The Ramones' 40th anniversary as a band will be celebrated in NYC this weekend. A press release reads...
This Saturday, August 16th, marks the 40th Anniversary of the day The Ramones took the stage at CBGB for their first performance ever.The event happens at The Bowery Electric at 7 PM.
To commemorate this historic date, Tim Hayes, founder of the CBGB Music & Film Festival, will host a public 40th Anniversary remembrance and salute to Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the Ramones who passed away on July 11th, 2014.
Friends, family and fans will come together to pay tribute to Tommy, and the legendary American Rock Band at Bowery Electric. The evening will feature performances and speeches from those closest to The Ramones and attendance by prominent figures of the early New York City punk scene.
· Bob Gruen - photographer of some of their most iconic and famous photos
· Danny Fields - former manager of The Ramones
· Monte A. Melnick - Ramones tour manager & author of On the Road with The Ramones
· Seymour Stein - Co-Chairman, Sire Records
· Spencer Drate - designer of many of their album covers
· The Martinets - members include Daniel Rey, The Ramones Producer
· Jimmy Gestapo - Murphy's Law
In other Ramones news, CJ Ramone, who played bass in the Ramones from 1989 to 1996, has signed to Fat Wreck Chords who will release his new single on September 30 with a full length titled Last Chance To Dance to follow. He was joined by other punk rock royalty to record it too: like on his 2012 solo debut, his band includes Adolescents members Dan Root and Steve Soto and Social Distortion member David Hidalgo Jr. Plus, the single's b-side is a cover of Black Flag's "Rise Above" which features former Black Flag member and current Misfits member Dez Cadena on guitar and backing vocals. The a-side is an original song, "Understand Me?" which is streaming below. CJ is also touring Brazil later this month into September. All of those dates are listed below as well.
In more Ramones news, Richie Ramone, the band's drummer from 1983-1987, will join The Queers at their NYC show happening October 3 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can watch a video of Richie joining The Queers at their show at The Roxy this past July for the Ramones classic "I Just Want to Have Something to Do" and others, below.
The Queers with Richie Ramone at The Roxy - July, 2014
CJ Ramone - "Understand Me?"
CJ Ramone -- 2014 Tour Dates
08/26/14 São Paulo, Brazil Hangar 110
08/27/14 Nova Odessa, Brazil NoCanto Bar
08/28/14 Goiânia, Brazil Bolshoi Pub
08/29/14 Santos, Brazil Tribal Club
08/30/14 Uberlândia, Brazil London Pub
08/31/14 Brasília, Brazil Festival Porão do Rock
09/02/14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Teatro Odisseia
09/03/14 Curitiba , Brazil Espaço Cult
09/04/14 Florianópolis, Brazil John Bull Lagoa
09/05/14 Novo Hamburgo, Brazil Rock Show
09/06/14 Caxias, Brazil Cond Show Bar
09/07/14 Porto Alegre, Brazil Opinião