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PHOTOS FROM THE
NEW YORK CITY RAMONES 30TH
CAN BE SEEN AT THE
ON CANCER Photos here
WELL : RAMONES BEAT ON CANCER
Some of punks
best rockers and rock's best punks came out to celebrate
the marking of the RAMONES' thirty year anniversary in music, 1974-2004.
Wow! What a
really great tribute in New York City last night!
The NYC event was a
tribute to the Ramones, billed as
WELL : RAMONES BEAT ON CANCER,
officially honoring Joey and Johnny Ramone, both of whom
died of Cancer, by raising money to fund the Cedars-Sinai
Cancer Research Center and Lymphoma Research Foundation,
with performances headlined by Blondie and the Strokes.
The event, just as in
the recent California tribute show recently, was co-produced by long
time Ramones art director and light man
Vega with Johnny Ramones' blessing and earlier
involvement. Superbly done.
Last night's event also doubled as a
celebration of sorts for the shared birthdays of the
late Johnny Ramone and Ramones bassist C.J. (October 8) and
the marking of the RAMONES' thirty year anniversary in
music, chronicled as 1974-2004. Cool program, poster + other items at the merch
the club and giving your ticket to the oversized goons
(think spiritual I say to myself) at the door, your first brought upon a
6ft high encased mannequin fully dressed in Johnny Ramones'
jeans and tee-shirt with two of Johnny's favorite Mosrite
guitars displayed on stands on either side. I read that it
is from the personal collection of
Gore. As you proceed in you come upon a cool mezzanine
area that had the
greatest collection of OFFICIAL RAMONES MEMORABILIA
including t-shirts, sneakers and pants worn by the band,
uber-rare photos, classic banners and many letters and rare
pieces from the band. Tommy Ramones' early authored letters
from "LOUDMOUTH PRODUCTIONS" are on display.
saved was on display, from Johnny's receipt from his 1st guitar (mosrite of course), to his
first passport, classic flyers from the 1st and 2nd shows
EVER, session photos from in the studio on the first album, classic
passes, ticket stubs plus travel itinerary's of the many
around the globe over 25 years.
many of the passes
on display were from our private collection, here
on display since forever).
Urgggh - The
events only negative was at the hands of the club
unfortunately. The proprietors seemed to have booked another
event to begin WAY TOO EARLY and by midnight the tribute
show was still going on with Blondie performing her set, and
in comes about 100 or so latino babes and italian stallions from the "boros" looking to steam up the place
like a scene out of Saturday Night Fever. Very uncool, but
the Ramones crowd managed to handle it....believe it or not.
They new crowd did not even get who was on stage or
understand what was happening. Super weird karma at
Rockin' the NYC
club SPIRIT where Blondie, The Strokes, Sonic Youth,
Tommy Ramone, C.J. Ramone, Elvis Ramone, frequent Ramones
record producer Daniel Rey, the unstoppable Joan Jett, Andrew WK, Alan Vega
(Suicide), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Bill
Stephenson, Mark Sheehan, Jed Davis & Bandcamp. And rock
& Bandcamp got the evening kicking with a tremendous
high energy set which included the now classic song "I Still
Remember You", produced by Tommy Ramone. The crowd was in
awe all evening as
Blondie pulled out all the favorites...non-stop, and the
blasted away and held nothing back through 11 songs, new
hits and older ones. Oddly the
Strokes never performed any Ramones songs in their
respective set which I think the crowd was expecting every
now and then. I was.(?)
Youth was intense as always n' super tight, in addition to
long time punk, Alan Vega from SUICIDE).
however belonged to the Ramones on stage, in SPIRIT and in
song, and the best set
was the Ramones Tribute that included Daniel Rey, (opening
their set with a blistering rendition of "Wart Hog") and C.J.
Ramone, as the foundation with rotating lead singers which
included Andrew WK, Josh Homme and Tommy Ramone amongst others (singing
I Wanna Be Sedated). Closing that group set on vocals
was punk goddess Joan Jett, introduced to the crowd as the
"only possible female Ramone if there ever could have been a
(something like that).
forever young looking, came out to a roaring reception by
the packed house and ripped into the vocals on 4
classic Ramones songs that where so tight and on-the-mark
that for a split second, you could have almost closed your
eyes and have been back in time at a real RAMONES show (SPIRIT
is right! yikes!-almost I said). The classic "Rockaway Beach"
was perfectly mauled by Joan Jett, C.J. Ramone and
Daniel Rey like a chainsaw, just as it should have been.
