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- I asked from Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh if he will organize 14th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. Next day Mickey confirmed he will be organizing a 14th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in Joey's birthday, May 19, 2014. CJ Ramone confirmed me on his message that he will be on tour in May 19, 2014, so he won't attend. I announced big list of artists before Mickey in April 8, 2014, as many people outside of USA has been waiting information if they do or not book flights to New York because of event.
Artists are: Joey Ramone Tribute band featuring Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys), Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols etc.) and Mickey Leigh.
Other artists and groups performing are: Andy Shernoff (The Dictators), The Gobshites, The Independents, David Peel, The A-Bones, Heap and The Bullys. Probably more will be announced.
The bash will be underneath the Joey Ramone Place street sign at the Bowery Electric in New York, USA. Mickey makes big work to get event together. Age limit +21, tickets in advance 25$ and from door 30$.
I will attend event and I will have with me from my books
Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives (2009) and Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone (2002).
Last year Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was the first time at the Bowery Electric and it was much more crowded than in last few years before. Venue was one big reason for that. Of the Ramones members Tommy Ramone and Richie Ramone were at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2011, Tommy Ramone in 2012 and CJ Ramone in 2013. See here some comments of 2013 event and here my long report from 2012 and here my long review and story from 2011. See more history of Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes and my Joey Ramone memorial site here. (Updated: April 15, 2014)

- Record Store Day is in April 19, 2014. One Record Store Day's exclusive release is 10' re-issue of original four track EP Meltdown With The Ramones. Meltdown With The Ramones was published only in United Kingdom in 1980 and it was then 7' EP/single. It has songs: A-side: I Just Want To Have Something To Do and Here Today Gone Tomorrow. B-side: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend and Questioningly.
And now this Meltdown With The Ramones is going to be published as 10' and will be on colored vinyl. Five-thousand copies will be released in the U.S. on blue vinyl, while an additional 2800 vinyls will be issued outside the country on pink vinyl.
See more details of Record Store Day here. (April 9, 2014)


- George DuBose has two pop-up all Ramones photo exhibits in April, 2014.
- One in Barcelona, Spain at the Apolo Records store on April 15 and another on April 18 at the Temple Bar in Andorra City, Andorra. I will be showing 40 - A2 or A3 prints at each venue. I will leave the prints for the fans to steal. I mean "liberate." I will have books to sell in Spanish and some signed prints in an A3 format, George DuBose E-mailed me.
DuBose photographed/ designed nine album covers for the Ramones etc. For example Subterranean Jungle, Too Tough To Die and Mondo Bizarro are his works. You has chance to ask many great things from DuBose in these events.
He also 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. Foreword is by George O'Brien. Book is highly recommended.
Second edition of English version got published in March 2013. Portugese edition got published in May 2013 and Spanish edition in March 2013. Buy here English version I Speak Music - Ramones. And here you can find version in Spanish: Hablo Musica - Ramones (I Speak Music). And here you can you find version in Portugese: Eu Falo Musica - Ramones
Also my Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book has really, really great interview with George DuBose. He also let me use many of his photos. (April 1, 2014)

- CJ Ramone is like Joey Ramone on it, how much he wants to do charity shows and support. Now Nassau County Committee Children & Youth Chairman Yvonne Brunner and CJ Ramone in co-operation with The American Legion Auxiliary, The National Military Family Association present Operation Purple Camp For Military Kids.
CJ wrote: "Come see me and comedian Dave Attell at a benefit for operation camp purple. A free camp for kids whose families have been affected by the loss, wounding, or PTSD of a parent (posttraumatic stress disorder). I am learning a bunch of early Ramones songs for this special show on April 3rd, 2014, at Mulcahy's in Wantaugh, New York, USA. I will be doing a special all Ramones set including a couple even the old timers probably never heard live.", CJ informed.
Show at Mulcahy's is early show. Event is 7-11PM and CJ will do his set 9-10PM. Admission is 60 US$ and include ticket, buffet, mixed drinks, beer, wine and soda. 100% of the profits benefit Operation Purple Camp. Website of The Mulcahy's. Address: 3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh New York 11793. (March 26, 2014)


- Recently were published few well-known music magazines featuring Ramones on cover. UK music mag UnCut celebrate in their March 2014 issue, 40 years of the Ramones with an extensive cover story by Peter Watts. Watts did many interviews around the Ramones. UnCut also has CD featuring new bands.
Issue of another old and much appreciated music magazine, Spanish mag Ruta 66 has on it's February 2014 issue unique Ramones cartoon in cover. Also Ruta 66 celebrate 40 years of the Ramones. Great Spanish fans Alfredo Cordeiro and Anna Piella told it having 12 pages information about Ramones history, origins and personalities etc.
February 2014 issue of Modern Drummer has Marky Ramone on cover and it has extensive interview with him. (Updated: February 10, 2014)

- Richie Ramone is on the road, punkrocking first extensive tour after he returned back to publicity. Richie Ramone's first solo album Entitled was released by DC-Jam Records in October 2013. Tour in North America is: January 29-March 12, 2014. See all dates here. Final show is at Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Line-up is:
* Richie Ramone: drums and vocals.
* Ben Wah Reagan: rhythm guitar and drums.
* Clare Misstake: bass (aka Clare Pproduct and aka Clare Noizee).
* Alex Kane: guitar.
Alex Kane plays in this tour instead of Tommy Bolan.
I asked from Clare Misstake if he can list some songs what they are played now at live. Richie, Ben, Clare and Alex has in their live-set for example...
Songs what Ramones recorded: Elevator Operator, (You) Can't Say Anything Nice, Blitzkrieg Bop, Cretin Hop, Loudmouth, I Just Want To Have Something To Do, Smash You, I Know Better Now and Somebody Put Something In My Drink.
Of those songs Somebody Put Something In My Drink, I Know Better Now and Smash You were also recorded to Richie Ramone's Entitled. From Entitled Richie, Ben, Clare and Alex are played also for example Criminal, Entitled, Take My Hand, Better Than Me and Forgotten Years.
Ramones (probably) never played at live Elevator Operator, Smash You and (You) Can't Say Anything Nice. Elevator Operator is a demo song, originally Smash You was included in 7'/ 12' singles/maxis in 1985 and originally (You) Can't Say Anything Nice was included in 12' maxi in 1986. Those are written by Richie Ramone. (Updated: February 8, 2014)


- Ramones road manager Monte A. Melnick wrote with Frank Meyer really great book titled On The Road With The Ramones. First edition got published in 2003. On The Road With The Ramones is the most extensive biography of the Ramones and years of their youth. I and information on my site helped Frank Meyer a lot. Monte just informed me book being out also in Brazil. Here is one site where you can buy it. Title is Na Estrada Com Os Ramones. (January 25, 2014)

- The Continental's (New York, USA) owner Trigger wrote to me in November, 2013, about him doing fifth Continental's Rock And Roll Reunion.
- CJ Ramone, Walter Lure, Lenny Kaye, Jesse Malin, Murphy's Law and the drummer from Guns N' Roses and many others are playing it!, Trigger told.
Continental's Rock And Roll Reunion #5 is in January 19, 2014. And yes, line-up is again amazing.
CJ Ramone Band will play at 9.00, then Murphy's Law (9.40), Lenny Kaye (10.20), Sea Monster (11.00), The Waldos (11.40) and Bitch (12.20).
- "Bitch" is a Don Hills Reunion of sorts. It was a legendary night at Don's club. They have a killer house band and 20 guest vocalists. This time the theme is AC/DC. I am honored to have this cause Don was such an amazing guy. His staff and bands are all also connected to my club and we're all friends and family. I'm hoping this will become part of our Reunion show every year! Trigger E-mailed me in January 12.
First band on stage is Hammerbrain at 3.00. Also are playing for example The Independents (4.00), Furious George (4.30), Electric Frankenstein (5.30), Heap (6.30) and Trigger's All Stars (8.30).
Ticket is only five dollars till 8PM and only ten dollars after. Age limit 21 years.
Of the Ramones members especially CJ Ramone, Joey Ramone and also Dee Dee Ramone played a lot at The Continental in late 90's and Joey also in his final years. Also Dee Dee, Marky Ramone, and Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zambini recorded Ramainz: Live In N.Y.C. there in July 1997.
Joey's very last full-length concert was at The Continental on December 11, 2000.
The Continental closed their doors on September 17, 2006 and CJ Ramone played that night. At the grand re-opening on October 11, 2006, owner Trigger said he will not have bands play anymore. Trigger said that as hisrents and overhead went up each year, it was undoable to have a punk club in the neighbourhood - the crowd isn't there to support it.
It is great he does these big reunion shows and bands are supporting him. Whenever you are in New York and East Village, go and buy some drinks and have fun! (Updated: January 12, 2014).

- There is all the time lot Ramones tribute shows worldwide, in this location on my homepage you will find information of huge amount of tribute shows.
I mention here of two special events. 1) First one is at the Tivoli De Helling in Utrecht, Netherlands on January 11, 2014. It is second event in the series No More Heroes.
- No More Heroes events are about heroes who changed lives with their music. The first one was for The Smiths, now the spotlights are shining on the Ramones. Garage band Traumahelicopter plays Ramones songs, there is a DJ who is a hardcore Ramones fan and plays Ramones and music from bands that influenced them, there's a quiz and if you like you can go watch End Of The Century documentary earlier that day in the arthouse cinema, explained of event at Tivoli De Helling much appreciated journalist and Ramones fan Bram van Schaik.
2) Another special event is at the Loggia Del Leopardo, Vogogna, Verbania, Italy on January 18, 2014. That night are playing official Italian Ramones tribute band Wardogs, S.T.P. (with original line-up) and Tough. In this event is also Ramones Sniffing Poster book presentation and poster exhibition by Marco Zuanelli and Martino Simona of Official Italian Ramones Fan Club etc. Also Maurizio "Nodus" Nodari will be there etc. (January 7, 2014).


- Italian label Rocketman Records will release compilation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of the Ramones.
- "One, Two, Three, Four... I Cretini Saltano Ancora" is super compilation of 50 Italian bands who committed to revisit a song by Ramones. Digital output is expected in the first months of 2014 on Rocketman Records. My punk rock band Totale Apatia has recorded an acoustic version of Ramones' song Pet Sematary and song will appear on the compilation. Here is the link. Video is directed by: Luca BZK Catullo, wrote Alex of Totale Apatia and BigRedAgency. (December 30, 2013)

- Marky Ramone signed a deal with publisher Simon & Schuster in 2013. Simon & Schuster will publish Marky's book of his memoirs. Marky has worked around 10 years with his book and he promised it finally coming out in 2013. Simon & Schuster tells on their site that book has 384 pages, has hard cover and publication date is September 17, 2013. It also comes out as a eBook. But release date was postponed again, with one year and new date told is September 9, 2014... Marky said in one point to me he thought name being Faith In The Backbeat. New title is Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone. About 10 years of working...
In my interview with him in my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives he told in January, 2005 this way already: "Marky: Right now I have to concentrate on finishing my book."
And then I asked: Jari-Pekka: "You have been working on your book since 2003. You are writing stories of your experiences in the New York scene. Are you adding anything outside of music?"
Marky Ramone replied to me: "Oh yeah where I was born, my book covers where I went to school, how I got started in music, when it ended, and when I retired with the Ramones. I talk about the time when the Ramones retired in 1996, we didn't have to; but we felt we were at the top of our game. I wrote about being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame."
I am afraid how his book is as Marky has wanted to wait other book come out before he tells his opinions... Marky tells he has written whole book.
About Simon & Schuster, company is one of the four largest English-language publishers and publishing houses, alongside Random House, Penguin, and HarperCollins. Mickey Leigh's and Legs McNeil's I Slept With Joey Ramone was also published by Simon & Schuster. (Updated: December 14, 2013).


- Here in Finland got made Ramopunk / Dee Dee Ramone calendar/ almanac for year 2014 by Ramopunk Ry society. It is 24 centimeters high (9,5 inch) and 21 centimeters wide (8,3 inch). Calendar has four color pages and drawings/ paintings are of Dee Dee Ramone. Drawings/ paintings are created by Manuel Cossun of The Manges. Design is by The Andersson's Tee Dee Andersson. Calendar is printed in real printing house and is quality product.
Prize of calendar is 12 euros + postage. Ask more details from Minna Wallenius: ramopunk.ry@gmail.com (November 24, 2013)

- There are no many Ramones songs which are released with alternative lyrics and title. I throught to mention of Main Man. As many of you knows Main Man is song in Ramones' album Mondo Bizarro (1992) and CJ Ramone makes lead vocals on it.
I has bootleg LP of Dee Dee Ramone's early solo show, with his short-term band The Spikey Tops at New Rochelle, NY, USA on November 25, 1989. Main Man is titled I'm An Apeman on it and Dee Dee also sing it with lyrics I'm An Apeman. Song is written by Dee Dee Ramone and Daniel Rey. As is one of greatest Ramones songs Poison Heart which Dee Dee also rocked already at live in that show on November 25, 1989. (November 24, 2013)


- A movie called CBGB was being made for many years. It was released during the CBGB Musical Festival, which run from October 9-13, 2013, in New York. CBGB got to theater screen in the USA on October 11, 2013. See extensive information of my CBGB archives here.
CBGB movie is 101 minutes long. XLrator Media has acquired U.S. rights to distribute CBGB. Ramones' founding member Tommy Ramone was announced to be at the venue called Subculture during CBGB Festival on October 11, 2013. Subculture's address is 45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs New York, NY 10012, USA, so it is in East Village. I was confused about information as Tommy Ramone didn't attend event. I asked about that from Tommy in late October.
- I don't know why the CBGB festival was using my name when I let them know early that I was not available. Sorry if their promotions caused confusion, Tommy Ramone wrote for me in November 1, 2013.
Back to CBGB documentary. DVD and Blu-ray versions were published on December 31, 2013: CBGB [Blu-ray] and CBGB [DVD] .
Background: So movie is about most legendary club ever, founded by Hilly Kristal. New York club was opened in 1973 and got closed in 2006. It was in Bowery, 100 meters away from Arturo Vega's house where Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone also lived in early 70's. The Ramones played really lot of their early gigs at CBGB's. CBGB was kind of birthplace of punk. Hilly had one demand of the acts he booked, they could only play their own original music. No top 40's, no covers. Of course full set could had few covers. CBGB is directed by Randall Miller. Writing credits goes to Miller and Jody Savin. Movie follow Kristal's life and work at the infamous Lower East Side club. Co-producer is Kristal's daughter Lisa Kristal Burgman.
Review: Carlos Anguiano got chance to see movie already and he said I can add his comments of it:
"OK just watched CBGB The Movie... I liked it but it seemed less about the music and more about Hilly Kristal. Which is fine, but I wanted it to explore the music end more. They must have not been able to get the rights to the Ramones music, which was a bit of a let down. I did like the John Holmstrom/ Punk Magazine angle, seems like they could do a whole movie on that. I also enjoyed that the Dead Boys were featured alot in the movie. Sadly, no Dictators, and Ramones story was very limited and seemed inconsistent to the truth as we know it and they didn't show enough of the club itself... It was enjoyable... The cast was fun.", commented Carlos Anguiano.
So of certain reason there are not Ramones music on it, but Joey Ramone's solo material can be heard.
About cast: Joel David Moore is Joey Ramone, Julian Acosta is Johnny Ramone, Steven Schub is Dee Dee Ramone, Catfish Staggs is Tommy Ramone (see photo in right of actors of Ramones members).
More actors: Alan Rickman is Hilly Kristal, Justin Bartha is Stiv Bators, Taylor Hawkins (of Foo Fighters) is Iggy Pop, Malin Akerman is Debbie Harry etc. Wikipedia says Joel David Moore is best known for his roles as Owen Dittman in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Dr. Norm Spellman in Avatar, Colin Fisher in Bones and J.P. in Grandma's Boy. And Julian Acosta can be seen in films like Bound By Lies, True Love and SEED and The Lords of Salem directed by Johnny's friend Rob Zombie etc.
Many actors were in Los Angeles, USA premiere of CBGB, on October 1, 2013. Other guests included Richie Ramone and Rodney Bingenheimer. Rodney is considered to be one of the most well known DJs in the world. His radio show in Los Angeles on KROQ-FM has been a hit since it's inception in August 1976. The Ramones were on his very first show. His long interview is on Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. See in right photo of Rodney, Richie and Frank Infante (Blondie). Rodney played in his next show Richie Ramone's Criminal from Richie's album Entitled. Richie Ramone gave me permission to use that photo here on my site.
My Hilly memories: Hilly Kristal passed away on August 28, 2007. For me it was especially a great honour to meet and interview Hilly. We met a few days after Joey's 50th memorial Birthday Bash in 2001. Early one morning I visited CBGB's, and we decided that we would meet later on that day for him to talk about Joey. Then, when I later visited at CBGB's with David Kelly, We felt that we would like to listen to Hilly's stories for many hours. Originally, I included interview in my first book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone. I personally left a book for Hilly in May 2002.
I has got Hilly Kristal's personal copy of the Dead Boys' second album We Have Come For Your Children. Dee Dee Ramone and Joey Ramone sang background vocals on We Have Come For Your Children song Catholic Boy.
You can read my interview with Hilly also from my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. (Updated: November 4, 2013)

- Rhino Records will release re-mastered versions of six first Ramones studio albums as a CD box set. A new Ramones box set is titled Ramones: The Sire Years (1976-1981). Release date is October 29, 2013. First six Ramones studio albums are: Ramones (1976), Leave Home (1977), Rocket To Russia (1977), Road To Ruin (1978), End Of The Century (1980) and Pleasant Dreams (1981). I asked few questions from Rhino Records and they replied.
- There are no current plans to release this collection on vinyl. The CD version does not contain bonus tracks, they replied.
Rhino Records will also release an expanded digital set that includes those six physical albums, and the rest of the Ramones albums in eighties: Subterranean Jungle (1983), Too Tough To Die (1984), Animal Boy (1986), Halfway To Sanity (1987) and Brain Drain (1989). See basic information of albums here. (Updated: October 21, 2013)


- Now it was time to make an official announce, information for what I little bit hinted in September etc. John Cafiero who was Ramones' manager and leader of Johnny Ramone Army, got fired by Johnny Ramone's wife Linda.
Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh wrote: "Thanks to Linda terminating her former manager, John Cafiero, a black cloud has been lifted off Ramones Productions. She and I, and the others who work to maintain the band's legacy and integrity, met today to discuss ways to improve things for the Ramones and their fans. Ramones.com should be back up soon, and other exciting developments are finally in progress. Once again, it feels like a family.", wrote Mickey.
And Mickey continued: "I'm so happy this nightmare is over, and so are things like: if I am asked to play a few songs at a Ramones tribute I will no longer be threatened with legal action by John Cafiero and Linda's former attorney - who I had to hold back from going after every Ramones tribute show they could find and attempt to stop them from using Ramones "intellectual property", Mickey said.
Yes, Mickey had to refuse to play in some Ramones tribute events because of Cafiero...
John Cafiero still run Misfits Records. Many also remember him from the Osaka Popstar band whom member Marky Ramone was. (October 10, 2013)

- Ramones Sniffing Poster is a book by Italian long-term Ramones hardcore fans Marco Zuanelli and Martino Pasina. Release date is October 8, 2013 and then you can buy it online by writing to martino@ramonessniffingposter.it (international orders) or to marco@ramonessniffingposter.it (orders in Italy).
As well the book will be available at the CJ Ramone's show at Bloom Mezzago, Milan, Italy on October 16, 2013. The book is in two languages: Italian and English. Martino Pasina comments.
- Ramones Sniffing Poster traces the history of the Ramones since 1975 through our collection of over 350 posters of Ramones concerts, promotional posters, of solo projects, movie posters and from magazines. A "Ramones menu" seasoned with the participation of Marky Ramone, CJ Ramone, Richie Ramone, Ramones producer Daniel Rey, Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick, Ramones graphic designer Arturo Vega (RIP), German photographer George DuBose who is behind of big amount of Ramones' promo photos etc., Punk Magazine founder John Holmstrom, enriched by interviews with the authors of some serigraphs which TAZ, Mark Arminski, Derek Hess, Mark Matcho, William Stout, Ben Harris and other interviews with The Manges, Florian Hayler (Ramones Museum Berlin), Paolo Di Gaetano and Maurizio Nodari (The Ramones Italian official fan club), explained details of book Martino Pasina. (Updated: September 29, 2013)


- George DuBose has a photo exhibition at Metropolis Recording Studio, The Powerhouse, 70 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY, UK. Opening is at 7PM on September 12, 2013. The show at Metropolis is going to be up until November at least, as George DuBose E-mailed me. You has chance to buy some of his works as well. You will see lot great material related to the Ramones and other bands and artists like Andy Warhol, R.E.M., The B-52's and Madonna at Metropolis Recording Studio. George DuBose photographed/ designed nine album covers for the Ramones etc. Like Subterranean Jungle, Too Tough To Die and Mondo Bizarro are his works. You has chance to ask many great things from DuBose in London.
- We're putting on a private view of iconic photographer George DuBose here at Metropolis. Some extremely limited edition prints will be decorated around our building.
- The exhibition will open this Thursday (September 12) as a guest list only event with DuBose present to say a few words about the various artists he has shot over the years. The exhibition will then remain in residence at metropolis studios and be viewable by appointment only through myself, Matt Hamilton of Metropolis Recording Studio informed me.
So if you want to attend event in September 12 or later, you must send an E-mail to: matt.hamilton@thisismetropolis.com.
- So unfortunately, the studio isn't open to the public, but E-mailing Matt Hamilton at any time while the exhibit is standing should get an entry for viewing. The show at Metropolis is going to be up until November at least, George DuBose E-mailed me.
He also 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. Foreword is by George O'Brien. Book is highly recommended.
Second edition of English version got published in March 2013. Portugese edition got published in May 2013 and Spanish edition in March 2013. Buy here English version I Speak Music - Ramones. And here you can find version in Spanish: Hablo Musica - Ramones (I Speak Music). And here you can you find version in Portugese: Eu Falo Musica - Ramones
Also my Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book has really, really great interview with George DuBose. He also let me use many of his photos. (Updated: September 10, 2013)

- George DuBose's photo exhibition at Metropolis Recording Studio, The Powerhouse, 70 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY, UK, is going to be up until November at least, as DuBose E-mailed me.
He also wrote great news to Spanish Ramones fans.
- I am also working on having a all Ramones show in Barcelona, Spain. What I have been doing lately is showing unframed paper prints with rough torn edges and then taping the prints to the wall with black tape. It looks pretty punk, DuBose E-mailed.
Schedule of Barcelona exhibition is open. Anyway you will then see lot great material related to the Ramones. DuBose photographed/ designed nine album covers for the Ramones etc. Like Subterranean Jungle, Too Tough To Die and Mondo Bizarro are his works. (September 10, 2013)


- The ninth annual Johnny Ramone tribute event was at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 18, 2013. Event was in a area where is Johnny Ramone's memorial statue and the gravesite of Dee Dee Ramone. You had chance to make this in "picnic style", sit in a blanket, have something to eat and drink while watching things that were shown. See and read here story of event.
This year any of the Ramones members not attended event. Event again celebrated Johnny's love of cult movies. This year special guest host was John Waters who presented an outdoor screening of the director's cut of his 1990 cult classic Cry-Baby. Cry-Baby was projected on a 42-foot Mausoleum wall. Cry-Baby is written and directed by John Waters and is starring for example Iggy Pop, Johnny Depp and Traci Lords. In advance was told Traci Lords being a special guest on this Johnny Ramone tribute event. Surprise guest was Johnny Depp. Also there was from the cast of movie for example Joe Dallesandro.
Some of you might remember Traci Lords singing backing vocals to the Ramones' cover of Somebody To Love, it was recorded to Ramones' album Acid Eaters. Movies directed and/or written by Waters are also for example Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981) and Hairspray (1988). Waters and Lords did signing and q&a as well. Movies directed and/or written by Waters are also for example Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981) and Hairspray (1988). Waters and Lords will do signign and q&a as well.
Also in this event on August 18, 2013 was shown vintage Ramones live concert footage and music videos projected on a 42-foot Mausoleum wall. As well was Ramones look-a-like contest. Johnny Ramone's wife Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone Army Chief Of Staff, John Cafiero told in advance: "Come dressed as your favorite founding member of The Ramones: Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee or Tommy - to win prizes!"
Contest was judged by Linda and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. Address of Hollywood Forever Cemetery is: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA, USA. Admission was 10 US$. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Doors were open at 5:30 PM. (Updated: August 26, 2013)

- Live And Loud Radio has The Ramone Family Retrospective program at 5PM-8PM (NYC time) on every Wednesday. Live And Loud Radio has also played lot new songs especially by CJ Ramone and Richie Ramone. You can request now many of Richie Ramone's songs from his Entitled album which will hit stores worldwide on October 8, 2013. By donating 5 dollars you can request five songs. Where else can you hear any song you request on radio? Station has 48 hour Radiothon in August 1-2, 2013 (NYC time zone), as they are trying to reach 2500 US$ for expenses. Mosrite is latest sponsor of Live And Loud Radio. Make a song request on their Live And Loud Radio site by GoFund Me and write songs you wanna hear. Their Facebook site is here. (August 1, 2013)

- Marky Ramone signed this year a deal with Simon & Schuster. Simon & Schuster will publish Marky's book of his memoirs. Marky has worked around 10 years with his book and he promised it finally coming out in 2013. Simon & Schuster tells on their site that book has 384 pages and publication date is September 17, 2013. It also comes out as a eBook.
Marky said in one point to me he thought name being Faith In The Backbeat. Don't know if that is still a title. About 10 years of working... In my interview with him in my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives he told in January, 2005 this way already: "Marky: Right now I have to concentrate on finishing my book."
And then I asked: Jari-Pekka: "You have been working on your book since 2003. You are writing stories of your experiences in the New York scene. Are you adding anything outside of music?"
Marky Ramone replied to me: "Oh yeah where I was born, my book covers where I went to school, how I got started in music, when it ended, and when I retired with the Ramones. I talk about the time when the Ramones retired in 1996, we didn't have to; but we felt we were at the top of our game. I wrote about being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame."
I am afraid how his book is as Marky has wanted to wait other book come out before he tells his opinions... Marky tells he has written whole book.
About Simon & Schuster, company is one of the four largest English-language publishers and publishing houses, alongside Random House, Penguin, and HarperCollins. Mickey Leigh's and Legs McNeil's I Slept With Joey Ramone was also published by Simon & Schuster. (Updated: July 4, 2013).

