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Marky Ramone is coming down under with a show every Ramones’ fan will love.

The Ramones. What a classic band. With over 20 years of having been together and an anthology of classic punk tunes, it’s hard to find a music fan of any age who hasn’t heard of them.

One member of this legendary band Marky Ramone, who sat behind the skins from 1978 to 1983 and again from 1987 to the band’s disbandment in 1996, is going on tour Down Under this November with his band Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg.
 
It’ll be a jammed packed night with a set list containing 38 Ramones songs, with not one song a fan won’t know. Ramone says the set list ranges from the band’s first album, The Ramones from 1976 to the Pleasant Dreams and Brain Drain albums. Ramone also says the band decided to go on this tour because they haven’t been here for a while and Ramone doesn’t know if it’ll be his last time. Furthermore, he says he’s looking forward to “seeing Australian and New Zealand audiences, playing the songs and giving them a sweaty and nice evening.”
 
These days, Ramone has noticed that younger and younger people attend his concerts –people that weren’t around when the original Ramones band were together. He feels that this is because of the feel and the energy of the show he puts on, and he offers things that bands today may not be able to offer. “Now bands are overproduced, but we have enough with two amps, a drum kit and a PA,” he says. “Young kids love it. It’s something that isn’t very common for them to see. You don’t have to be a virtuoso to play, but you gotta have good shape and be tight.”
 
Marky Ramone has been a part of a series of bands throughout his musical career including Dust, Wayne County and The Backstreet Boys and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. He says he likes bands with strong melody and songs that are not that long. Joining the Ramones was no easy task, because he had to fill a drumming role when the band was already used to Tommy Ramone’s style. “With Richard Hell and other bands, I played another style,” he says. “When I joined the group [Ramones], I had to duplicate Tommy’s style, which was not easy but I did it, doing the double with the hihat following the downstrokes on the guitar.”
 
Being in one band can be very different to being in another. However, the bands that Ramone has been in have worked the same, in the sense that one person has an idea and other people work with it and build on it. In the Ramones, the main member bringing ideas to the table was Dee Dee Ramone, the band’s songwriter and bassist.
 
Not much has changed performance-wise for Marky since then, except that sadly his fellow Ramones bandmates have passed. He says that performing Ramones songs now is exactly the same, they are still tight and in good shape. “You have to practice a lot,” he says. “Be clean of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.” 
 
Ramone also loves to connect with his fans on social media. A thing that has changed the way that celebrities, musicians and everyday people connect with each other. And it definitely wasn’t around back in 1974 when the Ramones formed. Ramone feels that we are all the same, that technology changes but people do not. We have the same frustrations as we always have had, however now we can express ourselves on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, but before we could only express ourselves through writing and music. However, even though social media sites have helped Ramone connect with his fans more, he questions why people have to use their phones during shows. “It is annoying being on stage and seeing people all the time on phones! Don’t they enjoy the shows? It is like seeing the performance through a TV screen plus you disturb people around you that really want to enjoy it.”
 
When Ramone playing music, he likes to fix cars, read books and listen to music, commenting, “I’m like a normal person, nothing special.” He also runs a radio show called Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg on SiriusXM in the US and Canada, where he plays punk rock songs and bands that he likes.

Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg will be performing at The Croxton on Friday November 24 and at The Pier Hotel on Saturday November 25.