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JOEY RAMONE -NEWS: JANUARY 2009 - DECEMBER 2010

Our beloved Joey did really many different projects, before he passed away April 15, 2001:

- Here is interesting article related to Ramones song I Don't Want You, which final version is released on Road To Ruin album. This article is released at The Huffington Post and is written by Yasi Salek on December 15, 2010.
Article is written of Henry Rollins show. Henry Rollins often alludes to certain rare and unreleased tracks from his personal collection that he is unable to ever play on the radio without breaking the trust and confidences of the people who have bestowed these various records and tapes upon him.
This is information of the I Don't Want You written by Yasi Salek in her article:
"This was one of the most arm-hair raising tracks of the evening for me. Apparently this tape was found in Johnny Ramone's closet after he passed away (Johnny was also a bit of a hoarder) and his wife, Linda, entrusted it to Henry. The tape contained an acoustic version with just guitars and vocals of the song I Don't Want You recorded by Joey Ramone and given to Johnny Ramone in order for him to learn the song. Joey's version sounds like it was recorded in his bathroom but is still incredible, and with one listen it was clear the released version (which is also awesome) belied some of the profound aching Joey poured into that song."
Also Henry told of the Dee Dee's (officially unreleased Dee Dee King demo song) The Goon. The Goon is not so rare to find:
"Henry pull out the original press release about the Dee Dee King album (pretty sure they referred to him as a "hip-hop genius") he also played us this track of an unreleased demo for a song called The Goon (sample lyric: "I'm an expert at rappin' with the yo yo/I'm rocking the mic like a psycho"). And now my jaw hurts from throwing itself the floor." (December 21, 2010)

- Joey Ramone Place street sign has stolen four times. The ceremonial street sign placed in his honor at the corner of Bowery and East Second Street had to be raised a full eight feet because thieving fans kept snatching it. Joey Ramone Place is perhaps the most stolen of the 250,900 street signs in New York, according to the Department of Transportation, which recently asked contractors to install the sign for the fourth time since 2003. Although most street signs are about 12 to 14 feet off the ground, Joey Ramone Place was raised to 20 feet. Read more information here. (September 27, 2010)

- Richie Ramone and Mickey Leigh visited in Brazil in June, 2010. Read and see here picture-story report of their trip written by Helio Volpato.
Here you can read first background of their visit. Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh opened a Joey Ramone Place punk rock merchandise store in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil in January, 2010. It is featuring mainly Joey Ramone, and punk related merchandise.
- In planning since July '08, it's finally open for business. Childhood friend Allen Brooks and family is running the operation. 20% of anything I make goes to charities for children in the favelas (slums). The soft opening was on January 30, 2010. This is really exciting and so amazing that even though he is not physically here, in Joey's name so much good can still be accomplished. What a Wonderful World!!, knows Mickey Leigh.
Address is: Joey Ramone Place, Rua Francisco Otaviano, 67/ Loja 46, Copacabana Rio De Janeiro RJ, 22080-040. Phone number: 25234604.
- The store is mostly Joey, and Ramones merchandise, shirts, dresses, stickers, pretty much the same items you see on the website store on Joeyramone.com. Hopefully there will be some new items that are more suited to Rio soon, like bikinis and things like that, wrote Mickey on April 5, 2010.
Richie's manager Tiffany wrote to me in April 15 and 19: "Richie Ramone is going to Brazil between June 9 to June 13, 2010 in connection with the Joey Ramone Place punk rock merchandise store. Richie and Mickey will be playing on June 11 and 12, 2010 in Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paolo. I'll let you know the venues when I know."
Probably there are also special T-shirts being made.
Some rumours not correct. Some people are told Tommy being there, but that is not true: "Nobody has contacted me about any of this. So I don't know anything about it. I have heard nothing about going to Rio or anywhere else in South America. I will make some phone calls over the weekend to see what is going on. Who is spreading this rumor?", Tommy wrote to me. (Updated: June 29, 2010).

- July 10, 2010, at the Bearsville Theater Lounge, Woodstock, New York, USA, Geraldine "Jeri Ramone" Rapetti was organised event related to book I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir. Read story of that night.
Here are infos what I had to promote this event.
Jeri Ramon of Guitar Principles has teached to play guitar for over 20 years to every type of student, from children to teenagers and young adults to senior citizens well into their 80's, as well as every style of guitar - folk, jazz, rock, blues, and the classical guitar.
Jeri wrote to me:
- I am a big fan of the Ramones in Woodstock, New York, and have read all your three books. I appreciate all your time and efforts to keep the Ramones legacy alive. You have inspired me to want to do the same! I thought it over for 6 months, what can I do to make a difference, to contribute to the Ramones legacy?
- I decided to do something here in Woodstock, NY through my company Guitar Principles. We are presenting an event on July 10, 2010, which will include a book reading of I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir, discussion, and signing by Mickey Leigh. Mickey will also perform with his band STOP, explains Jeri Ramone.
Event at the Bearsville Theater Lounge in Woodstock will begin at 8PM on July 10, 2010. Tickets are 15$ in advance and 20$ day of show. Tickets on sale now: Call 845-679-4406 or order on-line: www.bearsvilletheater.com. Guitar Principles page seems to be pretty incredible, visit their site and look for example video gallery and check out information her book titled The Principles Of Correct Practice For Guitar. (June 2, 2010)


- Joey Ramone's 59th birthday celebration was again in New York (2010). In January, 2010, Joey's brother Mickey Leigh confirmed Joey Ramone Birthday Bash being again on May 19th, 2010, once again at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza.
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is memory event to our angel. It is organised yearly since 2001. Every year on May 19th...
April 6th, 2010, I got confirmation from Richie Ramone, that he will be playing at this year's Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. And he did. Tommy Ramone had no chance to attend event this year. CJ Ramone and Marky Ramone won't play at the Birthday Bash.
Line-up in this year was:
* Friends of Joey Ramone set: 1) Richie Ramone, 2) Mickey Leigh, 3) Walter Lure, 4) Cheetah Chrome, 5) Jean Beauvoir, 6) George Tabb, 7) Ivan Julian 8) Al Maddy, 9) JP Thunderbolt, 10) Ed Stasium, 11) Walt Stack, 12) Dave Merrill, 13) Holly Beth Vincent etc.
* The Independents.
* Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social.
* Morningwood.
* Heap (band of David Merrill, Tim Heap, Frank Saitta and George Chambers).
* Spanking Charlene.
* Sic F*ucks.
* MC's: 1) Steve Craig, 2) Matt Pinfield and 3) Pete Ashner.
Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven) (as a MC) and HANK III (as a band) had to cancel their appearances.
Age limit was 16.
Irving Plaza is located at 17 Irving Place, on the corner of 15th Street and Irving Place. The club can easily be reached by subway (trains 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, and W to Union Square, also referred to as 14th Street).
Read picture-story report of my trip. Read and see it here. (Updated: June 1, 2010)

- From time to time some of you fans ask from me about Joey Ramone's glasses. Like many of you knows, Joey practically always used glasses (type of sunglasses) because of his eyes. I wanted to confirm few things now and I asked from Joey's brother Mickey Leigh (remember check out his and Legs McNeil's book I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir). Mickey wrote longer and I thought this is good information to everyone:
"Joey's glasses were custom made, they were not one particular brand that you could buy in a store. Basically, he picked out the frames at an optical store, gave them the prescription for the strength of the lenses, told them what color he wanted the lenses. Often they were not the exact color Joey wanted and had to send them back until he was satisfied. Also sometimes the frames were not the shape he liked and had to go to different places to find the frames with the exact shape and weight that he liked. Our mother Charlotte normally helped him with this getting his glasses. Sometimes having to send him a new pair if he would break his when on tour.", explained Mickey. (April 23, 2010)


- Chris Frantz of The Talking Head will begin his monthly radio show on March 26, 2010. The show is called Chris Frantz The Talking Head on WPKN 89.5 FM Bridgeport, CT, USA and WPKM 88.7 Montauck. The show is from 1:00 - 5:00. You can listen online at the station's website. http://www.wpkn.org.
His first guests (March 26, 2010) will be Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh who will be talking about his and Legs McNeil's book I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir and Bucks Burnett of Dallas, Texas, who will tell us about his new Eight Track Museum as recently featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. There will also be some cool new music never before heard on the air. (March 25, 2010)

- Tarakany! is formed in 1991. Tarakany! has been years Russia's best-known punk band and in 1992-2004 they sold more than 500 000 albums. Marky Ramone did three shows with Tarakany! in 2003 and in 2005 Marky and Tarakany! punkrocked sixteen shows in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Czech Republic. See my report with photos of shows in Sweden here.
Singer Dmitry "Dima" Spirin came up with the idea of the "people's translation" of Mickey Leigh's and Legs McNeils's book titled I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir.
MGL2R, who is main guy behind of www.ramones.ru, explained me after I asked of great project.
- Dima was very excited about the whole story (book), so Dima asked me if I'd like to do the translations with him. I agreed. There's no books or films about the Ramones translated in Russian, but only Please Kill Me. I'm also doing some corrections, editing translated texts, adding the notes. Later on Dima came up with the idea of the "people's translation". It means that everybody who wants to help can join us. About 30 enthusiasts responded. We post one chapter a week on Tarakany!'s official blog. Prologue and three first chapters are done so far and the fourth one is on the way. I think I'll say for two of us that we have lots of respect to Mickey and Legs for their hard work on this book, explains MGL2R. (March 3, 2010)

- Mickey Leigh tells in his and Legs McNeils's book I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir of the recording Joey kind of produced for Mickey's band Purple Majesty in 1966.
- We (Purple Majesty's members) were 12 and Joey was 16. We recorded song In This Day An Age we'd actually written ourselves, and a cover of the Blues Project classic I Can't Keep From Crying. It still amazes me that Joey did that: at 16 Joey came to our rehearsals, well, it was just downstairs in our basement, but he heard the song we wrote, booked the time, paid for the session and "supervised' the recording. After searching for decades, the guitarist of that band just found his copy!!! I can't tell you how thrilled I am to hear this again. It's noisy and crackly, couple of skips, but it is certainly audible. I'm going to take it to a mastering studio and clean it up as much as possible. If not for my brother's enthusiasm and his love of being involved in every facet of rock & roll, I would not have this gem from my past, wrote Mickey in January, 2010. (February 1, 2010)