- The Ramones has again received good attention in different charts. Biggest Finnish music magazine called Soundi (issue 6-7/2013) listed 100 best albums. To the Ramones' debut album was given position #14. First five were: 1) The Clash: London Calling, 2) The Velvet Underground & Nico: The Velvet Underground & Nico, 3) The Beatles: Revolver, 4) The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds and 5) Nirvana: Nevermind.
Diffuser.fm created great listing titled Moments That Nearly Destroyed Rock. First they tell of it how Slash auditioned for the Bret Michaels-led Poison (read here), of it how Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx was declared legally dead of an overdose before he was eventually revived (read here) and how big role John Frusciante had in Red Hot Chili Peppers (read here).
The Ramones' story is #12: read here text written by Kenneth Partridge. It is: "As true Ramones fans will tell you, Joey Ramone wasn't always the singer of the iconic NYC band. The gangly fellow born Jeffry Hyman started out on drums, holding down rudimentary beats while Douglas Colvin, soon to be known as Dee Dee Ramones, handled vocals.
This lineup might have stuck, but Dee Dee couldn't play bass and sing at the same time. Enter Thomas Erdelyi, a friend of the group who had been slated to take over as manager. Erdelyi, subsequently known as drummer Tommy Ramone, convinced Joey to step up to the mic. We're glad he did. Without Joey's bleat, the Ramones don't break, punk doesn't explode and alt-rock never happens in America." (June 24, 2013)


- I asked from Richie Ramone if he wants to write something of Arturo Vega as a memorial text. It is now two weeks since we lost Arturo Vega. Read more below of Arturo or read more of Arturo here. I will ask from Tommy and CJ if they want to write something as well of Arturo "Arty" Vega.
Richie Ramone wrote: "Arty was an amazing designer not only with his artwork, but the way he did the lighting for all our live shows. He knew every beat of every song and his style of lighting the stage was amazing. He was the same guy everyday with no ups and downs and truly enjoyed life. If you needed someone to talk to, Arturo was the man who made you feel better about yourself. You will be truly missed my friend but we do have a lot of memories with which to remember you by. Peace and love..., Richie Ramone".
Thanks Richie for writing honest and lovely words of Arturo. (June 20, 2013)

- Like many of you knows, George DuBose photographed/ designed nine album covers for the Ramones etc. Like Subterranean Jungle, Too Tough To Die and Mondo Bizarro are his works. George DuBose released also 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. Foreword is by George O'Brien. Book is highly recommended.
In June 2013, DuBose wrote for me latest news of translations: "The book is now available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. French edition is coming soon and I am hoping to find a publisher in Japan."
First version of English version got published in 2007 and second edition in March 2013. Portugese edition got published in May 2013 and Spanish edition in March 2013.
1) Buy here English version I Speak Music - Ramones.
2) And here you can buy version in Spanish: Hablo Musica - Ramones (I Speak Music).
3) And here you can you can buy version in Portugese: Eu Falo Musica - Ramones
Here I tell some more background of George DuBose: George DuBose has photographed and designed over 300 album covers, has collected around twenty gold and platinum albums for groups as diverse as REM, The Go Gos, and Melissa Etheridge.
Also my Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book has really, really great interview with George DuBose. He also let me use many of his photos. (June 19, 2013)


- There was a small tribute event at Manitobas bar in NYC and in June 12, 2013, was memorial radio show to Arturo by Rob Russo and Live And Loud Radio, in The Ramone Family Retrospective program at 5PM-8PM (NYC time). Some people close to Arturo were interviewed by phone: Ramones' tour manager Monte A. Melnick, musicians Andy Shernoff and Dave U. Hall, Dee Dee Ramone's ex-wife Vera Ramone-King, Ramones' crew members Jimmy Marino and Rick Johnson, and Gaston Sanchez.
Rob Russo had asked me to write memorial text of Arturo and he read it. It was 7-8 minutes long reading. Thanks for asking Rob. (June 13, 2013)

- June 8, 2013, dear Arturo Vega passed away at age 64, he had to fight with aggressive cancer, everything happened fast. RIP dear Arturo... Arturo was 64 even in many places is told he was 65 and born in 1947. Correct is October 13, 1948, I got information from Arturo's relative.
Always when I was staying at Arturo's apartment in New York, he was taking good care of himself: exercising lot and eating healthy. He was in a good shape.
But when Arturo found out of a cancer, it was too late. A time Arturo found out of cancer and went to hospital, cancer was all around in his body. Arturo was gone in around week.
Ramones' tour manager Monte A. Melnick griefed how same unfortunately happened with Johnny Ramone.
- Please, everybody go to the doctor (at least) once a year, please, Monte said in Live And Loud Radio's memorial program for Arturo.
Arturo Vega was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. Arturo was Ramones' creative director, lightning director etc. and together with the guys since 1972 (so even before the Ramones' were formed). Also Dee Dee Ramone and Joey Ramone lived in house a while in early 70's, in a street next to where CBGB's was. Ramones' signed first record deal in a table what he had in his house and table was in house till the end. You can see in right photo of Arturo Vega, Tommy Ramone and I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) behind that table in May 2012. He was in 2261 shows of 2263 Ramones' shows. Arturo has said: "I just couldn't make it to the (two) shows - and I have the police records to prove it.", said Arturo.
Arturo designed famous Ramones' logo and most of Ramones shirts and items. People got most authentic Ramones items through his site.
Arturo's homepage was first official Ramones site (founded in December 1999). After Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone were passed away, few relatives of certain Ramones members wanted his site to be unofficial and it is reason why www.officialramones.com became www.ramonesworld.com (Arturo packed items what were ordered, so do not make orders now). That change of making site unofficial was so cruel move from few people.
Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny always supported Arturo. Arturo organized Joey Ramone memorial show at CBGB in May 19, 2002, where played for example CJ Ramone, Marky Ramone and Daniel Rey. I would tell so lot stories of dear Arturo Vega.
I and Arturo were good friends and when being in New York I stayed in his apartment in last few years. I also did there many interviews, like with Tommy Ramone and CJ Ramone (see photos in right) to my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Also last year with Tommy. Tommy Ramone came to Arturo's house to make an interview with Anu Vihma and Sasha Silvala to document related to me. I was happy to introduce Arturo to many of my friends like to Noah Citrin who was Joey Ramone's best friend in high school years. Tommy told me how the first time he met Joey Ramone was with Noah. Joey Ramone and Noah Citrin were playing and Noah invited Tommy up to jam, explains Tommy in Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
Read more of Arturo Vega here, I had composed that page few years ago.
Arturo Vega was really widely loved. RIP. (Updated: June 12, 2013).

- Backstage Auctions (http://www.backstageauctions.com) have currently a 'Rock & Pop' auction going on that contains auction of Chip Dayton's complete Ramones photo archive, which consist of nearly 350 slides and negatives, including the ones used for the 128-pages soft cover book he published in 2004. Dayton is New York concert photographer and collection include rare concert and backstage photos from the 1970s. Not only are these the original slides and negatives, as a great bonus Chip is selling them with a full transfer of rights, making this a most exclusive and truly 'one-of-a-kind' opportunity. See auction here. Starting bid is 2500 US$ (June 12, 2013)

- Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was organized also this year on May 19, 2013. Venue was under the Joey Ramone Place sign, at The Bowery Electric in New York, NY, Bowery, USA. See here some comments of event.
I was afraid that last year we experienced last Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. Not too many of Ramones fans will know how big work it is to organize. There are many things in a background. Anyway, Joey's brother Mickey Leigh confirmed to me personally months ago Joey Ramone Birthday Bash being again on Joey's (and mine) birthday, May 19, 2013. Joey turned then 62 years.
- There will be history in the making at this year's Birthday Bash, Mickey hinted in early 2013 and referred to he and CJ Ramone being on stage for the first time together. Is that really the making history? Mickey is regular musician and Richie Ramone and Marky Ramone has also brothers.
In March, 2013, CJ Ramone confirmed to me that he is playing at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2013. In May 5, 2013, I confirmed if he plays twice that night: with his band and in Joey Ramone Friends set.
- Yes, I am scheduled to play at Joey's birthday party with my band and with the All Star band. I am looking forward to it!, wrote CJ.
In April were announced these artists playing in Joey Ramone Tribute band: CJ, Walter Lure (The Waldos/ Heartbreakers), Al Maddy, Andy Shernoff (The Dictators etc.), George Tabb, John Xavier (The Nightcaps), Walt Stack (The Bullys), Mickey Leigh...
CJ Ramone also played a set with his band. Other artists included The Independents (Joey was kind of The Independents manager and performed often with them), The Bullys, Ingrid & the Defectors, Heap and The Sic F*cks.
Admission was 20 US$ advance, 25US$ day of show. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show will begin at 7pm. Age limit: 21 years.
This was first Joey Ramone Birthday Bash where CJ was playing. There are many reason for that why it is not happened earlier. CJ Ramone has played in some other Joey memorials, like at the CBGB's on May 19, 2002. Event was then organized by Ramones artist director Arturo Vega.
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is organized every year in May 19, after our Joey passed away on April 15, 2001. (Updated: June 7, 2013)


- New Found Glory released on April 20, 2013, a special EP for Record Store Day filled with covers they recorded of some popular Ramones songs. The EP, titled Mania, can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes as well for only 5.94 US$.
Songs are: I Wanna Be Sedated, Rockaway Beach, Rock And Roll High School, Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio, Judy Is A Punk and The KKK Took My Baby Away. Vinyl EP is a limited edition (only 500) on pink and black vinyl.
New Found Glory was formed in 1997 and is pop/rock punk band formed in Coral Springs, Florida, United States. (May 4, 2013)

- Rolling Stone Magazine is one the most appreciated and legendary music magazine. Rolling Stone announced "100 Best Debut Albums Ever" listing. Number one was Beastie Boys' debut (1986). Ramones' selftitled debut (1976) was number two! Here are their arguments, starting with Joey Ramone's comments: "Our early songs came out of our real feelings of alienation, isolation, frustration - the feelings everybody feels between seventeen and seventy-five," said singer Joey Ramone. Clocking in at just under twenty-nine minutes, Ramones is a complete rejection of the spangled artifice of 1970s rock and ground zero for the punk-rock revolution. The songs were fast and anti-social, just like the band: Beat On The Brat, Blitzkrieg Bop, Now I'Wanna Sniff Some Glue. Guitarist Johnny Ramone refused to play solos - his jackhammer chords became the lingua franca of punk - and the whole record cost just over $6000 to make. But Joey's leather-tender plea I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend showed that even punks need love.
Next eight after Ramones album were in "100 Best Debut Albums Ever" listing: 3) Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced (1967), 4) Guns N' Roses: Appetite For Destruction (1987), 5) The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), 6) N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (1988), 7) The Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks: Here's The Sex Pistols (1977), 8) The Strokes: Is This It (2001), 9) The Band: Music From Big Pink (1968) and 10) Patti Smith: Horses (1975). (April 17, 2013)


- Joey Ramone was a kind of manager of The Independents (USA). Joey really loved that horror punk band and also performed often as their special guest. Joey Ramone's final performances were Christmas Bash at The Continental, NYC, USA, on December 11, 2000, and Evil Presly's birthday party at Manitoba's, NYC, USA, on December 12, 2000. Evil is singer for The Independents and band performed in both shows.
Joey, along with Daniel Rey produced The Independents album Back From The Grave etc.
Now in April 2013, for the first time CD's were repressed in their original form. Albums are Back From The Grave (2001), Live From Murder Beach (2003), Eternal Bond (2005), The Early Years (2006) and Do It Again (2008). If you order three or more of the CD's, you will receive an extra special limited edition gift. CD's are 10 US$ each + postage. Postage is 5 US$ inside the USA and 15$ for outside the USA. Order CD's by paying PayPal to willyindep@aol.com or ask more details by E-mail: willyindep@aol.com. Visit their homepage here. You can read really lot material related to Joey's The Independents things from my debut book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone. (April 16, 2013)

- Live And Loud Radio has a vote of favourite Ramones songs. If you has a Facebook account, you can vote here.
You can see results of two Ramones votes I had in early days of Internet. Here is a vote one from 1995-1996. And here are results from vote two from 1997-2000. (March 27, 2013)


- Rob Russo is owner of net radio station called Live And Loud Radio (homepage: www.liveandloudradio.com). Commercial free radio offer programming 24/7 and live programming six days a week (twice a day). Live programs are USA eastern standard time (NYC time). Rob Russo, Jackie Galgan and other people in Live And Loud Radio crew started to do The Ramone Family Retrospective program every Wednesday at 4PM-7PM. It has had guests like Richie Ramone, Ramones road manager Monte Melnick and Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
Because Live And Loud Radio is commercial free radio, they need support.
- Our projected costs annual costs for running LiveAndLoudRadio are $7250 with 0 payroll. Postage for merchandise giveaways ran $75 for the week of 3/1/13. The only way to legally make money in internet radio is to pay royalties to musicians and in turn recoup the money through website banner advertisements and selling merchandise, explains Russo. Read more here.
In addition to Ramones songs and solo songs by Ramones members, station plays music from different side projects and music by relatives of Ramones members like Mickey Leigh (Joey's brother). In March 13, 2013, Rob Russo played for example Into The Fire and Smash You by Richie Ramone, Three Angels by CJ Ramone, Bye Bye Baby by Joey Ramone & Ronnie Spector and Ramones' songs Slug, Palisades Park, I Believe In Miracles, Go Mental and Pet Semetary.
- The Ramone Family Retrospective is a three hour Ramones Family show. We debuted Richie Ramone's Smash You and Take My Hand off Entitled (Richie's upcoming album) in Wednesday January 9, 2013. We have full support from Richie Ramone, CJ Ramone and Mickey Leigh. I hope to get Clem, Tommy and Marky involved. We are trying to carry the legacy of the worlds best and most influencial band in a very tasteful proud manner, said Rob Russo.
Live And Loud Radio plays in general punk, new-wave, alternative, hard rock, metal etc. music from the 80's thru today. Their music library consists of 3,5 million songs. Here are two Facebook links: 1) FB for LiveAndLoudRadio and FB for Ramone Family Retrospective. (Updated: March 13, 2013)

- Brent "Aldo" Alden of False Alarm etc. has compiled and created with Adam Wilson, Atom Kaos, Alfred Estrada, Mike Rangel and JP Proper compilation CD titled Chaotic Reasoning Vol. 3. CD has 31 songs and label is Kaos Records.
Compilation include Youth Gone Mad Feat. Dee Dee Ramone song False Alarm and Furious George Feat. Joey Ramone song Gilligan. Also for example these songs: False Alarm Feat. Cheetah Chrome: Youth Gone Mad, False Alarm Feat. Fat Mike: Self Destruction, Los Gattos: Movin' On, Shattered Faith: Strange Daze and The Charles Dukowski Sextet: Sweet Chariot. (February 25, 2013)


- There is an auction of Joey Ramone's personal items, they are auctioned by his estate (that means nowadays mainly his brother Mickey). Items are accompanied by a letter signed by Mickey, which verifies their provenance. Items include guitars, a custom made leather jacket with animal print pocket flaps, hand cuffs, 17 auction of handwritten lyrics and notes for songs like Chop Suey, Censorshit and Duke Of Earl, four glasses, lot of T-shirts, belts etc. I do not know how can be sold Joey's passport..., issued on September 9, 1986. Highest bid of passport was 7797 dollars in February 20. Handwritten lyrics sheets and notes were between 240-700 dollars in February 20. There is sold also part of Joey's vinyl record collection, consisting of 97 records in their original album sleeves. The collection includes records by Iggy Pop, The Human League, The Who, Bob Dylan and The Doors. The collection is said to be "In overall very good to fine condition, with various scattered creases and small tears to sleeves, affixed prices tags and labels, and marks to vinyl."
Highest bid of record collection was 2529 dollars in February 20. Starting prices are mainly 200$ for items (records not sold one at a time). It is good to note that a buyer's premium of 20% will be added to all winning bids.
Auction is held by RR Auctions of New Hampshire The bidding opens on February 14 and ends on February 21. There was a sneak peak at items up for bid at Bowery Electric this Thurs 2/7 from 5PM to 7PM. News was reported first in New York Post newspaper in February 4, 2013, and later widely. See auction list here.
Joey's brother Mickey wrote on Facebook why he gotta now make money. He wrote:
Mickey: "As the IRS walloped me with a huge inheritance tax, and to spare us all the paperwork of a tax evasion charge (joking, half) - yes, I have to auction off some of my brother's belongings. It's been a painstaking, heartbreaking process deciding what items I can part with, but, just so you know, I'm not selling these items out of a booth in my brother's lobby. I made an arrangement with RR Auctions who will handle the proceedings, so, no point in asking if I'll sell you one sneaker from the pair, or rip you a page out of his passport. I couldn't sell you a finger from one of his fingerless gloves at this point. It's outta my hands. A chunk will go to Lymphoma Research, the rest to our dear old Uncle Sam. and I hope he spends the money wisely", said Mickey. (Updated: February 20, 2013)

- Ramones road manager Monte A. Melnick wrote with Frank Meyer really great book titled On The Road With The Ramones and first edition got published in 2003. On The Road With The Ramones is the most extensive biography of the Ramones and years of their youth. I and information on my site helped Frank Meyer a lot. In English there is third updated edition. As a latest information Monte wrote for me in January 2013, that French edition is ready. Title is in French: Sur La Route Avec Les Ramones, it has 312 pages and edition is limited to 1000 copies. Publisher is Rytrut Editions. You can buy French edition here. When I got book on my hands, I found out good news to French speaking people: version by Rytrut is translation of latest updated English version. It is full translation and version having all material from updated version. Rytrut had not saved in printing costs: paper used is high quality etc. As said, you can buy French edition here.
I E-mailed with Rytrut's Thierry "Ladzi Galai" who made the translation. Ladzi has a great punk knowledge. Rytrut is independent company and publish especially music books, like Que La Farce Soit Avec Vous - Paroles 1978-2011 by Jello Biafra.
Here are some earlier news of different editions. In early 2012 book got published in Hungarian. See details here (publisher Cartaphilus).
- The book (in Hungarian) has a new forward by Tommy Ramone who as you know came to the US from Hungary, wrote Monte in February, 2012.
Earlier On The Road With The Ramones was published also in Spanish and German. German edition is titled Auf Tour Mit Den Ramones. Order German edition here: Auf Tour mit den Ramones (Updated: February 1, 2013).


- I want to tell information also of artists who are played in line-up's of Ramones members. Now I tell information of releases by Christian Martucci and Noizee (Clare MissTake).
When I was in a road in Dee Dee Ramone tour in Europe in 2000, on bass was still Dee Dee's wife Barbara, but in 2001 in a tour instead of Barbara was as a guitarist Christian Martucci. Dee Dee played guitar in 2000 and bass in 2001. Dee Dee told me that it would have been too hard for Barbara to be on tour. Anyway Christian was played in Dee Dee's also before, first time in 1999. Drummer was Chase Manhattan, you can read a lot of those
times from my books and of 2000 tour also here. Chase plays at the moment in Behold! The Monolith.
Later Christian wrote me and told he having band called Black President after The Chelsea Smiles. He also played with Corey Taylor of Slipknot etc. Now in early 2013, got published Christian Martucci's solo EP titled Man Without A Name, buy it from here. Christian is a founding member of Thousand Watt Stare as well, see their new Messenger video here and buy TWS's debut EP here.
...AND now begin Noizee story...
Clare "Noizee" MissTake's and Alex Kane's band AntiProduct played first time with Marky Ramone as his back-up band in 2004. They got permanent members and played last shows with Marky in 2010. Read here interview of those years and there are also longer details of Noizee and its debut album titled Loud!!!. So Clare is nowadays known as Noizee. Now got published video of Noizee song End Of The World, watch it here and buy End Of The World here. End Of The World is produced by Kim Fowley whom a regular studio session musician Noizee has been since 2009.
Loud!!! got published in summer 2012 and has cool Ramones covers, a genius song Happy Birthday Fuck You (Facebook banned it) etc.
Buy Loud!!! from iTunes or CD's UK version here or USA version here . Noizee's homepage is here. (February 1, 2013)

- John Holmstrom and Legs McNeil created Punk magazine in 1975 and Punk published 17 issues between 1976 and 1979, one special issue in 1981 and few in 2000's.
There were lot material related to the Ramones in those issues. Read
my interview with Holmstrom here. Holmstrom saw the Ramones for the first time at CBGB's in the summer of 1975. Just got published the The Best Of Punk Magazine book. Publisher is HarperCollins Publishers. A book launch was at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY, USA in January 11, 2013. Read story of event written by great Ramones fan Joe Finnegan. Attendees included Holmstrom, Roberta Bayley, Godlis, Bob Gruen, Mary Harron and Roberg Romagnoli.
The The Best of Punk Magazine was five years long process. It is featuring lot material from original issues, behind-the-scenes stories about every single issue, with dozens of unpublished photos and drawings. Book has centerfold photos of the Ramones and Niagara from Punk magazine 1, Iggy Pop interview from Punk magazine 4, Patti Smith interview from Punk magazine 2 etc. Here are some information by John Holmstrom of "Ramones movie" Rock'n'roll High School movie":
- Never-before-published interview with Joey Ramone includes dozens of photos taken by Joey himself during the shooting of (movie) what has been called Roger Corman's favorite film (of all the movie he ever produced!)!!! Many photos in color.
Buy book from: The Amazon.com or from Amazon.co.uk. (Updated: January 14, 2013)

- Stardumb Records is much appreciated record label from Netherlands. Stardumb Records published Kepi Ghoulie's art book titled The Art Of Kepi - The Rise of Kepiland 2000-2012 on December 20, 2012. Art book has 200+ full color pages, featuring 500+ images of shiny bright Kepi paintings and more! Bram van Schaik wrote to me that book is also including lots of Ramones portraits.
Kepi Ghoulie got famous as a Groovie Ghoulies member and has published also solo records. I attended a show at Bergamo, Italy where Kepi played with Dog Party (duo) and Atom Bomb as a support band before CJ Ramone Band on July 5, 2012. See photos here (Kepi photos are on page three).
Few months ago Stardumb Records published self-titled album of The Windowsill featuring Apers members Ivo Backbreaker, Marien Nicotine and Jerry Hormone and ex-Accelerator Sander Wire. (January 5, 2013)

- Ramones' artistic director Arturo Vega has a big exhibition called Love Life Lust at La Estacion Arte Contemporaneo in Chihuahua, Mexico. Arturo has born in Chihuahua in 1948. Exhibition is at The Casa Redonda Museum on November 10, 2012 - February 2, 2013. Exhibition has his works since 1970. The Casa Redonda Museum is a large state museum.
Great AD artist Gonzalo Facio translated to me from Spanish to English some details of exhibition from one newspaper article. Here are lines he translated: "Arturo Vega is part of the punk movement, working with the Ramones not only as a friend but as artistic director, who created the bands iconic logo, oversaw the design of album covers and produced products that were a closer link between the band and his followers. Parallel Arturo Vega performs a series of paintings with text fragments irreverent and frank: a cocktail of insults and mystical thoughts painted in primary colors that reflected the harshness of the society in which he lived, often causing confusion in the viewer and ambivalence." Thanks Gonzalo.
Here you can read one article.
There is in a exhibition also portrait of John Lennon. John Lennon and Arturo Vega paintings are by NYC artist Curt Hoppe. Arturo Vega explain the use of the Lennon image:
"The government of Mexico has been battling the drug cartels for the last six years. That campaign mixed with the wars between the cartels themselves, and the crimes from all kinds of organized crime against the people has left 60 000 dead. Chihuahua is the Mexican state with the worst death statistics so I decided to use the John Lennon image to convey a message of Peace and Love to the people of Chihuahua," Arturo Vega E-mailed me.
I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) write some more details of Arturo. So Arturo Vega was the Ramones creative director since 1974, he designed and created most all of the Ramones art, shirts, special collections, etc. He also worked as the Ramones lighting director. With the Ramones he worked on 2 261 shows, and only missed 2 Ramones shows altogether.
He definitely is/was one of their closest friends You can find the most extensive and "real/original" Ramones merchandise store from Arturo Vega's site, www.ramonesworld.com. Arturo, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone etc. founded site together and also founded official 1*2*3*4* Fan Club. Some years after those three original members became angels, Arturo couldn't use "official" status of his site anymore. Lot of fans can't understand or accept decision.
I certainly hope people support Arturo Vega and and buy merchanside from Arturo Vega. The government of Mexico has been battling the drug cartels for the last six years. That campaign mixed with the wars between the cartels themselves, and the crimes from all kinds of organized crime against the people has left 60 000 dead. Chihuahua is the Mexican state with the worst death statistics so I decided to use the John Lennon image to convey a message of Peace and Love to the people of Chihuahua, we sell the T-shirts for $100 US signed by Bob Gruen, Curt Hoppe (he executed the painting) and myself and all the proceeds are donated to a charity for children in Chihuahua. (Updated: December 10, 2012)


- As many of you knows, CBGB club at Bowery, New York, USA, was one kind of original home of punk movement. Parallel Lines: Visual Art, CBGB, and Downtown Nightlife / Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969- 1989 a panel discussion is at New Museum Of Contemporary Art (235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002) at 7PM on December 13, 2012.
A panel discussion is with Ramones' artistic director Arturo Vega, Punk Magazine founder John Holmstrom, Marcia Resnick and Pat Place. It is moderated by Marc H Miller. Buy tickets here. (Updated: December 10, 2012)

- WhyHunger has an annual fundraiser for hungry children called Hungerthon, and they wrote me that one of their auction "item" is get for lunch with Marky Ramone in New York City.
Auction ends in Thursday, 13 December, 2012, at 3:36PM EST. Click here to get straight to auction. Winner and a friend can join Marky at one of his favorite restaurants called DBGB's at Bowery in New York, USA. WhyHunger is based in New York, but are an international organization. Click here to see what kind of important work they do and see choices to support WhyHunger. Marky Ramone has supported organization also earlier, like I has put on my page year ago information how his event at Hard Rock Cafe Firenze was a benefit in support of WhyHunger.
Now around Christmas time I want to mention of some organizations as well, you can donate in a good cause... You might remember CJ Ramone supporting Autism Speaks and me contributing a portion of the profits from my Ramones memorial books for Juliana Von Wendt Fund. This fund was founded in 1971 and they support humane researching method without animals (Joey and Johnny Ramone passed away because of cancer). Also this year I am donated money in a name of the guys to Juliana Von Wendt Fund. Also I am forwarded a portion of the profits to aid in the study of drug addiction (Dee Dee Ramone died because of drugs) and to Animalia. Animalia is founded in 1961, Animalia is Finland's leading animal protection organization (Dee Dee and Joey were animal lovers, I am vegetarian since 1995 etc.) There are lot of choices around you to help organizions... Have a Merry Christmas. (December 9, 2012)


- Wardogs is a band from Treviso, Italy. Wardogs released their Ramones' tribute/ cover album titled Raw & Dirty Days in a big party in Treviso in September 2012.
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, explains cool guitarist Sandro Mariuz.
Bonus track 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 ends, it turns to 2012.
Wardogs plays songs with a good spirit, strong sound, kind of studio live energy and after first classics Rockaway Beach, Blitzkrieg Bop, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Havana Affair and Commando it comes Main Man from album Mondo Bizarro (1992). A good choice. Vocalist Oscar really has Joey influenced voice and especially in What A Wonderful World Joey's spirit is there.
Thanks from me (Jari-Pekka) to you gentlemen of giving nice thanks in a thanks list on CD sleeve.
Check out Wardogs homepage (there is a store as well!) and Facebook site. (December 4, 2012)

- Little Steven's The Underground Garage radio program has The Coolest Songs In The World 2012 vote. You may vote once every 24 hours - Voting ends 12:00 PM December 28th, 2012. One song is Rock And Roll Is The Answer from Joey Ramone's ...Ya Know? album. You can vote here.
Rock And Roll Is The Answer is written by Joey Ramone and Richie Stotts already in 1984. Stotts tells more about that song in his interview on my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives, and how it found a way to this Joey's second solo album.
Other songs in The Coolest Songs In The World 2012 vote include Hives: Go Right Ahead, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Love Me Kill Me, Aerosmith: Oh Yeah, The Noisettes: That Girl and The Hangmen: Homesick Blues.
So you can vote here. (November 25, 2012)


- Frankenweenie is a 2012 3D stop motion comedy-horror family Disney film directed by Tim Burton with who Johnny Ramone became friends. Frankenweenie is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and an homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein.
Soundtrack is titled Frankenweenie Unleashed and it is featuring a cover version of the Ramones song Pet Sematary (written by Dee Dee Ramone and Daniel Rey). Pet Sematary is performed by Plain White T's.
You can see trailer kind of combined version of Frankenweenie and Ramones promo video of Pet Sematary here. And Pet Sematary video by the Plain White T's is here. Also it has lot Frankenweenie parts and is dedicated to the Ramones. Plain White T's is an pop punk band from Chicago, Illinois, USA, formed in 1997.
As I did mention, Frankenweenie is a Disney movie. Johnny's wife Linda says following of Burton and Disney on Johnny's site:
"Johnny always said Disney was the happiest place on earth, and he loved collecting Disney memorabilia. That's why we even have a Disney themed bathroom in the house. He liked Tim (Burton), they were friends, and Johnny loved animals. He would have been happy the Ramones were included somehow." - Linda Ramone. (October 25, 2012).

- Asterix And Obelix: On Her Majesty's Service (release: October, 2012) children's movie has surprise songs... As Asterix arrives in Britannia they are playing the Ramones' version of I Don't Want To Grow Up and a bit later in a movie you can hear Joey Ramone's version of What A Wonderful World.
As most of you knows, Asterix is a legendary series of French comic books written by Rene Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo since 1959. The Asterix series is one of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics in the world, with the series being translated into over 100 languages. Asterix & Obelix: On Her Majesty's Service is the fourth film adaptation of the adventures of Asterix. Main casts: Asterix: Edouard Baer, Obelix: Gerard Depardieu and Julius Caesar: Fabrice Luchini. (October 23, 2012)


- Baratija Records is a record label in Peru (South America). Baratija Records released Ramones tribute album titled Ramones En Nuestros Corazones. Title is in English: Ramones In Our Hearts. Ramones En Nuestros Corazones has 28 groups and solo artists. Check out tracklisting and more information here CD is out now: CD for sale (info): baratijarecords@gmail.com
- Bands are of the Peruvian rock underground scene. In Ramones En Nuestros Corazones we find, apart from punk, various styles as: synth pop, 8-bit, instrumental, hardcore, unplugged, ethereal music, all mixed, demonstrating the immense respect and influence that have generated the Ramones since the late 70 's here in Peru. Involving all the generations of Peruvian rock underground from 1983 to present, informed me owner Verrugas Rockandroll.
Check out homepage of Baratija Records.
Album release event: October 31, 2012. Zela Bar in Lima, Peru. Artists playing: Leo Escoria, Montana, Los Arman, Radio Garage, Verrugas and Varsovia. (Updated: October 19, 2012)

- I found nice Forthcoming New York City PopSpots site created by Bob Egan. You can see on it the locations of famous album covers in New York, USA. Egan has included to his journeys two Ramones albums: Ramones (1976) and Rocket To Russia (1977). Man has combined album covers to locations really nice way. Visit his site and see Ramones material at the end of the site.
Bob Egan explains of location of garden where debut album cover was taken by Roberta Bayley: "The photo was taken against the back west wall of a private community garden called Albert's Garden on the north side of East 2nd Street between Bowery and Second Avenue. (It is a public garden. It is open random times each week, generally nights and weekends).
Rocket To Russia cover was taken outside the back door of CBGB's. Luckily Bob Egan has on his site also photo from 2006 as it has real CBGB's atmosphere, now alley and East Village area are in general "cleaned", lot old things are destroyed, new buildings built... (September 27, 2012).


