If you’ve never heard of Marky Ramone, or The Ramones at all, then get out from under the rock you’re living under! Marky Ramone is soon hitting Australian shores for the first time in over seven years, bringing the classics to as many venues as possible. OVERDRIVE were fortunate enough to speak with the iconic musician in regards to the upcoming tour, and what it’s been like seeing the music industry transition throughout his career.
There was no denying that playing Australia didn’t have Ramone excited, as he explained returning here after so long is something that he’s looked forward to for a while. He explained, “Yes, has been almost seven years. It’s always great to be back in Australia. There is a lot of new and older fans who will enjoy hearing all of our hits live. Cannot wait to see them all. It’s been a long time so let’s turn every show into a big party!” He continued to talk about what fans can expect when they come out in masses (because let’s face it, how often does an icon of rock go on tour and not pack out venues!?). He explained, “All classics for sure and some surprises, which do not usually get played live for these shows. More than 30 classics will be played throughout.”
The Ramones are one of the most iconic names in the music industry, without any shadow of a doubt. Ramone spoke about how it felt to be attributed to such a huge honour throughout the years. He explained, “I’m proud of that, what can I say … we never expected to get to that point. We just played show after show, recorded album after album expecting the fans would like it. Then years are passing by and you can realize what you’ve achieved. Wish all of them could be here to join the fruits of our labour.”
In an industry that undergoes change on a regular basis, the new generation of music enthusiasts that are now flooding venues and packing out mosh pits aren’t the same crowd that Ramone would have played for back in the seventies and eighties. He touched base on what it felt like going to shows and seeing a much younger generation of fans supporting him, as well as the older generation who would have grown up listening to The Ramones in their prime. He explained, “I feel flattered. Happening in too many shows, and very often that you see parents bringing their kids to the shows. Funny to see the parents at the back of the venue and the young ones jumping and dancing in the front rows, singing along. It means there is still a generation of fans interested in rock music, seeking for the roots of the nowadays music. They might listen to Green Day, Offspring … and when they listen to their parents albums – I would say in vinyl – they find out all those groups have been influenced by us!”
Turning attention back to the upcoming Australian tour, Ramone spoke of what the fans should be most excited about when turning up to the shows. He explained, “Again, more than 30 classics played through, with no talk between the songs and that kind of rock star bullshit. Play the songs how they have been played, fast and powerful. If anybody did not see us playing back in the days this is a good chance to get a picture of how it was. I did not try to copy what we did, just play the songs tight and solid with a good live performance. And for the old fans they can enjoy the show and listen to all their favourites.”
Before wrapping the interview up, Ramone gave a quick rundown of what the future holds for himself. He explained, “It’s gonna be a long year. After Australia and New Zealand we travel to Indonesia and India, then early 2018 South America, China and Japan in the Spring, and for Summer have a list of festivals booked already in Europe. Meanwhile do have my radio show at SiriusXM where I play punk rock. So yes, let’s say I’m busy.”
The saying is ‘rock will never die’, and while icons of the business like Ramone are still rocking out, amidst the list of rockers alongside him, this couldn’t ring anymore true!