Entries tagged with: CJ Ramone
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, CJ Ramone signed to Fat Wreck Chords and is releasing a new album, Last Chance to Dance, on November 25 via the label (pre-order). The former Ramone (member from 1989-1996) works in the style of his old band on the album's title track, which sounds directly inspired by their '70s era. And he's got a solid backing band to pull it off -- Adolescents members Dan Root and Steve Soto and Social Distortion member David Hidalgo Jr. That track premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
CJ's only upcoming dates at the moment are in Japan and Germany. Those are listed, with the new song stream, below...
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.
NYC punk legend Richard Hell is celebrating the paperback release of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp this month with some live talks/interviews. He was already interviewed by Robert Christgau in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, and this week he will be at Strand Books on Thursday (3/20), reading an excerpt from his book and then being interviewed by NYU professor Bryan Waterman (who wrote the 33 1/3 volume for Television's Marquee Moon). You have to buy a copy of his book from Strand or a $15 Strand gift card to attend.
Then on Saturday (3/22) at NYU, Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy will interview Hell at 7 PM in the Great Hall at Cooper Union. That's followed by a panel with writer Vivien Goldman, feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin), and singer Tamar Kali. Admission is at at 6:30 for conference attendees, and at 7:00 for the general public, as space allows.
UPDATE: Both of those Richard Hell events are part of 'Punk at 40,' which also includes Bryan Waterman presenting a Marquee Moon edition of 'Classic Album Sundays at Output on Sunday (3/23). Tickets are on sale.
Not exactly a punk legend himself, but a Marky Ramone collaborator, Andrew WK will also be at Strand Books on May 22 with Phillip Crandall, author of the 33 1/3 volume for AWK's I Get Wet. More info TBA.
In more '70s-era punk news, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain already brought their amazingly named 'Sex Doll Tour' to NYC once earlier this month, and they've since tacked on another NYC show to the end of the tour happening on March 31 at Grand Victory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Tour flyer with all dates and the flyer for the Grand Victory show, below.
Australian '70s punk vet Deniz Tek (of Radio Birdman) joins forces with The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn and his band The Miracle 3 for a show on May 29 at Bowery Electric. Also on that bill is Nikki Corvette and Palmyra Delran. Tickets are on sale now. Deniz also plays NJ's Brighton Bar the next day (5/30) before his TBA European tour.
There's another show at Bowery Electric on May 10 with CJ Ramone (who was a Ramone from '89-'96). He'll be joined by Brass Knuckle Evangelists and The Threads. Tickets are on sale.
In more related news, we just posted today that Ramones/Talking Heads/Blondie/Richard Hell/Suicide producer Craig Leon is reissuing solo material and playing NYC and Moogfest.
Glen Matlock/Sylvain Sylvain flyers and a classic Richard Hell video below...
Joey Ramone, who died from lymphoma in 2001, would've been 62 this year. Here's details on his annual birthday bash:
Following the tradition, this year's BASH will take place on Sunday, May 19th, the actual date of RAMONES' birthday. The evening will be hosted at the Bowery Electric, to allow for a more intimate "up-close-and-personal" setting. The venue is located on the Bowery and Joey Ramone Place, just one block from the location of the original CBGBs.Tickets to the 13th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash are on sale now.
Making his first appearance at the BASH is this year's headliner CJ Ramone, who was bassist and sometimes singer in The Ramones. CJ joined the group in 1989, replacing original member Dee Dee Ramone, and remained with the group until they retired in 1996. In past years, other Ramones members Tommy Ramone and Richie Ramone have performed at the BASH.
Also performing at the 2013 BIRTHDAY BASH is Andy Shernoff, a founding member of original New York punk band The Dictators, a member of The Resistance with JOEY RAMONE, and a guest musicians on JOEY's posthumously released debut solo album, "Don't Worry About Me." Sharing the bill are The Independents (a group JOEY managed), Sic F*cks, Ingrid and the Defectors, The Bullys, Heap, CJ Ramone, and Andy Shernoff. As in years past, the spectacular party will conclude with a performance by The Joey Ramone Birthday Bashers featuring Mickey Leigh, Walt Stack, CJ Ramone, Jahn Xavier, Walter Lure, George Tabb, Emily Brout, Pat Carpenter, Danny Nez, and surprise guests. The Masters of Ceremony will be John Holmstrom and Pete Aschner. Carrying on the 13 year tradition, Sean O'Sullivan's Punk Pipers will close the show. Additional surprises are anticipated at the evening's events, as yet to be announced.