- The Ramones did it again! The Ramones influenced robot makers to create a four-armed mohawked robot and ... it is playing a Ramones' song Blitzkrieg Bop! See photo in right. Hey Ho, Let's Go here. (August 29, 2012)

- Now are also combined coffeehouse chain and the Ramones by Ramones management and Starbucks... Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 19 763 stores in 59 countries.
Starbucks has Starbucks Opus Collection CD series and the latest entry in the series is Ramones collection entitled Rockaway Beach. The collection, available now exclusively at Starbucks, will be featured at over 7500 of their coffeehouse locations throughout the US and Canada starting August 14, 2012, through September 10, 2012. Collection include 15 tracks from self titled 1976 debut, on through to Ramones final studio album, 1995's Adios Amigos. I was happy to notice it has also few less-known songs, especially was cool to see SLUG and In The Park being included. So now is a opportunity to do a little CD shopping while waiting for coffee.
The three panel gatefold digipack includes a 20-page booklet with photos, extensive liner notes written specifically for the release, a track-by-track assessment with anecdotes on each song etc.
The Starbucks Opus Collection series previously honored other legendary artists like John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, James Brown, The Talking Heads, The Doors and CCR.
See tracklisting here. (August 15, 2012)


- The 8th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute event was organised at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where a statue in honour of Johnny was unveiled by his wife Linda, on January 14, 2005. Dee Dee Ramone's grave is in the same cemetery not far from Johnny's statue.
I collected information of 8th Johnny Ramone Tribute together, read them here. Information below was given before event, so it is better to read information on link above.
The 8th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute is on August 19, 2012. Of the surviving Ramones members you has chance to meet there founding member, drummer and original manager Tommy Ramone. If you buy copy of Johnny Ramone's book Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone at the event, you can get it signed by Tommy Ramone, Johnny's wife Linda, John Cafiero (editor of Johnny's book and Osaka Popstar singer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Rose McGowan (actor), Billy Zoom (band X), and PJ Soles (Riff Randell of "Ramones movie" Rock And Roll High School).
Also special guests are Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley. Priscilla was Elvis Presley's wife and Lisa Marie is their daughter. As the sun sets, the event will feature an outdoor screening under the stars showcasing one of Johnny's Top 10 favorite Elvis films, King Creole, (a personal favorite of Presley's himself). King Creole (1958, 116 minutes) is also starring Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau. The screening will include brief opening presentation featuring Lisa Marie and a slideshow of rare photos from Johnny's personal archives of the guitar legend with Lisa Marie. Lisa Marie also penned the Epilogue in Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone. The esteemed Priscilla Presley will appear in-person to speak and share reflections on Johnny Ramone, Lisa Marie, her iconic husband's legacy, and the lasting impact he made on the world. This is even more poignant considering it's the weeklong Graceland celebration of the 35th anniversary of Elvis' death.
The grounds of the event will include an on-site display of rare Elvis memorabilia culled from Johnny's personal collection, as housed in the Elvis Room of his Los Angeles home. Music to suit the occasion will be spun throughout the cemetery grounds by DJ Howie Pyro (D-Generation, Danzig, Intoxica Radio etc.).
Address of Hollywood Forever Cemetery is: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA. Admission is 10 US$. Doors open at 5:30 PM and autograph signing is at 6:30 PM. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Admission is only $10, however donations in excess of the required admission are welcomed and suggested (but not mandatory). Tickets can be purchased online in advance here. (Updated: September 4, 2012)

- Beat On Cancer Germany benefit event is in Dusseldorf, Germany on September 7-9, 2012.
All three days take place at the Bar 95, the club house of Dusseldorf's local football club Fortuna 95 Dusseldorf (address: Flinger Broich 87, 40235 Dusseldorf). Venue's capacity is strictly limited to around 350.
- This will our 18th Anniversary since the first Ramones tribute we did back on September 9, 1994. All our Ramones tributes been sold-out in the past (1994, 1997, 2004). Friday and Saturday will be "regular" late evening shows, but maybe there are some special events like signing sessions etc. Also there will be autographed stuff to be auctioned at the Beat On Cancer Germany for sure (by Richie Ramone etc.) All proceeds will go to the children's hospice Regenbogenland ("Rainbow's country") in Dusseldorf, Jörg Buscher explains.
He organise Beat On Cancer Germany with some friends. So some fans might remember Loudmouth! fanzine and CD. Jörg did fanzine together with Christian Pemsel. It was the official fanzine for the Ramones 20th anniversary etc. Read more details of Loudmouth! here.
Special guest is "official" Ramones photographer George DuBose. You can see in his exhibition at Bar 95 rare Ramones photos. DuBose did lot Ramones promo photo sessions and photographed and designed many Ramones albums covers. DuBose also has released a great book entitled, I Speak Music - Ramones. You has opportunity to see DuBose's works, buy prints and book and get them signed by him. You can read really extensive interview with DuBose and see his before-unpublished photos on my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
Confirmed Beat On Cancer Germany bands include Italian Romanez, Switzerland's Möped Lads, English Banjoey Ramone and German groups Ramonas, Hamburg Ramönes, Nimrods, Zwakkelmann, ZZZ Hacker, The Sentiments, Roman Romero (The Colvins, The Romeros), The Brewers, UTB Rocket Crew and Cashbar Club...
Read more details of Beat On Cancer Germany here. (Updated: August 13, 2012)


- Warner Music Group (WMG) launched while ago Single Notes line of short form, digital-only e-books about music and pop culture. Now is out from the Rhino imprint with When The Wall Of Sound Met The New York Underground: The Ramones, Phil Spector And End Of The Century e-book by Frank Meyer. That is available now as a digital download starting at $1.99 on the iBookstore and Amazon's Kindle store.
Here is press release material: "When The Wall Of Sound Met The New York Underground: The Ramones, Phil Spector And End Of The Century explores the collaboration between the Ramones and Spector. The Ramones had spent years cranking out influential albums that failed to set the charts on fire, so it was decided they team with legendary '60's producer Phil Spector to make that elusive hit album that would take them to the top. But like most things in the world of the Ramones, things didn't quite work out the way they planned. Guns, drugs, affairs, death, mannequins and madness ensued as the band attempted to fuse their style with the work of an esteemed madman. All the while the band was shooting the film Rock'N'Roll High School and burning the candle at both ends. The result is the misunderstood Ramones classic, End Of The Century (1980). The ebook was penned by Frank Meyer, who co-wrote with Ramones road manager Monte Melnick book titled On The Road With The Ramones, as well wrote liner notes for five Ramones re-issues etc. (August 11, 2012)

- This piece of news is of Noizee... But first background information of bassist lady Clare MissTake (AntiProduct, Noizee, The Ramonas (UK) etc.). Clare is hyperactive on stage and many Ramones fans got chance to experience it, when lady toured years with one of three Ramones drummers, Marky Ramone. Clare's and guitarist Alex Kane's (AntiProduct, The Toilet Boys etc.) band AntiProduct played first time with Marky Ramone as his back-up band in 2004. Extensively they started to tour with Marky in August, 2005. David Divine was singer in 2005-2008. Line-up after that to 2010 was Marky, Clare, Alex and Michale Graves (ex-Misfits etc.). Read my interview with Clare and Alex here.
Now Clare has solo band Noizee! Noizee's debut album titled Loud!!! got published in summer 2012. UK release date was July 4, 2012. It takes a while to fly to the world of Noizee and Loud!!! But trip is worth of it. Loud!!! is mix of electronic, punk, pop and disco elements, and has raw attitude. Something pretty unique. You has chance to listen electronic-disco-pop version of Ramones' song A Real Cool Time (song written by Joey Ramone in Halfway To Sanity). Version of Ramones' song Somebody Put Something In My Drink (song written by Richie Ramone in Animal Boy) has a bit more raw and heavier attitude. Clare also covers Ramones' tunes I Wanna Be Sedated and Blitzkrieg Bop.
So first listening moments are a bit confusing, but things start rolling and you get idea of sense of humour. And pretty genius song is Happy Birthday Fuck You. You can sing it to everyone you want with a humour or not! Check out it's cool video.
Btw, great gentleman, Dregen (Backyard Babies and Michael Monroe Band) plays guitar in some tracks. And thanks Clare of credits to me in CD booklet. Buy Loud!!!'s USA version here or UK version here. Noizee's homepage is here. (Updated: August 2, 2012)


- July 13, 2012, is organised Mosrite 60th Anniversary event at NAMM, Center Stage, Nashville, TN, USA. Mosrite 60th Anniversary Super Live/ Rock n Roll Bash Summer '12 show is featuring Richie Ramone Band, CJ Ramone Band, The Ventures' guitarist Nokie Edwards, Brent Mason (Grammy Award Winner and 12 time ACM Guitarist of the Year), country artist Brian Lonbeck etc. Only 600 pre-sold tickets will be issued! Buy ticket here.
With Richie Ramone will be playing for example Jiro Okabe. With CJ Ramone are playing drummer Michael Stamberg (played with CJ few years now) and Dez Cadena who is known of legendary bands like Black Flag and The Misfits, also of Osaka Popstar etc. Richie Ramone Band and CJ Ramone Band will both play apx. 40 minutes long sets.
Here are some background information of Mosrite guitars and why Mosrite has so special place in the Ramones history. Semie Moseley (1935-1992) was the founder of Mosrite guitars. He was only 17 years old in 1952, when the first Mosrite was built. Semie built his first guitar in a metal shed in Bakersfield, California. By 1963, Semie and his brother Andy Moseley, forged one of the major guitar companies of the 60's. The quality and craftsmanship of the Mosrite was second to none.
Johnny Ramone had inspired many famous musicians to buy and play Mosrite guitars or similar ones. And of course he has influenced people to start playing in general. As Tommy Ramone explains in his interviews in my book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Johnny used to be first a bass guitar player. He stopped playing music and he sold his instruments and everything. Tommy encouraged Johnny to buy an instrument and play music again. Johnny bought his first guitar from Manny's Guitar Store on 48th street in NYC in early 1974. He paid around 50 dollars for his Mosrite. First one was a blue Mosrite Ventures II. It was stolen and he bought another blue one. These two were the same model than the brown Ventures II he bought later etc. etc.
When I and my good friend Randy Wisebrod entered producer Daniel Rey's apartment on May 20, 2003, to do an interview, there was Johnny's white Mosrite that he had used since 1977 until he retired in 1996. It was cool moment to handle it. Also made and featured by Mosrite are the Johnny Ramone Signature Model and standard model. See more infos of it here. (Updated: July 12, 2012)

- July 13, 2012, is organised Mosrite 60th Anniversary event at NAMM, Center Stage, Nashville, TN, USA. Few weeks before event Mosrite Records released Mosrite: Rebirth CD and on it CJ Ramone does Ramones songs I Wanna Be Sedated and Blitzkrieg Bop. Other performers and songs include: Elliot Easton: Goldfinger, Seymour Duncan: Penetration, Nokie Edwards: Hawaii Five-O and Elaine Frizzell: Black Mountain Rag.
Mosrite 60th Anniversary Super Live/ Rock n Roll Bash Summer '12 show is featuring in July 13 Richie Ramone Band, CJ Ramone Band, The Ventures' guitarist Nokie Edwards, Brent Mason (Grammy Award Winner and 12 time ACM Guitarist of the Year), country artist Brian Lonbeck etc. Only 600 pre-sold tickets will be issued! Buy ticket here.
Read more here. (July 2, 2012)


- Few times yearly I get question if I can promote Ramones items what are related to collecting money because of illness. Now you has chance to buy USA pressing of Ramones debut album signed by original members. Here is information:
"My father is in the late stages of cancer and is in desperate need of funds for his medical expenses. The Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, and Dee Dee Ramone signatures were acquired in-person by my father in NYC in 1979. I was fortunate enough to recently have Tommy Ramone complete the set at a book signing (Jari-Pekka: Tommy attended two book signings related Johnny's book). The album is currently available for sale at RRAuction.com: Click here to see auction.
The signature have been verified by two independent authenticators via the auction house staff and is guaranteed authentic by the auction house for life. It truly breaks my heart to have to part with the album. My father and I are both such HUGE Ramones fans. The album is a part of my fathers legacy. It would be of some consolation to me to know that the album was going to a true fan who will treasure and appreciate it as much as my father and I have.
The auction is currently open for bids and ends on July 18, 2012.", wrote fan to me. (July 2, 2012)

- End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones document/ movie will be aired in German/Austrian free TV Servus TV, at 23.05 (11:05PM) on June 3, 2012 (Sunday) (June 1, 2012)

- Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2012 is again at Joey's birthday May 19, 2012 (and mine birthday). Event will celebrate the May 22nd, 2012, release of Joey Ramone's 2nd full length album, ...Ya Know? Entire album will be played at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at live. Joey's brother Mickey Leigh and Tommy Ramone confirmed me both that Tommy will perform at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2012.
Here are other confirmed artists who will be performing songs from Joey's upcoming album: Mickey Leigh, Ed Stasium, Richie Stotts, Ross the Boss, Thunderbolt Patterson, Jean Beauvoir, Al Maddy, Bebe Buell, Joey Lanz, Walt Stack, Yoav, Alex Holyboy, Tish & Snooky, Tina Ingrid, Louisa Bradshaw, Amy Hartman...
Richie Ramone, CJ Ramone and Marky Ramone aren't attending this Birthday Bash.
Support bands rocking at the event are Ivan Julian, The Bullys, The Brats, The Threads and The Indecent.
The Gobshites had to cancel because one member is sick.
Joey wanted and loved to promote smaller bands, so Mickey is carrying torch great way also this year.
Venue is The Studio at Webster Hall in New York. Place only holds 400 people. Event isn't sold-out yet (situation in April 30, 2012).
You can buy tickets here.
- Tickets are 40 dollars, and include admission into the event, a special Joey Ramone Birthday Bash limited edition copy ...Ya Know? Album signed by the performers (hopefully by all of them), and an official Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2012 T-shirt, explains Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
So attendees of the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will receive the album prior to it being available to the general public. In other words = you can get it before release date!
Doors open at 7PM. Tickets got on sale Saturday, March 3rd at 10AM. You can buy tickets here. All profit goes to cancer research.
More details of this and older Birthday Bashes here.
PRE-MEETING: This year we will have pre-meeting at Manitobas bar, owned by Dictators' singer Handsome Dick Manitoba. Let's meet there at 6PM. Event at The Studio at Webster Hall starts 8PM (doors open 7.30PM). Manitobas homepage. Address: 99 Avenue B (Btwn 6th & 7th Street), New York. NY. Phone: (212) 982-2511 (Updated: May 13, 2012)

- Donald Duck cartoon is in Finnish Aku Ankka. Here in Finland got published great Aku Ankka issue (number 37/ 2011). Wellknown and respected writer, really friendly person and Ramones' fan Leena Lehtolainen wrote manuscript for Aku Ankka issue and it is about the Ramones even band on it is the Morones. That is because of legal reasons and also it fit to Donald Duck spirit not to do straight copies of characters, names etc. Punkkia And Piirakkaa story is 10 pages and it is drawn by Spanish Donald Duck cartoonist Cesar Ferioli.
- I did "drawing reference" ideas to Ferioli and publisher of Finnish Donald Duck sent it and photos of the Ramones to him. But Ferioli distinctly knew the Ramones and he liked of Ramones references I did. Ferioli (born in 1959) is in age-class that he was young when Ramones became famous. Without straight copying he wanted to do impressive looking art, I think, explained Leena Lehtolainen to me in February, 2012.
Lehtolainen tells on Punkkia And Piirakkaa story about charity concert Morones is playing on. One difference Lehtolainen wanted to do on story is, that singer Jopi (Joey) is playing also guitar. Jopi is otherwise just like Joey (tall, skinny, sunglasses, jeans, long hair). As well other guys has lot Ramoniac elements.
Aku (Donald) lost Jopi's guitar and because of it charity concert might get canceled. Aku buys different guitars without success. Roope Ankka (Scrooge McDuck / Uncle Scrooge) is impounded guitars from Erkki Klapiton (Eric Clapton...) as Erkki don't have had chance to pay debts to Roope etc. You can see in audience Kappas Kappas Hei! sign (Gabba Gabba Hey) and other Ramoniac references etc. etc.
Lehtolainen told me how there is a chance same cartoon story is published also in other countries than in Finland.
I want to write more of Lehtolainen. She is the bestselling female crime author in Finland. Her new titles head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists. Her books are sold over 2 million copies worldwide (in Finland is five million people) and rights of her books are sold to 25 countries. Lehtolainen has included on her books many references of Ramones influenced Finnish bands like Ne Luumäet, Pojat and Luonteri Surf. In a introduction of this special Aku Ankka issue she explains story being one kind of honour homage to Ramones sisters and brothers etc.
You can find Leena's memorial text of the Joey etc. on my debut book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone (2002).
I sent copies of this special Aku Ankka issue to Tommy Ramone, Bobby London etc. As you know, Tommy Ramone is only surviving founding member of the Ramones, first drummer and manager etc. Tommy was happy to get that issue.
Bobby London lived for a long time in New York and there he attended at My Father's Place his first Ramones show immediately after famous Roundhouse (London, UK) gig of July 4, 1976. London drew in 70's to publications like Punk Magazine and National Lampoon, and since 1977 his Dirty Duck has run in Playboy. I am sure he will be busy also in future with all publications which release his works. Bobby London's interview is 4,5 pages long in Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives. (Updated: May 3, 2012)


- One of the Premier League football teams in England, Newcastle United play Ramones song Blitzkrieg Bop at every home game before the teams come onto the pitch. Newcastle United have won four League Championship titles and six FA Cups, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. (April 18, 2012)

- Release date of Joey Ramone's second solo album has delayed many times, and many years..
BUT IN FEBRUARY 2012 things got ready. Album is titled ...Ya Know? Release date was told to be then May 15, 2012, but it got changed and in March 20 got confirmed new release date May 22.
Title is named after the way Joey used to end every sentence in his Queens drawl..
- The highly anticipated 2nd solo LP from Joey Ramone is going to be released May 22nd, 2012, by BMG Rights Management, preceded by the single Rock And Roll Is The Answer, with There's Got To Be More To Life, which will be available as 7' vinyl single on Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012, said Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
RollingStone magazine published B side There's Got To Be More To Life on their site, April 20, 2012.
Fastest Ramones drummer Richie Ramone will sign copies of 7" at Permanent Records in LA on April 21, 2012.
Leigh explained the tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade and a half of his life.
- Album was going to have 17 songs on two 12' 180 gram audiophile vinyl, double gatefold cover. Digital download & CD available May 22 2012, confirmed news producer Ed Stasium.
- Because of a last minute glich, two songs had to be cut off, said Leigh on March 20, 2012.
So album has 15 songs. The tracks are songs that Joey had written, several co-written with Dee Dee Ramone and one with Ramones producer Daniel Rey.
Musicians playing in this album include Richie Ramone, Mickey Leigh, Andy Shernoff (Dictators etc.), Little Steven (Steven Van Zandt) (Bruce Springteen's E Street Band etc.), Richie Stotts (The Plasmatics etc.), Joan Jett, Thunderbolt Patterson (Dictators), Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Dennis Diken (Smithereens), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Holly Beth Vincent...
Read lot more information on here, see video of single, tracklisting information etc.
(Updated: April 18, 2012)


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- I asked from Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh if he will organize 14th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. Next day Mickey confirmed he will be organizing a 14th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in Joey's birthday, May 19, 2014. CJ Ramone confirmed me on his message that he will be on tour in May 19, 2014, so he won't attend. I announced big list of artists before Mickey in April 8, 2014, as many people outside of USA has been waiting information if they do or not book flights to New York because of event.
Artists are: Joey Ramone Tribute band featuring Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys), Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols etc.) and Mickey Leigh.
Other artists and groups performing are: Andy Shernoff (The Dictators), The Gobshites, The Independents, David Peel, The A-Bones, Heap and The Bullys. Probably more will be announced.
Artists are: Joey Ramone Tribute band featuring Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys), Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols etc.) and Mickey Leigh.
Other artists and groups performing are: Andy Shernoff (The Dictators), The Gobshites, The Independents, David Peel, The A-Bones, Heap and The Bullys. Probably more will be announced.
The bash will be underneath the Joey Ramone Place street sign at the Bowery Electric in New York, USA. Mickey makes big work to get event together. Age limit +21, tickets in advance 25$ and from door 30$.
I will attend event and I will have with me from my books
Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives (2009) and Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone (2002).
Last year Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was the first time at the Bowery Electric and it was much more crowded than in last few years before. Venue was one big reason for that. Of the Ramones members Tommy Ramone and Richie Ramone were at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2011, Tommy Ramone in 2012 and CJ Ramone in 2013. See here some comments of 2013 event and here my long report from 2012 and here my long review and story from 2011. See more history of Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes and my Joey Ramone memorial site here. (Updated: April 15, 2014)


- Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil wrote together a book titled I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir. First time it got published in December 2009. Read more information here. Mickey E-mailed me the book was also now published in Portuguese in Brazil. Title is Eu Dormi Com Joey Ramone: Memorias De Uma Familia Punk Rock. Earlier book got published in English, Finnish (title: Veljeni Joey Ramone) and French ( I Slept With Joey Ramone: Histoire D'une Famille Punk Rock). (February 3, 2014)

- Joey Ramone kind of produced two songs for Purple Majesty in 1967. So Joey was then only 15-16 years old when he took Purple Majesty to studio and they recorded In This Day And Age and and a version of the Blues Project's I Can't Keep From Crying, at Sanders Recording Studios on West 48th Street in NYC.
- One day in the late winter of 1967, possibly inspired by his long time idol Phil Spector, Jeff (Joey Ramone) came down to our rehearsal and said: "you guys should make a record, ya know?? I want to take you into the studio and produce a single for you, told Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
- Twenty minutes into our one-hour session Joey decided he didn't like the sound of Mickey's Hofner bass. So, he ran down to a store on 48th St. and rented him a Fender Jazz bass, explained drummer Andy Ritter in a back sleeve of 7' single.
So Mickey played bass and Andy drums. Singer-guitarist was Doug Scott. Legendary a New York, USA, based independent record label Norton Records released those two songs as a 7' single on purple vinyl with a picture sleeve. Go to Norton Records Store here.
Purple Majesty played in 1967 psychedelic rock. Mickey, Andy and Doug were then only 13 years old kids. I was happy to notice sound quality is alright.
- None of us could locate any of four acetates. We searched for over 30 years. Doug's copy was finally unearthed a few years ago - discovered in the cover of a Beach Boys album. Fortunately, it had one last play in it, Mickey wrote happily.
Guys tells more great stories in a back sleeve of single of this session in 1967. (Updated: January 9, 2013)


- September 20, 2013 is 5th Annual Benefit Rock To Cure Cancer, benefit for Lymphoma Research Foundation in honor of Joey Ramone, at The Pool House, Bellmore, NY, USA. In addition to CJ Ramone on September 20, will play bands like Borgo Pass, iRideSense and Rick & Ted. Admission: 10$ donation at the door. See more details here.
Since 2009 to present date, Rock To Cure Cancer events have generated 6145 US$ for Lymphoma Research Foundation, in memory of Joey Ramone. If you are unable to attend this event, you may make your donation directly through this page, note total donations from events will not show up on this page. (August 23, 2013)

- Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was organized also this year on May 19, 2013. Venue was under the Joey Ramone Place sign, at The Bowery Electric, New York, NY, Bowery, USA.
I was afraid that last year (2012) we experienced last Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. Not too many of Ramones fans will know how big work it is to organize. There are many things in a background. Joey turned 62 years on May 19, 2013. (And I turned 35 years).
- There will be history in the making at this year's Birthday Bash, Mickey hinted in early 2013 and referred to he and CJ Ramone being on stage for the first time together. Is that really the making history? Mickey is regular musician and Richie Ramone and Marky Ramone has also brothers.
In March, 2013, CJ Ramone confirmed to me that he is playing at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2013. In May 5, 2013, I confirmed if he plays twice that night: with his band and in Joey Ramone Friends set.
- Yes, I am scheduled to play at Joey's birthday party with my band and with the All Star band. I am looking forward to it!, wrote CJ.
In April were announced these artists playing in Joey Ramone Tribute band: CJ, Walter Lure (The Waldos/ Heartbreakers), Al Maddy, Andy Shernoff (The Dictators etc.), George Tabb, John Xavier (The Nightcaps), Walt Stack (The Bullys), Mickey Leigh...
So CJ Ramone also played a set with his band. Other artists did include The Independents (Joey was kind of The Independents manager and performed often with them), The Bullys, Ingrid & the Defectors, Heap and The Sic F*cks.
Admission was 20 US$ advance, 25US$ day of show. Doors were open at 6:30pm, and the show started at 7pm. Age limit: 21 years.
This was the first Joey Ramone Birthday Bash where CJ played. There are many reason for that why it not happened earlier. CJ Ramone has played in some other Joey memorials, like at the CBGB's on May 19, 2002. Event was then organized by Ramones artist director Arturo Vega.
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash has organized every year in May 19, after our Joey passed away on April 15, 2001. (Updated: May 25, 2013)


- Joey Ramone was a kind of manager of The Independents (USA). Joey really loved that horror punk band and also performed often as their special guest. Joey Ramone's final performances were Christmas Bash at The Continental, NYC, USA, on December 11, 2000, and Evil Presly's birthday party at Manitoba's, NYC, USA, on December 12, 2000. Evil is singer for The Independents and band performed in both shows.
Joey, along with Daniel Rey produced The Independents album Back From The Grave etc.
Now in April 2013, for the first time CD's were repressed in their original form. Albums are Back From The Grave (2001), Live From Murder Beach (2003), Eternal Bond (2005), The Early Years (2006) and Do It Again (2008). If you order three or more of the CD's, you will receive an extra special limited edition gift. CD's are 10 US$ each + postage. Postage is 5 US$ inside the USA and 15$ for outside the USA. Order CD's by paying PayPal to willyindep@aol.com or ask more details by E-mail: willyindep@aol.com. Visit their homepage here. You can read really lot material related to Joey's The Independents things from my debut book Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone. (April 16, 2013)

- Original version of I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir book by Legs McNeil and Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh got published on December 1, 2009. It got translated and published in Finnish by Like Kustannus in May, 2011.
Now in early 2013, I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir got translated and published in France on January 15, 2013. Title of French edition is: I Slept With Joey Ramone: Histoire D'une Famille Punk Rock. Book was translated by Janique Jouin and published by Camion Blanc. (April 8, 2013).


