEGEND FOR MILLION AND MILLION PEOPLE. TO ME YOU ARE BIGGER LEGEND THAN
JOHN LENNON AND JIMI HENDRIX. IT IS VERY WEIRD BECAUSE I AM GONNA PAY ONE
GUY ABOUT 1200 DOLLARS TO PLAY BASS IN MY FIRST VIDEO (I HAVE PUNK GROUP
STALLONES) AND DO YOU KNOW WHY DEE DEE? BECAUSE HE IS REALLY LIKE YOUR
YOUNGER BROTHER. HE IS FROM YUGOSLAVIA. I THINK THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN
EUROPE GONNA MEET RAMONES BECAUSE OF MY GROUP. YOU AND JOEY WERE AND STILL
ARE MY HEROES MY BLOOD. BOSNIAN AND SERBIAN FANS WILL NEVER FORGET YOU DEE
DEE. I STILL REMEMBER THAT MOMENT WHEN I SAW YOUR SERIOUS FACE IN
SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN VIDEO. I UNDERSTOOD, WHY YOU WERE SO SERIOUS. I
ALWAYS ADMIRED YOUR HAIR IN LATE 70'S. BUT WHY DEE DEE!? WHY WERE YOU
DRUGS??!!!! MY HEART IS REALLY BROKEN NOW. IF NOW SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN TO
JOHNNY I AM GONNA REALLY DO SOMETHING NUTS. BUT NOT TO MYSELF! HEY JOHNNY
RAMONE! YOU ARE NOW THE BIGGEST ROCK AND PUNK LEGEND AND I MUST MEET YOU
SOON. I LOVE YOU DEE DEE AND WHOLE BOSNIA AND SLOVENIA ARE CRYING FOR YOU.
ADIOS AMIGO I WILL REVENGE YOUR DEATH.
(MLaden, 19, Slovenia/ Bosnia)
116) Man Dee Dee was the best, as for the Ramones as well. It's weird
because Joey and then Dee Dee!?! Geeze too much. I can't believe it. It's
too crazy. I'm young but I still listen to their music. Their music is so
cool. I know I'll always listen to them. I'm listening to them right now.
Well I hope Dee Dee and Joey are happy up there. You guys are the best! I
wish to see u guys! Bye. Forever missed!
(Jesika "Lil' Ramona", 14, usa)
117) Thx for all Dee Dee , you are a GENIUS, you composed INCREDIBLE
songs, you are in the same place where John Lennon and Joey are, in
genius paradise. You are so precious, so unique, so cool. Thx :)
(Lucas, 20, Brasil)
118) I still so sad about Joey and Dee Dee. Ramones has really changed my
life. I saw them in 1996, last Ramones shows in Brazil. More than a band,
the Ramones and specially Dee Dee, means a chance in this sick world to
people who was "born to lose" like us. In the wall of my bedroom there's
a lot of Ramone's pics. I have been a sad boy since I was 14 years old,
and I think the Ramones saved my life, the only one thing that make me
happy. I really love each Ramone and I was a fucken shock about Dee Dee
and Joey. I always have scary about that, I would like that no one Ramone
die. We lost two. But the message still live: we are ugly, lonely,
sometimes we like drugs, we are a little sad, but we can win! We can win!
The Ramones won. We love Dee Dee and Joey, we love the Ramones!!
(Fernando, 23, Brazil)
119) As I sat and watched a re-run of this years Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
induction ceremonies, I eagerly watched anticipating the Ramones
induction. I watched as Eddie Vedder gave his induction speech, and the
Ramones came on and excepted there awards. Green Day had started to play
'Lobotomy' as the phone rang. It was my brother with the news that Dee Dee
had passed away. I think I turned blue when I found out the man who had
inspired me to play bass had passed away. Dee Dee, you are greatly missed
by everyone and I can't wait until we all get a chance to see you again,
sleep well. Gabba Gabba Hey!
(Aaron, 15, USA)
120) Oh Dee Dee you just had to die? Right near my house, a couple days
before your concert I was gonna see...... crap.... I am so sad. I weep
every day when I think of you. You inspired me to play bass and count off
(1-2-3-4!) and grow my hair long like yours. I look and act so much like
you, my friends call me little Dee Dee Ramone Jr. I even tell everyone
that you are my dad cause I act and look like you, and yes, I love you
man. Even my friends like you, well except for my dumb friend Lump who
listens to Stink182 and those fake punk bands and not to the creators of
punk: THE RAMONES! I wear my Ramones patch and shirt in rememberance of
you... We will never forget you....
(Little Dee Dee Ramone Jr., 16, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
121) Jeezus, that will teach me to stay isolated from the world of music
for a few months. It's September 17, 2002 and I've only just found out
about Dee Dee's passing in June. There were nights in my mispent youth
when all we played for hours on end was a loop tape of Ramones classics -
just pissing it up with my buddies and singing along with the brothers
Ramone. They were THE band we all agreed we loved. We dressed in torn
jeans and black leather jackets as homage to our heroes. We just fuckin'
loved that band so much and now we're losin' 'em at an indecent
rate of haste. Goddamit I'm miserable about this - no wonder I've stayed
clear of the music news - its all fucking bad!!! RIP Dee Dee.
(Muzza, 35, Australia)
122) I met Dee Dee in June 2001 (2 months after Joey had passed). I felt
that I had to meet at least one of the Ramones, since Joey had died that
was heartbreaking. I knew that Dee Dee was very accessible (and lived in
California) from everyone online always writing about their meeting him
and how very kind and open he was. I found out that he was doing a book
signing for Chelsea Horror Hotel in Burbank. So, I was nervous, but knew
that as a Ramones fan, I must do this. I
show up, it wasn't very crowded, that Sunday afternoon. I envisioned a
line wrapped around the block. But, anyhow I walked in, purchased my book,
waited out front. The local newpaper was conducting an interview with Dee
Dee. I go back in a short while later, got in line -before I knew it I was
at the signing table. I excitedly shook his hand and let him know that I
was so pleased to meet him. He was very sweet. I didn't want to say
anything stupid to this great punk rocker, so.... I just smiled at him.
He'd informed me that he'd just returned from a trip to N.Y. and during
this trip the city was the way he remembered it in the 70's and he
referred to "Taxi Driver". He also let me know
that he was going to stop performing, which I'd found a bit disheartening.
He showed me his art and we discussed that for a while. I let him know
that I thought he was a genius. We wrapped up out chat and I again thanked
him and shook his hand. He gave me a kiss on the cheek, that I'll never
forget. I also got my photo with Dee Dee in the local newpaper that week.
What more could you ask for? I was stupid and didn't realize till way
later, that Dee Dee was doing an acoustic performance and selling his
fanzine there. Gabba Gabba Hey, what else can I say?
Anyhow, Dee Dee's death was a shock to me. When I received Arturo's email
that day.. I saw the subject "Our Dee Dee".. so I said sarcastically
"What, did he die!?".. so I opened it and sure enough that was the case.
So people were calling me and I called a few people and left messages. And
everyone was like what do you think he died of? I said that I thought
he'd died of natural causes from a broken heart because I knew that Dee
Dee was very sad (on the inside). But, that was not the case. I didn't
think he'd die that way. I thought that maybe he'd live to be the oldest
of the Ramones. Too tough to die.
(Luno, 26, Corona, CA, USA)
123) In the mid 80's, when we listened to the Ramones first time, all we
wanted be like Dee Dee. We were kids and pretended playing bass in Dee
Dee's - like style counting his legendary 184.108.40.206. Then we've grown up and
listened to his lyrics sharing his way of expression. Now we miss him
still hearing the Dee Dee's 220.127.116.11...
(Marcin, 30, Warsaw, Poland)
124) WE MISS YOU!!
(Milos Zlatanovic, 18, Yugoslavia)
125) I had just gotten into the Ramones and started playing with a punk
group about two months before Dee Dee left us. I know I was late, but hey,
I'm young. However, I wasn't too late to listen to all the Ramones I could
and, being the bassist of the band, latch onto Dee Dee as my personal
favorite (just like girls used to have their own Jacksons... sort of). He
wrote some of the best tunes, played a solid bass, and was an engineer in
the creation of the great big, wonderful and sometimes disillusioned thing
we call Punk. He was a visionary, just like Joey, Johnny, and Tommy all
were. We owe Dee Dee and them all gratitude for enlightening us. I know
I'm thanking Dee Dee -- I listen to "Wart Hog" almost every day. I'm sure
that, whatever you believe in, wherever he is, he's finally happy and
hopefully sharing laughs with Joey. I'm sad he had to go the way he did -
Hell, sad he had to go at all. But it happens to us now. And he'll always
be a legend.
