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Tommy Ramone, Last Surviving Member of The Ramones Dead at 62

July 12th, 2014 5:18pm EDT
Tommy Ramone
The last surviving member of The Ramones, Tommy Ramone has died at the age of 62.

On Friday, the punk rock pioneer, real name Thomas Erdelyi, has passed away in his home in Queens after undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer.

In a post on the band's Facebook page confirmed the news, stating, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, July 11th, 2014."

Born in Budapest Hungary, Ramone immigrated to America in 1957 and he started The Ramones with three friends from high school in 1974. He played drums on...
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Richie Ramone Sets Out Solo With New Album 'Entitled'

February 12th, 2014 12:10pm EST
Richie Ramone Sets Out Solo With New Album 'Entitled'
What's it like to be part of one of the biggest bands in rock music, and then launch a solo career? Richie Ramone is finding out. We know him as the drummer for The Ramones, but now he's dropping his first solo record, Entitled. As he began his tour in support of the album, Richie answered a few questions for BFTV about the project and his journey.

"The album is out now on DC Jam Records and the buzz on the street is a positive one," he said. "Entitled is my first solo effort, and the world tour is just beginning, and my band is explosive."

"I think the entire album is a great piece of wo...
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Johnny Ramone's Autobiography To Be Released

January 18th, 2012 6:40pm EST
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Late rocker Johnny Ramone's autobiography is finally going on sale later this year - eight years after he died of prostate cancer.

The Ramones star, who is considered one of the most influential guitarists in rock, passed away in 2004 aged 55 after a five-year health battle. Ramone's widow Linda reveals the punk star began writing the memoir when he started to fall ill, and now the book, titled Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone, is complete.

She tells the Associated Press, "Johnny's legacy to him was so important, even while he was sick... It was like he knew he was dying, and...
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Green Day Crowned The Kings Of Punk

August 3rd, 2011 10:05am EDT
Green Day
Green Day have been crowned the kings of punk in a new Rolling Stone online poll.

The California trio beat out The Clash, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols to land atop the fans' countdown of the best punk acts ever.

The Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, The Misfits and Black Flag also made the top 10.

The Clash

The Ramones

Sex Pistols

The Dead Kennedys

Bad Brains

The Misfits

Black Flag
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Julie Andrews And Dolly Parton To Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy Honors

December 22nd, 2010 4:49pm EST
Julie Andrews
Veteran entertainers Julie Andrews and Dolly Parton are set to be honored with lifetime achievement Grammy awards by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The icons will be hailed for their contributions to music, alongside punk rockers The Ramones, The Julliard String Quartet, folk group The Kingston Trio, jazz drummer Roy Haynes and gospel star George Beverly Shea.

Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy, says, "It is a great honor to recognize and celebrate such a distinguished and dynamic group of honorees. Their legendary work has left a lasting impression a...
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A Conversation With Michael Poulson Of Volbeat

December 7th, 2009 11:35am EST
Michael Poulson of Volbeat
It is probably no secret that landing a spot on a North American tour opening for Metallica could help your career. Honestly, opening for one of the most revered metal bands in the world has to do something for you, right? Just ask Volbeat. This one time little known band from Copenhagen, Denmark procured that very slot, and, to say the very least, it is doing wonders for their career. Their latest offering, 'Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood' is steadily picking up steam worldwide, and is garnering the band their fair share of airtime here in the states.

Volbeat has already gone plat...
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Two New Grateful Dead Music Collections Out April 7

March 24th, 2009 7:00pm EDT
Grateful Dead
Pinpointing the creative zenith of the Grateful Dead's career would be a challenge fit for even Sisyphus. That said, one could do a lot worse than looking to the fabled spring tour of 1977, long considered by Dead Heads as the very best. During a remarkable 26 shows in 37 days, the Dead played with unparalleled energy, wit, passion and power -- a band at the very top of its game. The tour ended on a euphoric note May 28 at the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut, where the band previewed several tracks from its soon-to-be-released ninth studio album Terrapin Station.

