Marky Ramone + Andrew W.K. Bring the ‘Blitzkrieg’ to New York City Club Show
The Ramones may have dissolved in 1996, but new generations are constantly being introduced to the music of the punk rock architects. There are millions of Ramones fans worldwide who were too young to check out the band while they were still active, but drummer Marky Ramone and his ‘Blitzkrieg’ act are giving fans a taste of what a live Ramones show was like back in the day.
In a feat of twisted brilliance, Marky Ramone recruited party rocker Andrew W.K. to front this incarnation of ‘Blitzkrieg,’ allowing the singer to stand in the very spot where the iconic Joey Ramone stood for 22 years. Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. is currently embarking on a world tour, but we witnessed the experimental act perform its first-ever show on May 3 in the Ramones’ own backyard of New York City.
During our recent interview with Marky Ramone, the drummer told us that he wanted the inclusion of Andrew W.K. to be just crazy enough to work, and Marky was undoubtedly successful in bringing his vision to the stage. Any Ramones show should be an all-out party, and nobody throws a party quite like Andrew W.K.
Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg tore through more than 30 Ramones classics during their NYC performance, including ‘I Wanna Be Sedated,’ ‘Pinhead,’ ‘She’s the One,’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ and even Joey Ramone’s brilliant cover of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’ The small club crowd exploded into ferocious moshing and joyous dancing which lasted the entire show, while fan after fan crowd surfed onstage to sing along with Andrew W.K., who happily lent the mic to stage-bound audience members.
Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg succeeded in a huge number of ways with their NYC show. The band flawlessly replicated the non-stop song-after-song attack that the Ramones perfected during their career, created a heartfelt celebration of one of punk’s most celebrated bands and focused primarily on the enjoyment of the fans, who had the time of their lives at New York’s Santos Party House. As the group left the stage, Andrew W.K.’s anthem ‘Party Hard’ blasted through the speakers, which kept the crowd singing and dancing long after the house lights had come up.
Every Ramones fan, especially those from younger generations, needs to experience this show. For every 2013 tour date for Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, click here.
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