(Will "Willy Ramone" Short, 18, USA)
126) I love you Dee Dee!
(Jesika Vidal, 17, USA)
127) I am so sad that Dee Dee died. I was making a poster and I wanted to
get pictures of the Ramones, instead I got bad news. I wish he would just
come back, how sad. Why did he have to die.
(Alane Morales, 11, California, USA)
128) Dee Dee has always been my role model. I cried when he died. A part
of me left when he died. I met him once and he was a great guy. Much love
to Dee Dee Ramone!
(Erin, 18, USA)
129) This has been crushing. First Joey, then Dee Dee. I think Dee Dee was
the coolest bass player in the world. My best friend has said that if she
is going to have baby some day, the second name will be Dee Dee. That is
(Sanna, 17, Finland)
130) Dee Dee was a great songwriter and a good bassist, he made many good
albums with the Ramones. Importantly also started a new generation of
music. On the day he passed I couldnt believe it until I saw it in the
papers. I mourned death all day. But now he s in a better place. He is
(Ryan, 13, USA)
131) When Joey died I really did not know very much about about the
Ramones. I had heard a few songs and stories and had been meaning to buy a
Ramones album for the past four years. I felt sad, but it didn't really
hit me too hard. By the time Dee Dee died, I had become a fully-fledged
Ramones fan, even attending the Bowery Electric Festival (I'm the girl who
won the autographed Adios Amigos Poster). I had read "Lobotomy" and every
Dee Dee interview I could get my hands on. As far as I could see, he was
finally clean, sober and happy and, seeing that he went through hell to
get all of that, he definately deserved it. I think the worst thing about
his death is that it made everything Dee Dee had fought so hard for go
down the drain. I always had this weird feeling Dee Dee didn't have much
longer to live and sometimes I'd wonder how he was going to die. I always
hoped that when he died, it would be in a car crash with Barbara so they
wouldn't have to be separated. No such luck. I just hope that whereever he
is, he's okay. Rest in man- God knows you've earned the right to.
(Adele, 18, USA)
132) What can I say? I'm a Brazilian and I play with my band called
Demagogos. Dee Dee was everything that one band need. His lyrics are
forever! Gabba Gabba Hey!
(Erico, 17, Brazil)
133) To the incredible Dee Dee Ramone. Though you are gone from this land,
in our hearts, you still stand. From being a Ramone to being a King. In
our ears, your voice still rings.
You played the bass better than the best. Yet, your body still lay at
Everyone wanted to know your true personality, but now we can't because of
reality. I cant believe this is really true. Why did any of this happen to
you? Always remember the Ramone, as you and Joey rest in peaceful heaven.
You will be missed! Love alwayz,
(Tara, 15, USA)
134) I can't believe it, Dee Dee from the bass player of the ramones is...
DEAD! I can't believe it, he was a greatest bass player ever!!! I work all
summer long then months later... No one tell me that Dee Dee is dead not
ever MTV news or VH1 even heard about it!!! Maybe my friends never know
about it. But I always remember the Ramones, I always remember Dee Dee and
Joey. That really make me sad when Joey dies, and now the bass player Dee
Dee. Dee Dee and Joey, I always remember you guys.
(Grant Daily, 18, USA)
135) I remember when I was hanging around in Helsinki after the gig of my
another band Tears Of Drama. I was getting drunk and having fun.. The
Ramoniac way of course. This happened the night before Dee Dee's passing.
As the sun was rising the next morning, I was trying to find the railroad
station, hangover as hell! As I reached my hometown Kemi, I had a strange
feeling I can´t quite explain. I went home and suddenly my phone rang. It
was our singer Jani from TOD. He said: "how´rya feeling?" I thought he was
referring to my hangover. But the shock about Dee Dee's death came few
seconds later. I was devastated by the news I heard, and by the time I
finished the discussion, I was sitting on the lawn outside my apartment.
And right then rain broke down on me! I was thinking "Someone else is sad
too...". Still I know that boys are happy together up there, somewhere.
Two of them are gone now, but never from my heart or soul.
(Jani Hurula (Cretin Family and Tears Of Drama), Finland)
136) Dee Dee thanks for making it sound like we all could make our dreams
(Robert Baum, 45, USA)
137) R.I.P. Dee Dee Ramone. Much love & respect to Barbara.
(Daniel "Pinhead", 16, UK)
138) Thank you for all the night that we been through, for all the time
that spend together, for all the night that still remain, for all the
moments.. Thank you Dee Dee.
(Putrastillmad, 20, Indonesia)
139) 1,2,3,4, take it DEE DEE!!! Fuck! I can't believe that it really
happened. It was a fuckin' big shock for me and not only for me. DEE DEE
was Too Tough To Die! But he stayed forever young and I remember him. He
stayed DEE DEE RAMONE, like he was in 1976 or 1996, it doesn't matter.
Live fast and die young! Thank you, DEE DEE. Adios Amigo! GABBA GABBA
(Deema, 17, Belarus)
140) Dee Dee Ramone is the reason why I am who I am today. I play bass in
a band that's not afraid to just have fun and NOT just think about money
all the time... He died on my birthday and every year so far I moarn he
and Joey's death for the whole day...
(Tyler, 15, USA)
141) Thank you for leaving this space to fans that want to owe a tribute
to Dee Dee... We'll always remember Dee Dee more than as a great punk rock
bass player, we will remember him as a friend. Thank you Dee Dee, of
everything. We'll never forget you,
(Fabio, 24, Italy)
142) Gabba Gabba Hey! I have never been this sad he´s was one of the best
rock bassist ever..... Dee Dee have inspired for my own basstyle.... I´m
really sorry. I hope we al will see him and Joey in heaven....
(Marcus, 13, Sweden)
143) I´m very very sad... Never forget Joey and Dee Dee... Ramones
forever... Gabba Gabba Hey!
(Sebastian, 21, Germany)
144) In the name of the legion of RAMONES fans all over the world, we
are very sorry for the death of the greatest composer the best band of the
world ever had! REST IN PEACE, DEE DEE! Love,
(Jao Ramone, 20, Jundiai, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
145) I would like to say only that I was very sad, when i heard what has
happened to Dee Dee. Ramones are my favorite band and always will be.
We have lost first Joey and then Dee Dee, but they will live forever in
our hearts. I love you
(Sandra, 26, Holland)
146) I remember when i found out DEE DEE died i was in school. ME and
my friends went outside and built a big shrine for him across the street.
We got in so much trouble because our principal didn't respect him, IDIOT,
when we left the shrine he came and tore it down, IDIOT. Anyway, i will
never forget DEE DEE he is a real hero to me and punk would't be the same
if it wasnt for him!!!
(Kyle, 13, USA)
147) My best memory is when I was newly introduced to their music and
always loved listening to the music with no guitar. It was never anything
against the distortion but being a percussionist, it drove me nuts to hear
the bass and drums. I can't say exactly why but I loved the way it made me
fit in to my own world. And I wish I could've told him this when to my
surprise I had the chance to meet him at a Hollywood Venue which is right
next to the Whisky. At the end of the night I was pissed off cause I went
straight home. While at the Venue I didn't know what to talk to him about
and when news of Dee Dee's passing away was heard I was sooo disapointed
(Freddie Volture, 26, USA)
148) Dee Dee. You were an amazing person, with a great heart. You knew how
to rock. And you always stuck to that. We all miss u Dee Dee. And to the
true fans of yours... you're not gone. You live on in your music.
(Kellie, 14, USA)
149) June 5th i was in longbeach. i went home the next day and went to
my buddy's house as usual. we talk for a while then he told me "hey dude
guess what" i said, "what bro"deedee ramones died yesterday. i was shocked
like hell. i was sad man. i couldn't believe it. i thought he was joking,
but then he showed me the newspaper. there he was on the front page.
ramones original bassist deedee ramone was found dead june 5th at his
home. damn i felt like "shit" man i couldnt believe it. i guess first
heaven needed a singing angel and took joey, but i bet joey was lonely so
he took deedee. them two will always live in our lives. gabba gabba laterz
joey take care of deedee for us and takecare of yours self to ok. hey ho
(Irving Robledo, 14, California, USA)
150) I am a big Ramones fan since the first time I saw them playing live
in Düsseldorf/Germany 1991. It was a fantastic show very close to the
famous live album LOCO LIVE and it was loud, raw and sweaty and of course
they played fast.. very fast 1-2-3-4!!!!