"Cretin Hop" was more of the same. Every song they did was the same; relentless, loud, fast,
and it felt like the roof was gonna' split open or something.
crowd was locked and loaded. It was pure punk again for 12
minutes during that set. A classic punk performance if ever
there was. - wow! DJ Strip superbly provided the momentum on
the turntables in between sets of the bands. Check out some
work by DJ Strip
cool celebrity Ramones fan on the planet was there
from actor Vincent Gallo
(a close friend
to Sean Lennon, actress and Strokerette Drew
Barrymore, MTV Godfather Kurt Loder, Tina Weymouth
(Talking Heads), all co-mingling with family members
of the Ramones, including Johnny's wife Linda, Joey's
brother Mickey and his mother Charlotte plus many more.
An army of long-time
close friends of the Ramones organization were in attendance
including the man to first sign them to a record deal and
Sire Records chief, Seymour Stein, Ramones road manger Monty
Melnick, Michael Alago, Bob Gruen, John Holmstrom (PUNK
Magazine), Jimmy (from Trash and Vaudeville), Jimmy
Marino, Donna Gaines, plus a billion other from every punk
entourage. Yes we have em' too. shhhh.
though. No drama. Straight rock
n' roll all night long and to the point.
would have been very proud.
Ramones! Long Live the
LONG LIVE PUNK!
Statement by Marky Ramone:
"Johnny Ramone was my bandmate
and brother for over 15 years," the statement said. "The
bond between band members was closer than any others in the
Ramones’ organization. John kept things in control when they
could have spun out of control very easily. I'll never
forget the day he asked me to join the Ramones in 1978. I
always admired his guitar playing. He was the originator of
the down-stroke eighth-note guitar style, which is very
difficult to do for hours on end like he did playing in the
Ramones. Four months ago, I knew about the serious nature of
his illness, but for a while, he had a turn for the better.
This comes as a shock, but it was inevitable because of the
severity of his condition which worsened more recently. We
were lucky enough to talk and hang out a few months ago when
he was strong enough to do the commentary track on the DVD
Ramones Raw (read Aversion's review), which was his last
professional contribution to the Ramones. I spoke to him
most recently when I was in LA for the 30th Anniversary
concert that we put together for Ramones fans. Based on our
last conversation, I felt this moment was coming. I'm sorry
to see him go --like this. I hope the fans take the news as
best they can. His legacy will live on in every band that
has, is and always will be trying to duplicate the Ramones
sound. It's a sad day for Ramones fans and a sad day for
rock and roll."
The photos of
the fan tributes outside of CBGB's were taken on 9.16.04 by
staff at Ramonesmania.com
Steve Miller -
public didn't know about Johnny Ramone is that he cared.
Johnny cared about the people he may have not paid enough
attention to during his life and he cared about anybody he
might have inadvertently hurt along the way to creating
''I didn't ever want to do anything to hurt anyone,'' he
told me as we gathered notes for his upcoming memoirs, which
we began working on in April. ''I was always doing the best
with what I had.''
To begin the upcoming book, Johnny says something, which he
dictated with succinct precision, as if he had been holding
it in for the moment: ''I want you Ramones fans to
understand that I would not play the way I play if I were
not the person I am, and the Ramones would never have been
the band it was without that.''
It seemed to be an apology of sorts, as if the person that
he had been did not square with the person he grew into, who
was a faithful husband, and, by all accounts, a very true
Johnny would hate for his legacy to be ''whitewashed,'' a
word he used when he read or heard something that glossed
over the bad or negative aspects of an issue.
So to some, Johnny was a nasty, difficult person. Many have
said as much, it's out there among the books and articles
and video collections. Some of it is true. Some of it isn't.
Some more of it will soon be out there for people to decide.
But from this vantage point, even in the throes of his
illness, he was never brusque, never impatient. Listening
back to the tapes of our many hours of conversations, he was
at times strident and opinionated. Other times, he was
tired, worn out by the sickness that he fought with such
His illness had sapped some of his anger, he noted ruefully.
"It has changed me and I don't know that I like how,'' he
said. ''It has softened me up and I liked the old me better.
