Tommy Ramone R.I.P.

Tommy Ramone, der erste Drummer und einziges bis gestern überlebendes Mitglied der Ursprungsbesetzung legendären Ramones, ist im Alter von 65 Jahren verstorben. Die Ramones haben die Meldung auf ihrer Facebook-Seite grade bestätigt:

We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014.

"It wasn't just music in The Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody." - Tommy Ramone, 1978

Ramones - It's Alive (The Rainbow) 1977

Sheena is a Punk-Rocker

Damit geht eins der wichtigsten Kapitel der Musikgeschichte zu Ende, die Ramones waren wahrscheinlich die einflussreichste Punk-Band überhaupt. Die Ramones waren Punk-Konzept, ein Statement gegen verschwurbelten Kunstscheiß, ein bandgewordener Stinkefinger gegen affektierte Lackaffen mit dem effizientesten Rock'n'Roll ever: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Ich hatte die Band lange nach ihrer Blütezeit in den Neunzigern entdeckt und liebte vor allem die Bootlegs. Ich hatte mindestens zwanzig davon, sie klangen alle gleich und haben Ärsche getreten wie nichts anderes und jetzt können Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee und Tommy in den heiligen Hallen der toten Rocker wieder gemeinsam spielen. Hey, ho, let's go. RIP Tommy.

Aus New York Rocker-Verleger Andy Schwartz Nachruf auf Facebook:

It is with sadness and regret that I report the passing of TOM ERDELYI a/k/a TOMMY RAMONE who died at 12:15 p.m. today (7.11.2014) at his home in Ridgewood, Queens. He was 65 and had been in hospice care following treatment for cancer of the bile duct.

As Alexis Petridis wrote in The Guardian in January 2005, Tommy Ramone was the Ramones’ first drummer and “the only surviving original member of what may well be the most important rock band of the past 30 years: the inventors of punk; the quartet who changed music forever by opposing everything mainstream mid–1970s rock stood for; whose influence over subsequent generations has been so strong that their eponymous debut album, which inspired the Sex Pistols and the Clash, still sounds weirdly current [decades] after its release.” […]

With the arrival of lead singer Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) and bassist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), Tom Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone – the group’s drummer as well as a contributing songwriter, producer, and engineer. He played on RAMONES (1976), LEAVE HOME (1977) and ROCKET TO RUSSIA (1977), and toured internationally with the group.

As Tommy Ramone, he is credited as co–producer of LEAVE HOME and ROCKET TO RUSSIA, both with Tony Bongiovi; and as co–producer of ROAD TO RUIN (1978) and TOO TOUGH TO DIE (1984), both with Ed Stasium. He produced the Ramones’ double live album IT'S ALIVE, released in 1979.