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- Record Store Day (RSD) is an annual event inaugurated in 2007. It supports thousands of independent record stores around the world. There is one Ramones related Record Store Day release on April 22, 2023. It is Ramones: The 1975 Sire Demos LP. It is printed 6000 copies. This collection includes Ramones' earliest known studio recordings for Sire Records, many of which would be included in 1976 debut album. The 1975 Sire Demos has 13 songs. All tracks were produced by Tommy Ramone.
Record Store Day titles are available over the counter in store first come first served on Saturday April 20, 2024, and the Sunday and Monday following etc. See all special releases here. (Updated: April 13, 2024)


- The Ramones are in a big role in Rock 'N' High School movie. It was published in 1979. Dark Delicacies released a book titled I Want You Around: The Ramones and The Making of Rock 'N' Roll High School in 2023. Author is Stephen B. Armstrong. Book provides readers with a detailed production history of this beloved film that draws upon extensive interviews the author has conducted with many of the people who contributed to the movie's creation, including lead actress P.J. Soles, director Allan Arkush, second-unit director Joe Dante, producer Michael Finnell, the Ramones' tour manager Monte A. Melnick, and Roger Corman.
Dark Delicacies has a signing event on April 13, 2024. Store is located at 822 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, USA. That signing event has for example author Stephen B. Armstrong, director Allan Arkush and actors P.J. Soles and Dey Young. (April 9, 2024)



- There is a memorial event for Johnny Ramone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA, USA on June 2, 2024. There is performing project band Cretin Commandos that is featuring Tim Armstrong (Rancid, ex-Operation Ivy), CJ Ramone, Billy Idol, Fred Armisen and some surprise guests. DJ is Shepard Fairey. Gates open at 6PM, Cretin Commandos starts at 7.15PM and then is Pulp Fiction (movie) 30th anniversary deluxe screeing presened by actor John Travolta.
Admission is 35 dollars. Buy tickets here. People may bring blankets, pillows, low chairs (seat no more than 6" high), and picnics. There will be onsite food and beverage for purchase. This event is rain or shine. Main person behind the event is Johnny's wife Linda.
Statue/monument in honour of Johnny was unveiled by Linda on January 14, 2005. Read more of statue here. Dee Dee Ramone's grave is close of Johnny's statue.
In addition to Pulp Fiction (1994) John Travolta has had leading roles for example in Carrie (1976), Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978). Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino is a genre-defying masterpiece that captivates with its blend of dark humor, intense violence, and philosophical depth. The film follows interconnected storylines involving hitmen, a boxer, a mob boss, and various eccentric characters navigating the gritty underworld of Los Angeles. Through its non-linear narrative structure, Pulp Fiction keeps viewers engaged as it explores themes of morality, redemption, and chance. With its iconic dialogue, memorable scenes, and standout performances, Quentin Tarantino's film remains a timeless classic that continues to thrill audiences worldwide. (March 25, 2024)


- Jeffrey Ross Hyman became Joey Ramone in 1974. Now his brother Mickey Leigh celebrate 50th years of Joey Ramone when he organize Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2024. Mickey (and also earlier mother Charlotte Lesher) is organized Birthday Bash every year since 2001.
Also this year there appears many great musicians and bands. They include Richie Ramone, Steve Conte of the New York Dolls etc., Jiro (Okabe), Sic F*cks, Gobshites, The Cynz and Hyperdolls. MC's include Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick and John Holmstrom. Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is at the Bowery Electric in New York. That is on the corner of Bowery and Joey Ramone Place. Age limit is 21 years. Buy tickets here. Also this year profits from benefit goes to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research. (Updated: March 25, 2024).



- There is a cool mini festival at the Foro Indie Rocks in Mexico City, Mexico on Februay 23-24, 2024. Event named Treasure Club International - A Two Day Pop Up Of NYC's Treasure Club has many bands, artists, DJ's etc. Main band of first day (February 23) is CJ Ramone & The Fast Movers. Other bands that night are Promiseland, Gnarcissists and Flasyd. Fran Healy of Travis is main artist in second day.
Audra Angeli-Morse from CJ's management wrote that line-up for this CJ Ramone & Fast Movers show is CJ, Dan Root and Pete Sosa. Dan and Pete have played a lot with CJ. Dan Root punkrocked first shows with CJ in 2012 and Pete in 2015 with CJ what I look at from details on my site. CJ has had many line-up's but for a long time with CJ, Dan and Pete played together with Steve Soto (RIP 2018). Now they do play as a trio.
Back to event in Mexico.... During Treasure Club International - A Two Day Pop Up Of NYC's Treasure Club you has also chance to see art of people like Ramones creative director Arturo Vega, Richard Hambleton, Erik Foss, Johnny Yerington, Lisa Brownlee and Kauri Sievers. (Updated: February 15, 2024).


- Ed Stasium and Tommy Ramone produced Ramones' album Road To Ruin (1978). Assistant engineers were then Ray Janos and Ramona Jan. Ramones wrote to Rocket To Russia (1977) album song named Ramona. This song was written about Ramona Jan. Ramona Jan worked in a studio also with some other artists. Some remember her from the Comateens. The Comateens were originally a new wave duo formed in 1978 in New York City by bassist-vocalist Nic North and guitarist Ramona Jan. Soon after, Lyn Byrd joined on vocals and synthesizer, and the duo became a trio.
I write now of her because she fights for her life against cervical cancer. Her dorother Lucille Jan-Turan organize fundraiser (GoFundMe) on behalf of Ramona Jan.
- The cancer clinics that offer the best treatment with the most likelihood of survival require travel, an extended stay, and repeat visits. While some of the treatments may be covered by health insurance, most of it is not. Our goal of $72,000 will cover all visits (initial and follow-up), travel expenses and the much needed at-home aftercare to prevent this insidious disease from recurring, Lucille tells on GoFundMe.
She did an update of situation on December 15, 2023.
- My mom had her fourth radiation treatment this morning. It has been a roller coaster since we got here, but she is more stable now. We are waiting for her hemoglobin levels to return to normal before we can be discharged and bring her home, where she will continue treatment as an out patient with daily trips to NROC (the radiation oncology center in Scranton.) Your donations have been a blessing as both my dad Andre Turan and myself have to take off from work to care for her, and the hospital stay, ambulance rides, and treatments accrue a great expense, Lucille wrote.
Read more here and help her/them. (December 18, 2023)



- Joey Ramone's etc. friend Jesse Malin (solo artist, ex-D Generation, co-owner of The Bowery Electric bar etc.) was diagnosed with a complete spinal injury in May, 2023. Jesse got paralyzed from the waist down and now (December, 2023) he is undergoing a strict daily rehabilitation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here's link to make an donation for him. The Estate of Joey Ramone (Joey's brother Mickey Leigh etc.) donated several items owned by or worn by Joey Ramone for auction to benefit Jesse Malin's recovery. Also there is poster and vinyl bundle donated by Mickey. Bundle was not owned by Joey. Profits support the Jesse Malin Fund at Sweet Relief. Auctions ends in December 21.
Some items:
1) The Who were among Joey's most loved bands, and very likely the band he saw perform more times than any other. Joey Ramone owned and worn The Who T-shirt: Click here to read more and bid.
2) Joey Ramone owned and worn Soundgarden T-shirt: Click here to read more and bid.
3) Joey Ramone owned and worn Mickey Mouse, California sweatshirt: Click here to read more and bid.
4) Poster and vinyl bundle includes for example Ramones concert poster from Spain (1991) signed by Joey, Johnny, CJ and Marky, poster of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2014, The Rattlers: Rattled album etc.: Click here to read more and bid.
See all items here. Jesse Malin is also a friend of Mickey Leigh and I counted there is been at least five Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at The Bowery Electric bar next to Joey Ramone Place sign. Bar is co-owned by Jesse. Years of the Bashes there are 2023, 2019, 2018, 2014 and 2013. Jesse is performed in many Bashes. His band Bellevue was already in first Joey Ramone Birthday Bash (2001).
NOW I tell a bit of Jesse's situation and then you can read more of his background and some cool memories Jesse told me when we did an interview in 2008. First Jesse was under neurological care at Langone Orthopedic Center at NYU Hospital in New York, USA. His diagnosis was inoperable. There was said in his site in summer that there is hope but it will be a long hard road using both traditional and alternative medical therapies to get him back on his feet following this very tragic diagnosis. Rolling Stone magazine tells that since late September, 2023, Jesse Malin has been undergoing a strict daily rehabilitation routine that combines hours of intense physical therapy with stem-cell treatments at a clinic in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malin made the grueling 12-hour flight from New York to South America after being admitted to a facility that offers what he calls an "alternative road" to recovery.
- They only want people that are very serious and not just playing around, Malin told.
His health insurance limited therapy to twice a week in New York and without an ADA-compliant apartment to live (his was a Lower East Side walk-up), he saw the Buenos Aires facility as his best option. On certain days after therapy, the medical staff administers stem cells, an infusion that takes about 40 minutes and is followed by intense movement with therapists for the rest of the day. Jesse, you are a survivor.
NOW I tell more of Jesse's background. Jesse Malin, Kitty Kowalski etc. run in past Coney Island High club. It was a much appreciated club where the Ramones played as a group. Also, various solo shows were held there after the Ramones demise, like first Remains (later Ramainz) show was at Coney Island High on December, 18, 1996. Joey had many parties there.
- Joey was somebody that loved to throw a good party. Joey's passion and his heart, you can hear that 50's rock'N'roll and 60's girl group soul. Joey loved to support New York and rock'N'roll. I got to be part of that early with him in the Coney Island High, the Continental and the Ritz, in some of those places where he had his parties in New York. My band the D Generation did one of first gigs at Joey's Birthday party here in New York, in 1991-92, told Jesse Malin to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) in 2008.
His interview is in my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
D Generation and Ramones toured together in 1994.
- Joey and the Ramones influenced me a lot in general. I saw the Ramones (for the first time) like in 1979 or 1980 in the hotel Diplomat at a Rock And Roll Convention and then at Central Park sponsored by Dr. Pepper at Wollman's skating rink, Malin told me.
Joey Ramone supported Jesse a lot. Also Jesse has supported New York scene a lot. Jesse, Can you give a few examples which explains Joey's friendly personality...
- When my band D Generation broke up I had no money. We got dropped out from Sony Music. I wanted to start a new career. Joey leant me money to make a new record. I had no money and this was between when Coney Island High closed. Everything was kind of new and scary. I just had a bunch of boxes. So Joey offered me money, I did not ask. Joey said he wanted to help him out.
- It was really sweet of him. After he leant me that money, we were in the studio recording an album on 12th Street in New York, then we went to see U2 in one day. U2 had just played at Irving Plaza and they played the Ramones song, I Remember You. Bono had said: "This is for the Ramones because they are one of my first influences." Joey didn't see that show He heard about it and was touched, Jesse smiled.
That U2 show was on December 5, 2000. In an issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, Bono had said U2 played, I Remember You at their first rehearsal in 1978. Next, Jesse Malin describes in my interview U2's TV appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live program in New York on December 9, 2000, so it was four days after U2's show at Irving Plaza.
- Joey called someone to say he was excited. U2 played Saturday Night Live and invited Joey. When we went in, we were in a room, just we two, Bono and the other U2 guys. The band were opening beers for us, being so nice and respectful. In the end we spent the night talking about music. Joey, Bono, and I walked to 5th Avenue to the after party around 1AM. It was great to see Bono and all those people give Joey so much respect and love. It was a fun night. Then 3-4 weeks later Joey fell and broke his hip. That was the last night we would hang out. It was Christmas time. It was a nice memory of our last night hanging out. He got so much respect, Jesse Malin told me in 2008.
Full interview is in my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
And here's link to make an donation for Jesse Malin. (Updated: December 16, 2023)


- Dee Dee Ramone's ex-wife Vera Ramone King auctioned a lot of her Dee Dee related items through Julien's Auctions. Auctions took place in Nashville, USA, on November 17-18, 2023. Registration was required to bid in this live auction. The acclaimed auction house amassed over one 1000 items owned and used by people like Dee Dee, Slash from Guns N'Roses, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Bono of U2, Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and Frank Zappa. Auction had a title Played, Worn, & Torn: Rock 'N' Roll Iconic Guitars And Memorabilia.
People had chance to by for example Dee Dee's jewelries, lyrics, notes, clothes, shoes and sunglasses. I asked from Vera if she wants to write some comments for me.
- There are SO many items...., big & small. Something for everyone in all price ranges. There are certain pieces that have sentimental meaning for me but I have had this stuff since the 1970's. It's time to let it go and start a new chapter. I kept personal jewelry that Dee Dee grifted me and I kept my wedding photo album and some pics of from over the years The rest of the items were shipped to the auction house. I have no auction experience and the prices will vary from $25 dollars and up and will be affordable to all who want a memory from Dee Dee, Vera wrote me in advance.
See
all Vera's Dee Dee items here. Listing can be seen before the auction.
1) Dee Dee's black leather motorcycle jacket with chains: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 6500 DOLLARS.
2) Dee Dee's Shang Hai (Shanghai) blazer: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 650 DOLLARS.
3) Handwritten Baby Doll (song) lyrics with a cassette tape having it and many other songs: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 585 DOLLARS.
4) Handwritten Mashed Potato Time (song) lyrics with an official Standing In The Spotlight (1989) cassette tape having it: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 455 DOLLARS.
5) Stephen King's two books (Creepshow and The Plant) signed by King and gifted to Dee Dee: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 3900 DOLLARS.
6) Standing In The Spotlight Album cover-worn gold-tone costume necklase with album see more information here. FINAL PRICE 6500 DOLLARS
7) Dee Dee Ramone 14K gold-filled St. Christopher amulet necklase: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 1300 DOLLARS.
8) Dee Dee's fightning knife and leather sheath with handbook: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 780 EUROS. (Updated: December 4, 2023)



- Monte A. Melnick (the Ramones tour manager), Rick Bedrosian (musician/ foodie/ filmmaker) and Joe DiStefano (food expert) are doing special food and music tour on October 22, 2023. They will take people to New York City's borough Queens where Melnick and some Ramones members grew up. Melnick toured and worked with the Ramones for the band's entire run from the earliest CBGB dates to their final concert in 1996. Throughout the Ramones historic career (more than 2 200 shows). He and Frank Meyer wrote together the book On The Road With The Ramones.
Queens-based tour guide and food writer DiStefano is widely known as the Culinary King of Queens. He has written a guidebook 111 Places In Queens That You Must Not Miss.
In this tour Joe DiStefano, Monte A. Melnick and Rick Bedrosian will accompany people through Forest Hills and Rego Park all morning and throughout the early afternoon. They will introduce to people notable landmarks in Ramones history, stopping frequently to nosh at several of DiStefano's favorite eateries. From Forest Hills / Rego Park, bus continues on to Woodside where there will be time have a pint and listen to a short set of live Irish music performed by Rick Bedrosian.
This tour will depart at 7AM and ends at approximately 10PM on October 22nd, 2023. The cost for the tour is 169 dollars per person and includes round trip transportation from Rensselaer, NY to Queens, live entertainment and all food in Forest Hills and Rego Park. This is a walking tour after bus transport and you must be in moderately good physical condition and at least 21 years of age to participate.
You can purchase tickets using PayPal. You can access Rick Bedrosian's PayPal account by using his email address: rbedrosian@verizon.net. (October 8, 2023)


- Sire Records released fifth Ramones' studio album End Of The Century on February 4, 1980. Producer Ed Stasium confirmed in late August 2020, that Rhino Records will release 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition box-set of End Of The Century on March 5, 2021. BUT Rhino Records had something.... I got information from Stasium in February, 2021, that release is postponed from March and it is hopefully going to be released possibly in August or September in 2021.
BUT..., Rhino Records had something again and label has not told reason why release is taking for so long.
I asked in January 23, 2022, from Ed Stasium if he knows what is the situation with 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition box-set of End Of The Century. He answered in same day.
- No news whatsoever. Still a mystery to me. Sorry to say I have no definitive answer at this time, Ed Stasium wrote to me on January 23, 2022.
NEXT time I asked from Stasium in April 2023.
- Having a meeting with Rhino Records in May, 2023, about the End Of The Century box. I'll keep ya posted!, messaged Stasium to me on April 28, 2023.
NEXT time I messaged with him in late June.
- Unfortunately - nothing new to report, except that the box will be including my liner notes, Stasium wrote for me on June 28.
It is great Ed share me (and to the fans) latest situations he knows anyway.
Stasium worked really hard for this special release and we hope box-set will come out (hopefully) 43-44 years after End Of The Century was published for the first time. End Of The Century is originally produced by the Phil Spector. Recording sessions for the album began on May 1, 1979 at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. For example Ed Stasium helped with the album's engineering.
Deluxe Edition should include 3CD and one LP. This box-set release will be a definitive overview of Ramones work in Los Angeles with bonus material associated with the film. In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of End Of The Century, Rick Rubin and Ed Stasium worked on a stripped down remix in contrast to the lush original mixes by Spector.
- We were finished with mastering with Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in June 2020, Ed Stasium told me on January 23, 2022.
End Of The Century is the highest charting Ramones album of all time, reaching #44 on the US Billboard 200 chart, #14 on the UK Albums Chart and #10 on the Swedish Albums Chart.
Along with tracks for the movie and soundtrack album Rock 'n' Roll High School, End Of The Century was the first time the Ramones had recorded and worked in Los Angeles.
This box-set release will be a definitive overview of Ramones work in Los Angeles with bonus material associated with the film. Read more details and tracklisting of 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition here. (Updated: June 30, 2023)



- Andrew "Andy" Gore aka Andrew D. Gore and Johnny Ramone became good friends in 1980's. Andy is one of those (there are not so many) whom Johnny mentions in Thanks To listing in his book Commando - The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone. Andy Gore sold many items from his collection at the Rrauctions.com. An initial bids had to be placed by June 22, 2023, at 6:00 PM EDT. I promoted auctions three weeks before they ended and now I also want to mention what were final prices etc. There were for example gifts Andy Gore got from the Ramones members and stage-used items he got.
Johnny liked for example Andy's custom made T-shirts and his other custom made Ramones items and art projects. One of them is the official Johnny Ramone clock which Johnny signed and inscribed to his friend, actor Nicolas Cage. See clock here at Rrauctions.com. That sold for 596 dollars. Andy did for Johnny really, really many T-shirts when the Ramones was still going on.
- I have hundreds of pictures of Johnny over the years wearing my shirts. CJ Ramone and Marky Ramone would occasionally wear one of my designs as well! In the Ramones video Substitute (see it here) both Johnny and CJ are wearing my designs that is such an honor for me! I was very close friends with Johnny and we had a great friendship. Part of me died when he died. I have so many good memories and stories of him and I, Andy wrote to me.
Many stories you get to read when you look descriptions of Andy Gore's items in Rrauctions.com... There were auctioned items like:
1) Johnny Ramone's promotional Mondo Bizarro leather jacket. That sold for 3250 dollars.
2) Johnny Ramone's personally-owned and stage-worn Reebok classic sneakers. That sold for 4038 dollars.
3) Dee Dee Ramone's and CJ Ramone's stage-worn Schott leather jacket from circa 1983 until the band's retirement in 1996. CJ and Dee Dee are both signed jacket. That sold for around 40 000 dollars?
4) Joey Ramone's stage-worn leather jacket. That was sold for 18 750 dollars.
5) Joey Ramone's personally-owned and stage-used microphone stand. That sold for 3336 dollars.
6) Johnny Ramone's 1967 U.S. selective service draft card. That sold for 1524 dollars.
7) Joey Ramone's signed demo cassette tape for Elevator Operator. That sold for 916 dollars.
8) Arturo Vega's hand-painted stage backdrop from Adios Amigos tour. That sold for 12 805 dollars.
Andy Gore also manufactured for example Ramones dolls. I stayed many times in Arturo Vega's (Arturo was creative director for the Ramones) apartment and Arturo had some of them there. Now Andy is selling in at Rrauctions.com's snow globe he did together with Arturo Vega as part of the former's Psycho Snowglobes series. See item here.
- Arturo was a great person and dear friend to me, I am so sorry that he died so quickly. We had many plans together of items we were going to make. Johnny loved Arturo and he told me on one occasion how much he trusted and respected him, Andy wrote for me in May 2023.
Andy loaned Arturo some of his rarest Ramones memorabilia.
- I let him borrow the memorabilia for many years so he could display the collection all over the world when he traveled. Because Johnny spoke so highly about Arturo I had no worries about him having my collection of memorabilia.
So an initial bids had to be placed by June 22, 2023. I promoted auction in advance and now afterwards I wanted to mention also final prices of some items. (Updated: June 30, 2023)


- After years of planning and tireless collaboration from the punk collective, The Punk Rock Museum opened its doors on April 1, 2023. It is located in Las Vegas in Nevada, USA. The Punk Rock Museum houses inclusive and intimate display of artifacts, fliers, photos, clothing, instruments, handwritten lyrics, artwork, and just about everything else donated by the people and bands who were there. You can see there of course also a lot Ramones related items.
One special thing is a guitar room where people can play the actual guitars and basses played through the amps the artists played them through. Museum informs: "We have guitars and amps from Rise Against, NOFX, Pennywise, Sick of it All, Strung Out, and many more. Yes you can actually PLAY THEM. A lot of people ask, "what happens if something gets broken?" The simple answer, we fix it - just like we did on tour."
CJ Ramone and Andrew "Pinch" Pinching did as a members of the Me First And The Gimme Gimmes guided tours at the The Punk Rock Museum on May 26-29, 2023. They were in Las Vegas also because Me First And The Gimme Gimmes played at the Punk Rock Bowling And Music Festival on May 26, 2023. See other dates by Me First And The Gimme Gimmes here.
In those days in late May CJ Ramone was a guest tattoo artist in The Punk Rock Museum's tattoo parlor (The Shop).
- CJ Ramone was there giving tours and tattoo's too!! I got both! CJ is an amazing human. Such a great guy! And his wife was very nice too! So cool, wrote to me Jake Coyner, who did attend Dee Dee Ramone's last real show on May 25, 2002.
See photos and texts of the show here.
Address of the The Punk Rock Museum: 1422 Western Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada. Hours open 7 days, noon-10PM. (June 13, 2023)



- I am really happy that Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh keeps Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes going on. World lost Joey Ramone 22 years ago on April 15, 2001. Mickey has organized the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash every year after that on May 19. The Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was now next to Joey Ramone Place street sign at The Bowery Electric on May 19, 2023. Mickey informed me on May 10 that the event is sold-out.
Event featured musicians like Andy Shernoff, Sic F*cks, Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music, Soraia, Arno Hecht, Palmyra Delran, Jiro Okabe, Dez Cadena, Alex Kane, Timothy Jimenez, Hyperdolls....
Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music released last year debut album titled Variants Of Vibe. Mickey Leigh announced the headliner of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash before the event. It was The Dictators. I asked afterwards from bassist Andy Shernoff if he would confirm the line-up and mention some songs The Dictators played.
- Line-up: myself, Ross "The Boss" Friedman (guitar), Albert Bouchard (drums) and Keith Roth (vocals). Some songs: Who Will Save Rock and Roll?, Faster & Louder, Avenue A, The Minnesota Strip, Stay With Me and New York New York, Andy Shernoff listed for me.
Shernoff had played in many years in a set of Joey Ramone Friends at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. Now he played "just" The Dictators set with his band mates. Shernoff did mention to me The Dictators heads to Spain in September 2023. Shernoff was one of the closest friends of Joey Ramone and they wrote together Ramones songs like It's Gonna Be Alright, I Won't Let It Happen and Ignorance Is Bliss. Shernoff also plays in Joey's both solo albums etc. You can check out interviews I did with Shernoff to my books.
J.P. Thunderbolt Patterson wrote me in advance he is playing this year with Sic F*cks. Patterson played in past in bands like Manitoba's Wild Kingdom and The Dictators. He also plays in some Joey's solo songs.
Also Jiro Okabe wrote to me of his performance in advance. He confirmed with him playing Alex Kane, Timothy Jimenez and Dez Cadena. Many Ramones fans recognize Okabe's name. Jiro Okabe is ex-owner and ex-president of Mosrite Guitars etc.
MC's of the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2023 were John Holmstrom, Monte A. Melnick, Peter Aschner, Debra Raffles Trizzini and Rob Russo. Joey Ramone Birthday Bash admission was this year 36,03 dollars (30,00 and 6,03 fees including taxes). Age limit was 21 years. All net proceeds from the show will benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.
If you want to read from Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes rocked in 2003-2016, see information below:
Read here (and see photos of) of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 16, 2003,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2004,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2005,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2006,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2007,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2008,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2009,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2010,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2011,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2012,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2013,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2014
and here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2016.
(Updated: May 28, 2023)


- Record Store Day (RSD) is an annual event inaugurated in 2007. It supports thousands of independent record stores around the world. There is one Ramones related Record Store Day release on April 22, 2023. It is titled Pleasant Dreams -New York Sessions (140g yellow vinyl). Quantity: 7500 copies. Release feature alternative artwork found in the Warner Library (see in right).
Pleasant Dreams was the sixth Ramones studio album. It was released on July 20, 1981. The Ramones had recorded demos for the album with Ed Stasium. Guys wanted Steve Lillywhite to produce Pleasant Dreams. Sire Records chose anyway Graham Gouldman in an attempt to gain popularity through a well-known producer. Many Ramones fans think Pleasant Dreams is one of the poorest produced Ramones album.
This RSD version Pleasant Dreams - New York Sessions has original mixes by Graham Gouldman and three additional songs from the sessions not included on the original album. Those songs are Touring, Sleeping Troubles and I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind. Those were released for the time in 2002 when Warner / Rhino Records published expanded and remastered version of Pleasant Dreams.
Record Store Day titles are available over the counter in store first come first served on Saturday April 22, 2023, and the Sunday and Monday following. See all special releases here. (Updated: April 20, 2023)



- Seymour Stein was born on April 18, 1942, into an Orthodox Jewish family in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. Seymour died at age 80 in Los Angeles on April 2, 2023. The Ramones, Madonna, Dead Boys and Talking Heads are among of bands which signed their first record deal with Seymoir Stein (Sire Records) in 1970-80's. He co-founded Sire Records and was vice president of Warner Bros. Records. Seymour is also man who introduced and took the Cure, Depeche Mode and the Smiths to the music market area in the USA.
The cause of death was cancer, said his daughter Mandy Stein. I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) met few times with Seymour Stein. Seymour, Tommy Ramone and Jonathan Poneman (Sub Pop) were main guests and speakers in Musiikki & Media conference in Tampere, Finland on October 23-25, 2008. We got to spend a lot time together and I was Tommy's assistant. Musiikki & Media conference is the biggest annual Finnish music trade fair for people in Finnish recording, publishing, live music and media industries etc. You can find from my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives two pages long interview where Tommy Ramone and Seymour Stein are remembering the early days of the Ramones and the punk scene in general. I did many, many more interviews with Tommy for that book and one extra interview also with Seymour. Tommy's interviews takes in total close to 10 pages in that book.
Decisions made by Seymour and people close to him, lead to the Ramones signing their first record contract on work table at Arturo Vega's (1947-2013) house in 1975. Also Linda Stein was really excited of the Ramones.
Seymour tells in Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives:
Seymour: There was a buzz about the Ramones and from people that I trusted musically, Lisa Robinson, Danny Fields, Lisa's husband Richard, and other people. At that time, I was branching out Sire Records over to London. I spent a lot of time over there and I was missing their shows. Linda went to see the show in my place. She loved them so much. She wanted to manage Ramones and she wound up co-managing them with Danny Fields. She was never in the business, she was a school teacher. The next day, I just bundled up and went down to, a studio I rented. I didn't have to see more than fifteen or twenty minutes, Seymour Stein tells.
Seymour and Linda divorced in the late 1970's, but remained on friendly terms. Linda was murdered in 2007.
Seymour and I were planned to do an interview already in 2007. But because of changed plans and scheludes it got then cancelled. I am happy we had time to do it 2008.
One question I asked: "What kind of speech would you like to make at the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame induction about the Ramones? The grand opening is five days from now on October 30, 2008. What kind of things would you like to say about the Ramones and their roots being form that area of New York?"
Seymour: First of all, I would like to say the Ramones changed my life, and they changed the course of the direction, that is why I signed them to Sire Records. We had a closer relationship because my ex-wife Linda Stein (RIP), was their co-manager with Danny Fields who was one of my best friends. It was like a family, but more importantly the Ramones changed the course of rock'N'roll and that is why they are going to be inducted, told Seymour to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) in October, 2008.
Thanks to Maria Montoya-Kaye, I got idea to ask from Seymour how Joey Ramone felt when Seymour gave him some Brian Wilson demos to listen to before he actually signed Brian Wilson of Beach Boys to Sire Records?
Seymour: Of course, Andy Paley of the Paley Brothers was a great friend of Joey's. Andy produced the first Brian Wilson (1988) solo record for Sire Records. He and his brother Jonathan were known as the Paley Brothers, and they recorded for Sire Records. I knew that the Ramones and in particular Joey, would love to hear Brian Wilson music. I kept sending Brian's music over to him. A couple of songs he particularly liked. Love And Mercy which became the opening song. He liked that very much, Seymour told me.
Full interviews you will find from Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. During those days in Tampere I got to hang out a lot together with Tommy and Seymour. I was also looking Hanoi Rocks show together with Seymour. Read more of those days here. (April 7, 2023)


- Mosrite 70th Anniversary Super Bash was on January 28, 2023. Jiro Okabe was main man behind of this event. He was owner of Mosrite Guitars. That night (70th event) Jiro Okabe played together with singer-bassist CJ Ramone, drummer Clem Burke (aka Elvis Ramone) and guitarist Alex Kane. Venue was Maui Sugar Mill Saloon. Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356, USA.
Age limit was 21+. Event was free.
- Door opens at 7PM. This show will be packed, Jiro Okabe told in advance.
And house was full. And full of happiness. Together with CJ Ramone, Jiro Okabe, Clem Burke and Alex Kane played many songs Dez Cadena (ex-Misfits, ex-Black Flag). Jiro had busy night also because he, Alex and Tim Jimenez formed Jiro's solo band.
Night also featured artists like Tosha Jones and Sean Rowley. And older musicians.
- Special announcement: legendary Deke Dickerson and his band on the board for this special event performing Ventures, Jiro Okabe wrote of Venturesmania in advance.
Janelle Barreto of Rocket was the MC for this historical rock event. She also sang with The Mosriters special line-up. Also other guests jumped on stage then.
- We were super excited to welcome Rayko of Lolita Dark to perform with Mosriters at Mostite 70th Anniversary. She is worked on Eric Andre show on Season 5 and many movies and film as an actress as well, Okabe told of singer Rayko.
The Mosriters line-up consist at least of Rayko, Janelle Barrento, Tosha Jones, Sean Rowley, Billy Bones of The Skulls, Rick Johnson and Nick Alexander.
Some more background from details on my page. CJ Ramone, Clem Burke and Alex Kane have done a lot co-operation with Jiro. Richie Ramone and CJ both played in Mosrite's 60th event in 2012. Read
more of event here.
People can remember Clem Burke for example from the Blondie (and he played two shows with the Ramones. He used then name Elvis Ramone). Alex Kane played with Richie and Marky Ramone for many years.
This was first time when CJ and Clem played full set (around 15-17 songs) together. We had We're A Happy Family feeling. I traveled to event from Finland, Gonzalo (Sapo Ramone) from Argentina, Marcus Padula from Brazil, Randy Wisebrod from Mexico etc.
Next I tell some things of the Jiro. Jiro plays bass on Richie Ramone's solo album Entitled and he was in Richie's tour line-up in 2012 etc. He is singer-bassist of the original Kamikazi. Jiro's album Return Of The Kamikazi got published in 2014. CJ Ramone and Clem Burke plays on it. Read more of album here. Now he is working with his second album My Revolution (Kamikaze Invasion).
- Few songs written with CJ Ramone and Andy Shernoff (The Dictators, Master Plan etc.), it will be a great album!!. (Updated: February 1, 2023).



