drandallblytheThe last original Ramone, Tommy Ramone (second from right), has died, & with him the last of one of the main roots of all modern punk/hc/and metal as we know it today. The importance of the Ramones in the history of underground music cannot be overstated- before the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Black Flag and waaaaaaay before any speed/thrash metal band, the Ramones were blowing minds with LOUD, FAST, AGGRESSIVE music. Although to the calloused ears of modern youth who have grown up listening to crust punk/grind core/speed & thrash metal/and even some of the more aggressive music on commercial radio, the Ramones might sound like fast pop, at the time they started playing out in NYC at CBGB/Max's Kansas City (1974) they were something that had never ever been seen or heard before. The first time my band played CBGB, I was completely emotionally overwhelmed- "Man, the FREAKING RAMONES started out here!" I thought as I stood on stage- I almost started crying. Without that band, the tempo of underground music would have never reached the speed that it has today- there were a bunch of glam bands & hippies at that time, & (yeeeech) disco was big- the Ramones came along & blasted everyone straight out of the water. No Ramones= no lamb of god, or any of the other music most fans of my band listen to. Metal existed, but it was not until punk rock kicked it right square in the ass with a combat boot that things got FAST & AGGRESSIVE. Tommy passed away from cancer yesterday in Queens, NYC, at the age of 62. Rest in peace, bro, & thank you for helping to create the music that changed and saved my life. #BEATONTHEBRATBEATONTHEBRATBEATONTHEBRATWITHABASEBALLBAT!!!!OOOOOOOHYEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHH,OHOHOOHHHHH!!!!!!
- orgasmatron187R.I.P :( Dont bury him in a pet cemetery.
- wesleyxpatrickR.I.P to a legend.
- september.sonRest in peace Tommy Ramone...
- dergan_99Tommy was my inspiration to become the drummer I am today. I Just Want Something To Do was the first song I ever learned to play. R.I.P Tommy.
- theycallmelaubsterThe world is losing too many good musicians and gaining too many bad ones :c r.i.p. Tommy
- joe.wagSad day in the world of music
- wahyuergyawe will miss you ;(
- 77odawggWell said, R.I.P.
- davegar01@drandallblythe It's really sad when the media tells the story if Tommys passing and only show footage of Marky playing. No disrespect to Marky but it shows how completely ignorant the media is. God bless you Tommy and the Ramones for making ours lives a little better with the legacy you have left for us.
- popsrcr@drandallblythe indeed. Without the Ramones I would not be who I am. They spoke to me and changed my influences forever. Gabba Gabba Hey!
- grungyangel86Without the ramones I would not play guitar
- _satriayudhaRip tommy ramones :( we will miss you
- goat__smashThe Ramones were the WHOLE reason I even picked up a guitar. It was almost a religious experience the first time I heard them. More people need to know just how important they are, and it kills me sometimes to know they don't get the credit that they deserve. I've tried to explain the point you made to many of my more metalhead friends, and they don't get it. They changed everything for the better and we owe them a debt of gratitude. RIP Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy. Thanks for everything. Gabba Gabba Hey!
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