Having formed in 1974, the legendary bowl-haired rock 'n' rollers The Ramones were often cited as the very first proper punk-rock outfit. From the get-go, the band certainly had attitude in spades, highlighted on their first album release, 1976's self-titled debut. "Beat On The Brat", "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" and "I Don't Wanna Walk Around with You" were as spotty, as teenage and as rebellious as you could want and issued a few months before The Sex Pistols and The Damned unloaded the UK equivalent on our ears.
As time passed, The Ramones became rather more 'pop' and unleashed a welter of classic albums (as well as a few that were far from classic) and singles such as "Sheena is a Punk Rocker", until quitting in the mid-'90s, signing off with the aptly-titled "Adios Amigos" in 1995.
Sadly, a few of the original members have passed away but Markey Ramone, who was their drummer during the band's key period, lives on in his right. When he's not been drumming with The Misfits, Richard Hell or Wayne County, he's been working on his own projects. Blitzkrieg is his most recent and the most 'in keeping' with The Ramones. Sets include original material by both he and his favoured punk-rockers.
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg will perform a handful of UK shows during the autumn, with Andrew W.K. as his guest vocalist.
The tour will start in London on 23rd October, followed by Manchester on the 24th and Glasgow on the 25th. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £17.50 to £19.50.