- Brent "Aldo" Alden of False Alarm etc. has compiled and created with Adam Wilson, Atom Kaos, Alfred Estrada, Mike Rangel and JP Proper compilation CD titled Chaotic Reasoning Vol. 3. CD has 31 songs and label is Kaos Records.
Compilation include Youth Gone Mad Feat. Dee Dee Ramone song False Alarm and Furious George Feat. Joey Ramone song Gilligan. Also for example these songs: False Alarm Feat. Cheetah Chrome: Youth Gone Mad, False Alarm Feat. Fat Mike: Self Destruction, Los Gattos: Movin' On, Shattered Faith: Strange Daze and The Charles Dukowski Sextet: Sweet Chariot. (February 25, 2013)

- There is an auction of Joey Ramone's personal items, they are auctioned by his estate (that means nowadays mainly his brother Mickey). Items are accompanied by a letter signed by Mickey, which verifies their provenance. Items include guitars, a custom made leather jacket with animal print pocket flaps, hand cuffs, 17 auction of handwritten lyrics and notes for songs like Chop Suey, Censorshit and Duke Of Earl, four glasses, lot of T-shirts, belts etc. I do not know how can be sold Joey's passport..., issued on September 9, 1986. Highest bid of passport was 7797 dollars in February 20. Handwritten lyrics sheets and notes were between 240-700 dollars in February 20. There is sold also part of Joey's vinyl record collection, consisting of 97 records in their original album sleeves. The collection includes records by Iggy Pop, The Human League, The Who, Bob Dylan and The Doors. The collection is said to be "In overall very good to fine condition, with various scattered creases and small tears to sleeves, affixed prices tags and labels, and marks to vinyl."
Highest bid of record collection was 2529 dollars in February 20. Starting prices are mainly 200$ for items (records not sold one at a time). It is good to note that a buyer's premium of 20% will be added to all winning bids.
Auction is held by RR Auctions of New Hampshire The bidding opens on February 14 and ends on February 21. There was a sneak peak at items up for bid at Bowery Electric this Thurs 2/7 from 5PM to 7PM. News was reported first in New York Post newspaper in February 4, 2013, and later widely. See auction list here.
Joey's brother Mickey wrote on Facebook why he gotta now make money. He wrote:
Mickey: "As the IRS walloped me with a huge inheritance tax, and to spare us all the paperwork of a tax evasion charge (joking, half) - yes, I have to auction off some of my brother's belongings. It's been a painstaking, heartbreaking process deciding what items I can part with, but, just so you know, I'm not selling these items out of a booth in my brother's lobby. I made an arrangement with RR Auctions who will handle the proceedings, so, no point in asking if I'll sell you one sneaker from the pair, or rip you a page out of his passport. I couldn't sell you a finger from one of his fingerless gloves at this point. It's outta my hands. A chunk will go to Lymphoma Research, the rest to our dear old Uncle Sam. and I hope he spends the money wisely", said Mickey. (Updated: February 20, 2013)


- Little Steven's The Underground Garage radio program has The Coolest Songs In The World 2012 vote. You may vote once every 24 hours - Voting ends 12:00 PM December 28th, 2012. One song is Rock And Roll Is The Answer from Joey Ramone's ...Ya Know? album. You can vote here.
Rock And Roll Is The Answer is written by Joey Ramone and Richie Stotts already in 1984. Stotts tells more about that song in his interview on my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives, and how it found a way to this Joey's second solo album.
Other songs in The Coolest Songs In The World 2012 vote include Hives: Go Right Ahead, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Love Me Kill Me, Aerosmith: Oh Yeah, The Noisettes: That Girl and The Hangmen: Homesick Blues.
So you can vote here. (November 25, 2012)

- One Record Store Day's exclusive Black Friday release is Joey Ramone's ...Ya Know? limited edition deluxe album. Package contains full album with expanded booklet and 40 minutes long DVD and 5' green single vinyl = playable floppy disc of Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) that can be hung as an ornament.
Release date: November 23, 2012, on Record Store Day. ONLY 500 COPIES PRESSED as a Record Store Day release. I think this is now only in the USA?
So release include a DVD: it has interviews with Elvis Costello, Kirk Hammett, Debbie Harry, Anthony Kiedis, Joe Strummer and others.
- DVD is assembled by Ramones filmographer, George Seminara, containing home-movie footage shot by Joey in the late 70's early 80's, added Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
I got information that new version of ...Ya Know? with DVD comes out also as a regular release later.
The special releases for Record Store Day are made to be sold solely at independently owned record stores on the day that Record Store Day takes place. Other releases in November 23, 2012 include Velvet Underground & Nico: Scepter Studios Acetate (vinyl), Joan Jett: Bad Reputation (180 grams clear vinyl with bonus CD), three Volbeat's album (12' picture discs) and Joe Strummer: Live at Acton Town (double 12' vinyl). More information here of Record Store Day and here of ...Ya Know?. (November 9, 2012)


- September 25, 2012, was published pretty cool video of New York City song. Song is from Joey Ramone's second solo album titled ...Ya Know?. Video is featuring Tommy Ramone, many fans, photographer Bob Gruen, musician Andy Shernoff, producer/musician Ed Stasium, musician Andrew W.K., chef-tv-personality Anthony Bourdain, musician Mickey Leigh, actor Kristen Schaal, comedian and musician Reggie Watts, actor Scott Adsit, writer/actor John Lutz...
Director is Greg Jardin, Producer is Jessica Roulston, Art Director is Nash Dunnigan, Character Animator is Jessica Polaniecki and Executive Producer is Jennifer Heath. Click to see video in right... (UPDATED: November 9, 2012)

- In Brazil, Joey Ramone Place Store bring to Rio De Janeiro Joey's brother Mickey Leigh and they celebrate ...Ya Know? in Brazilian release event at Lapa Irish Pub on July 19, 2012. Mickey will be playing with Ramones tribute band Commando. Mickey played with Commando as well in 2010, together with Richie Ramone. Address: Rua Evaristo da Veiga, 147, Rio de Janeiro, BR. Read more of ...Ya Know? here. (July 16, 2012)

- Italian BMG Rights Management organise presentation and a party-tribute event for Joey Ramone's second solo album ...Ya Know? at Alcatraz, Milan, Italy on Saturday 26, 2012. Street address: Via Valtellina 25.
Here are details of Italian release dates: "The new album by Joey Ramone, ...ya know?, will be out on May 28th, 2012, in the traditional and digital stores, and on May 31st with the magazine Xl." Within the evening, hosted by Marco Biondi from Virgin Radio, it will be possible to listen to the playback of the whole album prior release. There will also be a performance of Cavrones, one of Italy's biggest tribute bands of the Ramones and some lucky guests will have a surprise. Start at 22.30hrs. Ticket is before midnight euro 6 for women, euro 10 for men, with the download of the coupon from www.alcatrazmilano.com. (May 21, 2012)

- Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2012 is again at Joey's birthday May 19, 2012 (and mine birthday). Event will celebrate the May 22nd, 2012, release of Joey Ramone's 2nd full length album, ...Ya Know? Entire album will be played at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at live. Joey's brother Mickey Leigh and Tommy Ramone confirmed me both that Tommy will perform at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2012.
Here are other confirmed artists who will be performing songs from Joey's upcoming album: Mickey Leigh, Ed Stasium, Richie Stotts, Ross the Boss, Thunderbolt Patterson, Jean Beauvoir, Al Maddy, Bebe Buell, Joey Lanz, Walt Stack, Yoav, Alex Holyboy, Tish & Snooky, Tina Ingrid, Louisa Bradshaw, Amy Hartman...
Richie Ramone, CJ Ramone and Marky Ramone aren't attending this Birthday Bash.
Support bands rocking at the event are Ivan Julian, The Bullys, The Brats, The Threads and The Indecent.
The Gobshites had to cancel because one member is sick.
Joey wanted and loved to promote smaller bands, so Mickey is carrying torch great way also this year.
Venue is The Studio at Webster Hall in New York. Place only holds 400 people. Event isn't sold-out yet (situation in April 30, 2012).
You can buy tickets here.
- Tickets are 40 dollars, and include admission into the event, a special Joey Ramone Birthday Bash limited edition copy ...Ya Know? Album signed by the performers (hopefully by all of them), and an official Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2012 T-shirt, explains Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
So attendees of the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will receive the album prior to it being available to the general public. In other words = you can get it before release date!
Doors open at 7PM. Tickets got on sale Saturday, March 3rd at 10AM. You can buy tickets here. All profit goes to cancer research.
More details of this and older Birthday Bashes here.
PRE-MEETING: This year we will have pre-meeting at Manitobas bar, owned by Dictators' singer Handsome Dick Manitoba. Let's meet there at 6PM. Event at The Studio at Webster Hall starts 8PM (doors open 7.30PM). Manitobas homepage. Address: 99 Avenue B (Btwn 6th & 7th Street), New York. NY. Phone: (212) 982-2511 (Updated: May 13, 2012)


- Release date of Joey Ramone's second solo album has delayed many times, and many years..
BUT IN FEBRUARY 2012 things got ready. Album is titled ...Ya Know? Release date was told to be then May 15, 2012, but it got changed and in March 20 got confirmed new release date May 22.
Title is named after the way Joey used to end every sentence in his Queens drawl..
- The highly anticipated 2nd solo LP from Joey Ramone is going to be released May 22nd, 2012, by BMG Rights Management, preceded by the single Rock And Roll Is The Answer, with There's Got To Be More To Life, which will be available as 7' vinyl single on Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012, said Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
RollingStone magazine published B side There's Got To Be More To Life on their site, April 20, 2012.
Fastest Ramones drummer Richie Ramone will sign copies of 7" at Permanent Records in LA on April 21, 2012.
Leigh explained the tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade and a half of his life.
- Album was going to have 17 songs on two 12' 180 gram audiophile vinyl, double gatefold cover. Digital download & CD available May 22 2012, confirmed news producer Ed Stasium.
- Because of a last minute glich, two songs had to be cut off, said Leigh on March 20, 2012.
So album has 15 songs. The tracks are songs that Joey had written, several co-written with Dee Dee Ramone and one with Ramones producer Daniel Rey.
Musicians playing in this album include Richie Ramone, Mickey Leigh, Andy Shernoff (Dictators etc.), Little Steven (Steven Van Zandt) (Bruce Springteen's E Street Band etc.), Richie Stotts (The Plasmatics etc.), Joan Jett, Thunderbolt Patterson (Dictators), Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Dennis Diken (Smithereens), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Holly Beth Vincent...
Read lot more information on here, see video of single, tracklisting information etc.
(Updated: April 18, 2012)

- Joey Ramone's close friend Andy Shernoff published solo 7' inch vinyl single (October, 2011). It has songs Are You Ready To Rapture? and Make Me Tremble. Make Me Tremble is unreleased song by Joey Ramone and Andy Shernoff.
- Make Me Tremble was a demo that I decided to release as the B-side to my new single with the blessings of Joey's estate, explained Andy.
So this is official release?
- Since it was a song that Joey sang and co-wrote I needed to get the approval of his estate. So yes it's an official release. The song shows the tender, hippie side of Joey, one not usually seen. It's definitely for the real fans. I would also love it if everybody checked out my new animation at Andyshernoff.com or from YouTube, said Shernoff.
Single is for sale in these distributors:
USA store, and UK store and other European countries.
Andy, are you planning to concentrate more to solo career?
- I am playing at least once a week in New York (Lakeside Lounge, located in Manhattan's groovy East Village. 162 Avenue B @ East 10th Street) with a small group of friends. We're working out my new songs. It's really been alot of fun. I have plans to record again early next year so I'm pretty excited, feels Shernoff.
I do mention here some background information. Shernoff is a founding member of The Dictators. Also known of groups like The Masterplan and Manitoba's Wild Kingdom. He plays in Joey's first solo, has wrote to Ramones albums songs like Ignorance Is Bliss (with Joey), my Top-10 Ramones song It's Gonna Be Alright (with Joey), I Won't Let It Happen (with Joey), and to Joey's Don't Worry About Me album Stop Thinking About It with Joey. And to Dee Dee Ramone & I.C.L.C.'s I Hate Freaks Like You album song Chinese Bitch with Dee Dee. (November 23, 2011)


- Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh has new group called Mickey Leigh's New Yorkestra, his first original band in 10 years featuring all his original material. Since Joey became an angel, Mickey has been busy with taking more care of Ramones Productions, working with Joey's solo debut (2002) and Joey's upcoming second solo album, organising Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes and other kind of Joey memorials, writing and publishing his autobiographical book I Slept With Joey Ramone; A Punk-Rock Family Memoir, and collaborating on its screenplay etc.
- I finally can get back to playing my own material and forming a new band. The debut performance is with The Incedent and Rew Starr at Webster Hall, New York, USA, on November 17, 2011. We'll be incorporating a variety of styles ranging from punk, rock, jazz, folk even neo-gospel and melding it into something all our own. The only word I can think of to categorize it is "eclectic," unless I start making up my own terms like 'turnstyle,' urban mutant or melding pot. We're hoping to present a musical, theatrical show that, although edgy, will be fun for the whole family, including pets, says Mickey.
The band consists of Mickey Leigh (lead guitar, lead vocals), Dave Merrill (bass, related to Rattlers band), Pat Carpenter (drums, related to Stop band), Al Maddy (guitar, The Nightcaps, Ivan Julian), Alex Holyboy (keyboards) and Steve Brown (percussion, Rattlers).
Al Maddy got to know Joey Ramone better in 1991, even Maddy's former band the Nitecaps opened some shows for the Ramones in the mid-80's. He has interesting stories of Joey to tell, you can read Al's interview on Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
Since this is comprised of a multi-ethnic line-up of musicians gathered from the five boroughs, Mickey dubbed it his New Yorkestra This unlimited framework allows Leigh not only to draw material from the vast catalogue of songs he's written throughout his career for prior bands: Birdland w/ L Bangs, The Rattlers, Crown The Good and STOP, but also, and to a larger extent, present previously unreleased and freshly written material.
- What makes this project so interesting and entertaining is that all the colors of the spectrum will be present, making it so diverse. (Updated: November 3, 2011)

- We can gongralute Daily News (newspaper) writer Michael O'Keefe, as NY Mets baseball team took the advice of his Daily News article and celebrated the birthday of Joey Ramone during the team's 1-0 victory over the Nationals at Citi Field Thursday, a day when he would have been 60 years old (May 19, 2011).
The Mets honored Joey Ramone by playing a tribute video on the Citi Field scoreboard. The nod to the punk rock pioneer was sparked by a column Michael O'Keefe wrote that pointed out that the Giants won the World Series after honoring the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia.
Here's a what Michael wrote in February, 2011:
"The Mets should honor Joey Ramone because, with his leather jacket, ripped jeans, long hair and rose-colored shades, he was a Big Apple icon, a reminder of the talent and energy and intellect that make New York great.
The Mets should especially honor Joey because he is a symbol of rebirth. New York was in financial ruins in the 1970s. The muggers seemed to outnumber the cops and the subway cars seemed to be held together by grime and graffiti. But in lower Manhattan, Joey and the Ramones were reclaiming rock 'n' roll and inspiring thousands of kids to pick up guitars, publish fanzines, design their own clothes or just simply do their own thing. And the Mets should honor Joey because like the Mets in their best moments, the Ramones were just a bunch of guys who came together to transcend their individual troubles and limitations to touch millions of fans. (Updated: October19, 2011)


- Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash, 60th birthday celebration was on May 19, 2011. Event was again at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, not at Bowery Ballroom what was a second choice.
You can find three sets of photos I composed at the JFK Airport on May 20, 2011, day after event. Click here to find information of photos.
Following are advance information before event:
We fans will have meeting (my idea) at place called Nevada Smiths, starting around 4.30PM. Nevada Smiths is only three blocks away from Irving Plaza. Address is: 74th Third Avenue (between 11th & 12th). Every fan is welcome. Ramones' fan Andy Cintron tell it's a football pub during the weekends but at night it's music and the main bartender Johnny Holmes is a HUGE Ramones fan! Visit Nevada Smiths homepage. I will have copies of my Ramones books with me and also Hannu Jokinen of Woimasointu Records will bring copies of solo singles by Ramones members and Dee Dee's Hop Around LP he has released.
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is a memory event to our angel, and this is 11th time it is organised. Tickets got sale in early March, you can buy tickets here. Price through Live Nation is US$ 35.25.
"Joey Ramone all stars" set include musicians Tommy Ramone, Richie Ramone, Al Maddy, Andy Shernoff (The Dictators), Richie Stotts (The Plasmatics), Ali McMordie (Stiff Little Fingers), Ed Stasium, Mickey Leigh, Walt Stack (The Bullys), George Tabb and Tush & Snooky (Sick F*cks) are confirmed to do perform at "Joey Ramone's Friends" set.
There were some schedule changes and because of it Andy Hilfiger and Holly Beth Vincent won't do appearances as was planned.
Mickey wrote to me in May 9th, set will include four songs from the upcoming 2nd Joey Ramone solo album.
Richard Lloyd will do his set. Mickey had negotiated also with Hugh Cornwell best known for being the vocalist and guitarist for the The Stranglers from 1974 to 1990. By 1977 The Stranglers had secured a contract with the United Artists Records, they went on to become the highest selling band to emerge from the UK punk scene, with numerous hit singles and record album.
The Ramones played with The Stranglers at The Roundhouse, London, UK in 1977. Hugh has recorded many solos as well.
- Hugh Cornwell will be performing the classics that made that band legendary. Joining Hugh on drums is Elvis Ramone also, well known as Clem Burke of Blondie. On bass is Fish. Also will play Black 47, a revered NYC band Joey went to see frequently, and had even hoped to produce a record for, explains Mickey.
Also are announced to play bands The Rattlers (Mickey's), Sunday Masquerade and The Indecent.
I do mention just in case, The Indecent is different band than The Independents who has played many times before at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash (and whom members Evil and Willy B were Joey's really close friends).
MC's: Steve Craig, Matt Pinfield and John Holmstrom.
I (Jari-Pekka) will celebrate my birthday 11th time at Joey's Birthday Bash. Joey and I share same birthday (May 19). Read my previous picture-story reports: here is from 2010 and here is from 2009. (Updated: May 21, 2011)

- April 15, 2011, we had memorial day for our Joey. Joey got a call from heaven ten years ago. Joey died (at age 49) after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer. We love you Joey. Phil Spector wrote nice memorial text of Joey few weeks ago. Read on my Joey tribute section also lot more of Joey. (Updated: April 30, 2011)

- Mickey Leigh's (Joey Ramone's brother) and Legs McNeil's book I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir, is now translated and published in Finnish. Title in Finnish is: Veljeni Joey Ramone. Kristiina Sarasti of the Like Kustannus was one of main organisators behind this project. early February, 2011.
Publisher is Like Kustannus. Book is translated by Ilkka Salmenpohja. Book has 450 pages and hard cover. Here I have written basic information of I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir). I asked from Mickey Leigh in January 6, 2011, if book will be translated also for other languages. Mickey wrote:
- So far the only country it will be available in the near future is Finland. I am still working on getting it published in other territories - but nothing is happening that I can speak of yet. I'm trying really hard to get my agent to focus on getting the book published in other countries and languages. I really want everyone to be able to read it, wrote Mickey for to me. (Updated: March 21, 2011.)

- December 22, 2010 was announced Ramones being among the recipients named of the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Ramones received Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement during an invitation-only ceremony February 12, 2011, the night before the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
Only five Grammys were given out to the Ramones members: to Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone.
So CJ Ramone and Richie Ramone (and Clem Burke aka Elvis Ramone who attended event ) were not recipients of Grammys Awards, nor were they recognized by the Grammy Industry. Grammy Industry gave awards to the early members of the band. In Grammy Awards days, CJ Ramone had shows in Paraguay and Argentina: February 10-12. Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zampini not attended event, not sure why. Tommy Ramone thanked CJ and John Cafiero had a mention of Barbara. That was great. Read more information and read speeches by Ramones members and their families here. (Updated: February 27, 2011).


- I composed more extensive section of Joey Ramone and Ronnie Spector. Joey Ramone and Daniel Rey produced Ronnie Spector's She Talks To Rainbows EP (1999). Joey as well sing and Daniel plays on it. She Talks To Rainbows EP is something Joey had planned to do for a long time. The EP features a duet with Joey and Ronnie singing the Ramones song Bye Bye Baby. In a cover of Johnny Thunders' classic You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory Joey contributes background vocals. You can find it as well from Ronnie's album The Last Of The Rock Stars (2006).
This EP is one of my 10# records, of most important Ramones related records released. Listening Joey's and Ronnie's duet, get often tears for me.
I composed more extensive Joey/Ronnie section also because I found some differences from versions released by Kill Rock Stars. You can find Joey/Ronnie section here. (February 5, 2011)

More Joey Ramone news in my archive.







JOHNNY RAMONE:

- The ninth annual Johnny Ramone tribute event was at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 18, 2013. Event was in a area where is Johnny Ramone's memorial statue and the gravesite of Dee Dee Ramone. You had chance to make this in "picnic style", sit in a blanket, have something to eat and drink while watching things that were shown.
See and read here story of event.
This year any of the Ramones members not attended event. Event again celebrated Johnny's love of cult movies. This year special guest host was John Waters who presented an outdoor screening of the director's cut of his 1990 cult classic Cry-Baby. Cry-Baby was projected on a 42-foot Mausoleum wall. Cry-Baby is written and directed by John Waters and is starring for example Iggy Pop, Johnny Depp and Traci Lords. In advance was told Traci Lords being a special guest on this Johnny Ramone tribute event. Surprise guest was Johnny Depp. Also there was from the cast of movie for example Joe Dallesandro.
Some of you might remember Traci Lords singing backing vocals to the Ramones' cover of Somebody To Love, it was recorded to Ramones' album Acid Eaters. Movies directed and/or written by Waters are also for example Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981) and Hairspray (1988). Waters and Lords did signing and q&a as well. Movies directed and/or written by Waters are also for example Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981) and Hairspray (1988). Waters and Lords will do signign and q&a as well.
Also in this event on August 18, 2013 was shown vintage Ramones live concert footage and music videos projected on a 42-foot Mausoleum wall. As well was Ramones look-a-like contest. Johnny Ramone's wife Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone Army Chief Of Staff, John Cafiero told in advance: "Come dressed as your favorite founding member of The Ramones: Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee or Tommy - to win prizes!"
Contest was judged by Linda and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. Address of Hollywood Forever Cemetery is: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA, USA. Admission was 10 US$. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Doors were open at 5:30 PM. (Updated: August 26, 2013)


- Kepi Ghoulie was singer-guitarist in Groovie Ghoulies in 1983-2007. After that he is created solo career. All the art on every album cover has always been comic book influenced. Kepi has honored the Ramones for many ways, also been support band to CJ Ramone in some shows etc. August 1st, 2013, Kepi Ghoulie released new music video of I Just Wanted You To Know song. It is directed by Andrew Hooper and it has parts what are recorded at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in a area where is Johnny Ramone's memorial statue and the gravesite of Dee Dee Ramone. See video here.
Also video is featuring great Rodney Bingenheimer, a man who is widely respected especially by musicians. Rodney is considered to be one of the most well known DJs in the world. His radio show Rodney On The Roq in Los Angeles, USA on KROQ-FM has been a hit since it's inception in August 1976. The Ramones were on his very first show. You can read 7,5 pages long interview of Rodney and Maria Montoya-Kaye in Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives and see also rare photos of them. (August 1, 2013)

- Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone is the first and only truly autobiographical work written by the Ramones' founding member, guitarist, Johnny Ramone. Book was released in stores and online nationwide in the USA on April 2nd, 2012 from Abrams Image. E-book is available on Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader. Rights of the book have been pre-sold in four different languages throughout Europe and Brazil with more soon to be announced. And now in February, 2013, Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone got published in Brazil, version in Portuguese got published by Editora LeYa. Read more details of Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone here. (Updated: April 17, 2013)

- Frankenweenie is a 2012 3D stop motion comedy-horror family Disney film directed by Tim Burton with who Johnny Ramone became friends. Frankenweenie is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and an homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein.
Soundtrack is titled Frankenweenie Unleashed and it is featuring a cover version of the Ramones song Pet Sematary (written by Dee Dee Ramone and Daniel Rey). Pet Sematary is performed by Plain White T's.
You can see trailer kind of combined version of Frankenweenie and Ramones promo video of Pet Sematary here. And Pet Sematary video by the Plain White T's is here. Also it has lot Frankenweenie parts and is dedicated to the Ramones. Plain White T's is an pop punk band from Chicago, Illinois, USA, formed in 1997.
As I did mention, Frankenweenie is a Disney movie. Johnny's wife Linda says following of Burton and Disney on Johnny's site:
"Johnny always said Disney was the happiest place on earth, and he loved collecting Disney memorabilia. That's why we even have a Disney themed bathroom in the house. He liked Tim (Burton), they were friends, and Johnny loved animals. He would have been happy the Ramones were included somehow." - Linda Ramone. (October 25, 2012).

- The 8th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute event was organised at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where a statue in honour of Johnny was unveiled by his wife Linda, on January 14, 2005. Dee Dee Ramone's grave is in the same cemetery not far from Johnny's statue.
I collected information of 8th Johnny Ramone Tribute together, read them here. Information below was given before event, so it is better to read information on link above.
The 8th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute is on August 19, 2012. Of the surviving Ramones members you has chance to meet there founding member, drummer and original manager Tommy Ramone. If buy copy of Johnny Ramone's book Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone at the event, you can get it signed by Tommy Ramone, Johnny's wife Linda, John Cafiero (editor of Johnny's book and Osaka Popstar singer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Rose McGowan (actor), Billy Zoom (band X), and PJ Soles (Riff Randell of "Ramones movie" Rock And Roll High School).
Also special guests are Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley. Priscilla was Elvis Presley's wife and Lisa Marie is their daughter. As the sun sets, the event will feature an outdoor screening under the stars showcasing one of Johnny's Top 10 favorite Elvis films, King Creole, (a personal favorite of Presley's himself). King Creole (1958, 116 minutes) is also starring Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau. The screening will include brief opening presentation featuring Lisa Marie and a slideshow of rare photos from Johnny's personal archives of the guitar legend with Lisa Marie. Lisa Marie also penned the Epilogue in Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone. The esteemed Priscilla Presley will appear in-person to speak and share reflections on Johnny Ramone, Lisa Marie, her iconic husband's legacy, and the lasting impact he made on the world. This is even more poignant considering it's the weeklong Graceland celebration of the 35th anniversary of Elvis' death.
The grounds of the event will include an on-site display of rare Elvis memorabilia culled from Johnny's personal collection, as housed in the Elvis Room of Ramone's Los Angeles home. Music to suit the occasion will be spun throughout the cemetery grounds by DJ Howie Pyro (D-Generation, Danzig, Intoxica Radio etc.).
Address of Hollywood Forever Cemetery is: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA. Admission is 10 US$. Doors open at 5:30 PM and autograph signing is at 6:30 PM. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Admission is only $10, however donations in excess of the required admission are welcomed and suggested (but not mandatory). Tickets can be purchased online in advance here. (Updated: August 14, 2012)


- Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone is the first and only truly autobiographical work written by the Ramones' founding member, guitarist, Johnny Ramone. Book will be released in stores and online nationwide (USA) on April 2nd, 2012 from Abrams Image. E-book will be available on Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader. Rights of the book have been pre-sold in four different languages throughout Europe and Brazil with more soon to be announced.
Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone includes a foreward written by sole surviving founding member, drummer, Tommy Ramone, and an epilogue written by Johnny's close friend (and daughter to the King), Lisa Marie Presley.
Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone is Johnny's story and the story of The Ramones told in his own words. Insightful and introspective, the 176-page, visually driven memoir walks through Johnny's days as a founding member of one of the world's most iconic bands and also chronicles his personal life beyond the stage. Never afraid to speak his mind, it includes raw and unflinching opinions of the band as well as his fellow peers in music and even the struggle with cancer that ultimately took him. Grounded in decades of his own meticulous records and notes, Johnny also shares his personal assessment of The Ramones catalog, several of his brilliantly eccentric Top Ten Lists, rare historical artifacts and scores of personal and professional photos, most of which have never been seen before. More information here. Pre-order book here (January 19, 2012)

- In Rolling Stone's latest Top 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time listing, is Johnny Ramone #28. They tells of Johnny: "The father of punk-rock guitar and a huge influence on riff-driven modern metal, Johnny Ramone is one of the instrument's great anti-heroes. John Cummings made his name with an inexpensive Mosrite guitar, on which he hammered out high-speed downstroked barre chords in a slashing, minimalist style that appropriately became known as "buzzsaw."
A pure rhythm engine, Ramone almost never played a solo, but his playing had the headlong surge of an oncoming subway train. In an era when "heavy" was synonymous with "slow," the primitive, metronomic swing of his riffs on Blitzkrieg Bop and Judy Is A Punk and the trampoline-pop grind of Rockaway Beach showed you could speed things up without losing an ounce of power (somewhat surprisingly, his own guitar hero was Jimmy Page). "Johnny was the first guitar player I ever saw play like he was really mad," testified Henry Rollins. "And I was like, 'Damn. That's cool.'"
Top 27 guitarists in Rolling Stone listing are: 1) Jimi Hendrix, 2), Eric Clapton, 3) Jimmy Page, 4) Keith Richards, 5) Jeff Beck, 6) B.B. King, 7) Chuck Berry, 8) Eddie Van Halen, 9) Duane Allman and 10) Pete Townshend.
11) George Harrison, 12) Stevie Ray Vaughan, 13) Albert King, 14) David Gilmour, 15) Freddy King, 16) Derek Trucks, 17) Neil Young 18) Les Paul, 19) James Burton and 20) Carlos Santana.
21) Chet Atkins, 22) Frank Zappa, 23) Buddy Guy, 24) Angus Young, 25) Tony Iommi, 26) Brian May and Bo Diddley. (December 7, 2011)


- Also this year, 2011, was organised Johnny Ramone / Dee Dee Ramone / Ramones memorial event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA, USA on October 1st, 2011. This was 7th memorial event. This outdoor event was presented by Johnny's wife Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone Army Chief Of Staff John Cafiero. Tommy Ramone was only Ramones member who attended event. So this was a great chance to meet Tommy and also see from big video screen Tommy playing with Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (television show) on August 9, 1977. Show was screened in it's entirety.
- The Johnny Tribute went well as usual. It was great to see the fans again and we had a good time watching the Don Kirshner show, I have not seen it in it's entirety in decades -- it is quite a good show!, wrote Tommy Ramone to me.
Some were thinking Tommy was pushed to the side and in a highligh were too much The "Hollywood" movie stars in VIP area, and other special guests The Misfits and Juicehead who are artists of the Misfits Records. The Misfits released first full-length album of all-new, original material in nearly a decade (and the first since 1999 to feature The Misfits originals). The Devil's Rain debuted on Billboard's Top 200 at #70, and Billboard's Top Independent Album Charts #12. It is produced by Ed Stasium, with some help by John Cafiero. Stasium has produced for example Ramones albums Road To Ruin and Too Tough To Die, and Misfits album Famous Monsters.
RichieRamone.com & Ramones Forever were collaborating and you had chance to get free signed giveaways autographed by Richie in this event.
Read here more information, review written by Joe and Deb Lunardon, and see photos taken by them. (Updated: October 27, 2011).