- Elvis Presley was Johnny Ramone's favorite artist. Elvis' only child Lisa Marie Presley became Johnny Ramone's close friend. That is why I want to make an update of Lisa Marie passing away on January 12, 2023. Lisa Marie was rushed to a hospital after experiencing cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California, USA. She reportedly was brain dead on arrival at hospital. She died from a second cardiac arrest suffered while she was in hospital, and passed away after the family signed a 'do not resuscitate' order.
Rest In Peace Lisa Marie. She was born on February 1, 1968. So she was only 54 years when she passed away. Lisa Marie was only four years old when her parents Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorced. She was only nine years when Elvis died in August 1977....
As I said, Johnny Ramone and Lisa Marie Presley became good friends. One photo in right was taken in 2002 when Johnny was the best man in Lisa Marie's wedding to Nicolas Cage. Lisa Marie was one of those who were next to Johnny when he passed away in September 2004.
Next year I got to experience performance where Lisa Marie played together with Marky Ramone Ramones' song Here Today, Gone Tomorrow at the City Hall Park in New York on May 19, 2005. Marky was a special guest in encore. See one photo in right I had taken then. Marky spoke to the audience before they rocked Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. He dedicated song to the Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny and he told that Johnny's wife Linda is also watching a show. Also Lisa Marie noticed Linda in her speech. And Lisa Marie did mention that day being Joey Ramone's birthday. Marky told me later he and Lisa Marie had met before, but they had not played before together. I think this was only time when Lisa Marie played together with the Ramones member? Lisa Marie had covered Here Today, Gone Tomorrow for her second studio album Now What that was released one month earlier on April 5, 2005.
You can see Lisa Marie for example in Too Tough To Die: A Tribute To Johnny Ramone, a documentary about Johnny Ramone released in 2006. That is directed by Mandy Stein. Read more of documentary here on my page.
Book titled Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone is the autobiographical work written by Johnny Ramone. Book was released (USA) on April 2nd, 2012. Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone includes a foreward written by Tommy Ramone, and an epilogue is written by Lisa Marie Presley. Lisa Marie is second person after Tommy in "Thanks to" in Johnny's book. I typed up Lisa Marie's epilogue to my Johnny Ramone memorial page. Read it here.
Johnny Ramone had a great collection of Elvis Presley related items. Heritage Auctions sold some of his Elvis related items on auction. Johnny list in his book Top10 listings of his favorite Elvis films, favorite Elvis books and favorite Elvis songs. Johnny's three favorite Elvis films are Loving You, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole and three favorite Elvis songs are Don't Be Cruel, Can't Help Falling In Love and Baby Let's Play House.
More Johnny and Elvis related information from this my page www.ramonesheaven.com.... Johnny Ramone and Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) were both additional players on Swing Cats: A Special Tribute To Elvis album released in 2000. Read more of it here. Johnny plays on two songs; Good Rockin' Tonight and Viva Las Vegas. Main men on the Swing Cats project were Danny B. Harvey (guitar), Lee Rocker (acoustic bass, The Stray Cats) and Slim Jim (drums, The Stray Cats).
Of course Lisa Marie attended event when a statue/monument in honour of Johnny was unveiled by Linda on January 14, 2005. Read more of statue here. There were also in that event for example also Tommy Ramone, CJ Ramone, Arturo Vega, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Rob Zombie (White Zombie), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers etc.), Vincent Gallo (actor, director) and Seymour Stein (founder of Sire Records).
So now you got to read some information why I wanted to write of Johnny Ramone's and Lisa Marie Presley's friendship. (January 14, 2023)


- There is coming out Ramones I Sverige book in Sweden in October 26, 2022. It is in Swedish. Publisher is Premium Publishing. Book concentrates to Ramones shows and activities in Sweden. There are no information or listing of solo activities Ramones members played in Sweden etc.
- Ramones only had 19 shows in Sweden in 1977-1995. Book also tells of the riot in Oslo (1981) and Roskilde (1985). Due to the huge amount of Ramones material we decided not to include any of the solo shows, did mention Swedish Ramones fan and writer Janne Lagerström.
Lagerström tells he got first idea of the book. Other main men behind the Ramones I Sverige book are Sven Lindström (writer), Petter Lönegård (pictures and lay-out) and Kjell Magnusson (research). Carl (Calle) Von Schewen did some interviews.
Ramones I Sverige has 240 pages and it is loaded with both set lists and photos, many of which have never been shown before.
Press release tells: "Rock history is full of moments that have completely redrawn the map. Sunday, May 15, 1977 is one such date. It was then that the Ramones took to the stage of the Jarlateatern in Stockholm, kicked things off with Loudmouth - and wrote Swedish rock history. By the time the concert was over, the chairs had turned into sticks and rowdy visitors went out for the next few weeks and formed one Swedish punk band after another."
People who are interviewed to the book include Monte A. Melnick (the Ramones tour manager), Matt Lolya (guitar tech and roadie for the Ramones in 1976-1988), Mickey Leigh (Joey Ramone's brother etc.), Dregen (The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies etc.), Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopters, Entombed, Imperial State Electric etc.), all Nomads members, Per Gessle (Roxette), Nisse Hellberg (Wilmer X) and Kenneth Bergdahl (Ramones fan).
Janne Lagerström said Anders Oredson from Polar Studio tells a great story in a book. The Ramones recorded most of the Animal Boy (1986) album with Jean Beauvoir at Intergalactic Studios in New York City in December 1985. In the winter of 1986, Beauvoir and Joey Ramone flew to Stockholm, Sweden, to record the lead vocals at ABBA's Polar Studios, where the album was also mixed by Anders Oredson.
This first edition of the book comes with a unique set of 6. first-class photographs in 13 x18 centimeter format. All from at Club Ron in Ronneby, Sweden on September 19, 1978. One of them is personally signed by the photographer Thorbjörn Frenesson / Premium Rockshot. Order book here.
Book release events:
October 22, 2022: Medley, Malmö, Sweden (with bands: Råmanes and Raremogens).
October 26, 2022: Sound Pollution, Stockholm.
October 27, 2022: Pet Sounds, Stockholm.
October 29, 2022: Fyren Ölkafe (Bengans), Göteborg (featuring bands Outsiders and Bastardes). That event is a record release party also of the Outsiders Ramones tribute/cover album. Read more of the album here.
(Updated: October 17, 2022).



- Swedish band Outsiders recorded Ramones cover/tribute album titled Outsiders. It has 12 songs. Release party of CD is at the Fyren Ölkafe (Bengans), Göteborg, Sweden, on October 29, 2022. Record label is Sockiplast Records.
Songs are sang in Swedish. It is different and nice feeling to listen Ramones classics also in other language than in English. What I understand lyrics are just not copied (I speak a bit Sweden as I am from Finland). Singer Stefan Johansson has translated songs expect Christian Odin helped with Outsider.
Release date of the CD is October 28, 2022.
- Later a 12' on 45RPM yellow vinyl has release. Don't know exactly when. My guess February, 2023. Only place to buy Outsiders will be on this site gronpeppar-records.myshopify.com (after release on October 28, 2022). The members in the band are well known in the Gothenburg (Sweden) punk scene for a long time. The bassplayer Christian "Crippa" Odin is also in Troublemakers and before that in Attentat. The singer Stefan Johansson is also in City Saints, did mention Danne Paulsson who is main man behind this Outsiders release.
Members are singer Stefan Johansson, bassist Christian "Crippa" Odin, guitarist: Paul Schöning and drummer: Thomas Karlsson.
10 of the songs are from 1970's. Nånting I Min Drink (Somebody Put Something In My Drink) is from 1980's and Jag Vill Bara Dra (Poison Heart) from 1990's. Most of the versions are a bit faster than original versions. Nånting I Min Drink (Somebody Put Something In My Drink) has nice guitar solos. Read more here and see tracklisting. (October 17, 2022).


- Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Vegan etc. informed on October 6, 2022, that the estate of Joey Ramone has agreed to sell a stake of the Joey Ramone's publishing rights for 10 million dollars. The acquisition was part of a larger two billion dollars partnership between independent publisher Primary Wave Music and investment company Brookfield Asset Management, the Wall Street Journal reports.
In addition to acquiring Joey Ramone's publishing, Primary Wave also secured non-exclusive rights to use Ramone's name and likeness.
- I'm happy to welcome Primary Wave as partners in my brother's interests in Ramones. I'm thoroughly convinced of their eagerness to perpetuate his legacy, and their sincerity about doing it in a way that will never compromise his credibility. I, very much, am looking forward to working with them, said in a statement Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
Joey Ramone wrote songs like I Wanna Be Sedated, We Want The Airwaves, Judy Is A Punk, Beat On The Brat, Swallow My Pride, My-My Kind Of A Girl, Bye Bye Baby and Censorshit. And of course we can't forget for example Joey's solo albums Don't Worry About Me and ...Ya Know?.
- Joey Ramone was a total original - his songwriting, style, and voice are all undeniably unique and immediately recognizable still today. A counterculture icon and prime mover of punk rock, Ramones demonstrated first-hand the power of music in influencing culture and built a foundation that has influenced decades of musicians, Lexi Todd, VP, Business Affairs & Legal at Primary Wave Music, said in a statement.
Primary Wave has previously acquired the music and/or publishing rights to artists like Prince, James Brown, Alice in Chains, and the Strokes. Julian Casablancas. (October 6, 2022)



- Long-term Canadian Ramones fan Yanick Renault informed me of digital Canadian Ramones tribute album The Ramones Project that was released on September 9th, 2022. See tracklisting here. It is a tribute compilation of songs by the Ramones introduce new bands through the familiar sounds of one of the greatest bands ever. Buy album or individual songs from here.
Yanick Renault's band Screaming Demons punkrock on digital The Ramones Project You're Gonna Kill That Girl that is from Leave Home (1977) album. There are also some other than Canadian bands like Yee Loi is from the United Kingdom. Yee Loi do cover of the Tomorrow She Goes Away that is from Mondo Bizarro (1992) album.
All in all digital The Ramones Project has 44 songs including less-known tracks like Mental Hell (Cadavers), Eat That Rat (C.i.D.B), Bad Brain (DogsnotGods), Sitting In My Room (God Mode), Anxiety (Sister Skull) and Born To Die In Berlin (We Should've Been Plumbers). Versions of songs like Commando (The Silver Tongued Devils) and Strength To Endure (MD) are really interesting. Buy album or individual songs from here.
See tracklisting here. (September 24, 2022)


- There is two interesting music conference in Germany in July. Marky Ramone, Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick, PUNK! Magazine co-founder John Holmstrom and photographer George DuBose will speak of the Ramones in panel discussion in Dusselforf (one event) and Holmstrom and Melnick in Dusselforf and Berlin (two events).
- July 16, 2022: Me And All Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany (featuring Marky, DuBose, Melnick and Holmstrom). Event starts at 14:00 (2PM). That same day Marky Ramone Blitzkrieg have a show in Kulturbanausen Im Ratinger Hof in Dusseldorf.
- July 19, 2022: POSH Teckel, Berlin (featuring Monte A. Melnick and John Holmstrom). Event starts at 19:00 (7PM).
Discussion / Q&A event in Berlin is run by Ramones Museum Berlin founder Flo Hayler. Ramones Museum Berlin is still closed but it is great that Flo will run this event.
Monte A. Melnick was the Ramones tour manager in more than 2200 shows in 1974-1996. John Holmstrom is co-founder of the PUNK Magazine! and in a back-side of Ramones album Rocket To Russia you can see a cool cartoon illustration by Holmstrom etc. etc. George DuBose is man who photographed lot of promotional photos of the Ramones and who is photographed and designed over 300 album covers. Also he has released a great book entitled, I Speak Music - Ramones etc. etc. (July 2, 2022).



- Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is this year (2022) with live audience. Because of coronavirus Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was virtual event in 2020 and 2021. Memorial event is annual on his birthday on May 19. We lost Joey on April 15, 2001, and first memorial Birthday Bash was 20 years ago on May 19, 2001.
Event got sold-out on May 16-17, 2022. Event is now for the first time at the Heaven Can Wait music venue and lounge in The East Village, NYC, USA. Night is featuring appearances by Richie Ramone, Joey's brother Mickey Leigh, Wes Crawford, Keep Score and Tim Heap. There will be also surprise guests. Event is hosted by Ramones' road manager Monte A. Melnick and PUNK! Magazine founder John Holmstrom.
- This year 20 fans will have the opportunity to perform Ramones' songs at the event, backed by Richie Ramone on drums, with Mickey Leigh and Wes Crawford! You can participate in the auction and bid for the once-in-a-lifetime experience to "Sing a Ramones' Song with Richie Ramone" here: https://www.joeyramone.com/auction. A ticket to the show is included with all winning bids, explained Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh.
There is listed 20 songs and you can bid in auction song(s) you would like to sing. Auction / bidding time ends on at 11:59PM on May 8, 2022 (UTC-4). Songs are A Real Cool Time, Blitzkrieg Bop, Danny Says, Do You Remember Rock'N'Roll Radio, Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La), I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement, I Just Want To Have Something To Do, I Wanna Be Sedated, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, Life's A Gas, Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, Pinhead, Psycho Therapy, Rock And Roll High School, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Somebody Put Something In My Drink, Something To Believe In, Teenage Lobotomy and We're A Happy Family.
For those looking to buy tickets directly (without participating in the auction), please go to https://www.joeyramone.com/tickets. Ticket is 50 US$.
All net proceeds from the auction and the show will benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research. You can donate directly to Lymphoma Research Foundation here.
Mickey Leigh asked my opinion of this in advance and I thought it is excellent idea. That certainly is an unique idea and to fans opportunity to do a tribute with love for Joey, especially to people who started to follow the Ramones in 70's-80's etc.
So people get to play together with Richie Ramone, Mickey Leigh and Wes Crawford. Crawford is a bassist in Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music band. Leigh is guitarist-singer and Pat Carpenter is drummer. Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music's debut album Variants of Vibe was released in February, 2022, by Wicked Cool Records. See and listen Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music's I Got A Message For You video here.
If you want to read from Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes rocked in 2003-2016, see information below:
Read here (and see photos of) of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 16, 2003,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2004,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2005,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2006,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2007,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2008,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2009,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2010,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2011,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2012,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2013,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2014
and here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2016. (Updated: May 17, 2022)


- There is one Record Store Day in 2022: April 23. There is one Ramones related Record Store Day (RSD) release. It is titled Ramones: The Sire Albums (1981-1989). It is a seven LP box set of albums Pleasant Dreams (1981), Subterranean Jungle (1983), Too Tough To Die (1984), Animal Boy (1986), Halfway To Sanity (1987) and Brain Drain (1989) and a neon pink splatter vinyl LP of rarities. All albums are pressed on vinyl for the first time since their original release. Presented in a numbered slipcase with a sticker sheet included. Quantity: 10 000 copies.
- Re-mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, all mastered from the original mixes. There are no new mixes, wrote to me Ed Stasium.
Stasium is produced or co-produced many Ramones and Ramones related albums etc.
See track-listing of rarities album here. One song is previously unissued alternate version of Go Lil' Camaro Go. Also it has songs like (You) Can't Say Anything Nice, Smash You, New Girl In Town and Street Fighting Man.
Record Store Day is an annual event inaugurated in 2007. It supports thousands of independent record stores around the world. (March 15, 2022)



- Jiro Okabe's album Return Of The Kamikazi got published in 2014. Read more of it here. Now there is coming out his new album.
- My second album My Revolution (Kamikaze Invasion) will be released in 2022, line-up on guests will be CJ Ramone, Elvis Ramone (Clem Burke), Dez Cadena and Eric Arce, Steve Soto (RIP), Dan Root, Greg Hetson, Ace Von Johnson and Daniel Rey, wrote Jiro Okabe to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone.
People can remember Clem Burke for example from the Blondie (and he played two shows with the Ramones), Dez Cadena from the Black Flag and the Misfits, Eric Arce from the Misfits, Steve Soto (RIP 2018) and Dan Root from the Adolescents and CJ Ramone's band, Greg Hetson from the Bad Religion and Circle Jerks, Ace Von Johnson from the Faster Pussycat and L.A. Guns and Daniel Rey as a Ramones producer and songwriter etc. Jiro Okabe and Alex Kane produced My Revolution (Kamikaze Invasion).
- Few songs written with CJ Ramone and Andy Shernoff (The Dictators, Master Plan etc.), it will be a great album!! Also planning on doing European tour in late March, 2022, Mosrite 70th Anniversary event sometime in summer (2022) with many great guest in Los Angeles, USA. And back in South American tour in fall. It's all depends on pandemic of course, wrote Jiro Okabe to me.
Jiro has shows in Italy in March. Line-up is: Jiro Okabe, Alex Kane on guitar and Jamie Oliver (ex-UK Subs etc.) They will be performing for example at Ramones Mania event at Revolver Club in San Dona di Piave (Veneto), Italy on March 12th, 2022. Italian Ramones' tribute band The Wardogs is a support band in every show. All dates:
March 11, 2022: The Moon, Verona, Italy.
March 12, 2022: Revolver Club, San Dona di Piave, Italy.
March 13, 2022: Il Borgo, Montebello, Italy.
March 17, 2022: Circus, Darfo Boario (BS), Italy.
March 18, 2022: Spazio Webo, Pesaro, Italy.
March 19, 2022: Teatro Sala Europa, Monte San Pietrangeli (Fermo), Italy.
March 20, 2022: Piroka, Toscolano Maderno, Italy.
So Sandro Mariuz of Italian Ramones' tribute band Wardogs is main man behind of this tour and many other events in past.
- The traditional Ramones Convention will be in December, 2022, at Alcatraz in Milan, hopin' Covid virus will be deleted, wrote Sandro to me.
The Wardogs has released Ramones' tribute/ cover album titled Raw & Dirty and singles etc. Sandro will soon tell of new special release. (Updated: February 11, 2022)


- Quackwhores is a non-profit collective caring for urban waterfowl wildlife in Hollywood. Long time Ramones' fan, musician and artist Coyote Shivers and his partner Pleasant Gehman are making world a better place with a special way. Dee Dee Ramone's grave gets visited daily by a group of punk ducks, other birds etc.! Gehman and Shivers trained the cemetery ducks and critters to visit Dee Dee Ramone every day. Dee Dee is buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery and close to grave is Johnny Ramone's statue.
Shivers says the ducks are fed every day using a "dinner bell," which is essentially a new version of Blitzkrieg Bop called "Duckskrieg Bop" that features the ducks themselves quacking: "Hey ho, let's go".
Visit sites: www.instagram.com/ramonesducks and Donations for healthy food Venmo: http://quackwhores.org.
Here are quotes from article that was published on Rolling Stone: Rolling Stone article by Brenna Ehrlich.
Shivers and Gehman have been feeding the ducks since the pandemic (covid-19) started; they launched the Instagram this past summer (2021). "Everything was closed, even the beaches and parks, so we would go to the cemetery to get away from the negativity, and feel some air and beauty and care for some of the urban wildlife that live there: ducks, geese, feral cats, squirrels, doves, swans, etc," he tells Rolling Stone."
The animals came to include five black ducks that their friend had raised, only to be forced off the property by the friend's landlord. The ducks were very domesticated, so Shivers and Gehman trained them to visit Dee Dee's grave every day. "We started calling them the Ramones Ducks because they're all black and they stick together and stood out like a gang and they'd run up to Dee Dee every day."
Their names, of course, are Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy, and Sheena.
"And sure enough, it worked like the ice cream truck song in the summertime. The kids come running when they hear it. Soon enough, more and more animals joined the party, as the fowl-filled Instagram shows, including peacocks, squirrels, cats, pelicans, geese, and, of course, the titular ducks. By last spring, we started noticing the new mother ducks were bringing their days-old ducklings and teaching them, When you hear this song, march up the hill to here,. and we realized it was becoming generational to them. It just keeps growing, and little by little same with spectators," Coyote Shivers says to Rolling Stone.
"We consider it part urban wildlife charity, part performance art installation, and part living tribute to the king Dee Dee Ramone. Everyone loves the Ramones Ducks. They bring nothing but smiles. Young kids and old punks really love it."
"It's fun for everyone and also helps children to love, respect, and care for animals. Plus, it shapes their musical taste by teaching them that the Ramones are the best damn band on the planet!", Pleasant Gehman says. Read more and see photos here in my (Jari-Pekka's) Dee Dee memorial page. (January 12, 2022)



- Respected BBC journalist and David Bowie (1947-2016) author Tom Hagler composed and wrote together with a consultant editor Tony Visconti book We Could Be... Bowie And His Heroes (Octopus Books). After Hagler's exhaustively work Bowie's life is told on it through 300 of his meetings and experiences with cultural icons / bands / other: from Bob Dylan to Dali, John Lennon, Slash and Axl Rose of Guns'n'Roses, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Tom Verlaine, Alice Cooper, Marc Bolan, John Lydon, Prince, Tony Blair, Ozzy Osbourne, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox... Hagler did a huge amount of work. And excellent way.
Tom Hagler tells: "Unlike the standard biography, which charts its hero's rise from humble beginning to stardom, this book compiles some of his most surprising, amusing and revealing moments."
In certain periods Bowie was really close for example with Iggy Pop and saved Pop's life. One of my favorite part in a Reading We Could Be... Bowie And His Heroes book is by Slash: "Imagine returning home from school not only to find Bowie sitting on your sofa, but also to be told that he is your mum's new boyfriend. It was like watching an alien land in your backyard."
About Hagler's journalist background: Hagler has interviewed some of the biggest names across politics, music and science, with a roll call as a diverse as Joe Biden, Kofi Annan... Consultant editor for Hagler was Tony Visconti who was Bowie's most famous producer and original bassist. Visconti and Bowie collaborated for nearly 50 years. Tom Hagler sent me some years ago an E-mail and told me he wants to include Joey Ramone / Ramones. Hagler writes really nice comments about me in a book, after I collected Bowie related materials from my Ramones books to him / his book We Could Be... Bowie And His Heroes. I sent Hagler material / comments by Joey Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Bobby London and Jeff Salen from my books. He tells in a book: ""All the information was supplied by author and journalist Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone, the fount of all Ramone knowledge, who has written three books on the band and runs the world's largest Ramones website ramonesheaven.com. His surname (it's real) provides just a little clue as to his deep allegiance to the band." Thanks Tom Hagler.
We Could Be... Bowie And His Heroes also has a famous photo taken by Bob Gruen (see in right) of David Bowie, Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Linda Stein, Dee Dee's wife Vera, Danny Fields etc. together in 1978. I told of that photo for Tom Hagler. Also I for example told that Joey used the name Jeff Starship in his early band Sniper. Name was because of Bowie and homage to the Ziggy Stardust name that Bowie used. Joey and Bowie went to see shows together in New York. There is also more of Joey in a book.
FOLLOWING ARE EXCERPTS FROM MY RAMONES BOOKS: Here are some examples from my books that were not used in We Could Be... Bowie And His Heroes book. I do mention them now as they are interested to read. Following is from my second book
Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone (sold-out).
Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone: Tommy, which bands influenced you in early days?
Tommy Ramone: Beatles, New York Dolls, Stooges, MC5, Slade, T Rex, The Sweet, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and many more, Tommy Ramone listed to me.
Following part is from my interview with Bobby London in my book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Bobby London is a famous cartoonist and illustrator who is known for example of Dirty Duck. And who is created things for releases like Punk (magazine), Rolling Stone... Bobby London draw eight pages of comics for the Grammy nominated box set from Rhino Records, Weird Tales Of The Ramones. His interview is 4,5 pages long in Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
Jari-Pekka: Bobby, do you remember how it felt for Joey and you to party with David Bowie? Joey was already then a fan of Bowie.
Bobby London: Bowie sat against the wall, surrounded by a huge crowd. Debbie Harry, Joey, Mickey Leigh (Joey's brother) and I hung back on the periphery, walking around. It was almost like they were hosting the thing. When we were first going in, I could see Arturo Vega sticking his head out of the doorway, saying: "Here comes Bobby London! Make way for Bobby London, everybody!" It was funny, a reference to that old Kliban cartoon, I'm sure. I do remember for a moment thinking that I couldn't believe it was happening, here I was hanging out with David Bowie and the Ramones, wrote Bobby London to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone).
Following (Jeff Salen) part is from my interview with Jeff Salen in my book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Salen and I had great E-mail discussions in late 2005. He died of a heart attack on January 26, 2008. After I added the release information of Jeff Salen's solo album The Endless Road to my page in 2005, we E-mailed each other back and forth many times. When the solo album was released in 2005, Tommy Ramone was credited for mixing one of the songs and playing lead guitar. At the beginning of the 1970's Jeff Salen (guitarist) and Tommy Ramone (singer-guitarist) had already played together for a while in Butch. Butch also featured a well known Ramones tour manager Monte Melnick on (bass). Continuing in the 70's, Jeff also managed to play in Wayne County & The Backstreet Boys with Marky Ramone. This gentleman generously leant his guitar playing ability to other artists and their projects, most notably David Bowie, Ian Hunter and Sparks. Read more from pages 145-146 in my third book. Here are some parts of it.
Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone: Can you mention something special about Johnny, Dee Dee and Marky?
Jeff Salen: Dee Dee and I were always competing over girlfriends. Johnny was very jealous of my lead guitar prowess although I was younger than all of them, especially when I worked with David Bowie briefly.
Jari-Pekka: Do you recall any comments about David Bowie made by Johnny? Would you explain a bit of what it was like when you worked with Bowie?
Jeff Salen: I don't remember Johnny saying anything about David Bowie. Johnny was always quiet around me because we were very competitive with each other. David Bowie was in New York with a production company called Main Man. Every one at Main Man was gay except for me and David (who was eitherbi or pretending) I was the staff lead guitarist for all the NY bandsthat David was producing. I was paid $85 a week and got felt up by everybody in the office every time I picked up my check. At night,David, Lou Reed, Wayne County, Lee Black Childers, Cherry Vanilla, Ava Cherry, Bust a Cherry Jones and I would all go dancing at a transvestite club with dyke bartenders (who all looked like men) called Club 82. Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood, briefly owned the Club 82. Johnny Thunders, of the New York Dolls and later the Heartbreakers, Tommy and I were the only NY musicians who actually danced at the Club 82. (December 31, 2021)


- Ramones producer Daniel Rey auctioned in September, 2021, in RR Auction off 27 items from his collection of Ramones and punk stuff including Johnny Ramone's Mosrite Ventures II that was Johnny's main guitar. Read more here.
Daniel Rey auction off 78 more items from his collection of Ramones and punk stuff in auction that closes November 18, 2021. Close to 60 items of those are Ramones related. Items include many handwritten lyrics for Ramones songs, posters, T-shirts, signed items, promotional photos and backstage passes. There are some hard to find Ramones shirts including a small raglan baseball T-shirt from the Ramones tour of Japan in 1980 and a large black T-shirt related to Brain Drain album (1989).
Read more of Daniel Rey here.
Auction rules: "The 30 minute rule begins November 18, 2021, at 7:00 PM. An initial bid must be placed by November 18 at 6:00 PM to participate after 6:00 PM. Final bids get higher when you have to pay them. In addition to final bid the price raise 25-30 % higher because RR Auction takes 25 % auction fee, taxes, shipping expenses etc.
Read details of some items below.
1) FIRST TWO ISSUES OF TAKING DOPE FANZINES: "A self-published fanzine founded by Dee Dee Ramone and underground cartoonist and writer John Holmstrom. Both DIY issues are stapled and measure 8.5 x 11, with the first 16-page issue dated to August 1996, and the second 20-page issue dated to September 1996. Both fanzines contain introductory update letters from Dee Dee, in addition to sundry lyrics, diary entries, sketches, and pictures of family, friends, and band members."
JARI-PEKKA LAITIO-RAMONE'S (WEBMASTER OF THIS SITE) ADDITION FOR TAKING DOPE INFORMATION: Paul Kostabi and Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zampini were other main people behind of Taking Dope fanzines. Dee Dee and they worked four Taking Dope issues in 1996-98 and fifth issue in 2001.
2) JOEY RAMONE'S HANDWRITTEN LYRICS FOR HIGH GRAVITY LAGER: "Handwritten lyrics by Joey Ramone for the Steel Reserve commercial jingle High Gravity Lager, unsigned, penned in blue and black ballpoint on two off-white 8.5 x 11 sheets. The lyrics, in part: "Steel Reserve, I like it, Steel Reserve, Id love some, blow your mind, I like it, want some .. Steel Reserve, I want some, High Gravity Lager 4x, Blow your mind, I like it, summertime, anytime .. party time." On the right side of the first sheet, Ramone adds a phone number and pens a few lines to the Adios Amigos song 'She Dreams of Rainbows.' In fine condition. 'High Gravity Lager' was one of three commercial jingles the Ramones were commissioned to write in 1995 for the Steel Brewing Company and their Steel Reserve lager. The other two song titles are Gimme My Steel Reserve and Fill My Cup, all of which are classic catchy Ramones.
3) RAMONES 1987 ST. LOUIS CONCERT POSTER WITH ELVIS RAMONE: "Rare original color 15.75 x 10.5 Mississippi Nights promotional poster for a Ramones concert at the Music Club in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 29 [1987], which features an image of the band with Clem Burke, aka Elvis Ramone, as the drummer. Scheduled as their final North American show before heading overseas for an October tour of Europe, this St. Louis concert never happened. In fine condition, with tack holes to the corners. Burke, the drummer for Blondie, joined the Ramones for two shows under the stage name Elvis Ramone following Richie Ramone's sudden departure in late August of 1987. He was fired after two performances (August 28 and 29, 1987) because his drumming could not keep up with the rest of the band. In September, Marky, now clean and sober, returned to the band."
4) DEE DEE RAMONE'S HANDWRITTEN LYRICS FOR WEASEL FACE: "Handwritten lyrics by Dee Dee Ramone for the song 'Weasel Face,' unsigned, written in pencil on an off-white 7.75 x 10.5 notebook page. The lyrics, in full: "twenty four hours ago, no one could help me, I was all alone in life, with no where to go / So I picked up the phone, and called out for help, somebody please help me, I am frightened and alone / and its way past midnight, the TV set is glowen, its been my only friend, one crisis after another / I am not a looser or a quitter, its all or nothen baby, cause we fought so hard, for our little piece of this world / weasle face, weasle face, dont let it get you down." In fine condition, with small tears and staining to the bottom edge. Co-written by Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone, 'Weasel Face' is the fourth track from the band's tenth studio album, 1987's Halfway to Sanity. According to Johnny, the song is about a fan 'who had a real weasel face. He came to all our gigs in the South; he followed us around. I think he was from Mississippi."
5) CJ RAMONE'S HANDWRITTEN LYRICS FOR SCATTERGUN: "Handwritten lyrics by CJ Ramone for the song 'Scattergun,' unsigned, penned in black ballpoint on an off-white 8.5 x 10.75 sheet. The lyrics, in full: "Smooth bore, scattergun, you are, the only one, to cover me, when I sleep, you cover me, in my dreams carry, a smooth bore, scattergun, steal from me, there'll be no time to run, I got the bead on you, she fires true, take whatcha want, and I'll do, what I have to do, smooth bore, scattergun, scattergun, scattergun, triple O bucks, the only shot for me, cut any man, right off at the knees, don't need to bother, the police, I've got my Mossberg 590." In fine condition, with intersecting folds. Written by CJ Ramone, 'Scattergun' was the tenth track on the Ramones' fourteenth and final studio album, Adios Amigos. The track was also one of four songs on the album that CJ provided lead vocals, with the others being 'Makin Monsters for My Friends,' 'The Crusher,' and 'Cretin Family.'
6) LEGS MCNEIL'S SIGNED BOOK TO DEE DEE RAMONE: "Roderick Edward "Legs" McNeil is an American music journalist (born 1956) who is one of the three original founders of the seminal Punk magazine that gave the movement its name. In addition to being a former editor at Spin and editor-in-chief of Nerve Magazine, McNeil has co-authored the books Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk and I Slept with Joey Ramone (A Punk Rock Family Memoir). Signed book: Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. First edition. NY: Grove Press, 1996. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.25, 424 pages. Signed and inscribed on the half-title page in black ink to Dee Dee Ramone: "Dee Dee, You are the star of the book! (Now will you please get your book published!) Let me know what I can do to help! Legs." In fine condition, with light dust jacket wear."
7) RAMONES MINIATURE MEZCAL BOTTLE AND SHOT GLASS FOR ADIOS AMIGOS: "An unopened 50 ml miniature bottle of "Ramones" Mezcal Legitimo de Oaxaca produced for the band's fourteenth and final studio album Adios Amigos The bottle stands 4.75" in height, is marked as 40% ALC/VOL (80 Proof), and contains an agave worm. Included with the bottle is an ¬°Adios Amigos! shot glass. In overall fine condition."
JARI-PEKKA'S ADDITION FOR THIS: This promo item is missing small salt pouch. Original item has salt pouch sticked to miniature mezcal bottle.
(November 15, 2021)



- Saturday October 2, 2021, there is at 2-6PM at the Metropolis Vintage store in Manhattan, New York a show of vintage Ramones, Cramps and Clash T-shirts. Address is 803 Broadway, New York, 10003 USA. All T-shirts are from Richard Colligan's collection. There are more than 100 Ramones T-shirts. There are many rare tour T-shirts from 80's and promotional T-shirts. One is Dee Dee King T-shirt. Colligan is the owner of Metropolis Vintage store.
- Show is only this Saturday (2-6PM, October 2, 2021). Its is in our basement. John Holmstrum designed our logo. All the shirts are 100% real expect a few bootleg Cramps T-shirts but they are from the 1980's. Nothing is a reprint of original shirts. There is the Ramones eagle logo shirt which I think is the first shirt printed by Arturo Vega, Richard Colligan wrote to me.
Arturo Vega was the Ramones creative director since 1974, he designed the Ramones' eagle logo and most all of the Ramones art, shirts, special collections, etc. He worked as the Ramones lighting director. With the Ramones he worked on 2261 shows, and only missed 2 Ramones shows altogether. Read more of Vega here on my page.
Richard Colligan is thinking of doing the show again along with John Holmstrom during Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2022.
- We did it a few years ago and it was a great success. (September 29, 2021)


- Ramones producer Daniel Rey auctioned in RR Auction off 27 items from his collection of Ramones and punk stuff including Johnny Ramone's Mosrite Ventures II that was Johnny's main guitar. To back side of guitar Johnny had written: "My main guitar, 1977-1996". Guitar was sold for 750 000 US$ but because of auction fee (25 %), taxes etc. buyer need to pay around 937,500 US$. The winning bidder wishes to remain anonymous.
There were from Daniel Rey in RR Auction also Joey Ramone's and Dee Dee Ramone's handwritten lyrics, Dee Dee's hand-drawn map of The Chelsea Hotel Basement, Joey's Beatlec watch etc. Read details of some items below. Auctions ended on September 25, 2021. People had chance to bid around one month until was 1,5-2 hours long auction event at the auction house. Bidding closed on Friday September 24 and live auction was on Saturday September 25, 2021. Before live event price of Johnny's Mosrite was 302 500 US$. Price raised to 750 000 US$ in final bids in live auction and then in addition to that the price raise 25-30 % higher because RR Auction takes 25 % auction fee, taxes, shipping expenses etc. So buyer had to pay close to one million of Read more of Daniel Rey here.
1) FINAL PRICE WAS: 750 000 US$: "Johnny Ramone's Stage-Used and Owned Mosrite Ventures II Guitar: "A 1965 Mosrite Ventures II electric guitar personally-owned and -used by Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) for nearly two decades as the guitarist for punk rock legends the Ramones, with the back of the guitar signed in black felt tip, "Johnny Ramone, My Main Guitar, 1977-1996." Cummings played this guitar at every Ramones performance until his retirement: from November 1977 through August 1996, for a total of approximately 1,985 shows. Additionally, this guitar was used by Cummings for the recording of all 15 Ramones albums (studio and live) from this time period, and can be heard on any live Ramones bootleg from late 1977-1996, of which there are many. It was later displayed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland for a number of years. Cummings originally purchased this guitar between October 23, 1977 and October 30, 1977, to replace his original blue Ventures II slab body, which was stolen from the Sire Records van (with rest of the band"s gear) on the night of October 22, 1977, after the band"s show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Ironically, this guitar had been offered to Cummings earlier in 1977, but he passed on it feeling it was too expensive at $500, which was a little less than 10 times what he paid for his original Ventures II in 1974."
2) AUCTION OF THIS AMP WAS NOT FINISHED.
- Regrettably, the amp was passed and did not sell at auction, wrote to me (Jari-Pekka) Fiona Lenaire from RR Auction.
This amp: "Johnny Ramone's Stage-Used and Owned Electro-Harmonix Mike Matthews Freedom Amp: "The sound of punk - Johnny Ramone's fabled Freedom guitar amp played live at early CBGB shows in 1974-75, only one of two ever made by Electro-Harmonix. Exceedingly rare Mike Matthews Freedom amplifier personally-owned and -used by Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) of punk rock legends the Ramones, signed on the right side in silver ink, "Johnny Ramone, Ramones original amp, 1974-75." The amp, 24? x 24? x 9?, is one of a matching pair of 4 x 10? speaker Freedom amps purchased by Cummings in early 1974. Freedom amps were manufactured in New York City by Mike Matthews" Electro-Harmonix company, and of the approximately 2000 total Matthews amps that were produced, the majority being 1 x 10? speaker versions, only two black 4 x 10? Freedom amps are known to exist, both of which were owned by Cummings; the second Freedom 4 x 10? remains in a private collection. Cummings used this amp live at CBGBs and at various other early Ramones shows, while also routinely lugging it to Monte Melnick and Tommy Ramone"s Performance Studios and to Arturo Vega"s loft throughout 1974 and 1975. This amp can be seen in the video of the Ramones" first ever CBGBs performance, as well as in other early videos and photos."
3) FINAL PRICE OF THIS WAS: 37 500 US$: "Teal-bodied Japanese Mosrite Mark II Johnny Ramone signature electric guitar (Serial No. JRB000), personally owned and used by Johnny Ramone. Includes the original hardshell Ramones guitar case, two Ramones/Fillmore guitar picks, and a guitar strap. In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Ramone, which affirms that the "guitar is one of Mark-2 Johnny Ramone signature models specially supervised and authorized by Mr. Johnny Ramone himself," and by a signed letter of authenticity from his widow, Linda, which reads: "This certifies that the Blue Mosrite Mark-2, serial number JRB000, was the first Johnny Ramone Model produced by the Fillmore Company. The guitar was sent to Johnny Ramone and it was owned and used by Johnny Ramone."
4) FINAL PRICE OF THIS WAS: 5 500 US$: "Arturo Vega's 1978-1980 Loft Notebook with Handwritten Lyrics by Joey Ramone: "Incredible circa 1978-1980 notebook from Arturo Vega"s famed Lower Manhattan loft at 6 E. 2nd St. in New York City"s East Village, which contains very early working handwritten lyrics by Joey Ramone for the song "Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio," featuring verses that do not appear on the recorded version.".
5) FINAL PRICE OF THIS WAS: 10 500 US$: "Joey Ramone (3) Stage-Used Shure Microphones from the Final Ramones Concert: "Amazing set of three Shure SM58 microphones used on stage by Joey Ramone during the Ramones" last three or four shows, including the band's final concert, which was held at The Palace in Los Angeles, California, on August 6, 1996. Each member of the Ramones was presented with special mementoes from their final show. Among the items presented to Joey Ramone were three of the microphones that he used that night. These were given to him by roadie Mitch "Bubbles" Keller in a black zippered pouch, which is included with the lot."
6) FINAL PRICE OF THIS WAS: 5000 US$: "Joey Ramone Signed Beatles Watch: "Attractive The Beatles watch made by Apple Corps Ltd., with engraved leather strap and dial featuring "The Beatles" over the green "Apple Records" logo with track titles from their acclaimed 1968 "White Album." The watch includes its original wooden "guitar case," certificate of authenticity, and cardboard box, which is signed and inscribed in black ballpoint, "To Daniel, the 5th Ramone, Enjoy! Your mate, Joey Ramone." The box bears an edition label marked as "B001, 01."
7) FINAL PRICE OF THIS WAS: 1800 US$: "Dee Dee Ramone Handwritten Lyrics for Cretin Family: "Handwritten lyrics by Dee Dee Ramone for the song "Cretin Family," unsigned, penned in ballpoint on two off-white 8.25 x 11.5 sheets. Ramone writes the title above, "Cretin Family," and the lyrics below, in full. Co-written by Dee Dee and producer Daniel Rey, "Cretin Family" is the eighth track on the fourteenth and final studio album by the Ramones; it"s also the tenth track on the Ramones live album Greatest Hits Live, which was recorded at The Academy in New York City on February 29, 1996."
8) FINAL PRICE OF THIS WAS: 7000 US$: "Dee Dee Ramone's hand-drawn map of The Chelsea Hotel Basement: "Original hand-drawn "Map of the Chelsea Hotel Basement" by Dee Dee Ramone, accomplished in red and black felt tip and hot pink and neon yellow acrylic paint on stretched canvas measuring 18 x 14, signed in the lower right corner, "By Dee Dee Ramone." The overhead layout marks various rooms, fixtures, and access points, such as storage rooms, hallways, fuse boxes, toilets, elevators, motor generator, porcelain tub, and more, with the far right making note of a "Concrete Stage." In fine condition. This hand-drawn map was obtained by Daniel Rey from Ramones artistic director Arturo Vega in the summer of 2002, not long after Dee Dee's passing."
9) FINAL PRICE OF THIS WAS: 2300 US$: "Sire Records 8-track tape for the Ramones' 1976 self-titled debut album, signed on the back in black felt tip by Johnny, Tommy, Dee Dee, and Joey Ramone, who adds "'97." In fine condition. An uncommon format signed by all four members who played on the album (Joey Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone) (Update: September 29, 2021).



