What started off as a night to watch one of the Ramones Drummers performing some classic Ramones tracks and a few of his own songs with his band, turned out to be a night of amazement!
Firstly if you know the Ramones then you must have heard a track from their 1984 album titled “Too Tough To Die” this is the time when Marky left the band due to alcoholism and Richie took his place on the drums; the man has always been known as a brilliant drummer and still lives up to it.
The night at the Cluny summed up what being a Punk Rocker was about, with Richie walking on stage with his band members, everyone was expecting that sudden outburst every Ramones fan knows about, the bass player Clare Misstake screamed out the classic call 1-2-3-4! and straight into Durango 95 like a speeding train, diving into a back catalogue of Ramones classics such as Blitzkreig bop, somebody put something in my drink and animal boy.
They managed to mix in and bring out some new music from Richie’s album, with the rhythm guitarist taking up the drums allowing the Ramones Drummer to take centre stage just like Joey Ramone; with gritty vocals, singing his song ‘smash you’ it was guaranteed to take you back to those classic 70’s punk rock scenes. With a crowd of teens and adults the punk scene isn’t going to die anytime soon, generation that steam heat while doing the pogo!
After the full set, I headed to the merchandise table to snap up some drum sticks and a poster, after reading a sign saying “Richie Ramone will be doing a meet and greet” this is something I didn’t want to miss.
Just after the buying the posters and drum sticks; the man himself stood before me covered in sweat, he noticed my jacket and the U.S badges every Ramone once wore on their jacket. Richie commented “Cool jacket kid, I like that you have all the badges” then signed the drum sticks and posters and posed for photos before attending to every one of his fans like a true musician.
They say don’t meet your hero’s but Richie Ramone is one man who is both a professional musician and a man who cares about his fans greatly.