On July 20, 1999, Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Tommy, Marky, and C.J. appeared together at the Virgin Megastore in New York City for an autograph signing. This was the last occasion on which the original four members of the group appeared together. Joey, who had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995, died of the illness on April 15, 2001, in New York.

In 2002, the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which specifically named Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Tommy, and Marky. At the ceremony, the surviving inductees spoke on behalf of the band. Tommy spoke first, saying how honored the band felt, but how much it would have meant for Joey.

Johnny thanked the band's fans and blessed George W. Bush and his presidency, Dee Dee humorously congratulated and thanked himself, while Marky thanked Tommy for influencing his drum style. Green Day played "Teenage Lobotomy" and "Blitzkrieg Bop" as a tribute, demonstrating the Ramones' continuing influence on later rock musicians. The ceremony was one of Dee Dee's last public appearances; on June 5, 2002, two months later, he was found at his Hollywood home, dead from a heroin overdose.

The Ramones were an American rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first punk rock group. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was a major influence on the punk rock movement both in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Tommy Ramone, also known as Thomas Erdelyi (born Erdélyi Tamás; January 29, 1952), is a Hungarian American record producer and musician. He was the drummer of the influential punk rock band Ramones, and is the last surviving original member of the group.


Patrick Kepler said...

They were the lesser of the two fake bands that had tv movies made in the seventies , i dig there jams but a fake band none the less .the other being kiss

David Stuart Grogan said...

The Ramones have done more to influence good music than most. Even the guy who broke up with Adele.

Rikki St James said...

Those boys were kick ass and no one can take anything away from them. They were a rocking band, you want to call it punk or whatever you want to classify them...they were total gentlemen and I am very sorry for the loss of these guys at such a young age....Rsj

Lindy O"Brien said...


I really liked the article about the Ramones.

Hope that all is well for you.

Thank you!

Phyllis S said...

Love this piece Kim. It's so sad and I was so happy that at least 3
members & Tommy got inducted into the R 'N R Hall of Fame. Think I
will share this on my page. xo P

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