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Andy Shernoff, founder and songwriter of NYC punk/hard rock legends The Dictators, is currently in residency at Lakeside Lounge in NYC. His Wednesday night residency (next show is October 5) may continue through December, though the Lakeside Lounge calendar currently only lists October. Each show will be played with a backing band that includes different special guests.

The Dictators are responsible for 1975's proto-punk clasic Go Girl Crazy!, which included the punk-infused cover of "California Sun," two years before the Ramones recorded their version. Andy is about to release a 7" single with the tracks "Are You Ready To Rapture?" (video below) and "Tremble," which features the late Joey Ramone.

Andy is also playing an acoustic early show on November 12 at The Bell House as part of the Norton Records 25th Anniversary shows. His show takes place in the front room before Question Mark and the Mysterians, Randy Fuller Four, and others take over the venue later that night.

Residency flyer and video below...

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Osaka Ramones

Japanese pop punkers Shonen Knife are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year with Osaka Ramones: A Tribute to the Ramones. The album features covers of 13 Ramones classics including "Pinhead," "Beat on the Brat," "Psychotherapy," and others, and will be released on July 19 in the US via Good Charamel Records. Pre-order the album and listen to 30-second clips of each song on Good Charamel's website. According to Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano:

Ramones were my all-time idols since I first heard their music from a radio and rushed to a record shop. This year is the 30th anniversary of Shonen Knife. For celebration, we decided to record a cover album of our favorite band the Ramones. The title is "Osaka Ramones" with our respect. I'm very happy to release an Osaka Ramones project and to recognize their contribution to the evolution of Shonen Knife.
In honor of the album and the band's 30th Anniversary, they will go on a North American tour this fall with support on some of the dates from Shannon & the Clams. The tour hits NYC twice. They play on October 22 at Public Assembly during CMJ towards the beginning of the tour. The band will then cross the country and return to Brooklyn on November 18 at The Bell House. Shannon & the Clams aren't on either of the NYC bills, and at the moment, neither is anyone else. Tickets are on sale now for the Bell House show. No ticket info for Public Assembly has been announced yet.

All tour dates, album preview, tracklist and a live video of "Ramones Forever" into "I Wanna Be Sedated" below...

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by BBG

The Dwarves at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
The Dwarves

"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
Steve Ignorant

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.

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Joey Ramone

On March, 31st Mickey Leigh posted the following to JoeyRamone.com wrote:

Post subject: Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2011

As always, the first announcement of this event is posted for the most ardent of his fans right here, on Joey's website.

The birth and career of my brother is set to be celebrated once again, and I hope that many of you will be able to join me at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2011. I want to keep it uplifting so I'm not going to start talking any timelines. I think all of us here are well aware of what this year marks. I always want this to be a special occasion, and something for us to be happy about so:
"Don't be sad, cause I'll be there" - as he would say it.
I know many of you are coming regardless, but I'm sure are still anxious to hear who some of the performers will be. I can't give you the whole line-up yet, but can tell you who I am sure will be coming at this point.

From the band the Ramones played with at The Roundhouse in 1977 (my last tour with them) - The Stranglers' singer/songwriter/guitarist Hugh Cornwell will be performing the classics that made that band legendary. Joining Hugh on drums is Elvis Ramone also, and far more- well known as Clem Burke of Blondie. On bass is Fish -more info on him later.

Black 47 -a revered NYC band Joey went to see frequently, and had even hoped to produce a record for.

Richard Lloyd- co-founder of Television, the band that paved the way for all others to play at CBGB.
Richie Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Holly Beth Vincent, Ed Stasium, Al Maddy, Andy Hilfiger, and many others (TBA.. including myself, will be performing songs from the upcoming Joey Ramone solo album.
Also on the bill is Sunday Masquerade.

Please keep in mind this is just a preliminary notice. More to come soon.

Tickets for the 11th annual event are on sale. Joey Ramone died 10 years ago today.