- In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Swedish rockers and punkers - Backyard Babies - released in late 2009 Them XX collection. Them XX has a 120-page photo-book, 3 CD's plus 1 DVD. CD1 is "best of" disc. One of those 12 tracks is a song entitled Friends.
Many of you may already know that Joey Ramone recorded Friends with Backyard Babies which is believed to be Joey's last recording with any band. The song Friends was first released on the Backyard Babies album entitled Stockholm Syndrome in 2003. All of my books has some interviews with BB members. In my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone guitarist-singer Dregen explains longer of Friends and background of recordings. Like Joey was then already big fan of their song called Powderhead.
Them XX's CD3 begin with Pet Sematary. Swedish gentlemen recorded Ramones cover to The Song Ramones The Same tribute album (2002). CD's 2 and 3 has lot B-sides and rarities, live recordings etc.
Them XX's photo book has photo of Joey Ramone and bassist Johan Blomqvist. My latest book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives has interview with Johan, it has also photos of Marky with a band in Sweden in 2005. Marky and I spent day-off and Backyard Babies were set to play a show that night. BB wanted Marky to be their special guest. At first Marky wasn't sure as he didn't know much about band, but soon changed his mind after I told him all about the band. (January 19, 2010)


- There are also plans to make an film of the book I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir. So movie is based to the book Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and punk chronicler Legs McNeil wrote. I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir was released by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster on December 1st, 2009.
Mickey Leigh wants Johnny Depp to play Dee Dee Ramone in the film adaptation of this new book (see below). Mickey is convinced an unknown should play Joey Ramone in the biopic, which is currently in the hands of producer Rory Rosegarten, but he has a few suggestions for the supporting cast.
Mickey quips: "Maybe Howard Stern could play Joey. It's not up to me so I haven't really thought about it but, just for kicks... they're talking about an unknown... Maybe Adrien Brody - he's a tall skinny guy. I think Kevin Bacon would be great to play Johnny Ramone; he's a musician... and maybe Johnny Depp to play Dee Dee if he'd take on a small role."
Btw, sadly this news was spreaded widely to internet with a mistake (I do not know original source). It is: "...Mickey Leigh wants Johnny Depp to play Dee Dee Ramone in the film adaptation of his new book I Slept With JOHNNY Ramone." Of course it should be I Slept With Joey Ramone. (December 18, 2009)

- Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and punk chronicler Legs McNeil has been writing for many years authorized bio of the Joey called I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir. I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir is explained to be the story of the Ramones and the rise of punk music, and a touching memoir about brotherhood from Joey Ramone's brother. READ LATEST NEWS OF THIS BOOK HERE
Earlier infos: Mickey wrote in spring 2008: "You gotta wait a little longer. I want this book to be great. There were so many incredible stories it's been hard to cut it down. The rough manuscript I finished last year was 770 pages long. I am finally doing the final editing and book will be out in 2009 by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster."
Legs McNeil wrote in October 28, 2008, that book is hysterically funny, and also a tragic read - just like is his earlier book Please Kill Me. Mickey Leigh wrote to me in late June, 2009, that book is schedule to come out on December 1, 2009. In that official release date at 7PM, Barnes & Nobles Booksellers (Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren St., NYC.) hosts the launch of book. Legs McNeil will interview then Mickey Leigh, there is also Q&A and book signing to the fans.
So the rough manuscript Mickey had, was 770 pages long. Final version is hardcover and it has 416 pages. You can pre-order this book for example from Amazon.co.ukor from Amazon.com (Updated: September 9, 2009)


- Ramones fan named Kimmi Ramone does organise 1st Annual Joey Ramone's Rock To Cure Cancer benefit event on August 28-29, 2009. Event take place at JD's Place in New York (address: 1005B Fulton Street (Rte 109), Farmingdale, NY 11735. Phone: 631-755-8695).
MC's for the event will be friends of Joey's: Roger Risko, and Peter Aschner. Peter MC'ed Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2009. Also there will be Evelyn Licore, President of the brand new Long Island Lymphoma Group, survivor herself (15 years). She will have a speech.
- We will also be auctioning off some very special items. My friend Monte Melnick, the Ramones tour manager, has graciously sent me an original, very special, autographed photo of the Ramones. There will also be a painting of Joey done by a great young artist and a drawing of Joey done by me, tells Kimmi Ramone.
Following bands will play on Friday August 28th:
6PM Matt Cutillo, 7PM Spines, 8PM Soul To Squeeze, 9PM Status Joe, 10PM Baghdaddios, 11PM Commando, 12:00 Pete Sanchez, and 1AM Necromance.
Following bands will play on Saturday August 29th:
12:00 (midday) Otan Vargus, 1PM The Alec & The Ahlbrandts, 2PM Daryl Read, 3PM LaVey, 4PM Soma, 5PM A.S.O.M., 6PM Baghdaddios, 7PM The Dirty Shames, 8PM Ramoones, 9PM Bowery Boys, 10PM Pete Sanchez, 11PM Freedomhead, 12 Chupacabra, and 1AM Demon Boy.
- Anyone who can possibly make it to this event please come out and join us! We are going to have a great time honoring our beloved Joey. We plan to do this every year. We all love Joey and we hope to make him proud. We hope we can do justice to his memory, says Kimmi. (August 20, 2009).

- Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was again organised on May 19, 2009. It is Joey Ramone memory event which has been organised since 2001.: It was at the same place as last year, The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza.
See here things of the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2009 written by me and photos.
Here is little review/story at Spin.com.
Performers: - The Friends Of Joey Ramone featured Richie Ramone, Mickey Leigh, Jean Beauvoir, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Al Maddy, Ivan Julian, George Tabb, Joey Lanz, Walt Stack, Arno Hecht, David Merrill, Andy Hilfiger, Tish & Snooky and others.
- Uncle Monk featuring Tommy Ramone & Claudia Tienan.
- Fishbone.
- Supersuckers
- Death, there is two band called Death. Link is to that Death who play on May 19, 2009. Mickey also asked me to link for their article.
- Bebe Buell had in her band for example Kitty Kowalski.
- Rough Francis.
- Tom Clark & The High Action Boys. Tickets for the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2009 were 25 USdollars. MC's were Matt Pinfield, John Holmstrom and Pete Ashner. Admission to the show was 16 years of age and up. Irving Plaza's location: 17 Irving Place, on the corner of 15th Street and Irving Place. The club can easily be reached by subway (trains 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, and W to Union Square, also referred to as 14th Street).
(Updated: May 15, 2009)


- CBGB's Presents Remembering Joey Ramone. An hour of stories, anecdotes, and reflection. Monday, May 18, 2009 - 3pm EST. This is an online chat and you can register for it here. This is featuring:
Mickey Leigh: Joey's Brother, musician & author.
Dave Frey: Longtime friend and manager.
Ira Robbins of Trouser Press will moderate. Ira is long-time NY music journalist and co-founder ofTrouser Press magazine. (May 16, 2009)

- Bebe Buell wrote the song for Joey Ramone called Black Angel. It is included for her forthcoming album Musesque in the fall 2009. May 14-May 20 there is a chance to listen it at her MySpace
. Bebe will be doing the song live at the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19th, 2009, and there will be a filming that night of the song for a future video. (May 15, 2009)


- Final Rinse movie is directed by Robert D. Tucker and written by Tucker and Arthur Schurr. Robert D. Tucker explains how Final Rinse is like part Spinal Tap, part Silence of the Lambs, and all farce.
Final Rinse movie is comedy released in 1999 and it features Joey Ramone in his final film role. Final Rinse was published as DVD on late 2008.
- Joey Ramone was a big fan of Final Rinse. We watched an early cut of the movie together up in his apartment on New York, and he was impressed. He said: "Wow! This is so much more than just a fun rock and roll movie. It's really clever and funny!", explain Robert D. Tucker.
about release here. (January 13, 2009)








JOHNNY RAMONE -NEWS: JANUARY 2009 - DECEMBER 2010



At first Johnny was retired, he only appearanced sometimes in baseball games and this Ramones meeting was only Ramones influenced happening to Johnny. Then he did small "comeback", like in performance on Pearl Jam concert. Johnny Ramone passed away on September 15, 2004.

- The sixth annual Johnny Ramone and Ramones outdoor event presented by Linda Ramone in association with the JRA (Johnny Ramone Army), was on July 25, 2010, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.) in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Gates were open at 6PM. Guests included Tommy Ramone, Metallica's guitarist Kirk Hammett, actresses Rose McGowan, PJ Soles (aka Riff Randell) and Dey Young (aka Kate Rambeau), actor Loren Lester (aka Fritz Hansel) etc. PJ, Dey and Loren were actresses in "Ramones movie" Rock And Roll Highschool. Also there was chance to meet Richard Whitley and Russ Dvonch who were screenwriters of Rock And Roll Highschool.
In this event were shown Rock And Roll Highschool and one of Johnny's top ten 10# horror movie:
James Whale's The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935).
Event had taken place in a area where is Johnny Ramone's memorial statue and Dee Dee Ramone's grave.
On July 25, 2010, was also autograph signings etc. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research Fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Research Center. Johnny's wife Linda and actress Rose McGowan appeared on Fox's Good Day L.A. The Good Day LA segment with Linda and Rose was aired live Thorsday July 22nd, 2010 starting at 9:20am on FOX 11 (USA).
Read here comments of event by Tommy Ramone, and fan comments by Joe and Debbie Lunardon and Tom Green. Also read information related to Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and the Metallica's connections to the Ramones. (Updated: July 31, 2010)