1994 : I was heading towards Holland with my old VW Golf just for one aim
: seeing Dee Dee Ramone and his band I.C.L.C. in the Metropol-club in
Hengelo. I saw them a few days earlier in Cologne and Essen and it was
just awesome (ever heard Dee Dee's version of Poison Heart just with Dee
Dee on vocals&guitar ?). And it was the same great band with John Carco on
bass and Mr. Lommen on drums that played that special night in Holland.
After a splendid gig I was hanging out by myself drinking beer when
suddenly somebody I didn't personally knew came to me and said : "Hi, I'm
Dee Dee. I know you from being in the crowd in Germany." I did not know
how to react at first cause I thought I would be in a cool movie but then
I said: "hello,my name is Henrik." Well, what can I say, what do I
remember? Alright it was no dream and Dee Dee offered me drinks and food
and we hang out together with his band and fans backstage and had a cool
time. Mr. Ramone offered me to be on the guest list for the next gig and I
just was in 7th heaven. OK, the following gig was in Tilburg, Holland and
it was like this: guest list for the next date: Doornroosje, Nijmegen.
Man, that was a cool holiday!!!!
1998: We had a gig with my ex-band Vampyre State Building in Berlin, SO
36. Main act were the Misfits and we were the opener. When we arrived
somebody was doing soundcheck with the Misfits whom I knew: well, it was
Dee Dee. He was on holiday with his cute wife Barbara and was special
guest for this gig. I couldn't believe my eyes: meeting Dee Dee
again, wow, it was just great. Well he did 2 songs with them: Blitzkrieg
and Sedated and it was very cool!!!!
2000: Dee Dee played in Essen/Germany with his new band: Dee Dee on
guitar and vocals, Barbara on bass and vocals, Chase Manhattan on drums.
Well what can i say... I met Dee Dee again. And it was a great gig.
Everytime I met him I had a great time, he was kind, friendly and cool
to me and I was very shocked when he left us in 2002. What a loss!!!!
Still can't take this.
(Henrik Sprock, 28, Germany)
151) I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THE RAMONES SINCE I WAS 16 NOW I AM 40.
THEY'VE BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE.
(Pete, 40, Quebec, Canada)
152) It was a hot July night and me brother Jim and I were lucky enough
to get tickets to Joey's Blitzrieg Bash. Coming from Chicago to New
York City to see the band that makes is possible for me to be alive today.
To be able to see them live in their hometown! Wow. And of course Joey
and Dee Dee made it the greatest night of my life. I was able to be up
close. Right on the stage in front of me was Dee Dee Ramone. Wearing his
plaid pants and no shirt just doing what he does best. I have two
highlights. After Joey was done singing "Danny Says" I yelled "Joey you
rule!" Joey was walking in one direction. Actually stopped turned around,
came to me and shook my hand! He didn't have to. But he did. I shook hands
with Joey Ramone! My second. Was looking up at Dee Dee and giving him a
high-five. As we did. Dee Dee gave me his guitar pick. And smiled and
said "Gabba hey". And for that one moment it was just me and my idol Dee
Dee Ramone. That night has lived with me from 1997. And today in 2003. It
is still the single most greatest time in my life!! I wanna say to Dee
Dee. Thank you very much. You fucken rule. And your right. You are a very
wonderful person. Rest now Dee Dee. We will all see you soon. Thank
(Scott Surowiecki, 31, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
153) Dee Dee was a wise man. He was a really punk rocker the same as
their pillar Joey. No doubts. Fundamental double of the The Ramones: the
soul and the voice of the group respectively. I loved them. Dee Dee lived
his life like many people want. Dee Dee wrote the philosophy of its life
in verses, and it put him tones so that it's band played them live. I will
miss mainly to know about them making good music in the world, touring and
flying him the head how much public was put in front. 1-2-3-4. Dee Dee, we
see each other soon.
(Hugo Ramone, Minas, Uruguay)
154) Dee Dee You were a crazy, dumb and brilliant guy. You never failed
to get me high, I loved your wit and your words. You were the the number
(Paul Harris, 40, Australia)
155) Dee Dee, my mom never let me see you at a concert, I wish I would've.
I'm only 13 but your music has made a impact on my band.
(Bianca, 13, UK)
156) Your music is very beautiful.... in your song there is the
passion... I love your group!!! You are the best, in the
world........ 1.OOO KISSES,
(Federica, 16, Italy)
157) 1,2,3,4..... we will miss you and remember you forever. You are a
true symbol of punk rock. Your memory lives on.
(Derek, 13, USA)
158) Well, first avold I'm 18 years old and I live in Brazil. When I was
like 7 or 8 years I first heard of a band named The Ramones, bought some
LPs and from that moment on, my life started to change, after I have
listened to ALL the ramones songs, I started to like punk rock and to turn
into the guy I am today, and all this is thanx to Dee Dee Ramone, the guy
who invented the punk rock as we know today, the guy who had the attitude
to write music as he liked it and not as the record companies wanted him
to, the guy who changed my life (to a better one)... And on this moment,
with tears on my eyes, I say: Rest in peace Dee Dee, go to heaven and show
god a little of what you showed us here, Im sure that he took you away
from us so you can give him some fun up there. RAMONES FOREVER, YOU'LL BE
ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS!!! Man, I'm really crying, that's embarassing...
(Felipe Soares Silva, 18, Brazil)
159) I 1st Met Dee Dee Back in March 1989 @ Spinoff Records In Queens.
Out of all the Ramones. Dee Dee was my favourite & the most coolest Ramone
of all. He was very friendly & He was very happy to hear when I told how
great His solo record was. While Dee Dee was living @ The Chelsea Hotel
during the early to mid 1990's I would always see him hanging out. And I
would stop & talk with him. He was always very friendly to talk with. The
last time I saw Dee Dee was @ the Lakeside Lounge where he was doing a
book signing for his book 'Chelsea Horror'. He looked good, relaxed & tan
too. I asked him if he remembered me & He said "Yea" I thought to
myself "Man What A Thrill This Is That One Of My Childhood Idols Remembers
Me" It really put a smile on my face. It was always a great thrill to see
Dee Dee Walking Around NYC, seeing him @ Coney Island High(RIP) in Nyc,
just hangin out.
DEE DEE WAS THE HEART THE SOUL & THE PERSONALITY OF THE RAMONES. THANK YOU
VERY MUCH DEE DEE FOR GIVING US W/THE BEST ROCK'N'ROLL MUSIC TO LISTEN
TO. LONG LIVE DEE DEE RAMONE. THE KING OF THE RAMONES!!! GABBA GABBA HEY
(Ritchie M., 37, U.S.A.)
160) It was a cool night in the mid 80's. The venue was the famous
"Stone Pony" in Asbury Park N.J.. As the fog rolled onto the stage and
into the crowd, the intro began for The Ramones to take the stage. The
crowd was going crazy at this time! I found myself at the front of the
madness and before I knew it I was thrown onstage by other fans just as
the Ramones started to hit the stage. I could not see them and they could
not see me because of the fog! Joey tripped over me, and as I tried to get
up from the stage I smashed my head on Dee Dee's bass! The sound
resonated throughout the club! Dee Dee yelled out "What the Hell is going
on"! Right after that I dove back into the crowd to avoid the bouncers!
Oh what a Great time that was! Thanks Dee Dee and Joey for the wonderful
(Dennis Relova, 40, USA)
161) I think Dee Dee and Joey were the two most liked out of the Ramones.
They both were great and knew what they wanted out of life. They both
made punk rock what it is today. I know most of all I will miss them.
(Billy Smith, 17, USA)
162) Dee Dee Ramone was a true inspiration to me and my sister. We
loved him like thousands of others did and still do.
(Jessica Johnson, 16, USA)
163) I loved Dee Dee, now he is gone and a piece of me died with him. He
truly was too tough to die.
(Mark Graham, 14, Canada)
164) AS THE TIME PASSES BY THE REAL PEOPLE OF THE PUNK REVOLUTION DIE AND
DIE...... IT WAS DEE DEE'S TIME..... THE HARK OF HIS 1,2,3 AND 4's STILL
GET'S ME MOVIN....... DEE DEE IS IN HEAVEN NOW... R.I.P (ROCK.... IN....