Continue reading "Joey Ramone died 10 years ago today, his next birthday party is at Irving Plaza in May (tix on sale)"

""I'm relieved. But I'm not really happy. What's to feel good about?" said close friend and Ramones co-manager Danny Fields. "I still can't believe my friend is gone." Liz Rosenberg, spokeswoman for Madonna and a longtime Stein friend, said it was "hard to rejoice." [Daily News]

photos by Chris La Putt

Dawn Landes

Though they wouldn't let her decorate Mercury Lounge with hay (she still had a little on stage, and some untouched bails of it in the corner), Dawn Landes and the Hounds put on a great record release show Friday early-night at the packed NYC venue. As one quirky New York chick put it,

There were special guests, Josh Ritter. There were hula hoops and birthdays, Landes friend Erin, sorry if I've gotten your name wrong, but Happy Birthday! There were even giant standing chandeliers. And, in the middle of it all was the smiling, quirky, sweet as sugar Dawn Landes.

Landes took the stage and instantly, things became a party. She rocked her way through a rollicking set charming the enthusiastic crowd the whole time. Landes is one of those performers that you can't help but like. She has this sweet charming quality that beckons you to have fun, smile and cheer her on.

Josh Ritter (Dawn's husband) (sorry guys) just played his own show opening for The Swell Season at Radio City. His next official NYC gig is a headlining slot at Town Hall. Video of their duet is below.

The equally charming "indie-acoustic duo" Uncle Monk, Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan, opened the show. Highlights of their set included a cover of "I Fought the Law" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" which Tommy introduced by saying it was a song he wrote when he was just a young kid.

More pictures and videos from the show below...

Continue reading "Dawn Landes (and Josh Ritter) & Uncle Monk (starring Tommy Ramone) played Mercury Lounge in NYC - pics "

DOWNLOAD: Living Things - Oxygen (MP3)

Dee Dee?? (Living Things @ Highline / more by Leia Jospe)
Living Things

St. Louis garage rockers Living Things are about to appear as one of their hero bands, the Ramones in the now-filming The Runaways, the biopic about the groundbreaking 70's all-girl hard rock group led by Joan Jett. Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame plays Jett, with Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon as the band's "Svengali" Kim Fowley...Living Things have already recorded a cover of "We're A Happy Family."

In addition to having a useful resemblance in attitude to the punk progenitors, the band has a direct line into the production - singer Lillian Berlin is the husband of the film's writer and director Floria Sigismondi.

That makes two Twilight actors with roles as rock stars in upcoming movies. Living Things' new record, Habeas Corpus came out earlier this year on Jive Records. A track from it is posted above.

In other movie news, the The Sun UK reports that "drug-guzzling shock-rocker" Marilyn Manson will be filming a musical, "Goth-inspired" version of Cinderella with Harry Potter's Emma Watson. 500 Days of Summer, starring She of She & Him, has an indie rock soundtrack that includes Feist, The Black Lips, and She & Him. Funny People, in addition to featuring characters wearing indie rock t-shirts, also has an indie-friendly soundtrack. Oh, and Patton Oswalt is a Big Fan.

A pic from the set of The Runaways movie, with Living Things tour dates, and some trailers, below...

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Joey Ramone grave

"Joey Ramone (May 19, 1951 - April 15, 2001), born as Jeffrey Ross Hyman, was a vocalist and songwriter best known for his work in the punk rock group the Ramones. Joey Ramone's image, voice and tenure as frontman of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon." [Wikipedia]
Joey Ramone's 58th-birthday bash is tonight (May 19th) at Irving Plaza. Acts on the bill for that include Fishbone, Supersuckers, Death, Uncle Monk (with Tommy Ramone) the Friends Of Joey and more. Included among the Friends Of Joey will be Richie Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jean Beauvoir and others. Tickets are still on sale.

The event will also be the unveiling of new tracks from the forthcoming posthumous Joey Ramone solo record. In other Joey Ramone news, the singer's induction award to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was re-presented to his estate at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in NYC, and accepted by Mickey Leigh and Tommy Ramone, on Thursday, May 14th, after mistakenly being left off the program in the original 2002 ceremony.

Coming up, Tommy Ramone and Handsome Dick Manitoba, who will be at the birthday bash, are speaking with Lenny Kaye (of the Patti Smith Group and more) and Chris Stein (of Blondie) at "LOUD FAST JEWS! A Summit with Four Jewish Fathers of Punk" on Thursday, June 11th at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (15 West 16th St). Tickets to that event are on sale. More info below.

Catch Chris Stein this summer with Blondie, as the band tours alone and with Pat Benatar and The Donnas. All three will play the tour's NYC stop, a free show on August 13th at Coney Island's Asher Levy Park.