- Read here tribute text for Johnny Ramone written by Kevin Clement of Chiller Theatre. Chiller Theatre Toy, Model And Film Expo is famous event and Johnny attended it many times in 90's. (October 25, 2011)

- Here are some information related to Johnny Ramone's book. Few years after Johnny Ramone had passed away (RIP, September 15, 2004), Henry Rollins (ex member of the Black Flag, Rollins Band etc.) got the honour to start working on Johnny Ramone's book and he was working with it many years. But in September 2010, I got told new Ramones manager John Cafiero is working with the book.
Now in July 2011, I got some new information. Book is titled: Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone. Publisher is Abrams Image.
I has got conflicting information of release date. I has these details: release date of the book is in the USA is January 4, 2012, or April 1, 2012. Release date in the UK and Europe is different: February 1, 2012.
Book has hardcover, 192 pages and trim size is 7 x 9. Included are 60 full-color and black-and-white illustrations.
Johnny's wife Linda tells a lot of the background of that story in my book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
Like you can read these infos from it (I did interview in 2007): "I now have Henry Rollins finishing up Johnny's book for me. He's been working on it now since the first writer didn't work out. Henry is a true punk and he is a true Ramones fan. He came over the house and I knew immediately he was the type of person who really loved it all. When I asked if he could finish the book he said: "Yeah." What we're doing is taking everyone else out the book and just having Johnny talk. It's stripped down. I just want a punk book that's it.
I have Johnny's black books from 1979-1996. When questions come up that I can't answer I go to the books. He has everything written down! Every show, every attendance, and what they got paid." Read more from Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
So this interview I had with Linda in 2007. And as I said, now new Ramones manager John Cafiero is working with Johnny Ramone's book. To the book they has gone through all interviews Johnny did, so it is still going to be all Johnny's words etc. (Updated: July 3, 2011)

- Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone have been rendered as vinyl figures - joining the ranks of Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, and more, in Funko's new POP! Rocks series.
Available worldwide June 2011 both of these stylized 3.75-inch tall vinyl figures come decked in traditional Ramones leather jackets, and armed with guitar and bass respectively. Figures are detailed right down to Johnny's infamous frown, Dee Dee's enigmatic glare, and the matching shoulder chains that bookended them on stage while changing the face of rock N'roll.
Both figures are now in production and shipping to stores by or before June 15, 2011. Pre-orders are now being accepted in the JRA online store JRA Online store. (February 28, 2011)


- December 22, 2010 was announced Ramones being among the recipients named of the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Ramones received Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement during an invitation-only ceremony February 12, 2011, the night before the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
Only five Grammys were given out to the Ramones members: to Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone.
So CJ Ramone and Richie Ramone (and Clem Burke aka Elvis Ramone who attended event ) were not recipients of Grammys Awards, nor were they recognized by the Grammy Industry. Grammy Industry gave awards to the early members of the band. In Grammy Awards days, CJ Ramone had shows in Paraguay and Argentina: February 10-12. Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zampini not attended event, not sure why. Tommy Ramone thanked CJ and John Cafiero had a mention of Barbara. That was great. Read more information and read speeches by Ramones members and their families here. (Updated: February 27, 2011).

- There was an article in Swedish newspaper (Dagens Nyheter, February 3, 2011) of author Bengt Ohlsson writing a fictional novel book about Johnny Ramone. Title is Commando, and of course it refers to the Ramones song. Swedish Ramones fan Marten Ramone translated article for me and on it Bengt comments how he got idea of a novel after looking a documentary. 48 years old man played Ramones covers with his old band in late 80's. Commando is coming out in fall 2011. It is in Swedish. Publisher is Albert Bonniers.
Interviewer Cecilia Jacobsson (Dagens Nyheter) explains about Bengt: There are abrupt shifts between the person who attracts Bengt Ohlsson's interest. His last three books: Kolka, Syster and Hennes Mjukaste Röst, have female protagonists, very different and from different countries. His Gregorius book won Augustpriset in 2004. Gregorius is about famous Swedish writer Hjalmar Söderberg. (February 3, 2011)


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DEE DEE RAMONE

- New Los Gattos album Duct Tape & Super Glue is out. It's available download only on BANDCAMP.COM:
here you can buy it. Minimum is only 7 US$. You can find front page of Los Gattos on Bandcamp here. Duct Tape & Super Glue include original version of Downhill, which Dee Dee Ramone and Los Gattos co-wrote, Downhill was recorded in memory and in honor of Dee Dee. Los Gattos were Dee Dee's support act for some of his West Coast (USA) dates in 2000-01 and Duct Tape & Super Glue has a live version of Dust My Broom featuring Dee Dee Ramone on guitar.
Paul Kostabi who was one of Dee Dee's closest friends recorded a few tracks, played on a few tracks also Mic Solis (RIP) and Tony Mann. Paul Kostabi did the albums artwork. So you can buy album here. (January 25, 2014)

- Here in Finland got made Ramopunk / Dee Dee Ramone calendar/ almanac for year 2014 by Ramopunk Ry society. It is 24 centimeters high (9,5 inch) and 21 centimeters wide (8,3 inch). Calendar has four color pages and drawings/ paintings are of Dee Dee Ramone. Drawings/ paintings are created by Manuel Cossun of The Manges. Design is by The Andersson's Tee Dee Andersson. Calendar is printed in real printing house and is quality product.
Prize of calendar is 12 euros + postage. Ask more details from Minna Wallenius: ramopunk.ry@gmail.com (November 24, 2013)


- There are no many Ramones songs which are released with alternative lyrics and title. I throught to mention of Main Man. As many of you knows Main Man is song in Ramones' album Mondo Bizarro (1992) and CJ Ramone makes lead vocals on it.
I has bootleg LP of Dee Dee Ramone's early solo show, with his short-term band The Spikey Tops at New Rochelle, NY, USA on November 25, 1989. Main Man is titled I'm An Apeman on it and Dee Dee also sing it with lyrics I'm An Apeman. Song is written by Dee Dee Ramone and Daniel Rey. As is one of greatest Ramones songs Poison Heart which Dee Dee also rocked already at live in that show on November 25, 1989. (November 24, 2013)

- The ninth annual Johnny Ramone tribute event was at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 18, 2013. Event was in a area where is Johnny Ramone's memorial statue and the gravesite of Dee Dee Ramone. You had chance to make this in "picnic style", sit in a blanket, have something to eat and drink while watching things that were shown. See and read here story of event.
This year any of the Ramones members not attended event. Event again celebrated Johnny's love of cult movies. This year special guest host was John Waters who presented an outdoor screening of the director's cut of his 1990 cult classic Cry-Baby. Cry-Baby was projected on a 42-foot Mausoleum wall. Cry-Baby is written and directed by John Waters and is starring for example Iggy Pop, Johnny Depp and Traci Lords. In advance was told Traci Lords being a special guest on this Johnny Ramone tribute event. Surprise guest was Johnny Depp. Also there was from the cast of movie for example Joe Dallesandro.
Some of you might remember Traci Lords singing backing vocals to the Ramones' cover of Somebody To Love, it was recorded to Ramones' album Acid Eaters. Movies directed and/or written by Waters are also for example Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981) and Hairspray (1988). Waters and Lords did signing and q&a as well. Movies directed and/or written by Waters are also for example Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981) and Hairspray (1988). Waters and Lords will do signign and q&a as well.
Also in this event on August 18, 2013 was shown vintage Ramones live concert footage and music videos projected on a 42-foot Mausoleum wall. As well was Ramones look-a-like contest. Johnny Ramone's wife Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone Army Chief Of Staff, John Cafiero told in advance: "Come dressed as your favorite founding member of The Ramones: Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee or Tommy - to win prizes!"
Contest was judged by Linda and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. Address of Hollywood Forever Cemetery is: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA, USA. Admission was 10 US$. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Doors were open at 5:30 PM. (Updated: August 26, 2013)


- Brent "Aldo" Alden of False Alarm etc. has compiled and created with Adam Wilson, Atom Kaos, Alfred Estrada, Mike Rangel and JP Proper etc. compilation CD's titled Chaotic Reasoning Vol. 1-2 and Vol. 3 is coming out soon. Chaotic Reasoning 1 include song titled Downhill, which Dee Dee Ramone and Los Gattos co-wrote. Downhill was recorded in memory and in honor of Dee Dee. Los Gattos was Dee Dee's support act for some of his West Coast (USA) dates in 2000-01. Los Gattos album was released by Art Monkey Records on January 13, 2007 and it include Downhill.
So, also Chaotic Reasoning 1 has Downhill and as well False Alarm's songs featuring Cheetah Chrome and Fat Mike, and songs by Youth Gone Mad, Kill Allen Wrench, Symbol Six and Liquor Locos. Order Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. from Brent by contacting him through his Facebook page.
Vol. 3. CD will has 31 songs and label is Kaos Records. Brent "Aldo" Alden told in August, 2013, that Vol. 3 is still not ready.
Compilation will include Youth Gone Mad Feat. Dee Dee Ramone song False Alarm and Furious George Feat. Joey Ramone song Gilligan. Also for example these songs: False Alarm Feat. Cheetah Chrome: Youth Gone Mad, False Alarm Feat. Fat Mike: Self Destruction, Los Gattos: Movin' On, Shattered Faith: Strange Daze and The Charles Dukowski Sextet: Sweet Chariot. (Updated: August 14, 2013)

- Kepi Ghoulie was singer-guitarist in Groovie Ghoulies in 1983-2007. After that he is created solo career. All the art on every album cover has always been comic book influenced. Kepi has honored the Ramones for many ways, also been support band to CJ Ramone in some shows etc. August 1st, 2013, Kepi Ghoulie released new music video of I Just Wanted You To Know song. It is directed by Andrew Hooper and it has parts what are recorded at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in a area where is Johnny Ramone's memorial statue and the gravesite of Dee Dee Ramone. See video here.
Also video is featuring great Rodney Bingenheimer, a man who is widely respected especially by musicians. Rodney is considered to be one of the most well known DJs in the world. His radio show Rodney On The Roq in Los Angeles, USA on KROQ-FM has been a hit since it's inception in August 1976. The Ramones were on his very first show. You can read 7,5 pages long interview of Rodney and Maria Montoya-Kaye in Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives and see also rare photos of them. (August 1, 2013)


- Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition was on display in a show at Subliminal Projects gallery in Echo Park, Los Angeles, USA. Dee Dee received this a posthumous gallery exhibition of his artwork thanks to street artist Shepard Fairey. The exhibition was organized with Dee Dee's estate, which lended the art. Exhibition was from October 26 through November 17, 2012.
SEE AND READ MORE extensive information of this exhibition with a photos of paintings etc. here.
Dee Dee's wife Barbara Ramone (Zampini) said she hadn't seen these paintings for like 10 years. Paintings were in Germany. She had to refer to Rampe3 event. Ramones' manager John Cafiero said these paingtings were exhibited first time in America.
Erica Overskei, gallery manager at Subliminal Projects, said the show was comprised of 19 canvases, five paintings on wood, and one mixed media on card stock. Some of the works were made in collaboration between Ramone and artist-musician Paul Kostabi, and with Barbara. Most of the art was created by just Dee Dee. None of the canvases were available for sale.
Gallery was originally created by Shepard Fairey and Blaze Blouin as an artist collective in 1995.
Address: Subliminal Projects, 1331 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA. Phone: (213)213-0078 Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday: 12pm - 6pm.
You can read really extensive interview with Paul Kostabi and Heidi Follin of Dee Dee's arts from Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone. Buy book from Interpunk.
See in right photo of Shepard Fairey and Brent Alden.
About Shepard Fairey, his work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, specifically his Barack Obama "Hope" poster (red white and blue poster).
Brent Alden is the bass player of L.A. punk band False Alarm. Dee Dee Ramone and Paul Kostabi painted cover of False Alarm's second album Fuck 'Em We'Ve All Ready (Now) Won! It got published in 2006 and re-issued in 2009 together with Youth Gone Mad album recorded in 2002, songs include Dee Dee Ramone. These are final recordings Dee Dee ever did. As Paul Kostabi said to me in Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone book interview, Dee Dee didn't get to hear the finished product what was released six months after Dee Dee became an angel... Read more of it here.
(Updated: February 26, 2013)

- I want to tell information also of artists who are played in line-up's of Ramones members. When I was in a road in Dee Dee Ramone tour in Europe in 2000, on bass was still Dee Dee's wife Barbara, but in 2001 in a tour instead of Barbara was as a guitarist Christian Martucci. Dee Dee played guitar in 2000 and bass in 2001. Dee Dee told me that it would have been too hard for Barbara to be on tour. Drummer was all the time Chase Manhattan, you can read a lot of those times on my books and of 2000 tour also here. Chase plays at the moment in Behold! The Monolith.
Later Christian wrote me and told he having band called Black President after The Chelsea Smiles. He also played with Corey Taylor of Slipknot etc. Now in early 2013, got published Christian Martucci's solo EP titled Man Without A Name, buy it from here. Christian is a founding member of Thousand Watt Stare as well, see their new Messenger video here and buy TWS's debut EP here.
(February 1, 2013)


- Dee Dee Ramone's book/novel: Chelsea Horror Hotel was released in English on May 10th, 2001. Late 2011 book got published in Czech. Publisher of Chelsea Horror Hotel version in Czech is Mata Publishing. Title in Czech is Chelsea Hotel Hruzy. More details.
Mata Publishing is published earlier of Dee Dee's books Poison Heart - Surviving The Ramones. Title in Czech is Poison Heart: Prezil Jsem Ramones. (February 17, 2012)

- Also this year, 2011, was organised Johnny Ramone / Dee Dee Ramone / Ramones memorial event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA, USA on October 1st, 2011. This was 7th memorial event. This outdoor event was presented by Johnny's wife Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone Army Chief Of Staff John Cafiero. Tommy Ramone was only Ramones member who attended event. So this was a great chance to meet Tommy and also see from big video screen Tommy playing with Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (television show) on August 9, 1977. Show was screened in it's entirety.
- The Johnny Tribute went well as usual. It was great to see the fans again and we had a good time watching the Don Kirshner show, I have not seen it in it's entirety in decades -- it is quite a good show!, wrote Tommy Ramone to me.
Read here more information, review written by Joe and Deb Lunardon, and see photos taken by them. (Updated: October 27, 2011).


- In October 2011, Dee Dee Ramone's ex-wife Vera informed me latest news of her book Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years).
- My book is also on Kindle, Nook, I think I-Pad and will soon be available for download in Italian and Spanish, I'm told, wrote Vera to me in October 27, 2011.
Buy Kindle version of Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years) here (you can choose there hardcover or Kindle edition). (October 27, 2011)

- The Tank Girl Skidmarks series, written by Alan Martin and illustrated by Rufus Dayglo, first appeared in the Judge Dredd Megazine in September 2008. It ran in 12 episodes in the monthly British comic magazine over the course of a year. In 2009 it was collected into a 4 issue comic book mini-series in the US by Titan Books, (3 episodes per issue), and most recently the Tank Girl: Skidmarks Trade Paper Back collection. As a young kid Rufus Dayglo met Dee Dee Ramone in the UK in 90's. And Dee Dee is included now in The Tank Girl Skidmarks series, paperback book. Idea is buy Dayglo:
"It was a story about a Cannonball run type race. and I thought Dee Dee in a VW would be a perfect over the top character. Dee Dee pretty much wrote himself as a character. He's an archetype. THE punk boy, a big heart, a cheeky grin and mischievous as f*ck! You'd want him on your team every time! What else could he be driving in this race but a rocket propelled VW with a pickelhaube on top? (with the racing number "1,2,3,4" of course!). We asked for permission to include Dee Dee in the book, and soon after, it was granted!, says Rufus Dayglo.
Dee Dee for example appears skating the pool.
Official press release also explains how did the idea to interpret Dee Dee as a skater in the storyline come to be? Dayglo cites Dee Dee's cover version of the 1964 song Sidewalk Surfin.:
"It all seemed to fall into place! I could imagine him trading a skateboard for a switchblade knife!!"
"Apart from seeing him onstage of course, I first met Dee Dee in the street near Notting Hill, in London. He asked me for my leather jacket, (it had Gabba Gabba Hey and a skull stitched across the back), I said no, and offered to buy him a pint instead! At the pub, he tried on my jacket, and when I took it off, he saw my tattoos and freaked out, (they are of comic book characters, in panels). We sat and talked tattoos, comics, knives, UFOs, and bollox... He was very funny, and liked to tease - kinda like a kid! I drew him a picture of him being sucked up into a UFO, and he drew me a picture of a sausage dog, (he said he used to graffiti it around NYC), and he wrote "Hey, it's Dougie" over it."
"When we were about to start work on TANK GIRL - SKIDMARKS all I knew was it was going to be a race story. like Wacky Racers meets Cannonball Run head on with more collateral damage. When I suggested it to Alan, the writer for Tank Girl, he was excited, and found it funny! He's a massive Ramones fan too. We were both really into the idea - of both doing a tribute, and making our favourite Ramone a comic book character.
"I thought it'd be fitting... He was just a comic book boy after all, and we both loved UFOs and war comics. I'd also been lucky enough to sing Blitzkrieg Bop and Born To Lose on stage at the Garage venue in London with Dee Dee and his wife Barbara's band years ago, so this was my belated thank you to them too! I had on my Gabba Gabba Hey jacket and Dee Dee recognized me. I was right up the front, and he pulled me onto the stage. It was a childhood dream come true - yelling 1,2,3,4!!! (Updated: September 25, 2011)


- Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone have been rendered as vinyl figures - joining the ranks of Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, and more, in Funko's new POP! Rocks series.
Available worldwide June 2011 both of these stylized 3.75-inch tall vinyl figures come decked in traditional Ramones leather jackets, and armed with guitar and bass respectively. Figures are detailed right down to Johnny's infamous frown, Dee Dee's enigmatic glare, and the matching shoulder chains that bookended them on stage while changing the face of rock N'roll.
Both figures are now in production and shipping to stores by or before June 15, 2011. Pre-orders are now being accepted in the JRA online store JRA Online store. (February 28, 2011)

- December 22, 2010 was announced Ramones being among the recipients named of the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Ramones received Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement during an invitation-only ceremony February 12, 2011, the night before the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
Only five Grammys were given out to the Ramones members: to Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone.
So CJ Ramone and Richie Ramone (and Clem Burke aka Elvis Ramone who attended event ) were not recipients of Grammys Awards, nor were they recognized by the Grammy Industry. Grammy Industry gave awards to the early members of the band. In Grammy Awards days, CJ Ramone had shows in Paraguay and Argentina: February 10-12. Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zampini not attended event, not sure why. Tommy Ramone thanked CJ and John Cafiero had a mention of Barbara. That was great. Read more information and read speeches by Ramones members and their families here. (Updated: February 27, 2011).


More Dee Dee Ramone news in my archive.







TOMMY RAMONE:

- Tommy Ramone is last surviving original Ramones founding member. Tommy and I are keeping touch regularly. I asked from Tommy what is situation of second Uncle Monk album. Already in late 2012 Tommy E-mailed me they are finishing up the next record. I asked about situation in February 2014: "There is no news on the music right now, the new record is finished but needs to be mastered, I will hopefully get around to doing that soon.", Tommy E-mailed in February, 2014.
Uncle Monk debut CD was released on March 16, 2006.
More infos of Uncle Monk here. (Updated: February 18, 2012)

- A movie called CBGB was being made for many years. It was released during the CBGB Musical Festival, which run from October 9-13, 2013, in New York. CBGB got to theater screen in the USA on October 11, 2013. Movie is 101 minutes long. XLrator Media has acquired U.S. rights to distribute CBGB. Ramones' founding member Tommy Ramone was announced to be at the venue called Subculture during CBGB Festival on October 11, 2013. Subculture's address is 45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs New York, NY 10012, USA, so it is in East Village. I was confused about information as Tommy Ramone didn't attend event. I asked about that from Tommy in late October.
- I don't know why the CBGB festival was using my name when I let them know early that I was not available. Sorry if their promotions caused confusion, Tommy Ramone wrote for me in November 1, 2013.
DVD and Blu-ray versions of CBGB will be published on December 31, 2013: CBGB [Blu-ray] and CBGB [DVD] . (November 4, 2013)

- Tommy Ramone has concentrated to do Uncle Monk shows in last few years. Tommy Ramone wrote to me in November and December of his other plans:
- I started doing some solo shows playing guitar. The shows have gone well. I did an acoustic show with Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols two weeks ago at the Cutting Room here in NY, we each did a solo set and got a good response from the audience. I played some Ramones songs along with my originals. They included I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, Blitzkrieg Bop and Suzy Is A Headbanger. Others I would like to leave as a surprise for people who come to see the shows, Tommy Ramone wrote.
Tommy was going to do a tour with Glen Matlock in Canada and USA in March 15 - April 7, 2013. Both were going to play individual sets. BUT, Tommy Ramone E-mailed me in March 4, 2013.
- I want to let you know that I am not doing the tour with Glen Matlock this month due to unforeseen circumstances. I will update you on any future tours, Tommy E-mailed. (Updated: March 4, 2013)


- September 25, 2012, was published pretty cool video of New York City song. Song is from Joey Ramone's second solo album titled ...Ya Know?. Video is featuring Tommy Ramone, many fans, Bob Gruen, Andy Shernoff, Ed Stasium, Mickey Leigh... Director is Greg Jardin, Producer is Jessica Roulston, Art Director is Nash Dunnigan, Character Animator is Jessica Polaniecki and Executive Producer is Jennifer Heath. Click to see video in right... (September 25, 2012)

- The 8th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute event was organised at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where a statue in honour of Johnny was unveiled by his wife Linda, on January 14, 2005. Dee Dee Ramone's grave is in the same cemetery not far from Johnny's statue.
I collected information of 8th Johnny Ramone Tribute together, read them here. Information below was given before event, so it is better to read information on link above.
The 8th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute is on August 19, 2012. Of the surviving Ramones members you has chance to meet there founding member, drummer and original manager Tommy Ramone. If buy copy of Johnny Ramone's book Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone at the event, you can get it signed by Tommy Ramone, Johnny's wife Linda, John Cafiero (editor of Johnny's book and Osaka Popstar singer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Rose McGowan (actor), Billy Zoom (band X), and PJ Soles (Riff Randell of "Ramones movie" Rock And Roll High School).
Also special guests are Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley. Priscilla was Elvis Presley's wife and Lisa Marie is their daughter. As the sun sets, the event will feature an outdoor screening under the stars showcasing one of Johnny's Top 10 favorite Elvis films, King Creole, (a personal favorite of Presley's himself). King Creole (1958, 116 minutes) is also starring Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau. The screening will include brief opening presentation featuring Lisa Marie and a slideshow of rare photos from Johnny's personal archives of the guitar legend with Lisa Marie. Lisa Marie also penned the Epilogue in Commando: The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone. The esteemed Priscilla Presley will appear in-person to speak and share reflections on Johnny Ramone, Lisa Marie, her iconic husband's legacy, and the lasting impact he made on the world. This is even more poignant considering it's the weeklong Graceland celebration of the 35th anniversary of Elvis' death.
The grounds of the event will include an on-site display of rare Elvis memorabilia culled from Johnny's personal collection, as housed in the Elvis Room of Ramone's Los Angeles home. Music to suit the occasion will be spun throughout the cemetery grounds by DJ Howie Pyro (D-Generation, Danzig, Intoxica Radio etc.).
Address of Hollywood Forever Cemetery is: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA. Admission is 10 US$. Doors open at 5:30 PM and autograph signing is at 6:30 PM. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Admission is only $10, however donations in excess of the required admission are welcomed and suggested (but not mandatory). Tickets can be purchased online in advance here. (Updated: August 14, 2012)


- Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2012 is again at Joey's birthday May 19, 2012 (and mine birthday). Event will celebrate the May 22nd, 2012, release of Joey Ramone's 2nd full length album, ...Ya Know? Entire album will be played at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at live. Joey's brother Mickey Leigh and Tommy Ramone confirmed me both that Tommy will perform at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2012.
Here are other confirmed artists who will be performing songs from Joey's upcoming album: Mickey Leigh, Ed Stasium, Richie Stotts, Ross the Boss, Thunderbolt Patterson, Jean Beauvoir, Al Maddy, Bebe Buell, Joey Lanz, Walt Stack, Yoav, Alex Holyboy, Tish & Snooky, Tina Ingrid, Louisa Bradshaw, Amy Hartman...
Richie Ramone, CJ Ramone and Marky Ramone aren't attending this Birthday Bash.
Support bands rocking at the event are Ivan Julian, The Bullys, The Brats, The Threads and The Indecent.
The Gobshites had to cancel because one member is sick.
Joey wanted and loved to promote smaller bands, so Mickey is carrying torch great way also this year.
Venue is The Studio at Webster Hall in New York. Place only holds 400 people. Event isn't sold-out yet (situation in April 30, 2012).
You can buy tickets here.
- Tickets are 40 dollars, and include admission into the event, a special Joey Ramone Birthday Bash limited edition copy ...Ya Know? Album signed by the performers (hopefully by all of them), and an official Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2012 T-shirt, explains Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
So attendees of the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will receive the album prior to it being available to the general public. In other words = you can get it before release date!
Doors open at 7PM. Tickets got on sale Saturday, March 3rd at 10AM. You can buy tickets here. All profit goes to cancer research. More details of this and older Birthday Bashes here.
PRE-MEETING: This year we will have pre-meeting at Manitobas bar, owned by Dictators' singer Handsome Dick Manitoba. Let's meet there at 6PM. Event at The Studio at Webster Hall starts 8PM (doors open 7.30PM). Manitobas homepage. Address: 99 Avenue B (Btwn 6th & 7th Street), New York. NY. Phone: (212) 982-2511 (Updated: May 13, 2012)

- The Gobshites are a Celtic punk band from Boston MA, USA. Formed in 2002 by Peter Walsh (also known of Meat Depressed etc.). The Gobshites had really exciting chance to do recordings with Richie Ramone.
Richie and The Gobshites were in Dublin, Ireland, and recorded new CD on November 25-27, 2011. I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) was there as well. See photos and read my report here.
Estimated time to put out CD was March 2012. Walsh told me on March 6, 2012, that they have to put off release of the CD until September, 2012.
- It will be available for 1/2 way to Saint Patrick's Day then. CD is going to have around 14-16 songs. There will be extra bonus EP for those who pre-paid (read below of Kickstarter). Bonus EP has no Richie songs though, explained Walsh.
They are calling CD with a title: The Whistle Before The Snap.
Richie Ramone was on drums in Dublin. Sadly bassist Cait O'Riordan (Pogues 1983-86 and Elvis Costello 1986-2002) had to cancel this studio session. The Gobshites asked help from the Ramones, Gobshites, Pogues fans etc., because they needed more money to get to Ireland. Fans had chance to support this project. Through project site was chance for example with 25 US$ to get a hard copy of full length CD + digital download + name listed in the thank you section of the CD. With 100 US$ you got all those, signed limited edition poster and chance to sing a mutually-agreeable song on stage with The Gobshites. Funding ended Nov 04, 2011, 11:59pm EDT.
They got to the goal and with a help of 62 people funding was succesful -> 5000 US$. You can get a feeling of The Gobshites music by listening their live version of Somebody Put Something In My Drink. As you can see and hear, they has many connections also for Tommy Ramone's and Claudia Tienan's duo Uncle Monk. And here you can see Tommy Ramone being their guest singer!
Tommy Ramone wrote me few comments in October 21, 2011.
- Glad to hear that the Gobshites are touring Ireland, they are a great bunch of guys and are a fine band. It should really rock with Richie Ramone and Cait O'Riordan. Ireland is a wonderful country to tour and the audiences are terrific, wrote Tommy Ramone.
Uncle Monk did ten shows in Ireland in April-May, 2011.
My report of The Gobshites with Richie in Dublin is here. (Updated: March 6, 2012)

- Also this year, 2011, was organised Johnny Ramone / Dee Dee Ramone / Ramones memorial event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA, USA on October 1st, 2011. This was 7th memorial event. This outdoor event was presented by Johnny's wife Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone Army Chief Of Staff John Cafiero. Tommy Ramone was only Ramones member who attended event. So this was a great chance to meet Tommy and also see from big video screen Tommy playing with Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (television show) on August 9, 1977. Show was screened in it's entirety.
- The Johnny Tribute went well as usual. It was great to see the fans again and we had a good time watching the Don Kirshner show, I have not seen it in it's entirety in decades -- it is quite a good show!, wrote Tommy Ramone to me.
Some were thinking Tommy was pushed to the side and in a highligh were too much The "Hollywood" movie stars in VIP area, and other special guests The Misfits and Juicehead who are artists of the Misfits Records. The Misfits released first full-length album of all-new, original material in nearly a decade (and the first since 1999 to feature The Misfits originals). The Devil's Rain debuted on Billboard's Top 200 at #70, and Billboard's Top Independent Album Charts #12. It is produced by Ed Stasium, with some help by John Cafiero. Stasium has produced for example Ramones albums Road To Ruin and Too Tough To Die, and Misfits album Famous Monsters.
RichieRamone.com & Ramones Forever were collaborating and you had chance to get free signed giveaways autographed by Richie in this event.
Read here more information, review written by Joe and Deb Lunardon, and see photos taken by them. (Updated: October 27, 2011).

