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Posted: 9/15/2004 8:28:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2004 8:29:59 PM EDT by Spade]

OS ANGELES - Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band "The Ramones," has died. He was 55.

Ramone died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family, his publicist said. He had battled prostate cancer for five years, and was hospitalized in June at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Ramone, born John Cummings, was one of the original members of the Ramones, whose hit songs "I Wanna be sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," among others, earned the band induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

The band's singer, Joey Ramone, whose real name was Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Bassist Dee Dee Ramone, who was born Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002.

Johnny Ramone founded "The Ramones" in 1974 with Joey Ramone, DeeDee Ramone and Tommy Ramone, the only surviving member of the original band.

A tribute concert and cancer research fund-raiser was held Sunday in Los Angeles to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. It featured performances by Los Angeles punk band X, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Henry Rollins (news) and others.

Along with his wife, Linda Cummings, Johnny Ramone was surrounded at his death by friends Eddie and Jill Vedder, and Rob and Sherrie Zombie. Other friends who gathered at his Los Angeles home included Lisa Marie Presley (news), Pete Yorn (news), Vincent Gallo (news) and Talia Shire.

Johnny Ramone was a Republican and a NRA member.

Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:29:43 PM EDT
Like I said when Joey passed. Punk really is dead. Many hate them but they were pioneers in their field
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:30:18 PM EDT
RIP Johnny
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:31:09 PM EDT
arent they all dead now? Shame...
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:32:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:37:22 PM EDT
sad, sad indeed. i know they were repubs.

at least the DAMNED is still kickin. seen old flyers: Sex pistols (suck), Ramones & The Damned.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:40:30 PM EDT
2 guys lost to cancer in such a small window of time

They were punk back when it wasn't "in" or taken over by middle school kiddies.

RIP fellahs.

- BG
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:41:51 PM EDT
RIP Johnny.

The Ramones had it right. Three chords, 2 minutes, no solos. That's Rock and Roll.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:51:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 8:52:46 PM EDT
Great band, great man. Sad to see him go.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 11:01:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 11:02:36 PM EDT
Gabba gabba hey.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 11:10:02 PM EDT
Mods -- Isn't this the dupe thread? Check the timestamps.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 11:10:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ar50troll:
Like I said when Joey passed. Punk really is dead. Many hate them but they were pioneers in their field

Punk died in the 80s. It's sad that the Ramones are dying so young, though
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 11:13:10 PM EDT
The Ramones are timeless.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 11:31:37 PM EDT
I am sorry for the loss, but I must ask: Who?
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:22:03 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 2:41:33 AM EDT
In the early '80s, the Ramones played a lot of gigs in local clubs in NE, in particular for me, since I was going to college near there, at the Rusty Nail in Sunderland, MA. Some friends of mine and I tried to sell Johnny Ramone a guitar one night while he was playing pinball there, between sets. To say he was monosyllabic back then was an understatement....

"Hey Johnny!"
(he still keeps playing pinball, not even looking at us)


"Wanna buy a guitar?"

"I ain't got no money. What kinda guitar?"

"Les Paul."

"I ain't got no money. What color is it?"


"I ain't got no money. How many pickups?"

"Two. The big ones."

"I ain't got no money. Go tawk ta my manager."

"But Johnny, it's cheap, we gotta pay the rent-"

"I ain't got no money- go tawk ta my manager."

"Johnny, how about-"

"Fuck awff!"

Oh well.....

RIP Johnny.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 4:12:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dogear:


Rest in Peace Johnny
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 4:45:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 4:46:17 AM EDT by Dolomite]
People sometimes don’t realize how conservative punks can be.

When the Ramones created Rocket to Russia, they weren’t just trying to get “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” played on the radio – it was Johnny promoting the idea of preemptive war with the USSR.

