MY TRIP TO BERLIN IN APRIL, 2007
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Copyright 2007 -> : Text and photos: Jari-Pekka
This story of my trip to Berlin, Germany has lot Ramoniac elements.
Beside the shows I got chance to visit finally the Ramones Museum Berlin
Ramones fan and New York Waste writer called Thomas G
wrote to me great news on February 28, 2007 how he and
were offered Walter
Lure to do a mini tour in Europe in April. Walter
Lure wasn't performed in Europe in 20 years! Walter gave a call to Marky
Ramone who highly recommended Dee Jaywalker. Tour got confirmed!
Walter Lure is a legendary musician. The most well people remember him
from the Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers. I have been surprised that
many punkrock fans doesn't seem to know that in how big role Walter was
in The Heartbreakers. He wrote and sang many great tunes.
Like many of you knows, Walter has been performing also in many Joey
Ramone Birthday Memory Bashes in New York. He has nowadays a band called
The Waldos. During the last few years I got to know with him and we have
been E-mailing regularly. I have been doing long interview with Walter
Lure of his Ramones memories, experiences, opinions etc. to my third
book. He has told me lot great Ramones stories.
(Update in 2009:
After reading his interview on my third
Soundtrack Of Our Lives you will discover what Walter Lure's role
was on three Ramones albums. It was bigger than what most Ramones fans
could have realized. In addition, Walter never received full credit
despite having played guitar on many Ramones tracks... )
Dee Jaywalker has played for example in
Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings group. Marky Ramone & The SpeedKing
split up on March 13, 2004.
Jaywalker has been playing punk since late 70's. He is still active
musician. His solo album was released by Nicotine Records (Italy) in
2006. It contains for example great surf version of the Ramones song
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment.
Thomas G and Dee Jaywalker wrote to me that together with Walter (vocals
and guitar) and Jaywalker (guitar and vocals) will play in this tour
Paolo Serlino (drums), Rina Regina (bass and back vocals) and Annette
and back vocals).
Dates and venues of the tour:
April 6, 2007, Deep Inside, Dijon, France.
April 7, 2007, Cscs Valdegour, Nimes, France.
April 8, 2007, Le Local, St-Etienne, France.
April 10, 2007, Mondo Bizzaro, Rennes, France.
April 11, 2007, Le Reve D'Herbert, Lille, France.
April 13, 2007, Chemiefabrik, Dresden, Germany.
April 14, 2007, Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany.
I was E-mailing with Walter Lure, Thomas G and Dee Jaywalker before the
shows. They wrote that the show in Orleans, France was cancelled at the
last minute unfortunately. Walter told that they will perform songs by
the Heartbreakers as a tribute to the band and to celebrate 30 years of
punkrock. As well Walter and Jaywalker wrote to me that they will play
Chinese Rocks as a tribute to Dee Dee Ramone on every night on this
tour. I got information that the Ramones tribute band called Commando is
playing in Berlin. I added info of it to my page as well.
After I put infos of this tour to my site I got many E-mails from people
who were excited of the shows in advance. I also naturally informed my
Finnish friends who are huge fans of the Johnny Thunders & The
Heartbreakers etc. Like Johnny Thunders is one of the main idol for the
Arde (Arska). Currently he does play in The
Voodoo Nights. Arde is also in my first books
A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone and Rock
In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone. Of the friends of me and Arde for
example Simo "Simppa"
Wilberg got interested of the tour. Simppa's current bands are Strikin'
Case and Sister Manik. Soon we three
started to make plans to travel to
the show in Berlin, Germany. I booked our flights and hotel on April 2,
2007. Jann Wilde & Rose Avenue was while before touring in Germany
together with the Negative. Then
one of the shows was at the
Wild At Heart in Berlin, at the same place where Walter Lure was
playing now. I also confirmed with Walter that Arde would play guitar
in Chinese Rocks. Sadly it didn't then happen at the show because stage
was too small.
MARYSLIM DAY BEFORE WALTER
I travelled to Tampere where Arde lives. We went to see show of the
Rendez-vous on April
12, 2007. Also Parasite City and Dear Superstar
played then. Next day had our flights. Our hotel was great and also
cheap. It was called
The Mercure Berlin Tempelhof Airport. Few weeks
later I E-mailed with Frederique Collard (Ramones fan from French), she
was also going to Berlin and she was as well happily shocked of the
hotel prices in Berlin.