- The fifth annual Johnny Ramone and Ramones outdoor event presented by Linda Ramone in association with the JRA (Johnny Ramone Army), was held again. It was in a memory of Johnny Ramone on Saturday October 3rd, 2009 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.) in Los Angeles, CA, USA. See more infos with many photos taken by me here.
You can find lot material also from Johnny's official site and Gaston Sanchez's site.
Sole survivor of the original Ramones line-up, Tommy Ramone, and CJ Ramone both were on hand to celebrate Johnny's legacy. Special homage was also paid to Dee Dee Ramone. Original paintings by Dee Dee were exhibited on site in an art show curated by his wife, Barbara Zampini (Ramone).
Songs from a full-length, "It's Alive" Ramones concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on December 31, 1977, was screened outdoors, after dark on a 24-foot mausoleum wall (as in Hollywood Forever's summer film program Cinespia). The double feature concluded with the world premiere of the 1968 cult classic movie Night Of The Living Dead in 3D. Live broadcast was at 98,7FM, Complete Control Radio. Television channel E!'s "That Morning Show" had in advance an interview with Johnny's wife Linda and actress Rose McGowan, they had a discussion of the Ramones and Johnny in general, of this event. Click here to see it. (Updated: October 12, 2009)


- TIME Magazine has announced The 10 Greatest Electric Guitar Players listing. Like Spinal Tap's infamous custom amps, their list goes to 11... And our Johnny Ramone is number 11. TIME Magazine commented of their choose: "No one hated guitar solos more than Johnny Ramone, so it's not surprising he perfected the punk style, packing chords together tightly and leaving no space for freelancing."
Johnny is among with many legends. Top 10 are: 1) Jimi Hendrix, 2) Slash (Guns N'Roses, Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver etc.), 3) B.B. King, 4) Keith Richards (have you ever heard of band called Rolling Stones?), 5) Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds, Cream etc.), 6) Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds), 7) Chuck Berry, 8) Les Paul, 9) Yngwie Malmsteen, 10) Prince.
I was surprise of Prince, and probably some other you as well. TIME Magazine explained: "Prince does a little singing, but Prince also plays a mean lead guitar. The solo on Let's Go Crazy is a frequently cited example of his frenetic style, but covers of Just My Imagination and While My Guitar Gently Weeps prove he can also play under control. (September 3, 2009)

- Morrissey is a British solo artist who has been creating his succesful solo career already since 1988. Morrissey's single Something Is Squeezing My Skull has cool covers taken in a statue in memory of Johnny Ramone.
In February 2007, Morrissey stated how he would like to be buried next to Johnny Ramone's grave at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Then he didn't knew yet that there is only Johnny Ramone statue, not Johnny's grave. Johnny was cremated and his wife Linda has the ashes. Morrissey has also spoke of Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone in his some speeches at the shows.
Something Is Squeezing My Skull is the opening track from the Years Of Refusal album released in February, 2009. There is three different versions of Something Is Squeezing My Skull single and all of them has different live song as a second song. CD1 ja 7' single has same cover (see photo) and CD2 different. Second song of CD1 is This Charming Man (live), on CD 2 it is Best Friend On The Payroll (live) and on 7' single it is I Keep Mine Hidden (live). UK release date of singles: April 27, 2009. See covers of singles and more infos here. (April 1, 2009)









DEE DEE RAMONE -NEWS: JANUARY 2009 - DECEMBER 2010

Dee Dee joined Joey in heaven on June 5th, 2002...


- Here is interesting article related to Ramones song I Don't Want You, which final version is released on Road To Ruin album. This article is released at
The Huffington Post and is written by Yasi Salek on December 15, 2010.
Article is written of Henry Rollins show. Henry Rollins often alludes to certain rare and unreleased tracks from his personal collection that he is unable to ever play on the radio without breaking the trust and confidences of the people who have bestowed these various records and tapes upon him.
This is information of the I Don't Want You written by Yasi Salek in her article:
"This was one of the most arm-hair raising tracks of the evening for me. Apparently this tape was found in Johnny Ramone's closet after he passed away (Johnny was also a bit of a hoarder) and his wife, Linda, entrusted it to Henry. The tape contained an acoustic version with just guitars and vocals of the song I Don't Want You recorded by Joey Ramone and given to Johnny Ramone in order for him to learn the song. Joey's version sounds like it was recorded in his bathroom but is still incredible, and with one listen it was clear the released version (which is also awesome) belied some of the profound aching Joey poured into that song."
Also Henry told of the Dee Dee's (unreleased Dee Dee King demo song) The Goon:
"Henry pull out the original press release about the Dee Dee King album (pretty sure they referred to him as a "hip-hop genius") he also played us this track of an unreleased demo for a song called The Goon (sample lyric: "I'm an expert at rappin' with the yo yo/I'm rocking the mic like a psycho"). And now my jaw hurts from throwing itself the floor." (December 21, 2010)


- Andrea Gallinini (Tornado Ride Records) organise Dee Dee Ramone birthday/ memorial party at the MrMuzik OFF in Modena, Italy on September 18, 2010. Dee Dee was born on September 18, 1952. At the MrMuzik OFF are playing Andrea's band The Leeches and Lester And The Landslide Ladies. Andrea Gallinini run Italian label Tornado Ride Records who has released mainly LP's and 7' vinyls. Records like Walter Lure: Live In Berlin (LP), Hamburg Ramönes: Long Black Hair (LP), The Coverones' Ramones tribute album, and records also by bands like The Chuck Norris Experiment, Cowboy Prostitutes, The Wyldfyre etc.
Some records Tornado Ride Records has released together with Nicotine Records (Italy), or Nicotine Records has released CD version and Tornado Ride Records vinyl version. One of those is Skinny Bones And The Gonedaddys album, one song on it is Shot My TV which Skinny Bones and Dee Dee Ramone wrote together. (September 10, 2010).

- Finally, there is a bigger memorial celebration what is really to our dear Dee Dee Ramone. A birthday memorial, art exhibition to Dee Dee Ramone is on September 18-26, 2010. Exhibition take place at the La Luz De Jesus Gallery. Opening reception is at 8-11PM on September 18. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the general public.
La Luz De Jesus Gallery: Homepage http://laLuzDeJesus.com.
Address: 4633 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA.
At the La Luz De Jesus Gallery you will see an exhibition of over thirty original pieces by Dee Dee. Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zambini, Johnny's wife Linda, John Cafiero, and other have assembled an exhibition. You can see in a photo in left Barbara and some paintings.
Also are exhibited photos by amazing photographer Jenny Lens. The Ramones and their crew allowed Jenny Lens to follow them throughout their early tours. At the La Luz De Jesus Gallery will be available for purchase as oversized, signed, numbered, museum quality prints by Jenny Lens. Jenny will share her experiences with the Ramones at the opening night reception, September 18.
Barbara, Linda and Johnny are also proud to debut a special limited edition commemorative archival lithograph featuring one of Dee Dee's quintessential self-portraits Dee Dee Ramone: The Blue Dragon.
A portion of net proceeds from the sale of lithographs and photo prints will benefit the LA Regional Food bank via donation in Dee Dee's name.
Barbara Zampini explains idea of La Luz De Jesus Gallery exhibition: "It's wonderful to have the opportunity to share these rare works with fans to fully appreciate in person. Dee Dee's spirit truly lives in these paintings and when you experience them up close, its very obvious. He always talked about helping children & gave to the homeless all the time. Dee Dee was very generous, more than most will ever know. I think he'd be really proud that he continues to help people today through his art."
Read more information from my Dee Dee tribute section. (August 25, 2010)


- Skinny Bones is a familiar name for many Ramones fans. He has Ramones related background with many ways. The Ramones recorded and released three songs Marky Ramone and Skinny Bones wrote together: Anxiety and The Job That Ate My Brain in Mondo Bizarro and Have A Nice Day in Adios Amigos.
Skinny Bones also did some songs together with Dee Dee Ramone. One of those songs will be included in Shot My TV album by Skinny Bones And The Gonedaddys. Great Italian labels released Shot My TV, the Nicotine Records will release CD and Tornado Ride Records LP.
Skinny was also in the Resistance, he was first singer in Marky Ramone And The Intruders, and he wrote many songs together with Marky to Intruders debut album etc.
Skinny And The Gonedaddys will be doing a mini tour of France and Germany in support of their release, Shot My TV. The band will perform songs from their latest album and will also include many songs that Skinny had written with Dee Dee and Marky Ramone. Songs to be performed include The Job That Ate My Brain and Anxiety, in addition the Gonedaddys will play songs written by Dee Dee and Skinny: Nothing Is Innocent, Better Way To Live and others. - These songs have never performed live and the songs written with Dee Dee have never been released to date. This will be the only chance to hear these rare songs as well as the songs from Shot My TV. The Nicotine release has been getting great reviews and the album is also available on vinyl, tells Skinny.
Tour dates are:
June 2, 2010, Le Mojomatic, Montpellier, France. Show time: 22.00.
June 3, 2010, Thunderbird Lounge, Saint-Etienne, France. Show time: 22.00.
June 4, 2010, Holdem Saloon, Bordeaux, France. Also playing Wild Weekend. Show time: 22.00.
June 5, 2010, Mondo Bizarro, Rennes, France. Also playing Lipstick Vibrators. Show time: 22.00.
June 8, 2010, Haus, Kassel, Germany.
June 9, 2010, Hauptquartier, Aachen, Germany.
June 10, 2010, Die Kieler Schaubude, Kiel, Germany. Also playing Devils Day Off. Show time: 22.00.
June 11, 2010, Wild at Heart, Berlin, Germany. Show time: 22.00. (May 9, 2010)

- Hey Is Dee Dee Home document was released as a DVD on October 21, 2003 by MVD Visual. Hey Is Dee Dee Home is directed by Lech Kowalski. June 16, 2009 it was kind of re-released with a name History On My Arms, it is basicly normal 63 minutes long version of Hey Is Dee Dee Home document with a bonus material of 50 minutes. Bonus material is pretty weak in general, like one person explained: "Most of the additional footage consists of video that was rolling while the film crew was setting up and checking sound and lights as Dee Dee messes around on the guitar without focus or any structure." (October 22, 2009)

