With the recent passing of Tommy Ramone, the original quartet is gone – a sad reminder that life is oh, so fleeting.
I saw The Ramones twice back in the day, both times at the old Cleveland Agora, circa 1978-80, in essentially, a packed room. This was the ‘Marky’ era, as Tommy had moved on to concentrate on production etc.
I had the distinct pleasure of being crammed up against the left side of the stage staring up at Johnny Ramone slashing away on his Mosrite guitar, and to his left, the impossibly tall Joey at center stage, Dee Dee throttling the bass, and Marky in the back on drums.
Yeah, it was loud.
I’ve seen a lot of bands over the years – in just about every musical genre – and The Ramones were, to put it mildly, stunning to watch and listen to.
There was punk before The Ramones – much like there’s a sketch before a painting.
But punk as we know it – in all it’s distorted, DIY power-chord glory, came into crystal clear focus with The Ramones’ first album in 1976.
They’re in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a damn good reason.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert)
“My life is a story of almosts – I am almost a writer and almost an artist, so I do this for a living.” – Charles M. Schulz
Well, the big day is finally upon us – Cleveland is now in the gambling biz. I have to admit – I’m not really much of a gambler, but I voted for it knowing full well the accompanying Vegas-style baggage.
For me, though, the idea of something that could seriously add to the revitalization of downtown, has to be good. We keep hearing that the Horseshoe’s set-up is designed for patrons to hit the surrounding areas for their entertainment and to head back to the casino for all their gambling needs. If that kind of ‘integrated’ approach works, good for downtown…and all of northeast Ohio.
Ok, enough civic stump speechin’…gotta go draw something…