The Ramones European Tour
The Ramones arrived in England with something to prove. The punk revolution had broken out in London in 1977, with the Sex Pistols getting wall-to-wall press and causing havoc. But no one in the nascent U.K. punk scene was ready for the precision-strike arrival of the Ramones. In his memoir, Johnny Ramone wrote that at a Pistols show on their first night in town in December '77, "Johnny Rotten asked me what I thought of them, and I told him ... they stunk."
days later, the Ramones unleashed a furious assault on the audience in Glasgow,
opening with "Rockaway Beach" and not taking a break until 26 songs
later. Playing to a punk-crazed English audience pushed the Ramones to play
their most intense shows. The tour wrapped on New Year's Eve at the Rainbow
Theatre, their 148th show of the year. "Probably the best show the Ramones
ever did," said Johnny. Amazingly, Joey had been singing through
incredible pain; he'd suffered third-degree burns on his neck when a makeshift
humidifier exploded on him. Said Ramones co-manager Linda Stein, "[Johnny]
came to me and said ... 'Put me in a wheelchair and get me on a plane before I go
insane.'" He wanted to be sedated. A.G.