- Tommy Ramone & Claudia Tienan played at the Music City Roots show in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. There was played as a Loveless Jam also Ramones' song I Wanna Be Sedated, featuring Tommy Ramone. Also featuring Music City Roots own Gabe Cantrell on drums, John Walker on guitar and Jim Lauderdale on vocals. Tommy sang half of the song and played mandolin, instrument what he plays in his and Claudia's duo band Uncle Monk. Tommy asked me to check out their version and said I am free to post the link if I want to. Of course I am happy. Version is different and great. (July 9, 2011)

- Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash, 60th birthday celebration is on May 19, 2011. Event is again at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, not at Bowery Ballroom what was a second choice. Joey's brother Mickey confirmed it.
We fans will have meeting (my idea) at place called Nevada Smiths, starting around 4.30PM. Nevada Smiths is only three blocks away from Irving Plaza. Address is: 74th Third Avenue (between 11th & 12th). Every fan is welcome. Ramones' fan Andy Cintron tell it's a football pub during the weekends but at night it's music and the main bartender Johnny Holmes is a HUGE Ramones fan! Visit Nevada Smiths homepage. I will have copies of my Ramones books with me and also Hannu Jokinen of Woimasointu Records will bring copies of solo singles by Ramones members and Dee Dee's Hop Around LP he has released.
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is a memory event to our angel, and this is 11th time it is organised. Tickets got sale in early March, you can buy tickets here. Price through Live Nation is US$ 35.25.
"Joey Ramone all stars" set include musicians Tommy Ramone, Richie Ramone, Al Maddy, Andy Shernoff (The Dictators), Richie Stotts (The Plasmatics), Ali McMordie (Stiff Little Fingers), Ed Stasium, Mickey Leigh, Walt Stack (The Bullys), George Tabb and Tush & Snooky (Sick F*cks) are confirmed to do perform at "Joey Ramone's Friends" set.
There were some schedule changes and because of it Andy Hilfiger and Holly Beth Vincent won't do appearances as was planned.
Mickey wrote to me in May 9th, set will include four songs from the upcoming 2nd Joey Ramone solo album.
Richard Lloyd will do his set. Mickey had negotiated also with Hugh Cornwell best known for being the vocalist and guitarist for the The Stranglers from 1974 to 1990. By 1977 The Stranglers had secured a contract with the United Artists Records, they went on to become the highest selling band to emerge from the UK punk scene, with numerous hit singles and record album.
The Ramones played with The Stranglers at The Roundhouse, London, UK in 1977. Hugh has recorded many solos as well.
- Hugh Cornwell will be performing the classics that made that band legendary. Joining Hugh on drums is Elvis Ramone also, well known as Clem Burke of Blondie. On bass is Fish. Also will play Black 47, a revered NYC band Joey went to see frequently, and had even hoped to produce a record for, explains Mickey.
Also are announced to play bands The Rattlers (Mickey's), Sunday Masquerade and The Indecent.
I do mention just in case, The Indecent is different band than The Independents who has played many times before at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash (and whom members Evil and Willy B were Joey's really close friends).
MC's: Steve Craig, Matt Pinfield and John Holmstrom.
I (Jari-Pekka) will celebrate my birthday 11th time at Joey's Birthday Bash. Joey and I share same birthday (May 19).
Read my previous picture-story reports: here is from 2010 and here is from 2009. (Updated: May 9, 2011)

- December 22, 2010 was announced Ramones being among the recipients named of the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Ramones received Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement during an invitation-only ceremony February 12, 2011, the night before the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
Only five Grammys were given out to the Ramones members: to Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone.
So CJ Ramone and Richie Ramone (and Clem Burke aka Elvis Ramone who attended event ) were not recipients of Grammys Awards, nor were they recognized by the Grammy Industry. Grammy Industry gave awards to the early members of the band. In Grammy Awards days, CJ Ramone had shows in Paraguay and Argentina: February 10-12. Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zampini not attended event, not sure why. Tommy Ramone thanked CJ and John Cafiero had a mention of Barbara. That was great. Read more information and read speeches by Ramones members and their families here. (Updated: February 27, 2011).

More Tommy Ramone news in my archive.






MARKY RAMONE:

- Recently were published few well-known music magazines featuring Ramones on cover. UK music mag UnCut celebrate in their March 2014, issue 40 years of the Ramones with an extensive cover story by Peter Watts. Watts did many interviews around the Ramones. UnCut also has CD featuring new bands.
February 2014 issue of Modern Drummer has Marky Ramone on cover and it has extensive interview with him. (Updated: February 10, 2014)


- Marky Ramone, Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Sopranos) and Brea Grant (Dexter, Heroes) teamed up with Alan Robert's Killogy Comic Series, in four issue comic book mini-series in October 2012. Mini-series is written and illustrated by Alan Robert, who is the creator of IDW Publishing's hit series Crawl To Me. Killogy starring Marky Ramone has been Nominated for a Horror Comic Award. You can vote here after you register. Register here.
Visit Killogy site here.
Alan Robert's has said earlier: "When I was growing up, I must've seen Goodfellas and Raging Bull about forty times each, easy. I mean, I can still recite entire scenes by heart. The same goes for my old Ramones records. They are total classics to me. So now, to be working with some of my childhood heroes, along with Brea, on something so cool and different like this, what can I say. it's a great honor and at the same time, it's a bit surreal.", said Roberts. (December 30, 2013)

- Marky Ramone signed a deal with publisher Simon & Schuster in 2013. Simon & Schuster will publish Marky's book of his memoirs. Marky has worked around 10 years with his book and he promised it finally coming out in 2013. Simon & Schuster tells on their site that book has 384 pages, has hard cover and publication date is September 17, 2013. It also comes out as a eBook. But release date was postponed again, with one year and new date told is September 9, 2014... Marky said in one point to me he thought name being Faith In The Backbeat. New title is Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone. About 10 years of working...
In my interview with him in my third book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives he told in January, 2005 this way already: "Marky: Right now I have to concentrate on finishing my book."
And then I asked: Jari-Pekka: "You have been working on your book since 2003. You are writing stories of your experiences in the New York scene. Are you adding anything outside of music?"
Marky Ramone replied to me: "Oh yeah where I was born, my book covers where I went to school, how I got started in music, when it ended, and when I retired with the Ramones. I talk about the time when the Ramones retired in 1996, we didn't have to; but we felt we were at the top of our game. I wrote about being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame."
I am afraid how his book is as Marky has wanted to wait other book come out before he tells his opinions... Marky tells he has written whole book.
About Simon & Schuster, company is one of the four largest English-language publishers and publishing houses, alongside Random House, Penguin, and HarperCollins. Mickey Leigh's and Legs McNeil's I Slept With Joey Ramone was also published by Simon & Schuster. (Updated: December 14, 2013).


- I was really, really happy to see Marky Ramone is supporting campaign for getting free 30 men and women who are accused of hooliganism in Russia for a peaceful protest against oil drilling in the fragile Arctic in September, 2013. Sini Saarela of my home country Finland and Marco Weber of Switzerland boarded an oil rig in the Russian Arctic. All 28 activicts and two freelance journalist were in jail in Russia, until they were released in November.
Read here more details what has happened. (December 2, 2013)

- Marky Ramone will be a guest at Rhode Island Comic Con, USA, on November 3, 2013. Marky Ramone will be signing autographs at Rhode Island Comic Con using IMAGE In-Person, offering you an opportunity to get an autograph with video authentication including you in the video or to have your item signed. Rhode Island Comic Con opening times: November 3rd 10AM-17PM.
As a second chance, you don't have to attend event in person, if you wanna buy Marky Ramone Marinara Pasta Sauce with personalized autograph or his photo with personalized autograph for 49 US$ (+postage outside of the USA) or Marky Ramone Autographed Evans 14" Drum Head with 149 US$ (+postage outside of the USA) or limited edition Drum Head Artwork with 149 US$ (+postage outside of the USA).
You can get those by visiting this site and buying products there. All items must be purchased by Sunday November 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. Each Item is unique and personalized.
That site tells: "Fill in the greeting sections for your video and for the item being signed. After your item has been signed, the video of your Personalized Autograph Experience will be delivered via email. You will receive your signed item(s), a flash drive with your personalized video and certificate of authenticity by mail within a week of the event. (October 30, 2013)

- Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg featuring Michale Graves played at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on September 14, 2013. Also were playing for example Offspring, Rob Zombie, Sepultura, Slayer and Metallica. Marky Ramone played as a guest two songs with the Offspring, songs were: California Sun and R.A.M.O.N.E.S. Check performance here on YouTube. (October 1, 2013)

- Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg is doing a tour with Andrew W.K. being singer for a 2013 World Tour. First announced date is at Santos Party House in New York, NYC, USA on May 3, 2013, and next is free show at TRG Slobode in Novi Sad, Serbia on May 9, 2013. Also tour goes for example to Italy, Spain, Russia, Finland, Greece, Germany, UK and Scotland. Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg's singers have been before Michale Graves and David Divine.
Andrew W.K. is from America and he released his first album I Get Wet in 2001 on Island Records, and it soon rose to the #1 position on Billboard's 'Heatseekers' list. Album include his most famous song Party Hard. In late 2003 Andrew released The Wolf what featured man playing all the instruments on the recording. His latest albums are from 2008 and 2009. Andrew W.K. is featured also on Joey Ramone's video of New York City song. See Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg featuring Andrew W.K. tour dates here. (April 2, 2013)


- IMAGE (Interactive Meet And Greet Entertainment) people sent me information of their cool development in 2012. IMAGE hosted then an online event with Marky Ramone. They do it again with Marky on April 19, 2013. Here are background what is this...
Event is a live, online autograph signing. IMAGE's patented technology allows a fan to eyewitness a celebrity signing an autograph through any internet connected device. An IMAGE Meet And Greet includes video authenticity on a flash drive, video phone call and download.
An IMAGE Personal Experience is a face-to-face audio-visual encounter through the Internet, enabling a consumer to see the Talent signing a pre-purchased item, including an overhead camera as picture-in-picture of the signing, captured live as it happens and sent to them on a USB flash drive with the item as indisputable authenticity, along with a video phone call (if a video phone number is provided) and a download of the unique Personal Experience sent to by email. Shipping is included in the purchase price.
Fan can picks out the item they wish to have signed (see here). Now everyone can decide if is interested to buy Marky's Vic Firth Signature Series Drum Sticks with 49$ or Marky's Pasta Sauce with 49$ of his autographed photo with 39$. Remember price including shippinh. Great items are limited editition art prints. Here is information of one of them (see photo in right): "Marky Ramone Autographed Color Limited Edition Drum Head Artwork, "Robot One," first series, 16" x 20," edition series of 40, professionally reproduced from original art in mixed media done by Marky in 2011, acid-free velvet matte archival paper, hand numbered and signed in pencil and/or marker, numbered hologram and Certificate of Authenticity, with IMAGE Video Authenticity on Flash Drive and Online Archive Registry."
See more details here. (April 2, 2013)

- Marky Ramone (then Marc Bell) recorded two albums with Dust in 1971-72. 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. Dust was one of America's first heavy metal bands, being ahead of time. What I know the Dust was working on a third album before they split.
Both albums have been remastered and will be released as a single CD (Dust/ Hard Attack) on Legacy Recordings April 16, 2013. The remastered albums - taken from the original analog master tapes - will also be available as a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl release April 20, 2013. LP comes in an individually numbered gatefold jacket.
I remember how surprised I was, when I did an interviews with Mikael Åkerfeldt of The Opeth etc. and Dan Swänö (producer, ex-bands Katatonia, Nightingale, Bloodbath) at Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany in 2005. They both told how they were big fans of the Dust. You can find lot of their comments and thoughs of Dust's album from those interviews published in Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book. Read more of Dust albums here (April 1, 2013)


- Musicians being part of Rock Against MS - All-Star Benefit concert at Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA, USA on March 27, 2013, include Marky Ramone, Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), Glenn Hughes (Trapeze, ex-Deep Purple), Steven Adler (ex-Guns N'Roses etc.), Ginger Fish (ex-Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie), Jack Russell (Great White) etc. etc.
There will be a silent auction at the event too to raise money for this worthwhile cause. Event is for 16 years and over. These artists are coming together to support a long time friend and publicist Nancy Sayle, who was struck with Primary Progressive MS in 2009. This is a severe version of the disease and only 10% are inflicted with this level. She was also diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor 2012. (March 7, 2013)

- Avenue X published a new album in late 2012. As I wrote in January 2012, Marky Ramone recorded a miniCD in 2011 with Avenue X. Below you can find information with Marzio Dal Monte's comments. Version of miniCD was added to Itunes in December 2012, but in Amazon its been since 2011, buy it from here [Explicit]. Buy Avenue X album here .
- I made a debut miniCD with Marky and my wife Dionna. Marky played in every song of the minicd of Avenue X. Marky was my best man, mine and my wife's witness at our wedding. What happened is me, him and Dionna started to hang out like a band, like he was again in the Ramones I supposed he felt, Marzio is thinking.
PHOTO CAPTIONS: You can see Marky and Marzio in different places: Photo 1) Marzio Dal Monte and Marky Ramone hanging out on 2nd Avenue eating chicken vindaloo at Bowery in New York, USA (refers to song: I Just Want To Have Something To Do). Photo 2: Marzio and Marky in Venice, Italy. Photo 3) Marky, Marzio and Jimmy Webb at Trash And Vaudeville in New York. Jimmy is fabulous person and TAV's store manager. Photo 4) Dionna Dal Monte.
You can listen a miniCD song called Blue Moon On Kentucky. Marzio put it on-line here. And here is a video of You Mean Everything To Me song from album.
Marzio is also a very good manager and famous as a skydiver.
- I was the one that bring back Marky to the center of the attention. I found Marky a lot of things with TV, with cover of Maxim, sponsored by Alfa Romeo, Converse etc. (all sponsors of mine because of my skydiving and now sponsors of Avenue X), Marzio listed.
Marzio also set up a tour in Italy for Marky for 3 months, from December 2011 to February 2012. Marky had then DJ sets and meet and greet events. See dates here on my site.
Marzio is from Italy but now lives with Dionna in New York City. Then something happened because of other person. Marzio (bassist), Dionna Dal Monte (ex-Cole) (singer-guitarist) and Paolo Isetti (drummer) recorded that album.
- Dionna is the most talented person I have ever met, at 14 years she played the guitar two years with Les Paul, she wrote songs for Crash Test Dummies at the age of 16... She is the best. And I knew the one with Marky would be only a minicd. I don't work for Marky anymore.
You can find Avenue X homepage here. (February 2, 2013)


- I want to tell information also of artists who are played in line-up's of Ramones members. Clare "Noizee" MissTake's and Alex Kane's band AntiProduct played first time with Marky Ramone as his back-up band in 2004. They got permanent members and played last shows with Marky in 2010. Read here interview of those years and there are also longer details of Noizee and its debut album titled Loud!!!. So Clare is nowadays known as Noizee. Now got published video of Noizee song End Of The World, watch it here and buy End Of The World here. End Of The World is produced by Kim Fowley whom a regular studio session musician Noizee has been since 2009.
Loud!!! got published in summer 2012 and has cool Ramones covers, a genius song Happy Birthday Fuck You (Facebook banned it) etc.
Buy Loud!!! from iTunes or CD's UK version here or USA version here . Noizee's homepage is here. (February 1, 2013)

- WhyHunger has an annual fundraiser for hungry children called Hungerthon, and they wrote me that one of their auction "item" is get for lunch with Marky Ramone in New York City.
Auction ends in Thursday, 13 December, 2012, at 3:36PM EST. Click here to get straight to auction. Winner and a friend can join Marky at one of his favorite restaurants called DBGB's at Bowery in New York, USA. WhyHunger is based in New York, but are an international organization. Click here to see what kind of important work they do and see choices to support WhyHunger. Marky Ramone has supported organization also earlier, like I has put on my page year ago information how his event at Hard Rock Cafe Firenze was a benefit in support of WhyHunger.
Now around Christmas time I want to mention of some organizations as well, you can donate in a good cause... You might remember CJ Ramone supporting Autism Speaks and me contributing a portion of the profits from my Ramones memorial books for Juliana Von Wendt Fund. This fund was founded in 1971 and they support humane researching method without animals (Joey and Johnny Ramone passed away because of cancer). Also this year I am donated money in a name of the guys to Juliana Von Wendt Fund. Also I am forwarded a portion of the profits to aid in the study of drug addiction (Dee Dee Ramone died because of drugs) and to Animalia. Animalia is founded in 1961, Animalia is Finland's leading animal protection organization (Dee Dee and Joey were animal lovers, I am vegetarian since 1995 etc.) There are lot of choices around you to help organizions... Have a Merry Christmas. (December 9, 2012)


- Wardogs is a band from Treviso, Italy. Wardogs released their Ramones' tribute/ cover album titled Raw & Dirty Days in a big party in Treviso in September 2012.
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, explains cool guitarist Sandro Mariuz.
Bonus track 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 ends, it turns to 2012.
Wardogs plays songs with a good spirit, strong sound, kind of studio live energy and after first classics Rockaway Beach, Blitzkrieg Bop, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Havana Affair and Commando it comes Main Man from album Mondo Bizarro (1992). A good choice. Vocalist Oscar really has Joey influenced voice and especially in What A Wonderful World Joey's spirit is there.
Thanks from me (Jari-Pekka) to you gentlemen of giving nice thanks in a thanks list on CD sleeve.
Check out Wardogs homepage (there is a store as well!) and Facebook site. (December 4, 2012)

- Marky Ramone and Beware Of Mr. Baker filmmaker Jay Bulger will be appearing at 8.20PM at Film Forum in New York on December 6, 2012. Address: 209 West Houston Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick (7th Avenue), New York, NY 10014, USA. See more details here. (December 4, 2012)

- IMAGE (Interactive Meet And Greet Entertainment) people sent me information of their cool development. IMAGE is hosting an online event with Marky Ramone was first scheluded at 6.00PM EST on November 23rd, 2012. But...
- We had technical difficulties today and have had to reschedule the Meet And Greet for tomorrow morning (November 24), 10am EST. We are still in beta test mode and will be working through the night to correct the issues. We apologize for any inconvenience, wrote Angel LaCanfora of IMAGE.
Here are background what is this...
Event is a live, online autograph signing. IMAGE's patented technology allows a fan to eyewitness a celebrity signing an autograph through any internet connected device. An IMAGE Meet And Greet includes video authenticity on a flash drive, video phone call and download.
An IMAGE Personal Experience is a face-to-face audio-visual encounter through the Internet, enabling a consumer to see the Talent signing a pre-purchased item, including an overhead camera as picture-in-picture of the signing, captured live as it happens and sent to them on a USB flash drive with the item as indisputable authenticity, along with a video phone call (if a video phone number is provided) and a download of the unique Personal Experience sent to by email. Shipping is included in the purchase price.
After the fan picks out the item they wish to have signed at Marky Ramone's website they don't have to worry about their place in line or getting to the location.
Angel LaCanfora from IMAGE sent me also this personal message.
- We want to offer to the visitors of your website a special 10% offer to anyone who wants to participate in this event. Just have them reference the code MARKYONE, Angel wrote.
Thanks Angel. There are a very limited number of experiences available for each Talent based on their time commitment, and there is a limited number of each item, some in very small quantities. Once items are sold out and allotted experiences, the event will be sold out. Read more information here. (Updated: November 23, 2012)

- Marky Ramone will be appearing Saturday, November 24th, 2012, at the PA Annual "Not Just" Rock Expo 2012 at The Greater Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Address: Marky is there from noon to 3PM.
Event is free, but I am not sure if they were written uncorrectly at their site that Marky is signing autographs for a fee (autograph cost...), hopefully they meant free. (November 12, 2012)


- This piece of news is of Noizee... But first background information of bassist lady Clare MissTake (AntiProduct, Noizee, The Ramonas (UK) etc.). Clare is hyperactive on stage and many Ramones fans got chance to experience it, when lady toured years with one of three Ramones drummers, Marky Ramone. Clare's and guitarist Alex Kane's (AntiProduct, The Toilet Boys etc.) band AntiProduct played first time with Marky Ramone as his back-up band in 2004. Extensively they started to tour with Marky in August, 2005. David Divine was singer in 2005-2008. Line-up after that to 2010 was Marky, Clare, Alex and Michale Graves (ex-Misfits etc.). Read my interview with Clare and Alex here.
Now Clare has solo band Noizee! Noizee's debut album titled Loud!!! got published in summer 2012. UK release date was July 4, 2012. It takes a while to fly to the world of Noizee and Loud!!! But trip is worth of it. Loud!!! is mix of electronic, punk, pop and disco elements, and has raw attitude. Something pretty unique. You has chance to listen electronic-disco-pop version of Ramones' song A Real Cool Time (song written by Joey Ramone in Halfway To Sanity). Version of Ramones' song Somebody Put Something In My Drink (song written by Richie Ramone in Animal Boy) has a bit more raw and heavier attitude. Clare also covers Ramones' tunes I Wanna Be Sedated and Blitzkrieg Bop.
So first listening moments are a bit confusing, but things start rolling and you get idea of sense of humour. And pretty genius song is Happy Birthday Fuck You. You can sing it to everyone you want with a humour or not! Check out it's cool video.
Btw, great gentleman, Dregen (Backyard Babies and Michael Monroe Band) plays guitar in some tracks. And thanks Clare of credits to me in CD booklet. Buy Loud!!!'s USA version here or UK version here. Noizee's homepage is here. (Updated: August 2, 2012)

- Marky Ramone continue doing also DJ shows etc. He does four DJ shows in Spain in September 2012. Also Marky is special guest at Ventura Nationals in Ventura, CA, USA. Place is Ventura County Fairgounds. Events are hotrod and motorcycle shows etc. More infos here. (August 1, 2012)

- Michale Graves does intensive solo tour in the USA in July 5 - September 2, 2012 (see dates here), and he is not performing with Marky in July-August. Michale Graves has sang with Marky Ramone since November, 2008, and that time line-up was Marky, Michale, guitarist Alex Kane (Antiproduct) and bassist Clare (Antiproduct, Noizee etc.).
Now in July-August, 2012, Michale concentrate to do solo things and singer in July-August shows is David Divine. Divine was Marky Ramone's singer in 2005-2008. With Marky are Divine touring Crazy Joe and Martin Blitz.
I asked some comments from Divine.
- First off I can't wait to play in front of probably the best fans there are in music..., Ramones fans bring massive energy every night. As far as playing with Marky, I am again both excited by it and looking forward too it like I said before above and beyond anything I feel we are friends and whenever asked to do an incredible tour with Marky I am honored to get the call, E-mailed David Divine to me in July 1, 2012.
David Divine's and Johhny Mesz's rock/ pop rock band Divine Mesz just released album called Tangerine. Get it from Amazon.com.
- I sing two songs on the album Tangerine and pretty mess the two punkier ones, the rest of the album I play both bass and guitar and wrote a lot of the lyrics and the ones I am not singing on are sung by Johhny Mesz. The album is available on iTunes, CDbaby and most other stores, the song Last Night In Hollywood features some of my poetry in the beginning which I speak and is from a fictional book I wrote to be released in September, 2012, called the Gothic Poet. Excepts can be read at http://daviddivinebrooks.wordpress.com/about, wrote David Divine. (July 1, 2012)

- What are next steps Marky Ramone and Michale Graves are doing at live...? Marky Ramone is one of three surviving Ramones drummers and Michale Graves is old The Misfits singer etc. etc. Marky and Michale performed first shows together in late 2008.
And situation is now... Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg has announced to punk four shows in July, 2012 (Montenegro and Croatia) and two shows in August, 2012 (Finland and Sweden). See Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg dates here.
Michale Graves does intensive solo tour in the USA in July 5 - September 2, 2012 (see dates here), and in July-August with Marky, Crazy Joe and Martin Blitz is singing David Divine. Let's see how things are in September.
Marky and Michale are going to do an album in November, 2012. Also Michale is going to release his next solo record in fall / winter 2012. I just wanted to give you some information that you aren't surprised... (Updated: July 1, 2012)


- One of three surviving Ramones drummers: Marky Ramone and Michale Graves (singer, ex-Misfits etc.) are going to do an album in November, 2012. Possibly also their live guitarist Crazy Joe and bassist Graham Vanderveen will enter studio.
Earlier Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg are released two singles: If And When was put to ITunes in March 2011. You can download it here if you has iTunes. Then in March 2011 Michale Graves said studio version of If And When debuted on his show Radio Deadly Show. Michale has played If And When in his acoustic solo performances, like it is said it was brand new tune when he played it at live in one radio show in April 2010.
Also earlier Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg has released When We Were Angels, in January 2010. When We Were Angels is new version of song which Michale Graves has released in his Illusions album in 2007. (June 15, 2012).

