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Fricke's Picks Radio: Milestones for the Ramones and John Zo

September 22, 2014

The September 14th Ramones tribute show at New York's Bowery Electric, celebrating the band's debut gig at CBGB 40 years earlier, was a communion of generations – from the young singer-actor John Gallagher Jr., who played the title vagabond...

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Martin Scorsese Attached to Direct Ramones Movie

August 28, 2014

Martin Scorsese is attached to direct a new movie about the Ramones, one of several projects in the works to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the band's first LP in 2016, Billboard reports. Jeff Jampol, who now co-manages...

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Watch Marky Ramone Sit in With Arcade Fire in Brooklyn

August 24, 2014

Arcade Fire have upped the ante on their regional covers project as the Reflektor tour enters its closing days, not only playing their usual songs by notable locals, but also bringing on musicians from the bands to join them. The night after Buster...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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CBGB's Hand-Delivers Pussy Riot Support Letter to Moscow

August 29, 2012

Renowned names have been voicing their support for the three members of Pussy Riot currently jailed in Russia. The latest include Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel, No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain, Hole's Patty Schemel, Cheap Trick's Bun...

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Cee Lo Green to Record Song for NFL

August 16, 2012

Cee Lo Green will lend his voice to this year's Thursday Night Football theme, Billboard reports.  The song is reportedly called "I Love Football" and is set to the tune of the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop." Each week, games will open...

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Watch David Byrne and Arcade Fire Cover Suicide

August 25, 2014

Arcade Fire added a new dimension to their geographic covers series during their three-night residency at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, recruiting musicians from classic New York City punk bands to join them onstage. Sunday night's gig featured...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Shepard Fairey Stages Dee Dee Ramone Art Exhibit

October 10, 2012

Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery in Los Angeles will showcase a posthumous art exhibition by Dee Dee Ramone to mark the 10th anniversary of his death, the Los Angeles Times reports. Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition will run from October...

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Henry Rollins, Pete Yorn, Priscilla Presley Pay Tribute to Johnny Ramone in L.A.

August 20, 2012

Johnny Ramone was remembered Sunday by a crowd of friends and punk rock contemporaries that X guitarist Billy Zoom called "a class reunion" at the annual tribute to the Ramones guitarist at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Hundreds of fans lined up for...

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