Pirates Press Records has announced the lineup for its four night run of shows called Rock The Ship. It will be in the Bay area and will begin Thursday October 17th and finish up Sunday October 20th. Some of the acts for this years event are: Cock Sparrer, Subhumans, CJ Ramone, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Off With Their Heads, The Bar Stool Preachers, The Old Firm Casuals and Charger. Wait! There’s more! Pirates Press Records has also saved a few surprise announcements for Rock The Ship, which we can look forward to in the upcoming weeks.
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Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10:53 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PST) by jaystone
On September 4, 1989, Christopher Joseph Ward would don a black leather jacket and a black-and-white bandana, throw the wide, studded strap of a cream-colored Fender Precision over his left shoulder, and play his very first show under the moniker that would come to endear him to a legion of fans and followers over the next three decades: CJ Ramone. It was during the legendary Ramones‘ appearance on that year’s Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and it was a few days before my tenth birthday, which is a thing I remember because my birthday always brought with it two things that I always tried to find forgettable: the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and the first day of school. In just a hair over five minutes, the band blazed through “I Believe In Miracles” and “I Wanna Be Sedated” and provided a pretty awesome and unexpected change of pace from the standard pledge pitches and Don Rickles jokes and WWF wrestler appearances.
Fast forward the tape thirty years, and yours truly had the opportunity to sit down with CJ Ramone back stage at Maggy’s Lounge in Quincy, Massachusetts. The venue is essentially a mid-century single-family house with a 125-capacity ballroom jutting out from what probably used to be the living room, and it marks the only New England stop on his US tour supporting his fourth full-length album, The Holy Spell, released last month on Fat Wreck Chords. But what’s more than the fact that it’s the tour for what’s probably his best album to date is that it also marks only local stop on his last North American tour as CJ Ramone. A fairly lengthy Australia tour next month will be followed by stops in South America and Japan next year, and then it’ll be on to what comes next. Sure, there’ll still be music made and the occasional show played, but the years of getting in the van for months at a time will have come to a successful close.
Ramone and I chatted for just about half an hour in the venue’s outdoor green room area (basically a 15×15 pop-up tent and a few food-and-beer filled folding tables on the gravel lot behind the old house) as his band members for this run — Street Dogs/The New Darkbuster colleagues Lenny Lashley and Pete Sosa and jack-of-all-trades Nate Sander — prepared and the sisters of tour-opener Dog Party geared up. In hindsight, it was a remarkably quick half hour that found Ramone perhaps a little tired from a late arrival on this particular night but more realistically from what has been roughly three straight months on the road, but introspective and engaged and thoughtful in his reflections on his own place in rock and roll history, and about what else he wants to do while, at fifty-three years old, he’s still got the opportunity. The appreciation that Ramone shows for the opportunities he’s had over the last three decades is palpable, as is the reverence for both the Ramones as an entity and his bass playing predecessor Dee Dee specifically.
I thought about different ways to format this piece, and different ways to turn it into a story. Who knows, maybe there’ll be a time and a place for a longer career retrospective piece in the future. Maybe this is a bit self-serving, but I decided to just let our conversation be the story. We covered a lot of ground, most of it involving family and music of course. Ramone has stories in spades, and it’s admittedly a bit surreal to know that when he talks about Lemmy or Johnny or Pearl Jam or Soundgarden, he’s talking about HIS experiences with THAT Lemmy and THAT Johnny and THAT Pearl Jam/Soundgarden. But then again, though his thirty-year run on the road is coming to an end and life as Christopher Ward will be resuming, he’ll always be THAT CJ.
Head below to read our conversation, and keep on scrolling to see our pictures from the night, featuring CJ and his band of luminaries and Dog Party accompanied by kick-ass local openers Duck & Cover and COB. Ramones forever.
Not sure how we slept on this story until now; probably a severe case of denial on our part. But as I write these words on the evening of August 7, 2019, we’re almost exactly 4 hours away from the first stop on what’s slated to by CJ Ramone‘s final official US tour.
If you’ve been paying attention to the punk rock icon’s social media accounts, you’ve probably noticed that Ramone just wrapped up his last European tour, and he’s been adamant about this upcoming run being his last one Stateside. Dates in Australia and New Zealand are booked in October and November of this year, but then, well…here’s how CJ himself put it via Instagram a couple weeks ago…
“THIS IS MY FINAL TOUR. I WILL NOT BE GETTING IN THE VAN AGAIN AFTER THIS. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SHOWS, SPECIAL EVENTS, AND RECORD AND RELEASE ALBUMS, BUT MY DAYS OF HITTING THE ROAD ON BIG TOURS IN THE VAN ARE DONE.”
Ramone’s last US run kicks off Friday night in Philadelphia, and runs through the 21st in Denver, Colorado. Support on most of the run comes from Dog Party, and CJ’s backing band on this run includes Street Dogs/The New Darkbuster teammates Pete Sosa and Lenny Lashley on drums and guitar, respectively. Head below to check out the full itinerary!
Ramone is touring in support of his latest (and in my opinion best) solo album, The Holy Spell, which came out back in May on Fat Wreck Chords.