- Daniel Maurer had an interview with Keith Album in East Village (New York, USA) newspaper on May 11, 2012. Subject was Marky Ramone's food truck. Marky Ramone's Cruisin' Kitchen hit the streets again about two weeks ago, April 2012. Keith Album, a French Culinary Institute grad who has worked in catering, as a personal chef, and most recently at Whole Foods, describes his concept as "worldwide balls," with Marky Ramone's signature marinara pasta sauce slathered over the Italian variety. Marky Ramone's name, face etc. are on truck.
Marky's marinara isn't the only topping available: "Asian balls are topped with Napa cabbage, chorizo balls are topped with mango salsa, and there are even chickpea-based vegan balls etc.", is explained in article.
Keith Album wants to be around Marky's local shows, like he was at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
- "Marky talks about coming on the truck when he can fit it in. He hasn't actually served customers but we do speak about him making appearances", said Keith.
He hopes to park Marky Ramone's Cruisin' Kitchen on weekend evenings at Trader Joe's on 14th Street in East Village in New York, USA.
Read here about Marky's pasta sauce, condoms, sunglasses.... (May 12, 2012)


- Marky Ramone had many appearances in Italy in December 2011 - January 2012. Marky wrote in January 31, 2012 of his signature gelato (ice-cream): "MEC3 (Italy), one of the largest gelato companies in the world, is putting out my own flavor, in over 100 countries called "Marky Ramone's cookies." Its a delicious chocolate gelato with grunchy chocolate cookies. Part of the proceeds will go to charity, Marky Ramone explained."
AND MEC3 informed me with following press release: "MEC3 is issuing a new "challenge", combining two apparently irreconcilable distant worlds: ice cream and punk rock music. Yes.. That's right! It's him, Marky Ramone, former drummer of the Ramones, the legendary punk rock band which entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and which was defined by experts as the greatest band in music history after the Beatles."
WTF? Does anyone of us (fans) tells opinion. It is a long way from 1974... Read here about Marky's condoms, pasta sauce, sunglasses.... (February 6, 2012)

- Marky Ramone has recorded miniCD with a new duo called Avenue X. Avenue X:s members are (married couple) Marzio Dal Monte and Dionna Dal Monte (ex-Cole). Marzio is selling shows for Marky, doing some manager works etc. So now Marky and Marzio also recorded together MiniCD. Marky is drummer, Marzio bassist and Dionna singer-guitarist. You can listen song called Blue Moon On Kentucky. Marzio put it on-line here. (January 5, 2012)

- Guitar-vocalist Clare Pproduct and vocalist-guitarist Alex Kane are members of AntiProduct founded in 2000. AntiProduct's sound is mix of punk, metal, pop etc. elements. AntiProduct has released lot of singles and EP's and three albums: Consume And Die... The Rest Is All Fun (2000), Made In Usa (2003) and Please Take Your Cash (2009).
AntiProduct played first time with Marky Ramone as his back-up band in 2004. Last shows Alex Kane (as a guitarist-vocalist) and Clare (as a bassist-vocalist) had with Marky in 2010. So they toured a lot with Marky. You can read great, extensive and informative interview I has done with Clare and Alex here. You will learn lot new things... (December 20, 2011)

- Chiller Theatre Toy, Model And Film Expo is again in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA. This is an Horror Convention in October 28-30, 2011. One of the many special guests attending the Chiller Theatre Toy, Model And Film Expo is Marky Ramone, one of four surviving Ramones' members. Marky will be there in October 29:
"This Saturday, one day only, I will sign my photos, drum sticks, and posters. It is always alot of fun going there, says Marky"
Other guests include Elvira "Mistress of the Dark", Bebe Buell, Pam "Jackie Brown" Grier, boxer Smokin' Joe Frazier etc. etc.
Read here tribute text for Johnny Ramone written by Kevin Clement of Chiller Theatre. (October 25, 2011)


- VH1 Classic is a television network (owner MTV Networks/ Viacom). VH1 Classic TV channel has Marky's guest appearance on Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp. Season 2 started airing on VH1 Classic on August 20. This season, the show stars Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum (both of Guns N' Roses/ Velvet Revolver) and Mark Hudson with special guest appearances from Paul Stanley of KISS, Sammy Hagar, Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Marky Ramone etc. VH1 Classic has Marky's appearance on September 3, 2011. (September 2, 2011)

- Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg had a long summer tour. They played for example in Costa Rica, Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Spain, France, Italy, Indonesia, Estonia and Finland.
Here are some photos taken by me from shows at YO-Talo, Tampere, Finland on August 5, 2011 and Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland on August 6th, 2011. I will write long review later. (August 7, 2011)


- I have known Estonian Ramones' fan Mart Niineste around 10 years and it was good to see he met finally one of the Ramones members. You can see and listen video interview Mart did with Marky Ramone in Tallinna, Estonia on August 2, 2011.
Interview lasts 14 minutes and Mart asks some not so typical questions, like was nice to hear him asking of Tequila Baby and Tarakany (Marky has toured with both). Marky also tells of original punk scene, of his time with Richard Hell & the Voidoids, of drum sets etc. Click here to see and listen interview. (August 2, 2011)

- Marky Ramone had since mid 90's to 2000 band called Marky Ramone And The Intruders (click to see infos). Band released two albums. And Marky Ramone told in July, 2011, that Marky Ramone And The Intruders is gonna re-release soon some material including some special stuff. (July 9, 2011)

- Marky Ramone is regularly promoting his Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce. Whole Foods Market West Hollywood (7871 Santa Monica Blvd.,West Hollywood, CA, USA) is hosting Marky's pasta sauce, and live musical appearance on July 9, 2011. His pasta sauce is exclusively available at the Whole Foods Market West Hollywood and Fairfax locations. Marky will be signing jars of his pasta sauce and some souvenir drum sticks. 10 % of net proceeds from the sale of the pasta sauce from these events goes to charity. Event is 1PM-5PM on July 9, 2011. Read more of pasta sauce here. (June 30, 2011)

- On June 20, 2011, Marky Ramone did a radio interview on one of Germany's biggest radio stations 1LIVE, Plan B. Listen it here, it is pretty good interview and 7 minutes long. Hope to hear soon new interviews also with other surviving Ramones members: Tommy, Richie and CJ.
Marky Ramone did a radio interview on one of Germany's biggest radio stations 1LIVE, Plan B. Listen it here. Marky forgot again CJ and Richie, so in addition to Tommy and him, also surviving Ramones members are CJ and Richie.
Keith Newman interviewed Marky Ramone for his new punk radio show which starts on June 9, 2011. Keith's Marky Ramone interview airs on Thursday 16th June between 8pm and 10pm UK time.
June 23, 2011 between 8pm and 10pm UK time, is aired Keith's interview with legendary photographer Roberta Bayley, Roberta tells about Ramones, Sex Pistols and Ian Dury.
Stay tuned that time at www.ultraradio.co.uk.
Btw, Keith attended Ramones show in Newcastle in England 1980, only show where Ramones played Baby, I Love You at live. (June 23, 2011)


- May 31, 2011, was "release party" of Marky Ramone's signature sunglasses. Sunglasses are by Brazilian company Evoke. Release party was in Sao Paulo, Brazil and was closed to 250 guests. Marky Ramone did an acoustic show together with Michale Graves (Michale and Marky are toured together longer time already). The 1000 copies will be sold in Brazil, Paris (France), Oslo (Norway) and Tokyo (Japan), and you can make an order at Evoke's homepage. Officially Evoke's Marky Ramone's signature model hits stores in July. See here photos of release event (also photo of Glen Matlock of Sex Pistols who attended event) taken by Ramones' fan Marcus Padula. You can find here information of many of his signature products. (Updated: June 13, 2011)

- Some of you know Marky Ramone having Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce available... A recipe is by Marky. Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce is currently available at various House Of Blues venues and at Markyramone.com. Marky has had some promotional events, like read here of event at Chef Central in New Jersey where Marky was. I also added there some parts of Marky's interview at NorthJersey.com.
Here is review about it. The Wall Street Journal had picked 16 brands of basic tomato sauce, from the common commercial to specialty selections, and subjected them to the palates of red-sauce aficionados Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman, chefs and proprietors of New York's casual Italian restaurant the Meatball Shop. In three rounds of blind tastings, the duo picked five jars that even a slow-cooking Italian mamma could love. Marky's one was one of Top-5. Here are comments of it by those people: "Marky Ramone serves up a mean marinara with a powerful peppery seasoning. The recipe was passed down by his grandfather, once a chef at Manhattan's '21' Club. "There's a lot of olive oil in this one, but that is not a bad thing," Mr. Holzman pointed out. Mr. Chernow appreciated its "great texture thanks to plum tomato seeds that give it a little crunch." You can find here information of many of his signature products. (May 9, 2011)


- Guitar-vocalist Clare is a member of UK band AntiProduct founded in 2000 and she played many tours with Marky etc. AntiProduct played first time with Marky Ramone as his back-up band in 2004. They toured lot together. Last shows they had with Marky in 2010. I did an interview with Clare. Read first two parts of interview here. (Updated: April 1, 2011)

- Marky Ramone and Michale Graves (ex-Misfits etc.) recorded new song If And When and as a Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg put it to iTunes on March 4th, 2011. You can download it here if you has iTunes. It doesn't make any sense to release song only via iTunes. Many people don't have iTunes or doesn't want to install it. I couldn't find song from Marky's or Michale's sites or Amazon.com.
If And When is three minutes long, middle tempo song, and is typical to Michale's solo stuff. Not so close to classic Ramones style and maybe it is good Marky and Michale are creating their own path now.
Michale also wrote lot material to The Misfits' albums in 90's. He was only 20 years old when he joined Misfits in 1995.
Michale Graves said studio version of If And When debuted on his show Radio Deadly Show, and features Marky and Michale. So there are no other musicians on it. Michale has played If And When in his acoustic solo performances, like it is said it was brand new tune when he played it at live in one radio show in April 2010.
Earlier Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg has released When We Were Angels, in January 2010. Also they created animated video of it (June 2010). When We Were Angels is new version of song which Michale Graves has released in his Illusions album in 2007. (Updated: March 20, 2011).


- December 22, 2010 was announced Ramones being among the recipients named of the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Ramones received Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement during an invitation-only ceremony February 12, 2011, the night before the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
Only five Grammys were given out to the Ramones members: to Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone.
So CJ Ramone and Richie Ramone (and Clem Burke aka Elvis Ramone who attended event) were not recipients of Grammys Awards, nor were they recognized by the Grammy Industry. Grammy Industry gave awards to the early members of the band. In Grammy Awards days, CJ Ramone had shows in Paraguay and Argentina: February 10-12. Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zampini not attended event, not sure why. Tommy Ramone thanked CJ and John Cafiero had a mention of Barbara. That was great. Read more information and read speeches by Ramones members and their families here. (Updated: February 27, 2011).

- Marky Ramone's twin brother Fred Bell have a new band Taost. His bandmate Dwayne C. wrote me they finished their three songs debut, and the songs can be heard at their site http://www.taosttheband.com. And as a great bonus, Dwayne told how Marky Ramone stopped by on January 1, 2011, and recorded a great drum track for their song Take Me Home. They are finalizing it now. Three song debut will be available soon.
In September 2010, they had a radio premier at Marky's radio show Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg. Marky did play their song Talkin About Me. Talkin About Me is written by Fred Bell and you can listen it on Youtube here. Some of you Ramones fans might remember Marky's old band Marky Ramone And The Intruders song Telephone Love what is written by both brothers: Marky and Fred. Telephone Love is in Marky Ramone And The Intruders debut album (1996). Group also released Coward With A Gun single and another album The Answer To Your Problems (1999).
You can listen Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 28. You can listen it nowadays also on XM Satellite Radio's channel 52. Show runs every Tuesday at 5PM (West coast time in the USA) and at 8PM (East coast time in the USA). Show re-plays 5 hours after the original airing again on XM. (Updated: January 25, 2011)


More Marky Ramone news in my archive.









RICHIE RAMONE:

- Richie Ramone does his first European tour ever in June, 2014, see dates here. (March 26, 2014)

- Richie Ramone is on the road, punkrocking first extensive tour after he returned back to publicity. Richie Ramone's first solo album Entitled was released by DC-Jam Records in October 2013. Tour in North America is: January 29-March 12, 2014. See all dates here. Final show is at Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Line-up is:
* Richie Ramone: drums and vocals.
* Ben Wah Reagan: rhythm guitar and drums.
* Clare Misstake: bass (aka known as Clare Noizee and Clare Pproduct).
* Alex Kane: guitar.
Alex Kane plays in this tour instead of Tommy Bolan.
I asked from Clare Misstake if he can list some songs what they are played now at live. Richie, Ben, Clare and Alex has in their live-set for example...
Songs what Ramones recorded: Elevator Operator, (You) Can't Say Anything Nice, Blitzkrieg Bop, Cretin Hop, Loudmouth, I Just Want To Have Something To Do, Smash You, I Know Better Now and Somebody Put Something In My Drink.
Of those songs Somebody Put Something In My Drink, I Know Better Now and Smash You were also recorded to Richie Ramone's Entitled. From Entitled Richie, Ben, Clare and Alex are played also for example Criminal, Entitled, Take My Hand, Better Than Me and Forgotten Years.
Ramones (probably) never played at live Elevator Operator, Smash You and (You) Can't Say Anything Nice. Elevator Operator is a demo song, originally Smash You was included in 7'/ 12' singles/maxis in 1985 and originally (You) Can't Say Anything Nice was included in 12' maxi in 1986. Those are written by Richie Ramone. (Updated: February 8, 2014)

- Criminal was first single of Richie Ramone's debut solo album Entitled. Album was published in October, 2013, and single in summer of 2013. Criminal video got published in February, 2014. Video is created greatly with Richie Ramone's dark style and was good that it was filmed solely in black and white, includes nearly-nude makeout sessions, police cars, shootouts, theft etc. It is always great to see video what really has a story. Too many bands are doing live promo videos nowadays. Criminal is directed by Steve Hanft. Richie Ramone has told to Billboard of Hanft:
"As a director, he knew how to get the best performance out of me and make things fun and interesting. I wanted to shoot the video in a dusty location and keep it creepy in a way. So shooting in black and white seemed the way to go to give it that Hitchcock feel. It took only two days to shoot all the footage in and around Los Angeles.", Richie said.
Criminal is produced by Darron Hemann, Doreen Sanchez and Ashley-Martin Dunn. With Richie Ramone on video are playing Clare Misstake (bass), Ben Wah Reagan (guitar) and Tommy Bolan (guitar). Other in cast: kid is Nikita Tsarev, girl Bonnie Lawrence, dope dealer J-Sun, preacher Liam Gowing and outlaw's are Kurt Stiernelof, Ross Harris and Sasha Fuentes. See video here. (February 8, 2014)


- Richie Ramone started to do co-operation with designer and musician Marc Vachon (from Los Angeles, USA) who is best known for his handpainted leather jackets, custom hats etc. Vachon's clients include Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Slash (ex-Guns N'Roses) and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, ex-Velvet Revolver). Marc Vachon created to Richie Ramone really great looking clothes, like Richie Ramone zipper hoodie which separated Richie Ramone logo patch is sewed to hoodie and contains hand studded hood and pockets (silver nickel studs). That is best looking Ramones hoodie I have ever seen. Also Richie Ramone's logo patch is sewed to shirts and leather jackets etc. See Richie Ramone items here. (November 4, 2013)

- World premier of Richie Ramone's new album Entitled,... Richie Ramone will be Stig Stench's live special guest on October 10, 2013, listen it here. Program is 8-11PM (Texas, USA timezone).
Listen to Stenchradio.com on your Iphone, Androd, Ipad etc. by clicking here.(October 9, 2013)


- You can read most extensive information of Richie Ramone's debut album on this URL on my page, CD and album versions got published on October 8, 2013.
In July, 2013, Richie Ramone informed release date of his debut solo album Entitled.
- Things are looking real good now for the album Entitled. Sorry it has taken so long but I want this to go smooth and do what's best for all my fans, Richie Ramone wrote.
First announced release date was September 7, 2013, but it got changed as Richie Ramone wrote to me in June 19, 2013. In July 2nd was announced that DC-Jam Records signed Richie Ramone. Entitled did hit stores worldwide on October 8, 2013.
July 17, 2013, Richie told in Rob Russo's interview Entitled will be released in CD and LP format.
Order copy of Entitled CD from Amazon.com here or buy Entitled CD from Amazon.co.uk here
Digital version was added to listings on Amazon.co.uk (order digital version of album here) and Amazon.com (order it here) in July, 2013, with a release date: September 17, 2013. I was wondering that but Richie's manager Doreen Sanchez confirmed to me digital version of Entitled is really out on September 17, 2013. And it was.
And in August, 2013, was given a great chance for fans: pre-order Richie Ramone's Entitled LP on white vinyl and you get a limited edition autographed copy featuring the bonus track, new version of Ramones classic (written by Richie Ramone) Somebody Put Something In My Drink.
Order white vinyl from Interpunk.com or from shopradiocast or in Europe from HHV.de.
As a side note, order at the same time from Interpunk also my books: 3rd and 1st and 2nd.
Album was mixed in Mark Needham's studio. Needham has worked before for example with Blondie, The Killers, Sick Puppies and Chris Isaak. Regular version of LP and CD has 12 songs, including new versions of Ramones songs I Know Better Now, Smash You, I'm Not Jesus and Humandkind.
In early August Richie Ramone confirmed to me that with him only Tommy Bolan (all guitars) and Jiro Okabe (bass guitar) played on the recording of Entitled.
Live And Loud Radio's The Ramone Family Retrospective is a three hour Ramones Family radio show. They debuted from Entitled songs Smash You and Take My Hand already in Wednesday January 9, 2013.
And in June 19, 2013, LiveAndLoudRadio world premiere Richie Ramone's new version of Somebody Put Something In My Drink, which will be exclusively available only on the vinyl as you readed above. (Updated: October 10, 2013)

- You has chance to meet Richie Ramone in person in September 14th, 2013, at the Rock N' Roll Autograph Show at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Grand Ballroom 5400 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rock N' Roll Autograph Show feature over 80 artists signing autographs, two parties, All-Star Band performances etc. All in the name of paying it forward in benefit of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Read more details here and buy tickets here.
General admission tickets for Saturday (14th) or Sunday are $20 per person in advance online and $25 per person at the door. A discounted two-day pass is available for $30 per person in advance online or $35 per person at the door. VIP Passes are $150 per person in advance online or $200 per person at the door. Individual autographs will be subject to additional charges per each artist's discretion.
So Richie Ramone is at the event on September 14. Ticket includes admission 9AM-5PM. I don't know more specific time of Richie's schedules. (September 11, 2013)


- Richie Ramone wrote to me that he sang with The Queers one song at The Echo in Los Angeles, USA on September 29, 2013. Song was Somebody Put Something In My Drink, written by Richie Ramone to Ramones album Animal Boy (1986).
Luckily I saw someone has recorded Richie's appearance with The Queers and sound and video quality are great. Check out it here on Youtube. Richie's appearance is really strong and he pay attention to audience nicely as well. Richie is in a good shape and voice is individual. And certainly in a strong shape is as well The Queers whom most of you Ramones fans knows. If not, check out their albums like Move Back Home (1995) and Pleasant Screams (2002). As well they are covered Ramones' album Rocket To Russia in 1994. (September 30, 2013).

- I asked from Richie Ramone if he wants to write something of Arturo Vega as a memorial text. It is now two weeks since we lost Arturo Vega. Read more below of Arturo or read more of Arturo here. I will ask from Tommy and CJ if they want to write something as well of Arturo "Arty" Vega.
Richie Ramone wrote: "Arty was an amazing designer not only with his artwork, but the way he did the lighting for all our live shows. He knew every beat of every song and his style of lighting the stage was amazing. He was the same guy everyday with no ups and downs and truly enjoyed life. If you needed someone to talk to, Arturo was the man who made you feel better about yourself. You will be truly missed my friend but we do have a lot of memories with which to remember you by. Peace and love..., Richie Ramone".
Thanks Richie for writing honest and lovely words of Arturo. (June 20, 2013)


- Richie Ramone will be in attendance on June 16th, 2013, in Quintessential Pro Wrestling event at The Monrovia Masonic Center, 204 West Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016, USA. Richie does "meet and greet" appearance. See website of event here. (June 11, 2013)

- Richie Ramone joins commercial free radio called Live And Loud Radio (homepage: www.liveandloudradio.com) on March 27, 2013. Richie Ramone speak of his upcoming CD titled Entitled and tour etc. at The Ramone Family Retrospective program. Host Rob Russo also plays songs from Richie's CD. The Ramone Family Retrospective program run every Wednesday at 4PM-7PM. Program is USA eastern standard time (NYC time). (March 26, 2013)

- The Gobshites are a Celtic punk band from Boston MA, USA. Formed in 2002 by Peter Walsh (also known of Meat Depressed etc.). The Gobshites had really exciting chance to do recordings with Richie Ramone.
Richie and The Gobshites were in Dublin, Ireland, and recorded new CD on November 25-27, 2011. I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) was there as well. See photos and read my report here.
First estimated time to put out CD was March 2012, second September 2012..., and now Peter Walsh confirmed me new information. He wrote in February 4, 2013: - CD will for sure be out by 1/2 way to Saint Patrick's Day, September 17th, 2013. CD is going to have around 14-16 songs. There will be extra bonus EP for those who pre-paid (read below of Kickstarter). Bonus EP has no Richie songs though, explained Walsh.
They are calling CD with a title: The Whistle Before The Snap.
Richie Ramone was on drums in Dublin. Sadly bassist Cait O'Riordan (Pogues 1983-86 and Elvis Costello 1986-2002) had to cancel this studio session. The Gobshites asked help from the Ramones, Gobshites, Pogues fans etc., because they needed more money to get to Ireland. Fans had chance to support this project. Through project site was chance for example with 25 US$ to get a hard copy of full length CD + digital download + name listed in the thank you section of the CD. With 100 US$ you got all those, signed limited edition poster and chance to sing a mutually-agreeable song on stage with The Gobshites. Funding ended Nov 04, 2011, 11:59pm EDT.
They got to the goal and with a help of 62 people funding was succesful -> 5000 US$. You can get a feeling of The Gobshites music by listening their live version of Somebody Put Something In My Drink. As you can see and hear, they has many connections also for Tommy Ramone's and Claudia Tienan's duo Uncle Monk. And here you can see Tommy Ramone being their guest singer!
Tommy Ramone wrote me few comments in October 21, 2011.
- Glad to hear that the Gobshites are touring Ireland, they are a great bunch of guys and are a fine band. It should really rock with Richie Ramone and Cait O'Riordan. Ireland is a wonderful country to tour and the audiences are terrific, wrote Tommy Ramone.
Uncle Monk did ten shows in Ireland in April-May, 2011.
My report of The Gobshites with Richie in Dublin is here. (Updated: January 8, 2013)

- Richie Ramone has worked with his solo album and it is coming out in early 2013. Richie Ramone wrote in November, 2012: "Just heading out to the studio to put the finishing touch on my album. It will be released early next year and I can't wait. The invasion will continue in 2013." Album is being mixed by Mark Needham. Needham has worked before for example with Blondie, The Killers, Sick Puppies and Chris Isaak.
And Richie will be touring in 2013 as Richie wrote in December 31, 2012: "My world tour to support my album will start in April, 2013"
(Updated: January 8, 2013)


- Unfortunately Richie Ramone's shows in South America in August, 2012, were postponed to a later date due to problems caused by United States booking agent Chuck Bernal of Artists Worldwide. Richie was very disappointed.
Shows were rescheduled and Richie Ramone played eight shows in South America in October, 2012. Line-up: Richie Ramone (drums and lead vocals), Ben Wah Reagan (hythm guitar and drums), Jiro Okabe (bass & vocals) and Tommy Bolan (lead guitar and vocals). See more of dates here. And see and read review by Helio Volpato of Richie's show in Sao Paulo. (Updated: October 5, 2012)

- July 13, 2012, is organised Mosrite 60th Anniversary event at NAMM, Center Stage, Nashville, TN, USA. Mosrite 60th Anniversary Super Live/ Rock n Roll Bash Summer '12 show is featuring Richie Ramone Band, CJ Ramone Band, The Ventures' guitarist Nokie Edwards, Brent Mason (Grammy Award Winner and 12 time ACM Guitarist of the Year), country artist Brian Lonbeck etc. Only 600 pre-sold tickets will be issued! Buy ticket here.
With Richie Ramone will be playing for example Jiro Okabe. With CJ Ramone are playing drummer Michael Stamberg (played with CJ few years now) and Dez Cadena who is known of legendary bands like Black Flag and The Misfits, also of Osaka Popstar etc. Richie Ramone Band and CJ Ramone Band will both play apx. 40 minutes long sets.
Here are some background information of Mosrite guitars and why Mosrite has so special place in the Ramones history. Semie Moseley (1935-1992) was the founder of Mosrite guitars. He was only 17 years old in 1952, when the first Mosrite was built. Semie built his first guitar in a metal shed in Bakersfield, California. By 1963, Semie and his brother Andy Moseley, forged one of the major guitar companies of the 60's. The quality and craftsmanship of the Mosrite was second to none.
Johnny Ramone had inspired many famous musicians to buy and play Mosrite guitars or similar ones. And of course he has influenced people to start playing in general. As Tommy Ramone explains in his interviews in my book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Johnny used to be first a bass guitar player. He stopped playing music and he sold his instruments and everything. Tommy encouraged Johnny to buy an instrument and play music again. Johnny bought his first guitar from Manny's Guitar Store on 48th street in NYC in early 1974. He paid around 50 dollars for his Mosrite. First one was a blue Mosrite Ventures II. It was stolen and he bought another blue one. These two were the same model than the brown Ventures II he bought later etc. etc.
When I and my good friend Randy Wisebrod entered producer Daniel Rey's apartment on May 20, 2003, to do an interview, there was Johnny's white Mosrite that he had used since 1977 until he retired in 1996. It was cool moment to handle it. Also made and featured by Mosrite are the Johnny Ramone Signature Model and standard model. See more infos of it here. (Updated: July 12, 2012)


- Richie Ramone recorded as a guest EP titled Rebel 67 (5 songs) together with Canadian punk band The Rock N Roll Rats. EP comes out as 12' vinyl only, with a free download card for MP3s in the sleeve. EP comes out later in 2012. See photos and read more information by reading my interview with The Rock N Roll Rats singer-guitarist Johnny Forgotten. (Updated: June 13, 2012).

- Release date of Joey Ramone's second solo album has delayed many times, and many years..
BUT IN FEBRUARY 2012 things got ready. Album is titled ...Ya Know? Release date was told to be then May 15, 2012, but it got changed and in March 20 got confirmed new release date May 22.
Title is named after the way Joey used to end every sentence in his Queens drawl..
- The highly anticipated 2nd solo LP from Joey Ramone is going to be released May 22nd, 2012, by BMG Rights Management, preceded by the single Rock And Roll Is The Answer, with There's Got To Be More To Life, which will be available as 7' vinyl single on Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012, said Joey's brother Mickey Leigh.
RollingStone magazine published B side There's Got To Be More To Life on their site, April 20, 2012. Fastest Ramones drummer Richie Ramone will sign copies of 7" at Permanent Records in LA on April 21, 2012.
Leigh explained the tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade and a half of his life.
- Album was going to have 17 songs on two 12' 180 gram audiophile vinyl, double gatefold cover. Digital download & CD available May 22 2012, confirmed news producer Ed Stasium.
- Because of a last minute glich, two songs had to be cut off, said Leigh on March 20, 2012.
So album has 15 songs. The tracks are songs that Joey had written, several co-written with Dee Dee Ramone and one with Ramones producer Daniel Rey. Album will have 17 songs.
Musicians playing in this album include Richie Ramone, Mickey Leigh, Andy Shernoff (Dictators etc.), Little Steven (Steven Van Zandt) (Bruce Springteen's E Street Band etc.), Richie Stotts (The Plasmatics etc.), Joan Jett, Thunderbolt Patterson (Dictators), Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Dennis Diken (Smithereens), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Holly Beth Vincent...
Read lot more information on here, see video of single, tracklisting information etc.
(Updated: April 18, 2012)


- Canadian band Rock N'Roll Rats are recording five song EP titled Rebel 67 with Richie Ramone. They began recording in January and it is expected to be released in spring 2012. Rebel 67 will be released on legitimate 12' vinyl with a free download card. (March 4, 2012)

- Read interview what Richie Ramone did with Rich Chamberlain in December. It got published in Rhythm Magazine in December, 2011. Read interview here. (January 10, 2012)

- Richie Ramone is interviewed on the Church Of Rock radio show on Sunday December 18, 2011. It is aired from 9PM to 11PM in Pacific Time in the USA, in Southern Oregon at 106.3FM, and worldwide at www.kzze.com (December 16, 2011)

- Justin SlieOne just sent a message of great radio program. November 18, 2011, Richie Ramone is on it talking about life with the Ramones what is ahead for him in 2012.
- We laugh cut some jokes and talk about punk when it was a lifestyle not a gimmic. We also have some great bands on the show, so don t miss me on http://www.podunkradio.com at 8pm Eastern time (USA). Here you can listen Richie show afterwards as well http://prpradio.wordpress.com, wrote guy behind of Justin SlieOne.
Richie's interview starts in around 48 minutes and lasts around 33 minutes.
Songs he has really picked well: in addition to Ramones songs Pinhead, Suzy Is A Headbanger and Somebody Put Something In My Drink he plays songs like Screeching Weasel: Carnival Of Schadenfreude, The Queers: Blabbermouth, The Sheckies: Girls With Boyfriends and Into The Void: Rifts. (Updated: November 18, 2011)


- Dart Head Mike has radio show and Episode 28 is called An Evening with The Gobshites. The Gobshites are a Celtic punk band from Boston MA USA. Dart Head Mike played their wellknown and rare songs, and songs that will be on their next album which is going to be recorded in Ireland with Richie Ramone. And with Cait O'Riordan of The Pogues. Richie Ramone calls to this radio show after half an hour of listening. Listen it here. Here are some parts typed up. Gaston Sanchez grammar checked these. Thanks.
DART HEAD MIKE: Have you met Cait before?
RICHIE: I definitely met her, I am sure along the way, here in the states in the 80's.
PETER WALSH (The Gobshites): Richie and I were talking about doing Somebody Put Something In My Drink (Ramones song). It probably won't be on the new record, because we already put it on a record. It might me on a compilation, but I would like Richie to sing it.
RICHIE: There are a lot of versions of it out there. That was kind of my Gobshites thing, when I saw that on Youtube, I said "WOW". It is really cool to see when bands take your song and put a twist on it, rather than just covering it same way because that is boring. I hear metal bands covering it etc., all kind of versions, this is really cool etc. I hope we can do a gig while I am out there (Ireland). I think it would be a lot of fun.
RICHIE: I am also doing my own project, finishing up writing the songs and I want to do a little tour around the world for the fans. I want to release a new EP next year (2012) with new versions of six songs I wrote to the Ramones. I want to do them my way. (Updated: November 6, 2011)

- Dart Head Mike did an radio interview with Richie Ramone, Mike interviewed Richie in Episode 28 called An Evening with The Gobshites. One subject Richie explained was about Tommy Mills, of whom music Richie said is kind of 60's music meets 90's music. They are gonna tour together.
I asked more details and Richie mailed me in November 4, 2011:
- I really loved this kid and his music was something I had to play. His album is going to be released Thankgsgiving. It is a power trio and Tommy Mills called me about doing the tour. I did not play on the record. I am going to put my tour off for a couple months. I am starting a tour December 31st, 2011, Tacoma, Washington (USA), with Tommy Mills and The Jade Amenity. We are going to do the States first and then head over to Europe, Richie Ramone explains.
See Richie's show section here. (Updated: November 6, 2011)


- Also this year, 2011, was organised Johnny Ramone / Dee Dee Ramone / Ramones memorial event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA, USA on October 1st, 2011. This was 7th memorial event. This outdoor event was presented by Johnny's wife Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone Army Chief Of Staff John Cafiero. Tommy Ramone was only Ramones member who attended event. So this was a great chance to meet Tommy and also see from big video screen Tommy playing with Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (television show) on August 9, 1977. Show was screened in it's entirety.
- The Johnny Tribute went well as usual. It was great to see the fans again and we had a good time watching the Don Kirshner show, I have not seen it in it's entirety in decades -- it is quite a good show!, wrote Tommy Ramone to me.
RichieRamone.com & Ramones Forever were collaborating and you had chance to get free signed giveaways autographed by Richie in this event.
Read here more information, review written by Joe and Deb Lunardon, and see photos taken by them. (Updated: October 27, 2011).