- Dee Dee Ramone would have celebrated his 70th birthday on September 18, 2021. Dee Dee was born on September 18, 1951, in Fort Lee, Virginia, USA. As all of you knows, Dee Dee is a founding member of the Ramones and another main songwriter. His last official Ramones gig was on July 5, 1989 in Santa Clara, USA. But Dee Dee made a guest appearance at the last Ramones show held at The Palace in Los Angeles, USA on August 6, 1996.
Dee Dee died at his home in Los Angeles on June 5, 2002. Dee Dee's second wife Barbara Zampini found Dee Dee at 8:25PM on their living room couch and she called 911. Fire department paramedics pronounced Dee Dee dead at 8:40 pm and the official cause of his death was an accidental drug drug overdose.
I experienceed eight of Dee Dee's shows in Sweden, Norway and Denmark in 2000-2001. Read here story of shows I experienced in 2000. Dee Dee was was clean and healthy in both tours. Dee Dee's guitarist Christian Black wrote to me shortly following Dee Dee's unexpected passing for example this: "I feel like we've lost one of the most important entities in the history of rock'N'roll. As if that isn't bad enough, we all lost a great friend. We had so many plans to record and tour that are now completely shattered. Despite popular belief, I really believe that it (overdose) was an accident. I have been around him more than anyone can imagine for the past three years and I have never seen him use heroin. He never even took a drink during some of the hardest times on tour. I really believe that he just slipped and wanted to get high. He really didn't mean to do this to everybody."
I also feel this true after what I saw in tours and after speaking of Dee Dee's last years with people like Arturo Vega and Paul Kostabi (and his art manager Heidi Follin) who was his best friend in last years and Andy Poncherello who was his best friend in Los Angeles in last few years. Their interviews are really special in Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
You can read here really good interview Jim Sullivan (Rock And Roll Globe) did with Dee Dee's first wife Vera Ramone King now because of Dee Dee's 70th birthday. It is great to read interviews like that which goes to deep feelings. Vera concentrate to good things, and tells honestly of dark days. Interview has a good balance. And Vera also tells really excellent way how it was to experience early years of original punk years. Dee Dee met Vera in 1977 and soon they were married. Soon after Dee Dee quit the Ramones in 1989, he and Vera separated. Officially they divorced in 1995. Vera has wrote a book called Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years).
Here you can find my memorial site for Dee Dee Ramone. You can read also from my site for example story with photos of special Dee Dee Ramone memorial concert that was at The Continental, NYC, USA on July 2, 2002. Tommy Ramone sang, and Marky Ramone and CJ Ramone played there and honored our Dee Dee in many ways. Also Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers, The Waldos), Jesse Malin (solo, ex-D Generation), Handsome Dick Manitoba (The Dictators), Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy's Law), Theo (Lunachicks), Ramones producer Daniel Rey, Joey's brother Mickey Leigh, The Misfits (line-up was that time Jerry Only, Marky Ramone and Dez Cadena), Toilet Boys, Furious George etc. were on stage. Idea of event was by The Continental (now closed) owner Trigger.
Tommy Ramone told that night: "Dee Dee was one of the major architects of punk rock. His songs set the rules and made the blueprint. I had never heard songs like the ones he wrote - they were totally original and powerful. Like Joey, Dee Dee was loved by so many people because of his unpretentious and friendly personality. It is so sad to have such a treasured person taken from us at such a young age. We are truly fortunate to be left with the bounty of his works. I feel blessed to have been lucky enough to have known him.", Tommy Ramone said.
Personally I had my first memorial speech of Dee Dee Ramone day after we lost him. Upon returning to Finland from New York and Joey Ramone Birthday Bash, I had release parties in Finland for my first book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone. It was during release party in Tampere, Finland on June 6, 2002, when I got a call from Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings' singer-guitarist Nick Cooper, informing me of the tragic news, that Dee Dee had passed away...
See here on my page details of Dee Dee's shows in his last years and look how happy he was in his last real show. We want to remember Dee Dee like that. Dee Dee played his last performance (not a full show) at rather lame Hollywood event called Club Make-Up, a glam, trash, punk, sleaze music night at the El Rey Theatre, in Los Angeles, USA, on June 1, 2002. (September 18, 2021)


- There are two Ramones related records in Record Store Days (RSD) in June-July, 2021. A limited edition pink and black splatter vinyl edition of Joey Ramone's first solo album Don't Worry About Me (2002) was published as a Record Store Day release on June 12, 2021 to celebrate what would have been Joey's 70th birthday. His 70th birthday was on May 19, 2021. Pink and black splatter vinyl edition was limited to 2500 copies worldwide. There are no any bonus material etc. Label BMG.
Second Ramones related Record Store Day release is Ramones live album. It is titled Triple J Live at the Wireless Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia on July 8, 1980. Release date of LP is July 17, 2021. It is a previously unissued live radio broadcast recorded in Australia during End Of The Century tour. It contains 23 tracks and some of which were from the album that did not remain in live sets following this tour. Some remained in the live set through the years to final Ramones concert. Songs from the End Of The Century are I Can't Make It On Time, Rock And Roll High School, Do You Remember Rock'N'Roll Radio, Let's Go, I'm Affected and All The Way. See tracklisting here.
Pressed on 180g vinyl. This RSD release is limited to 13 000 copies worldwide. There is number 6000 in RSD's USA site. - We are the US organizers of RSD so the numbers listed on our site are the US numbers. When we have worldwide numbers they are mentioned in the description, as is the case with the Ramones (6000 and 13 000), answered to me RSD:s Carrie Colliton.
See tracklisting here. (Update: July 8, 2021)



- As I told in March, 2021, Indy PopCon is at the Indiana Convention Center, Indiana, USA, on July 9-11, 2021, and Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone will be guests there in those three days: "Our convention is an opportunity for fans of popular culture to gather and celebrate their hobbies and interact with other fans. With attendees expected to enjoy a culture of comic books, video games, science fiction, and entertainment, and a total fan experience. Music is one of our genres that hasn't often been featured well, so this July we are turning the volume all the way up to 10! Please welcome both Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone from the Ramones to PopCon Indy 2021! We couldn't be more excited to bring in legends. Get your tix to meet them July 9-11, 2021", is written in newsletter. More details here.
So Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone will be guests there in those three days (July 9-11) and they are in some 10-20 minutes long panel interviews. See schedules here.
You also has a chance to grab a photo with them by professional photographer. Photo with CJ Ramone cost US$$ and with Richie Ramone also US$$. Details are: "One photo op ticket is good for two adults and up to three children under 16 in the same photo with the celebrity guest(s). You will receive one 8x10" print and a digital download of your photo op. Session times can be referenced on the photo op schedule. The schedule is released approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the event." You can ticket to photo session here. (Update: July 6, 2021)


- From time to time there are also special items of the Ramones in RR Auction. Now there were some items from CJ Ramone's collection. And as well Ramones fan Bobby Martel sold in RR Auction many items from his collection. Auctions ended on June 24, 2021. I also told of those auctions in advance. I do update some information of prices for how much some items were sold for. Links were working below worked at least on July 2, 2021.
Like CJ Ramone's copies of Mondo Bizarro ("recorded" versions) cassettes were
sold for 666 US$. Other auction of Mondo Bizarro related cassettes had this information: "Two cassette tapes from CJ Ramone's personal collection, featuring songs from the 1992 album Mondo Bizarro: one marked "Ramones Cassette, Work, 2/8/92 Start," featuring the songs Strength To Endure and Main Man, identified as "1. 2/8/92 Roughs Vox Strength, 2. 2/8/92 Main Man Vox Roughs"; and one marked "Ramones @ Magic Shop," featuring the tracks Strength To Endure, Take It As It Comes, and Anxiety, all with scratch vocals performed by CJ." Those Mondo Bizarro cassettes were sold for 500 US$ and CJ's backpack was sold for 1914 US$. CJ Ramone also wanted to sell his pair of Dee Dee Ramone's album Zonked (Ain't It Fun in Europe). One cassette was featuring premixes, marked on the spine in Dee Dee's hand (see photo in right) and one with an identical track listing to the final version of the album as released, given to CJ to learn the set for The Remainz. Those were sold for 375 US$.
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Ramones tour itinerary (11 concert tour of Greece, Spain, and Italy between May 5-18, 1993) which also had handwritten lyrics by CJ Ramone for a pair of songs was sold for 334 US$. Another of lyrics became the Los Gusanos song Carve Your Name. Items from CJ's collection were accompanied by a signed letter of provenance.
Ramones fan Bobby Martel sold in RR Auction many items from his collection that were signed in a Strawberries Records in-store signing on October 13, 1984 in Manchester, NH, USA. Signed items included Too Tough To Die (1984) flag from TTTD tour. It was signed by Dee Dee, Joey, Johnny and Richie Ramone. That was sold for 750 US$. There were also six first Ramones albums, Too Tough To Die, It's Alive live album etc. signed by Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Richie even Richie do not play in them (except in TTTD). He had signed all those anyway. Tommy has signed his autographs later to first albums etc. There are no any Marky Ramone's autographs (in albums he plays). Signed Too Tough To Die was sold for 1165 US$, signed first album for 2620$, signed Leave Home for 963 US$, signed Rocket To Russia for 1283 US$, signed Road To Ruin (yellow version) for 2169 US$ etc.
Signed records were accompanied by a letter of provenance from Ramones fan Robert Martel, who states that the signatures "were obtained by me at a Strawberries Records in-store signing on October 13, 1984 in Manchester, NH, hosted by my personal friend, former bandmate, and renowned Ramones expert Chris Lamy."
There were also some photos from concert in 1982 that were signed in 1984. Photo of Johnny Ramone in right was sold for 250 US$. So now Bobby Martel sold signed items and CJ Ramone many items from his collection. (Updated: July 2, 2021)



- Because of coronavirus Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was also this year virtual event. Memorial event is annual on his birthday on May 19. Last year was first when there was no Joey Ramone Birthday Bash with live audience. We lost Joey on April 15, 2001, and first memorial Birthday Bash was 20 years ago on May 19, 2001.
- That Joey's been gone for 20 years is certainly nothing to celebrate. BUT, that over those 20 years his family, friends, and fans continue coming to NYC from all over the world, to gather with each other in a room full of love, respect and admiration at the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash..., that's certainly something to celebrate, told Joey's brother Mickey Leigh in advance.
He thought a retrospective of the past 20 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was fitting for the occasion. For example drummer Pat Carpenter helped Mickey.
- A few of us did a ton of work putting this 20 year retrospective together. Didn't realize what a monstrous job it would be.
Leigh said in advance how it will be quite an amazing show - especially for people who never saw the first event in 2001. It was. It lasted around 100 minutes and main Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on it was event in 2001. It was streamed twice through Joeyramone.com on May 19, 2021 (at 7PM and 10PM). I asked from Mickey Leigh if people has chance to look it afterwards.
- After tonight, anyone can see the show, for a five dollar donation to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Mickey replied.
Admission was free but many people donated and money went to the Joey Ramone Foundation for lymphoma research, to help find a way to beat the beast that ate Joey Ramone.
Also afterwards donations to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research will be greatly appreciated.
Tommy Ramone, Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone were shown pretty much in this Birthday Bash video collection. I do not remember if there were Marky Ramone shown? I will write more information later.
Last year (2020) CJ Ramone, Richie Ramone, Clem Burke (Blondie/ two shows in the Ramones), Andy Shernoff (Dictators, The Master Plan), Knox (Vibrators), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Earl Slick, Barb Wire Dolls, Tracy Thornton, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), Jesse Malin (ex-D Generation, Bellvue), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Ed Stasium (producer), Monte A. Melnick (tour manager), John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine) and Allan Arkush (director) were among of bands and people who were featured performances and speeches at Joey Ramone Virtual Birthday Bash. (Updated: May 20, 2021)


- Remembering Joey Ramone who passed away 20 years ago on April 15, 2001. As all of you probably know and remember, Joey was first Ramones member whom we and world lost. I put on to Facebook 27 photos that are related to Joey Ramone tribute events in New York, Finland etc. in 2001-2003. Also photos from Arturo Vega's collection (some of photos which Arturo sent to me to to my first book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone) and some other photos from 1998-2003. And few from 70's.
I mention here some special Joey Ramone related things that you can find from my homepage.
1) After our beloved Joey Ramone passed away on April 15, 2001, I was privileged because I had the chance to deal with my pain by reading the beautiful memory texts written by fans. So many tears were falling that day, but I had to work because, many fans received confirmation of Joey's death from me (through Arturo Vega). You can see here my Joey Ramone memorial site with huge amount of information and photos, texts written by artists, you fans etc.
2) My first book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone was published on May 19, 2002. It is full of stories expressing much love for what Joey Ramone and the rest of the Ramones family did for all of us. Book also has really lot interviews or texts written by artists and people like Marky Ramone, Arturo Vega, Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Campino (Die Toten Hosen), TV Smith/ Gaye Advert (Adverts), Gordie Lewis (Teenage Head), Hilly Kristal (CBGB), Bono (U2), Monte Melnick, Legs McNeil, John Holmstrom, Michael Monroe/ Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks) etc. In all, the book contains more than 230 photos. In all book has 192 pages (including 16 full colour pages).
3) Here you can find lot details of different Joey Ramone related records.
4) AMP Records (Canada) released Life's A Gas: A Tribute To Joey Ramone album in 2001. It has 31 songs/bands and liner notes were written by Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh. And Do You Remember Rock'N'Roll High School? - Adios Joey Ramone!! tribute album was released on April 15, 2002.
5) You can find from my homepage many reports of events where Joey performed in late 90's and 2000. See listing here. Read here of Joey's final live performances in December 2000.
6) AND enjoy of reading story of event which line-up had Joey Ramone with The Independents, The Remains (later The Ramainz) etc. at The Continental, New York on February 21, 1999. I think this was last time when Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone were on stage together.
7) AND read here of Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash at The Continental on May 19, 1997.
8) Here you can see many photos with background details of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 16, 2003,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2004,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2005,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2006,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2007,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2008,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2009,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2010,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2011,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2012,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2013,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2014
and here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2016. (April 20, 2021)



- Walter Lure died on August 22, 2020, at the age of 71, from complications arising from liver and lung cancer. Read details of his Walter Lure Memorial Celebration below after introduction text.
Walter is remembered especially from the bands Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers and The Waldos. First time ever, truth about Walter Lure's role for the Ramones was told on my book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Book has my five pages long interview with Walter. After book interview you will discover what Walter Lure's role was on three Ramones albums: Subterranean Jungle (1983), Too Tough To Die (1984) and Animal Boy (1986). His role was bigger than what most Ramones fans could have realized. Read more from my Walter memorial page.
And now back to details of Walter Lure Memorial Celebration. Live stream of the Walter Lure Memorial Celebration the in-venue taping will occur at The Bowery Electric on April 19, 2021. A memorial celebration of Walter Lure's life will be streaming on April 22, 2021 in honor of Walter's birthday. Memorial Tribute will be streamed through Rolling Live on from Bowery Electric. Waldos past & present. Also performances by members of Walter's "other" bands; The Heroes, Blessed, Hurricanes... Virtual guests include Bob Gruen, Sam Yaffa, Jayne County, Howie Pyro, Legs McNeil, Frank Infante, Clem Burke, Glen Matlock, Levi Dexter, Smutty Smith, Marco Pironi, Philippe Marcade, Mick Rossi, William Luhr, Charlie Pickett, Binky Philips and more. Buy tickets here.
Benefits St Jude Children Research Hospital. Partial proceeds from that event will be contributed to this fund. Help to honor Walter by contributing to the battle to end childhood cancer, as per the wish of the Luhr/Le family. (April 10, 2021)


- I was happy to watch 72 minutes long Gabba Gabba Fest Vol. 3 video from YouTube. It is a compilation of bands covering Ramones songs and there are also some cover versions of songs that Ramones members released as a solo. Also short greetings in this video tells Richie Ramone, Marky Ramone and Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick.
- Since 2018 some friends and I have gathered Ramones fans here in Brazil to celebrate the band's music and legacy. We have some bands playing covers of the Ramones and exhibition of collections. The third edition of Gabba Gabba Fest was online due to the pandemic. This is a non-profit event, bands and producers receive nothing and admission is free, wrote Marcus Padula.
People behind of Gabba Gabba Hey Fest include Padula, Anderson Lima, Davi Pacote, Fabio Ramone, Flavio Gatti, Gabriel Freitas, Jose Paulo Correa, Josimar Gozo and Leo Drumond (Tucano Ramone).
You can see in this video for example Pacote & Jenny playing S.L.U.G. and I Can't Make It On Time, Rotores doing I Just Want To Have Something To Do and I Don't Want You and Dee Dee Sparates playing Don't Look In My Window and Hop Around. (February 19, 2021)



- Finnish guitarist god Alexi Laiho died due to complications from unspecified "long-term health issues" in late December 2020. Date is not confirmed. He was only 41 years old. Singer-guitarist Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children Of Bodom (name was first IneartheD) in 1993. Children Of Bodom became famous melodic death metal band and they sold some million records. Alexi Laiho received widespread acclaim for his guitar work. In 2009, Laiho was voted the best metal guitarist in the world by the readers of Guitar World magazine.
The Children Of Bodom split up after 26 years in 2019. After Children of Bodom Laiho founded the act Bodom After Midnight. Alexi Laiho had also other bands like Sinenergy and a side-project trio called Kylähullut together with Vesku Jokinen of Finnish punk band Klamydia and Tonmi Lillman of Sinergy / Lordi.
Children Of Bodom covered the opening track Somebody Put Something In My Drink of the Ramones album Animal Boy. Song is written by Richie Ramone.
- Another very talented musician, gone too soon. I never got to meet Alexi Laiho personally, but I really enjoyed his interpretation of Somebody Put Something In My Drink. Godspeed..., wrote Richie Ramone to me on January 5, 2020.
I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) had played Children Of Bodom's version of Somebody Put Something In My Drink to Richie long time ago and I wanted to inform him of Laiho's passing.
I did interview with Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho to my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone. It was great surprise to hear this news of their cover version in 2002 and also how enthusiastic Alexi Laiho was when I spoke of their version with him in 2003. Listen their version here or here.
- The original version of Somebody Put Something In My Drink contains such megacool vocals, sounds proper woozy amusement. Also lyrics are great, like the whole song. Somehow in those words everything is just good going, and sometimes you also have a similar feeling in real life, tells Alexi Laiho in my book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
Somebody Put Something In My Drink is B-side of Children Of Bodom's You're Better Off Dead! single which quickly gone gold in Finland in 2002. It is included also to Children Of Bodom's compilation cover album titled Skeletons In The Closet (2009). Their death metal version of this song is a pretty different kind of blitzkrieg than what the Ramones did, but it seems to work really, really well.
- It was great for our single to do such a cover which our group of fans didn't expect. I think our version was a success. We don't try to be too tricky, but we do the wholeness of the tune quite straight. My vocals came pretty naturally, considering that I don't sing in clear voice, told Alexi Laiho to me in 2003.
Children Of Bodom also played song from time to time at live. Here are some more comments that Alexi Laiho tells in my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
- I got to know Ramones, when my older sister was fan of them. It happen in late 1980's when I was younger than 10 years old, so I've liked the Ramones since I was a small brat. Of course I didn't understand anything of punk at that age, but music sounded cool. My favourites are the records from the 1980's like Brain Drain. As a musician I've been fascinated especially of it how Johnny Ramone forms chords, playing downward strokes with his right hand, told Alexi Laiho to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) in 2003. (January 5, 2020).



- Marky Ramone posted on November 15, 2020, to his Facebook page photo of it that I Wanna Be Sedated has been certified platinum as a single. Marky got certificate so late (November 2020)? Certification date was already two years earlier in the USA on November 9, 2018. Almost all countries follow variations of the RIAA certification categories, which are named after precious materials (gold, platinum and diamond), and also RIAA has on their site a date November 9, 2018. So I Wanna Be Sedated has been certified platinum as a single song then in the USA. It was first published on the album Road To Ruin (1978).
This is first platinum to the Ramones in the USA. Singles are certified as: Gold means 500 000 certification units and platinum means one million certification units. That same day (November 9, 2018) RIAA has certified gold to Blitzkrieg Bop song. Blitzkrieg Bop was released as the Ramones' debut single in February 1976. It is also the opening track on the debut album Ramones, that was released April 23, 1976. Debut album has been certified gold on April 30, 2014.
There are some different background stories of I Wanna Sedated that was written by Joey Ramone. One version says I Wanna Be Sedated was written by Joey Ramone while in the hospital where he was treated for burns on his face and in his throat. The injury was the result of an exploding kettle full of boiling water which served to treat sinuses.
One another version is told in wide article that was published of I Wanna Be Sedated in Financial Times newspaper. Read extensive article here.
Ramones got their first gold certification for the Ramones Mania collection album. That happened on June 27, 1994. Also RAW DVD has certified gold in the USA. Release date of the RAW was in the USA on September 28, 2004. It sold gold really quickly. RAW has been certified gold on December 1, 2004.
You can see in photo in right Marky Ramone having Ramones Mania gold record in his arms. In a wall are Marky's gold records of Mondo Bizarro and Acid Eaters albums that Ramones received from South America. Mondo Bizarro was first certified gold in Brazil (2001). Also some other Ramones releases has received gold status. RAW sold gold after USA in the UK, Australia, and Spain. (Updated: December 27, 2020)


- Covid-19 is nearly everywhere in this world in 2020 (and probably also in 2021). Surviving Ramones members had to stop touring. I asked from Flo Hayler of the Ramones Museum Berlin what is situation with the Museum. So it is located in Berlin, Germany. Second Berlin Lockdown started in Museum on November 1, 2020.
Jari-Pekka: Do you know date when Museum might be opened next time?
Florian Hayler: No idea. Might take a break in 2021 and wait for this to be over, Flo answered. Jari-Pekka: There is no chance to get in for example only 5-10 customers at a time?
Florian: No visitors allowed. We're closed. We'll open again once things are back to normal, hopefully sooner than later. I'll keep you posted, Flo did continue. (Updated: December 6, 2020)



- There was published at least one Ramones related Record Store Day release. It's titled It's Alive II. It was published on September 26, 2020. It's Alive II include a live show recorded at the Live at Victoria Hall in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire on December 29, 1977. Original It's Alive published in 1979 was recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London, UK, on December 31, 1977. See tracklisting here.
First time this show was released in It's Alive: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. See more information of it here.
It's Alive II has been mixed by original Ramones engineer and producer Ed Stasium. Exclusive for Record Store Day 2020 on double heavyweight, numbered vinyl with a "Gabba Gabba Hey" etching on Side Four. Limited to 8000 units worldwide. Number is stamped on upper right hand corner of back cover.
Some people has got kind of damaged copies. Here are few comments: "After opening my copy, I discovered that both LPs were slightly warped. I repaired both of them with my Vinyl Flat. I would have been really shocked had it not been for the fact that I watched a record store owner unbox his copy and state that the second LP was "bowl warped" which is common on LPs that are etched. I just didn't expect to see the first LP slightly warped. Modern LPs are so expensive and often are warped." (Updated: November 6, 2020)


- Mariano Asch from Argentina wrote to me of Chico Bomba Radio Show hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Ramones 1-2-3-4" is the last batch of special shows. Each and all showing "the other side" of the Ramones with one very special guest per show, all people from inside of the most private RamonesWorld.
Mariano is host of the radio show together with Chinasky. Shows are aired on August 19, August 26, September 2 and September 9, 2020.
- As a starter, life on the road is the theme of the day! And who could be a better guest for this Episode One than Monte A. Melnick? He's the only one left who's seen it all and been everywhere as the Ramones' tour manager since the very beginning to the very end. He survived to tell all the tales, reminds Mariano Asch.
Monte's interview was aired on August 19, 2020. And next, August 26, they will have conversation with Ramones producer Ed Stasium. See times below. - Stasium is the only one who worked on their records from their very beginning until the very end. Engineer for Leave Home and Rocket To Russia, producer for It's Alive, Road To Ruin, Too Tough To Die and Mondo Bizarro, musical director on End Of The Century contributor on Pleasant Dreams and personal life friend, he's survived to tell all the secrets, tricks and the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. No strings attached!
Mariano has done really lot things with different Ramones members and people close to them. He is also man who put together and released fabulous Todos Somos Ramones doubleCD tribute album etc.
He is host of the radio show together with Chinasky. Monte chatted for over an hour with them.
Monte told lot stories of guys and life as a road manager. He wrote with Frank Meyer really great book titled On The Road With The Ramones. First edition got published in 2003. Still in 2019 On The Road With The Ramones is the most extensive biography of the Ramones. It is translated in many languages.
Schedule: show starts at 4PM in Los Angeles, 7PM in New York and Chile, 8PM in Argentina, midnight in UK, 1AM in Germany, 2AM in Finland, 8AM in Japan etc.
You can listen show directly on the radio's website www.chicobombaradio.com or Facebook page. Radio's own App for computers and Smart/Android devices are downloadable here.
- For those unable to catch live the entire two hours show will be uploaded by next weekend on the radio's website. (Updated: August 22)



- Jenny Lens certainly has one of the most prolific and important photo archives of punk's earliest days in California / West Coast, USA. You can find her fantastic photos for example from her site Punk Pioneers (buy photos here). Now Jenny Lens is creating a Punk Pioneers Podcast And Photos series. You can enjoy exclusive audio, photos and video of Ramones, Blondie, Clash, Germs, Go-Go's, Joan Jett, the Masque, X etc. Jenny found new wave and punk scene already in late 1975/ early 1976.
- Get four hours (or more!) never heard true tall tales and tons of photos, many never seen, every month! You can even tell ME what you wanna know and see, Jenny Lens told.
Price is only five dollars a month. Now you can have special offers until August 20, 2020. Sign up here.
- I spent six hours recording just one hour of some Ramones memories. It was hard to talk about Dee Dee Ramone, I kept crying. "Memories make us cry.
The Ramones allowed Jenny Lens to follow them throughout their first California tour, August, 1976, but she chose to only shoot them in LA three times during 1977, and then twice during 1978. But more than that, her honest heart and never questioning confidence in them found a connection with the Ramones members and their crew.
Jenny was literally at the right place at the right time in August, 1976. After one show Ramones manager Danny Fields spoke to her at Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles and immediately they found connection.
- I couldn't believe that for the next two weeks I hung out with the Ramones! They let me follow them around, photographing them, dancing at their feet at shows, hanging backstage with other fans. It was truly an experience I never imagined. I floated for two weeks. I returned to the Sunset Marquis, with color slides, plus black and white proof sheets and prints. I have shots of them around the swimming pool, looking at my photos. I loved talking to Dee Dee, tells Jenny Lens in my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. I did to book long interview with her.
Before December 2008, I (Jari-Pekka) knew very little about Jenny Lens. After hearing so much praise about her book Punk Pioneers, I visit her site. Various people started writing me about her, singing her praises, from Maria Montoya-Kaye and cartoonist Bobby London. Jenny did eBook, Ramones, First West Coast Tour, Highlights, V. 1, August 11 - 29, 1976. I bought it, was so amazed that I had to promote it on my site. Going through images little by little, this Finnish Pinhead began to understand how grateful we should all be that there is a Jenny Lens. Without Jenny's body of work we would not have hundreds of photos of the Ramones.
Go to her site and order Punk Pioneers Podcast and Photos. (August 17, 2020)


- Richie Ramone sent a message on June 23, 2020, that he is supporting SHARE! project to end the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, USA. Richie did video you can see here. He tells on it for example: "Since I moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago, the homeless situation has gone worse, worse and worse."
Then Richie tells of impact of covid-19 and he continue: "I want to do something and I want all you to help out too. SHARE!, we find housing for the homeless in LA, immediately housing, collaborative housing. We really need you to donate now 'cause so many more people are on the street than ever before. Text: sharelove to 243725 and donate today.", Richie tells.
So please join Richie and text sharelove to 243725 and donate. To people living outside of the USA, here are ways to do payment to SHARE!.
Here are links to some news I found of homeless situation in Los Angeles: CBS News and Los Angeles Times. (June 23, 2020)



- Because of coronavirus there is no permission to organise live music events in New York in May 2020 (and for many months ahead). So 2020 is first year when there is no Joey Ramone Birthday Bash for live audience on May 19, after we lost Joey Ramone on April 15, 2001. Joey's brother Mickey Leigh announced in early May that he will organise Joey Ramone VIRTUAL Birthday Bash on May 19, 2020. Birthday Bash is a memorial event to Joey on his birthday (May 19). This is 19th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.
- Just didn't feel right to let the day go by un-celebrated, told Leigh on Joey Ramone's Facebook page on May 3, 2020.
Mickey wrote more details on May 16.
- You don't need a ticket, you don't need a plane, train or automobile. you don't anything more than you have right now. Just come back here (Facebook) on May 19th at 8PM EST and we'll all celebrate the birth, life, and music of Joey Ramone together!
CJ Ramone, Richie Ramone, Clem Burke (Blondie/ two shows in the Ramones), Andy Shernoff (Dictators, The Master Plan), Knox (Vibrators), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Earl Slick, Barb Wire Dolls, Tracy Thornton, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), Jesse Malin (D-Generation, Bellvue), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Ed Stasium (producer), Monte A. Melnick (tour manager), John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine) and Allan Arkush (director) are among of bands and people who are featuring performances and speeches at Joey Ramone Virtual Birthday Bash at Joey Ramone Fabebook.
So event starts at 8PM EST. That time is for example 9PM in Brazil, 1AM in United Kingdom, 2AM in France, Spain, Germany and Sweden, 3AM in Finland and Moscow (Russia), 9AM in Tokyo (Japan) and 10AM in Melbourne (Australia).
Donations to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research will be optional and greatly appreciated. (Updated: May 16, 2020)


- Peter Åstedt from Sweden informed me that he release on Cashbox radio show sound version of interview he did with Dee Dee Ramone in Örebro, Sweden in 2001. Radio interview is aired in May 12, 14, 16 and 17 (18), 2020. See flyer in right.
Peter is from Sweden but online station is located in Toronto, Canada. I did listen first radio show. It started at 7PM (EST). Time difference from Toronto / Eastern Standard Time to Los Angeles is -2 hours, to New York +1 hour, to United Kingdom +6 hours, to France, Spain, Germany, Sweden +7 hours, to Finland +8 hours, to Tokyo +14 hours, to Sydney +15 hours etc.
Interview did happen before Dee Dee, drummer Chase Manhattan and guitarist Chris Martucci (Black) punkrocked at the Contan in Örebro on April 1, 2001. Peter wrote: "I remember you (Jari-Pekka) were in the room the whole interview. So tune in to hear it this week on Cashbox radio. Here is the flyer feel free to spread it."
So you can see dates (May 12-17) and dates in flyer in right: "It's the same show on all the dates, we do a rerun also since there is so many time differences, we do it on different times." So I was in same table when Dee Dee and Peter Åstedt did this interview. I has note on my first book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone that Peter asked some great questions in this interview and you can hear it also when you do listen that Cashbox radio show. In this interview Dee Dee Ramone and Peter Åstedt speak for example of End Of The Century album, Joey Ramone, Ramainz/Remains, art, his wife Barbara etc. etc.
Peter did play good selection of songs in this program. For example Dee Dee's solo songs Hop Around, I'm Zonked, Los Hombres and I Am Seeing UFOs (vocals by Joey Ramone), Ramones songs Poison Heart and We're A Happy Family, Joey Ramone's solo song Don't Worry About Me and Danny Says cover recorded by Swedish band Waver. That version was published in All Good Cretins Go To Heaven - A Tribute To The Ramones. (May 13, 2020).