I don't even have the energy to be angry. I liked being
But he kept on and we kept on, daily phone calls and several
weeks of meetings at his Los Angeles home. Sometimes he
talked baseball. Sometimes he bitched about liberals.
And he always understood his lot in life and how lucky he
was to play music. And he was very grateful.
" There are people who really have to work for a living,
they work in coal mines, they sweep streets, they collect
garbage,'' he told me. ''It was taxing on the mind because
of all the travel and there were certain pressures, but it
was nothing like real work that most people do. I was very
As Arturo Vega, the band's lighting man and art director for
all of its 22 years, most aptly said, ''Johnny was the
misunderstood Ramone. What he did was so basic and elemental
that it was beyond the idea of liking him.
People never like
authority and that was what he had to exert in the Ramones.
He was misunderstood because he was not the lovable Joey or
the crazy punk Dee Dee.''
The Ramones were what counted for Johnny, more than himself,
and bigger to him than any other entity in his universe. He
loved that unit more than he loved himself.
When we worked through changes in the manuscript, Johnny
would quietly chastise me if anything looked as if he were
taking credit, due or not.
It was that selflessness that made the Ramones the giants
When Johnny recognized that a guitar part could be played
better by someone other than himself, he stepped aside.
The guitar chord at the end of ''You're Gonna Kill That
Girl'' was Tommy. Walter Lure and Daniel Rey played fills on
some albums that, Johnny said, ''would've taken me longer to
get down and even then they wouldn't have sounded as good.''
His leadership corralled the formidable individual talents
of the Ramones and sent them from cult band during their
existence to the mass acceptance of the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 2002.
''The Ramones were his band, he was always right and he's a
bully, a real bully,'' said Danny Fields, the band's first
manager. ''But always for the right reasons. His sense of
justice was impeccable.''
Gary Kurfirst, who succeeded Fields in 1980, saw right away
who ran the show.
''Johnny was the glue,'' Kurfirst said. ''They would work
for three months straight, come home for two weeks and take
one day off, then he made them go into rehearsal so they
wouldn't lose their chops. I asked him how they could do
that and he said it was like a basketball team, 'you have to
practice or you lose it.' That was Johnny.''
The fans were his playground, the people who made it worth
all his while. Johnny signed endlessly for anyone who
''I started to see them when I was 16 they were one of my
favorite bands,'' said Jose Theodore who is now all-star
goalie for the Montreal Canadians. ''But when I was 17, me
and my brother and a couple of friends when to see them in
Montreal and we waited outside the venue and followed them
to their hotel and when they got out of their van I asked
them for their autograph. I told Johnny that I was going to
play NHL hockey and they were all really nice.''
In the exchanges of fandom and partings, Jose gave his
address to Gene the Cop, Johnny's friend who was traveling
with the band.
''That Christmas, I got a card and it said 'Merry Christmas'
and it was signed by Johnny,'' Theodore said. ''With that
kind of thing, and how nice they were, they taught me how to
treat my fans. I was just a kid and they treated me like
Johnny relished the attention and felt humbly honored by
''I always had that in mind, to treat people like I'd like
to be treated,'' Johnny said. ''I tell people who are
becoming celebrities how important that is. I hope someone
pays attention to that.''
Johnny was the tough Ramone, though, and nobody forgot about
it. This was part of the reason for his remorse that was
noted at the top of this page. He knew he knocked heads and
he felt the tension he created in the band.
As for the money, well, Johnny was all about it. He watched
his money grow with capitalistic glee as his career
progressed, befitting his Republican status. He hated
wasting dough and would scold others if he saw it going on.
They stayed in cheaper hotels unless the promoter was
And he was characteristically honest and unashamed about his
quest for financial security.
When ''Blitzkrieg Bop'' became a music bed for a Bud Lite
commercial, Johnny was ecstatic even as some cried sellout.
"I thought it was terrific. I liked seeing the commercial
and I would get questions about how I could let them do it.
It was the easiest money I ever made. It made the Bud
commercial better. It would have been bad if it was a lame
commercial, but I mean, beer, which is all-American.
thought it was good.''
Johnny departs as the purveyor of what is the most important
musical movement of the 20th century, punk rock. It was born
when rock music was still just breaking out of adolescence
at the age of 20 or so.
The man who changed its direction was a 6-foot tall
lightening bolt of wiry fury, a man who burst the sonic
volume level with a frown and a Mosrite that was cranked to
the heights, the man who influenced generations.
