MARKY RAMONE SPECIAL SHOW WITH SEDATED MEMBERS ETC. IN FEBRUARY
28, 2003 AT CLIFTON, NJ, CONNECTIONS
Copyrightł 2002-2003--> : Linda and Jari-Pekka
REVIEW BY: LINDA
I may not have a job, I may not have alot of money in the bank, I may not
have a boyfriend, but tonite, I have the drumstick of a Rock & Roll Hall
I went to see Marky Ramone at Connections, a local bar in a crappy area of
town that sometimes gets national acts. Marky was scheduled to play with
his band, The Speedkings, but show was cancelled....
Before knowing this, I asked from my friend Frank in an email how many
Ramones songs he thought Marky was gonna play. Frank said "Oh, like 15".
Turns out that Ted, the drummer in Frank's old band, Sedated (Ramones
tribute band), hooked up Marky to play drums tonight, with Frank playing
the part of Joey and singing the vocals, and Ted on bass, and another
friend on guitar. Imagine how lucky these guys felt, having THE REAL
DEAL on drums!
They went on around Midnight, with Frank donning his black Joey wig. It
was great - they belted out about a dozen Ramones tunes, with Marky
pounding the skins!! Early in the set, they introduced Marky as "their
friend Wilbur on drums". Hilarious! Rockaway Beach, Sheena, Blitzkrieg
Bop (complete with Gabba Gabba Hey sign), Commando, Beat on the Brat
(complete with big blow-up bat), I Wanna Live, California Girls, Rock &
Roll High School, and more that I can't remember.
The place wasn't that packed, much to my surprise. The cover was $13
tonight, and there were other bands on the bill as well.
They played for 45 minutes and when they were done, Marky threw his
drumsticks out to the crowd. I ran up there and one of them hit me in the
face, fell to the floor, and I grabbed it! When Marky walked off the
stage, people were going up to him to say hi. I had to go too! I hugged
him and thanked him for coming out to NJ and as I was going to turn away,
he stuck out his hand to mine to shake. He was all sweaty but who cares!
I was so excited, I ran back to my friend Mia - "I got the drumstick of a
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer -- and I'm NOT putting it on Ebay!"
We left soon after that and Marky was outside across the street sitting in
the passenger seat of a van with NY license plates. There were about 7
fans wanting autographs and photos, and Marky gladly complied. He signed
my drumstick! This means so much to me - not only cuz he's a RRH of
Famer, but THIS IS THE DRUMMER OF THE RAMONES!!!!
What a night! Right here in my hometown!