Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Ramones Are Officially Dead

Tommy Ramone dying means it's probably gonna be all Ramones all day. Here's Xmastime buddy Drew from a few years ago when their box set was released, not long after Johnny died:
The strange thing is I expected my grandparents to be gone by now, but not the Ramones.

The precise moment that the door slammed shut on my adolescence was April15, 2001, the day Joey Ramone died. I spent that night taking and making calls, spreading the news and reminiscing about the band that changed our lives.

1 comment:

Monte A. Melnick said...

Tommy was my dearest and oldest friend.
We grew up together in Forest Hills Queens New York.
I went to Stephen A Halsey Jr High and Forest Hills High school with him.
He got me to pick up the bass guitar and enter into the crazy world of rock music.
We played in several bands together (Triad & Butch) here in NYC over the late 60's and early 70's.
We built and managed Performance Studios in NYC, a recording/rehearsal studio the Ramones started in. I worked with him when he was in the Ramones and well after he left.
He had an advanced musical foresight, well ahead of the times in forming and being part of the Ramones. He was a great musician on the guitar, then the drums, later on the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and many more instruments. His musical expanse bridged from Punk to Indie Bluegrass.
I mourn the passing of the last of the original Ramones, my friend and a true musical visionary.

Monte A. Melnick