And the movement continues.
We sat in his living room one afternoon last month, several
weeks after Johnny had narrowly escaped death via an
infection he had developed related to his cancer. He was
tired and we were about to wrap up a day of book talk.
But that mind, ever sharp, honed in on what is the substance
of the parting chapter in the book, one in which he
describes his battle with prostate cancer.
all have time limits and mine came a little early,'' he said
to me, quietly, his eyes closing.
I've had a great life no matter how it turns out now. I've
had the best wife, Linda, that I could ever hope to find and
I've had such great friends that really care about me and
would do anything they could for me.''
President Bush, speaking in eulogy of Ronald Reagan, who
passed away in June and was one of Johnny's few heroes, said
that the late president had ''principles that are etched in
Johnny's own principle-riddled soul is finally resting. May
his afterlife be as fruitful as his life was here with us.
STROKES and BLONDIE
30TH ANNIVERSARY/TRIBUTE PARTY!
8th, 2004 - New York City
THE STROKES and
BLONDIE will be headlining a special benefit/30th
anniversary tribute in honor of THE RAMONES.
The New Yorkers will
perform in aid of Cedars Sinai Cancer Research Centre
and the Lymphoma Cancer Research Foundation, and
takes place on October 8 at New York
according to Billboard.
More acts signing on as you
read this...Ticket info coming -
SEPTEMBER 29TH - 6:30 PM
RAMONE and Producer/Director JOHN CAFIERO will be meeting
fans and signing autographs, including signing copies of the
at the VIRGIN MEGASTORE TIMES SQUARE, NYC, 1540 Broadway.
The in-store event will be held to celebrate the release of
"RAMONES RAW", the first officially authorized Ramones DVD
containing OVER 5 HOURS OF MATERIAL including vintage
concert footage, rare TV appearances, backstage footage,
over 20 songs and more! "RAMONES RAW" arrives in stores late
PHOTOS FROM THE
CALIFORNIA RAMONES 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY CAN BE SEEN AT THE
Sherry Globman Photos
GABBA GABBA 30!
- REPRINT FROM
RAMONESWORLD.COM FAN CLUB NOTICE:
Hey everybody, since the last time I wrote to you we added a
big friend of the Ramones to the list of stars performing at
our party, I'm talking about Eddie Vedder, and that's not all
there will be more. So let this be a reminder that if you are
planning to attend, get your tickets immediately after they
go on sale tomorrow Saturday 14 at 12 PM (noon) California
time, so do the math to get the right time where you are.
GABBA GABBA 30!
THAT'S RIGHT THE RAMONES ARE TURNING 30 AND WE ARE THROWING A
THE PLACE, THE AVALON THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA
THE TIME SEPTEMBER 12
THIS IS ACTUALLY THE SAME PLACE (IT WAS CALLED THE PALACE
THEN) WHERE THE RAMONES PERFORMED THE LAST SHOW IN THEIR 22
YEAR CAREER, WHICH NUMBERED 2,263 SHOWS.
THE NIGHT WILL BE FULL OF MUSIC, FUN AND SURPRISES SINCE WE
CANNOT TELL YOU THE NAMES OF SOME OF THE VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
BANDS AND PERFORMERS PLUS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXHIBITION OF
RAMONES MEMORABILIA, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE UP CLOSE
JOEY'S BEAUTIFUL TINTED GLASSES OR THE ULTIMATE PUNK
INSTRUMENT, JOHNNY'S WHITE MOSRITE IN ALL IT'S BATTLED TASTED
(battle tested?) GLORY
THAT AND RARE PHOTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL ITEMS AND MANY MORE COOL
ITEMS. THE NIGHT WILL BEGIN WITH THE DICKIES, FOLLOWED BY TWO
VERY SPECIAL UNMENTIONABLE BANDS
TOMMY RAMONE WILL DELIVER A VERY SPECIAL MESSAGE, AND
THEN TO TOP IT ALL, MARKY RAMONE AND CJ RAMONE WILL BE JOINED
BY DANIEL REY AND A BUNCH OF GUEST STARS.