- Some record labels, bands etc. has wanted to make charity campaigns because of coronavirus / covid-19 disease. Here I tell of two Italian compilations: I Wanna Be Well and The Benefit Of Things To Come.
Italy was one of the first countries where covid-19 pandemic became really bad. At least 23 660 people has died because of covid-19 by date April 19, 2020.
1) Mighty Italian label Striped Music / Punk Rock Raduno festival did release digital I Wanna Be Well compilation. That is a compilation from Punk Rock Raduno that contains tracks from The Avengers, Pansy Division, The Copyrights, The Creeps, The Yum Yums, Senzabenza, and Dan Vapid & The Cheats. Bands are heavily Ramones influenced. Songs are recorded live during Punk Rock Raduno 4 at Edone, Bergamo, Italy in July, 2020. 100% of the money collected will go to Bergamo Hospitals. One of most bad covid-19 situation is in Bergamo. Buy I Wanna Be Well compilation here. Main man behind this compilation is Andrea of The Manges.
2) Also Wild Honey Records released a digital compilation. Money of The Benefit Of Things To Come compilation goes to support the new field hospital built by volunteers in Bergamo. The Benefit Of Things To Come features 19 previously unreleased tracks by 19 bands from the Wild Honey Records catalog. Artists include The Peawees, Langhorne Slim, Radio Birdman, John Paul Keith, The Rubinoos, Bee Bee Sea, The Goodnight Loving and Doug Tuttle. Available only through the label's Bandcamp site, click here. (April 19, 2020)


- Now was released new really interesting book: To Hell And Back: My Life In Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers, In The Words Of The Last Man Standing. Walter Lure did it together with Dave Thompson. Book has 280 pages and publisher is Backbeat Books.
Description says: "There have been many books written about Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, but only by people who weren't there. Walter Lure was: from the band's chaotic beginnings on New York's Lower East Side, through a now-legendary UK tour with the Sex Pistols and the Clash, and on to a yearlong stay in London-eyewitness and midwife to the birth of UK punk."
Buy book from Amazon.com Walter Lure has really interesting background. My third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives has really special interview with Walter Lure. In that book for the first time Walter Lure, the guitarist from Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers and singer-guitarist of The Waldos, openly talks about the extensive role he played during recording sessions on the three of the Ramones studio albums. The Ramones never made mention of him playing guitar for them on the album liner notes. He also give some wonderful memories about the Ramones members and visiting Johnny Ramone and Johnny's wife Linda. Read more here. (April 7, 2020)



- Finnish Ramones' fan Timo Pullinen has the biggest Ramones collection in this world. Timo discovered the Ramones in 1976 or 1977 after his friend had bought the Ramones debut album and played it for him. He had around 3300 different Ramones' related item in 2016. Then he did started to sell part of his collection from some certain categories in his collection. Now he is selling many hundreds of items. Mainly he is selling his Ramones' backstage passes, flyers, promo photos, badges, postcards, posters and press releases etc. There is for example 62 backstage passes, 74 magazines of having something of the Ramones, 100+ promotional photos, 120 posters, 105 tickets, patches, key chains etc. that he is selling.
Ask listing from Timo: timo.pullinen (a) outlook.com (April 8, 2020)


- Marky Ramone is doing in three days in Texas, USA, event that has screening of Ramones related
Rock'N'Roll High School movie and Q&A. First is an exclusive screening of movie and it is followed by an intimate Q&A with Marky himself. Every ticket guarantees a photo with Marky as well as an autograph. Events are:
March 12, 2020: EVO Entertainment, San Marcos, TX, USA.
March 13, 2020: EVO Entertainment, Kyle, TX, USA.
March 14, 2020: EVO Entertainment Schertz, Schertz, TX, USA. (March 6, 2020)



- "Punk" is an American four part documentary television series that ran from March 11 to April 1, 2019 on Epix. Punk was now put to Finnish internet service titled Areena.yle.fi on January 27, 2020 and it can be seen there for two years. Watch it here. You can also see Rock'N'Roll High School movie there in February 1-28, 2020.
Punk documentary television series is titled in Finnish Punk Eilen Tänään in Areena.Yle.Fi. Documentary television series is directed by Jesse James Miller and it has four episodes. Episodes in Finnish Areena.yle.fi can only be seen in Finland.
Lot of interviews are recorded just for this documentary television series. Marky Ramone is interviewed already in first episode. He also explains of his other bands than the Ramones. When Marky tells of his times in Wayne County And The Backstreet Boys, he explains that when Jayne/Wayne was dressed, owner of some club threw them out. There are interviews also for example with Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer, Legs McNeil, John Holmstrom, Clem Burke, Hilly Kristal, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Dave Grohl, Billie Joe Armstrong and John Lydon.
Iggy Pop for example underline importance of Danny Fields in punk history. When Danny was speaking with the Ramones, Johnny Ramone said Danny Fields have to get 3000$ to drums to be their manager. Danny's mother wrote a check to Danny. Danny said gotta thank his mother that Ramones got signed. There are also archive interviews for example with Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone in this documentary television series.
Read more of Punk documentary series on Wikipedia. (February 13, 2020)


- It is now one year since extremely sad news arrived. East Village and New York (USA) lost then something special again. The Continental was one of the most important punk venues in late 1990's and early 2000's. Continental's owner Trigger told in December 2018 that he had to close Continental. There was Adios Amigos - The Last Night Of The Continental event on December 15, 2018. DJ's, hosts and guests included Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group etc.), Jesse Malin (D-Generation, Bellvue, solo etc.), Michael T, Randy Jones (Village People), Sandy Darling, The Groovy Babes, Jonas Young-Bora, Steve Lewis, Noel Ashman and Vito Bruno.
So event was on December 15, 2018.
- The first 100 people on the 15th will receive Live At Continental Vol 1 & 2 CD's free!, told Trigger days before the show. Continental was on the corner of Bowery and St. Mark's in East Village, New York. The building were knocked down for a new development. So many buildings from that area are destroyed...
- It is truly heartbreaking that we and so many old school places are falling by the wayside but unless you own your building that's how it goes. For going on 27 years this bar has been my life. First as a rock club and then as a Dive Bar and I've loved every minute of it (mostly speaking). Don't hate my landlords. They're older now, got a great deal and I can't blame them and I want to thank them; Eddie, Ruth and Jack (RIP) for treating me like family, told Trigger on his site.
First time the Continental closed doors on September 17, 2006 and CJ Ramone and Daniel Rey performed then a full Ramones set with special guests. At the grand re-opening on October 11, 2006, Trigger said he will not have bands play anymore. Trigger said that as his rents and overhead went up each year, it was undoable to have a punk club in the neighbourhoor. There were anyway some re-union nights with some bands and many special live nights, like CJ Ramone, Daniel Rey and Brant Bjork (they played as a trio) punkrocked there in 2010 and four years later CJ Ramone, The Independents and Furious George played there.
Now I tell you some more of the history of Continental:
1) Of the Ramones members especially CJ Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone and also Dee Dee Ramone played a lot at the Continental in late 90's and Joey also in his final years. Read review of Marky Ramone And The Intruders
night on February 1, 1997 here. That is written by JC as is also review of night Marky Ramone And The Intruders featuring Dee Dee Ramone.
2) Dee Dee, Marky Ramone, and Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zambini recorded Ramainz: Live In N.Y.C. there in July 1997. Two years later there was Ramainz CD release show (read more here) at The Continental. Those stories are written by Dan Paris and JC.
3) And you can read more of the night featuring Remains (later Ramainz), Joey Ramone, The Independents etc. on February 21, 1999 here. That story is written by Tony Taylor.
4) Joey lived accross the street of the Continental. Joey's very last full-length concert was at The Continental on December 11, 2000. Read more of that here. Two weeks after Joey passed away at the Continental was viewing this concert with a moment of silence on April 29,2001. A memorial plaque dedicated to Joey was placed in the Continental. Here is a story writtey by MsSheena of Joey Ramone tribute night on December 19, 2002.
5) We lost Dee Dee Ramone on June 5, 2002. Few weeks later there were Dee Dee Ramone tribute concert. There were for example Tommy, CJ and Marky Ramone. That story is written by Linda Iorio.
6) There were some big re-union nights. Big re-union night of "real" The Continental with artists who had played a lot at the Continental in past was on January 17, 2010. In addition to CJ Ramone, Daniel Rey and Brant Bjork (they played as a trio) night also featured 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. Read story of it here. That story is by Adele Holzman and photos are taken by Michele Lanci-Altomare.
There happened a lot unique live experiences.
- I played with Dee Dee a few times at the Continental - he'd ask me to play a song or two - usually Chinese Rocks or Too Much Junkie Business and sometimes something else - with him and whatever band he was playing with at the time. He was always the usual Dee Dee Ramone - very enthusiastic about what he was doing and also very creative. He always wrote the best songs for the Ramones and probably had the most talent in the band, tells Walter Lure in a interview I did with him to my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
Walter Lure is known of the Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers and Waldos. He is also a non-credited guitarist on three Ramones albums.
In all my trips to New York I of course did visit Continental. RIP. (Updated: December 11, 2019)



- There was an exhibition of John Holmstrom's Ramones art at 72 Gallery on September 5 - October 17, 2019. I wrote of it when exhibition was still going on. Name of exhibition was All The Stuff I Did With The Ramones!
- I'm putting together my first solo art exhibition since 1981! That's right, All the Stuff And More will be on display either on the walls or in slideshows, Holmstrom told in advance.
Now you has chance to look videos that are related to his Ramones works.
See All The Stuff I Did With The Ramones Part One: The PUNK Years video one and here part two.
John Holmstrom is cartoonist, writer and founding editor of Punk Magazine. He has been inside of punk scene since mid 1970's. He brought to exhibition the huge catalogue of work he created for the Ramones Ramones fans easily remember gentleman for example of drawings he did to albums Rocket To Russia (1977) and Road To Ruin (1978) and to some singles. He has taken also lot special Ramones related photos in photo sessions. Legendary is also cover of Punk Magazine's third issue that has cartoon of Joey Ramone on cover. John Holmstrom is still active in punk scene and he has been MC in many Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes. (November 5, 2019)


- Sandro Mariuz of Italian Ramones' tribute band Wardogs organize again Ramones Convention event. It is at Alcatraz in Milan, Italy, on November 16, 2019.
- Alcatraz is the best live club in Italy and we are happy to be there. Live there will play Andead that is a punk rock band from Milan and Wardogs, Sandro Mariuz wrote.
Also there will be DJ Ringo from Virgin Radio and George DuBose who has photographed/ designed nine album covers for the Ramones etc. DuBose will do pop-up exhibition. DuBose wrote me that few of his Ramones images will be also at the Ricoh Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, on December 18th, 2019 - January 19, 2020. There is Classic Rock and New Punk Stars Of The 70's And 80's exhibition.
Back to Milan event...Henry Ruggeri will show unseen pictures and a lot of memorabilia at Ramones Convention. Marco Zuanelli has with him posters, books and merchandise.
Here is a promo video of event.
Read more of Wardogs here. (Updated: November 5, 2019)



- Ramones' It's Alive is one of most influential live album in music history. It was recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London, UK, on December 31, 1977, and released in April 1979 as a 2-LP set. Tommy Ramone and Ed Stasium were producers. It was first released on CD only in 1995.
Now this first Ramones' live album celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new version that's been updated with remastered sound and expanded with with three unreleased concerts from the same tour.
It's Alive: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is 4CD and 2LP edition. This was published by Rhino Records in the USA on September 20, 2019. Release was published in Europe on September 27, 2019.
Produced in a limited and numbered edition of 8000 copies, the 4CD/2LP 180-gram vinyl set comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. It's accompanied by new liner notes written by legendary record producer and musician Steve Albini and Ed Stasium, who produced and engineered It's Alive and remastered all of the music included in this collection. This will be the first time that It's Alive has been released on vinyl in the USA (USA pressing).
In addition to London concert this Deluxe Edition release has these shows recorded in UK tour in December 1977:
- Top Rank, Birmingham, Warwickshire, on December 28, 1977.
- Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, on December 29, 1977.
- Friars, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on December 30, 1977.
Taking its name (It's Alive) from a 1974 horror film, this live album was the last album to feature all four original band members: Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Tommy Ramone. (Updated: October 22, 2019)


- There is an exhibition of
John Holmstrom's Ramones art at 72 Gallery (enter through the Great Frog Store) on September 5 - October 17, 2019. Address is: 72 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, USA. Opening night is September 5t, 2019 from 6-9PM.
Name of exhibition is All The Stuff I Did With The Ramones!
- I'm putting together my first solo art exhibition since 1981! That's right, All the Stuff And More will be on display either on the walls or in slideshows, Holmstrom told.
John Holmstrom is cartoonist, writer and founding editor of Punk Magazine. He has been inside of punk scene since mid 1970's. He brings to exhibition the huge catalogue of work he created for the Ramones Ramones fans easily remember gentleman for example of drawings he did to albums Rocket To Russia (1977) and Road To Ruin (1978) and to some singles. He has taken also lot special Ramones related photos in photo sessions. Legendary is also cover of Punk Magazine's third issue that has cartoon of Joey Ramone on cover. John Holmstrom is still active in punk scene and he has been MC in many Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes. (Updated: October 22, 2019)



- George DuBose has photographed/ designed nine album covers for the Ramones etc. For example Subterranean Jungle, Too Tough To Die and Mondo Bizarro are his works. DuBose has released a great book called I Speak Music - Ramones in 2007. The book has 104 pages and about 60 of them include previously unreleased photos. He tells lot special stories behind his works. Book is in English, Spanish, Portugese and Italian.
Now he wants to see photos taken by Ramones fans. - Although I did many studio photographs for Ramones' album covers and promotion photos, I didn't shoot them on stage that often. I am starting a photo contest and I am looking for the best of the best concert photos of the Ramones. From any time in their career, in any venue. The photos just have to show the band or individual members on stage, DuBose explains.
He propose to print a book of the 100 best Ramones concert shots on Amazon.com. The winners of this contest will be allowed to buy this book of concert photos from Amazon at the "author's price".
- The winners will be able to buy single copies or any quantity that they like. To enter the contest, only send a hi-res (300 dpi) at least 5x7 inches or 127 x 177mm .jpeg or .tiff format image. Color or B&W. No paper prints or original negatives or slides, DuBose tells.
Limit submissions to 5 photos only. The sender must attach the photo to an E-mail and write in the email that:"George DuBose has the contributor's permission to include the contributor's photo in a book tentatively title Livin' Live - Ramones In Concert."
George DuBose, Ramones' road manager Monte A. Melnick and possible others will do final judges and make the selection of the 100 photos that will be printed.
Send your five best shots, give publishing permission in an email and a short text to accompany the photo if you like to: boss@george-dubose.com (August 29, 2019)


- 14th The Johnny Ramone Tribute event is coming. Johnny Ramone's wife Linda sent me good news in June, 2019. Event is in this year at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles, USA, on August 11, 2019, and it has horror theme.
- Screening the cult classic The Warriors at Hollywood Forever, Linda told.
The Warriors is a 1979 American action film directed by Walter Hill. It is based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name, which was, in turn, based on Xenophon's Anabasis. The story centers on a New York City gang who must make an urban journey of 30 miles (48 km), from the north end of The Bronx to their home turf in Coney Island in southern Brooklyn, after they are framed for the murder of a respected gang leader.
In this event you can also visit the Cathedral mausoleum for an exclusive, one-night only exhibit featuring amazing punk rock and glam rock photography curated by Mr Musichead. There is Johnny's grave and an 8 ft tall bronze memorial statue of Johnny at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Dee Dee Ramone's grave is in the same cemetery not far from Johnny's statue.
Special guests in this year (2019) include Fred Armisen and Steve Jones (Sex Pistols). A musical performance is by Starcrawler.
There has been many famous guests in past at The Johnny Ramone Tributes. Among of those are Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Duff McKagan (Guns N'Roses and Loaded), Johnny Depp, John Waters, Vincent Gallo, Billy Idol, Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Billy Zoom (X), Henry Rollins, Shepherd Fairey etc. etc.
Gates open at 6.30PM. Stage program is at 8.00PM. The Warriors film starts at 8.30PM. Tickets are 20 dollars. You can buy tickets here.
Event is held as a benefit for the Johnny Ramone Cancer Research Fund which is led by Dr. David Agus at the USC Westside prostate cancer research center. (Updated: August 7, 2019).



- Ramones' tour manager Monte A. Melnick wrote with Frank Meyer really great book titled On The Road With The Ramones. First edition got published in 2003. Still in 2019 On The Road With The Ramones is the most extensive biography of the Ramones. Also it has lot of information of years of their youth. Monte tells his story of what it is like to be on and off the road with the Ramones from 1976 to their final show in 1996. So he was there almost from the beginning. Monte was of course doing many things with Ramones members also after 1996 and still does things around the Ramones family. I and information on my site helped Frank Meyer a lot in book process, like information of the shows. Monte A. Melnick sent me great news in June, 2019.
- I have updated my book and I have included an extra chapter with some very interesting information on the Ramones. You will enjoy 40 new pages with new photos and images. All Ramones fans need to get this new edition. Now on Amazon, Monte A. Melnick informed.
Buy
On The Road with the Ramones: Bonus Edition here.
Book is translated on many languages. Like Italian edition is titled Sulla Strada Con I Ramones (2014). Book was translated by Ruggero Roger Ramone Brunello. When book was released in Portugese in Brazil in 2013, it got title Na Estrada Com Os Ramones. French edition has a title Sur La Route Avec Les Ramones. Publisher in France is Rytrut Editions and translation was made by Thierry "Ladzi" Galai. In early 2012 book got published in Hungarian and it has a new foreword by Tommy Ramone who came to the USA from Hungary. Earlier On The Road With The Ramones was published also in Spanish (2009) and German (2010). German edition is titled Auf Tour Mit Den Ramones and Spanish edition De Gira Con Los Ramones. (June 19, 2019).


- I want to tell of two versions of the Ramones song Rockaway Beach. First about the version performed by the kids and then about the version by The Beach Boys' Mike Love.
1) Seth Gordon is lead vocalist and guitarist in The Mockers that is founded in 1984. In this spring he was the substitute music teacher at Diamond Springs Elementary School in Virginia Beach, USA.
- I taught 150 five and six year old Kindergarten and 1st Grade kids how to sing Rockaway Beach for their Spring show! Hope you like it, and it would be great if you could share it here and on your page!, Seth Gordon wrote.
Click here to watch the video and see how excellent way kids were ready to rock, pogo, sing and shout. Happiness is around and performance make you feel there is still hope in this world. Also Seth and children honors the Ramones with T-shirts.
2) Then I tell information of Rockaway Beach version by the Mike Love. So he is singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys. When the Ramones were founded band was influenced for example by the Beach Boys. You can hear that just in songs like Rockaway Beach. Also later Ramones covered Surf City to Acid Eaters (1993) album. Surf City is a song written by Beach Boys member Brian Wilson and Jan Berry of Jan And Dean. Mike Love recently announced a new album called 12 Sides Of Summer (order it here) and on the album the final track is a cover of Rockaway Beach.
- It felt so natural to sing it. It fits beautifully in the Beach Boys surfing song genre. Not only is it a great song, it's also right in my vocal range. It's almost as if it was designed for me to sing, and that's why I am so eager to play it live, Love told Billboard of the cover.
Listen Love's Rockaway Beach here.
At his recent show in New York City, USA, Mike Love welcomed Marky Ramone to come up and drum the song with the band. Listen that version here. (June 11, 2019)



- There is published at least one Ramones related Record Store Day release. RSD is celebrated on April 13, 2019. Ramones' release is double LP of Ramones - Live At The Palladium, New York, NYC, USA (12/31/79) which first appeared on CD as part of the 40th Anniversary Deluxe set of Road To Ruin. Label: Rhino/Warner Bros. This, until-the- unreleased recording of the Ramones' entire 1979 new year's eve concert, was mixed live by Ed Stasium, and broadcast on WNEW-FM. Recorded at The Palladium in New York, USA, with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone's original cassette of the console recording. Release has 32 live songs. This will be its first release on vinyl. Limited to 8500 copies worldwide. (April 10, 2019)


- Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh confirmed that there is also this year (of course) Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2019. Lovely memorial event is again at the Bowery Electric in New York, USA. It is only 50 meters from apartment where Arturo Vega lived and where Joey and Dee Dee Ramone were living in early Ramones' days.
This is 19th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. As you know, we lost Joey Ramone on April 15, 2001. After that Joey's and Mickey's mother Charlotte Lesher (1927-2007) and Mickey started to organize yearly Birthday Bashes. In this event different musicians are playing in a honor of Joey and also we has heard many speeches.
So there are performing many people who were friends with Joey Ramone. May 19 there are celebrating Joey Ramone's memory for example CJ Ramone, Andy Shernoff, Dez Cadena, Lindsey Anderson (aka Kitty Kowalski), Arno Hecht, Jiro / Jiro Okabe, Walt Stack, George Tabb, Sic F*cks, Sea Monster, Mutated Music, Keep Score, Gonzo Roll.
Question and interview part is with Matt Lolya and Matt Nadler who were part of Ramones' crew. MC's are John Holmstrom and Monte A. Melnick.
Mickey Leigh will announce more soon... Also he told following information on April 6.
- Found out from Bowery Electric that they're having some kind of problem with their ticket distributor, which is what's preventing people outside the USA from purchasing tickets, Mickey told.
That is why I will add link to ticket information later. All proceeds goes again to
Lymphoma Research Foundation. Read information of earlier Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes here. (April 7, 2019)



- Richie Ramone was going to play with his band three shows in the USA in March and 26 shows in Europe in March-April. Those shows were canceled in February because of health issues. Richie had a operation close to his heart on March 31, 2019. Operation was success. Richie Ramone wrote on April 5, 2019.
- It's been a tough couple of weeks, but I just wanted to let everyone know I am back home and resting. Thank you for all the love and get well wishes! Ramones fans are the best in the world and I am so grateful to have you in my corner, Richie wrote.
Here is older information... Richie Ramone wrote on February 15: "- TOO TOUGH TO DIE.. but not too tough to skip this little medical tweak my doc is insisting on. So while I'm strong as ever, I do need to get in the shop and have it fixed. Unfortunately, it needs to happen in the next few weeks (days?).. and so I need to reschedule my March and April tour dates. Disappointing for sure but.. I'm in real good shape, I have no fear.. and next time I see you I'll be as loud and fast as ever", Richie Ramone wrote on February 15, 2019.
Richie Ramone will inform me when he has chance to continue playing at live. Now it is of course most important that he rest.
See dates here. (Updated: April 5, 2019)


More Ramones news in my archive.







JOEY RAMONE:

- Jeffrey Ross Hyman became Joey Ramone in 1974. Now his brother Mickey Leigh celebrate 50th years of Joey Ramone when he organize Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2024. Mickey (and also earlier mother Charlotte Lesher) is organized Birthday Bash every year since 2001.
Also this year there appears many great musicians and bands. They include Richie Ramone, Steve Conte of the New York Dolls etc., Jiro (Okabe), Sic F*cks, Gobshites, The Cynz and Hyperdolls. MC's include Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick and John Holmstrom. Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is at the Bowery Electric in New York. That is on the corner of Bowery and Joey Ramone Place. Age limit is 21 years. Buy
tickets here. Also this year profits from benefit goes to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research. (Updated: March 25, 2024).


- Joey Ramone's etc. friend Jesse Malin (solo artist, ex-D Generation, co-owner of The Bowery Electric bar etc.) was diagnosed with a complete spinal injury in May, 2023. Jesse got paralyzed from the waist down and now (December, 2023) he is undergoing a strict daily rehabilitation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here's link to make an donation for him. The Estate of Joey Ramone (Joey's brother Mickey Leigh etc.) donated several items owned by or worn by Joey Ramone for auction to benefit Jesse Malin's recovery. Also there is poster and vinyl bundle donated by Mickey. Bundle was not owned by Joey. Profits support the Jesse Malin Fund at Sweet Relief. Auctions ends in December 21.
Some items:
1) The Who were among Joey's most loved bands, and very likely the band he saw perform more times than any other. Joey Ramone owned and worn The Who T-shirt: Click here to read more and bid.
2) Joey Ramone owned and worn Soundgarden T-shirt: Click here to read more and bid.
3) Joey Ramone owned and worn Mickey Mouse, California sweatshirt: Click here to read more and bid.
4) Poster and vinyl bundle includes for example Ramones concert poster from Spain (1991) signed by Joey, Johnny, CJ and Marky, poster of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2014, The Rattlers: Rattled album etc.: Click here to read more and bid.
See all items here. Jesse Malin is also a friend of Mickey Leigh and I counted there is been at least five Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at The Bowery Electric bar next to Joey Ramone Place sign. Bar is co-owned by Jesse. Years of the Bashes there are 2023, 2019, 2018, 2014 and 2013. Jesse is performed in many Bashes. His band Bellevue was already in first Joey Ramone Birthday Bash (2001).
NOW I tell a bit of Jesse's situation and then you can read more of his background and some cool memories Jesse told me when we did an interview in 2008. First Jesse was under neurological care at Langone Orthopedic Center at NYU Hospital in New York, USA. His diagnosis was inoperable. There was said in his site in summer that there is hope but it will be a long hard road using both traditional and alternative medical therapies to get him back on his feet following this very tragic diagnosis. Rolling Stone magazine tells that since late September, 2023, Jesse Malin has been undergoing a strict daily rehabilitation routine that combines hours of intense physical therapy with stem-cell treatments at a clinic in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malin made the grueling 12-hour flight from New York to South America after being admitted to a facility that offers what he calls an "alternative road" to recovery.
- They only want people that are very serious and not just playing around, Malin told.
His health insurance limited therapy to twice a week in New York and without an ADA-compliant apartment to live (his was a Lower East Side walk-up), he saw the Buenos Aires facility as his best option. On certain days after therapy, the medical staff administers stem cells, an infusion that takes about 40 minutes and is followed by intense movement with therapists for the rest of the day. Jesse, you are a survivor.
NOW I tell more of Jesse's background. Jesse Malin, Kitty Kowalski etc. run in past Coney Island High club. It was a much appreciated club where the Ramones played as a group. Also, various solo shows were held there after the Ramones demise, like first Remains (later Ramainz) show was at Coney Island High on December, 18, 1996. Joey had many parties there.
- Joey was somebody that loved to throw a good party. Joey's passion and his heart, you can hear that 50's rock'N'roll and 60's girl group soul. Joey loved to support New York and rock'N'roll. I got to be part of that early with him in the Coney Island High, the Continental and the Ritz, in some of those places where he had his parties in New York. My band the D Generation did one of first gigs at Joey's Birthday party here in New York, in 1991-92, told Jesse Malin to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) in 2008.
His interview is in my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
D Generation and Ramones toured together in 1994.
- Joey and the Ramones influenced me a lot in general. I saw the Ramones (for the first time) like in 1979 or 1980 in the hotel Diplomat at a Rock And Roll Convention and then at Central Park sponsored by Dr. Pepper at Wollman's skating rink, Malin told me.
Joey Ramone supported Jesse a lot. Also Jesse has supported New York scene a lot. Jesse, Can you give a few examples which explains Joey's friendly personality...
- When my band D Generation broke up I had no money. We got dropped out from Sony Music. I wanted to start a new career. Joey leant me money to make a new record. I had no money and this was between when Coney Island High closed. Everything was kind of new and scary. I just had a bunch of boxes. So Joey offered me money, I did not ask. Joey said he wanted to help him out.
- It was really sweet of him. After he leant me that money, we were in the studio recording an album on 12th Street in New York, then we went to see U2 in one day. U2 had just played at Irving Plaza and they played the Ramones song, I Remember You. Bono had said: "This is for the Ramones because they are one of my first influences." Joey didn't see that show He heard about it and was touched, Jesse smiled.
That U2 show was on December 5, 2000. In an issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, Bono had said U2 played, I Remember You at their first rehearsal in 1978. Next, Jesse Malin describes in my interview U2's TV appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live program in New York on December 9, 2000, so it was four days after U2's show at Irving Plaza.
- Joey called someone to say he was excited. U2 played Saturday Night Live and invited Joey. When we went in, we were in a room, just we two, Bono and the other U2 guys. The band were opening beers for us, being so nice and respectful. In the end we spent the night talking about music. Joey, Bono, and I walked to 5th Avenue to the after party around 1AM. It was great to see Bono and all those people give Joey so much respect and love. It was a fun night. Then 3-4 weeks later Joey fell and broke his hip. That was the last night we would hang out. It was Christmas time. It was a nice memory of our last night hanging out. He got so much respect, Jesse Malin told me in 2008.
Full interview is in my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
And here's link to make an donation for Jesse Malin. (Updated: December 16, 2023)


- I am really happy that Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh keeps Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes going on. World lost Joey Ramone 22 years ago on April 15, 2001. Mickey has organized the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash every year after that on May 19. The Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was now next to Joey Ramone Place street sign at The Bowery Electric on May 19, 2023. Mickey informed me on May 10 that the event is sold-out.
Event featured musicians like Andy Shernoff, Sic F*cks, Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music, Soraia, Arno Hecht, Palmyra Delran, Jiro Okabe, Dez Cadena, Alex Kane, Timothy Jimenez, Hyperdolls....
Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music released last year debut album titled Variants Of Vibe. Mickey Leigh announced the headliner of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash before the event. It was The Dictators. I asked afterwards from bassist Andy Shernoff if he would confirm the line-up and mention some songs The Dictators played.
- Line-up: myself, Ross "The Boss" Friedman (guitar), Albert Bouchard (drums) and Keith Roth (vocals). Some songs: Who Will Save Rock and Roll?, Faster & Louder, Avenue A, The Minnesota Strip, Stay With Me and New York New York, Andy Shernoff listed for me.
Shernoff had played in many years in a set of Joey Ramone Friends at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. Now he played "just" The Dictators set with his band mates. Shernoff did mention to me The Dictators heads to Spain in September 2023. Shernoff was one of the closest friends of Joey Ramone and they wrote together Ramones songs like It's Gonna Be Alright, I Won't Let It Happen and Ignorance Is Bliss. Shernoff also plays in Joey's both solo albums etc. You can check out interviews I did with Shernoff to my books.
J.P. Thunderbolt Patterson wrote me in advance he is playing this year with Sic F*cks. Patterson played in past in bands like Manitoba's Wild Kingdom and The Dictators. He also plays in some Joey's solo songs.
Also Jiro Okabe wrote to me of his performance in advance. He confirmed with him playing Alex Kane, Timothy Jimenez and Dez Cadena. Many Ramones fans recognize Okabe's name. Jiro Okabe is ex-owner and ex-president of Mosrite Guitars etc.
MC's of the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2023 were John Holmstrom, Monte A. Melnick, Peter Aschner, Debra Raffles Trizzini and Rob Russo. Joey Ramone Birthday Bash admission was this year 36,03 dollars (30,00 and 6,03 fees including taxes). Age limit was 21 years. All net proceeds from the show will benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.
If you want to read from Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes rocked in 2003-2016, see information below:
Read here (and see photos of) of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 16, 2003,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2004,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2005,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2006,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2007,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2008,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2009,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2010,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2011,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2012,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2013,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2014
and here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2016.
(Updated: May 28, 2023)



- Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Vegan etc. informed on October 6, 2022, that the estate of Joey Ramone has agreed to sell a stake of the Joey Ramone's publishing rights for 10 million dollars. The acquisition was part of a larger two billion dollars partnership between independent publisher Primary Wave Music and investment company Brookfield Asset Management, the Wall Street Journal reports.
In addition to acquiring Joey Ramone's publishing, Primary Wave also secured non-exclusive rights to use Ramone's name and likeness.
- I'm happy to welcome Primary Wave as partners in my brother's interests in Ramones. I'm thoroughly convinced of their eagerness to perpetuate his legacy, and their sincerity about doing it in a way that will never compromise his credibility. I, very much, am looking forward to working with them, said in a statement Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
Joey Ramone wrote songs like I Wanna Be Sedated, We Want The Airwaves, Judy Is A Punk, Beat On The Brat, Swallow My Pride, My-My Kind Of A Girl, Bye Bye Baby and Censorshit. And of course we can't forget for example Joey's solo albums Don't Worry About Me and ...Ya Know?.
- Joey Ramone was a total original - his songwriting, style, and voice are all undeniably unique and immediately recognizable still today. A counterculture icon and prime mover of punk rock, Ramones demonstrated first-hand the power of music in influencing culture and built a foundation that has influenced decades of musicians, Lexi Todd, VP, Business Affairs & Legal at Primary Wave Music, said in a statement.
Primary Wave has previously acquired the music and/or publishing rights to artists like Prince, James Brown, Alice in Chains, and the Strokes. Julian Casablancas. (October 6, 2022)



- Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and punk chronicler Legs McNeil wrote for many years authorized bio of the Joey called I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir. Official release date of original version in English was on December 1st, 2009.
Book got translated and published in Portuguese in Brazil in 2013. Title is Eu Dormi Com Joey Ramone: Memorias De Uma Familia Punk Rock. First edition got sold-out many years ago. Publisher Belas Letras published now new edition in Brazil in May, 2022. Front cover is new and different without any photo.
- This company (Belas Letras) acquired the right from Simon & Schuster to re-publish it in Brazil, wrote Mickey Leigh to me.
Belas Letras has a special book club named Som Na Caixa. You get a bonus items if you place an order on their website.
Thanks to book club (Som Na Caixa) you get Eu Dormi Com Joey Ramone: Memorias De Uma Familia Punk Rock book and also the Ramones poster, notepad, bookmark, cup and socks. Belas Letras has published or publish later same kind of special "Som Na Caixa book club" package also of the Queen, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Black Sabbath. (May 24, 2022)


- Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is this year (2022) with live audience. Because of coronavirus Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was virtual event in 2020 and 2021. Memorial event is annual on his birthday on May 19. We lost Joey on April 15, 2001, and first memorial Birthday Bash was 20 years ago on May 19, 2001.
Event got sold-out on May 16-17, 2022. Event is now first time at the Heaven Can Wait music venue and lounge in The East Village, NYC, USA. Night is featuring appearances by Richie Ramone, Joey's brother Mickey Leigh, Wes Crawford, Keep Score and Tim Heap. There will be also surprise guests. Event is hosted by Ramones' road manager Monte A. Melnick and PUNK! Magazine founder John Holmstrom.
- This year 20 fans will have the opportunity to perform Ramones' songs at the event, backed by Richie Ramone on drums, with Mickey Leigh and Wes Crawford! You can participate in the auction and bid for the once-in-a-lifetime experience to "Sing a Ramones' Song with Richie Ramone" here: https://www.joeyramone.com/auction. A ticket to the show is included with all winning bids, explained Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh.
There is listed 20 songs and you can bid in auction song(s) you would like to sing. Auction / bidding time ends on at 11:59PM on May 8, 2022 (UTC-4). Songs are A Real Cool Time, Blitzkrieg Bop, Danny Says, Do You Remember Rock'N'Roll Radio, Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La), I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement, I Just Want To Have Something To Do, I Wanna Be Sedated, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, Life's A Gas, Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, Pinhead, Psycho Therapy, Rock And Roll High School, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Somebody Put Something In My Drink, Something To Believe In, Teenage Lobotomy and We're A Happy Family.
For those looking to buy tickets directly (without participating in the auction), please go to https://www.joeyramone.com/tickets. Ticket is 50 US$.
All net proceeds from the auction and the show will benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research. You can donate directly to Lymphoma Research Foundation here.
Mickey Leigh asked my opinion of this in advance and I thought it is excellent idea. That certainly is an unique idea and to fans opportunity to do a tribute with love for Joey, especially to people who started to follow the Ramones in 70's-80's etc.
So people get to play together with Richie Ramone, Mickey Leigh and Wes Crawford. Crawford is a bassist in Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music band. Leigh is guitarist-singer and Pat Carpenter is drummer. Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music's debut album Variants of Vibe was released in February, 2022, by Wicked Cool Records. See and listen Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music's I Got A Message For You video here.
If you want to read from Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes rocked in 2003-2016, see information below:
Read here (and see photos of) of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 16, 2003,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2004,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2005,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2006,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2007,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2008,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2009,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2010,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2011,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2012,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2013,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2014
and here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2016. (Updated: May 17, 2022)




- Official Joey Ramone Birthday Bash by Joey's brother Mickey Leigh is at the Heaven Can Wait music venue and lounge in The East Village, NYC, USA on May 19, 2022. There is Joey's memorial event also this year in Moscow, Russia on May 19, 2022. Event is at the Lomakov Museum Of Oldtimer Cars And Motorcycles and it starts at 7PM. Probably 95-100% of Russian punkrockers hates what Putin and Russia are doing in Ukraine now in 2022. Like Kerosin played at Peace, Love, Acoustic Fest just few weeks after Russia had attacked to Ukraine.
- We decided to do tradionally Joey Ramone Birthday Bash even in the current situation. We has no so much self-confidence to sing our songs in the current situation but performing Ramones songs in Joey's Birthday Bash is holy situation, wrote for me Sasha Rock'n'Roll of
Kerosin (band) etc. who is main man behind the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash event in Moscow.
I hope Kerosin will perform of their own songs at least Sad Pinhead and Dee Dee Ramone Was Right. Ramones producer Ed Stasium has produced Kerosin's Sad Pinhead. You can check it out here. Also Dee Dee Ramone Was Right is in that album. Check out live version of Dee Dee Ramone Was Right here.
There will be members of the punk bands like Zuname and Diet Pill. Zuname (means Tsunami) is a punk rock band with bagpipes from Moscow. Since 1997 they went from oldschool punk rock with melodic hardcore and ska influences to energetic melodic punk with bagpipes. (April 30, 2022).


