The Ramones! – Coming to Australia… Err?

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on March 20, 2009

I’m so torn over this. I don’t know what to do. Marky Ramone, drummer of 3part deceased band the Ramones is bringing his current band Blitzkrieg! on tour to Australia. They’re fronted by Michale Graves (ex-Misfits) and wait for it… they’re going to be playing Ramones songs.

Frankly this can’t be good. It’d be like Dave Grohl reforming Nirvana with…. Axl Rose on vocals. I’m just wondering how much of a butcher job it’s going to be. Do I dare consider going to see the sole surviving member of the Ramones and jump around to essentially what is a Ramones cover band?

08 April The Corner Hotel VIC
09 April Manning Bar – Sydney University NSW
11 April Club Capitol WA
13 April Governor Hindmarsh Hotel SA
14 April Step Inn QLD

I need to think long and hard about this. I suppose it could be worth a look see. It might be a fun night out and they might actually do a good job / pay tribute to them in the right way. Then again It could be like watching a car crash in slow motion.

I suppose either way there’s some pay-off. Hmmmm the Ramones are one of my favourite bands mainly because sometimes its great to take a break from deep layered music and put on something that’s fun and lighthearted. Considered one of the classic 3 original punk bands of the original punk era, they have since been tagged with the ‘simple 3-chord progression fast and loud’ approach to song writing. I actually see a bit more to them, I find myself comparing their song writing to classic 50’s and 60’s Pop/Rock’n’Roll/Swing. You can hear it in the rhythms and some of the vocal melodies and ranges. For example listen to Joey doing his thing in the following clip; Of course you have to be able to hear that through the actual aforementioned short-fast-loud 3chord simple song change-ups! More on this sometime soon.

EDIT:: I should probably state Tommy is of course still alive. Marky did spend most time at the helm of the sticks though.




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  1. ANNIE LY said, on March 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm


    i don’t think i like this..

  2. jukeboxparables said, on March 23, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Yeah… I think if Joey was still alive / came along I’d totally go. But no one sound’s like he does… especially fucking Michale of the misfits… ughhhh

  3. charliejackjosephkruger said, on April 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    if you give them a chance you will be impressed. Michale is one of the best singers around and has REALLY grown up a lot musically since his days with the Misfits.

    they have been sounding great, and michale has been nothing go sweet and kind to the fans.

    yeah, it IS a cover band, but they know it, and they are just having fun and playing some of the best punk around.

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