Showing posts with label the Ramones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the Ramones. Show all posts

Friday, July 5, 2024

Ramones revelry: Punk Magazine's John Holmstrom hosts art and cartoons bash at Metropolis

Since May 19, Joey Ramone's birthday, East Village resident John Holmstrom, the co-founder, editor, and illustrator of Punk Magazine, has hosted a celebration of all things Ramones in the basement at Metropolis Vintage

Tomorrow (Saturday!) marks the last day, with events happening from 2 to 7 p.m. The afternoon includes a screening of some Ramomes animated cartoons and, from 4 to 7, the Live Punk Art Event. 

Per Holmstrom: "We have been staging these events for several weeks, and it’s been creating some really interesting images. Some of the drawings are now available to buy online at an auction website. (50% or more of sales will go to the Lymphoma Foundation in the name of the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash, which has raised over $100,000 since 2001!)." 

Joey Ramone died on April 15, 2001, of lymphoma. 

Metropolis is at 803 Broadway and 11th Street. 

Previously on EV Grieve

Friday, May 17, 2024

A Celebration of Joey Ramone this weekend at Metropolis Vintage

Joey Ramone was born on May 19. In addition, 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ramones' first live show.

To honor his memory and celebrate his life, East Village resident John Holmstrom, the co-founder, editor, and illustrator of Punk Magazine, is hosting a special Joey Ramone Weekend in the basement at Metropolis Vintage at 803 Broadway at 11th Street. 

As Holstrom wrote in his newsletter: "A bunch of artists and cartoonists will be scribbling drawings on huge mural that will be auctioned off to raise money for the Lymphoma Foundation. So feel free to hang out with a bunch of crazy artists who love the Ramones..." 

Joey died of lymphoma on April 15, 2001. He was 49.

The mural event is tonight (around 7 p.m.). On Saturday evening, Monte A. Melnick, the Ramones' tour manager, is hosting a screening of "Rock ‘N Roll High School" at Metropolis.


The annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at Bowery Electric on Sunday night is sold out.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

ICYMI: Pete Davidson to play Joey Ramone in Netflix biopic

The first reaction I heard was that Pete Davidson was too short for the role. He's 6-3. Joey Ramone was 6-6. 🙄 

More details at Deadline.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Joey Ramone died on this day in 2001

Hard to believe, but Joey Ramone, lead singer of the Ramones, died 20 years ago on this day... April 15, 2001, of lymphoma at age 49. 

On this occasion, the Post talks with Joey's brother Mickey Leigh ... and discusses some of the mementos from Joey's former apartment on Ninth Street at Third Avenue. 

You can read my interview with Leigh from 2012 following the release of Joey's posthumous album, "Ya Know," and the new video for this song "New York City."

The 20th annual Birthday Bash for Joey is expected to happen in some form on May 19.

Monday, July 6, 2020

ICYMI: 6 E. 2nd St., home of Ramones history, is for sale

As Jennifer Gould recently reported at the Post, 6 E. Second St. is now on the market for $7.25 million.

A loft in the four-level building just east of the Bowery — at Joey Ramone Place — was the longtime home of Arturo Vega, the artistic director for the Ramones who created the band's iconic logo.

The listing via B6 Real Estate Advisors is now online:

The four (4) story property consists of one (1) retail store, along with three (3) residential units. The current residential units consist of three (3) full floor loft apartments. All three (3) of the loft apartments are fair market.

The property has 26 feet of frontage on East 2nd Street and has a depth of 63 feet. Additionally, the property is comprised of approximately 6,408 square feet broken down as follows: 4,806 SF residential and 1,602 SF retail.

The retail tenant, the John Derian Company, apparently also owns the building.

There isn't any mention of Vega or the Ramones in the listing. Other onetime residents here include Fayette Hauser, John Flowers and Pam Tent of the Cockettes.

As for the Ramones, plenty has been written about their relationship with the space (Joey and Dee Dee lived here early on, the band signed their first contract on Vega's coffee table, etc.)... and here's footage of the band playing in the loft in February 1975...

Vega died in June 2013 at age 65.