I’m going to start off by saying CJ Ramone’s The Holy Spell… (Fat Wreck Chords) is not a bad album. In fact, The Holy Spell… is a collection of really good songs – songs that would make an excellent batch of 7”s or a few EPs, as opposed to a full album. It’s an album that I don’t mind having on my iPod – when it is on random – but don’t particularly desire to listen to in one go beyond the times I did to write this review. So what’s my point? I am very conflicted about this as a singular piece of music, even though I quite like the individual parts when taken one to two songs at a time.
The thing is, for an album to really work, the songs have to have some variations in melody, harmony, speed, and song style. This one does not. Every song sounds pretty much the same, and as I was listening to it, I found myself becoming more of a passive listener than an active one, checking to see if I was back to the beginning of the album again, as opposed to hearing a new song that appears later on in it. Again, none of the songs are bad. They just don’t particularly stand out from one another in any appreciable way, with the two exceptions, “One High One Low” and “Rock On”.
“One High One Low”, the opening song, is pretty driving – especially for CJ Ramone – and sets up an album with a lot of promise. The last song, “Rock On” slows things down for a bit and is actually a welcome change of pace when listening to The Holy Spell… straight through. I also really like “Postcard from Heaven” which I think would have been an amazing single on its own and is the best song on the album, hands down.
Part of what makes the album blend together, though, is CJ’s voice. I feel like most people like it or don’t, and I do like it just fine, but he tends to sing every song in the same way – never venturing out of his niche or comfort zone and expanding his vocal capabilities to show us something different. This just contributes to the sameness and familiarity of the songs, probably more than the tempo and music, even. I also really crave more backing vocals and harmonies – some of the songs are all but screaming for them, and sound sparse as a result.
I realize this is a somewhat strange review, but as I said, I am conflicted about this album. I wish it was released in pieces, like I said earlier, perhaps as EPs or singles – all of which would get higher marks because they would be short bursts of music and not an album that seems to go on a bit too long, especially for the lack of diversity in the sound and style of the songs.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 12:02 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
New York punk CJ Ramone is streaming his new masterpiece The Holy Spell… The new album was released May 10th through Fat Wreck Chords and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I suggest you scoot on over to your favorite streaming site and start jamming this gem into your ear holes. I was particularly smitten with the track “Rock On” and the “Postcard From Heaven”.
Head on down below to check out the new album.
CJ Ramone’s last release was Christmas Lullaby, which was released back in December of last year.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 12:03 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
About the album’s title, CJ stated, “I never lost that magical feeling that you get from music, and that’s where the title came in. The bands that I listened to when I was young that I really enjoyed, I can still put that music on now, and it still has the same magic for me.”
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:07 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Fat Wreck Chords have announced that on December 7th they’ll be releasing a two song single titled “Christmas Lullaby” from CJ Ramone. The A-side of the single is an original track from CJ Ramone whilst the B-side hosts a cover of The Kink’s seasonal classic Father Christmas.
You can pre-order Christmas Lullaby here.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 2:04 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Looks like the former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone (Fat Wreck Chords) just released a video for “Girlfriend in a Graveyard.”
CJ’s latest album American Beauty was released in March of 2017.
Check it out below!
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:36 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
CJ’s latest album American Beauty was released in March through Fat Wreck Chords.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6:08 PM (PST) by Operation Rescue
The Isotopes last released their second full length, 1994 World Series Champions in April. Check out their bandcamp for some excellent Ramones-core pop punk, complete with a song referencing Jose Canseco shooting himself. Pure audio genius!
Friday, June 23, 2017 at 4:21 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The Isotopes last released 1994 World Series Champions in April through Stomp Records.
CJ’s latest album American Beauty was released in March through Fat Wreck Chords.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 9:58 PM (PST) by jaystone
Former Ramones bass player CJ Ramone has released another song, and this one is near and dear to the heart of yours truly. It’s a track called “Pony,” and it’s a cover of the Tom Waits classic of the same name. Waits’ version appears on his 1999 masterpiece, “Mule Variations,” while CJ’s version appears on his upcoming full-length, “American Beauty.” Check it out below.
But wait…there’s more! CJ Ramone also announced a pantload of US and European tour dates that’ll keep him busy from mid-April through mid-July. The North American run features support from NY punks Big Eyes. Check out the full rundown below (under the video).
“American Beauty” is due out March 17th on Fat Wreck Chords.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11:34 AM (PST) by Gina Skidz
Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:50 AM (PST) by jaystone
Entitled American Beauty, the album will mark Ramone’s third solo full-length, following 2014’s Last Chance To Dance and 2012’s Reconquista. It’s due out on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th, obviously), and like it’s predescessors, it’ll be released by Fat Wreck Chords. For the dozen-song album, Ramone was joined by a pretty awesome backing band consisting of Steve Soto and Dan Root of the Adolescents and Pete Sosa of Street Dogs. Also featured are reported guest appearances by Mariachi El Bronx‘s horn section and (personal favorite) Kate Eldridge of Big Eyes.
Stay tuned for more info on the album and subsequent touring cycles as it becomes available!