(Sean, 14, U.S.A)
165) I really don´t know what I write, my English is bad, my heart is sick
.... I tried to write in the next day after Dee Dee death but I couldn´t
.... I was very sad to write... Ramones is my life... Dee Dee you always
be the coolest guy... I will never forget you dude!! Rest in peace man,
stay with Joey waiting for us... You make my life very very happy... Good
work dude!! I will remenber you forever!! Thanks for all!!
(Filipe Fischetti, 25, Brazil)
166) First off, I just want to tell you that as I write this, I am
currently listening to the Ramones. When I was 11, my dad started playing
the Ramones in his car when he took me to school in the mornings. After
that, my cousins started listening to the Ramones and so was I. My dad
was in a little band and he told me that he played at the same bar as the
Ramones once played in. All the Ramones are my favorites but Dee Dee just
was my absolute favorite and still is. He and his beloved family are in
my heart and will be forever even though I never met him. I love you Dee
(Sarah, 13, United States)
167) Dee Dee Ramone, you are truly a legend, the greatest bassist ever,
and the greatest songwriter ever. It really sucks that you and Joey are no
longer with us. Maybe if you were there could be a reunion concert or
something and you could write another classic song but you and Joey are
angels now..... rock out in heaven!
(Autumn Hartsch, 17, USA)
168) I was very upset to hear about Dee Dee Ramone.. The Ramones were
the greatest old school band ever... me and my friends all agree that Dee
Dee was one of our favorites in the band.. he was truly an inspriation... his
spirit still lives on every time I listen to the bass line in all of the
Ramones songs.. The spirit of Dee Dee will never die.. as long as people
still listen to him play, his spirit is alive! Best wishes to all of his
friends and family!
(Twig (Gaby), 13, Texas, USA)
169) I'll never forget hearin' (on the radio) "Dee Dee Ramone found
dead". Dee Dee had the biggest influence on me, outta everyone in music.
Like so many others, though; drugs took'em.
(Stew Panic, 19, USA)
170) Hello (hey ho lets go :-) ) I'm from Poland. Ramones is my favorite
punk rock group. I want to see some Ramone member life in concert. I know
that Dee Dee died, but in Poland is many fans group. Concert in Poland
would be big sensation.
(Pawel, 28, Poland)
171) Thank you for all. Rest in peace.
(Toma, 35, Finland)
172) the whole damn crowd with a grin on their mugs and boping up and down
from the Ramones enterance till exit. Dee Dee Ramone made the romance I
have with punkfucking rock. I'll never forget the feeling of seeing the
Ramones live, shit I could not even count the times.... that is the best
feeling ever lost in the music.. thanks Dee Dee, are never forgotten.
(Kate, 24, Minneapolis, U.S.A.)
173) Both Joey and Dee Dee were too tough to die! I just don't find any
words to say how I really feel.... R.I.P guys, see you later =:o)
(MC Ramone, 19, Vaasa, Finland)
174) Dee Dee Ramone was the greatest punkrockin sex god in the universe.
Not only was he sexy but he could play the guitar like a motherfucker. I
love Dee Dee and I always will. He was the original Ramone and now he's
gone but he will be remembered and will live on forever because he is a
legend and he helped create what we now call punkrock. R.I.P. DEE DEE
(Ala, 15, U.S.A.)
175) First thing first. When I heard the news I nearly "Die in the
basement". Feeling like a "Mental Patient" for a moment. My brains tell me
"Now I wanna be sedated".. It was not a "Rock'N'Roll vacation in L.A.".
I tell you.. Just wanna "Get out of this House".. Maybe for a Walk on
"38th & 8th". Feelin' "Nothin'" at all. Suddently, I just wanna "Hop
around"! Damn, "what about me?" Ah, yeah.. it's to forget that "I saw a
skull instead of my face" when i heard the news on T.V...
Came back, telling my girlfriend: Now "I wanna you"! Make me forget
this regret! (Whatta "Master plan" isn't it?) She tell me: No Way, man!
You're just "Born to loose!" (She's the "Hurtin' kind" i tell you..) It's
so terrible this departure, but I comfort myself telling me that "I'm
(Text inspired by The Dee Dee's "Hop Around" album.)
(Bobby Bell, 27, Montréal , Canada)
176) Dee Dee has been such an influence on me. When I look at all the rock
bands I was into before I started listening to the Ramones, I see that
they were all influenced by Dee Dee as well. He's the reason I play bass
(a white Fender Precision), the reason I wear leather jackets, and the
reason why I want to spend the rest of my life playing music. God bless
you, Dee Dee, our lives are all the better because you were here.
(Joseph Taylor, 20, USA)
177) I am very glad for having the Ramones music in my life... They always
help me feel better, bring up your spirits. They helped me to write simple
songs from the heart and I'll always feel real lucky to have there music
in my heart.
(Nansea Keays, 23, Canada)
178) I met Dee Dee in Newcastle in England in 1986 on the Animal Boy tour.
Myself and my girlfriend and a bunch of other fans went up to Dee Dee's
room with Joey. My girlfriend asked Dee Dee if she could have his special
tour sweatshirt and he said "Sure". He was lively, funny and happy. He
said he wanted kids but Vera already viewed him as a kid and was
concentrating on her career. He was really hospitable to us, buying a
crate of beer and talking with us for hours. He suggested they get Brian
Adams to produce their next album. Joey replied "I'm not giving Brian
Adams our money". Dee Dee's personality seemed a contrast to what I
expected given his serious songwriting style.
(Kev Simpson, 36, Newcastle,UK)
179) I gotta lotta great memories of outstanding gigs at strange places
(like the double header at Great Adventure, NJ), interviewing Dee Dee and
Joey for my college radio show (The Shock Treatment Show on WPIR), and all
the shows I begged, borrowed, stole or won tickets for. I can say without
a doubt that I will missing seeing them live at a 120,000 DB for that hour
and a half.
I also have great memories of running into them off stage in the city.
Joey at one of my old band's gigs at CBGB's - his grin after I asked him
we did "Yeeeah, yeww gahs wir fuckin' greet", me getting beaned in the
head by a frozen White Castle hamburger destined for Joey thrown by the
band that came after us, and later helping him come off the stage so he
wouldn't hurt his foot again. Joey - I'm gonna miss the support you always
gave to the bands who looked up to you, and I'm gonna miss seeing you have
a good time with us.
I'd run into Dee Dee at strange places all over the city, he would just
appear, sometimes in Ramones gear, sometimes not. I do have a good memory
of hanging out during the set up for the Funky Man video shoot at the
Garage - he and I were the only ones there, so we had a couple of spliffs,
talking a little homeland German - he laughed when I said I have nobody to
practice speaking it anymore so ich spreche nicht so gut, so he laughed
and said " Naah, don' worry dude, it will come out right if it was
important". Later on he had me look at something going on with his Camaro
on the street - "Eye could NEVER figure this one out, thanks man". I
always got a laugh at some of the announcements he would make and how he
said them. The man had a great innocent wit - it would just come out
newborn babe honest, even if he was making something up for fun. Dee Dee,
when I heard what happened, I thought, "Aww Dee Dee, what ya have to go do
that for?", but I think you really didn't intend it to happen like that.
I'm gonna miss your drawl, your energy, the determination to make your art
come out the way you wanted it to, and the great noise you invented that
all of us enjoy.
Take care you guys, peace be with you.
(Jan Lorenzen, 42, New York City, USA)
180) When I first started to like the Ramones Joey died. Then a year later
I was Really into the Ramones Then Dee Dee died. I had just came back from
a Science camp with my class and my dad came to my class and said he was
taking me home a hour early. He had said Dee Dee died the day before. I
went home and cut out the news paper article about it. I went in my room
and played Subterranean Jungle as loud as my stereo could go three times
in a row. It messed up my stereo but it was worth it. Gabba Gabba Hey for
Ever Dee Dee.
(Tom Ferniand, USA)
181) Thanks for the concert in 1988 Adelaide, Australia ,and for leaving
me serious ear problems. It was worth it.
Joey and DeeDee, my icons, my heros, my gods of music, I can't believe
it's true. For twenty years I wanted to meet you, now I can't, life's
unfair, that sucks. Thanks for the music my friends. Adios amigos.
(Kris Brandenburg, 27, Australia)
182) Dear Dee Dee, you may have died but you are and will be alive
forever! Hey ho, let's go!
