OF FIRST OFFICIAL RAMONES HOMEPAGE/ FANCLUB FOUNDED IN
(OBS, MOST OF THESE INFORMATION WERE WRITTEN IN 1999-2000, EXPECT SOME I
UPDATED AFTER ARTURO VEGA PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 8, 2013. LIKE ARTURO'S
HOMEPAGE BECAME UNOFFICIAL AFTER JOEY, DEE DEE AND JOHNNY PASSED
BACK TO MAIN PAGE
OF MY RAMONES HOMEPAGE
First official Ramones homepage/ RAMONES 1*2*3*4 Club opened December
After Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny were died, Arturo Vega had to
change address from http://www.officialramones.com to
There was planned to have special contests judged by the
Ramones themselves (that did not happen), special events were
There were special merchandices only to fanclub members, also auctions
about some original collector items......
More about page holder Arturo Vega is on my interview, with
SOME OFFICIAL HOMEPAGE
- 1) AUCTIONS
- 2) RAMONES SONG GRAPHIC CONTEST
- 3) UNRELEASED RAMONES SONG
- 4) IDEA OF FAN CLUB
- 5) OPENING PARTY
There was all kind of auctions: lot signed Ramones photos, singles,
albums, posters... Also signed T-shirts specially from Joey. All kind of
stuff. Items were sold with certificate of authenticity from
Here are information of some auction items in right:
1) Original 1977 Sire Records release of the Ramones 3rd album Rocket To Russia.
Signed by Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone (in blue) and Joey Ramone and Tommy
Ramone (in black).
2) We're Outta Here box set. With a CD and a VHS video tape (both never played)
documenting the Ramones last show on August 6, 1996. Extremely rare item signed
by the six Ramones members: Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy, CJ and Marky.
3) Red T-shirt: Vintage 1986 Rock And Roll High School tour T-shirt from the
collection of Arturo Vega.
4) Black T-shirt: Vintage 1995 Adios Amigos tour T-shirt from the collection of
5) Baby I Love You/ High Risk Insurance original Sire Records 1980, 45' RPM
single in mint condition. Arturo Vega commissioned Italian punk art artist
Manuel Cossu to design a one of a kind hand drawn cover which was then signed by
Johnny Ramone, Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone.
6) White T-shirt: Vintage 1990 Escape From New York tour T-shirt from the
collection of Arturo Vega.
RAMONES SONG GRAPHIC CONTEST
Results of the first official Ramones-homepage contest arrived April 11, 2000,
and you can check
results. On contest had to do artwork of some Ramones-song
and there's many really awesome artworks. Gongralutions for the winners. I
won "The Most Bizarre" -award.... Thanks of it.
RAMONES-SONG: PLEASE DON'T LEAVE
Shock-shock-treatment for fans. You can listen on the official Ramones-page new
Ramonessong: Please Don't Leave (later was published also in official CD's).
on the page: audio section.
There's also CJ's introduce for the song etc. Here's Joey Ramone's message
for the fans:
"Hey everybody, this is Joey Ramone. Just wanna let you
know we're ready to give you a never-released tune. It's a song written
by Dee Dee in 1979 and it's called "Please Don't Leave". It was part of
the "End Of The Century" sessions, so we think now is the right time to
let you hear it.
IDEA OF THE FAN CLUB
This news piece I added in 2013, after Arturo Vega was
passed away on June 8, 2013.
I was staying at Arturo Vega's house in May 2012 (like many times
before) while being in New York. I had asked from Tommy Ramone if he
can come to Arturo's place as Anu Vihma and Sasha Silvala did
interview for a document with Tommy Ramone. Thanks to Anu, Sasha and
Teemu Skinnari that now are also recorded Arturo's memories of me.
Also thanks to documentary crew that it is now taped how
things happened in 1999. Arturo tells on interview:
"When we dediced to launch the official Ramones website, Joey and I
organized the show at CBGB's. Then we decided that it was good idea
also to have a fan club. When I was designing a membership card, it
came to my mind the fact that someone was gonna be a member number
one. I think Joey and I were thinking maybe we will give it to a
friend of Joey or another musician, maybe someone like Iggy Pop. But
then we thought it is a fan club, it should be to number one fan.
So then it just immediately came to mind that Jari-Pekka should have
it. I am used meeting hardcore Ramones fans, very dedicated but
Jari-Pekka stands alone, his dedication, work what he does is very
extensive, wide and deep."
They also asked opinion from Johnny Ramone etc. What I, guy from
Finland can say when listening that kind of interview? I wasn't
asked or told about this honor until I opened letter in late 1999.
Durango 99, also known as The
Huntingtons, won the contest. There was also many more bands and more
on the official page. Sure Ramones members also appeared.
Here's review of the
THIS WAS ADVANCE INFO BEFORE THE PARTY
The Ramones are having a party and you are invited!!!
and RAMONES 1*2*3*4 The Pinheads Club opening party will be
cybercast on Collegemusic.com Friday
December 17th from the RAMONES CAVE, also known as CBGB.
HERE IS THE CATCH YOU ARE THE ENTERTAINMENT That's right, get together
with 3 of your friends learn how to play your favorite RAMONES songs ( if
you are really bad you are going to be sent for shock treatments
immediately in other words kicked of the stage). REGISTER at
Collegemusic.com and come
along with your guitar and bass. Drums
and amps will be provided.
This is also a contest each RAMONE band member (the real ones) will pick
one Ramone wanna be band winner (you) and this lucky cretins will get to
play with a REAL RAMONE, how cool is that; the rest of the participants
will get a slice of pizza. So start rehearsing and don't forget you HAVE
Go to The Ramones Registration Form on Collegemusic.com and fill in
your "band's" information. The name of your "Ramones Band" must be
something related to the Ramones.
Send a Demo Tape to :
49 West 24th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Collegemusic.com will email you on or around December 1st, and let you
know if you're the one of the lucky ones who'll be invited to come
chill with the RAMONES on December 17th!