- A limited edition pink and black splatter vinyl edition of Joey Ramone's first solo album Don't Worry About Me (2002) was published as a Record Store Day release on June 12, 2021 to celebrate what would have been Joey's 70th birthday. His 70th birthday was on May 19, 2021. Pink and black splatter vinyl edition was limited to 2500 copies worldwide. There are no any bonus material etc. Label is BMG.
Another Record Store Day (RSD) release in June-July, 2021 is titled Triple J Live at the Wireless Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia on July 8, 1980. Release date of live LP: July 17, 2021. Back to Don't Worry About Me. First LP version of Don't Worry About Me was released in March 2002. It is limited to 5000 copies on pink vinyl (it's more dark pink / red than regular pink). Second vinyl version was published (white vinyl) was released on October 21, 2014. (Updated: June 30, 2021)



- Because of coronavirus Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was also this year virtual event. Memorial event is annual on his birthday on May 19. Last year was first when there was no Joey Ramone Birthday Bash with live audience. We lost Joey on April 15, 2001, and first memorial Birthday Bash was 20 years ago on May 19, 2001.
- That Joey's been gone for 20 years is certainly nothing to celebrate. BUT, that over those 20 years his family, friends, and fans continue coming to NYC from all over the world, to gather with each other in a room full of love, respect and admiration at the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash..., that's certainly something to celebrate, told Joey's brother Mickey Leigh in advance.
He thought a retrospective of the past 20 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was fitting for the occasion. For example drummer Pat Carpenter helped Mickey.
- A few of us did a ton of work putting this 20 year retrospective together. Didn't realize what a monstrous job it would be.
Leigh said in advance how it will be quite an amazing show - especially for people who never saw the first event in 2001. It was. It lasted around 100 minutes and main Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on it was event in 2001. It was streamed twice through
Joeyramone.com on May 19, 2021 (at 7PM and 10PM). I asked from Mickey Leigh if people has chance to look it afterwards.
- After tonight, anyone can see the show, for a five dollar donation to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Mickey replied.
Admission was free but many people donated and money went to the Joey Ramone Foundation for lymphoma research, to help find a way to beat the beast that ate Joey Ramone.
Also afterwards donations to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research will be greatly appreciated.
Tommy Ramone, Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone were shown pretty much in this Birthday Bash video collection. I do not remember if there were Marky Ramone shown? I will write more information later.
Last year (2020) CJ Ramone, Richie Ramone, Clem Burke (Blondie/ two shows in the Ramones), Andy Shernoff (Dictators, The Master Plan), Knox (Vibrators), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Earl Slick, Barb Wire Dolls, Tracy Thornton, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), Jesse Malin (D-Generation, Bellvue), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Ed Stasium (producer), Monte A. Melnick (tour manager), John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine) and Allan Arkush (director) were among of bands and people who were featured performances and speeches at Joey Ramone Virtual Birthday Bash. (Updated: May 20, 2021)


- Official Joey Ramone Birthday Bash by Joey's brother Mickey Leigh will be streamed on Joeyramone.com on May 19, 2021.
There is Joey's memorial event also in Moscow, Russia. Sasha Rock'n'Roll of Kerosin (band) etc. organize again birthday bash event to Joey in Moscow on May 19, 2021. It is at the Punk Fiction Bar (Club) in Moscow. Venue was same in Sasha's Joey memorial event in 2018.
- It's gonna be Joey Ramone 70th birthday bash. I will do this show at the one of the most popular rock clubs in Moscow at the moment: Punk Fiction Bar. It's gonna be a festival with solo artists, DJ's, tribute bands, special guests etc. And of course a big Kerosin cover set of my favorite Ramones tracks and my own songs dedicated to them as Sad Pinhead, wrote Sasha Rock'n'Roll.
Ed Stasium has produced Sad Pinhead. You can check it out here . Also Dee Dee Ramone Was Right is in that album. Check out live version of Dee Dee Ramone Was Right here. (May 10, 2021).



- Pete Davidson is set to star as Joey Ramone in an upcoming Netflix biopic about the Joey. The Saturday Night Live star and his frequent collaborator Jason Orley also penned the treatment for the film - based on the memoir I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir (2009/2010) written by Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil - with Orley also directing the biopic. Davidson and Orley previously teamed up for 2019's Big Time Adolescence and the comedy special Pete Davidson: Alive from New York.
Netflix and STXfilm will develop and produce the biopic. Davidson, Leigh, Rory Rosegarten and David Spiegelman will serve as executive producers. The project has the cooperation and support of the estate of Joey Ramone and with the assistance of Rosegarten Films.
- I Slept with Joey Ramone is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family. Pete is perfect for this role and we're excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life and thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix, said STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson.
So Pete Davidson is known for example of Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL) that is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show. Davidson was born on November 16, 1993, on Staten Island, New York, USA. He appears on movies like The Dirt and Big Time Adolescence. (April 27, 2021)


- Remembering Joey Ramone who passed away 20 years ago on April 15, 2001. As all of you probably know and remember, Joey was first Ramones member whom we and world lost. I put on to Facebook 27 photos that are related to Joey Ramone tribute events in New York, Finland etc. in 2001-2003. Also photos from Arturo Vega's collection (some of photos which Arturo sent to me to to my first book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone) and some other photos from 1998-2003. And few from 70's.
I mention here some special Joey Ramone related things that you can find from my homepage.
1) After our beloved Joey Ramone passed away on April 15, 2001, I was privileged because I had the chance to deal with my pain by reading the beautiful memory texts written by fans. So many tears were falling that day, but I had to work because, many fans received confirmation of Joey's death from me (through Arturo Vega). You can see here my Joey Ramone memorial site with huge amount of information and photos, texts written by artists, you fans etc.
2) My first book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone was published on May 19, 2002. It is full of stories expressing much love for what Joey Ramone and the rest of the Ramones family did for all of us. Book also has really lot interviews or texts written by artists and people like Marky Ramone, Arturo Vega, Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Campino (Die Toten Hosen), TV Smith/ Gaye Advert (Adverts), Gordie Lewis (Teenage Head), Hilly Kristal (CBGB), Bono (U2), Monte Melnick, Legs McNeil, John Holmstrom, Michael Monroe/ Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks) etc. In all, the book contains more than 230 photos. In all book has 192 pages (including 16 full colour pages).
3) Here you can find lot details of different Joey Ramone related records.
4) AMP Records (Canada) released Life's A Gas: A Tribute To Joey Ramone album in 2001. It has 31 songs/bands and liner notes were written by Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh. And Do You Remember Rock'N'Roll High School? - Adios Joey Ramone!! tribute album was released on April 15, 2002.
5) You can find from my homepage many reports of events where Joey performed in late 90's and 2000. See listing here. Read here of Joey's final live performances in December 2000.
6) AND enjoy of reading story of event which line-up had Joey Ramone with The Independents, The Remains (later The Ramainz) etc. at The Continental, New York on February 21, 1999. I think this was last time when Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone were on stage together.
7) AND read here of Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash at The Continental on May 19, 1997.
8) Here you can see many photos with background details of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 16, 2003,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2004,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2005,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2006,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2007,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2008,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2009,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2010,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2011,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2012,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2013,
here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2014
and here of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2016. (April 20, 2021)



- Because of coronavirus there is no permission to organise live music events in New York in May 2020 (and for many months ahead). So 2020 is first year when there is no Joey Ramone Birthday Bash for live audience on May 19, after we lost Joey Ramone on April 15, 2001. Joey's brother Mickey Leigh announced in early May that he will organise Joey Ramone VIRTUAL Birthday Bash on May 19, 2020. Birthday Bash is a memorial event to Joey on his birthday (May 19). This is 19th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.
- Just didn't feel right to let the day go by un-celebrated, told Leigh on
Joey Ramone's Fabebook page on May 3, 2020.
Mickey wrote more details on May 16.
- You don't need a ticket, you don't need a plane, train or automobile. you don't anything more than you have right now. Just come back here (Facebook) on May 19th at 8PM EST and we'll all celebrate the birth, life, and music of Joey Ramone together!
CJ Ramone, Richie Ramone, Clem Burke (Blondie/ two shows in the Ramones), Andy Shernoff (Dictators, The Master Plan), Knox (Vibrators), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Earl Slick, Barb Wire Dolls, Tracy Thornton, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), Jesse Malin (D-Generation, Bellvue), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Ed Stasium (producer), Monte A. Melnick (tour manager), John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine) and Allan Arkush (director) are among of bands and people who are featuring performances and speeches at Joey Ramone Virtual Birthday Bash at Joey Ramone Fabebook.
So event starts at 8PM EST. That time is for example 9PM in Brazil, 1AM in United Kingdom, 2AM in France, Spain, Germany and Sweden, 3AM in Finland and Moscow (Russia), 9AM in Tokyo (Japan) and 10AM in Melbourne (Australia).
Donations to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research will be optional and greatly appreciated. (Updated: May 16, 2020)


- There is Joey Ramone tribute night at the La Mama in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan on May 16, 2020. Night is titled Joey Ramone Birthday Party Vol. 9 and at the La Mama will play Ramones Dragon, Ramona.42, Evely'n'Togars Crispys, Motorcycle Leather Boys (from Takasaki), Durango's (from Yamanashi), DJ-namijin (Headrock) and L.Tomomy (Evely'n'Togars) (February 13, 2020)


- Brent "Aldo" Alden of False Alarm etc. has been active in underground scene in Los Angeles, USA, already around 40 years. He is known for example as the bass player of LA punk band False Alarm. False Alarm started in 1982. Fat Mike of NOFX played in early False Alarm line-up. Band broke up few times and started again. Now False Alarm is not active.
I anyway want to mention some of Alden's Dee Dee Ramone and Joey Ramone related things. Dee Dee and his art and music partner Paul Kostabi painted cover of False Alarm's second album Fuck 'Em We'Ve All Ready (Now) Won! Kostabi has also played in False Alarm. Album got published in 2006 and re-issued in 2009 together with Youth Gone Mad album recorded in 2002. Dee Dee plays guitar and sing backvocals but also handled bass duties on Horror Hospital and sang vocals on songs False Alarm and Horror Hospital. There are many different releases of this album by Trend Is Dead! Records, Wanker Records, and Trash2001 Records including a pictureLP. These are final recordings Dee Dee ever did. As Paul Kostabi said to me (Jari-Pekka) in Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone book interview, Dee Dee didn't get to hear the finished Youth Gone Mad product. Album was released after Dee Dee became an angel.
Brent Alden run False Alarm Records that is released a split 7' single which A-side contains the Youth Gone Mad song Meatball Sandwich recorded in 1996 and it features Joey Ramone. The B-side has a False Alarm tune called Youth Gone Mad and it features Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys. Brent Alden opened recently Ebay account. He is selling for example 7' single that was released in January 2007. A-side is False Alarm with Cheetah Chrome (song Tell Me Who I Am) and B-side is Youth Gone Mad (Frog Man From Mars). Alden plays bass, Chrome lead guitar and Paul Kostabi rhythm guitar in Tell Me Who I Am. See Alden's Ebay items here.
Alden has compiled and created with his friends three Chaotic Reasoning compilations (Vol. 1-3). Chaotic Reasoning Vol. 3 include Youth Gone Mad Feat. Dee Dee Ramone song False Alarm and Furious George Feat. Joey Ramone song Gilligan.
In photo in right you can see Shepard Fairey and Brent Alden at the Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition in 2012. Read more of exhibition here. (July 30, 2019)


- Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh confirmed that there is also this year (of course) Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2019. Lovely memorial event is again at the Bowery Electric in New York, USA. It is only 50 meters from apartment where Arturo Vega lived and where Joey and Dee Dee Ramone were living in early Ramones' days.
This is 19th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. As you know, we lost Joey Ramone on April 15, 2001. After that Joey's and Mickey's mother Charlotte Lesher (1927-2007) and Mickey started to organize yearly Birthday Bashes. In this event different musicians are playing in a honor of Joey and also we has heard many speeches.
So there are performing many people who were friends with Joey Ramone. May 19 there are celebrating Joey Ramone's memory for example CJ Ramone, Andy Shernoff, Dez Cadena, Lindsey Anderson (aka Kitty Kowalski), Arno Hecht, Jiro / Jiro Okabe, Walt Stack, George Tabb, Sic F*cks, Sea Monster, Mutated Music, Keep Score, Gonzo Roll.
Question and interview part is with Matt Lolya and Matt Nadler who were part of Ramones' crew. MC's are John Holmstrom and Monte A. Melnick.
Mickey Leigh will announce more later.
Buy tickets here. All proceeds goes again to Lymphoma Research Foundation. Read information of earlier Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes here. (Updated: April 24, 2019)



More Joey Ramone news in my archive.







JOHNNY RAMONE:

- There is a memorial event for Johnny Ramone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA, USA on June 2, 2024. There is performing project band Cretin Commandos that is featuring Tim Armstrong (Rancid, ex-Operation Ivy), CJ Ramone, Billy Idol, Fred Armisen and some surprise guests. DJ is Shepard Fairey. Gates open at 6PM, Cretin Commandos starts at 7.15PM and then is Pulp Fiction (movie) 30th anniversary deluxe screeing presened by actor John Travolta.
Admission is 35 dollars. Buy
tickets here. People may bring blankets, pillows, low chairs (seat no more than 6" high), and picnics. There will be onsite food and beverage for purchase. This event is rain or shine. Main person behind the event is Johnny's wife Linda.
Statue/monument in honour of Johnny was unveiled by Linda on January 14, 2005. Read more of statue here. Dee Dee Ramone's grave is close of Johnny's statue.
In addition to Pulp Fiction (1994) John Travolta has had leading roles for example in Carrie (1976), Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978). Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino is a genre-defying masterpiece that captivates with its blend of dark humor, intense violence, and philosophical depth. The film follows interconnected storylines involving hitmen, a boxer, a mob boss, and various eccentric characters navigating the gritty underworld of Los Angeles. Through its non-linear narrative structure, Pulp Fiction keeps viewers engaged as it explores themes of morality, redemption, and chance. With its iconic dialogue, memorable scenes, and standout performances, Quentin Tarantino's film remains a timeless classic that continues to thrill audiences worldwide. (March 25, 2024)



- Elvis Presley was Johnny Ramone's favorite artist. Elvis' only child Lisa Marie Presley became Johnny Ramone's close friend. That is why I want to make an update of Lisa Marie passing away on January 12, 2023. Lisa Marie was rushed to a hospital after experiencing cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California, USA. She reportedly was brain dead on arrival at hospital. She died from a second cardiac arrest suffered while she was in hospital, and passed away after the family signed a 'do not resuscitate' order.
Rest In Peace Lisa Marie. She was born on February 1, 1968. So she was only 54 years when she passed away. Lisa Marie was only four years old when her parents Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorced. She was only nine years when Elvis died in August 1977....
As I said, Johnny Ramone and Lisa Marie Presley became good friends. One photo in right was taken in 2002 when Johnny was the best man in Lisa Marie's wedding to Nicolas Cage. Lisa Marie was one of those who were next to Johnny when he passed away in September 2004.
Next year I got to experience performance where Lisa Marie played together with Marky Ramone Ramones' song Here Today, Gone Tomorrow at the City Hall Park in New York on May 19, 2005. Marky was a special guest in encore. See one photo in right I had taken then. Marky spoke to the audience before they rocked Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. He dedicated song to the Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny and he told that Johnny's wife Linda is also watching a show. Also Lisa Marie noticed Linda in her speech. And Lisa Marie did mention that day being Joey Ramone's birthday. Marky told me later he and Lisa Marie had met before, but they had not played before together. I think this was only time when Lisa Marie played together with the Ramones member? Lisa Marie had covered Here Today, Gone Tomorrow for her second studio album Now What that was released one month earlier on April 5, 2005.
You can see Lisa Marie for example in Too Tough To Die: A Tribute To Johnny Ramone, a documentary about Johnny Ramone released in 2006. That is directed by Mandy Stein. Read more of documentary here on my page.
Book titled Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone is the autobiographical work written by Johnny Ramone. Book was released (USA) on April 2nd, 2012. Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone includes a foreward written by Tommy Ramone, and an epilogue is written by Lisa Marie Presley. Lisa Marie is second person after Tommy in "Thanks to" in Johnny's book. I typed up Lisa Marie's epilogue to my Johnny Ramone memorial page. Read it here.
Johnny Ramone had a great collection of Elvis Presley related items. Heritage Auctions sold some of his Elvis related items on auction. Johnny list in his book Top10 listings of his favorite Elvis films, favorite Elvis books and favorite Elvis songs. Johnny's three favorite Elvis films are Loving You, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole and three favorite Elvis songs are Don't Be Cruel, Can't Help Falling In Love and Baby Let's Play House.
More Johnny and Elvis related information from this my page www.ramonesheaven.com.... Johnny Ramone and Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) were both additional players on Swing Cats: A Special Tribute To Elvis album released in 2000. Read more of it here. Johnny plays on two songs; Good Rockin' Tonight and Viva Las Vegas. Main men on the Swing Cats project were Danny B. Harvey (guitar), Lee Rocker (acoustic bass, The Stray Cats) and Slim Jim (drums, The Stray Cats).
Of course Lisa Marie attended event when a statue/monument in honour of Johnny was unveiled by Linda on January 14, 2005. Read more of statue here. There were also in that event for example also Tommy Ramone, CJ Ramone, Arturo Vega, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Rob Zombie (White Zombie), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers etc.), Vincent Gallo (actor, director) and Seymour Stein (founder of Sire Records).
So now you got to read some information why I wanted to write of Johnny Ramone's and Lisa Marie Presley's friendship. (January 14, 2023)


- Ramones producer Daniel Rey is auctioning off 27 items from his collection of Ramones stuff including Johnny Ramone's Mosrite that was Johnny's main guitar. To back side of guitar Johnny has written: "My main guitar, 1977-1996". There are also handwritten lyrics, Johnny's stage-used amp, Dee Dee Ramone's hand-drawn map of The Chelsea Hotel Basement, Joey Ramone's Beatlec watch etc. Read details of some items below.
Read more of Daniel Rey here. See listing here. Auctions ends on September 25, 2021.
1) Johnny Ramone's Stage-Used and Owned Mosrite Ventures II Guitar: "A 1965 Mosrite Ventures II electric guitar personally-owned and -used by Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) for nearly two decades as the guitarist for punk rock legends the Ramones, with the back of the guitar signed in black felt tip, "Johnny Ramone, My Main Guitar, 1977-1996." Cummings played this guitar at every Ramones performance until his retirement: from November 1977 through August 1996, for a total of approximately 1,985 shows. Additionally, this guitar was used by Cummings for the recording of all 15 Ramones albums (studio and live) from this time period, and can be heard on any live Ramones bootleg from late 1977-1996, of which there are many. It was later displayed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland for a number of years. Cummings originally purchased this guitar between October 23, 1977 and October 30, 1977, to replace his original blue Ventures II slab body, which was stolen from the Sire Records van (with rest of the band"s gear) on the night of October 22, 1977, after the band"s show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Ironically, this guitar had been offered to Cummings earlier in 1977, but he passed on it feeling it was too expensive at $500, which was a little less than 10 times what he paid for his original Ventures II in 1974.": More details here.
2) Johnny Ramone's Stage-Used and Owned Electro-Harmonix Mike Matthews Freedom Amp: "The sound of punk - Johnny Ramone's fabled Freedom guitar amp played live at early CBGB shows in 1974-75, only one of two ever made by Electro-Harmonix. Exceedingly rare Mike Matthews Freedom amplifier personally-owned and -used by Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) of punk rock legends the Ramones, signed on the right side in silver ink, "Johnny Ramone, Ramones original amp, 1974-75." The amp, 24? x 24? x 9?, is one of a matching pair of 4 x 10? speaker Freedom amps purchased by Cummings in early 1974. Freedom amps were manufactured in New York City by Mike Matthews" Electro-Harmonix company, and of the approximately 2000 total Matthews amps that were produced, the majority being 1 x 10? speaker versions, only two black 4 x 10? Freedom amps are known to exist, both of which were owned by Cummings; the second Freedom 4 x 10? remains in a private collection. Cummings used this amp live at CBGBs and at various other early Ramones shows, while also routinely lugging it to Monte Melnick and Tommy Ramone"s Performance Studios and to Arturo Vega"s loft throughout 1974 and 1975. This amp can be seen in the video of the Ramones" first ever CBGBs performance, as well as in other early videos and photos.": More details here.
3) Teal-bodied Japanese Mosrite Mark II Johnny Ramone signature electric guitar (Serial No. JRB000), personally owned and used by Johnny Ramone. Includes the original hardshell Ramones guitar case, two Ramones/Fillmore guitar picks, and a guitar strap. In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Ramone, which affirms that the "guitar is one of Mark-2 Johnny Ramone signature models specially supervised and authorized by Mr. Johnny Ramone himself," and by a signed letter of authenticity from his widow, Linda, which reads: "This certifies that the Blue Mosrite Mark-2, serial number JRB000, was the first Johnny Ramone Model produced by the Fillmore Company. The guitar was sent to Johnny Ramone and it was owned and used by Johnny Ramone.": More details here.
4) Arturo Vega's 1978-1980 Loft Notebook with Handwritten Lyrics by Joey Ramone: "Incredible circa 1978-1980 notebook from Arturo Vega"s famed Lower Manhattan loft at 6 E. 2nd St. in New York City"s East Village, which contains very early working handwritten lyrics by Joey Ramone for the song "Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio," featuring verses that do not appear on the recorded version.": More details here.
5) Joey Ramone (3) Stage-Used Shure Microphones from the Final Ramones Concert: "Amazing set of three Shure SM58 microphones used on stage by Joey Ramone during the Ramones" last three or four shows, including the band's final concert, which was held at The Palace in Los Angeles, California, on August 6, 1996. Each member of the Ramones was presented with special mementoes from their final show. Among the items presented to Joey Ramone were three of the microphones that he used that night. These were given to him by roadie Mitch "Bubbles" Keller in a black zippered pouch, which is included with the lot." More details here.
6) Joey Ramone Signed Beatles Watch: "Attractive The Beatles watch made by Apple Corps Ltd., with engraved leather strap and dial featuring "The Beatles" over the green "Apple Records" logo with track titles from their acclaimed 1968 "White Album." The watch includes its original wooden "guitar case," certificate of authenticity, and cardboard box, which is signed and inscribed in black ballpoint, "To Daniel, the 5th Ramone, Enjoy! Your mate, Joey Ramone." The box bears an edition label marked as "B001, 01." More details here.
7) Dee Dee Ramone Handwritten Lyrics for Cretin Family: "Handwritten lyrics by Dee Dee Ramone for the song "Cretin Family," unsigned, penned in ballpoint on two off-white 8.25 x 11.5 sheets. Ramone writes the title above, "Cretin Family," and the lyrics below, in full. Co-written by Dee Dee and producer Daniel Rey, "Cretin Family" is the eighth track on the fourteenth and final studio album by the Ramones; it"s also the tenth track on the Ramones live album Greatest Hits Live, which was recorded at The Academy in New York City on February 29, 1996." More details here.
8) Dee Dee Ramone's hand-drawn map of The Chelsea Hotel Basement: "Original hand-drawn "Map of the Chelsea Hotel Basement" by Dee Dee Ramone, accomplished in red and black felt tip and hot pink and neon yellow acrylic paint on stretched canvas measuring 18 x 14, signed in the lower right corner, "By Dee Dee Ramone." The overhead layout marks various rooms, fixtures, and access points, such as storage rooms, hallways, fuse boxes, toilets, elevators, motor generator, porcelain tub, and more, with the far right making note of a "Concrete Stage." In fine condition. This hand-drawn map was obtained by Daniel Rey from Ramones artistic director Arturo Vega in the summer of 2002, not long after Dee Dee's passing." More details here.
9) Sire Records 8-track tape for the Ramones' 1976 self-titled debut album, signed on the back in black felt tip by Johnny, Tommy, Dee Dee, and Joey Ramone, who adds "'97." In fine condition. An uncommon format signed by all four members who played on the album: More details here.
So auctions ends on September 25, 2021. (August 29, 2021).



- Cleopatra Records has published third pressing of Johnny Ramone: The Final Sessions 12' maxi. First edition was released on January 20, 2015. Color of that 12' vinyl is blue. Color of vinyl is purple in second pressing and that was published on December 21, 2018. There is also red edition. - We are pressed 500 red vinyl LPs of Johnny Ramone: The Final Sessions, wrote Cleopatra Records' general manager Tim Yasui to me in April 20, 2020.
Johnny Ramone: The Final Sessions 12' has songs Good Rockin' Tonight and Viva Las Vegas. Those songs were originally released in Swing Cats: Special Tribute to Elvis (2000) album (buy Swing Cats: Special Tribute to Elvis on Amazon). Johnny only plays on Good Rockin' Tonight and Viva Las Vegas in that album. Songs were recorded in July 1999. Viva Las Vegas is instrumental. Lemmy Kilmister sings on Good Rockin' Tonight. Main men on the Swing Cats project were: Danny B. Harvey (guitar); Lee Rocker (acoustic bass, The Stray Cats); Slim Jim (drums, The Stray Cats). Here are few comments by Danny B. Harvey who plays bass on Swing Cats: Special Tribute to Elvis album.
- The day Johnny Ramone came into the studio to record the backing tracks for these two Elvis songs, he showed up in the studio with a prototype of a Japanese "Johnny Ramone signature guitar." He told me he no longer owned any guitars, or amps, because he had sold them all when he retired. The only reason he had this one was because the guitar company had sent it over for his approval prior to production. I asked him why he didn't own any musical equipment and didn't he still play and practise around the house? His reply was: "Do baseball players go to battling practise when they retire? Of course not, so why I do need to practise, has told Danny B. Harvey.
Read more here. (Updated: October 13, 2020))


- There was no Johnny Ramone Tribute event at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in 2020. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic lot of events were canceled. (August 23, 2020)


- 14th The Johnny Ramone Tribute event is coming. Johnny Ramone's wife Linda sent me good news in June, 2019. Event is in this year at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles, USA, on August 11, 2019, and it has horror theme.
- Screening the cult classic The Warriors at Hollywood Forever, Linda told.
The Warriors is a 1979 American action film directed by Walter Hill. It is based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel of the same name, which was, in turn, based on Xenophon's Anabasis. The story centers on a New York City gang who must make an urban journey of 30 miles (48 km), from the north end of The Bronx to their home turf in Coney Island in southern Brooklyn, after they are framed for the murder of a respected gang leader.
In this event you can also visit the Cathedral mausoleum for an exclusive, one-night only exhibit featuring amazing punk rock and glam rock photography curated by Mr Musichead. There is Johnny's grave and an 8 ft tall bronze memorial statue of Johnny at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Dee Dee Ramone's grave is in the same cemetery not far from Johnny's statue.
Special guests in this year (2019) include Fred Armisen and Steve Jones (Sex Pistols). A musical performance is by Starcrawler.
There has been many famous guests in past at The Johnny Ramone Tributes. Among of those are Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Duff McKagan (Guns N'Roses and Loaded), Johnny Depp, John Waters, Vincent Gallo, Billy Idol, Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Billy Zoom (X), Henry Rollins, Shepherd Fairey etc. etc.
Gates open at 6.30PM. Stage program is at 8.00PM. The Warriors film starts at 8.30PM. Tickets are 20 dollars. You
c$ buy tickets here.
Event is held as a benefit for the Johnny Ramone Cancer Research Fund which is led by Dr. David Agus at the USC Westside prostate cancer research center. (Updated: August 7, 2019).


- Italian record label Radiation Records released Lemmy Kilmister & Johnny Ramone: Good Rockin' Tonight 7' single on April 21, 2018. That picture disc 7' is limited to 500 copies. This is Record Store Day release.
Single has songs Good Rockin' Tonight and Viva Las Vegas. I explain background of these songs... Swing Cats: A Special Tribute To Elvis album was released in 2000 and Johnny Ramone and Lemmy Kilmister were both additional players on it. This was a surprise for many people, because Johnny had been out of the music business and very quiet for years. Johnny plays on two songs on that album and both songs are in this Record Store Day single: Good Rockin' Tonight and Viva Las Vegas. Songs were recorded in July 1999. Viva Las Vegas is instrumental. Lemmy Kilmister sings on Good Rockin' Tonight. Main men on the Swing Cats project were: Danny B. Harvey (guitar); Lee Rocker (acoustic bass, The Stray Cats); Slim Jim (drums, The Stray Cats). Read more here. (Updated: April 11, 2019)



More Johnny Ramone news in my archive.