(Eva Batikova, 26, Slovakia)
183) It will be one year without Dee Dee next week. I still feel the pain
about your loss. I was so shocked when I read the news on the teletext
that night in June 2002. (Usually I never read this text, after I opened
the page I had tears in my eyes and wish I wouldn't have done it, couldn't
believe what I just read and so I read it over and over again).
The Ramones are the band of my life and you were always my favourite
Ramone. As I was too young to see you live with your brothers, I'm so
thankful to have seen you playing in Germany twice in 2000 (Ulm and
Munich). I had a difficult time then with my relationship, I was not
really sure what I wanted... You played "Listen to your heart" in Munich
the 12/4/2000 and I was feeling deeply that this was your advice in your
way to me. It's Rock'n'Roll, so simple, so great, so deep. Just what it's
all about. I knew from that moment what I had to do, I listened to my
heart and dumped the girl. I was having some hard times afterwards but
when I made it through (a great part thanks to the strength to endure
received from my Ramones-records) I was so glad to have made this
That's only one story with Dee Dee and Ramones playing an important role
in my life. Actually the feeling their music gives me is too big to
describe in words. So I will just say thank you Dee Dee, greatest
Rock'n'Roll Heart. Forever in deeply in my heart. Love.
(Thorsten Propeller, 27, Germany)
184) Dee Dee has been in Argentina as a Ramones member only once. But
several times by himself (a solo). Always with the full house. As been
said about Joey, he is a landmark too.
(Dante Rinaldi, 27, Argentina)
185) I started with punk rock in 1979. I got my first and still punk/ hc
band in 1987 (www.patriaarmada.hpg.com.br). Ramones was/ is my greatest
influence and always be. Dee Dee "is" and will be forever some light in
this black world. I will never forget him. RIP man!!
(Niva dos Santos, 45, Brazil)
186) Dee Dee was a name of a guy not just any guy a RAMONE! When I heard
died I said there's goes the best damn bassist ever. I know Dee Dee was
the best for all of us and I know he will still rock in heaven. R.I.P, Dee
Dee Ramone. My hero.
(Eber Pedro, 13, U.S.A.)
187) When I first heard the Ramones I was in like 3 or 4 grade and I saw
Rock'N'Roll Highschool. My older brother was listening to them and I
remember the song too, Howling At The Moon, well 3 or 4 years later he let
me borrow the Ramones Anthology, and I heard that song and shouted the
lyrics! A year before that Joey died and I remember my brother making a
animation in Joey's memory, I didn't know who they were then tho. But when
I first began listening I was showing the songs to all my friends and kids
at school, man they HATED it they said that it sucked, well I didn't care.
That summer Dee Dee died, man I cried insanely even tho, but when I
returned in the next year all those fags who said they hated them were
complinting my Ramones shirts, I asked them what songs they knew and it
was only Blitzgrieg Bop and I Wanna Be Sedated! I thought WHAT POSERS but
really didn't care. They are just goin with the crowd I guess cuz everyone
knew only those two songs! I inturduced more songs to them and know they
do deserve those shirts. As I said before them Ramones are medicine and
they helped me find myself and help me through the hard times without
knowing I ever existed. Man I would do anything to go back in time and go
to a concert, anything....I LOVE YOU RAMONES
(Serena Berrett, 14, USA)
188) I love the Ramones. They kick major ass!
(Alisa, 13, USA)
189) U ARE THE GREATEST, YOUR LIFE, AND YOUR MUSIC, I LOVE RELATING TO ALL
YOUR STORIES AND MISHAPS IN YOUR BIOGRAPHY. IF U NEVER EXISTED, THEN SO
MANY THINGS THAT WE LOVE TODAY WOULDN'T EITHER. FUCK ALL THE CREEPS THAT
DISAGREE. D - U - M - B EVERYONE'S ACCUSING ME. IF I EVER MAKE IT TO
HEAVEN, SCREW MY RELATIVES, MY TIME WILL BE WITH YOU, JAMMIN IN THE SKY.
ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST FANS.
(Justin Romine, 15, USA)
190) Dear Dee Dee and Joey, this sucks! Wa!!!! Dee Dee you are my
bassist hero! Joey you are the coolest! Dee Dee, tell Joey I said hey ho
lets go! You guys are too tough to die! Take it Dee Dee!!!!!!!!!!
(Marky, 13, USA)
191) DEE DEE, FROM ARGENTINA, A LITTLE GROUP OF PUNK ROCKERS, WILL NEVER
YOU!!! NEVER FORGET YOUR.. ONE TWO THREE FOUR!!!
(Daniel, 21, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
192) Dee Dee just rocked! The way he played, the way he looked, it was
just so energetic and he influenced me and tons of others. When I first
heard of Dee Dee's death I was shocked, I couldn't believe it. One of my
idols died. The Ramones are just legend, and so was Dee Dee. A legend
died, and the news of his death was very sad to hear, I wished it wasn't
true. Him and the Ramones brought me joy and inspiration, now two of them
were gone, that's such a great loss, but Joey, Dee Dee, and the Ramones
live on, legends never die. R.I.P Joey and Dee Dee.
(Jonathan Flores, 15, USA)
193) It was sad to see you go Dee Dee, but thanks for all the great songs
what you made. GABBA GABBA HEY and good bye.
(Turo, 25, Rauma, Finland)
194) Dee Dee Ramone is my role model. I don't play the bass but I do play
guitar and being able to learn Ramones songs is pretty great. You guys
are my fav band. Your posters are all over my walls practically covering
every bit. I respect you guys. I have all your CD's and wished I was born
a long time ago so I could met Dee Dee Ramone, my idol, my crush, my
In memory of dee dee ramone...
(Ashley, 15, USA)
195) Gabba Gabba Hey, Dee Dee. See you in heaven. We love you.
(Freddie Kindlund, 14, Sweden)
196) The Ramones changed my life. That's for sure.
I first "met" The Ramones at age 16. I bought the Pet Sematary film,
because I was a Stephen King's fan (and I'm still being). That night I
turned off the lights in my room and enjoyed the film a lot. When the film
ended, a question came to my mind...What band sang that incredible
end-credits song? I rewinded the videotape a bit, to read the name of the
band and of course, the name of the song. Ramones... that was the answer.
Pet Sematary by Dee Dee Ramone and Daniel Rey, was my point to begin a
special way of life... and think.
That was the reason I started a band in 1996; Radio Vaticano. I remember
the rehearsals as a very special moments in my life. I remember the bass
player, Oscar Junior, standing with the bass near his waist and the legs
too much close, I hate this pose, and saying to him: "Hey! take that bass
lower and open your legs like Dee Dee Ramone!"
The Ramones was, are and will be the most influencial bands of all time.
Joey and Dee Dee will be always in my mind.
(Bussy Ramone, 25, Spain)
197) Dee Dee, when I first saw you, I thought: He will be my favourite
Ramone. Right after that I started to play bass. It's gone pretty well
since then. I've watched Dee Dee perform, and I play just like him. I
can just say that Dee Dee was my hero, he was my everything, and he still
is. So Dee Dee, and Joey, where ever you are, rock on, Rest In Peace.
Gabba Gabba Hey on you guys.
(David Johansson, 15, Sweden)
198) For Joey and Dee Dee Ramone, well what can I say except they started
it all, they never gave up and never sold out, they are the true kings of
punk rock`N`roll. Ramones were, are and will always be the best punk
rock band in history, and no one, no matter how hard they try can out do
them. If it wasn't for them I would have given up on playing the guitar,
cheers and rock on guys we`ll see you in that big mosh pit in the sky.
(Invisigoth, 17, UK)
199) I wish I could of met Dee Dee, I am young, and only 15 when he
died! It was a scary day for me, I broke down in tears, I still break down
in tears till this day thinking about him and Joey! I miss those guys so
much! I just wish I could of seen them one last time. To tell them bye and
how much I love them! Live on Joey & Dee Dee!! Love you guys more than
the world its self!! Miss ya!
(Mandy Warner, 17, USA)
200) We love you Dee Dee!!! I miss you!!!