We decided to go the Wild At Heart also on April 13 because Swedish band
Maryslim was playing there then. I was happy to enter finally
that club where Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings recorded their live album
on December 31, 2001. You can catch live spirit of that show also from
the That's Life At The Wild At Heart Vol. 1 collection released by club
and from Rawk Over Scandinavia! EP by Woimasointu. I was
so happy to see
there after some years Maryslim members. With bassist Urrke and singer
Mats I talked most. Last time I was met them at the release party of the
Ramones tribute album called The
Song Ramones The Same in Sweden on
April 15, 2002 (exactly one year after Joey became an angel). The Song
Ramones The Same was released by White Jazz records. Also White Jazz
released for example albums by the Hellacopters, Nomads, Backyard Babies
etc. Nowadays it's owner Calle von Schewen run label called Wild Kingdom
Wild Kingdom Records released third Maryslim album titled A
Perfect Mess in spring 2007. I should have known that Calle von Schewen
also tour with the Maryslim, so it was time to change more hugs. I was
happy to introduce Calle to Arde and Simppa. Calle introduced me to nice
lady called Pia And (yeah, her surname is And) who is their manager and
booking agent. I asked from the bartender who are the owners of the Wild
At Heart. Soon I was discussing with Lea and Uli Reise. I found out that
they were also really friendly person. I, Arde and Simppa talked with
them of the show in next day and got many things confirmed. I also did
show to them my books, Lea wanted to buy copies for herself and as well
to the Wild At Heart store. Uli plays in a band called Church
Of Confidence which combines punk'N'roll and rock'N'roll.
We met during that night Marianne "Maly" Baar and her friend Magali
Herzog. We had fun time with them. Maly did show to us her extra cool
tattoos, in her back was huge dragon and also she had big dragon tattoo
in her leg etc.
COMMENTS BY WALTER LURE
We were back in our hotel around 3-4AM. Next day was that show by Walter
Lure, Dee Jaywalker etc. We met Walter, Jaywalker, Paolo, Regine,
Annette and Thomas around 6:00PM at the Wild At Heart. It was big moment
for Arde and Simppa. They met a man who has been writing many songs from
their all-time-favourite list. Walter is really friendly as a person and
with him is easy to speak first time. I was taking some photos of
Walter, Arde and Simppa together and of Walter, Jaywalker, Paolo, Regine
and Annette as a band.
Walter told us that he enjoyed the tour very much.
- The shows were good for the most part with the exception of Strasbourg
where they pulled the plug on the amplifiers after four songs because
the club owner said we were too loud and the police wanted to shut the
club down. The tour was good but some of the hotels could have been
better. The shows could have been booked in cities a little closer to
one another but sometimes that cannot be avoided. The travel time in a
van sometimes makes you bored to death just sitting and staring out
windows. At least the weather was good and we didn't have any major
problems, explained Walter Lure.
- The tours back in the late 70's and early 80's were a lot different
than the one I just did. The Heartbreakers drew a lot more people to the
shows and we were a hot band at the time. Europe loved us, especially
Paris where we played Bataclan and Gibus. Holland wasn't as crowded as
France and Britain was - I guess the Dutch weren't into punkrock that
much at the time - I think they caught on later. The British kids also
went crazy over us. There are still people who like Heartbreakers and
Waldos music in Europe but I think a lot less than before - so many new
bands have come and gone since then that people's tastes change as time
goes on. It's natural, said Walter.
Of course Arde and Simppa asked from Walter questions and opinions of
Johnny Thunders as well. I did with Walter newspaper interview and for
it I asked if he want to mention some things why he think that Thunders
was so especial as a musician?
- Johnny Thunders was special as a musician because he was unique in the
way he played. He didn't know a lot of technical music stuff but the
little he did know was used very well. Nobody else ever played like him
or got the same sound as he did. His songs were also very solid and
rocking. He was very difficult as a person and often didn't complete
projects he started on but when he did finish something it was usually
very special, said Walter honestly.
Like many of you knows, Johnny Thunders passed away in 1991. One year
earlier Dee Dee Ramone recorded songs together with him Stiv Bator, Kris
Dollimore, Neil Larsen and Stephen Ritchie (Vom of the Die Toten Hosen)
in Paris in 1990. 8 tracks were released on CD under the name Stiv
Bator: Last Race in 1996. One of the songs was Poison Heart which
Ramones also recorded later on for Mondo Bizarro.