Why was Johnny always on stage wearing a t-shirt with the eagle, globe, and anchor symbol of the United States Marin Corps? Because he knew what they stood for (the USA) and why they were respected (through the emotion of fear). This is an aspect of punk often overlooked by many back then, and it’s safe to say it’s the same way now.

People forget that he was a Reaganaut – and always encouraged his Rock peers to vote Republican. (www.washingtontimes.com/entertainment/20040311-085521-1823r.htm)

Thanks for all the great shows Johnny and thanks for putting that guitar pick in my hand in the middle of a show you played at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee (get this) 22 years ago.

You would have wanted me to vote for George W. Bush this November – and when I do – I’ll be casting that vote for you. Say “Hi” to Joey and Dee-Dee.


Link Posted: 9/16/2004 4:47:21 AM EDT
Happy trails, Johnny...
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 4:55:28 AM EDT

Los Angeles, CA (September 15, 2004) --

Johnny Ramone, co-founder and lead guitarist of seminal 70’s punk rock band The Ramones, died in his sleep this afternoon at 3:03 pm in his home in Los Angeles. Ramone had been fighting an ongoing five year battle with prostate cancer. At the time of his death, Ramone was surrounded by friends and family that included his wife Linda Cummings, Eddie and Jill McCormack, Rob and Sherrie Zombie, John Frusciante and Robert Carmine. Additional friends who gathered at the home included Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood, Pete Yorn, Vincent Gallo, Steve Jones, Talia Shire, Gia Coppola and Jackie Getty. Johnny Ramone, whose real name was Johnny Cummings, co-founded The Ramones in 1974 along with fellow bandmates Joey Ramone, DeeDee Ramone and Tommy Ramone, the only surviving member of the original band. The band, which gained critical acclaim and a huge following in New York’s underground music scene at the time performing at clubs such as CBGB’s, is widely credited for bringing the “punk rock” genre to the forefront. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Johnny Ramone is survived by his wife Linda Cummings and his mother Estelle Cummings. His body will be cremated during a private ceremony.

Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:20:03 AM EDT
Sad to see him go. Goodbye Johnny from another conservative punk.

Remember the Alamo, and God Bless Texas...
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:40:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:03:18 AM EDT
Damn....ANOTHER RAMONE!!! RIP, Johnny!!!!
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:11:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CFII:
arent they all dead now? Shame...

Tommy Ramone - the original drummer is still alive.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:14:31 AM EDT

I'd trade Johnny for ALL OF THESE CLOWNS...

Atleast he can Jam with the big boys now.....


Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:35:13 AM EDT
"It cannot be stressed how influential the Ramones were to the punk music scene in England...we would spend hours, days, weeks just playing along to their records..."
- Joe Strummer (of The Clash, who is also dead)
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:42:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BayEagle:

Originally Posted By CFII:
arent they all dead now? Shame...

Tommy Ramone - the original drummer is still alive.

Tommy Erdelyi, you mean. He survives because he jumped off the train many years ago.....
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:16:11 PM EDT
They will always be my favorite band. Rest in peace!!!!!
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:23:52 PM EDT
Sucks to be sure.

Gabba Gabba Hey!
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:28:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 2:58:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 2:59:42 PM EDT by RiffRandall]

Damnit!! The Ramones are dying off left & right while crappy bands keep going & going........
R.I.P Johnny.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 3:15:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:05:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:21:02 PM EDT
RIP Johnny!
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:29:33 PM EDT
I saw the Ramones at Dooleys in Tempe Arizona in 1980. I wasn't really into punk but had heard a lot about their high energy shows and decided to check them out. Glad I did. It was a great show. Johnny Ramone was also a conservative, having many conservative beliefs and siting Ronald Reagan as his favorite president.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:38:37 PM EDT
RIP, John. One of the greats.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:46:15 PM EDT
RIP Johnny Punk IS dead!
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 8:10:03 PM EDT
When's a musician that sucks going to die? Michael Bolton, Kenny G, and Backstreet Boys all come to mind...
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