(Luy John Colvin, 20,
201) Ramones is the greatest band in the world (not including The Rolling
Top 3: are: The Rolling Stones, The Ramones and The Clash. (Jari-Pekka
probably has differenet opinion of the order.) It was really sad to hear,
that Dee Dee
and Joey are gone. Not happy to hear Johnny's latest news. All the best
Ramones families and friends. I saw The Ramones at Tampereen Teknillinen
Koulu (Teku) in 1976, original line-up, (Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy
on drums). Really great gig. One, two, three, four...!!! Next gig was at
the Roskilde festival in Denmark about 84/85. Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and
Marky. It was great, but not better than in Finland in 1977. Then in 1977
the warm-up bands were: The Dogs: old-time
Rock'n'rollers playing old Chuck Berry numbers, Motelli (loaning Dee Dee
white Fender Presicion guitar) and that time famous Finish band
(ex-Virtanen, Kontra). Sorry about my bad English. The Clash is great. Saw
them at Gröna Lund, Sweden in 1977. Topper was at drums. Now
tax-driver in London. Why I am so keen in drummers? - simply, I am
(Jussi Perätalo, 16 for ever, Finland)
Dee Dee influenced me to play bass. He did what he wanted... not what
everyone else wanted him to do. He was one of a kind! Many of my family
members died of accidental heroin overdose... and it's sad to see one of
Rock's most influental bassist die the same way. He will always be in my
thoughts and so will Barbara. May Dee Dee R.I.P. Rock In Peace!
(Sarah, 15, Ohio, USA)
203) Dee Dee was the best bassist I ever saw... he was a true Ramone... he
influenced me... I will never forget him. I have got a band and I play
bass, and I will be the new Dee Dee, will be a honor be like him, and I
promise I will meet him on heaven when I die... Maybe the meeting of
the two best punkrock bassists... or just the meeting of Dee Dee and a
fan. Dee Dee forever!!! Hey Ho let's go!!! One more thing: Joey and Dee
Dee Ramone are not dead. They're alive in our hearts, in our minds.. they
are eternal... at the coffins are Jeff Hyman and Douglas Colvin... Dee Dee
and Joey will never die!
(Matheus Milane, 14, Brazil)
204) Dee Dee will rock in heaven! He was the best bassist ever and the
punk ever. I will always remember him, he has changed my life for
the better! R.I.P DEE DEE.
(Tom Whittaker, 15, Wales, UK)
205) Dee Dee, I started play bass because of you, I started play your
because of you, I started do everything because of you! And now you
are gone... The biggest rock legend is gone. But legend lives on! And you
will always live in our hearts and minds, I`ll never forgot you. My heart
is so broken because so many legends died, Joey, then you and now
Johnny... Thank you for your music! Thank you for everything. Thanks
to Dee Dee, Joey, Johnny, Marky, CJ and Tommy! You are the best!
You will always be the best! Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002) RIP.
(Goba Ramone, 15, Slovenia)
206) What can you say about Dee Dee Ramone??? What can you say about
god??? Dee Dee is god. He created and made The Ramones so creative.
Argentina loves you forever!
(Javier, 26, Argentina)
207) What can I say about the great Dee Dee. I think he was a great
Ramone. There´s nobody like him. I just can say nobody could be in your
place right now.
(Tomás, 29, Mexico)
208) I'm a 16 year old boy and one of my idols is Dee Dee Ramone, the way
he played bass. Their music made me want to play the bass even more. The
great thing about the Ramones is that they inspired other young teens just
like me and any one who has heard them. Dee Dee, you're the best bass
player I've ever heard. Dee Dee Ramone RIP. Ramones RIP.
(Ricardo Duran, 16, Hawthorne)
209) Dee Dee Ramone I love you so much! Dee Dee is not dead!!!!!
(Melissa Crescini, Argentina)
210) I think the Ramones are the best band!!! It is a loss for punk but
Dee Dee, Joey and Johnny will be remembered forever!!
(Jake Colley, 14, UK)
211) Dear Dee Dee, when I was with you in Madrid at 1996 for a few minutes
in your dressing room, also with Barbara and two guys more, I was happy.
Thank you for this, Dee Dee...
(David, 32, Spain)
212) Dee Dee and my dad were buddies for a little while
when Dee Dee left the
Ramones and started his new punk rock band after he was Dee Dee King, when
he would tour around where he lived. He would stay with us even though I
can't remember it, it was the best days of my life. I'll miss you Dee
(Hali, 14, USA)
213) What can I say about the great Dee Dee. I think he was a great
Ramone. There´s nobody like him.
(Tomas, 29, Mexico)
214) Dee Dee Ramone is a great person. I don't think he deserved to
die. He once wrote a song called I Wanna Live. He was an important person.
When Ramones were falling apart he brought them back together. Dee Dee was
a really funny character from what I seen. I never met him or anything but
from what I seen on End Of The Century dvd it blew me away. I will always
remember Dee Dee. He has influenced many bass players. Thanks for playing
a big important role in the Ramones. We will miss you!!!
(Sonam, 13, USA)
215) I've always been surprised that lotsa people didn't seem to
understand how Dee Dee - the creator of punk rock - could love Paul
McCartney or listen to Jackson Browne on his walkman after a Ramones
concert... But now I got older, I quite can understand all clearly : there
is two categories of people in our world;
- The first group is clearly the most important one in terms of people:
they are people who judge by what they see, and it represents maybe 95 %
of the population. Those people are influenced by the appearance more than
by the fundamentals of things and events. Those same people will be easily
"abused" by politicians, TV, commercial spots, and so on... They will buy
what they see on MTV, they will eat at McD..., they will vote for
"democracy", etc... They will follow modes, will think that "punk" means
to get green or orange spiked hair, etc... I call those people sheep.
- The second category of people is less representative; they don't forget
that it's not the suit that makes the priest. They do what they decided to
do, whatever people are pleased with it or not. They don't like TV, they
don't care to be dressed in the brand new fashion or not, they don't
listen to what the other category calls "information", they don't trust in
politics, because they know that all this is a false game, a false
choice. So, I think that the people of this second category can easily
listen to the quality pop melodies behind the rough primary Ramones sound.
And, when you can hear that clearly, it's evident to see the relation
between Dee Dee and Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne and many other great
song writers. That was Dee Dee Ramone, one of the greatest songwriters of
the 20th Century, and Dee Dee knew that he wasn't the Ramones; Joey,
Johnny, Tommy and Marky were the ones who followed in this way, and the
result was... The RAMONES, the very best rock band ever. Thank you Mr.
Dee Dee for all these fabulous songs. Repose in Peace,
(Alain Cremades, 44, Thio, New Caledonia (New Caledonia belongs to France
and is located between Australia and New Zealand)
216) Nobody will ever impact that the Ramones made on the music industry
Dee Dee put his heart and soul in making this band and he deserves to have
a lot of thanks for that.
(Lauren Empkie, 14, United States)
217) I always listened to the Ramones. I think there music is the dopest
I ever heard. Dee Dee totally inspired me to be a bassist. I can't say I'm
the biggest fan but I'm a pretty big one. The Ramones are fast, pretty
hardcore, easy, and the most inspiring punk band.
(Steven Bolde, 13, Torrance, CA, USA)
218) On this day, the third anniversary of your death, I think of you with
mixture of sadness, because you are no longer here with us, and happiness,
because of all you shared with us. You were a very special person and you
will live on through your music, art and writing. Thank you, Dee Dee, for
sharing your talent and your life experiences.
(Mary Anne Kok, 44, USA)
219) There is a star above and it shines in a bizarre way. It is as
a gabba smile. Which means everywhere, constantly, brilliant.
(Chris Denial, 25, Bulgaria)
220) 1, 2, 3, 4´s Dee Dee thanks for all! You wake in me a passion for the
rock, Rest In Peace now. You are an Angel and you're my hero.
(Juan Fco, 14, Venezuela)
221) Dee Dee has been my hero since the late 70's and I saw them in 1980
few times after that, right now I am going through a Ramones/ Dee De
revival, I just can't believe they are all gone.
(Damon Davis, I'm a Dee Dee too, 40, USA)
222) As innocent as you've been all your life, I'm sure you didn't
impact you did on rock'N'roll and on millions of kids all around the
planet and through the years. While Iggy was the godfather of punk rock,
Dee Dee you were the perfect and first true punk rocker. Thanks for
everything you've done. Live fast, die young!
(Olli Ramone, 19, Canada)
223) Dee Dee, thank you for all the wonderful things you did. You really
saved my life. You're my hero. Rest in peace, bro.
(Patrick Kleine, 18, Germany)
224) Dee Dee, the reason I started playing bass.
He turned me into a bi-sexual. (haha)
He was violent. Maybe even a
mess. But he didn't miss a single show. That's something to admire.
Unlike some people I don't admire Dee Dee because he did drugs and all, I
admire him for being such a good song writer, starting punk, and always
putting the band first.
