THE RAMONES Biography - Music bands & groups


Biography » music bands groups » the ramones


Name: Ramones                                                                     
Origin: Forest Hills, Queens,                                                     
The Ramones were an American rock band often regarded as the first punk rock     
Formed in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, in 1974, all members of the band used   
stage names with their surnames as "Ramone", though none of them are actually     
related. They performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually non-stop for 22 years. 
In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival, the band played       
their final show and then disbanded. The band's three founding members Joey       
Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone died within eight years of the break-up. 
The Ramones failed to achieve much commercial success during their years of       
recording and performing. Their only album to reach certified gold status in the 
U.S. was their compilation album Ramones Mania. Appreciation of the band has     
grown since the 1980s, and they now regularly appear on "all-time greatest"       
lists, such as Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Rolling 
Stone's list of 25 Greatest Live Albums of All Time, VH1's 100 Greatest           
Artists of Hard Rock and Mojo's 100 Greatest Albums. In 2002, the                 
Ramones were voted the second greatest rock and roll band ever in Spin Magazine, 
trailing only The Beatles. On March 18, 2002, they were inducted into the         
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.