[Above the front door at No. 6]

Friday, June 28, 2019

Last chance to see 'The First Time I Saw The Ramones' at 72 Gallery

"The First Time I saw the Ramones" wraps up its residency on Sunday at 72 Gallery.

This solo show features photos by Tom Hearn, who documented a Ramones show up in New Haven on July 22, 1976.

You can see the exhibit from noon to 8 p.m (to 6 p.m. on Sunday) in the gallery space at The Great Frog, the rock 'n' roll ring shop and boutique at 72 Orchard St. between Broome and Grand. (And while you're down there, you can check out The Cast next door or Jimmy Webb's I Need More across the street.)

And as for some of Hearn's photos...

[The Dee Dee door]

Previously on EV Grieve:
'The First Time I Saw The Ramones' at 72 Gallery

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

'The First Time I Saw The Ramones' at 72 Gallery

There's another Ramones-related exhibit opening at 72 Gallery.

Here's what to expect at "The First Time I saw the Ramones," a solo show by Tom Hearn:

The exhibition showcases photography from the very early New York Punk scene and explores how your life can be changed when you find the band that defines your youth.

The show chronicles the night of July 22 1976 when Hearn was asked by his friend Legs McNeil to see the Ramones play at the Arcadia Ballroom in New Haven.

The opening reception is Thursday night from 6-9 at the The Great Frog, 72 Orchard St. between Broome and Grand. After tonight, you can check out the exhibit from noon to 8 p.m Tuesday through Sunday until June 6.

The folks behind The Great Frog created the gallery space in their rock 'n' roll ring shop and boutique.

Friday, February 8, 2019

All tomorrow's rooftop parties


Hey! Ho! Let's Go ... look at this new marketing campaign for EVE, the 8-floor residential building at 433 E. 13th St. with a landscaped roof deck and BBQ pits (at the site of the former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office property here between Avenue A and First Avenue).

Multiple EVG readers shared EVE's new ad, which notes "First we had the Ramones... and then the Velvet Underground... And now there’s Eve East Village: Designer studio, one and two bedroom rental residencies."


Gothamist and SPIN both took note of the Ramones/Velvet Underground campaign this week.

Per Andy Cush at SPIN:

The problem — besides the idea that the kind of gentrification that killed the East Village as a fertile arts community is somehow actually a happy continuation of that community’s legacy — is that the Velvet Underground came first, releasing their first album in 1967, nine years before the Ramones’ self-titled debut in ’76. This is common knowledge for anyone with even a passing interest in this music: the Velvets, with their loud noises, daring subject matter, and repeatedly slammed guitar chords, are often cited as an important predecessor to the punk rock scene that the Ramones exemplified in the following decade.

In the grand scheme of things, this is a petty but pretty hilarious mixup, especially coming from a place that claims close association with the culture of the neighborhood.

And here's Ben Yakas writing at Gothamist:

At a time when there are so many horrible things happening in the world that deserve to be called out, the questionable aesthetic choices of a new East Village condominium really shouldn't amount to a hill of beans. Having said that: there is gross, capitalistic artistic appropriation, like how Target coopted CBGB or how developers have exhumed and defiled the corpse of 5 Pointz and steam-pressed its branding onto a new building in Long Island City. And then there is gross, capitalistic artistic appropriation that gets everything embarrassingly wrong.

This is a variation of a campaign that dropped late last summer...

And we can all remember when they played at TRGT just down 14th Street.

Anyway, EVE isn't the first luxury rental around here of late to cash in on any rock history to move units. Ben Shaoul's Bloom 62 on Avenue B featured framed photos of Joey Ramone, Grace Jones and Debbie Harry in its model homes in 2017. Then there was this copy from the Bloom website:

It sounds impossible: a fully-appointed luxury building has sprouted in the beating heart of the East Village. A 24-hour doorman greets you before work in the morning, after returning from a cafe in the evening and when heading out to Tompkins Square Park on the weekends. You'll have every modern convenience, from a gym to a roof deck to in-unit laundry, on the same streets where names like The Ramones, Warhol and Hendrix and [sic] paved the history of this neighborhood for years to come.