(UT, Israel (Finland))
225) Dee Dee, rest in peace, I will never forget you!
(Mauro, 15, Holland)
226) Dear Dee Dee, ..thank you for saving rocn'N'Roll!!
Thank you for great songs, albums, shows and entertainment!!
Gabba Gabba Hey, ...don´t forget the german guy!!
(Brats Ginner, 18, Germany)
227) Dee Dee, you have all of my love!!! Ti amo!!!
(Angel,19, CA, USA)
228) The Ramones were more than the first punkrock band or a bunch
of teenagers, they were the most encouraged men at that time, the
rockstars wouldn't say that they knew about kids that has teenage
lobotomy syndrome or they were simply wicked sick. Dee Dee was a poet in
potencial everything that he made it always been in my mind and in my
heart, like the Ramones. RIP Dee Dee. RIP Johnny. RIP Joey.
(Isaac Montoya, 15, Peru)
229) Although I'm only 13 and may no have been around to see the
Ramones at large. I still respect Dee Dee for his influence on bass
players from the USA to Japan and on he will be remembered as a hero to
kid like me and older dudes like my dad. Dee Dee will be in our hearts
until we leave this world, then maybe we can see him in heaven. Dee Dee
rest in peace. You will also be in my heart and solo good bye, hey ho
let's go, gabba gabba hey. RIP
(Joe, 13, USA)
230) Gabba gabba hey... I love the Ramones with all of my heart. They have
changed my life, and I can relate to all of them in a way. I was brought
up in a dysfunctional family, full of fights, discouragements and ending
in divorce. Im an outcast, like they all were, and I like to sit with my
friends in my basement and write songs, and practice our songs. Im sort of
a confused little junkie, like Dee Dee was. Im not really a .. like he
was, however. Im a rebellious punk/hippie, and music is salvation, like
Joey. And Im really dedicated to the music that I create and listen to. I
like to keep everything in order and make sure everyone (in my band) is
doing their parts, like Johnny. I think the Ramones really made people
feel accepted and normal, regardless how you are. I dont see them as
freaks, but as normal people, who if anything, should be looked up to and
idolized. If more people understood the Ramones, they would be liked a
whole lot more. As short and fast as there songs were, and as 'weird' as
people saw them as, I think the Ramones were a phenomonal band that should
be respected more and loved. I love the Ramones, and I wish they didnt
have so many bad times on the road and in general. Joey and Johnny should
have made up. Its not good to be around someone who you have that frosty
of a relationship with and constantly be with them. It was all over stupid
things, dumb arguments, Linda, and criticism on how they played/ sang. It
wasnt worth ruining a friendship. Y'know? Well, rockaway!!
(Nikki Ramone, 15, USA)
231) Dee Dee, thanks for so many happy and funny moments, where
everything was possible, where the music towards all possible one. Your
1-2-3-4.... It was always in my memory, just as you and the other
Ramones guys. Here in Argentina we miss you, and we remember your visits
here. Our Dee Dee Ramone.
(Leandro Legnani, 30, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
232) Dee Dee and other Ramones members, you'll always be an inspiration.
We follow all your movements.... I always believe in miracles, and I
believe that you was one... RIP.. Hey... Ho... Let's Go....!
(Chossy, 26, Mexico City, Mexico)
233) What can I say about Dee Dee that hasn't already been said. I never
got to see Dee Dee play live but of all the footage I have seen I know Dee
Dee was a crazy bassist and hot as....!!! Dee Dee was in my opinion the
greatest bassist ever and I love him and always will!!! We miss you Dee
(Emily, 18, USA)
234) Everybody thinks Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt are the cute ones, well
When Dee Dee Ramone was younger he was drop dead gorgeous, the most
coolest man who ever lived. I started listening to the Ramones when I
was only eight. Rest In Peace Dee Dee, you`re an angel now!!!!!
(Deborah, 47, London)
235) Dee Dee, you were great. Everyone miss you. You influenced lots of
bands. Your sense of humour was great. You have got thousands of fans
and you will be missed by all. Bye Dee Dee. Rest In Peace and keep
(Brian, 35, Aberdeen, Scotland)
236) Dee Dee is a King among men... Never failed to come up with a
metaphor that would have you thinking, or that would just have you
laughing. You will never be forgotten.
(Joshua Eldridge, 27, Louisville, USA)
237) Dee Dee Ramone will always be missed!! He was always my favorite
and always will be. He invented the punk attitude, he created it, he was
the greatest bass player in the world. I can now never ever look at
something about him and not cry uncontrollably. He is my hero, he was
what got me into punk, all of the Ramones did. Even though Joey and
Johnny are also gone, and I'll miss them too, but we know that they're
in heaven rocking out for the angels. I hope Dee Dee feels safe on a ray
on the highest trails above, past the edge of Disney land. Frankly, I
dont give a damn that he did drugs, his death was so unexpected, I
thought he was clean too. And the way Barbara found him, half bent over
the couch, what a nightmare. My love goes to her. It still feels like we
just lost him. I wish I could've met him, Dee Dee would have been
incredible to meet. He had such a hard life, one quote I'll never
forget: "Everyone hates me. To be in the Ramones you have to be
miserable." I'm still upset of his sudden death, but I'm definitely not
mad at him, he let me down, but gently. We will miss you Dee Dee!!
You're my gypsy prince of rock'N'roll!!!
(Sheryl Ramone, 15, USA)
238) R.I.P. Dee Dee Ramone. Even though I am only 12 years old, the
Ramones have inspired me. Dee Dee was the greatest punkrock bassist
ever, and no one will ever replace him. Punk heaven needed a bassist-
Dee Dee had to have been the only one good enough. You are missed.
(Emma, 12, USA)
239) Dee Dee you did what no-one else did in the world of music, rest in
peace and be happy in heaven. We love you.
(Edo Damjaniae, 15, Croatia)
240) I now I'm only 16 (I like to scream), but my love for the late Dee
Dee, Joey and Johnny is as neverending as you could ever get, even if I
wasn't there. We will always remember the greatest band of all time. The
mighty Ramones. Today, tomorrow, forever...
(Alinka, 16, Australia)
241) Saw the Ramones 9 times at live, and the only way I can describe
each show is it's like having the flesh blown off my bones! Not seeing
them live is like never knowing what rock'N'roll is! Just seems that
when the world gets something good, it goes and loses it! I play bass in
a punk band going since 1980, and even in rehearsals Dee Dee's face
flashes by, and always will! He makes me play at the age of 42, and I
can't put the damned bass down. I keep my faith in his memory, go easy
Dee Dee, and thanks for the inspiration! Born a rocker die a rocker.
Gabba gabba hey!!!!!!!
(Terry, 42, England)
242) Dee Dee Ramone is a very special guy. As well as all of the Ramones
members are special. Ramones forever. A hug for all the fans of the
(Paulo Henrike, 17, Brazil)
243) In the 80´s Trujillo (8 hours to the north of Lima, Peru by bus)
was the kind of city where I could find every record of my favorite
thrash metal bands, but 6 months after they were realeased. I was 12
years old in 1987, I listened Ramones and my sweet romance began: a
neighbor of mine gave me away an old Maxell tape. On side A was Ramones
debut album and on side B was Rocket To Russia album. It was pure, solid
and explosive rock'N'roll. First I thought they were from Spain, then I
heard they were Mexican guys and my friends told me they were
brothers... In fact, it wasn´t theme of discussion. Only rock'N'roll
mattered. Couldn´t explain to myself why it sounded so great when it
wasn't thrash metal. I saw members of my favorite bands wearing T-shirts
of them. Ramones? Who the h*ll were the guys who captured my
extreme-headbanger-old-school-narrow-minded heart. Who???!!!
Dee Dee was my hero. Hero!!! Hero!!! I moved to Lima in 2000. I heard of
his death in 2002 by the 8PM news. I just cried. The man who gave me
happiness, honest songs and strength to endure died. My favorite one of
my favorite four died. My hero died. The man who taught that the bassist
could be the heart of the band and that it is possible while playing
jump like crazy. Glory to Dee Dee!
