The Ramones Remembered

Published: 2004-07-21
No one can disagree that the Ramones were one of the first punk bands ever formed. Inspired by bands like the Stooges and going on to inspire acts like the Sex Pistols themselves, the Ramones are part of a long line of rock royalty. It's fitting then, that the band has so many different projects dedicated to them.

They have a street named after them (Joey Ramone Place in NYC), hundreds of tribute records, and countless followers. Recently added to that list was a documentary centered on the band called 'End of the Century' (it still hasn't been released to the general public due to legal issues).

Another tribute to the Ramones comes in the form of a book. 'Rock in Peace: Dee Dee and Joey Ramone' will soon see release. Its counterpart 'Heaven Needed a Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone' was put on shelves shortly after Joey Ramone's death in 2001. Both books were written by Jari-Pekka Laitio, who as any loyal fan would, adds Ramone as his last name to pay tribute to the band.

Going the route of so many other famous figures, the Ramones are also set to be remembered in a musical. The show is called 'Gabba Gabba Hey' and includes 18 of the Ramones original songs. 'Gabba Gabba Hey' is running in Australia and fittingly enough features Tommy Ramone as the musical director. The director of the musical hopes to bring 'Gabba Gabba Hey' to the Ramones' home country of the USA sometime in the future.

In other Ramones news, it was revealed a short time ago that guitarist Johnny Ramone is battling cancer. Johnny apparently knew about the disease four years before the public got news of it. Hopefully his famous bowl-cut coif will not be leaving us anytime soon.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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