DEE DEE RAMONE

- Dee Dee Ramone's ex-wife Vera Ramone King auctioned a lot of her Dee Dee related items through Julien's Auctions. Auctions took place in Nashville, USA, on November 17-18, 2023. Registration was required to bid in this live auction. The acclaimed auction house amassed over one 1000 items owned and used by people like Dee Dee, Slash from Guns N'Roses, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Bono of U2, Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and Frank Zappa. Auction had a title Played, Worn, & Torn: Rock 'N' Roll Iconic Guitars And Memorabilia.
People had chance to by for example Dee Dee's jewelries, lyrics, notes, clothes, shoes and sunglasses. I asked from Vera if she wants to write some comments for me.
- There are SO many items...., big & small. Something for everyone in all price ranges. There are certain pieces that have sentimental meaning for me but I have had this stuff since the 1970's. It's time to let it go and start a new chapter. I kept personal jewelry that Dee Dee grifted me and I kept my wedding photo album and some pics of from over the years The rest of the items were shipped to the auction house. I have no auction experience and the prices will vary from $25 dollars and up and will be affordable to all who want a memory from Dee Dee, Vera wrote me in advance.
See
all Vera's Dee Dee items here. Listing can be seen before the auction.
1) Dee Dee's black leather motorcycle jacket with chains: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 6500 DOLLARS.
2) Dee Dee's Shang Hai (Shanghai) blazer: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 650 DOLLARS.
3) Handwritten Baby Doll (song) lyrics with a cassette tape having it and many other songs: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 585 DOLLARS.
4) Handwritten Mashed Potato Time (song) lyrics with an official Standing In The Spotlight (1989) cassette tape having it: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 455 DOLLARS.
5) Stephen King's two books (Creepshow and The Plant) signed by King and gifted to Dee Dee: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 3900 DOLLARS.
6) Standing In The Spotlight Album cover-worn gold-tone costume necklase with album see more information here. FINAL PRICE 6500 DOLLARS
7) Dee Dee Ramone 14K gold-filled St. Christopher amulet necklase: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 1300 DOLLARS.
8) Dee Dee's fightning night and leather sheath with handbook: see more information here. FINAL PRICE 780 EUROS. (Updated: December 4, 2023)


- The new Chip Baker film, titled Ghosts Of The Chelsea Hotel (And Other Rock & Roll Stories), is directed by filmmaker Danny Garcia. It will make its debut American theatrical screening in New York City at Joe's Pub on September 5, 2023, at 9:30PM. This documentary film explores the rich history, cultural significance and otherworldly occurrences of the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York City. The documentary delves into the history of the hotel itself, which was built in the late 19th century. The film features interviews with past and present residents, including artists, musicians, writers, and other creative individuals who have lived and worked at the hotel over the years.
Ghosts Of The Chelsea Hotel (And Other Rock & Roll Stories) cast includes actor, writer, musician and former resident Michael Imperioli, author Sherill Tippins, rockers Harley Flanagan, Richard Barone, Neon Leon, Howie Pyro, Cynthia Ross etc. And actors Ned Van Zandt and Victor Colicchio. They all having a deep connection to the building's roots and share their personal stories, memories, and experiences of the hotel, which has long been known as a hub for artistic and bohemian culture. The interviews in the film were shot in the Chelsea Hotel building giving the film an authentic feel of "being there".
I sent messages with director Danny Garcia and he confirmed this documentary film having also material of the Dee Dee Ramone.
- There's unseen Dee Dee footage. But no interview, Garcia told me.
Many people connect Dee Dee and Hotel Chelsea of course because of the Dee Dee Ramone's book/novel Chelsea Horror Hotel (2001).
The film also includes historical footage of some other residents and regulars (who made the glorious Chelsea Hotel so legendary) including Andy Warhol, Harry Smith, Nico, Quentin Crisp, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith.
The musical soundtrack was composed and performed by Cat Casual and the Final Word. (June 30, 2023)



- Quackwhores is a non-profit collective caring for urban waterfowl wildlife in Hollywood. Long time Ramones' fan, musician and artist Coyote Shivers and his partner Pleasant Gehman are making world a better place with a special way. Dee Dee Ramone's grave gets visited daily by a group of punk ducks, other birds etc.! Gehman and Shivers trained the cemetery ducks and critters to visit Dee Dee Ramone every day. Dee Dee is buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery and close to grave is Johnny Ramone's statue.
Shivers says the ducks are fed every day using a "dinner bell," which is essentially a new version of Blitzkrieg Bop called "Duckskrieg Bop" that features the ducks themselves quacking: "Hey ho, let's go".
Visit sites: www.instagram.com/ramonesducks and Donations for healthy food Venmo: http://quackwhores.org.
Here are quotes from article that was published on Rolling Stone: Rolling Stone article by Brenna Ehrlich.
Shivers and Gehman have been feeding the ducks since the pandemic (covid-19) started; they launched the Instagram this past summer (2021). "Everything was closed, even the beaches and parks, so we would go to the cemetery to get away from the negativity, and feel some air and beauty and care for some of the urban wildlife that live there: ducks, geese, feral cats, squirrels, doves, swans, etc," he tells Rolling Stone."
The animals came to include five black ducks that their friend had raised, only to be forced off the property by the friend's landlord. The ducks were very domesticated, so Shivers and Gehman trained them to visit Dee Dee's grave every day. "We started calling them the Ramones Ducks because they're all black and they stick together and stood out like a gang and they'd run up to Dee Dee every day."
Their names, of course, are Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy, and Sheena.
"And sure enough, it worked like the ice cream truck song in the summertime. The kids come running when they hear it. Soon enough, more and more animals joined the party, as the fowl-filled Instagram shows, including peacocks, squirrels, cats, pelicans, geese, and, of course, the titular ducks. By last spring, we started noticing the new mother ducks were bringing their days-old ducklings and teaching them, When you hear this song, march up the hill to here,. and we realized it was becoming generational to them. It just keeps growing, and little by little same with spectators," Coyote Shivers says to Rolling Stone.
"We consider it part urban wildlife charity, part performance art installation, and part living tribute to the king Dee Dee Ramone. Everyone loves the Ramones Ducks. They bring nothing but smiles. Young kids and old punks really love it."
"It's fun for everyone and also helps children to love, respect, and care for animals. Plus, it shapes their musical taste by teaching them that the Ramones are the best damn band on the planet!", Pleasant Gehman says. Read more and see photos here in my (Jari-Pekka's) Dee Dee memorial page. (January 12, 2022)


- Dee Dee Ramone would have celebrated his 70th birthday on September 18, 2021. Dee Dee was born on September 18, 1951, in Fort Lee, Virginia, USA. As all of you knows, Dee Dee is a founding member of the Ramones and another main songwriter. His last official Ramones gig was on July 5, 1989 in Santa Clara, USA. But Dee Dee made a guest appearance at the last Ramones show held at The Palace in Los Angeles, USA on August 6, 1996.
Dee Dee died at his home in Los Angeles on June 5, 2002. Dee Dee's second wife Barbara Zampini found Dee Dee at 8:25PM on their living room couch and she called 911. Fire department paramedics pronounced Dee Dee dead at 8:40 pm and the official cause of his death was an accidental drug drug overdose.
I experienceed eight of Dee Dee's shows in Sweden, Norway and Denmark in 2000-2001. Read here story of shows I experienced in 2000. Dee Dee was was clean and healthy in both tours. Dee Dee's guitarist Christian Black wrote to me shortly following Dee Dee's unexpected passing for example this: "I feel like we've lost one of the most important entities in the history of rock'N'roll. As if that isn't bad enough, we all lost a great friend. We had so many plans to record and tour that are now completely shattered. Despite popular belief, I really believe that it (overdose) was an accident. I have been around him more than anyone can imagine for the past three years and I have never seen him use heroin. He never even took a drink during some of the hardest times on tour. I really believe that he just slipped and wanted to get high. He really didn't mean to do this to everybody."
I also feel this true after what I saw in tours and after speaking of Dee Dee's last years with people like Arturo Vega and Paul Kostabi (and his art manager Heidi Follin) who was his best friend in last years and Andy Poncherello who was his best friend in Los Angeles in last few years. Their interviews are really special in Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
You can read here really good interview Jim Sullivan (Rock And Roll Globe) did with Dee Dee's first wife Vera Ramone King now because of Dee Dee's 70th birthday. It is great to read interviews like that which goes to deep feelings. Vera concentrate to good things, and tells honestly of dark days. Interview has a good balance. And Vera also tells really excellent way how it was to experience early years of original punk years. Dee Dee met Vera in 1977 and soon they were married. Soon after Dee Dee quit the Ramones in 1989, he and Vera separated. Officially they divorced in 1995. Vera has wrote a book called Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years).
Here you can find my memorial site for Dee Dee Ramone. You can read also from my site for example story with photos of special Dee Dee Ramone memorial concert that was at The Continental, NYC, USA on July 2, 2002. Tommy Ramone sang, and Marky Ramone and CJ Ramone played there and honored our Dee Dee in many ways. Also Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers, The Waldos), Jesse Malin (solo, ex-D-Generation), Handsome Dick Manitoba (The Dictators), Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy's Law), Theo (Lunachicks), Ramones producer Daniel Rey, Joey's brother Mickey Leigh, The Misfits (line-up was that time Jerry Only, Marky Ramone and Dez Cadena), Toilet Boys, Furious George etc. were on stage. Idea of event was by The Continental (now closed) owner Trigger.
Tommy Ramone told that night: "Dee Dee was one of the major architects of punk rock. His songs set the rules and made the blueprint. I had never heard songs like the ones he wrote - they were totally original and powerful. Like Joey, Dee Dee was loved by so many people because of his unpretentious and friendly personality. It is so sad to have such a treasured person taken from us at such a young age. We are truly fortunate to be left with the bounty of his works. I feel blessed to have been lucky enough to have known him.", Tommy Ramone said.
Personally I had my first memorial speech of Dee Dee Ramone day after we lost him. Upon returning to Finland from New York and Joey Ramone Birthday Bash, I had release parties in Finland for my first book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone. It was during release party in Tampere, Finland on June 6, 2002, when I got a call from Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings' singer-guitarist Nick Cooper, informing me of the tragic news, that Dee Dee had passed away...
See here on my page details of Dee Dee's shows in his last years and look how happy he was in his last real show. We want to remember Dee Dee like that. Dee Dee played his last performance (not a full show) at rather lame Hollywood event called Club Make-Up, a glam, trash, punk, sleaze music night at the El Rey Theatre, in Los Angeles, USA, on June 1, 2002. (September 18, 2021)



- Dee Dee Ramone 10' vinyl titled Dee Dee Ramone: The Deadline Demos was released on June 26, 2020 (read more information below). Dee Dee recorded these demo songs in 1989 with Alan Lee Shaw (Maniacs / Physicals) and George Butler (Warsaw Pakt / Lightning Raiders). Dee Dee was introduced by mutual friend Brian James (ex Damned / Lords Of The New Church) to Alan Lee Shaw and George Butler. This trio band formed with the proposed name of Dee Dee Ramone's Deadline.
I asked if Alan Lee Shaw wants to write some of his memories of Dee Dee Ramone and those days in 1989-1990. I am really happy that he sent some stories. Read them here. They are from his forthcoming book of memoirs "Damned If You Do."
- If Dee Dee fans want to read more they must wait until my book is released, hopefully sometime this year, wrote Andy to me on May 10, 2021.
So let's hope book comes out already in 2021. (May 10, 2021)


- Overground Records (United Kingdom) started in 1988. Owners were inspired to reissue a few punk rock classics. This record label did publish great Dee Dee Ramone 10' vinyl titled Dee Dee Ramone: The Deadline Demos on June 26, 2020. Release is limited of 400 copies.
- The pressing has almost gone, wrote John Esplen of Overground Records on July 16, 2020.
Overground Records was original label of Dee Dee's this project titled Dee Dee Ramone's Deadline. This 10' has eight demo songs which were recently re-discovered. I added tracklisting of 10' here. Dee Dee recorded these demo songs in 1989 with Alan Lee Shaw (Maniacs/Physicals) and George Butler (Warsaw Pakt/Lightning Raiders). Dee Dee was introduced by mutual friend Brian James (ex Damned/ Lords Of The New Church) to Alan Lee Shaw and George Butler. This trio band formed with the proposed name of Dee Dee Ramone's Deadline.
Overground Records tells following in press release of The Deadline Demos: "With rehearsals underway, Dee Dee (lead vocals and guitar), Alan (bass and backing vocals) and George (drums), the project was soon up and running and in the process of negotiating a recording deal with Overground Records, the release would be promoted with a UK tour, when due to unforeseen circumstances (unfortunately the state of Dee Dee's fragile mental/ physical shape), the project was sadly and frustratingly brought to an abrupt end, before any studio recordings or gigs could be completed. The demos from 1989 are the only recordings that occurred. They are forming an important historical record that show flashes of Dee Dee's genius as one of punk's most important original songwriters. The songs never appeared on any of Dee Dee's other releases and but for this recently re-discovered tape would have been lost forever. All eight tracks from 1989 the session are released as a limited edition 10' of 400 copies."
Even press release tells that "songs never appeared on any of Dee Dee's other releases.", two of the songs are in other releases but song titles are a bit different: What About This? is same as is What About Me? in Dee Dee Ramone And The Chinese Dragongs single and Hop Around album. And then I Got A Right is same as is I Gotta A Right To Love Her in Youth Gone Mad Featuring Dee Dee Ramone album.
See tracklisting of 10' here.
Overground Records has released also material by Steve Ignorant, The Cravats, The Jerks, The Dickies etc. (Updated: October 14, 2020).



- Certainly one of greatest tribute songs in the last five years to any Ramones member is created now by the Hybrid Children. Action rock band did release a new album after 11 years. New album is titled Where Pub Roses Grow (label Bunny Duck Rubber Company) and the second song on it is titled Dee Dee's Always Home. You can see a video of Dee Dee tribute song here. There are texts written in video.
Hybrid Children was founded in Helsinki, Finland in 1991. Hybrid Children is a mix of bands like Ramones, Backyard Babies, Skid Row and Smack.†Members in Hybrid Children are Jasse Salonen (vocals and guitar) Saska Ketonen (drums), Ville Virtanen (bass) and Juho Virtanen (guitar).
I asked great and hyperactive Jasse Salonen to write some comments of Dee Dee's Always Home.
- This song is a reminder how music makes you feel to be a part of something great and to understand that no matter how isolated and far away from everything you may live, or how lonely you may feel, it doesn't really matter: You are not alone, there are many of us so-called outsiders, and being outsider is just great!! As Bombshell Rocks once sang: "Some are scared of being misfits, but i'm scared of fitting in!, wrote Jasse Salonen to me of Dee Dee's Always Home.
You can find more Hybrid Children songs from Spotify. (June 30, 2020).


- During April and May, 2002, I added here to my page http://www.ramonesheaven.com information about Dee Dee Ramone's tour with his band on the West Coast in the USA between May 17 - June 23. In all, there were 11 concert dates. Dee Dee did play four of them...
Line-up:
Dee Dee Ramone: vocals and bass.
Christian Black: guitar and backvocals.
Chase Manhattan: drums.
My second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone (2002) has review from Dee Dee's last and second last real shows. First review with many pictures I got from Gaston Sanchez from the show at Dream Street in San Diego, CA, USA on May 17, 2002. Travis Michaud sent me in 2002 review from Dee Dee's last real show, it was at Pink E's in Las Vegas, NV, USA, on May 25, 2002. After that, Dee Dee played one special show, not listed on that tour, at Club Makeup in Los Angeles on June 1, 2002. We lost Dee Dee on June 5, 2002. Travis wrote to me: "To make a side note, he did not sound like a man that had a heroin problem, nor did he look like one. I don't believe a guy at his age could have performed the blistering set that he did on heroin or heroin withdrawal. Later proof came while Dee Dee sat next to me and ate a cheeseburger. Addicts don't generally eat a helluva lot."
Close to 18 years later, in May 2020, I got first photos of that last real show from Jake Coyner who attended that show at Pink E's. I added photos to my site and texts written by Coyner and Michaud. See photos and their texts here. (May 26, 2020).



- Peter Åstedt from Sweden informed me that he release on Cashbox radio show sound version of interview he did with Dee Dee Ramone in Örebro, Sweden in 2001. Radio interview is aired in May 12, 14, 16 and 17, 2020. See flyer in right.
Peter is from Sweden but online station is located in Toronto, Canada. I did listen first radio show. It started at 7PM (EST). Time difference from Toronto / Eastern Standard Time to Los Angeles is -2 hours, to New York +1 hour, to United Kingdom +6 hours, to France, Spain, Germany, Sweden +7 hours, to Finland +8 hours, to Tokyo +14 hours, to Sydney +15 hours etc.
Interview did happen before Dee Dee, drummer Chase Manhattan and guitarist Chris Martucci (Black) punkrocked at the Contan in Örebro on April 1, 2001. Peter wrote: "I remember you (Jari-Pekka) were in the room the whole interview. So tune in to hear it this week on Cashbox radio. Here is the flyer feel free to spread it."
So you can see dates (May 12-17) and dates in flyer in right: "It's the same show on all the dates, we do a rerun also since there is so many time differences, we do it on different times." So I was in same table when Dee Dee and Peter Åstedt did this interview. I has note on my first book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone that Peter asked some great questions in this interview and you can hear it also when you do listen that Cashbox radio show. In this interview Dee Dee Ramone and Peter Åstedt speak for example of End Of The Century album, Joey Ramone, Ramainz/Remains, art, his wife Barbara etc. etc.
Peter did play good selection of songs in this program. For example Dee Dee's solo songs Hop Around, I'm Zonked, Los Hombres and I Am Seeing UFOs (vocals by Joey Ramone), Ramones songs Poison Heart and We're A Happy Family, Joey Ramone's solo song Don't Worry About Me and Danny Says cover recorded by Swedish band Waver. That version was published in All Good Cretins Go To Heaven - A Tribute To The Ramones. (May 13, 2020).


- I've been running this my Ramones homepage since 1995 and I was promoting Dee Dee Ramone's shows in before he passed away on June 5, 2002. You can see most of Dee Dee's solo dates in 1999-2002 here. I put there now more photos. (May 13, 2020)


- Brent "Aldo" Alden of False Alarm etc. has been active in underground scene in Los Angeles, USA, already around 40 years. He is known for example as the bass player of LA punk band False Alarm. False Alarm started in 1982. Fat Mike of NOFX played in early False Alarm line-up. Band broke up few times and started again. Now False Alarm is not active.
I anyway want to mention some of Alden's Dee Dee Ramone and Joey Ramone related things. Dee Dee and his art and music partner Paul Kostabi painted cover of False Alarm's second album Fuck 'Em We'Ve All Ready (Now) Won! Kostabi has also played in False Alarm. Album got published in 2006 and re-issued in 2009 together with Youth Gone Mad album recorded in 2002. Dee Dee plays guitar and sing backvocals but also handled bass duties on Horror Hospital and sang vocals on songs False Alarm and Horror Hospital. There are many different releases of this album by Trend Is Dead! Records, Wanker Records, and Trash2001 Records including a pictureLP. These are final recordings Dee Dee ever did. As Paul Kostabi said to me (Jari-Pekka) in Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone book interview, Dee Dee didn't get to hear the finished Youth Gone Mad product. Album was released after Dee Dee became an angel.
Brent Alden run False Alarm Records that is released a split 7' single which A-side contains the Youth Gone Mad song Meatball Sandwich recorded in 1996 and it features Joey Ramone. The B-side has a False Alarm tune called Youth Gone Mad and it features Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys. Brent Alden opened recently Ebay account. He is selling for example 7' single that was released in January 2007. A-side is False Alarm with Cheetah Chrome (song Tell Me Who I Am) and B-side is Youth Gone Mad (Frog Man From Mars). Alden plays bass, Chrome lead guitar and Paul Kostabi rhythm guitar in Tell Me Who I Am. See Alden's Ebay items here.
Alden has compiled and created with his friends three Chaotic Reasoning compilations (Vol. 1-3). Chaotic Reasoning Vol. 3 include Youth Gone Mad Feat. Dee Dee Ramone song False Alarm and Furious George Feat. Joey Ramone song Gilligan. In photo in right you can see Shepard Fairey and Brent Alden at the Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition in 2012. Read more of exhibition here. (July 30, 2019)


More Dee Dee Ramone news in my archive.







TOMMY RAMONE:

- May 4, 2018, Tommy Ramone's (RIP 2014) final show as a Ramones drummer was at Johnny Blitz benefit event at CBGB's in New York, USA on May 4, 1978. So now it is 40 years of it (that day when I make this update). I did many interviews with Tommy Ramone especially to my 3rd book
Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. My 2nd book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone is sold-out. These questions are from it.
Jari-Pekka: What were your reasons behind your decison to leave the Ramones?
Tommy Ramone: I loved playing the drums and I loved all the live shows we did, but being on the road all the time, cooped up in vans, dressing rooms, hotel rooms was putting me in a major state of depression. In the recording studio I was free, creative and in control, on the road I was a confused and abused passenger. It felt as if I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I also felt I could be more productive helping them write songs and producing the records if I did not have to tour. I was thinking that if we got a good drummer to replace me, then that would be the best for everybody. That is what happened, and we went on to make Road To Ruin, Tommy told me.
Jari-Pekka: Did you help/ recommend to recruit Marky for your position as the Ramones drummer and did you actively take a roll in breaking Marky into the role as the new Ramones drummer?
Tommy Ramone: Marky was our top choice right from the start and he turned out perfect. He was enthusiastic and very cooperative. He had his own powerful style which was perfect for the direction the Ramones were taking at the time. I got on well with Marky and we went to work right away in developing a new sound. We combined Marky's style with a little bit of my style and came up with the great drums on the Road To Ruin album, Tommy told me. (May 4, 2018)



- There is a Tommy Ramone memorial concert at Toldi Klubban in Budapest, Hungary, on September 1, 2016. Tommy Ramone was born in Budapest on January 29, 1949. In this event at Toldi Klubban will be first shown End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones documentary and then will play the Ramones tribute band Romanes.
In this millennium Tommy Ramone visited few times in Hungary. He for example was the special guest of Hungarian Ramones Mania tribute band in concert at the Zöldpardon in Budapest, Hungary on July 3, 2008. Tommy was brought to Hungsry by Hungarian television channel RTL Klub as the only Hungarian member of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
And one special event was in November 2004... There was Ramones tribute concert by Hungarian ambassador to the USA in Washington, USA, and Tommy Ramone was a special guest. Read more of it here. (August 29, 2016)


More Tommy Ramone news in my archive.






MARKY RAMONE:

- I will explain now especially of Nick Cooper and his two books (Vergaene Glorie and Anarchist Anonymous), his upcoming book (I 'Heartbreak' The Ramones - The Life And Times Of The SpeedKings) and Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings. Nick Cooper (Nico Decock) was doing a lot of things with Marky Ramone especially because of Buckweeds and Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings in 2000-2004. Cooper was a singer-guitarist. I 'Heartbreak' The Ramones - The Life And Times Of The SpeedKings will be out on May 15, 2024.
- I have set up a collaboration with Earth Island Books (UK). The I 'Heartbreak' The Ramones - The Life And Times Of The SpeedKings book will be out in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German, Cooper wrote to me.
His publishing company is Hunt And Peck Publishing (BE). Book has around 475 pages and around 400 photos. I got an honor to write an foreword.
I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) explain here more of him. Nick Cooper born in Courtrai, Belgium in 1965, had music in his blood. Nick was made for a career in rock'N'roll. His mother looked like she belonged to the Ronettes. His father could have been in the Bee Gees. In 1978, Nick discovered punk music and instantly became captivated by the bands emerging from the vibrant NYC scene. It was during this time that he attended his first live performance by the Ramones, unknowingly setting the stage for a future encounter. Around 1980, Nick picked up a guitar and joined his first punk band.
Nick Cooper played in the Vergaene Glorie, -XXX- and Midnight Men before he met with Marky Ramone. Marky met Cooper during the Marky Ramone And The Intruders European tour in January, 2000. Cooper was playing then in the Buckweeds. Marky agreed to help Cooper and the Buckweeds out by providing his drumming services for their upcoming European tour. Marky and Buckweeds toured with The Huntingtons between August 25 - September 17, 2000. After that Marky recorded the song I Don't Wanna Grow Up with Buckweeds and Kloot Per W for the tribute album titled Ramones Tribute 1,2,3,4.... For the tribute album, the song was released under the name Marky Ramone Group. Marky Ramone, Nick Cooper and along with Buckweeds bassist Stevey Jay continued to write and perform music. Nick Cooper explains also of those things widely in his book The I 'Heartbreak' The Ramones - The Life And Times Of The SpeedKings.
Name got changed from Marky Ramone Group to Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings. The band in conjunction with White Jazz Records released their first album entitled No If's, And's Or But's! on November 19, 2001 in Europe. Later it was released in Japan, South America and North America.
Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings played a lot of shows. The last Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings show ever was at the Brick By Brick, San Diego, USA on January 17, 2003. Band was still active after that. Marky Ramone wrote to me in January 13, 2004, that there will be no next Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings tour until the new SpeedKings album comes out. Album was already recorded. BUT two months later (March 13, 2004) Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings announced that the band was split-up, even they were recorded an second album.
AND 20 years later (2024) Nick Cooper tells me:
- We will finish the album by 2025 (without Marky), wrote Nick.
Amazing news.
In this book you will extensively information and memories of Nick's childhood and early punk years and then how he became the singer, guitarist and babysitter of the Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame musician. The Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings also recorded many singles/EP's and toured the world.
- Clubs, squats and festivals hosted the band throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. The kids loved us but the critics spit out. Three years down the road to ruin, we hated each other's guts and called it quits. This is the story of what happened...., Nick explains.
- This coming of age story will appeal to all punkrock fans. It's all about the passion for music, what makes it shine and what makes it go down the drain. Ramones fans will love this book; Ramones haters will love it even more, Nick continue.
Nick's perspective is sometimes blunt, yet often filled with humor and grounded in reality. His outrageously funny anecdotes will make you piss your pants.
- I 'Heartbreak' The Ramones - The Life And Times Of The SpeedKings feels like a roadmovie and you are sucked in as one of the roadcrew. There is no holding back. You have been warned! The story may even be true!
Check out also Nick Cooper's two other books. Cooper and Ludo Halsberghe wrote together Vergaene Glorie that is sold a lot in Belgium and Holland. The first edition is in paperback and (limited edition) hardcover. The second edition is in both the green and the pink cover versions.
- It tells the story of myself and a friend who started a punk band in 1980 and then talks about all the bands I was in. Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings is in there too but only two chapters, Cooper told me.
Vergaene Glorie has also of course some photos related to Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings. Nick Cooper has also wrote the book Anarchist Anonymous about his time in the anarcho band called -XXX-. Group released The First Steps cassette in 1984 and now thanks to Nick Cooper there are also black and yellow vinyls of The First Steps. LP has 12 songs. They are originally recorded and mixed at Joke's Koeienverhuurbedrijf, Wormer, Netherlands in August 1984. Cooper was then 16-17 years old. Anarchist Anonymous book has 114 pages. Book contains the story of the band, lyrics and reviews of -XXX- and reproductions of the fanzines Nick Cooper (Nico Decock) published in the 80's. Zines has as well cartoons. Most of the texts are in Dutch but there is material also in English. You can buy many great books and records from https://www.huntandpeckbooks.com. (Updated: April 16, 2024)


- Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings (read more of band here) was active band in early 2000's. Band did a lot of shows all around the world in 2001-2003 and released singles/EP's, live release and studio album called No If's, And's Or But's (title was Legends Bleed in the USA). Read more of album here.
Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings recorded a live CD at the Wild At Heart Club in Berlin on December 31st, 2001. CD release was out in September, 2002, on Rawk-A-Hula Records! (13 songs). It was released with two different covers (white and black). See tracklisting here.
There will be a limited edition vinyl release more than 20 years later in January 2024. Title of LP version is Live In Berlin.
- Alive recordings will be released on limited edition in blue, white, red and gold. 100 copies only in blue, white and red. Only 50 copies available in gold vinyl. Gatefold sleeve / 180 grams vinyls, wrote Nick Cooper to me in October and November 2023.
Gatefold sleeve has more photos than CD release. Thanks Nick Cooper for including also a live (singing) photo of me.
Order LP's from Nick and his friend: www.huntandpeckmusicandbooks.shop / info@huntandpeckbooks.com . Get your 20 percentage discount when ordering multiple copies with a code ALIVE2024.
Scandinavian (North-Europe) customers, please order through Woimasointu Records / info@woimasointu.com.
CD versions has 13 songs. LP versions has 18 songs. Bonus live song is a Glad To See You Go. Also bonus songs are four songs from Rawk Over Scandinavia! 7'.
Woimasointu Records (Hannu Jokinen) published Rawk Over Scandinavia! in 2002. Nick re-sung four Ramones songs in four different Scandinavian languages. Those songs are included in LP version of this live release. These:
- Sheena Is A Norwegian Punkrocker (Ramones / lyrics translated in Norwegian by Andre Dahlmann).
- I Wanna Be Sedated In Sweden (Ramones / lyrics translated in Swedish by Kenneth Bergdahl).
- Rockaway Iceland (Ramones / lyrics translated in Iceland by Valgarour Guojonsson).
- Blitzkrieg Over Finland (Ramones / lyrics translated in Finnish by Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone and Sami "Severi" Kohtamäki). (Updated: November 4, 2023).



- I just found out information of 12' split maxi-single titled Weird Al Yankovic & Osaka Popstar: Beat On The Brat. It is Black Friday 2021 release. Original Osaka Popstar line-up plays in three live songs on B-side. Those Ramones songs Beat On The Brat, Blitzkrieg Bop and The KKK Took My Baby Away. Those three songs are from an live CDEP titled Rock'Em O-Sock'Em Live!. Line-up on those songs: John Cafiero on vocals, Marky Ramone on drums, Jerry Only (The Misfits etc.) on bass, Dez Cadena (Black Flag/ Ex-The Misfits) on guitar and Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids) on guitar. They released Osaka Popstar And The American Legends Of Punk album in 2006. Marky, Jerry, Dez and Ivan left soon Osaka Popstar. Read more of 12' split maxi-single Weird Al Yankovic & Osaka Popstar: Beat On The Brat here. (July 16, 2023)


- Marky Ramone, excellent and official Italian Ramones tribute band Wardogs and Italian DJ and punkrocker Andrea Rock created together Pet Sematary / I Don't Want To Grow Up 12' maxiEP / digital release for charity.
- Songs are physically printed on 12' vinyl in a limited edition. Release is also available on all major audio web platforms in digital format, told Sandro Mariuz.
Mariuz is Wardogs' guitarist. Read more of Pet Sematary / I I Don't Want To Grow Up 12' maxiEP here. Charity project named High Five For The Kids is a Ramones branded event to raise funds for the activities of the L'isola Che Non C'e Association. It was created to support children with disabilities through activities related to music.
Marky Ramone and Wardogs recorded one of the most famous Ramones songs Pet Sematary. Biggest difference in their version compared to original Ramones version is 25-30 seconds long guitar solo by Wardogs' Sandro Mariuz. That really works and comes as a bit surprise when listening a song. It is cheery.
- I decided to do a solo, to do something little different respecting always the Ramones' tradition. I Don't Want To Grow Up is more similar to the original, Sandro said.
Some parts Marky Ramone does play a bit more tight than in original version. I know Dee Dee Ramone and Daniel Rey would be happy of this version. Dee Dee and Daniel wrote original version to the Ramones.
Wardogs and Andrea Rock recorded I Don't Want To Grow Up together. Ramones covered I Don't Want To Grow Up for Adios Amigos album in 1995. An association that for years Andrea Rock, through the PGA (Punk Goes Acoustic) follows and supports through a large number of activities. The Wardogs' previous single was released in 2016. It has songs Go Mental and Dirt Off and an illustration on it is created by John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine etc.).
Also illustration of I Don't Want To Grow Up side of 12' maxiEP is created by John Holmstrom. Other artworks are by Luca Carraro. See cover artworks of both sides in right. Songs were recorded at Attitude Studio Milano and Bridge Studio Treviso.
- The mix and mastering are masterfully performed by Marino De Angeli who, with a touch of modernity, combined with the magic of Marky Ramone's (Pet Sematary) drumming, manages to revive once again the myth of the Ramones, tells Sandro Mariuz.
There were four events to support release and charity. Marky Ramone did DJ appearances and played some songs together with the Wardogs.
- Marky will be present in all the four events. We'll present the 12' maxi we recorded with Marky and he'll do the DJ sets, wrote Sandro Mariuz to me in advance.
- Marky played a set of songs with us, different in different shows: Pet Sematary, I Don't Want To Grow Up, Surfin Bird, R.A.M.O.N.E.S., I Don't Care and Teenage Lobotomy, Sandro wrote afterwards.
The Andead were an opening band for the Wardogs. Events were:
April 20, 2023: Estragon, Bologna, Italy.
April 21, 2023: Bottega 26, Poggibonsi, Italy.
April 22, 2023: Capitol, Pordenone, Italy.
April 23, 2023: Live Music Club, Trezzo Sull'Adda, Milan, Italy.
You got to see in these events also Henry Ruggeri's photograph exhibition and DJ Ringo. The Wardogs has earlier released Ramones' tribute/ cover album titled Raw & Dirty (2012) etc. Album has by Wardogs 20 covers of Ramones songs or songs that also Ramones covered and a song that Joey covered What A Wonderful World.
- Raw & Dirty Days is our personal tribute to the Ramones and we don't want to try to emulate them (it's impossible!!!). We tried to maintain album raw, Sandro Mariuz explained to me in 2012.
Bonus track in a album is Blitzkrieg Bop and it is a live version from a show that Marky Ramone played with Mariuz etc. under name Marky Ramone & Andead at Palaverde, Treviso, Italy on December 31, 2011. After song ended, it turned to 2012. Mariuz has organized in past many Ramones tribute events and Italian Ramones' 40th Anniversary Festival in Treviso, Italy in September 4-8, 2014. See photos of festival here. (Updated: June 17, 2023).


- Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg released a new single New York, New York in early December, 2022. Marky says the song and version being his love letter to the city. It is the theme song from the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York that was released in 1977. Song is composed by John Kander. Lyrics are written by Fred Ebb. It was written for and performed in the film by Liza Minnelli. It remains one of the best-known songs about New York City. Most famous version was recorded by Frank Sinatra for his album Trilogy: Past Present Future (1980).
Duration of Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg's version is 2.23 minutes. Duration of Liza Minnelli's version is 3.16 minutes and Frank Sinatra's version is 3.26. Marky produced version together with Rich Morales.
You can listen song on YouTube or on Spotify.
It was more than 10 years since Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg had released material. If And When single was published in 2011 and When We Were Angels in 2009. (Updated: February 15, 2023).



- There is two interesting music conference in Germany in July. Marky Ramone, Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick, PUNK! Magazine co-founder John Holmstrom and photographer George DuBose will speak of the Ramones in panel discussion in Dusselforf (one event) and Holmstrom and Melnick in Dusselforf and Berlin (two events).
- July 16, 2022: Me And All Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany (featuring Marky, DuBose, Melnick and Holmstrom). Event starts at 14:00 (2PM). That same day Marky Ramone Blitzkrieg have a show in Kulturbanausen Im Ratinger Hof in Dusseldorf.
- July 19, 2022: POSH Teckel, Berlin (featuring Monte A. Melnick and John Holmstrom). Event starts at 19:00 (7PM).
Discussion / Q&A event in Berlin is run by Ramones Museum Berlin founder Flo Hayler. Ramones Museum Berlin is still closed but it is great that Flo will run this event.
Monte A. Melnick was the Ramones tour manager in more than 2200 shows in 1974-1996. John Holmstrom is co-founder of the PUNK Magazine! and in a back-side of Ramones album Rocket To Russia you can see a cool cartoon illustration by Holmstrom etc. etc. George DuBose is man who photographed lot of promotional photos of the Ramones and who is photographed and designed over 300 album covers. Also he has released a great book entitled, I Speak Music - Ramones etc. etc. (July 2, 2022).


- Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg had to cancel and/or postpone European tour again. They are going to play 26 shows in Europe in June-July 22. They are going to play in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia Spain and Sweden. See all dates here (July 17, 2021).


- Bands Lucifer and Kadavar collaborate for a special vinyl split 7" single. Both bands have recorded a cover song. Single features Lucifer's take on the ferociously moody classic Pull Away/So Many Times which is the opening track of Dust's second and last album Hard Attack released in 1972. Many people think that Dust are considered one of the earliest heavy metal groups.
Marky Ramone (then Marc Bell) recorded two albums with Dust. He was only 16-17 year old by this time. Marky played of course drums and other players on this trio were bassist Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Bob Dylan) and Richie Wise (Later produced Kiss). Dust broke up in 1972. Read more of Dust here.
- We go back to the founding days of both bands where we shared the same scene. With our combined love for the deep cuts of the 60's and 70's we decided to cover two of our favorite songs together for a 7" single. We picked Marky Ramone's criminally underrated, glorious first band Dust. It is the first time that I duet together with our guitarist Linus Björklund and we had a blast recording it, told Lucifer's singer Johanna Platow Andersson.
In addition to Linus and Johanna, Lucifer's members are drummer Nicke Platow Andersson (aka Nick Royale of The Hellacopters etc.), guitarist Martin Nordin and bassist Harald Göthblad.
On the flipside Kadavar takes a bow to one of Britains most important guitar players, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, to cover the heavy The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown) which would be Green's last ever recorded track with the band.
You can watch here graphic video of Lucifer's version of Pull Away/So Many Times. The single will be physically available on March 19th, 2021 on Lucifer's own label Riding Reaper Records, as well as Kadavar's very own label Robotor Records. The 7" is limited to 1500 copies and comes in five different colors (black, red, orange, white and blue) along with different bundle package options that are now available for pre-order via the bands web stores: European Union and USA. (February 26, 2021).