(Burrus, 31, Peru)
244) Dear Dee Dee, your wonderful artworks brings so lot smiles to the
faces of people, they will never forget you and your great sense of
(Gerhard "The General" Seckler, 44, Germany)
245) Dee Dee, I'll miss you every day for the rest of my life. Hey ho,
(Leo Paredes, 33, Argentina)
246) I remember getting Dee Dee autograph outside Toads Place in New
Haven, CT, USA one night. I still tell the story, he was walking to the
van. I said: "Hey Dee Dee, kick ass show tonight. Can I have an
autograph?" He was like: "I can't do it man, I got shit in my hands." He
had some papers in his hands, I said: "OK..." and I knock the shit out
of his hands, then I said: "I pick those up you sign my autograph?". He
laughed and signed an autograph for me . I still have it along with my
(Tom Pietrosimone, 41, New Haven, CT, USA)
247) Thank you for all. Dee Dee have fun in the up there. We love you
(Fabio, 35, Brazil)
248) I miss the Ramones. I loved Joey and Dee Dee, and whatever happened
between them and Johnny privately, you have to admit they were awesome
together! RIP Johnny, Dee Dee and Joey, believe it or not you brought
happiness when there was none.
(Venice Valle, USA)
249) Dee Dee, man what can I say. You were my hero, my inspiration. I
learned to play my bass by strumming along to your records. Whenever I
was down I just listened to one of your songs and instantly felt better.
When the world lost you, I didn't knew how I could ever carry on. I only
wish I had been able to meet you, you were so amazing. I wish you were
still with us, but I guess the Big Man in heaven wanted to have you
close to him. I just want to say I love you and miss you Dee Dee. You
live on in my heart, and the hearts of countless many forever.
(Amanda Karpa, 13, USA)
250) I heard the Ramones for the first time when I was 13 years old.
Since that so much fun came into my life and a special personality. I
went to see them playing alive 3 times. Twice in Mexico City, Mexico and
once in Hollywood, USA. My whole heart was broken when Joey started his
journey and same happened with Johnny and Dee Dee. I got the chance to
see and shake Dee Dee.s hand at the Hard Rock Cafe in Mexico City and
meet his wife Barbara who played there too. I gave to Dee Dee a wood
picture from the Road To Ruin album. I will never forget that he wanted
to sign and give it back to me. I told him to take it with him, it was a
gift to Mr Ramone. I was glad to see happy face he made. That was it.
Mexican staff wanted me to leave him alone. I am sure that he did enjoy
(Gerardo Bobadilla, 30, Mexico City, Mexico)
251) I will always remember you Dee Dee!! R.I.P. See ya in another
252) Dee Dee, thanks all the awesome, asskicking, beautiful songs that
have gotten me through life thus far! We may have lost an awesome songwriter
the day you died but heaven gained another angel! God bless! I can't
wait to see ya in heaven bro! We gotta jam!
(Matthew Kaprutus, New Castle, PA, USA)
253) I saw the Ramones nine times, but it only took one show (the first)
to realise what a natural icon Dee Dee was! To me he was a true statue
of life and punkrock. For all of us who despise the shit that life
throws at you, he took it by the bollocks and threw it back at them,
creating himself as a natural hero. Too Tough To Die .cos you can.t kill
(Terry, 43, England)
254) Dee Dee, oh Dee Dee, you and your music are my inspiration. Bye.
(Godo, 28, Medan, Indonesia)
255) Dee Dee, you deeply moved my heart and made a great, great change
in my life! I'm sure I speak for countless other people when saying that
without you, I wouldn't be the same person right now! I think you and
your bruddas Joey and Johnny made this world a better place...
I have often been awestruck by the depth of your lyrics. Getting to know
you meant falling in love with a great person and a pure soul... I will
remember you, rock in peace...
(Maria Raia, 21, Germany)
256) Thank you Dee Dee for everything you have done in the Ramones. I
know what would I do without the Ramones. You're the best of all! I have
started listening the Ramones in 2000, since I was seven years old...
and I'll never stop! Thanks to my mom and dad who did listen them when
they were young....
(Ema, 13 Croatia)
257) It was 28-29 years ago that I saw Rock And Roll High School movie
in the cinema in 1979. I was entranced by the music of the Ramones, and
fell in love with Dee Dee as he played bass in the shower. My 11 year
old heart just worshipped him! Over the years, my love for the Ramones
music and my admiration for the genius songwriting that was mainly Dee
Dee's has never wavered, only grown. Dee Dee was taken from us well
before his time. My heart weeps for the demons that drove him, and I
pray he is at peace and flying in Heaven, and that Barbara is comforted
by her memories. Dee Dee, may you rest in peace - thank you for waking
us up to the greatest music that ever was, your legend will live
forever. I like to think you're up with Joey and Johnney counting out
RIP Dee Dee - Ramones forever.
(Jenny Mathison, 39, Wisconsin, USA)
258) I am from Brazil but I have lived in the USA for six years now.
First time I heard of the Ramones I was in my hometown, and this friend
of mine came along with one of those old records. First song he showed
me was I Can`t be. I went nuts... I was only 13 and that was the best
punk band ever. When I came to New York in 2001. I made damn sure to go
in the corner of the 53rd &3rd. Just to step where Dee Dee stood. It was
a great experience, today I am 30, and still love the Ramones. I started
to play bass two years ago, I do play mostly Ramones songs..
(Cesar, 30, Brazil/ USA)
259) I followed the Ramones in 1977 when I was stationed in California.
Dee Dee was my favourite Ramone. His energy on stage was fantastic to
see and hear! Now that these new DVD's are coming out. It is like seeing
Dee Dee and the other members are still alive. I hope Dee Dee is still
jamming with his brothers in heaven!
(Cary, 50, USA)
260) Dee Dee was the gas that lit the fire known as Ramones. To see him
in interviews you would think that he was a dummy. But quite the
contrary. If the Ramones back in the day would have given writing
credits to just the person who wrote the songs, Dee Dee would be
responsible for 65% of the Ramones songs, and even some when he left the
band. People don.t know that Dee Dee wrote almost all the great hits and
kick ass songs. Joey wrote most of the love songs and his life. Dee Dee
wrote about insanity, drugs and the other side of a glamorous life. We
were all sad when he left the band, but were totally devistated when he
left this earth. Three kings of punk gone in just over three years is
more than any fan should have to bear. Yes bands have members die, but
no other band has had the curse of losing three members from natural and
rockstar fashion causes. Dee Dee your memory lives on through us, the
fans. Rest in peace, you deserve it. And I hope you smile every time a
young kid buys his first Ramones album and when one of us listen to and
discuss with friends our love of your work. You were a pioneer and a
well deserved icon in the music world. People will look up to you for
years to come, and your lifelong fans will never forget the music that
you gave to us. So kick back and those people in heaven are lucky to
have the greatest bassist, guitarist and singer in their midst. So hang
with Joey and Johnny and your friends Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Sid
Vicious and Stiv Bators and you all got a musical meltdown. You may be
in Rock And Roll Heaven, but I know they got one hell of a band! RIP.
(Matt Longo, 35, Baltimore, MD, USA)
261) I am loosing my influence! It's you Dee Dee. Your spirit still
lives in my soul! Punkrock will never die, until I die. You're my
sensation. Gabba gabba dude, hit me in your heaven.
(Putra, 27, Jakarta, Indonesia)
262) I can hear Dee Dee up in heaven right now shouting hey ho, let.s!
1-2-3-4... I love you Dee Dee Ramone.
(Anya Camacho, 31, USA)
263) I started listening to the Ramones 6 years ago, I love the music
, when I am sad I listen the Ramones, also when I am happy. Now I
have became a bigger fan, but specially a super Dee Dee Ramone fan. I
have no words to tell how I feel about his death. Hope to meet Dee Dee
up in heaven some day. I love you very much Dee Dee. See ya later.
(Nicolas Martinez, 18, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
264) Dee Dee will live forever in our hearts, all of we, musicians and
lovers of punk rock. We will have ever Dee Dee like a
master-father-brother-friend to us, in our mind, and in our hearts.
R.I.P. in the Gabba Gabba Heaven, Dee Dee.
(Aerson, 18, Brazil)
265) You changed my life Dee Dee. Because you died, you steal an
opportunity for me, maybe the happiest day of my entire life (meeting
you). But you give me much more. To my friend Dee Dee.
(Jean, 19, Rengo, Chile)
266) I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. My favourite Ramones member is
Dee Ramone. Dee Dee is beautiful, sweet and loving man. He is not dead.
His wife Barbara Zampini was lucky because she married Dee Dee. Barbara
is also from Argentina. Dee Dee lives forever.
(Mara, 32, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
267) Dee Dee, you are my legend. I will always remember you. I think you
guys are the founders of punk rock. Hey Ho Let's Go.
(Dwi Iswanto, 20, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
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