Richie Ramone joined the Ramones in 1983 and first appeared with the band on their Subterranean Jungle tour.
He performed in over 500 shows around the world with the Ramones and wrote several critically acclaimed, and fan-favuorite songs, for the albums Animal Boy, Too Tough to Die and Halfway to Sanity. Punk rock icon, Joey Ramone, remarked that “[Richie] saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.”
In 2007, Richie Ramone introduced his virtuoso drumming to the symphonic world with his “Suite for Drums and Orchestra”, based on Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. He debuted the arrangement with the Pasadena Pops Orchestra and was an immediate hit with critics and patrons. He is working on another innovative “Suite for Drums and Orchestra” comprised of classic James Bond movie songs.
In 2011, the Recording Academy gave the Ramones a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles. All three of the band’s drummers (Tommy, Marky and Richie Ramone) stood beneath the same roof for the first time.
In 2012, Richie was the only surviving Ramone featured on the second Joey Ramone solo album, “Ya Know?”
On October 8, 2013, Richie released his first solo album, “Entitled,” which features new songs written by Richie as well as new recordings of songs he wrote for the Ramones. Billboard notes, “Richie’s 12 freshest cuts aim to please fans of both rock and metal, with a blend of power chord-chugging simplicity and guitar hero virtuosity.”
A Richie Ramone show features a mixture of solo tracks and plenty of Ramones classic anthems. Ritchie’s band features members of Anti Product and Clam Abuse, who used to pack Esquires in their own right, as well as Claire Misstake, from all girl tribute band The Ramonas.
This is a rare chance to see a living Ramone on your doorstep, and having caught the live show earlier in 2015, it has the makings of a classic night at Bedford Esquires.
Opening up the show is The Degenerates with further guest support to be confirmed.