SALMIAKKIKOSSU AND COMMANDO
I wasn't met with Dee Jaywalker for a long time, not since I toured
another time with the Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings in Scandinavia in
2001. Before this tour he had one wish for me: "Make sure you have some
of that black-liquer with ya..." Jaywalker did remember Finnish strong
alcohol called Salmiakkikossu from those Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings
tours in 2001. It is really sweet salmiac liquer. I had then six years
ago brought them with me as a gift to the guys. You should have seen
happy face of Jaywalker after I took another Salmiakkikossu bottle from
my pack now in Berlin. I also wanted to offer some shots to Lea and Uli
Reise. They knew already that. Lea told me how her Finnish friend was
promised to bring few times Salmiakkikossu for her from Finland.
The Ramones tribute band Commando climbed on stage soon and of course we
were watching them in first lines. I was talked with the Commando
members shortly before the show. I wasn't met them before. Their first
four songs were Durango 95, Teenage Lobotomy, Commando and Here Today,
Gone Tomorrow. They were pretty great. Especially singer was good and
energetic, he had a black wig and black leather jacket in eight first
songs. Then it was probably too hot... Singer put himself into the show
well for example in You're Gonna Kill That Girl. Commando guys were
changed lyrics a bit in some songs. Set had many songs which had
mentions of the Germany.
They played lot songs from first albums, like many Ramones tribute bands
does. I was pogoing for example in a rhythms of I Don't Wanna Go Down To
The Basement, Rockaway Beach, Suzy Is A Headbanger and We're A Happy
Family. During the Pinhead also Pinhead appeared on stage with the Gabba
Gabba Hey sign. Stage was pretty small. It was only negative thing in
the Wild At Heart. Last songs were Blitzkrieg Bop, Somebody Put
Something In My Drink, Beat On The Brat and Glad To See You Go. I was
pretty satisfied to the show of the Commando.
WALTER LURE ON STAGE
People got more and more excited, Walter Lure was going to enter stage.
Wild At Heart was well crowded. Walter, Jaywalker, Paolo, Regine and
Annette started their set around 10:30PM. One Track Mind again did
show it's power, how catchy it is. Too Much Junkie Business and Get Off
The Phone made me pogoing. I had seen Walter at live in past few years
many times. Simppa and Arde were so happy to discover that his guitar
playing skills were still in top level, he really is a living legend and
one of the finest punk guitarist ever. Also Jaywalker, Paolo, Regine and
Annette were doing great job. They played some Waldos tunes too.
I had tears in my eyes when Chinese Rocks started. So Dee Dee wrote it
and they dedicated it to our angel. A while later day changed, it was
April, 15. I was sending hugs to Joey, I was thinking how Joey Ramone
passed away in that day six years earlier... A while after the show I
was talking with Walter and Calle (who also attended this show) of the
Joey. We had some drinks in a memory of Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny. Lea
and Uli Reise were also so friendly through the night.
(Updated in November 2008: From this show was published live CD titled
Berlin in November, 2008. CD version is released by Nicotine Records (Italy) and LP
version by Tornado
Ride Records (Italy). CD has
RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN
Next morning Arde and Simppa had a flight back to Finland. I forwarded
to the Ramones
Museum Berlin. I found it pretty easily. Day was Sunday.
Florian Hayler run the museum, he was E-mailed to me that he's in the
USA until Monday. We had plans to meet in Monday, but it didn't happen.
Mareike Meyer was taking care of the Ramones Museum Berlin when I
entered it. I had excited. So Ramones Museum Berlin is first real
Ramones museum in a world. When you go there, you can be sure that you
see items that you hasn't seen before. Like I wasn't heard before of
this item: "In 1986, the Swiss record label of the Ramones decided to
promote the release of Crummy Stuff single with this roll of cookies,
that was sent out to journalists and record shops throughout the
country. One of these packs survived and ended up here."
How many of you has seen promotional T-shirts of the first albums or of
the Subterranean Jungle album or scarf of the Animal Boy tour or shorts
of the Australian tour in 1989 and 1991? Even through Ebay you have to
be really lucky to get them.
Promotional baseball bat is one of the most famous Ramones promo item,
you can see it on museum as well. There is made USA and UK versions of
the bat, bats promoted debut album of our heroes.