Also coming to NYC is Gods and Monsters' 20th anniversary show, scheduled for NYC's Gramercy Theatre on June 11th. The band, helmed by guitarist Gary Lucas, will be joined by guests that include Lenny Kaye. Tickets are still on sale.

Uncle Monk, Tommy Ramone's indie-bluegrass band, has scattered shows in NYC and elsewhere coming up. The band plays June 10th at Banjo Jim's and June 21st at Local 269. More dates below.

Joey Ramone's B-Day bash poster, Loud Fast Jew info, and a video of the Ramones' initial induction ceremony, also below...

Continue reading "Joey Ramone would be 58 today, party in NYC tonight ++ other Ramones / Blondie / Manitoba / Kaye appearances "

Gary Lucas
Gary Lucas

Lucas has played and collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell, Lou Reed, John Cale, Nick Cave, David Johansen. He has also worked with Mary Margaret O'Hara, Onetwo, Peter Stampfel, Fred Schneider (B-52s), Bob Neuwirth, Geoff Muldaur, John Sebastian, John Zorn, Bryan Ferry, Patti Smith, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Matthew Sweet, DJ Spooky, Damo Suzuki, Iggy Pop, Dr. John, Allen Ginsberg, Graham Parker, The Dark Poets, Future Sound of London, Van Dyke Parks, Adrian Sherwood,Richard Barone, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule), Kristin Diable and many others. Jazz collaborations include Roswell Rudd, Steve Swallow, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, and Billy Bang. Some of these collaborations appear on his retrospective album Improve the Shining Hour, which also features his film and TV music for ABC News, 20/20 and Turning Point. He has produced albums for composer/saxophonists Tim Berne and Peter Gordon, and for the French avant-rock band Tanger. He co-wrote Joan Osborne's Grammy-nominated song "Spider Web" from her triple platinum album Relish.

Lucas co-wrote two of the songs, "Grace" and "Mojo Pin", from Jeff Buckley's popular and critically acclaimed album Grace. Early collaborations can also be heard on the recent Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas album Songs To No One, which charted internationally with worldwide sales approaching 100,000. [Wikipedia]

Tonight/Wednesday at Cake Shop in NYC: Gary Lucas's band Gods & Monsters, Tommy Ramone's bluegrass band Uncle Monk, and Radio I-Ching (Andy Haas) with special guest James Chance - all on sthe same bill. Lots of talent and legendary status in the basement tonight (12/3).

The show is the first in Dee Pop's returning monthly Freestyle Music Series. According to Dee Pop, who also plays in Radio I-Ching, "Freestyle does not mean Free Jazz. It means free of categories. It doesn't mean anything. It means everything.". The January 21st show will feature Brown Wing Overdrive, Sediment Club, and Mostly Others Do the Killing. The dates after that are February 25, March 25, and April 22 - all at Cake Shop. Check out an Uncle Monk video below...

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"It has been brought to my attention that Linda Cummings, using the name "Ramone," has recently been in the media joining with the Palin family and the McCains to attempt to aid their campaign for the Presidency. As a President of Ramones Productions, and brother of Joey Ramone, I just want it to be clear that Linda Cummings does not represent the political views of the Ramones. Surely, as for Joey Ramone, the only Ramones song he would sing at a Republican campaign event would be 'Glad To See You Go!'

"I should add that when Johnny stated 'God Bless George Bush' at the 2002 Rock&Roll Hall of Fame awards, I realize now that he was on to something. Because if it were not for George Bush and his handling of our country the past 8 years, I doubt so many Americans, including so many highly regarded Republicans, would now be getting behind Barack Obama. So, yes, God bless George Bush for paving the way to Obama."

~ ~ Mickey Leigh

Bowery Poetry Club, Sep 7 2008
Bowery Poetry Club

As part of the 2008 Howl Festival in NYC's East Village, a panel discussion on the topic 'Unrest in the 70s - US vs UK' at Bowery Poetry Club, directly opposite the old CBGB premises, brought together a number of punk veterans from both sides of the pond.

Richard Lloyd (Television)
Ari Up (Slits)
Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras)
Judy Nylon (Snatch)
Walter Lure (Heartbreakers)
Arturo Vega (Ramones)
Steve Garvey (Buzzcocks)
Moderator: Mary Harron

Punkcast taped the entertaining (especially Ari Up) panel - all 60 minutes of it, and uploaded it to YouTube. Check it out below....