Shaoul sold the building last fall for $85 million.

Previously on EV Grieve:
All about EVE, the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office-replacing rentals on 14th Street

EVErything about the new luxury rentals at the former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office

Looks like there's a Trader Joe's coming to 432-438 E. 14th St. after all

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ramones Ramp mural damaged in Queens

[Ori Carino with Mickey Leigh in June 2016]

On June 5, 2016, East Village-based artist Ori Carino unveiled a new mural at the Thorneycroft Ramp in Forest Hills, Queens. The ceremony was part of a day of events organized by the Queens Museum, which was showing "Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" at the time.

Carino painted the image of the four Ramones at the ramp based on a 1975 photograph by photographer Bob Gruen.

Marc H. Miller, the curator of that Ramones show, wrote in to report that the mural has been damaged...

Michael Perlman, a historian who lives in Queens, believes that maintenance workers at the Thorneycroft Ramp at Fanwood Estates painted around artist the mural, possibly before it rained ... sending red, vertical streaks down the mural...

"Everyone loves the mural out there in Forest Hills," Miller told me. "I’m optimistic that the real-estate company that owns the ramp will get it restored. It's just a question of allocating some money for Ori to fix it."

Monday, May 8, 2017

Details on the 17th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash

Via the EVG inbox today...

Before succumbing to lymphatic cancer on April 15, 2001, Joey Ramone had been planning another of his infamous bashes for his 50th birthday. He'd asked his mother, Charlotte Lesher, and brother Mickey Leigh to promise they'd throw a huge party to celebrate the occasion, regardless.

The Joey Ramone Birthday Bash has since become an annual tradition. This year's Bash will take place on Friday, May 19, Joey's actual Birthday, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Studio at Webster Hall.

Headlining this year's event: Joey's former bandmates, drummer Richie Ramone and bassist CJ Ramone, will be playing in a trio formed just for this occasion called The Love Triangle, with Mickey Leigh on guitar. They'll perform several select songs from the seminal Ramones albums Leave Home and Rocket to Russia, both of which turn 40 this year.

Also being honored is David Peel, who passed away earlier this year and whose band David Peel & The Lower East Side had performed at previous Bash events. The Accelerators, Joff Wilson, Bill Connor and Koshek Swaminathan will take part in his Bash tribute. Performances from The Cuts and LES Stitches will also round out the night.

You can find ticket info here.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Mickey Leigh on his brother Joey Ramone's 'New York City' video

Friday, June 17, 2016

It might get Loud

The Ramones with "Loudmouth." (H/T Alex.)

Meanwhile, the "Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" exhibit is at the Queens Museum through July 31.

Sunday afternoon at the Museum, co-curator Marc H. Miller moderates two conversations around the theme, "Pop to Punk: Ramones and Visual Art." Guests include Chris Stein of Blondie and John Holmstrom, co-founder of PUNK magazine. Details here.

And on June 25, the Museum is hosting Ramones Mania, which will include book signings, film screenings, a flea market, live music and more. Details here.

Also this next Friday at noon...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

East Village-based artist Ori Carino unveils Ramones mural in Forest Hills

[Ori Carino with Mickey Leigh]

On Sunday afternoon, East Village-based artist Ori Carino unveiled a new mural at the "Thorneycroft Ramp" in Forest Hills, Queens. The ceremony was part of a day of events organized by the Queens Museum, which is currently showing "Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk."

Carino painted the image of the four Ramones at the ramp based on a 1975 photograph by photographer Bob Gruen.

Presiding over the unveiling was musician and author Mickey Leigh (brother of Joey Ramone), who recalled times spent at the ramp in his 2009 memoir, I Slept with Joey Ramone: "We’d always wind up at Thorneycroft, the apartment complex across the street from John's [Johnny Ramone] building...Invariably everyone would meet up at the Ramp to shoot the shit, pull pranks, hide from the cops, and of course get high."


[Marc H. Miller, curator of "Hey! Ho! Le's Go" and artist-musician Claudia Tienan, partner of Tommy Ramone]

The exhibition "Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!" is on view at the Queens Museum through July 31.