- The fifth annual Johnny Ramone and Ramones outdoor event presented by Linda Ramone in association with the JRA (Johnny Ramone Army), was held again. It was in a memory of Johnny Ramone on Saturday October 3rd, 2009 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.) in Los Angeles, CA, USA. See more infos with many photos taken by me here.
You can find lot material also from Johnny's official site and Gaston Sanchez's site.
Sole survivor of the original Ramones line-up, Tommy Ramone, and CJ Ramone both were on hand to celebrate Johnny's legacy. Special homage was also paid to Dee Dee Ramone. Original paintings by Dee Dee were exhibited on site in an art show curated by his wife, Barbara Zampini (Ramone).
Songs from a full-length, "It's Alive" Ramones concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on December 31, 1977, was screened outdoors, after dark on a 24-foot mausoleum wall (as in Hollywood Forever's summer film program Cinespia). The double feature concluded with the world premiere of the 1968 cult classic movie Night Of The Living Dead in 3D. Live broadcast was at 98,7FM, Complete Control Radio. Television channel E!'s "That Morning Show" had in advance an interview with Johnny's wife Linda and actress Rose McGowan, they had a discussion of the Ramones and Johnny in general, of this event. Click here to see it. (Updated: October 12, 2009)

- Helter Skelter Publishing will release third pressing of Dee Dee Ramone's book Poison Heart: Surviving The Ramones. Helter Skelter Publishing just informed me, release date is delayed and book should come out in early October. Read more of the book here. (Updated: August 25, 2009)

- False Alarm Records released two albums in one CD. CD has False Alarm's CD titled Fuck 'Em All We've All Ready (Now) Won! (2006), expect final song (I Don't Want To Be Your Friend) of 14 songs in original album. Also it has Youth Gone Mad Featuring Dee Dee Ramone album, expect final song (In The Pines) of 15 songs in original album. So this CD has 27 songs in total.
False Alarm's Fuck 'Em All We've All Ready (Now) Won! part is produced by False Alarm's Brent "Aldo" Alden and Youth Gone Mad's Paul Kostabi. Dee Dee Ramone and Paul Kostabi painted together cover of Fuck 'Em All We've All Ready (Now) Won! Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys, Cheetah Chrome & The Blackhearts etc. does play lead guitar in five songs, first solo in one song and Cheetah does sing Dead Boys' cover High Tension Wire. Rick Wilder of Mau Maus & Berlin Brats does sing New York Dolls' cover Vietnamese Baby. Brent Alden and Dylan Maunder (RIP, 2005) wrote all other songs expect Paul Kostabi wrote In My Mind song, and Brent and Dylan wrote Day Is Night together with George Tabb.
Dee Dee Ramone and Youth Gone Mad, leaded by Paul Kostabi, did a lot of co-operation together in Dee Dee's last years musically and also in art. Like Dee Dee and Paul did lot paintings together. Dee Dee does play guitar on Youth Gone Mad Featuring Dee Dee Ramone album, also does backing vocals, bass on Horror Hospital and lead vocals on Horror Hospital and False Alarm. In addition to Dee Dee and Paul, their part of CD are featuring Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zampini, Tony Mann, Fenton Lawless and Mike Solis. You can order CD for example through False Alarm's homepage or from Interpunk. (July 23, 2009)

- Phoenix Books & Audio company released officially on June 1, 2009 book called Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years) by Vera Davies (writer name: Vera Ramone King). SEE HERE MAIN SECTION ON MY SITE OF THIS BOOK.
Vera had a book signing at the Barnes & Noble store in SOHO Tribeca at 7PM on June 8, 2009. Next day, June 9, 2009, Vera was at Marky Ramone's radio show called Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 28.
So book came out normally even in mid April, 2009, was told, release might be postponed or cancelled, because executor of Dee Dee Ramone's estate has gone to court to stop publication of a book. Ira Herzog says Vera violated an agreement to let him review and change anything she wrote about the bassist.
Anyway book is now released, and it has lot great photos. It is not written "sensational" way as might had gotten impression because of some promotional lines published announced in advance. Following are basic infos, 75 % of these I had wrote before new turn. Some of these has also my thoughs:
In 1977, Dee Dee met Vera. Dee Dee had wild life going on and they were very rough times. Probably both also gave to each other hard time. Vera was much more stable anyway. There are lot sad stories to tell. Also of course lovely ones. But after book was promoted with "USA's scandal story way", I did not knew do I wanna hear them as I would put it this realistic way: "If Vera simply tells the truth, I am sure somebody will accuse her saying nasty things."
Many also thinks how Dee Dee without Vera would have got a call from heaven earlier. That is also realistic. Anyway they loved each other very much and they were married in 1978. Many times Dee Dee would succumb to his bad habits and would have to struggle to get back on track again. Dee Dee quit the Ramones in 1989. One month earlier Dee Dee's and Vera's ways were separated (even they officially divorced many years later in 1995). Dee Dee moved to England and then to Amsterdam to clean himself up. Vera forbid Dee Dee to write about her in his books even though they had been married for so many years.
Vera has told, psychic reader called Linda Drake merely passed on the information from the other side by channelling Dee Dee. Book progress started going on that way...
Anyway Vera toured extensively with the Ramones, living the punk era firsthand. Book has more than 50 never-before-published photos of the Ramones. Vera Ramone King pays tribute to her late husband, revealing what it was like to live with and love a heroin addict and the genius behind the Ramones. Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years) has 256 pages and it is an hard cover book. Nowadays Vera lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
Dee Dee's mother writes in a back cover of the book:
"I'll always be grateful to Vera and thank her for loving and taking such good care of my son for so many years. Her story tells it all and this final tribute to Dee Dee will keep his legacy alive long after he's gone. I know he's smiling down from heaven."
Many of you fans does remember Keith Green and his classic Dee Dee Ramone photos from 1993. Keith Green wrote to me that one of those his photos of Dee Dee on the balcony with guitar in Chelsea Hotel is included to Vera's book. Also Keith wrote that his five never-before-seen portraits of Vera in 2007 are featured on the insides. Keith writes in back cover following:
"Vera truly peels back the curtains in her exciting yet tumultuous memories while reliving the wild side of the '70s punk extravaganza through the eyes and heart of a punk bride. A real lesson in passion and survival." (Updated: June 10, 2009)


- False Alarm (Los Angeles, USA) and Nicotine Records (Italy), made an record deal. Nicotine Records released (April, 2009) European pressing of False Alarm's praised CD titled Fuck 'Em All We've All Ready (Now) Won! In the USA it was released in 2006. False Alarm's history goes back to year 1983. Most active they has have now in 2000's. They are long time Ramones fans, like Brent Alden has seen big amount of Ramones shows since early 80's.
Paul Kostabi does play guitar in Fuck 'Em All We've All Ready (Now) Won!. Paul and Dee Dee were close friends. Also their painting is in a cover of this False Alarm CD titled Fuck 'Em All We've All Ready (Now) Won! CD has 14 songs and it features guest appearances on 6 tracks by Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys, Cheetah Chrome & The Blackhearts etc.) etc.
Order in a same time from Nicotine Records releases by artists like Walter Lure, The Lustkillers, Hamburg Ramönes, Electric Frankenstein etc. (April 8, 2009)

- Paul Kostabi and Heidi Follin were most important partners for Dee Dee in his painting career. Also Paul's band Youth Gone Mad and Dee Dee did lot co-operation together. Dee Dee himself suggested to Paul that they should collaborate on some artwork, and that did happen more than ten years to Dee Dee's final days. You will find the most extensive story of their friendship and career together from my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
Paul Kostabi is Mark Kostabi's brother. Paul Kostabi has an exhibition at The Outside In Piermont in New York (address: 249 Ferdon Ave Piermont, NY 10968). Exhibition is from March 8 to April 19, 2009. Reception is on March 15, 2009 (2-5PM). (March 5, 2009)









TOMMY RAMONE -NEWS: JANUARY 2009 - DECEMBER 2010

- The sixth annual Johnny Ramone and Ramones outdoor event presented by Linda Ramone in association with the JRA (Johnny Ramone Army), was on July 25, 2010, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.) in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Gates were open at 6PM. Guests included Tommy Ramone, Metallica's guitarist Kirk Hammett, actresses Rose McGowan, PJ Soles (aka Riff Randell) and Dey Young (aka Kate Rambeau), actor Loren Lester (aka Fritz Hansel) etc. PJ, Dey and Loren were actresses in "Ramones movie" Rock And Roll Highschool. Also there was chance to meet Richard Whitley and Russ Dvonch who were screenwriters of Rock And Roll Highschool.
In this event were shown Rock And Roll Highschool and one of Johnny's top ten 10# horror movie:
James Whale's The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935).
Event had taken place in a area where is Johnny Ramone's memorial statue and Dee Dee Ramone's grave.
On July 25, 2010, was also autograph signings etc. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research Fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Research Center. Johnny's wife Linda and actress Rose McGowan appeared on Fox's Good Day L.A. The Good Day LA segment with Linda and Rose was aired live Thorsday July 22nd, 2010 starting at 9:20am on FOX 11 (USA).
Read here comments of event by Tommy Ramone, and fan comments by Joe and Debbie Lunardon and Tom Green. Also read information related to Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and the Metallica's connections to the Ramones. (Updated: July 31, 2010)

- Red Velvet Media's blogtalkradio has Ramones special on July 23, 2010, at 5PM USA Eastern Time/ 2PM USA Pacific Time. The guests are Tommy Ramone along with Ramones tour manager Monte Melnick. This is 1,5 hours long special also featuring surprise guest callers. This show is hosted by Holly Stephey and Rock Art Master Spencer Drate who is designer of some Ramones album covers. You can join show calling it: +1 347 677-1036. (July 19, 2010)

- Tommy Ramone's and Claudia Tienan's duo band is called Uncle Monk. Uncle Monk had first shows in 2006. Their first tour in Europe is in April 29-May 8, 2010. People in Ireland and North Ireland are lucky ones to welcome Tommy and Claudia to Europe. Read my interview with Tommy of Uncle Monk tour here. (April 15, 2010)

- The fifth annual Johnny Ramone and Ramones outdoor event presented by Linda Ramone in association with the JRA (Johnny Ramone Army), was held again. It was in a memory of Johnny Ramone on Saturday October 3rd, 2009 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.) in Los Angeles, CA, USA. See more infos with many photos taken by me here.
You can find lot material also from Johnny's official site and Gaston Sanchez's site.
Sole survivor of the original Ramones line-up, Tommy Ramone, and CJ Ramone both were on hand to celebrate Johnny's legacy. Special homage was also paid to Dee Dee Ramone. Original paintings by Dee Dee were exhibited on site in an art show curated by his wife, Barbara Zampini (Ramone).
Songs from a full-length, "It's Alive" Ramones concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on December 31, 1977, was screened outdoors, after dark on a 24-foot mausoleum wall (as in Hollywood Forever's summer film program Cinespia). The double feature concluded with the world premiere of the 1968 cult classic movie Night Of The Living Dead in 3D. Live broadcast was at 98,7FM, Complete Control Radio. Television channel E!'s "That Morning Show" had in advance an interview with Johnny's wife Linda and actress Rose McGowan, they had a discussion of the Ramones and Johnny in general, of this event. Click here to see it. (Updated: October 12, 2009)