- Marky Ramone's signature printed motorcycle shoulder bag was released in 2020. Bag is a collaboration product Marky did with the Tripp NYC and legendary Trash And Vaudeville.
Marky's signature is printed on the front and Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg logo on the back of the bag. Adjustable shoulder straps. Zipper closure on top. This is 100% vegan "leather". Fully lined. See more information of Marky Ramone's signature products here. (December 25, 2020)



- Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg had to postpone or cancel lot of shows due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of those shows were postponed from June-July (2020) to June-July 2021. Some shows were canceled but there are also new venues and cities in that tour.
If the coronavirus pandemic let Marky and his band tour in 2021, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg will play for example in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. See more details here. (December 13, 2020)


- Marky Ramone is doing in three days in Texas, USA, event that has screening of Ramones related Rock'N'Roll High School movie and Q&A. First is an exclusive screening of movie and it is followed by an intimate Q&A with Marky himself. Every ticket guarantees a photo with Marky as well as an autograph. Events are:
March 12, 2020: EVO Entertainment, San Marcos, TX, USA.
March 13, 2020: EVO Entertainment, Kyle, TX, USA.
March 14, 2020: EVO Entertainment Schertz, Schertz, TX, USA. (March 6, 2020)



- Marky Ramone is doing with his band extensive tour in Europe in June-July. There are shows in Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK, Ireland, Poland, Macedonia, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Spain. See dates here. (March 5, 2020)


- Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg punkrock full show at the 7th annual Rock Against MS benefit concert and award show on March 30, 2019. Rock Against MS is at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Rock Against MS Foundation is currently focused on a brick and mortar facility they will call The Rock House, is in the planning stages, offering free support groups, integrative therapies, creative and educational workshops to all those whose lives have been affected by MS designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS. Read more here. (March 19, 2019)


More Marky Ramone news in my archive.









RICHIE RAMONE:

- Jeffrey Ross Hyman became Joey Ramone in 1974. Now his brother Mickey Leigh celebrate 50th years of Joey Ramone when he organize Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. Mickey (and also earlier mother Charlotte Lesher) are organized Birthday Bash every year since 2001.
Also this year there appears many great musicians and bands. They include Richie Ramone, Steve Conte of the New York Dolls etc., Jiro (Okabe), Sic F*cks, Gobshites etc. MC's include Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick and John Holmstrom. Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is at the Bowery Electric in New York, USA on May 19, 2024. Age limit is 21 years. (March 16, 2024).


- World lost drummer Chris Moye who played in Richie Ramone's band more than 3,5 years. His fiancee Morgan Miller confirmed me in late December that Chris passed away in Katy, Texas on December 26, 2023. She wrote me that Chris was born on July 5, 1985. So world lost Chris at the age of 38. He played also in other bands like Spunk. Also Chris had played a show only some hours before he died.
First show Chris Moye played with Richie was at the Basement in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 5, 2020. Then with them played as well bassist Clare MissTake and guitarist Glenn Gilbert. Last show was at the Teatro Cariola in Santiago, Chile on December 2, 2023. Bassist was Clare and guitarist Txory Goni. I attended that show and five other shows in that tour in South America. We had a great after party after that last show in tour.
Next day Chris, Richie, Clare and me had a great feelings and laughs in Santiago's (Chile) airport and we said "see you soon in 2024" when we were returning back to our countries (USA and Finland). Chris was a person who was always in happy feelings and cheering other people and he had time for everyone. There is a big amount of hours we got to speak in hotels, venues and cars while traveling etc. I updated to my Facebook 30 photos in memory of Chris. See photos here. I ever saw him being in bad mood. You can certainly see through those photos how he was as a person. Those photos are from Edinburgh (UK, 2022), Leeds (UK, 2022), Santiago (Chile, 2022), Sao Paulo (Brazil, 2023), Londrina (Brazil, 2023), Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2023), Solano / Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2023), Quilpue (Chile, 2023) and Santiago (Chile, 2023). Photos are not in "time order." Thanks Chris. R.I.P. (Updated: January 13, 2024)



- Richie Ramone, Clare Misstake, Chris Moye and Txory Goni toured in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile in November-December 2023. There were eight dates in Brazil, two in Argentina, one in Uruguay and three in Chile. See dates here. Argentinean Txory Goni played the first show in Richie's band at the Centor Cultural Martin Cerere in Goiania, Brazil on November 10, 2023.
Txory Goni told me they had practised five days in Mexico before this tour and Ronnie Simmons had helped him. He said this tour is like he is living his dream. We will see if Ronnie Simmons continue in the band or if he only skip this tour in South America in 2023?
- Yes, I have been busy working in Australia with Rose Tattoo but hopefully I'm available for the next South American tour!, Ronnie Simmons wrote to me.
Band is promoting Richie's third solo album Live To Tell. Album was released on April 21, 2023.
Only 3,5 weeks after this tour world lost Chris Moye. He passed away on December 26, 2023. (Updated: December 28, 2023)


- Richie Ramone wrote his book titled I Know Better Now: My Life Before, During, And After The Ramones together with Peter Aaron. Book was released in English on November 27, 2018. Richie Ramone informed in late August, 2023, that book is coming out in Spanish soon.
Release date of Spanish edition I Know Better Now: My Vida Antes, Durante Y Despues De Ramones is on November 21, 2023. Publisher of Spanish edition is Pinhead Press (Pinhead Records). Version has 336 pages.
There are an meet and greet book signing events in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Chile (Santiago).
Buenos Aires: Strummer Bar at 18.00 on November 27, 2023.
Santiago: Que Leo / The Knife Music at 16.00 on November 29, 2023.
Richie Ramone, Clare MissTake, Chris Moye and Txory Goni tour in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile in November-December. See dates here. (Updated: November 26, 2023)



- Release date of Richie Ramone's third solo album Live To Tell was on April 21, 2023. Richie released second video (Suffocate) of it on October 30, 2023. See Suffocate here. First video (Cry Little Sister) was published one year earlier on November 1, 2022. Check out video of Cry Little Sister here.
- Suffocate is a really hardcore song, feeling like you know I'm in a straight jacket, I am trying to find self love, it's about self love. I always like be myself father and try to do that. The words were made by a woman called you Julifer Day. A friend of mine. She wrote those lyrics and Old Ways lyrics, Richie Ramone told me in 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Richie's third solo album Live To Tell has 12 songs. Labels of Live To Tell are Livewire / Cargo Records and Outro Records. Live To Tell got published as a CD, LP and digital. Read a lot of details of Live To Tell from here. (November 7, 2023)


- Release date of Richie Ramone's third solo album Live To Tell was on April 21, 2023. Richie's first solo album is Entitled (2013) and second Cellophane (2016).
Live To Tell has 12 songs. Read a lot of details of Live To Tell from here. Labels of Live To Tell are Livewire / Cargo Records and Outro Records. Live To Tell got published as a CD, LP and digital. Buy LP from here (Outro Records) and CD from here (Cargo Records). Outro Records release clear vinyl (signed and limited to 250 copies) and black vinyl.
Richie Ramone plans to support the release (Live To Tell) with a South American tour in October, 2023, and with European dates to follow in November 2023. See information of Richie Ramone's shows here on my Ramones page. (May 28, 2023).



- Ronnie Simmons is an Australian-born, Los Angeles based, guitarist. Ronnie is rocking in Richie Ramone's band. Ronnie told me of his upcoming solo record. Album comes out in 2023. It has 15 songs and Richie Ramone plays drums in most of the songs on it and Chris Moye in few. Also Chris Moye is in Richie's band. He play drums when Richie is singing in front of the stage at live.
Ronnie Simmons first show in Richie Ramone's band was on April 22, 2016. After him guitarist was Glenn Gilbert. Gilbert's last shows with Richie Ramone, Clare MissTake and Chris Moye were in Europe in March 2020. Ronnie returned to Richie's band in late 2021.
Ronnie Simmons is born on August 26, 1988, and he is also member of the Faster Pussycat and Rose Tattoo. (February 28, 2023).


- Richie Ramone is one actor in Friday The 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines horror movie (2022, Newton To Newton Productions) and that was one main reason why he was interviewed for Zompire Horde Podcast on Valentine's Eve on February 14, 2023. You can listen one hour long podcast also afterwards, click here. Read more of Friday The 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines movie here on my site.
Movie is sequel to Friday The 13th Vengeance (2019). Friday The 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines was published on YouTube on October 7, 2022. You can watch 108 minutes long movie here. Friday The 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines is written and directed by Jason Brooks. As I said, read more of movie here on my site. (February 15, 2023).



- Richie Ramone is one guest at the TerrorFest 2022. It is at The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center in Conroe, TX, USA on December 17-18, 2022. This is first horror convention in Conroe. TerrorFest is produced by Silverback Events. Other celebrities include Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath and Dio), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Robert Mukes (actor), Oliver Robins (writer, director, actor) etc.
Press release tells: "People can act in a real film with famous celebrities from popular horror films you grew up loving! Our Battle Of The Bands takes place on a professional stage with optimal sound and lighting. The competing bands are judged by famous rock stars and the production is filmed in 4k. Locals are able to completely submerge themselves in our unique Christmas-themed horror convention. There will also be a Costume Contest, Selfie Stations, Escape Rooms, Haunted House, Celebrity signings, Gaming Room, Special FX Workshops, Macabre Artists, Vendors, and much more."
Visit TerrorFest Convention site here. (December 14, 2022)


- Richie Ramone completed a digital and 7' single: Not Afraid / Cry Little Sister in spring 2022. More details here. Richie did show to me and Pia video of Cry Little Sister song in Edinburgh, UK, in September, 2022. World premiere of video is on YouTube on October 31, 2022 (Halloween night). Check out really cool video here. Richie Ramone is on it Vampire King. That is also official video for the film Protege Moi. Release date of Protege Moi is also October 31, 2022.
Robbie Lopez is a director and writer of the Protege Moi. It is action, adventure and horror movie. Here is an introduction text: "Medieval Vampire Horror on a Planet Ruled over by the Vampire King worlds oldest and most cruel vampire, his chained female servants terrorize as Soelene the outcast finds mortal love taking care of her sick human Mother."
See Protege Moi trailer here. Richie Ramone's character name is Vampire King. Movie is also starred with actors like Dave Sheridan, Felissa Rose, Chris Wolfe, Masuimi Max and Tamara Glynn. As I said, release date of Cry Little Sister video and of Protege Moi movie is October 31, 2022. (Updated: October 29, 2022)



- Richie Ramone will play together with Clare Misstake, Ronnie Simmons and Chris Moye in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala in November-December in 2022. Show in Uruguay got canceled but there is now two shows in Londrina (Brazil) as is also in Santiago (Chile). See details here. (Updated: October 23, 2022)


- Richie Ramone is one actor in Friday The 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines horror movie (2022, Newton To Newton Productions).
- Having recently gotten into acting, Richie Ramone shows his talents go far beyond music and shows his abilities as an amazing actor as well. We are beyond honored to Richie and his new music in our film, is written in promo material.
New movie is sequel to Friday The 13th Vengeance (2019). Friday The 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines was published on YouTube on October 7, 2022. You can watch
108 minutes long movie here or you can support movie makers and buy movie and material related to it.
Friday The 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines is written and directed by Jason Brooks. Story is by Jason Brooks (writer) and Kim Terreson (co-writer). In this movie Elias Voorhees (C.J. Graham) is back and has plans for his undead son Jason Voorhees (Jason Brooks) that involve bringing an end to the Jarvis family once and for all. Lot of blood and murders.
Richie Ramone can be seen for the first time after 47 minutes of watching. Richie Ramone is the touring musician who gets wrapped up in the events around Camp Crystal Lake as they pass through town. Road got closed and Richie was waiting to get to venue with his band (people are other than who are in his real life band). After a while you can see them again in this film and later Richie Ramone hit drum stick for Jason Voorhees eye. Jason still continue walking...
Richie Ramone is kind of hero who help to rescue people etc. You can see that in around after 60 minutes of watching. But Richie dies in this Friday The 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines movie.
You can hear in this movie / soundtrack Richie Ramone's solo career songs I Fix This (written by Richie Ramone / Ben Reagan) and Braggadocio (Richie Ramone / Adam Bones). Other songs include Pamela Moore's Sickness and Charlie Ryan's Annihilator.
Movie is also starred with actors like Tamara Glynn, C.J. Graham, Thom Mathews, Darcy DeMoss, Tammie Smith and Kelly Tappan. Richie Ramone and Tamara Glynn are both also in YouthQuake that is a family film adventure rooted in Greek Mythology and wrapped in the challenges and conflicts of modern day politics and religion. YouthQuake is expected to be released on August 12, 2022. (Updated: October 21, 2022)



- I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) met with Richie Ramone in Great Britain in September, 2022. We did an interview and he did mention great news of audio book version of the I Know Better Now: My Life Before, During, And After The Ramones.
- I'll be doing audio book in October, 2022. I'll be reading tbe whole book to fans, with my own voice which is gonna be really special. I think reading will be a lot of fun and I can add little jokes in there that goes along, told Richie to me in September, 2022.
Read more of I Know Better Now: My Life Before, During And After here. Richie wrote this book together with Peter Aaron.
I told Richie in Edinburgh (2022) how his book is really honest and open-minded. For example Marky Ramone doesn't speak in his book of his bands like The SpeedKings, The Misfits and Osaka Popstar. I recommend you to read Richie's book.
- When you read my book, it is like we are sitting together at the bar and I am telling stories. Because I am speaking very short sentences. I don't have long sentences, so it sounds like me. When you are doing autobiography the writer has to understand your voice. Have to understand how you speak, Richie Ramone underlined in September, 2022. (October 7, 2022)


- Richie Ramone will play with Clare Misstake, Ronnie Simmons and Chris Moye nine shows in September, 2022, in the West Coast in the USA. Support band is Go Betty Go. This tour is before Richie's tour in United Kingdom and Ireland in same month (September). See dates here.
USA (West Coast) dates:
September 1, 2022: The Funhouse, Seattle, WA, USA.
September 2, 2022: High Water Mark, Portland, OR, USA.
September 3, 2022: Black Sheep Pub, Ashland, OR, USA.
September 4, 2022: Goldfield Trading Post, Sacramento, CA, USA.
September 5, 2022: Ivy Room, Albany, CA, USA.
September 6, 2022: Full Circle Brew, Fresno, CA, USA.
September 7, 2022: Cold Crush, Lancaster, CA, USA.
September 8, 2022: Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa, CA, USA.
September 9, 2022: The Paramount, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Richie Ramone played with his band 24 shows in East Coast USA in March-April, 2022. See dates of all tours since 2010 here. (April 23, 2022)



- Richie Ramone will play with Clare Misstake, Ronnie Simmons and Chris Moye 10 shows in United Kingdom and Ireland in September, 2022. See dates here.
Richie Ramone and his band had to cancel / postpone many shows they planned to do in Europe in 2020. They got to play 10 shows in March 5-15, 2020 until they had to stop because of covid-19. Richie and his band planned to play in many countries in Europe in 2022 but in the end they do only play in UK and Ireland (in Europe).
- Those are the only Europe dates I am doing this year. We have an extensive European tour planned for next year (2023) as well as a new album coming out, wrote Richie Ramone to me on April, 20, 2022.
September 13, 2022: The Workman's Cellar, Dublin, Ireland.
September 14, 2022: Dolan's, Limerick, Ireland.
September 15, 2022: Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland.
September 16, 2022: Mike The Pies, Listowel, Ireland.
September 17, 2022: The Deer's Head, Belfast, UK.
September 18, 2022: Bannerman's Bar, Edinburgh, UK.
September 20, 2022: The Constitutional, Leeds, UK.
September 21, 2022: Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, UK.
September 22, 2022: Real Time Live, Chesterfield, UK.
September 23, 2022: The Black Heart, London, UK.
Richie Ramone played with his band 24 shows in East Coast USA in March-April, 2022, and there are going to be also West Coast USA tour in summer 2022. See dates here. (April 20, 2022)


- Richie Ramone recently completed a new digital and 7' single: Not Afraid / Cry Little Sister. Outro Records published it. Cover song Cry Little Sister (check out video of song here) is from the movie Protege Moi. Robbie Lopez is a director and writer of the Protege Moi. It is action, adventure and horror movie. Here is an introduction text: "Medieval Vampire Horror on a Planet Ruled over by the Vampire King worlds oldest and most cruel vampire, his chained female servants terrorize as Soelene the outcast finds mortal love taking care of her sick human Mother."
See Protege Moi trailer here. Richie Ramone's character name is Vampire King. Movie is also starred with actors like Dave Sheridan, Felissa Rose, Chris Wolfe, Masuimi Max and Tamara Glynn. Release date of Protege Moi is October 31, 2022. Richie Ramone and Tamara Glynn are both in YouthQuake that is a family film adventure rooted in Greek Mythology and wrapped in the challenges and conflicts of modern day politics and religion. YouthQuake is expected to be released on August 12, 2022. (April 19, 2022)



- Richie Ramone recently completed a new digital and 7' single: Not Afraid / Cry Little Sister. Outro Records published it along with a cover of Cry Little Sister (from the movie Protege Moi). Check out video of song here.
You can buy it from Outro Records or from streaming platforms.
- This first single from his upcoming album proves he refuses to fit in anyone's box. As he continues to push himself as an artist, we are the fortunate ones who get to sit back and enjoy RocknRoll history being created by a legitimate RocknRoll legend!, tells Outro Records' staff.
There is two versions of 7' single: 1) black vinyl and 2) the limited orange vinyl (only 300 pressed) with sleeve signed by Richie.
Single was released before Richie Ramone's tours. Richie, bassist Clare Misstake, guitarist Ronnie Simmons and drummer Chris Moye started an tour in the USA (March-April, 2022) and then are dates in Europe in August-September (2022). See dates here.
Song is written by Marc Diamond (The Dwarves). Richie tells of Not Afraid in The Houston Press's article by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
- It's (Not Afraid) not really about covid. This song, first of all, was written by Marc Diamond from The Dwarves. I was on tour with them two years ago or three years ago and I said: "Marc, you've gotta write me a song," and finally he wrote me this song. It really had nothing to do with covid but I loved the lyric in it and it sounds great. Not many people write songs for me and I was really pleased that somebody wrote me a complete song that I could lyrically make my own, tells Richie Ramone in The Houston Press's article.
AC Rock Reviews writes following of new single Not Afraid / Cry Little Sister: "Too often do you see old school musicians sticking to the same path and not pushing the boat out as much as they should. But, this new single from Richie Ramone is not like that at all. Both these songs sound fresh, energetic, catchy and distinct in their attention stealing presence. The level of enthusiasm and cutting edge energy in this song could easily fool you into believing this was released by a new up and coming band, instead of a pioneer of the punk genre."
This is a first single from Richie Ramone in close to four years as The Last Time single was released by Outro Records on iTunes on April 19, 2018: click here to buy it / listen the sample.
So single was released by Outro Records.
- Outro Records will definitely be releasing the next Richie Ramone album on vinyl, wrote Steve Pilace of Outro records.
DC-Jam Records has published CD and LP versions of Richie Ramone's both earlier solo albums Entitled and Cellophane (2016). (Update: April 5, 2022)


- Richie Ramone will first do an tour in the USA in March-April (2022) and then in Europe in August-September (2022). There are shows in the USA for example in Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Haven, New York and Worcester. There are 24 shows. Public Nature will be a support band in 17 shows, Amo and Dano in three shows and Jarett Adloff Band in four shows. See all dates here.
Then later drummer-singer Richie Ramone, bassist Clare Misstake, guitarist Ronnie Simmons and drummer Chris Moye arrives to Europe.
- Our Euro Tour starts August 11th, 2022, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Let's hope Covid behaves itself!, wrote Richie Ramone to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) on February 2, 2022.
Richie also told me that Ronnie Simmons is back in band. First show Simmons had in Richie's band was on April 22, 2016. After him guitarist was Glenn Gilbert. Gilbert's last shows with Richie, Clare and Chris were in Europe in March 2020 until covid-19 stopped touring. So now line-up is Richie Ramone, Clare Misstake, Chris Moye and Ronnie Simmons. (March 3,2022)



- Richie Ramone hosts punk rock storytime at bookstore at Joseph Sheridan's Village Works in New York, USA on February 5, 2022. Sheridan's independent shop exclusively sells books from New York-based authors. The East Village cultural hub also showcases and sells the work of emerging artists. Address is 90 E 3rd St Suite B, New York, NY 10003, USA.
Event starts at 1PM on February 5, 2022. Richie will read The Unauthorized Biography - Ramones, that is a picture book for fans of all ages to children ages 8 through 10. The Unauthorized Biography - Ramones is a book by Soledad Romero Marino with illustrations by Joe Padilla. So it is an all-age look at a rock band that defined a generation. It is a book for those parents who want to introduce their early readers to the group.
Many of the Ramones are familiar with I Know Better Now: My Life Before, During And After the Ramones book. Richie wrote this book together with Peter Aaron. (February 1, 2022)


- Richie Ramone will first do an tour in the USA in March-April (2022) and then in Europe in August-September (2022). There are shows in the USA for example in Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Haven, New York and Worcester. There are 24 shows. Public Nature will be a support band in 17 shows, Amo and Dano in three shows and Jarett Adloff Band in four shows. See all dates here.
Then later drummer-singer Richie Ramone, bassist Clare Misstake, guitarist Ronnie Simmons and drummer Chris Moye arrives to Europe.
- Our Euro Tour starts August 11th, 2022, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Let's hope Covid behaves itself!, wrote Richie Ramone to me on February 2, 2022.
Richie also told me that Ronnie Simmons is back in band. First show Simmons had in Richie's band was on April 22, 2016. After him guitarist was Glenn Gilbert. Gilbert's last shows with Richie, Clare and Chris were in Europe in March 2020 until covid-19 stopped touring. (March 3, 2022)



- Richie Ramone is one guest at the New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival on November 12-14, 2021. Event is at the Showboat Hotel. Address is 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA. He was asked to New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival event as a member of the Ramones and because of Cabin Fever 2. Richie Ramone's version of Somebody Put Something In My Drink is in the Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever movie and soundtrack.
Opening hours:
Friday November 12th 2021: 5PM-11PM.
Saturday November 13th 2021: 10AM-7PM.
Sunday November 14th, 2021: 10AM-5PM.
Other guests include Tamara Glynn, Felissa Rose, Dave Sheridan, Tyler Mane, Naomi Grossman, Danny Pintauro, Mark Holton etc. etc. (October 15, 2021).


- Guitarist Glenn Gilbert played first shows in Richie Ramone's band on March 14, 2018. Shows were that day in the USA: in Bethlehem, PA, and in Easton, PA. Last shows Gilbert played with Richie were in Europe in March, 2020, until covid-19 stopped touring. He has no chance to play in Richie's band anymore. Gilbert wrote in Fall 2021:
- Richie Ramone is a friend, a good guy and someone who showed me the world. I am leaving his band a better musician than when I joined and I met the love of my life on tour with him. His music is amazing and his setlist is impeccable. Catch him on tour if you can!, Gilbert told. (October 15, 2021).



- Richie Ramone and his band had to postpone tour they planned to do in the USA in October-November, 2021. Richie wrote in early September: "Hey everyone, due to the current spike in Covid cases, the band and I feel that it is best to postpone the tour till March. We just don't feel right about putting our fans in harms way unnecessarily. Be safe and keep an eye out for some new music coming soon. Peace, Richie Ramone."
Richie Ramone and his band had to cancel / postpone many shows they planned to do in Europe in 2020. They got to play 10 shows in March 5-15, 2020 until they had to stop because of covid-19. Richie and his band hope to play again in Europe in 2022. They want to play in some same clubs again. These are venues, cities and countries where they hope to punkrock. (September 3, 2021).


- The Midwest Monster Film Fest is the horror film festival and pop culture covention on September 3-5, 2021. Festival is in the Quad Cities area (USA), which consists of Moline & Rock Island of Illinois, and Davenport & Bettendorf of Iowa, along the mighty Mississippi River. It is open to the public, and local patrons are encouraged to attend. This year's guest include Richie Ramone.
Organizers says their goal is to provide a showcase for indie filmmakers who will have the opportunity to have their work seen and appreciated by fellow horror lovers, scored by a panel of judges where the top films win an award, as well as the chance to network with others in the field. The film festival takes place on September 3-4 2021, during the second annual Midwest Monster Fest horror convention, held at The Rust Belt in East Moline, IL. This three day event features celebrity guests and panel discussions, an fx competition, a cosplay contest, vendors galore, an awards ceremony for the winning filmmakers, and an after party to celebrate the fest. This year's guests include in addition to Richie Ramone C.J. Graham, Linnea Quigley, Thom Matthews, Rob Mello, Marc Price, Clint Howard..... (August 15, 2021)



- As I told in March, 2021, Indy PopCon is at the Indiana Convention Center, Indiana, USA, on July 9-11, 2021, and Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone will be guests there in those three days: "Our convention is an opportunity for fans of popular culture to gather and celebrate their hobbies and interact with other fans. With attendees expected to enjoy a culture of comic books, video games, science fiction, and entertainment, and a total fan experience. Music is one of our genres that hasn't often been featured well, so this July we are turning the volume all the way up to 10! Please welcome both Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone from the Ramones to PopCon Indy 2021! We couldn't be more excited to bring in legends. Get your tix to meet them July 9-11, 2021", is written in newsletter. More details here.
So Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone will be guests there in those three days (July 9-11) and they are in some 10-20 minutes long panel interviews. See schedules here.
You also has a chance to grab a photo with them by professional photographer. Photo with CJ Ramone cost US$$ and with Richie Ramone also US$$. Details are: "One photo op ticket is good for two adults and up to three children under 16 in the same photo with the celebrity guest(s). You will receive one 8x10" print and a digital download of your photo op. Session times can be referenced on the photo op schedule. The schedule is released approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the event." You can ticket to photo session here. (Update: July 6, 2021)


- Positive Motion Pictures produces and distributes positivity and uplifting films and content. Positive Motion Produces was created late 2020 by industry pros.
They are working with TV series Rivals. Casting is/was in May 2021. Richie Ramone was chosen to cast. Cast include also Hector David Jr, Tamara Glynn and Alexa Ketchum. All four are also in the cast of YouthQuake that is a family film adventure rooted in Greek Mythology and wrapped in the challenges and conflicts of modern day politics and religion. (May 21, 2021)



- YouthQuake is a family film adventure rooted in Greek Mythology and wrapped in the challenges and conflicts of modern day politics and religion. Casting began in January, 2021, Richie Ramone star in this family film adventure. YouthQuake filming started in late March, 2021.
Richie Ramone's role name is Ody. Other people in cast include for example Tamara Glynn (known from Halloween 5), Hector David Jr., Sofia Lauren, Gigi Leighton, Alexa Ketchum, Gabriella Estabrook, Kiley Opsal, Gianna Angela, Mike McRobert and Kevin Siegelbaum YouthQuake is written by Dominic Giannetti. Giannetti is also executive producer. (March 31, 2021)


- Finnish guitarist god Alexi Laiho died due to complications from unspecified "long-term health issues" in late December 2020. Date is not confirmed. He was only 41 years old. Singer-guitarist Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children Of Bodom (name was first IneartheD) in 1993. Children Of Bodom became famous melodic death metal band and they sold some million records. Alexi Laiho received widespread acclaim for his guitar work. In 2009, Laiho was voted the best metal guitarist in the world by the readers of Guitar World magazine.
The Children Of Bodom split up after 26 years in 2019. After Children of Bodom Laiho founded the act Bodom After Midnight. Alexi Laiho had also other bands like Sinenergy and a side-project trio called Kylähullut together with Vesku Jokinen of Finnish punk band Klamydia and Tonmi Lillman of Sinergy / Lordi.
Children Of Bodom covered the opening track Somebody Put Something In My Drink of the Ramones album Animal Boy. Song is written by Richie Ramone.
- Another very talented musician, gone too soon. I never got to meet Alexi Laiho personally, but I really enjoyed his interpretation of Somebody Put Something In My Drink. Godspeed..., wrote Richie Ramone to me on January 5, 2020.
I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) had played Children Of Bodom's version of Somebody Put Something In My Drink to Richie long time ago and I wanted to inform him of Laiho's passing.
I did interview with Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho to my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone. It was great surprise to hear this news of their cover version in 2002 and also how enthusiastic Alexi Laiho was when I spoke of their version with him in 2003. Listen their version here or here.
- The original version of Somebody Put Something In My Drink contains such megacool vocals, sounds proper woozy amusement. Also lyrics are great, like the whole song. Somehow in those words everything is just good going, and sometimes you also have a similar feeling in real life, tells Alexi Laiho in my book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
Somebody Put Something In My Drink is B-side of Children Of Bodom's You're Better Off Dead! single which quickly gone gold in Finland in 2002. It is included also to Children Of Bodom's compilation cover album titled Skeletons In The Closet (2009). Their death metal version of this song is a pretty different kind of blitzkrieg than what the Ramones did, but it seems to work really, really well.
- It was great for our single to do such a cover which our group of fans didn't expect. I think our version was a success. We don't try to be too tricky, but we do the wholeness of the tune quite straight. My vocals came pretty naturally, considering that I don't sing in clear voice, told Alexi Laiho to me in 2003.
Children Of Bodom also played song from time to time at live. Here are some more comments that Alexi Laiho tells in my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
- I got to know Ramones, when my older sister was fan of them. It happen in late 1980's when I was younger than 10 years old, so I've liked the Ramones since I was a small brat. Of course I didn't understand anything of punk at that age, but music sounded cool. My favourites are the records from the 1980's like Brain Drain. As a musician I've been fascinated especially of it how Johnny Ramone forms chords, playing downward strokes with his right hand, told Alexi Laiho to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) in 2003. (January 5, 2020).



- Richie Ramone is doing a new record... I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) got an excellent surprise call. Richie Ramone called me for 20 minutes as he wanted to gongralute me of 25th Anniversary of my site Ramonesheaven.com. We spoke of many things.
Richie's first solo album is Entitled (2013) and second solo album is Cellophane (2016).
Jari-Pekka: You did mention for me great news that you are writing new songs and album.
Richie: I have a lot of good new songs. This album is probably gonna be darker than my first two records, it's just gonna be dark. It's just where my mind is at. It's just like: "Help me, I'm falling, I'm drowning!" - that's the kind of record this is gonna be, Richie told me.
Jari-Pekka: You has dark feelings...
Richie: Yea, so that's how I'm feeling it. "I'm drowning, there's weight" and that's what this record is gonna be. But it's gonna be punkrock and it's gonna be hardcore and it's gonna be "In Your Face!" I have a great hardcore song that I did when we were in Germany, Richie did continue. (November 25, 2020)


- Richie Ramone wrote about Headcheese The Movie and told it is a fun flick! It is directed by Robbie Lopez. It is 70 minutes long. Background details tells: "Join Richie Ramone from the iconic punk band The Ramones as he is stuck in a small town surrounded by hillbillies, flesh eating trolls, a obsessed waitress, a goofy Sheriff and Deputy with itchy trigger finger."
Headcheese The Movie is also starring Jeff Vaughn and Chris Stimac. Supporting actors are Mark Dodson, Robbie Lopez, Doug Todd, Ben Ulrich, Adam Fletcher and Alyssia Paige. Genres of movie are comedy and horror. People who are watch this wrote comments: "The characters are so over the top, yet down to earth. I grew up in a small town in Texas and knew several people just like this. It was that throwback to the 80's horror movies that I loved. Great time for a good laugh and easy to follow." and "If you are into cheesy "horror" films this is for you. The chef with the apron and Richie are great!" (August 7, 2020)



- Richie Ramone sent a message on June 23, 2020, that he is supporting SHARE! project to end the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, USA. Richie did video you can see here. He tells on it for example: "Since I moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago, the homeless situation has gone worse, worse and worse."
Then Richie tells of the impact of covid-19 and he continues: "I want to do something and I want all you to help out too. SHARE!, we find housing for the homeless in LA, immediately housing, collaborative housing. We really need you to donate now 'cause so many more people are on the street than ever before. Text: sharelove to 243725 and donate today.", Richie tells.
So please join Richie and text sharelove to 243725 and donate. To people living outside of the USA, here are ways to do payment to SHARE!.
Here are links to some news I found of homeless situation in Los Angeles: CBS News and Los Angeles Times. (June 23, 2020)


- There was Virtual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2020. Because of coronavirus there were no permission to organize live music event in New York in May 2020 (and for many months ahead that is forbidden).
One highlight in Virtual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was video Richie Ramone did one day earlier with Steve Fiddleboy Miller. Richie sang and Miller did play guitar and sang backvocals.
Look great video here.
They recorded video in countryside. Video and music has country and rock elements. It is medley of songs. First Richie Ramone and Steve Fiddleboy Miller are doing Howlin' At The Moon that was written and recorded by Hank Williams. It rose to #3 on the country singles chart in 1951. Then video and their performance jump to Ramones song Somebody Put Something In My Drink. And then to another Ramones song: Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La).
- The medley seemed like a natural, as Ramones and Hank Williams both recorded songs called Howling At The Moon. So, sandwiching that with Somebody Put Something In My Drink (one of Richie's songs) just seemed to fit, wrote Steve Fiddleboy Miller to me in June 21, 2020.
So you can see great video here. Miller has a long history and friendship with Richie Ramone.
- Played with Richie Ramone in a couple bands before he joined the Ramones, and have stayed good friends ever since, told Miller.
He is multi-instrumentalist, touched by the influences of several music genres. I asked from Miller what are those old bands. Is one The Velveteens?
- Met Richie when he replaced a drummer that wanted to play guitar in a band called Whiteboys. Over maybe over the course of two years, personnel changed until we stayed a three piece. We rehearsed a couple blocks from there Capitol Theater, and remember having a heck of a time finding parking the night The Who played there. The band just sort of faded, not making any headway, Steve Fiddleboy Miller wrote to me in June 21.
Then Miller started a band called Ambulance.
- Richie agreed to fill in as drummer until we could find a permanent one. He was already playing with a couple other bands by that time. Did record a couple tunes that were released cassette only. There was renewed interest in Ambulance. So I put together a CD of some old and new stuff - two tunes, Richie did the drumming on, Miller did mention.
Richie Ramone tells in his book I Know Better Now: My Life Before, During, And After The Ramones (2018) that those Ambulance songs are Tonight and Believe In You. CD is titled Planet You and you can buy it here. You can also buy and listen separate tracks: Believe in You and Tonight. They were recorded circa 1979-1980. In his book Richie for example mention following of Miller:
- In early 1978, I saw and ad in the Aquarian for an originals-only band in the Bloomfield/Montclair area called Whiteboys, who were looking for a drummerm and I went to try out. Most of their songs were written by Steve Miller, who sang lead and played guitar. Steve was a cool guy: we're still friends today. I liked the sound of the band. It was snotty and punky and had a little hard rock to it, maybe some Alice Cooper or Thin Lizzy, Richie tells in his book that he wrote together with Peter Aaron.
So Ambulance's CD is titled Planet You and you can buy it here. You can also buy and listen separate tracks: Believe in You and Tonight. You can order Richie's book from Amazon.com or from Amazon.co.uk. (Updated: June 23, 2020)



- Because of coronavirus there is no permission to organise live music events in New York in May 2020 (and for many months ahead). So 2020 is first year when there is no Joey Ramone Birthday Bash for live audience on May 19, after we lost Joey Ramone on April 15, 2001. Joey's brother Mickey Leigh announced in early May that he will organise Joey Ramone VIRTUAL Birthday Bash on May 19, 2020. Birthday Bash is a memorial event to Joey on his birthday (May 19). This is 19th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.
- Just didn't feel right to let the day go by un-celebrated, told Leigh on
Joey Ramone's Fabebook page on May 3, 2020.
Mickey wrote more details on May 16.
- You don't need a ticket, you don't need a plane, train or automobile. you don't anything more than you have right now. Just come back here (Facebook) on May 19th at 8PM EST and we'll all celebrate the birth, life, and music of Joey Ramone together!
CJ Ramone, Richie Ramone, Clem Burke (Blondie/ two shows in the Ramones), Andy Shernoff (Dictators, The Master Plan), Knox (Vibrators), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Earl Slick, Barb Wire Dolls, Tracy Thornton, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), Jesse Malin (D-Generation, Bellvue), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Ed Stasium (producer), Monte A. Melnick (tour manager), John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine) and Allan Arkush (director) are among of bands and people who are featuring performances and speeches at Joey Ramone Virtual Birthday Bash at Joey Ramone Fabebook.
So event starts at 8PM EST. That time is for example 9PM in Brazil, 1AM in United Kingdom, 2AM in France, Spain, Germany and Sweden, 3AM in Finland and Moscow (Russia), 9AM in Tokyo (Japan) and 10AM in Melbourne (Australia).
Donations to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research will be optional and greatly appreciated. (Updated: May 16, 2020)


- Richie Ramone has the reading / question&answer / interview event at the Ramones Museum Berlin in Berlin, Germany on March 16, 2020. Read more of Richie's book titled I Know Better Now: My Life Before, During, And After The Ramones here.
You can order book from Amazon.com or from Amazon.co.uk.
(March 13, 2020)



- Richie Ramone was going to tour with his band in Europe in March-April, 2020. There were dates in Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Switzerland and Spain.
See dates here. Sadly lot of dates had to cancel because of coronavirus problem. Like there were planned to have four shows in Italy.
- Italy shows have cancelled, wrote Richie Ramone to me in March 8, 2020.
Richie did rocked with his band shows in March 5-13 and March 14. Also Richie has the reading / question&answer / interview event at the Ramones Museum Berlin in Berlin, Germany on March 16, 2020. Read more of Richie's book titled I Know Better Now: My Life Before, During, And After The Ramones here.
You can order book from Amazon.com or from Amazon.co.uk.
Also in this tour Richie did main vocals. In many songs he does sing in front and in many songs he is drumming and singing at the same time. Bassist is Clare Misstake and guitarist is Glenn Gilbert. Another drummer is Chris Moye. First show where Moye played was at the Basement in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 5, 2020.
- He is fucking great. Sold-out Copenhagen. Shows are doing really well, wrote Richie on March 8, 2020. (Update: March 13, 2020).


