R.I.P. Tommy Ramone

The last living member of the original lineup of the Ramones has left us. Waaaaah! Tommy was the drummer of one of our city’s favorite bands, one that we’re proud as hell of. The foursome was formed in Queens in 1974, and Tommy, along with Dee Dee (bass), Joey (lead vocals) and Johnny (guitar), became a (the!) major influence in the punk rock movement.

Tommy was born Thomas Erdélyi on Long Island. When the Ramones first came together, he was supposed to be the manager, but was drafted as the band’s drummer when Joey became lead singer after finding that he couldn’t keep up with the band’s increasingly fast tempos.

“Tommy Ramone, who was managing us, finally had to sit down behind the drums, because nobody else wanted to,” Dee Dee later recalled.

I know that I’ve certainly gotten jobs that way.

While we would have liked to play host to the whole band, we know for certain Dee Dee checked into our hotel alone in 1979. But we like to think that maybe Tommy came and visited him, right?

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