VIVE LE ROCK IS PROUD TO PRESENT RAMONES LEGEND-MARKY RAMONES BLITZKRIEG AT THE BIRMINGHAM 02 ACADEMY JUNE 25TH (INK CLUB NIGHT-WITH VIVE LE ROCK DJS) AND LONDON 02 ACADEMY JUNE 26TH. FEATURING FORMER MISFITS VOCALIST MICHAEL GRAVES ON VOCALS-MARKY PROMISES ALL THE RAMONES HITS PLUS NEW SONGS LIKE-‘WHEN WE WERE ANGELS’ FEATURED ON ISSUE ONES VIVE LE ROCK COVER CD.
THE MAN IS A COOL GUY AND HAS A GREAT BAND. SEE YOU THERE!! BELOW IS A QUICK LOOK AT MARKYS LONG CAREER….
Marky began his career playing drums in 1971 for hard rock outfit Dust. Marky recorded two albums with the band, before getting into the NYC punk scene. In late 1972, following the death of New York Dolls original drummer Billy Murcia, Marky auditioned as a replacement and was the only seriously considered alternative to the eventual chosen candidate, Jerry Nolan. In the mid-70s he played with Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys. Wayne County would go on to become rock’s first transsexual singer. In the late 1970s, he joined Richard Hell & The Voidoids. He played on the Voidoid’s first album, Blank Generation.
When Tommy Ramone quit the Ramones in 1978, Marc Bell was asked to be Tommy’s replacement, and was renamed Marky Ramone.
Marky was with the Ramones for the next five years. He was asked to leave the band in 1983 to conquer his periodic drinking. He returned in 1987 and played with the band up until their retirement in 1996.
In 1993, Marky appeared with the Ramones in the episode "Rosebud" of The Simpsons.
In 1996, Marky joined Dee Dee Ramone and his wife Barbara Zampini, to play with The Ramainz, performing Ramones songs for fun.
In 2000, Marky joined Joey Ramone, lead vocalist of the Ramones, to record Joey’s only solo album, entitled Don’t Worry About Me.
In October 2001, Marky appeared on MTV accepting a lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2 to the Ramones. Marky Ramone’s hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk. In March 2002, Marky was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at New York’s Waldorf Astoria as a member of the Ramones.
He recorded some albums with his solo bands Marky Ramone & the Intruders and Marky Ramone & the Speedkings, as well as many 7" releases. Marky Ramone & the Speedkings toured the world from 2002 to 2003.
In September 2004, Marky served as Executive Producer and released a Ramones DVD entitled Ramones: Raw on Image Entertainment, which featured footage of the band while on tour all over the world along with other various rare, vintage footage. Much of the candid footage is courtesy of Marky Ramone’s personal video library. The DVD was finished just in time to include commentary from Johnny Ramone, who died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2004. The commentary also includes Marky Ramone. Ramones: Raw is the only certified Gold selling Ramones DVD and one of only two US gold selling releases in the Ramones entire catalog. The other being the
greatest hits double LP Ramonesmania released in 1988. Ramones: Raw is also the highest charting release in the Ramones history.
In January 2005, Marky went to tour with Russian band Tarakany!. The tour was called Ramones Night Tour 2005: Marky Ramone & Tarakany!.
Marky signed on for another year as the D.J. on his own show the Punk Rock Blitzkrieg.
On SiriusX.M. On April 22, 2008, Marky Ramone appeared on a new CD in Canada playing drums with the Canadian punk band called Teenage Head. The CD is called Teenage Head with Marky Ramone and it was released in the USA on June 10, 2008. It was recorded in 2003 on two separate visits by Marky to Canada.
Marky has a DVD coming out next year called The Job That Ate My Brain – the Marky Ramone Story.
He teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger’s, Hilfger Denim, in 2009 to launch his own clothing line consisting of leather jackets, jeans and t-shirts. He
also has his own line of pasta sauce, "Marky Ramone’s Brooklyn’s Own Pasta Sauce."
Marky continues to carry the torch for the Ramones as he tours the world with his band Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, which plays a 32-song set of the Ramones with former Misfits frontman and lead singer Michale Graves. Marky Ramone will perform a set of Ramones songs with New Found Glory at 2011’s The Bamboozle Festival.
On December 6, 2010, Marky joined Anthony Bourdain on the "No Reservations Holiday Special." The two gather around a table at Lola in Cleveland, OH and discuss what they want from Santa Claus ("to take the Millennium Falcon for a spin!").
Marky also won the lifetime achievement award from the Grammy’s for 2011.