- Four days before Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2011, Richie Ramone will also be sitting in with his brother Lenny's band, The Shots (rock'N'roll firefighting bagpipers http://www.myspace.com/shotsband) on the main stage of BayFest 2011 on Sunday, May 15, at 2:30PM.
Address is Emmons Ave & East 27th Street, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. And here you can find homepage of BayFest 2011 with information and directions how to get to the festival. BayFest is Brooklyn's largest waterfront event and NYC's only vendor-free street fair. Now in our 20th year and always completely free.
In addition to Shots and Richie Ramone, BayFest will feature Beatles tribute band Ticket2Ride, Sheepshead bay son Robert Santa, traditional American folk musicians Stout, Elisa Peimer, The Xylopholks, Sons Of Jove etc. etc.. Diane Bauman will kick off the day with the National Anthem. (May 11, 2011)


- Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash, 60th birthday celebration is on May 19, 2011. Event is again at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, not at Bowery Ballroom what was a second choice. Joey's brother Mickey confirmed it.
We fans will have meeting (my idea) at place called Nevada Smiths, starting around 4.30PM. Nevada Smiths is only three blocks away from Irving Plaza. Address is: 74th Third Avenue (between 11th & 12th). Every fan is welcome. Ramones' fan Andy Cintron tell it's a football pub during the weekends but at night it's music and the main bartender Johnny Holmes is a HUGE Ramones fan! Visit Nevada Smiths homepage. I will have copies of my Ramones books with me and also Hannu Jokinen of Woimasointu Records will bring copies of solo singles by Ramones members and Dee Dee's Hop Around LP he has released.
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is a memory event to our angel, and this is 11th time it is organised. Tickets got sale in early March, you can buy tickets here. Price through Live Nation is US$ 35.25.
"Joey Ramone all stars" set include musicians Tommy Ramone, Richie Ramone, Al Maddy, Andy Shernoff (The Dictators), Richie Stotts (The Plasmatics), Ali McMordie (Stiff Little Fingers), Ed Stasium, Mickey Leigh, Walt Stack (The Bullys), George Tabb and Tush & Snooky (Sick F*cks) are confirmed to do perform at "Joey Ramone's Friends" set.
There were some schedule changes and because of it Andy Hilfiger and Holly Beth Vincent won't do appearances as was planned.
Mickey wrote to me in May 9th, set will include four songs from the upcoming 2nd Joey Ramone solo album.
Richard Lloyd will do his set. Mickey had negotiated also with Hugh Cornwell best known for being the vocalist and guitarist for the The Stranglers from 1974 to 1990. By 1977 The Stranglers had secured a contract with the United Artists Records, they went on to become the highest selling band to emerge from the UK punk scene, with numerous hit singles and record album.
The Ramones played with The Stranglers at The Roundhouse, London, UK in 1977. Hugh has recorded many solos as well.
- Hugh Cornwell will be performing the classics that made that band legendary. Joining Hugh on drums is Elvis Ramone also, well known as Clem Burke of Blondie. On bass is Fish. Also will play Black 47, a revered NYC band Joey went to see frequently, and had even hoped to produce a record for, explains Mickey.
Also are announced to play bands The Rattlers (Mickey's), Sunday Masquerade and The Indecent.
I do mention just in case, The Indecent is different band than The Independents who has played many times before at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash (and whom members Evil and Willy B were Joey's really close friends).
MC's: Steve Craig, Matt Pinfield and John Holmstrom.
I (Jari-Pekka) will celebrate my birthday 11th time at Joey's Birthday Bash. Joey and I share same birthday (May 19).
Read my previous picture-story reports: here is from 2010 and here is from 2009. (Updated: May 9, 2011)

- Richie Ramone is excited to announce the launch of the official Richie Ramone store. Richie handpicks everything sold via his store and does not use any third parties. Richie, his webmaster Gaston Sanchez etc. will update store with new items as much as possible to keep you geared with the latest Richie Ramone memorabilia. Click here to visit Richie's homepage and Ebay Store. There are for example drum sticks and signed photos. I have photographed that live photo of Richie at Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. (January 8, 2011)

More Richie Ramone news in my archive.








CJ RAMONE/ WARD

- CJ Ramone is like Joey Ramone on it, how much he wants to do charity shows and support. Now Nassau County Committee Children & Youth Chairman Yvonne Brunner and CJ Ramone in co-operation with The American Legion Auxiliary, The National Military Family Association present Operation Purple Camp For Military Kids.
CJ wrote: "Come see me and comedian Dave Attell at a benefit for operation camp purple. A free camp for kids whose families have been affected by the loss, wounding, or PTSD of a parent (posttraumatic stress disorder). I am learning a bunch of early Ramones songs for this special show on April 3rd, 2014, at Mulcahy's in Wantaugh, New York, USA. I will be doing a special all Ramones set including a couple even the old timers probably never heard live.", CJ informed.
Show at Mulcahy's is early show. Event is 7-11PM and CJ will do his set 9-10PM. Admission is 60 US$ and include ticket, buffet, mixed drinks, beer, wine and soda. 100% of the profits benefit Operation Purple Camp. Website of
The Mulcahy's. Address: 3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh New York 11793. (March 26, 2014)

- CJ Ramone has worked with new album. He was 15 days in a studio in March, 2014. CJ told in October, 2013, how he is hoping to go to studio with Ed Stasium who produced some Ramones records and also worked with Joey Ramone's 2nd posthumous solo album ...Ya Know?.
I personally asked from CJ about release date and if Ed Stasium was in a studio.
- No Ed Stasium. Jim Monroe = producer. Ste Soto = co-producer. I hope to release new album in June or July, 2014, wrote CJ in March 13, 2014.
He recorded 12 songs. In a studio were with him for example Steve Soto and Dan Root from Adolescents. Both are played in CJ Ramone Band at live. (Updated: March 16, 2013)

- The Continental's (New York, USA) owner Trigger wrote to me in November, 2013, about him doing fifth Continental's Rock And Roll Reunion.
- CJ Ramone, Walter Lure, Lenny Kaye, Jesse Malin, Murphy's Law and the drummer from Guns N' Roses and many others are playing it!, Trigger told.
Continental's Rock And Roll Reunion #5 is in January 19, 2014. And yes, line-up is again amazing.
CJ Ramone Band will play at 9.00, then Murphy's Law (9.40), Lenny Kaye (10.20), Sea Monster (11.00), The Waldos (11.40) and Bitch (12.20).
- "Bitch" is a Don Hills Reunion of sorts. It was a legendary night at Don's club. They have a killer house band and 20 guest vocalists. This time the theme is AC/DC. I am honored to have this cause Don was such an amazing guy. His staff and bands are all also connected to my club and we're all friends and family. I'm hoping this will become part of our Reunion show every year! Trigger E-mailed me in January 12.
First band on stage is Hammerbrain at 3.00. Also are playing for example The Independents (4.00), Furious George (4.30), Electric Frankenstein (5.30), Heap (6.30) and Trigger's All Stars (8.30).
Ticket is only five dollars till 8PM and only ten dollars after. Age limit 21 years.
Of the Ramones members especially CJ Ramone, Joey Ramone and also Dee Dee Ramone played a lot at The Continental in late 90's and Joey also in his final years. Also Dee Dee, Marky Ramone, and Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zambini recorded Ramainz: Live In N.Y.C. there in July 1997.
Joey's very last full-length concert was at The Continental on December 11, 2000.
The Continental closed their doors on September 17, 2006 and CJ Ramone played that night. At the grand re-opening on October 11, 2006, owner Trigger said he will not have bands play anymore. Trigger said that as hisrents and overhead went up each year, it was undoable to have a punk club in the neighbourhood - the crowd isn't there to support it.
It is great he does these big reunion shows and bands are supporting him. Whenever you are in New York and East Village, go and buy some drinks and have fun! (Updated: January 12, 2014).


- Jiro Okabe is recording solo album and CJ Ramone is playing on it. CJ Ramone travelled to California, USA on September 29, 2013, to record his parts. Here are some comments by Jiro of his solo album.
- Steve Soto from Adolescents is on board on my solo album. Recording with CJ Ramone, Dez Cadena (Black Flag, The Misfits etc.) and Mr X is doing really great, wrote Jiro on December 3, 2013.
Man behind Mr X will be told later... I asked more details and Jiro Okabe told me following information.
- CJ Ramone played four songs and back up vocal on five songs. Me and CJ wrote three songs together. It will be a really kicking ass album my friend! Cheers!, wrote Jiro Okabe on December 5, 2013.
Few comments of Jiro's background. He plays bass on Richie Ramone's solo album Entitled and was in Richie's tour line-up in 2012 etc. He is also working for Mosrite Guitars. (December 3, 2013)

- Few years ago CJ Ramone told me he is working with a book. He did mention of its current situation on interview in German radio. I heard interview and here are few quotes:
"I been working with my memorials. Daily. It is gonna be more about my entire life, not just my years with the Ramones" (October 15, 2013)


- CJ Ramone again participated Long Island Walk Now For Autism Speaks event in 2013. Walk Now For Autism Speaks helps to support to change the future for all who struggle with autism. Long Island event was now at Jones Beach State Park, Field 5 on Sunday, October 6, 2013. Team CJ Ramone was for the first time in event in 2009 and this was fifth time to Team CJ Ramone. In first event in 2009, CJ's fundraising goal was 2,500.00 US$. In the end was donated 3075.00 dollars.
Also this time you got to meet CJ and his family etc. CJ Wrote in advance:
"If you want to donate to Autism Speaks through our team, then follow the link . If you can't donate, then join the team and walk with us."
Now in 2013 was donated 399 USdollars. Some people who donated in 2013: Trigger of The Cntinental (as he has done every year), Paolo di Gaetano (Italy), Mick Punk and I. As CJ Ramone has said many times in public, his son Liam is autistic.
"That is why I do this event. This organization puts a large percentage of it's budget into reaserching the cause of this disease.", says CJ.
Read more of Autism Speaks organization here.
Btw, if you read from my Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book CJ's memories of our Joey, there is a bit also of it how shortly after the Ramones disbanded, CJ turned down a chance to audition for Metallica. CJ not wanted to done it because of his son. This tells something about CJ's heart.
Make an donation here. (Updated: October 15, 2013)

- CJ Ramone is doing longest tour for years. It starts in September 26, 2013 from Germany and ends to Italy in October 19, 2013. Other countries in this tour are: Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland and Russia. See more details here.
Line-up: CJ Ramone: singer-bassist.
Jonny "Two Bags" Wickersham: guitar.
David Hidalgo Jr.: drums.
Jonny and David are best known as a members of Social Distortion. (Updated: September 1, 2013)


- September 20, 2013 is 5th Annual Benefit Rock To Cure Cancer, benefit for Lymphoma Research Foundation in honor of Joey Ramone, at The Pool House, Bellmore, NY, USA. In addition to CJ Ramone on September 20, will play bands like Borgo Pass, iRideSense and Rick & Ted. Admission: 10$ donation at the door. See more details here.
Since 2009 to present date, Rock To Cure Cancer events have generated 6145 US$ for Lymphoma Research Foundation, in memory of Joey Ramone. If you are unable to attend this event, you may make your donation directly through this page, note total donations from events will not show up on this page. (August 23, 2013)

- CJ Ramone's solo album Reconquista got published in June, 2013. CD and LP has 12 songs and also was chance to buy bonus DVD etc. See more details of album here.
Background of album. CJ Ramone had spoke for me of new album since 2009-2010. After Bad Chopper album (2007), he did some recordings what aren't published before entering studio in late May / early June, 2012. Those songs got published really quickly after studio, digitally on June 29, 2012. A while after album was taken away from iTunes etc. as he started Pledge Music campaign in December 2012, to get Reconquista solo album released also as a CD and vinyl. In this campaign was chance to buy for example handwritten lyric sheet 50 US$, Skype session with CJ 50 US$, his signature Mosrite bass signed 2 000 US$...
Campaign was going to end in February 3, 2013, but it was lenghtened one month. Pledge Music campaign reached it's goal 100% in February 5th, 2013. Campaign ended in March 3 and it had 109% of goal, so 9% extra.
CJ Ramone got Reconquista' CD's in his in hands in June 6, 2013, and LP's few weeks later in June, 2013. So will say official release of Reconquista album was June, 2013. CJ explains of line-up:
CJ Ramone: "Steve Soto (The Adolescents) joined on to do guitars and background vocals. He also co-produced album. We called an old friend, Jose Medeles (The Breeders) to play drums. We recorded the record at the Racket Room in Orange County, California (USA) with studio owner and producer Jim Monroe. And since we were down that way, got in touch with a bunch of great players that we knew from some great bands, Billy Zoom from X, Jay Bentley from Bad Religion, Dennis Casey from Flogging Molly, Dan Root from The Adolescents, Frank Agnew from The Adolescents/ 45 Grave, Matt Katz the keyboard player from Blondie, Marcus Hollar from The Street Dogs, and Jonny "Two Bags" Wickerson and Johnny Maurer from Social Distortion", CJ Ramone listed.
CD has 12 songs and also was chance to buy bonus DVD etc. See more details of album here. (Updated: July 6, 2013)


- Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is organized also this year on May 19, 2013. Venue is under the Joey Ramone Place sign, at The Bowery Electric, New York, NY, Bowery, USA.
I was afraid that last year we experienced last Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. Not too many of Ramones fans will know how big work it is to organize. There are many things in a background. Anyway, Joey's brother Mickey Leigh confirmed to me personally Joey Ramone Birthday Bash being again on Joey's (and mine) birthday, May 19, 2013. Joey turns then 62 years.
- There will be history in the making at this year's Birthday Bash, Mickey hinted in early 2013 and referred to he and CJ Ramone being on stage for the first time together. Is that really the making history? Mickey is regular musician and Richie Ramone and Marky Ramone has also brothers.
In March, 2013, CJ Ramone confirmed to me that he is playing at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19, 2013. In May 5, 2013, I confirmed if he plays twice that night: with his band and in Joey Ramone Friends set.
- Yes, I am scheduled to play at Joey's birthday party with my band and with the All Star band. I am looking forward to it!, wrote CJ.
In April were announced these artists playing in Joey Ramone Tribute band: CJ, Walter Lure (The Waldos/ Heartbreakers), Al Maddy, Andy Shernoff (The Dictators etc.), George Tabb, John Xavier (The Nightcaps), Walt Stack (The Bullys), Mickey Leigh...
CJ Ramone will also play a set with his band. Other artists include The Independents (Joey was kind of The Independents manager and performed often with them), The Bullys, Ingrid & the Defectors, Heap and The Sic F*cks.
CJ Ramone will also play a set with his band. Other artists include The Independents (Joey was kind of The Independents manager and performed often with them), The Bullys, Ingrid & the Defectors, Heap and The Sic F*cks.
Buy tickets here, admission is 20 US$ advance, 25US$ day of show. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show will begin at 7pm. Age limit: 21 years.
This is first Joey Ramone Birthday Bash where CJ is playing. There are many reason for that why it is not happened earlier. CJ Ramone has played in some other Joey memorials, like at the CBGB's on May 19, 2002. Event was then organized by Ramones artist director Arturo Vega.
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is organized every year in May 19, after our Joey passed away on April 15, 2001. (Updated: May 5, 2013)

- Album release show of CJ Ramone's album Reconquista is at Do You Wanna Dance, Brooklyn, NY, USA in March 23, 2013. Read cool story of club below. Address of Do You Wanna Dance: 2628 Gerritsen Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Line-up: CJ Ramone (singer-bassist), Steve Soto (guitar), Dan Root (guitar) and Michael Stamberg (drummer). CJ Ramone is one man behind of Do You Wanna Dance club.
Immediately following the show there will be the worldwide premier of CJ Ramone: King Cobra, The Making Of Reconquista. It is a movie Paul MacKay, CJ Ramone and Jesse Mosher made about the making of new album in Orange Country, CA, USA. Also Jesse Mosher is doing art show. He told me they are of paintings he did during CJ's shows in the USA in NYC, California, Long Island and Nashville and in Colombia in Cali and Medellin. Exhibited at Do You Wanna Dance club are also Jesse Mosher's paintings from the Reconquista album sessions that are featured in the documentary.
Story behind Do You Wanna Dance is really cool. Jesse Mosher wrote it to me in a long message.
Jesse Mosher: "CJ Ramone gave me the idea to do this new way of presenting rock'n'roll in Colombia in 2011. We started throwing shows in San Francisco, USA in February 2012, all ages, no bar, all money to the bands, with my painting sales covering the rent on an old jazz club next to the Mabuhay Gardens where the Ramones used to play. We had 100 bands play, 32 shows, with nobody getting ejected and no fights.
Time is right to do this in New York, so we moved here in January, 2013, driving an unlicensed, uninsured school bus, with 500 paintings across the country. We got alot of help from CJ Ramone who put us up for a few weeks till we found the spot near JFK airport. CJ is putting together an incredible backline of his personal amps equipment. We are currently booking NY and touring bands (Jari-Pekka's note: you can send a queries to Jesse to get to play at Do You Wanna Dance, message him through his Facebook page). We want to keep the strong rock'n'roll vibes going! Like the page Do You Wanna Dance Brooklyn, and we will keep you in the loop. I look forward to making a hundred more Ramones paintings this year, with those awesome photos from your site Jari-Pekka!
I feel CJ is really coming to a new level in his art and music. I want to get him making paintings to show here (Do You Wanna Dance), he is helping curate, and bring in artists he has met in his travels to the gallery," wrote Jesse Mosher in his long message. (March 21, 2013)


- CJ Ramone Band will play at The Continental, NYC, USA on January 20, 2013. That day is fourth annual The Continental Reunion show. Address: 25 Third Ave/ St. Mark's Place. Artists who are rocking include CJ Ramone Band (on stage 8.40), Walter Lure's The Waldos (9.30), Trigger's (owner) All Stars (10.20), Murphy's Law (7.00), Heap (5.30), Electric Frankenstein (4.30) and Furious George (4.00). First band is Snake Canyon (3.00). Age limit 21 years.
Also Jesse Malin (D-Generation etc.) was announced to perform. I noticed Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social having also another show on January 20. Jesse replied to me:
- Sunday is an early show, will be heading over to the Continental after!, wrote Jesse.
Of the Ramones members especially CJ Ramone, Joey Ramone and also Dee Dee Ramone played a lot at The Continental in late 90's and Joey also in his final years. Also Dee Dee, Marky Ramone, and Dee Dee's wife Barbara Zambini recorded Ramainz: Live In N.Y.C. there in July 1997.
Joey's very last full-length concert was at The Continental on December 11, 2000.
The Continental closed their doors on September 17, 2006 and CJ Ramone played that night. At the grand re-opening on October 11, 2006, owner 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 neighbourhood - the crowd isn't there to support it.
It is great he does these big reunion shows and bands are supporting him. I know pretty well with Trigger and you can read more information here. (January 15, 2013)

- 60th Mosrite Anniversary Show in Japan was organised at Musashino Swing Hall in Tokyo. CJ Ramone played there with special line-up: CJ Ramone (vocals-bass), Jiro Okabe (guitar), Ben Wah (guitar) and Chorin (drums). Jiro Okabe and Ben Wah are playing at the moment with Richie Ramone, but they traveled with CJ to Japan for this show. Chorin is Japanese musician.
- We played total of five songs: Blitzkrieg Bop, Judy Is A Punk, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, Rockaway Beach and I Wanna Be Sedated. Other bands were Japanese "Mosriters" playing mainly Ventures songs. Show was sold-out and it was wonderful show, Jiro Okabe wrote to me in November 6, 2012. Read below older news of other Mosrite 60th events and history of Mosrite. See here information of CJ's shows. (November 6, 2012)


- CJ Ramone has tour in South America in September, starting September 15, 2012, with a show with Die Toten Hosen in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CJ Ramone is singer-bassist and Michael Stamberg drummer. Guitarist Steve Soto keep rocking in CJ's line-up. First shows with with CJ Soto played in July, 2012. Also Dan Root of Adolescents joins CJ's band in South America in September. More details here soon. (July 24, 2012)

- July 13, 2012, is organised Mosrite 60th Anniversary event at NAMM, Center Stage, Nashville, TN, USA. Mosrite 60th Anniversary Super Live/ Rock n Roll Bash Summer '12 show is featuring Richie Ramone Band, CJ Ramone Band, The Ventures' guitarist Nokie Edwards, Brent Mason (Grammy Award Winner and 12 time ACM Guitarist of the Year), country artist Brian Lonbeck etc. Only 600 pre-sold tickets will be issued! Buy ticket here.
With Richie Ramone will be playing for example Jiro Okabe. With CJ Ramone are playing drummer Michael Stamberg (played with CJ few years now) and Dez Cadena who is known of legendary bands like Black Flag and The Misfits, also of Osaka Popstar etc. Richie Ramone Band and CJ Ramone Band will both play apx. 40 minutes long sets.
Here are some background information of Mosrite guitars and why Mosrite has so special place in the Ramones history. Semie Moseley (1935-1992) was the founder of Mosrite guitars. He was only 17 years old in 1952, when the first Mosrite was built. Semie built his first guitar in a metal shed in Bakersfield, California. By 1963, Semie and his brother Andy Moseley, forged one of the major guitar companies of the 60's. The quality and craftsmanship of the Mosrite was second to none.
Johnny Ramone had inspired many famous musicians to buy and play Mosrite guitars or similar ones. And of course he has influenced people to start playing in general. As Tommy Ramone explains in his interviews in my book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Johnny used to be first a bass guitar player. He stopped playing music and he sold his instruments and everything. Tommy encouraged Johnny to buy an instrument and play music again. Johnny bought his first guitar from Manny's Guitar Store on 48th street in NYC in early 1974. He paid around 50 dollars for his Mosrite. First one was a blue Mosrite Ventures II. It was stolen and he bought another blue one. These two were the same model than the brown Ventures II he bought later etc. etc.
When I and my good friend Randy Wisebrod entered producer Daniel Rey's apartment on May 20, 2003, to do an interview, there was Johnny's white Mosrite that he had used since 1977 until he retired in 1996. It was cool moment to handle it. Also made and featured by Mosrite are the Johnny Ramone Signature Model and standard model. See more infos of it here. (Updated: July 13, 2012)


- Third Annual The Continental Reunion show is on January 14, 2012 (address: 25 Third Avenue (between St. Marks Place and 9th St. NY 10003). So this will be a special night, as it is reunion night of "real" The Continental with artists who had played a lot at the Continental in past. Of our angels Joey Ramone was on stage at The Continental probably 35-50 times and Dee Dee Ramone 10-20 times.
Artists who are rocking include CJ Ramone, Walter Lure's The Waldos, Lenny Kaye (member of Patti Smith Group etc.), TBA (The Bully Anonymous), The Independents (Joey was manager of The Independents), Furious George, Electric Frankenstein, Suicide King, Heap, Charm School, Curtis Suburban and Trigger's All Stars.
Evening show starts at 7pm. Admission 5$ before 9:30pm, $10 after.
Also earlier that day (January 14, 2012) is all ages matinee, it is headlined by Murphy's Law. Also are playing Honor Among Thieves and Two Man Advantage. Matinee show starts at 4.30. Admission 10$. (January 8, 2011)

- Together with CJ Ramone and drummer Michael Stamberg is touring and playing now guitarist Steve Dawson. "Ramones producer" Daniel Rey was guitarist for some years. Michael explains of Dawson's background: "Steve Dawson is a great fit with the band. His musicianship and professionalism are enhanced by his life long love of the Ramones. I've known him since high school and it is an absolute pleasure to be working with him." See their live dates here. (October 7, 2011)

- CJ Ramone's cool interview was published in The Great Southern Brainfart blog. On it he explains lot of his upcoming (2012) album, how he was approached about joining Metallica twice etc. etc. I wanted to archive interview if it disappear after some years from internet. Read CJ's The Great Southern Brainfart interview here. (October 9, 2011)

- CJ said in December, 2010,: "Been in the studio with Daniel Rey and Michael Stamberg. We recorded two songs for Mosrite Records."
Those songs aren't published (situation in June, 2012) (Updated: June 27, 2012)


- CJ Ramone supported succesfully Walk Now For Autism event in 2009 and 2010. Now CJ did same in Fall, 2011. Date and venue were: "Sunday October 2nd, 2011, at Jones Beach State Park, Field 5, Wantagh, NY."
CJ wrote in September 29, 2011: "Meet me at 9AM by the big stage. Wear your favorite Ramones shirt and walk with me and my family to support my son."
Follow the link to make a donation. And after event CJ E-mailed me in October 7th.:
"Thanks to everyone who donated and everyone that showed up and walked with us. If you didn't get a chance to, you can donate up until December. For everyone that doesn't know, my son Liam is autistic. That is why I do this event. This organization puts a large percentage of it's budget into reaserching the cause of this disease. See ya'll on the big road! Ramones forever!"
Btw, if you read from my Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book CJ's memories of our Joey, there is a bit also of it how shortly after the Ramones disbanded, CJ turned down a chance to audition for Metallica. CJ not wanted to done it because of his son. This tells something about CJ's heart.
Some people who donated now were: I, Victoria Rogalsi, Kenneth Kessel, Gaston Sanchez, Tara Stites, David Leib, Lisa and Kaihlyn Malone, Monique Francis and Naomi, Paolo di Gaetano, Peter Schroder, Russell Rozea, Sean Yseult, Trigger of The Continental, David Leib, Donna Gaines...
In his first fundraising Walk Now For Autism on June 14, 2009, CJ's fundraising goal was 2,500.00 US$. June 16, 2009, was donated 3075.00 dollars.
Older news: CJ Ramone wrote to me on April 22, 2011:
"This year I'll be taking part in the Walk Now For Autism Speaks event for the third time for my son Liam. My family and I had a great time last year and are looking forward to having fun again this year. I hope that you will support our team and make a donation or just join our team and walk with us."
CJ wrote of Liam last year: "Liam's progress since last year's (2009) walk and his transition into mainstream classes is proof that the research sponsored by Autism Speaks makes a difference. I hope that you will help me in my efforts to change the future of other autistic kids by making donation to support Autism Speaks. (Updated: October 7, 2011)

- Long time Ramones' fan Maggie St. Thomas' one project nowadays is Jerk Of All Trades Magazine. New second issue has interview with CJ Ramone.
- It is a three pages feature in the summer 2011 issue of Jerk Of All Trades Magazine. CJ talks about his views on marijuana laws, the Ramones etc. The cover photo is of CJ in 1995 live onstage with Joey Ramone. Mag also features never before published photos of CJ with Joey, Marky Ramone live onstage and in 2008 at Johnny Ramone Beat On Cancer show. There is also rolling sessions with Snoop Dogg the boss dog of them all (slightly stoopid), Mark Arminski, John Gilhooley, Barb Wire Dolls etc. etc. I think magazine is more like a piece of art. 10 000 copies is printed and it's a quarterly publication full color high gloss 36 pages, explains Maggie St. Thomas.
She says mag is free in California area. If mags are posted, is the pricing of the magazines $10 solid. That will include first and second issues and she will ship it on planet Earth.
- Issue one features a really cool read by Joey's brother Mickey Leigh from his book I Slept With Joey Ramone called Brothers Gone Bananas. Mickey also included two photos from his personal collection with his brother as children and later as adults. It's a very cool article and it's a 2 page feature. The magazine includes a full page photo of Joey Ramone from 1995, Maggie says.
So get in touch with Maggie. Maggie's E-mail address is saila0023 (a) yahoo.com and Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/35mmMAGGIE. (Updated: September 5, 2011)


- CJ Ramone wrote: "I will be at the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale Long Island, USA, on Sunday April 3rd (2011) for the 3rd fight cancer with effective aggression event.".
Event is at 1:00PM-8:00PM. Ticket 15 US$.
Also featuring other live bands, Effective Aggression Apparel and Laine Genna Designs, raffles, and guest appearances to help fight cancer. All profits will be donated to the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation. Address: The Crazy Donkey, 1058 Route 110, Farmingdale, NY 11735-3907. Phone: 631-687-0256.
More information here. (March 31, 2011)

- As many of you knows, CJ Ramone started playing with Ramones' producer Daniel Rey etc. in 2008. He hadn't played Bad Chopper shows since late 2008. See his tour dates here. They has shows in South America, Italy, USA, Canada etc. in 2011.
Together with CJ Ramone and Daniel Rey been playing Michael Stamberg since March, 2010. CJ wrote in December, 2010,: "Been in the studio with Daniel Rey and Michael Stamberg. We recorded two songs for Mosrite Records and we started on my new album."
CJ has written me earlier of Michael: ""Michael Stamberg is a local guy from Long Island, New York. I met him when Los Gusanos (CJ's early band) was playing in NYC and Long Island. Our bands shared a bill a few times." (Updated: March 31, 2011)


More CJ Ramone news in my archive.