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.