RAMONES: MARKY RAMONE AND MICKEY LEIGH TOURING IN
SOUTH-AMERICA IN 2005
Marky Ramone and Joey's brother Mickey Leigh collected line-up and toured
in South-America. At first Marky Ramone wrote to me:
"I will be doing these shows with my friend (and Joey's brother) Mickey
Leigh, and friend Anthony Esposito, in South America and Mexico. We will
be doing songs from Joey's solo album, and of course (and why not
everybody else is doing it) Ramones songs. Our tribute. The legacy will
live on as long as I enjoy playing (and of course in all the other bands
out there that have been influenced by the Ramones one way or another).
I'm very grateful and I'm sure Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee would've been
flattered by all these groups that are paying homage - thanks again for
keeping it alive. Well everyone. have a happy holiday, and may all your
dreams come true."
Dates and venues were:
February 3, 2005, Club Formosa, Formosa, Argentina
February 4, 2005, Auditorio Ipacarai, San Bernadino, Paraguay
February 6, 2005, Lago San Roque, Cordoba, Argentina
February 9, 2005, La Batuta, Santiago, Chile
February 11, 2005, La Plaza, Bogota, Colombia
February 12, 2005, El Arroyito, Caracas, Venezuela
Some shows got cancelled, like in Buenos Aires...
Mickey Leigh wrote really cool and extensive way of his feelings of the
Thought some of you might be interested in what it's like being on a tour
in South America with Marky Ramone.
On the Road With The Ramones
In case anyone is curious about my expedition to the Southern hemisphere
with Marky Ramone, hereīs a glimpse into what itīs been like. Itīs really
an extension of what Marky and I have been doing at the Joey Ramone
birthday bashes the past 4 years, except this expands to an homage
to the entire band. Playing Ramones songs together has been an extremely
pleasurable experience for both of us, and this has turned out to be much
more rewarding than I envisioned; in many ways. I loved my brother very
much, and miss him terribly. Singing his songs for people who also loved
him helps fill the emptiness I live with. Iīm very thankful to Marky for
inviting me to accompany him here, and ever grateful to his former
andmates they brought to and left us with. That sentiment is
very obviously shared with these fans of the band.
They couldnīt be more thrilled to see Marky; and having Joeyīs little
brother on board happily appears to be an extra adde, welcome surprise for
them. Of course, there will always be someone casting some negativity for
whatever reason they might choose to conjure up, but not on this tour. One
persons nightmare has been a dream for the thousands of people weīve been
celebrating the bands legacy with. Iīd heard from my brother for years
about the popularity of his band down here. But to witness the admiration
and love for Joey and the Ramones music first hand has been precious and
worth every minute of the sleepless nights weīve spent traveling around
South America. 5,000 people came out in Formosa, Argentina. 8,000 in
Ascuncion, Paraguay and 13,000 in Cordoba. They seemed to never want it
to end, calling us back for encore after encore.
Refreshing is an understatement in describing their enthusiam. Some of us
in the States and elsewhere, might take a lesson. It was all about the
songs for them here. They could care less about any infighting, anyone's
girlfriends, wives, cosmetic preferences, physical or mental issues. All
of us, on stage and in the audience participated in a joyous tribute to
one the worldīs great rock and roll bands. We opted to do some songs that
the band never, or rarely performed live The first seven songs are Marky
with his two friends CJ (a different than CJ Ramone) of the Subtones
Aaron of Amps 2 Eleven
doing the high energy songs like...
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
I Donīt Wanna Walk Around With You
Then the set with the four of us was:
I Want You Around
I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
53rd & 3rd
Donīt Come Close
I Donīt Care
I Canīt Give You Anything
Something To Beleive In
I Wanna Be Sedated
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Lifeīs A Gas
In no way did we attempt to mimic a Ramones show, and never lost sight of
the tragic losses suffered the past several years. Marky introduced the
songs and several times throughout hte set expressed his own admiration
for his fallen bandmates, as well as his predecessor, Tommy Ramone.
I was able to give shoutouts to myībro and dedicate several songs
specifically to him, including I Donīt Care -the 1st song he evere
wrote- and Wonderful World from his solo album, which we did in the
Sometimes, for me at least, it becomes very emotional. I slip into my big
brothers songs as naturally as the hand-me downs Iīd received from him my
whole life; from my infancy into the late 90īs-when heīd put on a fe extra
pounds and pass down items from his wardrobe to me. It always felt
comfortable, and continues to.
Iīve known and admired Marky since the 70īs when we both played at
MaxīKansas City and CBGBīS. He with Jayne County. and Richard Hell and The
Voidoids; and me with Lester Bangs, and The Rattlers. He is true pro, road
warrior and workaholic who simply loves to play the drums; especially the
songs of the band he spent 16 legendary years with. I donīt see him ever
stopping until the dat he canīt lift his sticks anymore. To see the
respect he gets here is "a gas".
600 fans came to an in store appearance arranged for him in Buenos Aires.
He asked us to come along with him. Like the scene in the documentary End
Of The Century as our van got close to the store, kids started running
over and pounding on the windows when they spotted a member of their
cherished band. We got a call on the cell phone instructing us to turn
around and go back to the hotel as the police cancelled the eventdue to
the unexpectedly large crowd.
Later that night we played a few songs live on a radio station and they
allowed several hundred fans through to get autographs. Many of them told
me, in their best english, "We love your Joey. He is still with us".
Several had the Sibling Rivalry CD Joey and I did together. It was truly
Any money I receive from this tour is going to cancer research. The other
guys are even generously kicking in.
Will Marky and I do it again? Itīs possible.
The experience has been overwhelming and invaluable. All I can say right
now is; "Viva Las Ramones"
Marky wrote this after the tour
Just got back from a European and South American tour. I want to say a
few words: I want to thank TARAKANY for backing me on the European dates
I just did. What a band, and of course the shows in South America with a
combined total of 25,000 people were amazing.
I could not do the last shows in Argentina due to a fire in another
venue, weeks before I arrived there. The government stopped the show in
advance, fearing that the same thing could happen at the venue I was going
to play there. I will come back to Argentina and do the shows as soon as
possible. Also, the autograph signing in Argentina had to be stopped in
advance, because of the amount of people blocking traffic. I apologize to
everyone who was waiting, and to the friends and fans who bought tickets
for the last show in Argentina.
One more thing: I do not have control over ticket prices, they were set
by the promoter. Sorry for all the craziness, but what a tour!"
Mickey wrote to me on February 19, 2005:
"Jari-Pekka, your name came up many times throught the tour. Many fans I
spoke to know of you and your site. As always, I very much apppreciate
what you do- and the way you do it. Thanks."
Fans, thanks of speaking of me and my site nice way. I felt really great
to read those words from Mickey.