Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg keeps Ramones spirit alive
Drummer Marky Ramone is paying tribute to The Ramones, with the help of singer Andrew W.K., by touring the world as Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg for the next year.
"I decided I had to keep The Ramones' legacy alive," Ramone told SoundSpike. "There is a whole new generation that loves the music."
Ramone founded the project with Michale Graves, the frontman, lead singer and writer for the Misfits. But, Ramone said vaguely, he "wanted" Andrew W.K. and nabbed him.
"Andrew W.K. learned the songs," he said. "I like his party philosophy and we hit it off. I gave him the list of the 34 songs that we're performing live. He did it very well. We just did 12 countries together this summer. He's seasoned already. He knows what to do. He really engages the audience. It's really cool.
"He's a nice guy and there's no airs, and he's the kind of guy who somebody will go up to and go, 'Can I take a photo and have your autograph?' Without thinking twice, he'll do it. So would I. I don't believe that any rock star or rock guy or rock woman shouldn't sign an autograph or take a photo."
That represents Ramone's belief in giving back. For example, he and several fellow artists, such as Fall Out Boy, aided Rockaway, NJ, after Hurricane Sandy hit.
"We worked together to help the people there by putting up walls on houses and bringing them food and doing a lot of labor because of the situation, you know?" Ramone said. "That's how we (Ramone and Fall Out Boy) kind of met."
In turn, Ramone joined FOB on stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sept. 7, playing the Ramones' classics "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Bop" during the pop band's encore.
"They're great guys," he said. "Great show. They knew the songs, so we went for it. That's how things happen. We were doing some good stuff for people and on the other end you get some stuff back."
Ramone's culinary endeavors are important to him as well. His "Marky Ramone's Pasta Sauce" benefits Autism Speaks.
"That's part of my creativity," he said. "I like to eat and that's my only vice. I made a sauce and part of [the proceeds go] to Autism Speaks. I wanted to give part of the money to charity. That was a good thing to get involved with to use that as a premise to do this. I wanted to do whatever I can."
He explained that he admires teens and other youth who are lending a hand to others.
"It's really cool to see the generational now is involved," Ramone said. "You have to be involved if you want to keep the world on its axis. It also develops social skills, not just being on the computer every minute, the iPhones and all that stuff. It definitely helps you socially deal with other people directly, in person."
Ramone, who is working on an autobiography due out in 2014, sees some of those folks at his shows. That thrills him.
"Younger, older, it's a combination," he said of the crowd. "The parents, the kids, the sons and daughters, the uncles. You see the younger people in the front thrashing away and having a good time. Then you see the older people in the back, which is cool (saying) 'I went through that already.' They're all veterans of it. That's really, really nice."
At Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg concerts, fans can expect a marathon performance of classic Ramones tracks.
"I'm taking things from every album," he said proudly. "I'm playing the best songs that I feel at this moment that friends and fans will want to hear."
12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda
23 - London, England - Electric Ballroom
24 - Manchester, England - Manchester Academy
25 - Glasgow, Scotland - Garage