Three more glorious reviews have come in for Andrew’s tour as lead singer in Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg! Check out coverage from Loudwire, Dingus, and LocalBozo in their entirety below. Tour dates are below as well.
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.
This past weekend I had the superb opportunity to see Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg play at Santos Party House. Anyone who knows me knows how near and dear I hold the Ramones to my heart. They are easily on the same level as The Beatles (for me), it’s as if they are sacred, golden. So when I heard that one of my beloved idols were rolling into town, I immediately jumped on the bandwagon. Singing lead vocals was none other than Mr. Party Hardy himself, Andrew W.K. I have never seen him perform live but I had a feeling that he would do the Ramones justice and give us all quite the experience. I was right. So very right.
As the lights dimmed in the venue and the crowd erupted into hoots and hollers, the band took the stage and bursted into ‘Rockaway Beach’. The night started to unfold as my fellow concert goers bombarded the stage, hopping up and singing the lyrics to our favorite songs. I have never in my life seen anything like it. Nobody got thrown off the stage. It seemed welcomed. It was welcomed. Girls and boys alike threw their arms around Andrew WK as he belted out the classics. ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’, ‘Commando’, ‘Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?’, ‘The KKK Took My Baby Away’, ‘Pinhead’, ‘Beat On The Brat’, ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ and even Joey Ramone’s rendition of ‘What A Wonderful World’ were just some of the few that were sung. It was literally my dream setlist.
The biggest highlight, for me, was when the band played ‘My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg)’. That song means so much to me. Everything about it is so in your face while remaining melodic and beautiful. I’m not kidding when I say that nearly every person in the audience at some point made their way on stage. That is a fact. It was mind blowing to witness. Not once did they get thrown off the stage by a bouncer. They danced and sang and bowed down to Marky and when they were done, jumped back into the arms of the welcoming crowd. Feet flying through the air, sweat dripping down your face as you scream “GABBA GABBA HEY”, you’re a straight up fool if you missed this show. A fool.
During the concert, a boy standing next to me leaned over and showed me his phone. He had typed out the words “I could live here”. I believe that’s how we all felt. As I looked around there were so many different faces. Young, old, every ethnicity, every gender. We were all pulled together by the music of the Ramones and that is a tie that will never and could never be torn apart.
Are you like me when it come to concerts? A band comes to town and you say that you’ll just wait till next time. Yet more often than we’d like to admit, for one reason or another, the band doesn’t ever return due to scheduling conflicts, or worse, because of the death of key band members. Having experienced situations like this time and time again, I vowed not to let that happen anymore. It goes without saying that The Ramones are hands down the godfathers of the Punk movement. Marky Ramone is the only surviving, founding member of the band and on Friday night we worked our way down to rock venue Santos Party House to witness Marky Ramone’s ‘Blitzkrieg frontman Andrew W.K. handling vocal duties. This special evening would be the official kickoff for the newly formed band’s global tour. And what better way to launch a world tour, then with a stop in The Big Apple.
The doors busted wide open shortly after 7pm giving the sold out crowd plenty of time to grab beers and secure a prime spot in front of the stage. And after an hour and a half of pumping ourselves up, the lights went out and the band took the stage to a thunderous applause. From that point on we experienced a relentless barrage of true blue punk rock music. With minimal opening banter toward the crowd, Ramone and Andrew W.K. drove the fans into an instant frenzy with a blistering three song kickoff of Ramones classics featuring “Rockaway Beach,” “Sheena is a Punk Rocker,” and “Teenage Lobotomy.” With little to no security present, the ravenous fans quickly took the cue and took turns jumping onstage to sing a few lines of each song with Andrew W.K. while trying to embrace him at the same time. And just before jumping back into the pit for some crowd surfing, both men and women alike showed their love for Marky by either blowing him a kiss or bowing before him on the altar that is rock n’ roll.
With most Ramones songs clocking in a right around two minutes it was easy for the band to rip through the lion’s share of the band’s catalog. The band blistered through the likes of “Beat On the Brat,” “I Believe In Miracles,” “Rock N’ Roll Radio,” and the hit, “I Wanna Be Sedated.” The rabid fans meanwhile was so vocal that at times, their singing in unison would actually drown out Andrew’s growl. Deep cuts like “Pet Cemetery,” “I Don’t Want To Walk Around With You,” and “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg” gave fans of every era of the band much to love and raise their fists too.
Marky Ramone’s expert drum work and Andrew W.K.’s serious pipes and devotion to the live concert experience are a perfect match. And the performance was an excellent tribute to The Ramones and one that would have made Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone proud. About an hour into the show, Andrew’s trademark grungy white t-shirt and jeans were completely soaked with sweat and torn up. The set list was a total rock monster. And once they busted into “I Just Wanna Have Something To Do,” which is my all time favorite Ramones song, it became an other-level experience altogether.
Listen, if you love the Ramones, Andrew W.K. or just believe in the power of rock music this is a show not to be missed. Luckily the ‘Blitzkrieg’ will return in October, this time to a much larger venue, to kick our asses once again.
May 3, 2013 – New York City, NY – Santos Party House – Buy Tickets Here
May 9, 2013 – Novi Sad, Serbia – Main Square
May 10, 2013 – Rome, Italy – Crossroads Live Club
May 11, 2013 – Zaragoza, Spain – Actitude Rock Festival
May 12, 2013 – Valencia, Spain – Rock City
May 14, 2013 Saint Petersburg, Russia – ClubZal – Buy Tickets Here
May 15, 2013 – E katerina, Russia – Tele Club – Buy Tickets Here
May 16, 2013 – Moscow, Russia – 16 Tons – Buy Tickets Here
June 30, 2013 – Helsinki, Finland – Circus Venue
July 5, 2013 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
July 7, 2013 – Terra Vibe, Greece – Rockwaves Festival – Buy Tickets Here
July 19, 2013 – Altes Lager, Germany – Jamboree Festival – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 2, 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 3, 2013 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 4, 2013 – Boston, MA – Paradise – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 6, 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 8, 2013 – Chicago, IL – Metro – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 10, 2013 – Seattle, WA – Neumos – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 12, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 15, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 23, 2013 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 24, 2013 – Manchester, UK – Academy – Buy Tickets Here
Oct 25, 2013 – Glasgow, SCO – Garage – Buy Tickets Here