Chris Frantz on Tommy Ramone: "He Sounded Like a Big Guy"

August 4, 2014

Thomas Erdelyi, better known as Tommy Ramone, who died of cancer at 65 on July 11th, was the Ramones' manager, co-producer and original drummer. After leaving the band, he produced the Replacements' 1985 LP "Tim" and, more recently, led a bluegrass duo....


Tommy Ramone on Birth of the Ramones: 'It Was Time for Something New'

July 12, 2014

Tommy Erdelyi, who passed away Friday of bile duct cancer at age 65, never forgot how thrilling it was to be a Ramone during the band's formative days. "I thought what we were doing was unique and exciting and potentially influential," he recalled last...


Tommy Ramone Dead at 65

July 12, 2014

Tommy Ramone, the original drummer for the Ramones and the band's last surviving original member, died on Friday at the age of 65. A spokesman for Ramone's family confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. Tommy Ramone on Birth of the Ramones: 'It Was Time...


No Compassion: CBGB in the Seventies

May 30, 2014

In the mid-Seventies, a tiny New York City club named CBGB — short for "country, bluegrass and blues" — became the epicenter of the country's punk and New Wave scene. Before the decade was out, countless musicians would spill their sweat and...



Ramones Pack a Punk Wallop on New Box Set

October 8, 2013

A new Ramones box set, Ramones: The Sire Years (1976-1981), which collects the seminal New York City punk act's first six records, will see release on October 29th on Rhino. For around $40, fans will be able to score the Ramones' 1976 debut, Ramones; their...


Watch: 'CBGB' Film's First Trailer

August 7, 2013

"50,000 bands and 1 disgusting bathroom." The trailer for CBGB, the movie exploring the history of New York City's most storied venue of the same name, arrived today via The Hollywood Reporter. The two-minute clip gives viewers a look at all the film's...


Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Ramones Song?

July 12, 2013

It wasn't easy being a member of the Ramones. Beyond the simple fact that they basically despised each other, their music was way ahead of its time and sold very few copies. It's hard to walk down the streets these days without seeing a Ramones T-shirt...


Best Summer Songs of All Time

July 1, 2013

The summer song is one of rock's truest pleasures, be it a dance jam that dominates every backyard cookout or a sweet ode to cars, girls and partying at the beach. Here are our picks for the most sizzling summer jams ever – from unshakeable oldies...


Punk Lives in 'A Band Called Death'

April 24, 2013

Back in 1971, brothers Bobby, David and Dannis Hackney formed a band called Death and began cutting the kind of loud, fast, ragged rock tunes that the Ramones would become famous for six years later. In the new film A Band Called Death, directors Jeff...


Introducing Fricke's Picks Radio: Log On, Tune In, Turn It Up

March 26, 2013

Before I started writing about music as my mission and living, my heart belonged to radio – specifically, the everything-goes FM rock & roll broadcasting pioneered by Tom Donahue in San Francisco in the late Sixties. I heard it in Philadelphia...


Joey Ramone's Record Collection Going Up for Auction

February 8, 2013

Nearly 100 records owned by Joey Ramone are going up for auction online, along with some of his clothes, his passport, handwritten lyrics and his Rolodex, Billboard reports. Starting February 14th, the estate of the Ramones singer will auction off a...


Johnny Depp a Surprise Guest at Johnny Ramone Tribute

August 20, 2013

At the annual Johnny Ramone tribute Sunday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, director John Waters hosted a reunion of his cast for the 1990 bad-boy musical Cry-Baby, including a surprise appearance by Johnny Depp. "Everybody in this movie wanted a little...


The Ramones Play Their 13th Gig

July 9, 2013

Just one month after the Ramones first played CBGB in the summer of 1974, some wise soul had the foresight to bring in a camera into the seedy bar and capture three songs that they blazed through in just seven minutes. The footage is absolutely amazing,the...


Arturo Vega, Ramones Logo Designer, Dead at 65

June 10, 2013

Arturo Vega, who designed the Ramones' iconic logo, died Saturday. He was 65. No cause of death was given. Vega's death was announced by Legs McNeil, author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, who was a friend. Vega, who grew up in...


Marky Ramone and Andrew W.K. Play Ramones Classics

May 4, 2013

"You guys having fun or what?" Andrew W.K. asked the sold-out crowd at New York's Santos Party House club last night, a knowing smirk on his face. W.K. was fronting Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg band, and they kicked off a world tour with a breakneck,...


Fred Armisen Celebrates Record Store Day With Punk-Covers Instore Gig

April 18, 2013

"Saturday Night Live"/"Portlandia" star Fred Armisen was out in full force to celebrate Record Store Day in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 20, playing an impromptu set of punk covers and engaging in a fan Q&A at Highland Park's all-vinyl/cassette...


Johnny Ramone's Widow in Talks for Ramones Biopic

March 12, 2013

As the widow of late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone, Linda Ramone thinks only one major piece is missing from the seminal punk band's legacy. "I have offers right now to do a Ramones movie, because there hasn't been one yet," she told Rolling Stone when...