H/T Marc H. Miller and Bowery98 for the information

Friday, February 5, 2016

'Ramones and the Birth of Punk' coming to the Queens Museum in April

[Image via]

In case you didn't see this yesterday. As The New York Times first reported:

On April 10 the Queens Museum will present “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” a retrospective exhibition that will examine the group’s influence on both music and art, as part of a spate of spring programming under the museum’s new director, Laura Raicovich, that focuses on Queens as a Petri dish of global culture.

The Ramones show, organized with the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, where a second part of the exhibition will open on Sept. 16, will include more than 350 objects, from the band’s archives and those of Arturo Vega, who designed the band’s logo; from artists like Shepard Fairey and Yoshitomo Nara; and from Mad magazine and Punk magazine, to demonstrate, as the museum says, how the Ramones “served as both subject and inspiration for many visual artists, resulting in a large body of works.”

Here's the Museum's official news release on the exhibit.

And via "Too Tough to Die" from 1984 ...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Joey Ramone-CBGB 40th anniversary mural for the Bowery

A new mural featuring Joey Ramone is going up today on Bleecker at the Bowery... across the way from the former CBGB... EVG reader Lola Sáenz says that the mural is by Solus and John CRASH Matos...

The mural is via The L.I.S.A. Project to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Ramones debuting at CBGB.

[Top photos by Lola Sáenz]

Here was the view around noon...

A photo posted by Solus (@solusstreetart) on

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Meanwhile, in Riverdale...

Comics Alliance had this exclusive over the weekend:

Yes, it’s true. In 2016, Riverdale’s typical teenagers will be teaming up with New York City’s original punks in a musical crossover for the ages ... a special comic that brings together the formerly disparate worlds of CBGB’s and Pop’s Chocklit Shop in a hyperspeed bubblegum battle of the bands.

Here's writer Matthew Rosenberg speaking about the project at ComicCon:

“It might seem strange to some people to combine these things, but there’s really no divide for me… Archie is what got me into comics, the Ramones are what got me into punk rock, and those two things have always been connected for me. The Ramones are my punk rock heroes, they’re really very comic booky, and Archie has a long history of being connected to music, and being willing to try new things and do cool new stuff, so to me, this makes perfect sense.”

Saturday, January 17, 2015

[Updated] Win tickets to see Marky Ramone tonight

Here is the latest clue via @MarkyRamone to the whereabouts to that golden ticket...

Updated 1:18 p.m.

We're told that someone has claimed the tix…

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Somebody Put Something in My Pledge

Thank you to Dangerous Minds for unearthing this video... The Ramones playing on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in September 1989.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Expect to see a lot of the Ramones in the future

Jeff Jampol, who co-manages the estate of the Ramones, told the following to Billboard:

“The 40th anniversary of the Ramones is coming up in 2016, that’s when the first album came out. So we have a lot of projects leading up to that. We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before,” he says. “It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the Seventies and a little bit in the Eighties, from a gentleman who had shot them, his name is George Seminara.”

The documentary is just one of several projects in the works. Among the others are a theatrical play, a book and a film, which already has Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese attached.

Billboard also reported that Linda Ramone, who controlled Johnny's half of the band's estate, and Joey's brother Mickey Leigh, who oversaw Joey's half, are now cooperating as a happy family after years of behind-the-scenes feuding.

Read the rest of the Billboard article here.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Mickey Leigh on his brother Joey Ramone's 'New York City' video

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tommy Ramone memorial set for Aug. 16 at the Bowery Electric

Tim Hayes, founder and executive producer of the CBGB Festival, is hosting a public memorial on Saturday, Aug. 16 for Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the Ramones who died last month.

"We will have many special guests telling personal stories about Tommy," Hayes told us about the event, set for 7:30 p.m. at the Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery.

Hayes has said that tickets will be $5, with 100 percent of the money going to a cancer charity. (Tommy died on July 11 of bile duct cancer.)

You can find more details about the evening here as they become available.

Meanwhile, the third annual CBGB Music & Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 8-12.