Lenny Kaye with Patti Smith at E2NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Continental, which no longer hosts shows, but is still a bar located on 25 3rd Ave in Manhattan, is hosting their Annual Reunion this Sunday (1/15). The lineup includes The Waldos (with Walter lure), Lenny Kaye (of Patti Smith Group), CJ Ramone, Murphy's Law (who are headlining the afternoon matinee portion), Electric Frankenstein, The Independents, Heap, and more. The full lineup with set times is listed below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Shonen Knife & CJ Ramone
For the encore [Shonen Knife] returned sporting leather jackets which would lead to their homage to the legendary Queens band [the Ramones]. From there we got seven song high-powered set of Ramones classics... Just before 'Scattergun' was delivered, the girls introduced their special guest C.J. Ramone, who joined them to sing the tune and remained with them for the final numbers. -[Piercingmetal via BraveWords]Perky Japanese punks Shonen Knife celebrated both their 30th anniversary and the catalog of the Ramones with a special appearance by CJ Ramone at Bell House on Friday (11/18). In total they performed eight Ramones covers during their "Osaka Ramones" set. There are thirteen covers on their tribute CD with the same name. Tou can see the full Bell House setlist, along with more pictures and some videos from the show, below.
Shonen Knife have officially concluded their US tour with dates in upstate NY this past weekend (after Bell House). If you missed them, pick up a copy of their Christmas single to tide you through the holidays.
More stuff, including pictures of Hard Nips and Heavy Cream who opened the show, below...
Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.
All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.
All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...
The Dwarves at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
"THE DWARVES were kicked off tour with Motorhead for sleeping with the girls the aging metalheads had hired to hang out backstage. They were banned from venerable punk dive CBGBs for breaking a table and bleeding on the floor, making the venue cleaner and improving its décor." [25 THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE DWARVES]The Dwarves are celebrating 25 years of mischief with a new collection with songs titles like "The Dwarves Are Still The Best Band Ever", "We Only Came To Get High", and "Happy Birthday Suicide"...
That's right folks, the Dwarves magnum opus is done and set to drop May 10, 2011 on vinyl and cd, both including a free dvd! 25 years in the making the Dwarves Are Born Again features heroes from throughout the Dwarves saga. Blag the Ripper, HeWhoCanNotBeNamed, Rex Everything, the Fresh Prince of Darkness and a cast of thousands including Vadge Moore and Sgt. Saltpeter from the notorious Blood, Guts and Pussy record return to crush the ears of a desperate public.Stream it below, or with a large amount of their output at their bandcamp. As you may/may not know Dwarves member Rex Everything currently goes by his government name Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of The Stone Age, Mondo Generator).
The Dwarves have a few dates on the way including an appearance at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas and two NYC dates: July 15th at Knitting Factory and July 16th at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for both the Knitting Factory date and the Studio date go on sale Friday at 10AM. All other Dwarves dates are below.
Steve Ignorant rehearsing earlier this month
In other news, after a stutter a few weeks ago, TONIGHT (4/20) marks the return of Steve Ignorant to the U.S. to play Crass songs at Europa. Dog That Bites Everyone Thulsa Doom,A.P.P.L.E., and Goldblade open the Brooklyn show... though there is a rumor that Goldblade, who are supporting on the whole tour, may not get here in time for tonight's show due to visa issues (update: rumour confirmed as true) (maybe you caught them at Southpaw in 2003). if not, they will hopefully make it soon though, and definitely in time for the sold-out Santos Party House 'Crass songs' show on 5/8. Tickets for tonight's Europa show are still available, and a full list of Steve Ignorant tour openers is below (Santos has Goldblade, Cult Of Youth and Primitive Weapons).
Also tonight (4/20), strangely, ex-Black Flag/current-Misfits-er Dez Cadena will hit Park Slope venue Union Hall with his band Dez Cadena & The Broken Down Bitches, as well as The Slants and Lunic. Tickets are still available.
Speaking Black Flag, two Black Flag vocalists (Henry Rollins & Keith Morris with his band Off!) will share one stage (Terminal 5) as part of a show/tour with Dinosaur Jr. Since that show was announced, Off! also announced even more tour dates which are listed below.
And while we're on the subject, former Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig heads out on a tour that hits Starland Ballroom in his birth state next month. The current version of the Misfits play Festival For Humanity in Vernon, NJ on May 27th.
In more modern punk news (and other "Off" news), Off With Their Heads will team with Dead To Me for a string of US dates surrounding their appearance at Best Friends Day, including Knitting Factory on August 4th with The Holy Mess and Brian Bruner. Tickets are on sale.
And last and probably least, CJ Ramone will play The Studio at Webster Hall on July 9th, performing "an all Ramones set with Ramones producer Daniel Rey on guitar". Tickets are on sale. Joey Ramone died a little more than 10 years ago, and his birthday will again be celebrated at Irving Plaza in May.
All tour dates and that Dwarves stream is below.