JUST TAKE A LOOK: EDDIE VEDDER, FLEA AND JOHN FRUSCIANTE FROM
THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BRETT GUREWITZ FROM BAD RELIGION,
HENRY ROLLINS, TIM ARMSTRONG FROM RANCID, STEVE JONES OF SEX
PISTOLS FAME, ROBERT CARMINE FROM ROONEY, (THEY PERFORMED
HERE TODAY GONE TOMORROW IN THE RAMONES TRIBUTE ALBUM WE'RE
A HAPPY) FAMILY MARK HOPPUS FROM BLINK 182, DICKIE BARRETT
FROM THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSTONS AND PETE YORN (WHO PERFORMED I
WANNA BE YOUR BOYFRIEND (IN THE RAMONES TRIBUTE ALBUM WE'RE
A HAPPY FAMILY)
THE CAST ISN'T COMPLETE YET, THERE'LL BE SURPRISES GALORE, SO
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND, GET YOUR TICKETS AS SOON AS
THEY GO ON SALE, OR YOU'LL MISS THE BOAT IT WILL SELL OUT
TICKETS ON SALE THROUGH TICKETMASTER OUTLETS EVERYWHERE
AND TICKETMASTER.COM ON LINE
GABBA GABBA 30
"PINHEAD RADIO" SHOW
"Pinhead Radio" consists of Ramones
songs from the 70's, 80's and 90's. The show will air
every Friday night from 8PM-10PM (EDT). listeners can
send requests for songs they want to hear, by
e-mailing before 8PM (EDT) on the day of the show.
HOW TO LISTEN IN:
1) Open 'Winamp' (If you don't have Winamp you can
download it free from
2) Click on 'File' then 'Play URL'
3) Enter this address:
and click 'Open'
Marky Ramone Tour Dates:
NEW TOUR DATES with Jerry Only from The Misfits and
Dez Cadena from Black Flag - the tour dates are available at
Marky & Dez will headline several select dates, now confirmed
throughout Europe in Sept. including Holland, Belgium, Czech
Republic & Russia! All confirmed dates and venues can be
found below. The Misfits will also team with none other than
ALICE COOPER in Los Angeles on October 22nd for a special
Halloween themed show you won't want to miss! Look for more
Fall tour dates to be added in the near future.
SEPT - OCT 2004:
SEPT-15 DEVENTER, HOLLAND : CLUB BURGERWEESHUIS
SEPT-16 EINDHOVEN, HOLLAND : CLUB EFFENAAR
SEPT-17 HAARLEM, HOLLAND : CLUB PATRONAAT
SEPT-18 WIEZE, BELGIUM : AALST ROCKT FESTIVAL
SEPT-19 SNEEK, HOLLAND: CLUB BOLWERK
SEPT-22 PRAHA, CZECH REPUBLIC: ABATON
SEPT-23 ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA : PORT CLUB
SEPT-24 MOSCOW, RUSSIA : SMALL SPORT ARENA LUZHNIKI
OCT-09 WORCESTER, MA: THE PALLDIUM (HORRORFEST 2004)
OCT-22 LOS ANGELES, CA: THE GREEK THEATRE (WITH ALICE
|7/04 - Editors note:
A few weeks back we heard
news that Johnny Ramone was not doing so good. We were
glad to hear that it was not as dire as previously
mentioned in the press, and that he's on his way to
feeling better actually.
Marky Ramone, who had
the initial statement attributed to him, was not
comfortable with the way it came out we understand and
less comfortable with the way the press ran with the
Marky has released a
statement recently to clarify his feelings on it. With
permission, we reprint it here.
“I only wish the best for John and I
hope he has a speedy recovery. A week before that I
lost a friend named Bob Quine who I played with in the
Voidoids. I wasn't looking for any publicity, I was
disgusted hearing about what people were saying how
Johnny was dying, some said aids, some said
Alzheimer's. I had had enough so that’s why I went
public to preserve his dignity.”
“I have nothing against people who have
aids or Alzheimer's and I did a lot of charities for
them. I just wanted the rumors to stop of what
Johnny’s illness is that’s all.” - Marky Ramone
- June 2004
Marky Ramone (pictured left) recently celebrated his
48th birthday!Congrats', best wishes and a big
your fans and friends from Queens Village and
Rebel in a
"Johnny Ramone, punk's sole big-name Republican,
became the right-wing's answer to Michael Moore..."