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Linda SteinLinda Stein

A Manhattan personal assistant has told investigators that she fatally bludgeoned her boss, the well-connected real estate agent Linda Stein, in the woman’s opulent Fifth Avenue apartment because Ms. Stein swore at her, waved a stick at her and blew marijuana smoke into her face, the police said today.

The assistant, Natavia Lowery, 26, of Brooklyn, was arrested this morning. At an afternoon news conference, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Ms. Lowery had told the police that she struck Ms. Stein six or seven times on Oct. 30 with a four-pound exercise stick. [NY Times]

Murder is bad (, but damn, her furs makes me mad). Linda Stein used to manage the Ramones and was married to Sire Records founder Seymour Stein (hence the coverage of the murder of this NYC socialite on this blog).



OCTOBER 11TH @ 9pm.


The Village Voice

The last four nights of shows at Continental are upon us. Richard Bienstock, whose band Drag Citizen is playing there Friday night, wrote an article called "Downer at the Rock and Roll Club" for the Village Voice.

But the act whose history is perhaps most intertwined with that of the Continental's is the now defunct glam-punk outfit D Generation.

"We signed our record deal with EMI in the Continental's bathrooms," says the band's former singer, Jesse Malin, who was also a partner in the late Coney Island High on St. Marks Place and is currently co-owner of the Avenue A bar Niagara. "Television had CBGB, and the Velvet Underground had Max's, but for my little punk rock group it was this room on the corner of Third Avenue. It was our home, and it's where we made our name."

APPLE bandTONIGHT'S LINEUP - Thursday, September 14
Jesse Malin (w/ Special Guests)
Richard Bacchus (ex D-Generation
DJ Howie Pyro (ex D-Generation)
A.P.P.L.E. (reunion show)

D GenerationHmmm, that's three of the five original D-Generation members explicitly listed right on the bill. "Special guests" are listed twice. One of them is "Really". Strangely/sadly/obviously (depending on how you look at it) tickets are still available. Enquiring minds will also want to know:

** Jesse Malin also played bass for a time with the NYC punk band A.P.P.L.E., who as you can see above, are also on the evening's bill. It'll be their A.P.P.L.E.'s first gig in 18 years. Their second one will be opening for Agent Orange and Reagan Youth at CBGB later this month.

** Original D-Generation guitarist and New Yorker Georgie Seville (he was replaced by Danny Sage) is doing well as part-owner of the Motherf*cker franchine along with Johnny T, Justine D, and Michael T.

** Jesse's friend Ryan Adams is often his "special guest" (not a reason to go to this show though - just a possible bonus).

** Jesse is also playing Tuesday at the Union Square Barnes & Noble

The rest of the schedule.....

ContinentalFriday, September 15
12:45 BANANA FISH ZERO (reunion)

Saturday, September 16
10:15 TURBO AC’S

ContinentalSunday, September 17 (THE LAST NIGHT)
10 HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA’S BAND (The almost-Dictators reunion)

Tickets are actually still on sale for all four shows.

So Trigger will now try to court a different crowd. In mid October, he will relaunch the Continental as a dive bar. He'll retain the name and most of the staff, but the stage will be ripped out and replaced by extra seating and a flat-screen television showing "the Yankees, Knicks, and old kung fu movies." Draft beer taps will be installed behind the bar, and the downstairs greenroom—his favorite spot in the club—will get a pool table. "But I'm not going to touch a sticker or piece of graffiti in there, because of all the memories and history and energy," he says. "So hopefully when the bands come back to drink they'll be happy to see the place where they spent so many hours tuning their instruments and passing out to be more or less intact." [also from the Voice]

almost-all-THE DICTATORS reunion @ CBGB & Continental
Continental adds their real last show PLUS Lenny Kaye @ CBGB
Trigger Presents: last 3 shows @ Continental - On Sale
The last 3 days @ Continental (schedule) | Help George Tabb
Jesse Malin playing third to last show @ Continental | Tix
Murphy's Law playing last show EVER at the Continental
Last Continental show now September 16th
Continental to close on August 26th?
The Continental will stop having live music

Unkle Monk

The last surviving founding member of the Ramones Tommy Ramone plays bluegrass with Claudia Tienan of the Simplistics. They call themselves Uncle Monk.

