PLACES THAT EVERY RAMONES FAN SHOULD KNOW.
CBGB in New York
The CBGB film opens with a quote – “Must people think punk started here. Wrong.” It started in one basement. Hard to contest that, though the New York dive located at 315 Bowery contributed immensely to the genre’s popularity. At first it was frequented by only a handful of people who wanted to sip their beer and listen to some music (country, blue grass and blues). With time, the club’s stage became home to strange bands who attracted even stranger audiences from all around NYC. Among those performing were the debuting Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, The Heartbreakers and many more. The club was shut down in 2006. Its owner, Hilly Kristal, wanted to open another CBGB club in Las Vegas but passed away in 2008. All that’s left now is the legend and the club’s awning, displayed in the lobby of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Ramones Museum in Berlin
In the heart of the German capital, Flo Hayler – a fan of The Ramones – created a place that just screams the name of the band. The museum includes many of the band’s albums as well as memorabilia bought by Flo and originally kept at his house. No wonder one day his fiancée said – it’s either me or all this stuff. Poor Flo had to do something with it, so he created the museum. Today it holds over 500 pieces and even offers beer. Sometimes Eddie Vedder drops in, other times it’s CJ Ramone. Sometimes they play, sometimes they just offer some thoughts and memories.
Joey Ramone Place
The corner of East 2nd and Bowery in New York was officially named Joey Ramone Place in November 2003. It’s not far away from the place where Joey and Dee Dee used to live. The street sign from East 2nd and Bowery was New York’s most stolen sign. In 2007, it was placed 20 feet above ground.
A mural in New York
Brand new! The mural was painted on the roller blinds at the entrance to Croxley Ales, corner of Avenue B and East Houston.
53RD & 3RD
New Yorkers call it “the Loop”. The corner of 53rd and 3rd was a popular spot for male prostitutes. It was
also the center of gay night life. Dee Dee Ramone was the author of the song 53rd & 3rd that was released on The Ramones’ first album. Soon after the album’s release, the place was “cleaned up” in order to make room for skyscrapers. The track was covered by many artists including Metallica.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
It’s the resting place of Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone. Dee Dee passed away on 5 June 2002 due to heroin overdose. He spent his last hours at his Hollywood apartment. Two years later, on 15 September 2004, Johnny Ramone lost his long battle with prostate cancer. His body was cremated and his ashes buried at the Hollywood
Hillside Cemetery, New Jersey
Joey Ramone, who died on 15 April 2001, is interred at Hillside Cemetery in New Jersey. The artist succumbed to lymphoma after a seven year long battle.