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.