CJ RAMONE AT PLAN B IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA ON OCTOBER 14, 2013
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CJ Ramone has played with different line-up formats in 2011-2013. Line-up in
European shows in July, September and October 2013 was:
CJ Ramone: singer-bassist.
Jonny "Two Bags" Wickersham: guitar.
David Hidalgo Jr.: drums.
Jonny and David are best known as a members of Social Distortion.
See listing of CJ Ramone's shows in this location on my
CJ Ramone had released a bit earlier in summer 2013, new album Reconquista
and this tour in September-October was part of its record release tour.
This story of day when CJ Ramone played at Plan B in Moscow, Russia is written by
Nik Ramone. Also he wrote few things
of show and I typed up set list of what Nik was taken photo.
REVIEW AND STORY BY NIK RAMONE:
It was long, crazy day... Me, my friend Garik (Jari-Pekka's note: Garik's real
name is Igor Checkryzhov and you
can see his full-back Ramones' tattoo on front cover of my book Ramones: Soundtrack
Of Our Lives and also in one photo on this page) and Vladimir (Moscow concert
promoter and the man behind CJ's two
shows in Russia) met at Moscow cult rock shop named Zig-Zag. We ride on a train
named AeroExpress to Moscow airport Domodedovo. Met there CJ Ramone,
Jonny "Two Bags" Wickersham, Dave Hidalgo Jr. and two men from road crew and we
waited for our bus to the Plan B
Our ride was fun! Sunny weather, heavy traffic, lots of questions and answers,
tons of autographs... CJ asked about all: Moscow architecture, religion, coffee
("Russians prefer vodka", I (Nik Ramone) said), parks, Muslims, weekly wages in
Moscow, McDonalds and Starbucks, criminals ("In United States government are
criminals", CJ said, and "In Russia too", I said), about best leader of Russia
I asked about CJ's favorite metal bands when he was a teenage headbanger. CJ
listed: Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, UFO, early
I asked about his plans next year (2014): NEW ALBUM! plus new tour where he will
play some songs from Bad Chopper (Read here more about great
CJ was in a good mood and kidding alot, like he commented: "Don't you think I'm
looks like an Afroamerican?"., when we discussed about Acid Eaters' front cover
At 18.00 (6PM) it was time for soundcheck, meeting with old and new friends, war
stories and fun-fun... Soundcheck was delayed: not enough snare drums. CJ and the
guys had time to eat and, waiting for the drum, began to tune. At 20:00 people
began to come to the club.
Sadly CJ Ramone and crew had only one kind of T-shirts was on merch table - all
Reconquista CDs were sold-out on previous gigs in Europe!
There were a lot of friends and acquaintances - my
closer friends, ramones.ru crew (MGL2R & Durango 95), punk rock stars
Dima Spirin and Sasha Pronin
from TARAKANY! (Jari-Pekka's note: read here
of my trip with Marky Ramone and Tarakany! in 2005), Max "Fat" Kotchetkov from
from KEROSIN. Sasha did an interview with CJ and Jonny 2 Bags for his TV show. I
finally met my friend from technical college, Pavel, 22 years later!
It's show time! What can I say - best gig of 2013 and one of the best gigs of my
life! Very soulful! A great mix of Ramones evergreens and tunes from Reconquista.
The crowd (about 200 Ramoniacs) went crazy! Dancing, pogoing, stage diving, total
insanity! The highlights of that gig were for me Endless Vacation, Commando,
Three Angels and 53rd & 3rd.
After the show all the people had a chance to sign some stuff, had a photo or talk
with CJ, Jonny and Dave! HAPPINESS! Later CJ & the boys went to the Red Square to
take some photos, and went to railway station - at 1-10 they had a train to Saint
Goodbye and thank you CJ! See ya on next tour! 1-2-3-4 forever!
SET LIST (WRITTEN FROM PHOTO OF SET LIST)
1) Blitzkrieg Bop
2) Judy Is A Punk
3) Psycho Therapy
4) What We Gonna Do Now? (from CJ's Reconquista
5) Beat On The Brat
6) Nobody's Sweetheart (from Reconquista)
7) Teenage Lobotomy
8) Listen To My Heart
9) Strength To
10) You're The Only One (from Reconquista)
11) She's The One
12) Do You Wanna Dance?
14) I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
15) Glad To See You Go
16) Aloha Oe (from Reconquista)
17) California Sun
19) Three Angels
20) Rockaway Beach
21) Cretin Hop
23) Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
24) 53rd & 3rd
I Wanna Be Sedated