- I have wrote many times before of Marky Ramone's radio show called Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 28. You can listen it nowadays also on XM Satellite Radio's channel 52. Show runs every Tuesday at 5PM (West coast time in the USA) and at 8PM (East coast time in the USA). Show re-plays 5 hours after the original airing again on XM.
Weekly show lasts two hours and Marky does play beside of the Ramones songs also music that he likes and which influenced the Ramones. Marky has also guests in his show. Tommy Ramone will be guest on his show on February 17, 2009. (February 11, 2009)









MARKY RAMONE -NEWS: JANUARY 2009 - DECEMBER 2010

- David Divine Brooks is playing bass and writing songs for Priscilla. Priscilla did release their album Eight Lives on
FnA Records in December, 2010. Eight Lives features 14 songs and is the follow-up to the High Fashion CD, which was released earlier in 2010 on Suncity Records. Priscilla does play glam rock etc. and you can listen songs in their MySpace.
As a background information why I connected Priscilla to the Ramones, is how David Divine was main singer in Marky Ramone's different line-up's for many years. David did his first show with Marky Ramone at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame event in Cleveland on June 26, 2003. The Ramones were voted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame the year earlier in 2002. Together with Marky and David then played Daniel Rey (bass) and guitarist C.J. Gunn (not CJ Ramone). David Divine sang his last shows with Marky Ramone in August-October, 2008. (December 19, 2010)

- Marky Ramone wrote him being together with Michale Graves on the Travel Channel's No Reservations program hosted by Anthony Bourdain. It is aired on December 6, 2010 at 10PM EST. You can see here YouTube clip. (December 5, 2010)

- As many of you knows, first song by Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg was published on January 10, 2010 via ITunes. Song is called When We Were Angels and in June, 2010, was published animated video of it. When We Were Angels is new version of song which Michale Graves has released in his Illusions album in 2007.
As a new information, they have follow-up song similar to When We Were Angels. But Marky says they don't wanna do album now, rather put out singles until they has 15-16 other songs. Marky don't wanna rush. October, 2010, Michale Graves also told they are writing new material. Michale did mention they plan to release another single this winter. They are also working with a USA tour. See tour dates here. (Updated: October 25, 2010).

- Marky Ramone, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Michale Graves (ex-Misfits, Marky Ramone's Blitzrieg), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big etc.), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint) and Andy Hilfiger are having performance together on October 8, 2010.
This is a special all-star concert as benefit for the newly created Marky Ramone Drum Scholarship for Musicians Institute at the Musicians Institute Concert Hall at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, USA. Marky is mainman in this show. Setlist has around 30 Ramones songs, such as I Wanna Be Sedated, The KKK Took My Baby Away, Psycho Therapy, Blitzkrieg Bop and Pinhead.
"I am much honored to be chosen as an artist for the scholarship program. Music for kids is very important to have," explains Marky.
100 percent of the event proceeds will fund the newly created Marky Ramone Drum Scholarship for Musicians Institute.
Online advance sale: general-admission seats (festival seating) are US$30, VIP seating is US$45 (guaranteed first 3 rows) and US$99 VIP Backstage (first three rows seating guaranteed. Backstage pass; after-show meet-and-greet; special Marky Ramone gift bag etc.)
Go to Ticketweb.com to buy tickets.
Walk-up tickets (bought at the day of show): general-admission seats (festival seating) are US$35, VIP seating is US$50 (guaranteed first 3 rows), VIP Backstage not available.
Address:
Musicians Institute Concert Hall
1655 N. McCadden Place
Hollywood, CA 90028
(September 15, 2010)

- Marky Ramone's twin brother Fred Bell have a new band Taost. His bandmate Dwayne C. wrote me they having soon radio premier at Marky's radio show Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg. Marky will play their song Talkin About Me. Talkin About Me is written by Fred Bell and you can listen it on Youtube here. Some of you Ramones fans might remember Marky's old band Marky Ramone And The Intruders song Telephone Love what is written by both brothers: Marky and Fred. Telephone Love is in Marky Ramone And The Intruders debut album (1996). Group also released Coward With A Gun single and another album The Answer To Your Problems (1999).
You can listen Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 28. You can listen it nowadays also on XM Satellite Radio's channel 52. Show runs every Tuesday at 5PM (West coast time in the USA) and at 8PM (East coast time in the USA). Show re-plays 5 hours after the original airing again on XM. (September 3, 2010)

- http://www.wohomusic.net has a signed drum skin for wohomusic members. It is signed by Marky Ramone. The deadline for entries is midnight, 30th September 2010. Read more here, how to join wohomusic and participate contest. (August 22, 2010)

- Jon Wood of the http://www.wohomusic.net wrote to me them meeting up with Marky Ramone and they doing long interview with Marky on July 29, 2010. Interview is 48 minutes long and it is good how http://www.wohomusic.net put it to four pieces in their site and homepage. Mainly extensive interview has stories what Marky has told lot of times. But interview also has Marky's thoughs of new things.
In part 1 Marky Ramone explains how he got interested of music after seeing Beatles on TV etc. He listened to The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, Who etc. Also he explains how music scene was in New York in 1970's. As well personalities of him, Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone.
Marky feels it was a shame that Johnny and Joey didn't make up peace at the end. Sadly Marky himself also in this interview continue keeping negative things rolling in our Ramones family. He did it again to CJ Ramone and Richie Ramone. Like Marky says in part 3: "I am not saying I am the only one who keeps legacy alive, but people in newspapers and articles etc. are saying I am living legacy of the group. I am not. Tommy Ramone is still alive but he is not playing Ramones songs with his band, he is not playing drums. That is a difference. There are a lot of people keeping legacy alive in other groups, who will play Ramones songs." There is no any mention of CJ and Richie in this interview. There is still four living Ramones members: Tommy, Marky, Richie and CJ!
In part 2 Marky mainly explains of great RAW DVD he did with John Cafiero. He tells lot of End Of The Century album and of all rumours concerning it and studio sessions. Marky wanna again put information straight, how Phil Spector never pull gun out and pointed it to Dee Dee etc.
In part 3 Marky gets more relaxed and shows his funny side. Also tells openly of his drinking problem and good and bad times with Joey etc.
Part 4 has most new information. Marky Ramone explains of Marky Ramone Blitzkrieg's first recorded song and video When We Were Angels, how they got an E-mail from man from France who did animated video free. In the end of video there is written: "Produced by Marky Ramone & Callicore. CG artists: Laurent Mercier/ Xavier Semen. Head of production: Linda Mercier." Marky tells of the Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, how Michale Graves became his lead singer. He explains of his pasta sauce, clothing collection, of his radio show Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg... (August 22, 2010).

- Marky Ramone claims he's getting screwed out his cut of the Ramones' royalties, and now Marky is trying to legally get what he thinks he deserves. Marky is plaintiff and there are five separated defendants in a lawsuit paper what has 17 pages. Marky and the Ramones entities entered into a written agreement dated September 23, 2005, which expressly obligated the Ramones entities to pay Marky royalties in connection with certain master recordings, compositions, and merchandise exploited by entities. From the effective date of the 2005 agreement, through approximately 2008, the Ramones entities etc. rendered intermittent statements and payments attributable to the 2005... Since mid-2008 Marky Ramone has repeatedly demanded that past due statements and payments be rendered: the Ramones entities have refused. So Marky claims the people in charge of distributing royalties completely snubbed their 2005 contract, pocketing cuts of Ramones money that didn't belong to them, shafting Marky in the process. Marky Ramone has counted it is 175 000 US$, and over one million US$ in punitive damages.
This is not so simple than most Ramones members thinks. Marky certainly has some reason to do this. Anyway always sad when new fights gotta happen related to the Ramones. (July 19, 2010)


- Marky Ramone has shows in Europe in July-October, 2010. See all dates here. Also he will do a DJ set and has a fan meeting. July 16, 2010, Marky will do a DJ set at Sala Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain. Day before, July 15, Marky Ramone has a meeting with fans at Fnac El Triangle in Barcelona. Marky tells more: "I will present my two new single releases Wonderful World in Spanish produced and arranged by yours truly playing the drums, and Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg song original written by singer Michael Graves When We Were Angels."
and Marky continues: "On the July 16th, I will participate in the 25th anniversary of the most important Music Radio Show in Spain, Tarda Tarda. My friend Jordi (director of the program), has set up a big party with many guests. A lot of surprises will be guaranteed. You will see it live on the Catalan TV, or on the Internet (http://www.tv3.cat). I want to wish Jordi another 25 successful years, and thank him for his support through the years. After the party of Tarda Tarda, I will see you all at the famed Razzmatazz venue on the 16th of July. doing my DJ set you," explains Marky Ramone. (July 5, 2010)

- First song by Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg was published on January 10, 2010 via ITunes. Song is called When We Were Angels and in June, 2010, was published animated video of it. When We Were Angels is new version of song which Michale Graves has released in his Illusions album in 2007.
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg line-up is: drummer Marky Ramone, singer Michale Graves (ex-Misfits), guitarist Alex Kane (Antiproduct) and bassist Clare (Antiproduct etc.). See more details of song with my comments below (news written in January, 2010). (July 3, 2010).


- Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg has shows in Italy, Switzerland and UK in July, 2010. See all shows listed here. (June 18, 2010)

- Skinny Bones is a familiar name for many Ramones fans. He has Ramones related background with many ways. The Ramones recorded and released three songs Marky Ramone and Skinny Bones wrote together: Anxiety and The Job That Ate My Brain in Mondo Bizarro and Have A Nice Day in Adios Amigos.
Skinny Bones also did some songs together with Dee Dee Ramone. One of those songs will be included in Shot My TV album by Skinny Bones And The Gonedaddys. Great Italian labels released Shot My TV, the Nicotine Records will release CD and Tornado Ride Records LP.
Skinny was also in the Resistance, he was first singer in Marky Ramone And The Intruders, and he wrote many songs together with Marky to Intruders debut album etc.
Skinny And The Gonedaddys will be doing a mini tour of France and Germany in support of their release, Shot My TV. The band will perform songs from their latest album and will also include many songs that Skinny had written with Dee Dee and Marky Ramone. Songs to be performed include The Job That Ate My Brain and Anxiety, in addition the Gonedaddys will play songs written by Dee Dee and Skinny: Nothing Is Innocent, Better Way To Live and others. - These songs have never performed live and the songs written with Dee Dee have never been released to date. This will be the only chance to hear these rare songs as well as the songs from Shot My TV. The Nicotine release has been getting great reviews and the album is also available on vinyl, tells Skinny.
Tour dates are:
June 2, 2010, Le Mojomatic, Montpellier, France. Show time: 22.00.
June 3, 2010, Thunderbird Lounge, Saint-Etienne, France. Show time: 22.00.
June 4, 2010, Holdem Saloon, Bordeaux, France. Also playing Wild Weekend. Show time: 22.00.
June 5, 2010, Mondo Bizarro, Rennes, France. Also playing Lipstick Vibrators. Show time: 22.00.
June 8, 2010, Haus, Kassel, Germany.
June 9, 2010, Hauptquartier, Aachen, Germany.
June 10, 2010, Die Kieler Schaubude, Kiel, Germany. Also playing Devils Day Off. Show time: 22.00.
June 11, 2010, Wild at Heart, Berlin, Germany. Show time: 22.00. (May 9, 2010)


- I wrote in December, 2009, how more Marky Ramone's designed products are available. He has designed a custom drumstick for Vic Firth. Vic Firth's press release tells: "With the diameter between a 5A and 5B. it is a medium shaft stick with a short taper and a barrel tip. The 16 3/8" length has plenty of reach and "plays big" without being too big to handle."
Also Marky Ramone's Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce is now available... A recipe is by Marky. Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce is currently available at various House Of Blues venues and at Markyramone.com. Marky tells, they are close to finding the right distribution company for pasta sauce. Joe and Debbie Lunardon wrote comments of sauce in March 4, 2010: "We finally found Marky's pasta sauce at House of Blues Anaheim. It was given the thumbs up by their chef and we have to admit it was very good with a real fresh taste (nice job Marky). The only drawback was that it was kind of pricey at US$10.50 a jar." (Updated: March 4, 2010)

- Marky Ramone's first instructional DVD is available now in North America (release date: January 26, 2010). Publisher is Music Sales America. DVD is in stores and also can do online order via halleonard.com. DVD's length is 64 minutes. DVD is titled Marky Ramone - Punk Rock Drumming His Way For Beginners.
Marky shows you his secrets to drumming, such as how to set up your kit, how to warm up and pace yourself, and most of all: how to make it look easy. Marky breaks down every punk beat, groove, and fill for the beginner and pro alike, in a very clear and easily understood way. From stick and grip choice, Marky goes on to cover: differences between rock and punk drumming; fast "punk" eight notes, beats, fills, and grooves; alternate time signatures, and more. (February 4, 2010).


- First song by Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg is now available via ITunes. It was published on January 10, 2010. Song is called When We Were Angels. This is new version of song which Michale Graves has released in his Illusions album in 2007.
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg line-up is: drummer Marky Ramone, singer Michale Graves (ex-Misfits), guitarist Alex Kane (Antiproduct) and bassist Clare (Antiproduct etc.). Some of you people who are visiting my site regularly, are asked comments of When We Were Angels. I write them also here because everyone has no chance to download When We Were Angels from Itunes (you gotta download and install Itunes program, pay song with credit card etc.).
I was pretty surprised how pop is also this version of When We Were Angels. This four minutes long version has no attitude what I personally expected and hoped. Of Marky's ex-line-up's Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings is my favourite, and they played tight together and had rawk'N'punk attitude. When We Were Angels is loose, soft and boring, and somehow in my mind result is connected to the bands who are looking for to get airplay from MTV. Everyone can decide is it good or bad. Seems like there is no taken any risks when song is recorded. This version needs some attitude. It is good that Marky's drums are mixed again to the top. Graves is a great singer, but in this version he is not in his right level. Now he really sounds like pop singer. Let's hope Marky Ramone, Michale Graves, Clare and Alex Kane just wanted to show their soft side first. And then something much better is coming. Something how their live shows are.
Marky had premier to the song on his radio show Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 28. You can listen it nowadays also on XM Satellite Radio's channel 52. Show runs every Tuesday at 5PM (West coast time in the USA) and at 8PM (East coast time in the USA). Show re-plays 5 hours after the original airing again on XM. Now is 5th anniversary of Punk Rock Blitzkrieg radio show. (Updated: January 20, 2010)

- Now I heard and also watched for the first time of Marky being in the Spazzys video of the song called Hey Hey Baby. It is released already in 2004. Marky is in a video their car driver. That same year, 2004, Marky Ramone had spoken words shows in Australia and then Spazzys played with Marky a short sets as well.
Spazzys has also song called I Wanna Cut My Hair Like Marky Ramone. It appears on Life's A Gas: A Tribute To Joey Ramone album (2001).
The Spazzys is an all-girl pop punk band from Melbourne, Australia. They formed in 2000 and played their first show as a support for Mach Pelican (what is also familiar band for many Ramones fans). (December 15, 2009)


- Every surviving Ramones member has done also in this year interviews. Here are links for few Marky Ramone's interviews,
his interview at TruePunk.com
and his interview about his clothing line with designer Tommy Hilfiger. See more infos of clothing line below.
Following interviews were promoting shows by Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg in Australia. Read interview at Australian's Access All Areas website,
and Thevine.com.au.. (July 15, 2009)

- Phoenix Books & Audio company released officially on June 1, 2009 book called Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years) by Vera Davies (writer name: Vera Ramone King). SEE HERE MAIN SECTION ON MY SITE OF THIS BOOK.
Vera was guest in Marky Ramone's radio show called Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 28. You can listen interview here. Marky started his show with Pet Sematary and Punishment Fits The Crime from Ramones' album Brain Drain. Later Marky played for example Wart Hog, Dee Dee's solo song Fix Yourself Up, Rancid's Disconnected, Misfits' American Psycho (Michale Graves singing), Blondie's In The Flesh etc.
Marky's show last 2 hours and here are some examples of their discussions. Marky asked about Vera's feelings of her going first time with the Ramones to the UK. Then they discussed how the Ramones invented the punk, and of their Sid Vicious memories in New York. Vera told Dee Dee and she were invited to visit Sid and Nancy at Chelsea Hotel in New York that night when Nancy got killed. Vera thought Dee Dee would use dope with Sid and Nancy, and they didn't go.
Dee Dee and Vera got married in 1978, they separated in 1989, and officially divorced in 1995. Vera explained how Dee Dee wanted to grow musically and as an artist, and that was one reason why he quit the Ramones. Soon Dee Dee released his Dee Dee King album Standing In The Spotlight. Vera explained how because of writer Stephen King, Dee Dee started to use Dee Dee King name around it when Dee Dee had wrote title song Pet Sematary for movie. (June 25, 2009)


- David Divine was main singer in Marky Ramone's different line-up's for many years. David did his first show with Marky Ramone at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame event in Cleveland on June 26, 2003. The Ramones were voted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame the year earlier in 2002. Together with Marky and David then played Daniel Rey (bass) and guitarist C.J. Gunn (not CJ Ramone).
David Divine sang his last shows with Marky Ramone in August-October, 2008. Final show was at 565 in La Plata, Argentina on October 12, 2008. After that Marky had new singer, Michale Graves (ex-Misfits), and in line-up continued playing guitarist Alex Kane (Antiproduct) and bassist Clare (Antiproduct etc.).
I thinked to think ask few things from David that people does know that things are well between him and Marky:
David: "I would say that Marky Ramone and I talked well in advance to the tour and everything is fine between us, Marky and his wife Marion have always been super cool people to me as well as Alex and Clare. I've had great times with all of them and the band that is touring now is awesome, go see it. Marky, Marion, Clare, Alex and what I knof of Michael Graves are really cool.
I'm working on my original stuff in a band called Cheap Vinyl, showing my art at exibits and writing colums for a magazines.", commented David Divine. (March 4, 2009).

- Rock Scene Brands, LLC is an entertainment based apparel and lifestyle company. Lead by the vision of its founders, Tara Barrett, Andy Hilfiger and Marky Ramone, Rock Scene celebrates and pays tribute to American-Rock culture - mixing rock and roll aesthetics with a brand heritage derived from the iconic rock magazine from the early 1970s.
This clothing for men and women based on the legendary bible of an era, Rock Scene Magazine. This spring 2009 collection, in partnership with Hilfiger Denim, focuses on the rebellious style of punk rock and the New York music scene from 1978 and is designed by Marky Ramone.
Marky Ramone commented at Dish Mag's Issue 104: "It went back and forth about three or four times, dealing with a leather jacket. I wanted to put the stud work on it so it wasn't too over the top, just cool, not too much. On the jeans I wanted a little bit of stud work, but not to much either, and I wanted to make sure the quality of the leather on the coat, and the material, was good. I added the interior of the coat, I added the stud work, I wanted to make sure the coat had a soft leather too, because all through life, even through high school, they were always stiff and it took a long time to break them in. I wanted to be sure people who were interested in having one of my jackets could enjoy it right away.", commented Marky for Dish Mag.
Collection features two leather jackets (one each for men and women), two pairs of jeans, (men's and women's) and a range of five tees that feature the Rock Scene and Ramones logos.
The collection is available exclusively through Hilfiger Denim, www.hilfigerdenim.com throughout Europe, U.S. and Japan. The Marky Ramone Rock Scene Collection can be found at prices ranging from 40-595 US dollars for both men's and women's in the United States. Read Marky's interview of this collection here.
I wanna add mention that Andy Hilfiger has played in some Ramones related events, like at Joey Ramone's Christmas Tribute on December 19, 2002, and also at Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2006. Billy and Andy Hilfiger were also in King Flux band founded by Richie Stotts in 1983. Marky played a while in King Flux but officially they didn't released any records. King Flux story you will from my upcoming third Ramones book... (Updated: February 20, 2009)


- I have wrote many times before of Marky Ramone's radio show called Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 28. You can listen it nowadays also on XM Satellite Radio's channel 52. Show runs every Tuesday at 5PM (West coast time in the USA) and at 8PM (East coast time in the USA). Show re-plays 5 hours after the original airing again on XM.
Weekly show lasts two hours and Marky does play beside of the Ramones songs also music that he likes and which influenced the Ramones. Marky has also guests in his show. Tommy Ramone will be guest on his show on February 17, 2009. (February 11, 2009)

- Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg line-up is: drummer Marky Ramone, singer Michale Graves (ex-Misfits), guitarist Alex Kane (Antiproduct) and bassist Clare (Antiproduct etc.). They does play in March-April, 2009 in Mexico, USA, Japan and Australia. More about Marky's shows in general here. (January 14, 2009)








RICHIE RAMONE -NEWS: JANUARY 2009 - DECEMBER 2010

- Great, great news. Richie Ramone is putting together a band. Richie is also writing original songs. Richie has surprise members in his band (surprises to most of the fans). We will provide more details soon.
As many of you fans knows, Richie has written many great Ramones songs: Somebody Put Something In My Drink, I Know Better Now, I'm Not Jesus, (You) Can't Say Anything Nice, Smash You and Humankind. By the way, it.s strange how on some official album covers the title Humankind is written Human Kind. (November 3, 2010).