The Continental changed their mind about Murphy's Law playing the last show ever at the club. Tickets are now on sale for THE REAL LAST SHOW ("this is it!") on September 17. 2006. Its "a full Ramones set" by Ramones producer Daniel Rey, Ramones bassist (1989-1996) CJ Ramone, Radio host and lead singer of the The Dictators Handsome Dick Manitoba (also own's Manitoba's bar), Walter Lure (Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers), and Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith group). No Tommy Ramone at this one, but then again it does say "special guests". (thx Klaus)

The lineup for the night of September 17th at CBGB has yet to be announced, but speaking of Lenny Kaye - he'll be the special guest at CBGB's Gallery on September 8th. He goes on at 10pm after Carla Rhodes. Mad Juana are on at midnight.

Trigger Presents: last 3 shows @ Continental - On Sale
Lenny Kaye | You Call it Madness | Mo Pitkens
Lee "Scratch" Perry playing CBGB | tix
Reagan Youth also playing George Tabb benefit @ CBGB's Lounge
The final CBGB (downstairs lounge) Lineup
Reagan Youth playing CBGB with Agent Orange | tix
Hatebreed playing CBGB | free ticket with CD
Fishbone playing CBGB | 2006 Tour Dates

Joey Ramone's birthday is Friday May 19, 2006. The official NYC event is the annual benefit show at Irving Plaza that features the strokes and not all of DKT. Its sold out, but tickets shouldn't be too hard to come by.

Joey Ramone
* click flyer for bigger version

Also on May 19, "New York City's only punk brass band' the Hungry March Band will celebrate what they're calling St.Joey's Day with an 'all-night orgy of devotional fervor.' The ensemble's plans include a 'punk pilgrimage' of sorts, marching from the Rock-n-Roll High School in Forest Hills where the Ramones attended school, through Queens and other 'sacred spots' to Tompkins Square Park." Find out more info and how to attend at Punk News or Hungry March Band's site.

Joey Ramone

FRIDAY, MAY 19TH---8pm $10 / $5 with Food, HUNGRY MARCH BAND Presents
All-Ramones OPEN MIC --Plus Potluck Dinner
and "featuring a DIY Ramones cover band open mike, the all-woman band DEVA, and other bands still under top-secret wraps"

DJ Mike C. spins rock & roll gold - a Ramones tribute
10 p.m. till late at MANITOBA'S
99 Avenue B (at 7th St.), NYC

Anything else going on? Add 'em in the comments.

Wayne Kramer Last summer MC5 reunited and played some shows in NYC. Since then DKT (MC5 minus members) continue to play. They were scheduled to headline Northsix again on May 18, 2006. They were also taking part in the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at Irving Plaza the next day. That was until Michael Davis got in a motorcycle crash. He hit a muffler in the road.

Wayne Kramer is still taking part in the Ramones thing. He's also playing some solo shows including one at Joe's Pub....

May 20 - Joe's Pub, New York, NY (solo acoustic)
May 21 - Dave Marsh's Sirius Radio Show, 11am.
June 23 - Farmers Market, Los Angeles, CA (free, 7PM w/ band)
June 29 - Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Sept 1 - Farmers Market, Los Angeles, CA (free, 7PM w/ band)

DOWNLOAD: Great Big Amp (Wayne Kramer solo MP3)

CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, Steven Van Zandt, & Tommy Ramone
Steven Van Zandt, Hilly Kristal & Tommy Ramone

Anton from Brian Jonestown Massacre According to phillyBurbs.com, "here are the top five bands to come from the CBGB scene:"
5. Dead Boys
4. Patti Smith
3. Talking Heads/Blondie (a tie)
2. Television
1. Ramones

Ted Leo @ CBGB
Ted Leo

Top photo, and middle picture of Anton from Brian Jonestown Massacre, from PhillyBurbs.com where there are more like it. Photo of Ted Leo from the Real Janelle. All of them were taken Monday August 1st, 2005 at the opening night of CBGB benefit shows.

Air America Live from CBGB w/ Hilly Kristal, Van Zandt & Locksley
CBGB Day 1 & Washington Square Park on the 31st
Brian Jonestown Massacre in NYC & Stream

CBGB The book Though "CBGB and OMFUG : Thirty Years from the Home of Underground Rock" doesn't actually come out until July 1st, I've already seen it on the shelf at both Barnes & Noble and Virgin. It's full of really great CBGB photos, old and new. Everyone from the Ramones to Har Mar Superstar are featured inside. There's an afterward written by David Byrne and an intro by owner Hilly Kristal.