- Andy Kaos Vehnekamp is not playing with Richie anymore in 2020 but I want to keep this information of Vehnekamp on my site as a part of history. So this I composed in 2019: I want to tell of background of new member in Richie Ramone's band: Andy Kaos Vehnekamp is playing drums. Richie sing but he also still play drums insome songs. Clare Misstake is bassist and Glenn Gilbert guitarist.
Ben Wah Reagan played rhythm guitar and drums in Richie's band for many years, like already in 2012. They had tour in the USA in October 2018. Ben Wah Reagan played in seven shows in that tour. Then Andy Kaos Vehnekamp played in last eight shows in that tour in October 2018.
- Yes, I took over when Ben left mid-tour (2018). Richie met up with The Guillotines, then I stepped in. The first gig I did with Richie was in Atlanta Georgia at Star Community Bar (October 12, 2018). Super fun, also had a special guest onstage that night, Joe Queer from the legendary Queers. I have sent a photo of Richie, Joe, and myself on stage, wrote Andy to me.
See photo in right. It has copyright mark: Will Cal Photograph. Andy is happy to play with Richie, Clare and Glenn.
- As a permanent member of the Richie Ramone band it is challenging, and rewarding. We are all becoming friends, and look to be with Richie as long as he can go, wrote Andy.
The Guillotines was doing support band shows for Richie Ramone's band in October 2018, so Andy played then in some nights two shows.
- I have been playing professionally for about 30 years. Musically a mix of punk rock and thrash metal. I spent most of the times in Chicago, USA, then I moved to Texas, USA. The band's I have mostly worked with have been local acts that would get on big tours, wrote Andy after tour in South America in early August, 2019.
Show at Valentino in Londrina, Brazil on July 18, 2019 was first show after Richie had a operation close to his heart on March 31, 2019. Operation was success. Richie Ramone wrote on April 5, 2019.
- It's been a tough couple of weeks, but I just wanted to let everyone know I am back home and resting. Thank you for all the love and get well wishes! Ramones fans are the best in the world and I am so grateful to have you in my corner, Richie wrote.
Read more (and see photos) of show at Valentino in Londrina, Brazil on July 18, 2019 here.
See all tour dates here. (Updated: March 8, 2020)



- Los Wezos is a band from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They released album named El Principio Del Final in September, 2019. Richie Ramone does play drums in four songs on it. Album has 12 songs and Richie drums in Fuerzas Para Aguantar, Mala Religion, Perdedor and El Principio Del Final. You can also hear his voice and hand clapping in few songs in album. El Principio Del Final is around 20 minutes long and it has high-octane and catchy punkrock songs with great and positive attitude. You can listen album here. It does not matter if you do not understand Spanish (songs are in Spanish). See more photos and information here.
Band members are:
Rodrigo Goni aka Chory Von Creeper: guitar, keyboards and vocals.
Daniela Acosta Cura aka Dhany 6: bass and vocals.
Facundo Percossi aka Facu Kadaver: drums and backvocals.
I asked more details from Rodrigo Demian Voncreeper. Rodrigo sent message to Richie Ramone and to his manager Jeff Jones.
- I sent five demo songs. I wrote that we can search a good recording studio close to his hotel when he comes next time to play in Buenos Aires if he is interested. Jones replied and said Richie wants to know more details. He said he can can do something with us the next time they are in Buenos Aires, Rodrigo Demian Voncreeper explained to me.
Richie Ramone and his band played in Buenos Aires in July, 2019.
- Jeff Jones called and we spoke of details. We never did expect and believe Richie Ramone really comes. He came. I still can't believe I was playing with him. I realize it when I look the footage of that day. First Richie said he only plays in one song. Then he asked to show him another song and he said let's do it. Jeff Jones said they need to go to make an interview. Richie said he wants to do more songs with us, Rodrigo Demian Voncreeper wrote.
So in the end Richie plays in four songs and you can also hear his voice on record.
- Also his hand clapping in two songs. It is hard to explain how humble, great and warm-hearted man Richie was to us. I think that was one of greatest day in my life. We possibly play as his support band in some shows in 2020, Rodrigo tells.
So you can listen album here.
One video featuring Richie Ramone you can see here. (Updated: January 11, 2020).


- Richie Ramone was going to play with his band three shows in the USA in March and 26 shows in Europe in March-April. Those shows were canceled in February because of health issues. Richie had a operation close to his heart on March 31, 2019. Operation was success. Richie Ramone wrote on April 5, 2019.
- It's been a tough couple of weeks, but I just wanted to let everyone know I am back home and resting. Thank you for all the love and get well wishes! Ramones fans are the best in the world and I am so grateful to have you in my corner, Richie wrote.
I asked from Richie of his health situation in May 10, 2019. I am really relieved that friend is doing well.
- I am doing great. Back to normal and we start touring again in July. Tell everyone I am in good spirits and I'm back on my feet, Richie told to me in May 10, 2019.
Here is older information... Richie Ramone wrote on February 15: "- TOO TOUGH TO DIE.. but not too tough to skip this little medical tweak my doc is insisting on. So while I'm strong as ever, I do need to get in the shop and have it fixed. Unfortunately, it needs to happen in the next few weeks (days?).. and so I need to reschedule my March and April tour dates. Disappointing for sure but.. I'm in real good shape, I have no fear.. and next time I see you I'll be as loud and fast as ever", Richie Ramone wrote on February 15, 2019.
Richie Ramone will inform me when he has chance to continue playing at live. Now it is of course most important that he rest.
Update: Richie wrote to me on May 10, 2019, that he will start touring again in July, 2019. Dates are announced soon... See dates here. (Updated: May 10, 2019)



- Richie Ramone is guest at the Big Apple Comic Con. It is at the Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC, USA, on March 9-10, 2018. Richie is appearing at the convention in both days. There are appearing also for example David Gerrold, Jim Steranko, Bill Griffith, Diane Noomin and Larry Welz. Read more information here. (February 14, 2019)


More Richie Ramone news in my archive.








CJ RAMONE/ WARD

- There is a cool mini festival at the Foro Indie Rocks in Mexico City, Mexico on Februay 23-24, 2024. Event named Treasure Club International - A Two Day Pop Up Of NYC's Treasure Club has many bands, artists, DJ's etc. Main band of first day (February 23) is CJ Ramone & The Fast Movers. Other bands that night are Promiseland, Gnarcissists and Flasyd. Fran Healy of Travis is main artist in second day.
Audra Angeli-Morse from CJ's management wrote that line-up for this CJ Ramone & Fast Movers show is CJ, Dan Root and Pete Sosa. Dan and Pete have played a lot with CJ. Dan Root punkrocked first shows with CJ in 2012 and Pete Sosa in 2015 with CJ what I look at from details on my site. CJ has had many line-up's but for a long time with CJ, Dan and Pete played together with Steve Soto (RIP 2018). Now they do play as a trio.
Back to event in Mexico.... During Treasure Club International - A Two Day Pop Up Of NYC's Treasure Club you has also chance to see art of people like Ramones creative director
Arturo Vega, Richard Hambleton, Erik Foss, Johnny Yerington, Lisa Brownlee and Kauri Sievers. (Updated: February 15, 2024).


- After years of planning and tireless collaboration from the punk collective, The Punk Rock Museum opened its doors on April 1, 2023. It is located in Las Vegas in Nevada, USA. The Punk Rock Museum houses inclusive and intimate display of artifacts, fliers, photos, clothing, instruments, handwritten lyrics, artwork, and just about everything else donated by the people and bands who were there. You can see there of course also a lot Ramones related items.
CJ Ramone and Andrew "Pinch" Pinching did as a members of the Me First And The Gimme Gimmes guided tours at the The Punk Rock Museum on May 26-29, 2023. Now CJ Ramone is doing guided tours again.
- I am giving guided tours from February 15th-18th, 2024. Two tours a day at 12:30PM and 4PM. In between I'll be pounding creamy pints of Guinness at the The Triple Down and then (after I'm well stewed) giving tattoos at The Shop at The Punk Rock Museum. This is your chance to hear some stories, have a pint with, and get tattooed by me!!! Disclaimer; I am not a tattoo artist, but I will scar you, CJ Ramone wrote.
Book guided tours here. (January 28, 2024)



- CJ Ramone told me first time around 2010 that he is working with a book. Then 2013 he did mention he is working with his memorials daily.
- It is gonna be more about my entire life, not just my years with the Ramones, said CJ in October 2013.
I met with CJ in Berlin, Germany on August 6, 2023. We did an interview. I asked what is the situation with the book.
- I stopped writing a long time ago. I have a whole bunch of pages written. I might pick it back at some point but right now I have no any plans to finish it, told CJ to me. (August 12, 2023)


- Me First And The Gimme Gimmes are touring in Europe in July-August 2023. They are doing punkrock at least in following dates:
July 28, 2023: Tsunami Xixon Festival, Gijon, Spain.
July 29, 2023: Barna'N'Roll, Barcelona, Spain.
August 1, 2023: Dynamo, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
August 2, 2023: Zakk, Dusseldorf, Germany.
August 4, 2023: BrakRock, Duffel, Belgium.
August 5, 2023: Fährmannfest, Hanover, Germany.
August 6, 2023: SO36, Berlin, Germany.
August 8, 2023: Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany.
August 9, 2023: Punk Rock Holiday, Tolmin, Slovenia.
August 10, 2023: Rocco Del Schlacko 2023, Puttlingen, Germany.
Some other bands in this festival are Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Sido and Donots.
August 11, 2023: Taubertal, Rothenburg Ob Del Tauber, Germany.
August 12, 2023: Open Flair Festival, Escwege, Germany.
August 13, 2023: Beky Bay, Igea Marina, Italy. See all Me First And The Gimme Gimmes dates here. (Updated: July 13,2023)



- After years of planning and tireless collaboration from the punk collective, The Punk Rock Museum opened its doors on April 1, 2023. It is located in Las Vegas in Nevada, USA. The Punk Rock Museum houses inclusive and intimate display of artifacts, fliers, photos, clothing, instruments, handwritten lyrics, artwork, and just about everything else donated by the people and bands who were there. You can see there of course also a lot Ramones related items.
One special thing is a guitar room where people can play the actual guitars and basses played through the amps the artists played them through. Museum informs: "We have guitars and amps from Rise Against, NOFX, Pennywise, Sick of it All, Strung Out, and many more. Yes you can actually PLAY THEM. A lot of people ask, "what happens if something gets broken?" The simple answer, we fix it - just like we did on tour."
CJ Ramone and Andrew "Pinch" Pinching did as a members of the Me First And The Gimme Gimmes guided tours at the The Punk Rock Museum on May 26-29, 2023. They were in Las Vegas also because Me First And The Gimme Gimmes played at the Punk Rock Bowling And Music Festival on May 26, 2023. See other dates by Me First And The Gimme Gimmes here.
In those days in late May CJ Ramone was a guest tattoo artist in The Punk Rock Museum's tattoo parlor (The Shop).
- CJ Ramone was there giving tours and tattoo's too!! I got both! CJ is an amazing human. Such a great guy! And his wife was very nice too! So cool, wrote to me Jake Coyner, who did attend Dee Dee Ramone's last real show on May 25, 2002.
See photos and texts of the show here.
Address of the The Punk Rock Museum: 1422 Western Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada. Hours open 7 days, noon-10PM. (June 13,2023)


- Mosrite 70th Anniversary Super Bash was on January 28, 2023. Jiro Okabe was main man behind of this event. He was owner of Mosrite Guitars. That night (70th event) Jiro Okabe played together with singer-bassist CJ Ramone, drummer Clem Burke (aka Elvis Ramone) and guitarist Alex Kane. Venue was Maui Sugar Mill Saloon. Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356, USA.
Age limit was 21+. Event was free.
- Door opens at 7PM. This show will be packed, Jiro Okabe told in advance.
And house was full. And full of happiness. Together with CJ Ramone, Jiro Okabe, Clem Burke and Alex Kane played many songs Dez Cadena (ex-Misfits, ex-Black Flag). Jiro had busy night also because he, Alex and Tim Jimenez formed Jiro's solo band.
Night also featured artists like Tosha Jones and Sean Rowley. And older musicians.
- Special announcement: legendary Deke Dickerson and his band on the board for this special event performing Ventures, Jiro Okabe wrote of Venturesmania in advance.
Janelle Barreto of Rocket was the MC for this historical rock event. She also sang with The Mosriters special line-up. Also other guests jumped on stage then.
- We were super excited to welcome Rayko of Lolita Dark to perform with Mosriters at Mostite 70th Anniversary. She is worked on Eric Andre show on Season 5 and many movies and film as an actress as well, Okabe told of singer Rayko.
The Mosriters line-up consist at least of Rayko, Janelle Barrento, Tosha Jones, Sean Rowley, Billy Bones of The Skulls, Rick Johnson and Nick Alexander.
Some more background from details on my page. CJ Ramone, Clem Burke and Alex Kane have done a lot co-operation with Jiro. Richie Ramone and CJ both played in Mosrite's 60th event in 2012. Read
more of event here.
People can remember Clem Burke for example from the Blondie (and he played two shows with the Ramones. He used then name Elvis Ramone). Alex Kane played with Richie and Marky Ramone for many years.
This was first time when CJ and Clem played full set (around 15-17 songs) together. We had We're A Happy Family feeling. I traveled to event from Finland, Gonzalo (Sapo Ramone) from Argentina, Marcus Padula from Brazil, Randy Wisebrod from Mexico etc.
Next I tell some things of the Jiro. Jiro plays bass on Richie Ramone's solo album Entitled and he was in Richie's tour line-up in 2012 etc. He is singer-bassist of the original Kamikazi. Jiro's album Return Of The Kamikazi got published in 2014. CJ Ramone and Clem Burke plays on it. Read more of album here. Now he is working with his second album My Revolution (Kamikaze Invasion).
- Few songs written with CJ Ramone and Andy Shernoff (The Dictators, Master Plan etc.), it will be a great album!!. (Updated: February 1, 2023).



- Jiro Okabe's album Return Of The Kamikazi got published in 2014. Read more of it here. Now there is coming out his new album.
- My second album My Revolution (Kamikaze Invasion) will be released in 2022, line-up on guests will be CJ Ramone, Elvis Ramone (Clem Burke), Dez Cadena and Eric Arce, Steve Soto (RIP), Dan Root, Greg Hetson, Ace Von Johnson and Daniel Rey, wrote Jiro Okabe to me (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone).
People can remember Clem Burke for example from the Blondie (and he played two shows with the Ramones), Dez Cadena from the Black Flag and the Misfits, Eric Arce from the Misfits, Steve Soto (RIP 2018) and Dan Root from the Adolescents and CJ Ramone's band, Greg Hetson from the Bad Religion and Circle Jerks, Ace Von Johnson from the Faster Pussycat and L.A. Guns and Daniel Rey as a Ramones producer and songwriter etc. Jiro Okabe and Alex Kane produced My Revolution (Kamikaze Invasion).
- Few songs written with CJ Ramone and Andy Shernoff (The Dictators, Master Plan etc.), it will be a great album!! Also planning on doing European tour in late March, 2022, Mosrite 70th Anniversary event sometime in summer (2022) with many great guest in Los Angeles, USA. And back in South American tour in fall. It's all depends on pandemic of course, wrote Jiro Okabe to me.
Jiro has shows in Italy in March. Line-up is: Jiro Okabe, Alex Kane on guitar and Jamie Oliver (ex-UK Subs etc.) They will be performing for example at Ramones Mania event at Revolver Club in San Dona di Piave (Veneto), Italy on March 12th, 2022. All dates:
March 11, 2022: The Moon, Verona, Italy.
March 12, 2022: Revolver Club, San Dona di Piave, Italy.
March 13, 2022: Il Borgo, Montebello, Italy.
March 17, 2022: Circus, Darfo Boario (BS), Italy.
March 18, 2022: Spazio Webo, Pesaro, Italy.
March 19, 2022: Teatro Sala Europa, Monte San Pietrangeli (Fermo), Italy.
March 20, 2022: Piroka, Toscolano Maderno, Italy.
Sandro Mariuz of Italian Ramones' tribute band Wardogs is main man behind of this tour and many other events in past. - The traditional Ramones Convention will be in December, 2022, at Alcatraz in Milan, hopin' Covid virus will be deleted, wrote Sandro to me.
The Wardogs has released Ramones' tribute/ cover album titled Raw & Dirty and singles etc. Sandro will soon tell of new special release. (Updated: February 11, 2022)


- CJ Ramone's first solo album titled Reconquista was published in 2012 (digital) and 2013 (CD and LP). There are some LP versions.
Again new LP version will be published in December 2021. It is published in Argentina by Pinhead Records and it has one bonus song: Reconquista. Pinhead Records' CD version has four bonus tracks. This LP is remastered and it is limited to 1000 copies. This Pinhead Records version has include exclusive pictures and artwork curated by CJ Ramone. You can order it for example from here. Read more of Reconquista here. (December 1, 2021)



- As I told in March, 2021, Indy PopCon is at the Indiana Convention Center, Indiana, USA, on July 9-11, 2021, and Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone will be guests there in those three days: "Our convention is an opportunity for fans of popular culture to gather and celebrate their hobbies and interact with other fans. With attendees expected to enjoy a culture of comic books, video games, science fiction, and entertainment, and a total fan experience. Music is one of our genres that hasn't often been featured well, so this July we are turning the volume all the way up to 10! Please welcome both Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone from the Ramones to PopCon Indy 2021! We couldn't be more excited to bring in legends. Get your tix to meet them July 9-11, 2021", is written in newsletter. More details here.
So Richie Ramone and CJ Ramone will be guests there in those three days (July 9-11) and they are in some 10-20 minutes long panel interviews. See schedules here.
You also has a chance to grab a photo with them by professional photographer. Photo with CJ Ramone cost US$$ and with Richie Ramone also US$$. Details are: "One photo op ticket is good for two adults and up to three children under 16 in the same photo with the celebrity guest(s). You will receive one 8x10" print and a digital download of your photo op. Session times can be referenced on the photo op schedule. The schedule is released approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the event." You can ticket to photo session here. (Update: July 6, 2021)


- Me First And The Gimme Gimmes is pretty legendary band founded in 1995. CJ Ramone played as a bassist first shows with the Me First And The Gimme Gimmes in 2018-2019. Band had annual holiday extravaganza at the Gimme Gimme TV! on December 12, 2020. CJ Ramone was part of that.
Audra Angeli-Morse from Me First And The Gimme Gimmes management and Dino & Luigi Presents told me in May that there is coming next Gimme Gimme TV episode in June, 2021 and CJ is playing also on it. Second episode is titled Saturday Night Special and it premiers Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at 6PM PDT and is available through midnight June 20th, 2021. When it is 6PM, it is then for example 10PM in Argentina, 2AM in Great Britain and Portugal, 3AM in Spain, Italy, France and Germany and 4AM in Finland and Greece, 10AM in Australia etc.
Buy ticket here. Here are some more details: "Gimme Gimme TV! returns with its second episode: "Saturday Night Special" and we're headed to Miami Beach for some neon-laced, rock n roll madness! If you can't paddle out, you'd better watch from the shore as Spike, Fat Mike, Joey Cape, Scott Shiflett, CJ Ramone and Pinch slang some persy nugs from the bottom of the barrel. The Gimmes will be joined by their guests: glam gods Glitter Wizard, funny man Joe Sib, Western Cuck Exchange and world renowned MC Leigh Crow." (June 18, 2021)



- From time to time there are also special items of the Ramones in RR Auction. Now there are some items from CJ Ramone's collection. And as well Ramones fan Bobby Martel sells in RR Auction many items from his collection. Auctions ends on June 24, 2021. See Ramones items here.
Like there are CJ Ramone's copies of Mondo Bizarro ("recorded" versions) cassettes, his backpack, some posters and a Ramones tour itinerary (11 concert tour of Greece, Spain, and Italy between May 5-18, 1993) which also has handwritten lyrics by CJ Ramone for a pair of songs. Another of them became the Los Gusanos song Carve Your Name.
Ramones fan Bobby Martel sells in RR Auction many items from his collection that are signed in a Strawberries Records in-store signing on October 13, 1984 in Manchester, NH, USA. Signed items include Too Tough To Die (1984) flag from TTTD tour. It is signed by Dee Dee, Joey, Johnny and Richie Ramone. There are also six first Ramones albums, Too Tough To Die, It's Alive live album etc. signed by Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Richie even Richie do not play in them (except in TTTD). He had signed all those anyway. Tommy has signed his autographs later to first albums etc. There are no any Marky Ramone's autographs (in albums he plays).
Signed records are accompanied by a letter of provenance from Ramones fan Robert Martel, who states that the signatures "were obtained by me at a Strawberries Records in-store signing on October 13, 1984 in Manchester, NH, hosted by my personal friend, former bandmate, and renowned Ramones expert Chris Lamy."
There are also some photos from concert in 1982 that were signed in 1984. So now Bobby Martel is selling these signed items See Ramones items here. (June 15, 2021)


- There is a skateboarding and music event titled Shred The Trend in Pala, CA, USA to connect veterans and service members to promote mental health & awareness of veteran suicides. CJ Ramone, Dan Root and Pete Sosa do play in this event.
Shred The Trend is sponsored by Thrash N Raid, the OG Pumpkin, and North County Canine, will have an indoor skatepark for free skating and competition with prizes, food and vendors, horseback riding, raffles and giveaways and live music from CJ, Dan and Pete as a trio and some other bands. This is charity event and aid goes to Six Feet Above who uses skateboarding to connect with veterans and service members who battle mental health illnesses and PTS while raising awareness of the suicide rate in veteran and active military community.
Thrash 'N Raid is a veteran owned skateboard and apparel company. Their mission is to use skateboarding to help people rise above their barriers and maintain a positive mental attitude.
The event is located a few miles east of the 15 freeway off highway 76 on a private property. The event's exact location will be sent out to all approved registered guests a week before the event start date. (June 5, 2021)



- Me First And The Gimme Gimmes had annual holiday extravaganza at the Gimme Gimme TV! on December 12, 2020. CJ Ramone was part of that. Now there is coming next Gimme Gimme TV episode.
- We have another episode of Gimme Gimme TV! that we are working on. It will stream online in June (2021) and CJ Ramone is playing. Keep an eye on our socials for info later in May, wrote Audra Angeli-Morse from Me First And The Gimme Gimmes management and Dino & Luigi Presents to me in April.
So that will be virtual show. More infos soon. (May 6, 2021)


- Me First And The Gimme Gimmes is pretty legendary band founded in 1995. CJ Ramone played as a bassist first shows with the Me First And The Gimme Gimmes in 2018-2019.
Covid-19 started turning the world upside down in 2020 and Me First And The Gimme Gimmes had to reschedule European dates etc. from summer of 2020 to 2021. Situation still not looking good in April 2021.
- All of the dates listed for The Gimmes from May to September (2021) are rescheduled dates from 2020. The May/June, 2021, dates are probably not going to happen because we still cannot travel to Europe due to the pandemic. We hope to go in September, 2021, but again we do not know for sure yet, it may all be moved to 2022. CJ was scheduled to play on all of these dates, wrote Audra Angeli-Morse from Me First And The Gimme Gimmes management and Dino & Luigi Presents to me on April 24, 2021.
Five shows were rescheduled from May-June to August-September (situation on April 30). Read more details / see dates here. (Updated: April 30, 2021)



- CJ Ramone will play in the Me First And The Gimme Gimmes when group is doing annual holiday extravaganza that is punkrocked on Gimme Gimme TV at midnight (PST) on December 12, 2020. So that is a virtual show.
Press release says: "COVID can't stop these rockers, and everyone is in for a special treat this year with the premiere of Gimme Gimme TV! That's right folks, it's not a concert, it's variety television at its best. The Gimme Gimmes and Dino & Luigi Presents have put together a star-studded event that you won't want to miss! This Christmas Spectacular episode includes special guests: Shannon Shaw (Shannon And The Clams), Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers/NOFX), your host, Belly Reynolds, and straight from FX's "Two Pink Doors." Western Cuck Exchange.
Regular ticket is 20 US$. more details here. (December 5, 2020)


- Jiro Okabe has recorded his second solo album titled My Revolution with his friends. CJ Ramone and Clem Burke (aka Elvis Ramone) played in his solo album titled Return Of The Kamikazi (2014) and they do also play in this second one. As well Jiro and CJ wrote two songs together. As well Ramones' producer Daniel Rey is among of musicians in this upcoming album. I asked situation of My Revolution album from Jiro Okabe in late June, 2020.
- Hope to be released this year, all the songs were recorded. Just need to mix down. Can't wait till it's done. Record will be really good!, Jiro wrote in June 2020.
Here are lot details he has wrote me before.
- Recording with CJ Ramone was held on January 27-28, 2018, at Raquet Studio in Santa Ana, California, USA, for my upcoming second solo album (My Revolution). CJ had played bass on three songs, one is called Whole Wide World, and two of covered tunes My Bonnie and Stand By Me. Also CJ had back-up vocals on My Bonnie, Stand By Me and Whole Wide World and duet Summer Time with me, Jiro wrote to me in February 2018.
Stand By Me is extremely well-known song. It is written and recorded by Ben E. King in 1961. My Bonnie is Tony Sheridan's song and he recorded song with The Beatles in 1961.
Jiro Okabe and CJ Ramone wrote together for this album Summer Time and Only Wanna Be With You. Elvis Ramone (Clem Burke) had played on songs Carolina and Forever Young (Rock Boys).
- Danie Rey played on Don't Wanna Be Like You and Whores Of Societease. Dez Cadena (ex-Misfits, ex-Black Flag) played on Man That Married With His Car and Who Are You. Alex Kane had played on nine songs and co-produced nine songs with me on this upcoming album, Jiro told me in 2018.
Alex Kane has toured in past with Richie Ramone and Marky Ramone. Other guests appearing in this upcoming album include Allison Robertson of Donnas and Greg Hetson of Circle Jerks and ex-Bad Religion.
I tell now more background details of Jiro Okabe. So his first solo album is titled Return Of The Kamikazi and CJ Ramone and Clem Burke plays on it. Jiro has played with his bands as a support band in some of CJ Ramone's shows. As a Banzai Jiro Okabe, Tommy Bolan and Christopher Williams recorded Can't Stop Me album. Read more of Can't Stop Me here.
Jiro plays bass on Richie Ramone's solo album Entitled and was in Richie's tour line-up in 2012 etc. He is not working with Richie anymore. Jiro is working for Mosrite Guitars. (Updated: July 4, 2020)



- Because of coronavirus there is no permission to organise live music events in New York in May 2020 (and for many months ahead). So 2020 is first year when there is no Joey Ramone Birthday Bash for live audience on May 19, after we lost Joey Ramone on April 15, 2001. Joey's brother Mickey Leigh announced in early May that he will organise Joey Ramone VIRTUAL Birthday Bash on May 19, 2020. Birthday Bash is a memorial event to Joey on his birthday (May 19). This is 19th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.
- Just didn't feel right to let the day go by un-celebrated, told Leigh on
Joey Ramone's Fabebook page on May 3, 2020.
Mickey wrote more details on May 16.
- You don't need a ticket, you don't need a plane, train or automobile. you don't anything more than you have right now. Just come back here (Facebook) on May 19th at 8PM EST and we'll all celebrate the birth, life, and music of Joey Ramone together!
CJ Ramone, Richie Ramone, Clem Burke (Blondie/ two shows in the Ramones), Andy Shernoff (Dictators, The Master Plan), Knox (Vibrators), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Earl Slick, Barb Wire Dolls, Tracy Thornton, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), Jesse Malin (D-Generation, Bellvue), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Ed Stasium (producer), Monte A. Melnick (tour manager), John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine) and Allan Arkush (director) are among of bands and people who are featuring performances and speeches at Joey Ramone Virtual Birthday Bash at Joey Ramone Fabebook.
So event starts at 8PM EST. That time is for example 9PM in Brazil, 1AM in United Kingdom, 2AM in France, Spain, Germany and Sweden, 3AM in Finland and Moscow (Russia), 9AM in Tokyo (Japan) and 10AM in Melbourne (Australia).
Donations to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research will be optional and greatly appreciated. (Updated: May 16, 2020)


- CJ Ramone has played as a bassist in this year many shows with the Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. Also they had at least one show together in last year. Now in December, 2019, they has these shows:
December 5, 2019: Alex's Bar, Anaheim, USA. They do use in this show other name than Me First And The Gimme Gimmes.
December 6, 2019: House of Blues San Diego, San Diego, USA.
December 7, 2019: The Observatory Orange County, Santa Ana, USA.
December 8, 2019: Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, USA.
December 13, 2019: Slim's, San Francisco, USA.
December 14, 2019: Slim's, San Francisco, USA (second night).
December 15, 2019: Slim's, San Francisco, USA (third night).
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes is pretty legendary band founded in 1995. (December 4, 2019)



- CJ Ramone, guitarists Dan Root and Nate Sander and drummer Pete Sosa entered Buzzbomb Studios in early January, 2019. They recorded CJ Ramone's next solo album The Holy Spell... It has 12 songs. Release date of album is May 10, 2019. Record label is again mighty Fat Wreck Chords. Producer is Paul Miner.
- I am here making good on my promise to myself that I'd never release anything as CJ Ramone that would taint the Ramones legacy, CJ said.
There was published two single. First single: Blue Skies was released on March 11, 2019. Listen Blue Skies here.
Second single Stand Up was released on April 17, 2019. Listen Stand Up here.
The album closes with a tribute to CJ's late collaborator Steve Soto with the song Rock On.
- Steve really has a lot to do with where I am now, and every record, Steve was right there with me. He is completely irreplaceable. I owe Steve a lot. It's definitely strange going on without him, but even though he's not on the record, a lot of what we learned from Steve is still on the record, CJ Ramone underline.
Read more of The Holy Spell... here. CJ Ramone is promoting album in his tours. See dates here. (Updated: April 26, 2019)


- Great and famous label Fat Wreck Chords released new 7' single by CJ Ramone on December 7th, 2018. A two-song release was available digitally and on 7'vinyl .
- A-side is my own tune Christmas Lullaby. B-side is my cover of The Kinks song Father Christmas. I hope y'all will enjoy a little bit of the holiday cheer on this record, and that you'll spread it around!! Don't forget to leave Santa a little whiskey!!!, CJ Ramone wrote.
You can order 7' single or buy it as a digital from here.
Originally Father Christmas was released as a single by The Kinks in November 1977. There is in Wikipedia this information of the song: "It tells of a department store Father Christmas who is beaten up by a gang of poor kids who tell him to give them money instead of toys, as toys are impractical; and asks that the toys be given "to the little rich boys." At one point, a child asks the narrator to give his/her father a job for Christmas - or, if he must deliver a toy, a machine gun."
First time song Christmas Lullaby was published in compilation LP on November 24, 2017. Song is on album Rodney On The Rock Presents: Santa's Got A GTO, Volume 2. (Updated: April 26, 2019).



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