Mickey Leigh Presents
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2018: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Ramones’ album, ROAD TO RUIN
CJ Ramone, Richie Ramone, Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music
Sat · May 19, 2018
7:00 pmBowery Electric
$40.00 - $45.00
This event is 21 and over
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Ramones’ album, ROAD TO RUIN
With Performances By:
The Love Triangle - Richie Ramone, CJ Ramone, Mickey Leigh
and many more artists to be announced!
All Net Proceeds Benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research
October 8th 1965, known as the famous and latest Bass Player of
the most legendary American punk rock band The Ramones.
CJ joined the band in 1989 filling the most difficult shoes to be
filled, Dee Dee Ramone's, one of the founders and main composer
of the band. Since the band retired, he has played in The Ramainz, which was formed by Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone and
Dee Dee's wife, Barbara Zampini. He also played with Axe Attack,
Los Gusanos, and his last group effort was with Bad Chopper.
He then devoted himself to family life but in 2008 CJ proved his
will to rock hard again by launching Bad Chopper's first CD. As
lead singer and composer of all the songs, CJ put forth an album
written during critical and dark moments of his personal life,
in which CJ still makes room for visions of a better future.
Comparisons to Ramones are inevitable, but not unique.
CJ reveals his deepest personal influences: from classic bands like
The Ramones, Stooges, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys and The Damned to more modern bands like Zeke, Speedealer, Fu Manchu and Queens of The Stone Age. The music is simple, but it glows by itself. It is still being acclaimed by the fans and the press as the best work ever recorded by any of the Ramones after the bands' breakup.
Just listening to this CD once will be enough to understand
the reasons why CJ saved the biggest punk rock institution ever:
As a member of the band, and as a lifelong fan, CJ knows more
than anyone the importance of keeping the Ramones spirit alive.
So, with Bad Chopper, he chose to mix his own music with Ramones classics in his live sets all over the world. But with the end of Bad Chopper, CJ sought to do more. He put out his own music under the name the world got to know him as - CJ RAMONE - a name he earned in his own right. Knowing he was attaching the Ramone name to his work he created perfection with the album
Reconquista. He tipped his ubiquitous NY Yankee hat to his
fallen brothers with the sublime "Three Angels" an anthem that
honors the Ramones as only another Ramone can.
But it didn't stop there. He continued the critical success
with the album Last Chance to Dance in 2014. From the anguished
love stories of "Carry Me Away" and "One More Chance" to the
personal, angry anthems or "Won't Stop Swinging" and "Grunt" one
can't help but see he is a punk rock innovator in his own right.
He not only dedicates himself to the spirit of the Ramones but
has created his own legion of young fans eager for fresh music
from a classic genre. It's a line he balances perfectly in the
albums and with charismatic energy and devotion to his fans on
And now, while he continues to tour the world in a live show
that is not to missed the world awaits his latest endeavor,
tentatively titled "CJR3."
CJ is currently touring the states from May to July and Europe
from July to August.
Richie performed in over 500 shows around the world with the Ramones and wrote several critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite songs for the albums Animal Boy, Too Tough to Die and Halfway to Sanity. Punk rock icon, Joey Ramone, remarked that “[Richie] saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.”
Richie is notable as the only Ramones drummer to sing lead vocals on Ramones songs, "(You) Can’t Say Anything Nice” as well as the unreleased “Elevator Operator.” Richie was also the only drummer to be the sole composer of Ramones songs including their hit “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” which remained a staple in the Ramones set list until their last show in 1996 and continues to be covered by new generations of bands worldwide. “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” was included on “Ramones Mania,” the only Ramones album to go gold as well as “Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits,” an album comprised of songs hand picked by Johnny Ramone as the Ramones’ best works. Richie also wrote "I'm Not Jesus," "Can't Say Anything Nice," "I Know Better Now," "Humankind" and "Smash You" which became the title track for one of the Ramones' most successful re-releases, Smash You: Live '85. Richie's "I'm Not Jesus" took the Ramones in a heavier direction and has become a frequent cover tune for innumerable heavy metal bands. Richie’s songwriting contributions were supported by Joey Ramone: “I encouraged Richie to write songs . . . we never let anybody else write our songs.”
In 2007, Richie Ramone introduced his virtuosic drumming to the symphonic world with his “Suite for Drums and Orchestra” based on Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. He debuted his arrangement with the Pasadena Pops Orchestra as the featured drum soloist and was an immediate hit with critics and patrons there and in other cities. He is currently working on another innovative “Suite for Drums and Orchestra” comprised of classic James Bond movie songs.
In 2011, the Recording Academy gave the Ramones a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles, where all three of the band's drummers (Tommy, Marky and Richie Ramone) stood beneath the same roof for the first time ever. In 2012, Richie was the only surviving Ramone featured on the second Joey Ramone solo album, “Ya Know?” On October 8, 2013, Richie released his first solo album, "Entitled," which features new songs written by Richie as well as new recordings of songs he wrote for the Ramones. Billboard notes, "Richie's 12 freshest cuts aim to please fans of both rock and metal with its blend of power chord-chugging simplicity and guitar hero virtuosity."
New York, NY, 10003