Best thing about CBGB Closing | Concerts!
David Byrne @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC | Pics

Lisa Marie Presley & band & Marky Ramone @ City Hall Park

Lisa Marie Presley gave a free J&R Music World sponsored performance @ 5 PM today (May 19th, 2005) @ City Hall Park in NYC. After the show she signed her new CD at the J&R right next door. The whole thing had to do with Shop 4 Class, an organization that raises money to buy books for New York City schools. I was surprised at the respectably long 45 minute set Lisa played.

Lisa Marie Presley & band & Marky Ramone @ City Hall Park

In honor of Joey Ramone's birthday (also today), Marky Ramone (here's an interview) played drums with the Lisa Marie & band for the last song: a cover of the Ramones' "Here Today Gone Tomorrow." According to Marky, Johnny's (or was it Joey's?) wife was in the audience. I assume Lisa will be joining them at Irving Plaza tonight for Joey's (RIP) official birthday party.

Lisa Marie Presley & band & Marky Ramone @ City Hall Park

Continue reading "Lisa Marie Presley & Marky Ramone @ City Hall, NYC | Pics"

J&R Music World advertises it this way....

Free Live Performance by Lisa Marie Presley in NYC City Hall Park
Followed by an Autograph Signing at the J&R Pop Store

Blabbermouth adds...

"Former RAMONES drummer Marky Ramone will be performing with Lisa Marie Presley in the park at the City Hall in New York City on Thursday (May 19) at 5 p.m. They will be playing the RAMONES song "Here Today Gone Tommorrow". Then from there, Marky will do "The Blank Generation" with former bandmate/guitar player Ivan Julian, and "Love Comes in Spurts" from the punk album the "The Blank Generation". Also scheduled to be performed: "My Baby, Baby I Love You", "She Talks to Rainbows", and a JOHNNY THUNDERS song, "Can't Put Your Arms around a Memory""

I just saw Lisa Marie at the Supper Club
Joey Ramone's Birthday Party @ Irving Plaza is Thursday too.
Lisa Marie was at Johnny Ramone's Funeral

CBGB Three days ago I posted an article that reported CBGB was definitely closing. Today I found out there's an organization working to Save CBGB.

Project Save CBGB & OMFUG is "the official Project Save CBGB site based in New York City." (as seen in the NY Post and on Stereogum yesterday)

According to a press release on the site, "Jonathan Demme, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye, Deborah Harry of Blondie, Juliette Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Tommy Ramone, Charlotte Lesher (mother of the late Joey Ramone), Arturo Vega (artistic director for the Ramones), Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, Richard Lloyd of Television, Little Steven, Legs McNeill, Richard Hell, Fab 5 Freddy, Seymour Stein of Sire Records, Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, Bob Gruen, the Bullys, Richard H.D. Manitoba, Dennis McNamara, Daniel Wolff, John Holstrom of Punk Magazine, John Foxworthy of Garage Radio, cultural sociologist Dr. Donna Gaines, Rockefeller University Professor Dr. Sanford Simon, an entrepreneur and survivor of spina bifida, and a teacher in Honol" are all working to save CBGB.

Part of the plan is to give CBGB landmark status.

What Does Joey Ramone's mother say?

Supporter Juliette Lewis is on tour with the Licks. Tickets are on sale for their May 28th show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. I was at their last NYC show.

Supporter Fab 5 Freddy makes an appearance at The Brooklyn Museum tonight (May 7th)

Supporter Deborah Harry recently made an appearance with Kelly Osbourne at Charm School.

Life of Agony are playing CBGB in June.

Despite these efforts, CBGB still might move to Vegas.

metro, the free NYC paper that accidentally declared WinneroftheSAT the blog of the day recently, reported today that CBGB is considering a move to Vegas.

"'Las Vegas here I come,' said Hilly Kristal, the club's owner and manager, if he can't save the club"

Kristal also said that the rumors about Mark Cuban saving the club are not true. "'He wants to help out, maybe have a big project on television,' Kristal said."

New Yorkers can pick up a copy of metro for the rest of the story, but everyone can read an interesting article in the Trentonian...

"The rock club? Disgusting. There were roaches in the ice cooler, and people routinely had sex under the tables. I never used the bathroom in the rock club, and would run next door when I had to."

CBGB’s closing would be no big loss


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