- Richie Ramone and Mickey Leigh visited in Brazil in June, 2010. Read and see here
picture-story report of their trip written by Helio Volpato.
Here you can read first background of their visit. Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh opened a Joey Ramone Place punk rock merchandise store in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil in January, 2010. It is featuring mainly Joey Ramone, and punk related merchandise.
- In planning since July '08, it's finally open for business. Childhood friend Allen Brooks and family is running the operation. 20% of anything I make goes to charities for children in the favelas (slums). The soft opening was on January 30, 2010. This is really exciting and so amazing that even though he is not physically here, in Joey's name so much good can still be accomplished. What a Wonderful World!!, knows Mickey Leigh.
Address is: Joey Ramone Place, Rua Francisco Otaviano, 67/ Loja 46, Copacabana Rio De Janeiro RJ, 22080-040. Phone number: 25234604.
- The store is mostly Joey, and Ramones merchandise, shirts, dresses, stickers, pretty much the same items you see on the website store on Joeyramone.com. Hopefully there will be some new items that are more suited to Rio soon, like bikinis and things like that, wrote Mickey on April 5, 2010.
Richie's manager Tiffany wrote to me in April 15 and 19: "Richie Ramone is going to Brazil between June 9 to June 13, 2010 in connection with the Joey Ramone Place punk rock merchandise store. Richie and Mickey will be playing on June 11 and 12, 2010 in Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paolo. I'll let you know the venues when I know."
Probably there are also special T-shirts being made.
Some rumours not correct. Some people are told Tommy being there, but that is not true: "Nobody has contacted me about any of this. So I don't know anything about it. I have heard nothing about going to Rio or anywhere else in South America. I will make some phone calls over the weekend to see what is going on. Who is spreading this rumor?", Tommy wrote to me. (Updated: June 29, 2010).


- James Greene, Jr. recently interviewed Richie Ramone. James write for Crawdaddy.com. Richie tells in this interview for example reasons why he quit, of photo session by George DuBose where Richie is holding a chimp, of song credits, of his West Side Story piece etc. Read interview here. (June 10, 2010)

- Richie Ramone and his manager Tiffany wrote to me Richie Ramone is going to Brazil between June 9 to June 13, 2010 in connection with the Joey Ramone Place punk rock merchandise store. Richie and Joey Ramone.s brother Mickey Leigh will be playing in Sao Paolo, Brazil in June 11 and in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in June 12, 2010.
Richie will be guest DJ at Club Vegas, Sao Paulo on June 10, 2010. Richie and Mickey also has autograph session at the Joey Ramone Store in Rio De Janeiro in June 12, 2010. Richie and Tiffany told, .probably there are also special T-shirts being made..
Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh opened a Joey Ramone Place punk rock merchandise store in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil in January, 2010. It is featuring mainly Joey Ramone, and punk related merchandise.
- In planning since July '08, it's finally open for business. Childhood friend Allen Brooks and family is running the operation. 20% of anything I make goes to charities for children in the favelas (slums). The soft opening was on January 30, 2010. This is really exciting and so amazing that even though he is not physically here, in Joey's name so much good can still be accomplished. What a Wonderful World!!, knows Mickey Leigh.
Address is: Joey Ramone Place, Rua Francisco Otaviano, 67/ Loja 46, Copacabana Rio De Janeiro RJ, 22080-040. Phone number: 25234604.
- The store is mostly Joey, and Ramones merchandise, shirts, dresses, stickers, pretty much the same items you see on the website store on Joeyramone.com. Hopefully there will be some new items that are more suited to Rio soon, like bikinis and things like that, wrote Mickey on April 5, 2010.
Some rumours not correct. Some people are told Tommy being there, but that is not true: "Nobody has contacted me about any of this. So I don't know anything about it. I have heard nothing about going to Rio or anywhere else in South America. I will make some phone calls over the weekend to see what is going on. Who is spreading this rumor?", Tommy wrote to me. (Updated: June 7, 2010).


- Richie Ramone was at Xavier High School as he told me in New York in May, 2010. Richie had spoken word kind of chat and he also jammed with the Xavier Band. Idea to ask Richie Ramone to visit to school was by Dr. Bill Pace, Xavier's band moderator. He had heard Richie's interview on WFMU radio channel. Bill Pace wrote afterwards for example: "During the interview I became impressed to learn that while still in high school, Richie had studied with Dave Brubeck's drummer, Joe Morello, and that Richie won several state contests for snare drum and timpani. He went on to describe how he has recently arranged the entire score for a pops orchestra concert of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story that features his drumming in the style of Buddy Rich.
Richie did a great job inspiring our students to apply their interest in music passionately and to be a serious student of music. The Ramones drummer arrived at Xavier ready to jam with the Xavier band, performing several jazz-rock arrangements with the big band, coaching student small groups, and speaking on his experiences in the famous punk rock band and beyond.
Richie urged the 50 students in attendance to practice incessantly and to learn to read music. "You can learn to play a lot of things, but you'll always be limited if you can't read music." He also spoke on various topics such as the music industry, his daily practice regimen and his home recording setup."
Read story here and see also video clip. (June 4, 2010)

- Joey Ramone's 59th birthday celebration was again in New York (2010). In January, 2010, Joey's brother Mickey Leigh confirmed Joey Ramone Birthday Bash being again on May 19th, 2010, once again at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza.
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is memory event to our angel. It is organised yearly since 2001. Every year on May 19th...
April 6th, 2010, I got confirmation from Richie Ramone, that he will be playing at this year's Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. And he did. Tommy Ramone had no chance to attend event this year. CJ Ramone and Marky Ramone won't play at the Birthday Bash.
Line-up in this year was:
* Friends of Joey Ramone set: 1) Richie Ramone, 2) Mickey Leigh, 3) Walter Lure, 4) Cheetah Chrome, 5) Jean Beauvoir, 6) George Tabb, 7) Ivan Julian 8) Al Maddy, 9) JP Thunderbolt, 10) Ed Stasium, 11) Walt Stack, 12) Dave Merrill, 13) Holly Beth Vincent etc.
* The Independents.
* Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social.
* Morningwood.
* Heap (band of David Merrill, Tim Heap, Frank Saitta and George Chambers).
* Spanking Charlene.
* Sic F*ucks.
* MC's: 1) Steve Craig, 2) Matt Pinfield and 3) Pete Ashner.
Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven) (as a MC) and HANK III (as a band) had to cancel their appearances.
Age limit was 16.
Irving Plaza is located at 17 Irving Place, on the corner of 15th Street and Irving Place. The club can easily be reached by subway (trains 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, and W to Union Square, also referred to as 14th Street).
Read picture-story report of my trip. Read and see it here. (Updated: June 1, 2010)


- Richie Ramone is going to play in a concert also few days before he does play at Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2009.
May 16, 2009, Broadway Under The Stars is featuring Southern Utah's Southwest Symphony with Richie Ramone as a guest. The symphony is conducted by Maestro Gary Caldwell and includes 85 musicians from Dixie State College and Washington County in a program of audience pleasing qfavorites from Broadway shows. This concert is on Saturday, May 16, 8:00 PM at the stunning Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Utah.
Richie will perform his original suite for drums and orchestra based upon Leonard Bernsteins's music from West Side Story arranged by Richie Ramone and Ron Abel under the direction of Richie Ramone. Tickets are 10 US$ adults or 5US$ youth and may be purchased from here. (April 16, 2009)

- Richie Ramone will play second time at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2009. Venue is The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. The Friends Of Joey Ramone will feature Richie Ramone, Mickey Leigh, and many others. Also performing are Uncle Monk featuring Tommy Ramone & Claudia Tienan, Fishbone, Supersuckers, Bebe Buell is having in her band for example Kitty Kowalski, and then are in schedule also Tom Clark & The High Action Boys. (March 30, 2009)








CJ RAMONE -NEWS: JANUARY 2009 - DECEMBER 2010

- As many of you knows, CJ Ramone started playing with Ramones' producer Daniel Rey etc. in 2008. He hadn't played Bad Chopper shows since late 2008. See
his tour dates here.
October, 2010, arrived sad news. The former singer of hardcore band Out Cold and member of Bad Chopper, Mark Sheehan passed away on October 1, 2010, in his hometown Dracut, MA, USA. Mark Sheehan, 41, died unexpectedly. His love of music saw him transition between numerous roles, including guitar, bass, vocals, drums, even recording/producing. He played for Bad Chopper drums and guitar. (October 5, 2010)

