Marky Ramone is most famous for being the drummer with massive punk sensation The Ramones – a band that here in Spain (where the final ‘e’ is pronounced) were particularly huge – much bigger than the more British-orientated Pistols and Clash, for example. This was much helped by the fact that the band frequently performed songs in Spanish.
It was Tommy, not the New Yorker of Italian roots Marky (born Mark Bell in 1956), who was the band’s original drummer, but Marky is now the only living member of the band’s longest running lineup, alongside Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, playing with them from 1978 right through to their split in 1996, though he did take a few years out in the eighties to deal with his drinking problem.
He’s been involved in a number of solo projects over the last few years, working with such bands as Intruder, Buckweeds, The Speed Kings and horror rock legends The Misfits. But his main preoccupation is still touring with his band Blitzkrieg and playing a set that is essentially old Ramones classics plus a few pieces of their own, including recent singles When We Were Angels and If and When. He’s pushing 60 now, but he can still produce what is essentially the infectiously raw Ramones sound.
He’s got two standard gigs in Barcelona and Madrid, the latter at Gruta 77, a place he loves and has appeared about a dozen times in the past. Then Marky is back in June to headline at the Hard Rock Hell Road Trip in Ibiza, a gathering of bikers for a rock festival with a difference – where the stars and public alike get on down together for a whole week of hard rock, including no end of impromptu jam sessions on the beach.
Did you know: He also has his own line of pasta sauce, Marky Ramone’s Brooklyn’s Own Pasta Sauce.
Thursday May 24, 2012 Madrid Gruta 77
Saturday May 26, 2012 Barcelona Sala Apolo
Tuesday June 5, 2012 Ibiza Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
1. Rockaway Beach
2. Teenage Lobotomy
3. Psycho Therapy
4. Do You Wanna Dance?
5. I Don’t Care
6. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
7. Havana Affair
9. Beat On The Brat
10. 53rd and 3rd
11. Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?
12. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
13. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
14. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
15. She’s The One
16. Judy Is A Punk
17. I Believe In Miracles
18. The KKK Took My Baby Away
19. Pet Sematary
20. Chinese Rocks
21. I Wanna Be Sedated
22. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
Encore: 24. I Just Want To Have Something To Do
25. Cretin Hop
Encore 2: 27. Fiend Club
28. Locked Away
29. Saturday Night
Encore 3: 30. Dig Up Her Bones
31. When We Were Angels
32. Have You Ever Seen The Rain
33. What A Wonderful World
34. Blitzkrieg Bop