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I know many Ramones fans has mixed feelings about U2. But they are
personal opinions. Connections between Ramones and U2 are true.
Bono is singer of the U2. U2 are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in
1976. The group consists
of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards and vocals),
Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and
percussion). U2's early sound was indebted to post-punk but eventually
grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music.
They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and they have
sold more than 150 million records.
They (especially Bono) have campaigned for human rights and
philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA
campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge's Music Rising. etc.
U2's and Bono's manager wrote personal E-mail for me and confirmed I had
permission to use Bono's small text of the Ramones and Joey Ramone in my
debut book Heaven Needed A
Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone (2002).
My third book Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives (2009) also includes Bono related stories,
by D-Generation's Jesse Malin. Jesse explains about the U2 TV show Joey
and he attended and how great way U2 treated Joey etc.
Vega wrote to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) that he, Joey's loving
family etc. were there at Joey's bedside when Joey passed away in New
York-Presbyterian Hospital in April 15, 2001. On his
last moments Joey listened U2
song: In A Little
While. Mickey was brought a copy of that U2 album: All That You
Can't Leave Behind, which contain that song In A Little While.
- Just as the song finished, Joey finished, Joey's mother Charlotte
told and continued.
- He's free now. He heard it and now he's gone. He was too, too young to
go, but we'll always love him. People will never forget his
Later Bono and U2 found out Joey listening their song In A Little
2) ...U2 honored Joey Ramone a day Joey passed...
Because of Joey I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) later got good quality
live recording of U2 show at Rose Garden in Portland, OR, USA on April
15, 2001. It was sold-out show, with 16 600 people attending.
Bono dedicated U2 songs One and Walk One for Joey, and played partly
Ramones song I Remember You. Before song One
Bono had 30 seconds speech for Joey. He explains something how hard show
is for him and then says:
"This is a..., I sing this for Joey Ramone. Great, great singer of
greatest punkrock band ever. Joey passed away this afternoon, late this
afternoon, so I am thinking about him. He kinda was my first influence,
you know what I mean? So thinking about Joey."
And then begin One with lyrics: "Is it getting better. Or do you feel
the same. Will it make it easier on you now..." and later goes for
example: "When all you got is hurt, one love, one blood, one life, you
got to do. what you should." and next Bono instead of "One life, with
each other, sisters, brothers. One life..." sang "One life, Joey
Ramone, my big brother. One life..."
Bono is crying if I hear correctly, then he sing partly Ramones song I
Remember You. These lyrics: "awake at night and thinking just of you.
But things don't last forever and somehow baby they never really do.
They never really do.
I remember you, I remember you, I remember you. I remember lying awake
at night and thinking just of you. But things don't last forever and
somehow baby they never really do."
3) ...next show in April 17, 2001.
U2 had next show after Portland at Sports Arena in
San Diego on April 17, 2001. It was also sold-out, 14 000
people attended. As well Bono spoke of the Joey and the Ramones. How he
was 16, Edge 15 and Larry 14 years old, they heard of the Ramones and
their world changed. He told Joey had passed away that week etc. Also in
some other nights U2 played I Remember You.
4) MTV's Lifetime Achievement
2001, Marky Ramone appeared on MTV TV channel accepting a
MTV's Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Bono to the Ramones (see
5) U2's single The Miracle (Of Joey
The lead single from U2's thirteenth studio album Songs Of Innocence is
titled The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone). Song got published in September 9,
While the lyrics of song don't specifically name-check the Ramones,
lyrics tell a story about the first time U2 got to see the Ramones in
Dublin in 1970's and the impact it had on their musical lives. They are
underlined many times in past that the Ramones' music is what got them
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) was first unveiled by the U2 at an Apple
Inc. product launch event on September 9, 2014, coinciding with an
announcement that Songs Of Innocence would be released digitally to
iTunes Store customers free of charge.
Marky Ramone commented of The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) to MTV News:
"I am very grateful U2 wrote a song about my former friend and bandmate
Joey Ramone. Joey would have been honored. It is well-deserved.", Marky
Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh commented of the song to MTV News: "I
loved it. It's Bono's interpretation and his spirit, but it also
captures Joey's spirit. He described my brother's spirit well. I think
he got just what Joey would have wanted out of it.", wrote Mickey.
On news MTV News tells bullshit of Marky being only living member of the
group. They forget Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone being in the Ramones for
Bono: When we first formed the band, Adam and I were 16, Edge was 15,
and Larry was 14, and we were fans of the Ramones. They kind of stopped
the world long enough for bands like U2 and others to get on. It was
suddenly the end of progressive rock and virtuosity over melody and the
end of interminable guitar solos and the rock-band-as-music-school.
These were all the things that prevented you from getting on the train
when you were a kid if you hadn't been to music college.
At one of our rehearsals, we were visited by a big-shot TV director who
was going to give us a break on the national airwaves. We'd been
fighting in our garage about how our own songs should end, or start or
even what middles they should have when this TV director was coming to
see us, so we played him two Ramones songs when he arrived and told him
they were ours, and he thought this was amazing. And then when we went
on the TV show, we played them two of our own songs, and they didn't
notice. So that's our first debt.
This was the best punk rock band ever, because they actually invented
something. There were great bands like the Stooges and the MC5, but I
think that they were still blues bands. The Ramones were actually the
beginning of something new. They stood for the idea of making your
limitations work for you. In film jargon, they would be "a pure
situation." They talked like they walked like they sounded onstage.
Everything added up. That takes an extraordinary intelligence to figure
When I was standing in the State Cinema in Dublin in 1977 listening to
Joey sing and realizing that there was nothing else [that] mattered to
him, pretty soon nothing else mattered to me. If they remind me of
anything now, it's that singular idea. It travels further and deeper
than the baggage of possibilities you pick up along the way.
This was a really important moment in the last 25 years, because
suddenly imagination was the only obstacle to overcome. Anyone could
play those four chords. That's why hip-hop has taken off, because you
don't have to be a virtuoso, you just have to have great taste. You have
to be able to hear it more than you have to be able to play it.
Suddenly, the grasp becomes more important than the reach. Suddenly, a
bunch of kids from the north side of Dublin who would never have had a
chance to get on the musical merry-go-round watched it stop for just
long enough to jump on. We were a band before we could play. We formed
our band around an idea of friendship and shared spirit. That was a
preposterous notion before the Ramones.
I spoke to Joey a couple of days before he died. He wasn't able to say
much, but I just told him that we were thinking about him. He was
indomitable to the last minute. A doctor wanted to put a tube down his
throat to help with his breathing, and Joey wasn't having any of it
because he didn't want his voice affected, because he had some solo gigs
coming up. He was fighting it off and fearless. A great spirit.