- Mirjam Kolb & Manuel Schreiner had written a book entitled My Way Into Rock'n'Roll: 34 Storys Von Anfängen Und Erfolgen. It is in German. Book got published on September 2, 2010. Book has interviews with CJ Ramone, Francis "Fran" Healy of the Travis, Sven Regener of the Element Of Crime etc. etc. They asked from all 34 artists/bands exactly same questions, and that isn't so good.
CJ Ramone's part at the My Way Into Rock'n'Roll: 34 Storys Von Anfängen Und Erfolgen, is eight pages long. Page 2 has a photo of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Marky... Other pages has four photos and scans of two backstage passes. Otherwise pages are full of text.
Two of photos are a bit rare, one is from the time when CJ Ramone was in the Marines and another is taken from show CJ had played as a teenager. Third photo is a live shot of the Joey and CJ, and fourth has CJ Ramone singing and playing at his solo show together with Daniel Rey and Brant Bjork. (Updated: September 10, 2010)


- CJ Ramone supported succesfully Walk Now For Autism event in 2009 and now he does same in October, 2010. The fundraising Walk Now For Autism was on June 14, 2009. CJ's fundraising goal was 2,500.00 US$. June 16, 2009, was donated 3075.00 dollars.
CJ Ramone wrote to me on April 19, 2010:
"For the second year I'll be participating in the Walk Now For Autism Speaks fundraiser. This time we'll be walking on Long Island at Jones Beach State Park, Field 5, Wantagh, NY, USA on October 3, 2010."
CJ Ramone also wrote to me on August 23, 2010, he wrote for example how he will do also something else at the walk:
"Thanks to everyone who has donated to support Autism Speaks by supporting our team. Just wanted to send out one more e-mail to let you know I'll be either performing or speaking at the walk."
Follow the link to make a donation. CJ writes on that page: "Thanks to everyone who supported Team CJ Ramone last year. I'm asking for your support again this year and hope to raise even more on behalf of Team CJ Ramone and my son Liam who is autistic.
Liam's progress since last year's walk and his transition into mainstream classes is proof that the research sponsored by Autism Speaks makes a difference. I hope that you will help me in my efforts to change the future of other autistic kids by making a donation to support Autism Speaks, CJ Ramone explained."
People who has given donation can also join and walk with Team CJ Ramone.
On August 23rd, 2010, donations were given by me, Paolo di Gaetano, Anne and Scott Danziger, Trigger, John Evicci, Monte Melnick, Donna Gaines, Les and Nancy (Belgium), Mick Punk (Mick Brin), Conor Hartnett, Dan Farrell, Diederik van der Sijpe, Robert May, Wes Smalling, Mike Metal, Wayne Thomas, McNair Family, and Malone family.
General information of walk: "Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead us to the answers we need. Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder . we need more volunteers to join our fight. Whether this is your first walk or the 10th, take the first step and register today.
Every 20 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has autism."
In 2009, many fans and I gave smaller donation (mininum 20$). Most of the donations were told publicly, and I think it is OK to mention some. Bigger donations were given for example by Mary Carroll's pub (500$), Johnny Ramone's wife Linda (300$), Trigger of The Continental (100$), Arturo Vega (100$), and Robert May (100$). (August 23, 2009)

- CJ Ramone and "Ramones producer" Daniel Rey started touring together in July, 2009, and third member in their trio was 1,5 years Brant Bjork of Kyuss and Fu Manchu. Brant's last shows with CJ and Daniel were in Japan in February, 2010.
Brant Bjork released Gods & Goddesses album in late March, 2010 (in Europe and in USA). Brant released his first solo Jalamanta in 1999. Devon Wendell wrote to The International Review Of Music of Gods & Goddesses: "Though Brant Bjork hasn't received the same acclaim in the U.S as he has in Europe, his God's & Goddessess, speaks to the anxiety and uncertainty existing in America today, and the influences of American blues, classic rock, and early punk are clearly present. The album's sense of agony and hopelessness rises and falls like a rollercoaster, with stellar production by Ethan Allen. The band, consisting of Billy Cordell (ex-bassist of The Yawning Man), guitarist Brandon Henderson and Italian drummer Giampaolo Farnedi, sounds tight yet dirty, reminiscent of early Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Sister Ray era Velvet Underground...." Read whole review here.
Brant Bjork has/had a tour in March-April in Europe. I did an newspaper interview with Brant on April 28, 2010. In addition to Hellfest Open Air festival in France on June 20, 2010, Brant told me, some more summer festival dates will be confirmed, like one in Spain and couple in Germany.
Brant had great memories of shows with CJ and Daniel. Read picture-story report of my days in CJ Ramone's tour in Leipzig and Berlin in 2009.
In April 28, 2010, I asked Brant's opinion if he would like to play with CJ and Daniel in future?: "If CJ calls me up and ask me to play and I am not busy touring, I would love to do it again." (Updated: April 28, 2010)


- Michael Stamberg (March, 2010 ->) is a new drummer in CJ Ramone's trio. Third member is "Ramones producer" Daniel Rey. Michael Stamberg is also the drummer in Eggplant Queens, Project Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute band), The Art Of The Topless, as well an actor. See tour dates here.
I asked from CJ how he knows with Michael. CJ wrote to me in April 27, 2010: "Michael Stamberg is a local guy from Long Island, New York. I met him when Los Gusanos (CJ's early band) was playing in NYC and Long Island. Our bands shared a bill a few times."
Shows in 2009 and in January-February, 2010, CJ and Daniel played with the Brant Bjork. Brant released Gods & Goddesses in late March, 2010 (in Europe and in USA) and started doing solo shows again. (Updated: April 27, 2010)

- CJ's bass got stolen. Help to find it. Yuki Kuroyanagi of the Ramones Fan Club Japan (and author of the I Love Ramones book) wrote me of CJ's bass got stolen in Tokyo, Japan in February, 2010. CJ's original custom Mosrite bass (only one) got stolen by somebody. Yuki and other fans are trying to find it in Japan. But instruments can also be sold easily to other countries. Keep watching after instrument on Ebay and other net and regular stores etc. Bad guy can't sell it easily. Also bass is easy to recognize as it has serial number: "000CJ." If you has some information, please send me an E-mail here.
See photos of bass in a section of CJ's shows on my site here. (February 22, 2010)

- In January-February, 2010, CJ Ramone had play three shows in Tokyo, Japan, one at the Continental club in New York and one in Canada etc. He did confirm line-up: CJ Ramone will play these shows also with "Ramones producer" Daniel Rey and Brant Bjork of Kyuss/ Fu-Manchu. Show at the Continental will be a special night, as it is reunion night of "real" The Continental with artists who had played a lot at the Continental in past. In addition to CJ Ramone, Daniel Rey and Brant Bjork night will also feature Cheetah Chrome (ex-Dead Boys), Walter Lure's band The Waldos, Lenny Kaye, Bebe Buell, The Bullys, Heap, Charm School, Two Man Advantage, Sea Monster and Trigger's Allstars. Adele Holzman wrote and Michele Lanci-Altomare photographed this show at The Continental. Read and see review here. (January 9, 2010)

- CJ Ramone is going into the studio with "Ramones producer" Daniel Rey and Brant Bjork (Kyuss/ Fu-Manchu) in January 2010, to record a new album. They has shows in Japan in February.

- The fifth annual Johnny Ramone and Ramones outdoor event presented by Linda Ramone in association with the JRA (Johnny Ramone Army), was held again. It was in a memory of Johnny Ramone on Saturday October 3rd, 2009 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.) in Los Angeles, CA, USA. See more infos with many photos taken by me here.
You can find lot material also from Johnny's official site and Gaston Sanchez's site.
Sole survivor of the original Ramones line-up, Tommy Ramone, and CJ Ramone both were on hand to celebrate Johnny's legacy. Special homage was also paid to Dee Dee Ramone. Original paintings by Dee Dee were exhibited on site in an art show curated by his wife, Barbara Zampini (Ramone).
Songs from a full-length, "It's Alive" Ramones concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on December 31, 1977, was screened outdoors, after dark on a 24-foot mausoleum wall (as in Hollywood Forever's summer film program Cinespia). The double feature concluded with the world premiere of the 1968 cult classic movie Night Of The Living Dead in 3D. Live broadcast was at 98,7FM, Complete Control Radio. Television channel E!'s "That Morning Show" had in advance an interview with Johnny's wife Linda and actress Rose McGowan, they had a discussion of the Ramones and Johnny in general, of this event. Click here to see it. (Updated: October 12, 2009)


- CJ Ramone was touring in Europe in July-August, 2009 and he had some shows as a support band to Die Toten Hosen (Germany) in Germany and Switzerland. Also he had headliner shows in Mexico, USA, United Kingdom, Scotland/ United Kingdom etc. "Ramones producer" Daniel Rey was touring with CJ and Brant Bjork of Queens Of The Stone Age and FuManchu. I was in Germany with them. See lot great photos and read more here. (Updated: October 5, 2009)

- Around May 23, 2009, became public CJ's wish. I also wrote in advance: CJ Ramone support Walk Now For Autism event. The fundraising Walk Now For Autism is on June 14, 2009 and hopefully many are helping "Team CJ Ramone" to raise as much money as possible for this good cause. CJ's first children Liam was diagnosed with autism.
CJ Ramone wrote in May, 2009: "I decided to participate in this Walk Now For Autism event because in 1999, my son Liam was diagnosed with autism. Since that time, with the love and support of my family and I and the help of many therapists, teachers, doctors, etc., Liam has come a long way."
Walk was located in South Street Seaport in New Yor, USA. CJ's fundraising goal was 2,500.00 US$. That was passed around June 10, so to the charity was given more than 2 500 dollars. After walk in June 16, it was donated 3075.00 dollars.
Many fans and I gave smaller donation (mininum 20$). Most of the donations were told publicly, and I think it is OK to mention some. Bigger donations were given for example by Mary Carroll's pub (500$), Johnny Ramone's wife Linda (300$), Trigger of The Continental (100$), Arturo Vega (100$), and Robert May (100$).
CJ Ramone wanted to thank everyone who helped. CJ wrote to me on June 16, 2009:
"I just wanted to say thanks to everybody for helping to support Team CJ Ramone and Walk Now For Autism. Just so you all know, all your donations added up to a lot more than we had initially thought we could reach in 3 weeks! The walk went great and I took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony and me and the family got to meet the Governor. Thanks again for your support and I hope that next year you'll all be able to come out and walk with us! CJ Ramone"
Click here to visit CJ's personal web page of this walk, and help him to support Autism Speaks. (Updated: June 16, 2009)







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