Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg Delivers The Shock Treatment

Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg Delivers The Shock Treatment

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1.  2 .3 . 4! ….and with that iconic Ramones startup, it was a non-stop barrage of sound like a Rocket to Russia as Marky Ramone and friends kicked off a fantastic tribute to the songs of The Ramones.

Marky, one of the only surviving members (if you count C.J, Elvis and Richie) donned the drums for the iconic punk rockers since 1978 until their breakup and, with the exception of a few gap years, continues the legacy to a legion of diehard and new fans worldwide.

The set was a no holds barred avalanche of Ramones classics including Rockaway Beach, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Rock And Roll High School, and Commando…pretty much the the whole kick ass lot!

Local support act The Lizards deserve a plug for their sheer thrash value, and reminded me of early Suicidal Tendencies, The Bearded Clams, heck, pretty much any local surf/skate punk band from Adelaide’s heyday. Keep an eye out for them, they’re loud, fast and hard- a perfect opener for this show!

Marky Ramone’s band were tight, and lacked nothing in terms of energy and integrity of the songs which sounded every bit Ramones. I shut my eyes on a few occasions and it sounded just as I  remember them at the ’94 Big Day Out at Adelaide Showgrounds.

The singer, who goes by the name Pela, has great stage presence and sounds eerily like Joey Ramone. Guitarist Aurelian Budynek & Bassist Alejandro Viejo are on point as they churned out Ramones classic after classic. Sure they’re not the original Ramones (bless them all), but under Marky’s command they’re serving the songs faithfully and putting on a hell of a show.
The first set ended with Pinhead and the anthemic ‘Gabba Gabba Hey’ chant and, after a quick break, they returned to a rousing ‘Hey Ho, Let’s Go’ beckoning as they once again pumped out the legendary music of The Ramones.
All was going great until some jerkwad from the audience kept throwing plastic cups at the band, causing Marky to break ranks for a moment to have a few choice words with the punter he rightfully referred to as ‘a pussy’. As a seasoned concert goer, it fails me to understand why the heck people pay to see a show and jeapordise it by being dicks, ruining the experience for others in the process. Nonetheless, the show went on and the band finished up with the Motorhead tribute R.A.M.O.N.E.S, and of course saving the best til last- Blitzkrieg Bop.
For a 65 year old, Marky Ramone can still pump out a solid set and doesn’t lose a beat in the process.
There’s still a Perth show left before they head off to our neighbours in NZ- do it!
Hey Ho, Let’s Go!

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