| To Quote Freddie Mercury/Queen: ...Another One Bites The Dust.....
||[Sep. 23rd, 2004|12:42 am]
|||||Here Today Gone Tomorrow & Something To Believe In ~ Ramones||]|
...It was one week ago today at 3:03 PM in Los Angeles, California. Johnny Ramone passed away, due to complications with new, experimental therapy & medications for the prostate cancer which he had been battling for the past few years. He was only 55 years old. The irony of this all was that not even a week earlier, his doctor was quoted as to saying, "Johnny Ramone is not dying. He is very much alive."
The Ramones formed in New York in 1974. The original lineup consisted of Joey on vocals, DeeDee on bass, Tommy on percussion, and Johnny on lead guitar and backing vocals. Joey died in 2001 after batttling Lymphoma (a cancer of the lymph nodes) for nearly ten years at the age of 49. DeeDee died in 2002, the result of a heroin overdose at 51. Tommy is the only Ramone from the original lineup that is still alive.
The Ramones are an essential piece of rock history; if it weren't for them, The New York Dolls, and a few others, punk music, and eventually its offspring (grunge, thrash, and even emo and pop-punk), would not even exist. The Ramones are often seen and referred to as the Fathers of Punk... even though they never had a #1 single or album in the US or elsewhere.
A tribute concert was held at the Hollywood Bowl on September 13th, whose proceeds would go to benefit Lymphoma and Prostate Cancer Research Centers across the US. Rob Zombie, who, along with members Johnny, Tommy, (touring) Marky, C.J, and Ritchie, founded the concert, and selected bands to perform. Unfortunately, Johnny, who was at the hospital receiving the first of the experimental treatments, did not attend the concert.
We'll miss you, Johnny. It was your energy which brought the Ramones together. Your energy which inspired songs such as 'Blitzkrieg Bop', 'Sheena Is A Punk Rocker' and 'I Wanna Be Sedated'. Not many people could have taken only three chords so far.