'the cool thing now
is to hate the government'
way you feel
ROCK THE VOTE
Click to register!
|7/04 - Meet the pro-Bush
The most anti-establishment of music genres is being
used in support of the US Republican party.
reports / REPRINT from the
Wednesday July 7, 2004
One would have thought punk's capacity to shock was
exhausted when, in the 1980s, GG Allin defecated on
stage and either ate the result or flung it at the
audience. Today, punk has come to mean safe,
multiplatinum groups such as Blink-182 and Green Day,
and Ashton Kutcher playing pranks on celebrities on
MTV. There is one tattooed, mohawked New Yorker who
knows how to outrage the punk scene: Nick Rizzuto - and
he votes Republican.
"Conservative punk is not generally what people think
of when they hear of a punk," says Rizzuto. A smart,
articulate 22-year-old, he founded the Conservative
Punk website six months ago, and has since received
hate mail from disgusted punks, excited phone calls
from the Republican party and intrigued coverage from
the US media. To his critics he's a crank bringing
punk's good name into disrepute - but to his supporters
he's the fearless voice of a formerly silent minority.
Raised on the Clash and the Dead Kennedys, the vast
majority of today's punk bands lean towards the left,
and Bush and Iraq have radicalised the scene once
again. Horrified by the closeness of the 2000 election
result, "Fat Mike" Burkett of the Californian band NOFX
founded Punkvoter, the leftwing voter registration
organisation, and convinced 200 bands to lend their
endorsement. "The last time I saw anything like this
was during the Vietnam era with Nixon," says Al
Jourgensen of Punkvoter supporters Ministry, whose
latest album boils with anti-Bush sentiment.
The fact is, the meaning of the word punk is no longer
clear. Andy Greenwald, author of Nothing Feels Good:
Punk Rock, Teenagers and Emo, argues that while punk
once meant something specific, that's no longer the
case. "People now feel like you can be a punk
anything," he says. "If everyone else is saying don't
make money, it's pretty punk to say, well, I'm going to
make money. If everyone on the punk scene is liberal
why not be a punk Republican?"
It's this frustration with the punk scene's liberal
orthodoxy that fires the conservative punks. "You could
say we're anti-anti-establishment," says Michale
Graves, Conservative Punk columnist and frontman of
Gotham Road. "I think in American mainstream culture
the cool thing to do now is to hate the government and
speak out against the war."
It's certainly easy to see how a Republican musician
might feel like a scorned minority.
punk's sole big-name Republican, became the
right-wing's answer to Michael Moore or the Dixie
Chicks when the Ramones
were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two
years ago, and he announced from the podium: "God bless
President Bush, and God bless America." The right-wing
website Free Republic recently attempted to out
"conservative" celebrities; its brief list of confirmed
Republican musicians outside the country-music scene
comprises Ramone, anti-drugs/pro-NRA rock veteran Ted
Nugent, and actor/songwriter Vincent Gallo.
Read the full story
Is Broadway next?
And who's the pinhead gonna be?
"Gabba Gabba Hey!"
A New Ramones Musical
— "Gabba Gabba Hey!"
Debuts in Australia in
Today Perth, Tomorrow The World!
A new musical, "Gabba
Gabba Hey!", featuring the music of America's
favorite musical brudda's, the Ramones will debut
in Perth, Australia in August of this year.
Tommy Ramone, at the helm as
musical director of the play, is on his way there
this week to get started.The musical is inspired by the
book "Gabba Gabba Hey" by Michael Herrmann.
Andy Goldberg, who had a
successful run with Off-Broadway's "Bomb-itty of
Errors", directs with choreography by "Strictly
Ballroom" star Paul Mercurio.
Ramone: I'm Not Dying
by Lia Haberman (via
Jun 18, 2004, 9:30 AM PT
Hey ho, Johnny Ramone's not ready to go.
that the legendary punk guitarist lay dying of cancer in a
Los Angeles-area hospital, the Ramones rocker and his wife,
Linda, released a statement saying he'll be just fine, thank
The 55-year-old has been hospitalized with an infection
related to prostate cancer, his rep said Thursday.
"He is receiving the medication he
needs and will be leaving the hospital next week to continue
his recovery," per spokesman Paul Bloch.
Ramone (aka John Cummings) is being treated at Cedars-Sinai
Medical Center. He was reportedly diagnosed with prostate
cancer four years ago and has undergone extensive
chemotherapy treatment to battle the disease--with varied
results according to some.