Personally I was surprised of it how well Florian had got to his
collection different promotional Ramones shirts. There were also tour
T-shirts, like from the first tour in Japan in 1980 and from the last
South-American show in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 16, 1996.
Through setlists you can return for example to the show in Hartford,
Connecticut, USA on December 2, 1995. Four days later Joey, Johnny,
Marky and CJ Ramone signed leather jacket in Binghampton, New York, USA
which is now at the museum.
CJ's stage used bass strap and Joey's stage glove were also in museum.
Max's Kansas City drink menu from 1976 was great to see, that venue had
then own drinks to each band that performed at the venue on a regular
basis. So there was also one Ramones drink.
From early days there were many magazines, like Finnish Soundi magazine
You can buy some products in museum, like you can purchase there
T-shirts of the museum, my Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone book
Somos Ramones tribute album.
Some people were wrote to me that the museum is small. I think it was
well done and there was enough space. If it would be bigger, then rent
expenses etc. would be also higher. Information papers tell well of the
items to the people who doesn't know the Ramones so well. From the guest
book you got chance to see that there has been visitors widely.
THE 69 EYES
I was sending SMS's with guitarist Bazie of The 69 Eyes in Saturday.
They had show at the Postbahnhof, Berlin in Sunday. Bazie put me to the
guest list and also he gave me an photo pass. I met with Maly and her
another friend Monique Otto before the show. I had to look again her
cool tattoos closer, they were so special. Maryslim and Wednesday 13 were playing before
The 69 Eyes. I enjoyed Maryslim show again. For many
Ramones fans it will be a surprise that there's really a big Ramones fan
background within the members of The 69 Eyes. I have been fan of them
since their debut album was released in 1992. The 69 Eyes used to play
Ramones songs during their shows back in the mid 90's. Material by The
69 Eyes is also in my books. Before the tour in Germany they were
touring long time in the USA together with the Cradle Of Filth.
Terri was special guest at the show in Postbahnhof. Also some
13 members were on stage, it was good kind of chaos. We had really great
after party on backstage. Then we headed from backstage to the official
after party which was held at the Wild At Heart. It was a long night...
Next day I travelled to the zoo which was founded in 1844. It presents
the most diverse range of species in the world (1 400). There's in all
14 000 animals. Berlin Zoo has been lot in different medias in 2007
because the little polar bear called Knut, it was born on December 5,
2006. Knut is the first polar bear to be born in Berlin Zoo in over 30
years. But then I found out that zoo got closed at 6PM!! So early!! So I
missed it. During the day I was sent SMS's with Maly and I met her and
Monique at the Wild At Heart (surprise). When we were discussing,
Salomon, Carola Marquardt and Doro Seifrt asked us to join their table.
They were also having fun night. One of them wanted to offer for me
sambuca drink with flames. To the drink was put coffee beans and then it
was put to the fire. It was cool experience.
Soon it was time of long hugs with Maly and Monique. I had to return to
the hotel and pack my items.
Next day in airport I met with a really
great Finnish punkrocker called Jukkeli. We both laughed because we have
met also before in foreign countries. Jukkeli told me that NoMeansNo
were going to play in Tampere, Finland in next day. I couldn't
understand how I wasn't heard of their mini-tour in Finland. I was
planned to stay few days in Helsinki, but after that news I headed to
Tampere in a same bus with Jukkeli. I was staying again in a house of
NoMeansNo has no deal with any label at the moment in Finland. So
I decided to call to Tero Viikari who is another main man behind of the
Klubi venue where NoMeansNo were playing in Tampere. I know with Tero in
advance. One release party of my first book was also at the Klubi. My
mighty Ramones friends Randy Wisebrod and Shazz Carrington were told of
me to the NoMeansNo guys in past in Canada and they were tried to
interview. With a help by Tero Viikari I got confirmed interview with
NoMeansNo singer-bassist Rob Wrigh. So it comes to my third book.
NoMeansNo played more than 1,5 hours, people really enjoyed of the show
which had songs like Two Lips, Two Lungs And One Tongue, Small Parts
Isolated And Destroyed, Big Dick and Now.
Next day I had another book interview, I did it with Negative singer
Jonne Aaron. After that was time to return to my city Kauhajoki.
(Update in 2009: You will find both interviews, Rob Wright's and Jonne's
book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Copyright 2007 -> : Text and photos: Jari-Pekka
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