The current negative prognosis stems from an interview
bandmate Marky Ramone gave Rolling Stone magazine.
"He went through many chemotherapy treatments," Marky told
the mag. "Some of it worked better than others. At this point
[the cancer] has started to go into other areas of the body."
"Johnny's been a champ in confronting this, but at this point
I think the chances are slim," he concluded.
While not exactly a clean bill of health, Johnny's statement
does scuttle the deathbed watch and is a rare bit of good
news for the hard-luck band.
Two of the band's other founding
members, frontman Joey Ramone and bassist Dee Dee Ramone,
died in recent years. Joey (born Jeff Hyman)
lost his fight
with lymphatic cancer in April 2001, while Dee Dee (aka
in June 2002.
The band formed in Queens in 1974 and revolutionized rock 'n'
roll with such hard-charging two-minute, three-chord anthems
as "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Rockaway Beach"
and "Teenage Lobotomy."
The group officially disbanded in 1996 following the release
of their 14th and final studio album, Adios Amigos, and a
In 2002, the group was
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Johnny, Marky, Dee
Dee and drummer turned producer Tommy Ramone reuniting
onstage and paying tribute to Joey.
Oops I did
keeper or creeper?
The gospel according to Mark?
Too much of anything is no good
We love the
Ramones in the news, any of them. Elvis Ramone too. But it is
kinda strange that illnesses of the band members have been
revealed by Marky, not the members themselves. Weird shit.
The Present -
Johnny Ramone fighting cancer
Marc Bell) says he felt compelled to update the
public about his longtime pal after receiving a flood of
email from fans and news organizations concerned about
Johnny's health; Marky says he felt Johnny would be too ill
Past - Marky
tells why 'If you sit still, that's when you die'.
stays in his house. Occasionally he will do a show at Saint
Marks Place maybe once or twice a year, but he's not really
active. The guy is going to chemotherapy and he has to
beat it to be able to do anything. And I hope he does.
Interviewer) It sounds pretty tough.
Yeah, like I said if you stay still you are going to end up
the dying. You've got to move.
News 4 once!
Hang in there Johnny!
Get well soon bro'.
Gabba Gabba Hey!
Queens Village Crew
Johnny Ramone Is Not
Dying, His Doctor Says
06.16.2004 4:37 PM EDT
Johnny Ramone is not dying, according to his doctor.
The Ramones guitarist, who has been living with prostate
cancer for the past several years, was recently admitted to
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with what his
physician, Dr. David Agus, told MTV News was a
"complication from the cancer. But he got through it, and
he's now on a new, experimental therapy. He's fighting
courageously, and I think he will be going home in the near
Johnny's admission to Cedars-Sinai set off a nationwide —
maybe worldwide — media death watch. He was said to be in
an intensive-care unit, and very near the end.
Characteristically, the 55-year-old guitarist, a stubbornly
private man, refused to issue a corrective press statement.
His wife, Linda, however, was appalled by the funereal
headlines, and authorized Dr. Agus to explain Johnny's
"He's not dying," Linda said on Wednesday afternoon (June
16). "He was okay for years, and he's fine now. He's in the
hospital, but he's not in ICU. And I think he may be
leaving by tomorrow."
/ MTV News
I remember you
I remember You
I remember you
I remember lying awake at night and thinking just of you
But things don't last forever
and somehow baby
They never really do
They never really do
Vinny's Excellent Adventure!
or..."how to right a wrong" (ramones style)
Background: The following photos were taken two nights before
the "Joey Ramone Place" dedication in NYC on November 30th,
see and read more...
for the NYC installation of the "Joey Ramone Way" sign is scheduled for 1 p.m. on
Nov. 30th @ the corner of 2nd St. and the Bowery -
(w/Ceremony at CBGB'S)
got this one right! ***
Queens Village says
publishing company devoted to celebrating the history of
popular culture, the fine arts, and trends in politics
through the visual power of fine illustration has featured an
illustration of Joey Ramone on their "NYC East
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ramonesmania, Ramones mania
LEGEND OF A ROCK STAR
THE LAST TESTAMENT OF DEE DEE RAMONE
Book review coming by
laureate of punk speaks from the grave.
This is a
poignant look inside the delicate mind of Dee Dee Ramone
during the last months and weeks leading up to his passing.
IS OUT! OR IS IT?
Review of the 2003
DOCUMENTARY: END OF THE CENTURY