Listening Par...
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2009's Music Festival Rundown

February 5th, 2009 12:04pm EST
NOFX
The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...
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My Chemical Romance Debuts New Video For 'Watchmen'; See It Here

February 3rd, 2009 9:46am EST
My Chemical Romance
The music video for My Chemical Romance's "Desolation Row" has finally made its North American debut. The song, a reinterpretation of the Bob Dylan classic, was recorded specifically for the upcoming feature film Watchmen. Watchmen: Music From the Motion Picture, which contains the song, is due from Warner Sunset/Reprise Records on March 3rd, three days before the film hits theaters nationwide.

The video, which was helmed by Watchmen director Zack Snyder, transports the viewer into the world of Watchmen in an alternate 1985. My Chemical Romance is performing at a dive bar, reigning as...
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Sprint Launches 'Rock The Phone'

November 21st, 2008 5:45pm EST
The Doors
Rhino Entertainment and Sprint introduce Rock The Phone, a Website offering rockin' ringtones for every phone of legendary songs from some of rock 'n' roll's greatest bands, including The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Ramones, and more.

Not a subscription service, wireless consumers nationwide can visit www.rockthephone.com for access to over 100 classic rock ringtones for $2.99 each. For a limited time, the website will offer a free ringtone of The Doors' "Love Me Two Times," and Sprint customers will have exclusive access to eight ringtones until December 11.

In addit...
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'90210' Recap: 'Hollywood Forever'

October 8th, 2008 10:11am EDT
90210
Every time I see the opening shots of 90210 show, I have to remind myself that I'm not watching The Hills. The show starts off with a new girl entering teacher Ryan's class, and luckily she's a bitch. With Naomi getting more and more human by the episode, it's nice to see a girl who's not trying to make friends with everyone. The new girl even hits on teacher Ryan. Since the two of them combined look older than the rest of the class, it makes perfect sense to me.

Elsewhere, Annie and Ethan get the school health project that provides you with one of those obnoxious fake babies that cry...
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Guitarists that Time Will Never Forget Vol. 2

December 5th, 2007 3:20pm EST
Brian May
Brian May of Queen

"I have spent all my years in believing you, But I just can't get no relief, Lord!"

A Composer, a songwriter, an amazing guitarist and he's got the best hair on earth! What do the songs "Tie Your Mother Down," and "I Want It All" have in common? Brian May wrote them both. He made many artistic contributions to Queen and explored different styles of guitar playing. If you had to ask me 'what's my favorite band?" I would have to say Queen. The main reason being is that they span over a number of styles. There are songs you can totally rock out to, fun, care free song...
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'Rock Band' Set List Finalized

October 29th, 2007 12:31pm EDT
Rock Band
Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 29, 2007 – Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with distribution partner Electronic Arts, announced today the final song list for its highly anticipated music videogame Rock Band. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. With multiple instruments and an impressive selection of online and offline game mo...
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'The Ultimate Ramones' Double-DVD Set Will Be Available October 2 From Rhino

September 18th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
The Ramones
-'It's Alive 1974-1996' Features More Than Four Hours of Rare and Previously Unreleased Concert Performances From Around the World

Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy, Marky, Richie, and C-Jay -- The Ramones will always be the first "family" of punk.

Together more than 20 years, the Ramones inspired legions of followers as they refined their signature garage-flavored, ear-shattering, pop-skewed sound with a string of now-classic, loud-and-fast punk rock records and 2,263 concerts. Rhino sends you back to rock rock, rock 'n' roll high school with a double-DVD that captures the essence of...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

September 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Lance Armstrong
Happy Birthday to "Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979), rapper Xzibit (1974), Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973), "X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973), "The Matrix Revolutions" actress Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971), New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967), "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964), "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961), Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002), Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949), "A Mighty Wind" actor Fred Willard (1939), singer Frankie Avalon (1939), "Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933), actor Jack ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 11

August 11th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Joe Rogan
Happy Birthday to Death Cab For Cutie singer Ben Gibbard (1976), actor Will Friedle (1974), Oasis bassist Andy Bell (1970), guitarist Charlie Sexton (1968), "Fear Factor" host Joe Rogan (1967), Ramones drummer Richie Ramone (1957), British singer Joe Jackson (1954), WWE superstar Hulk Hogan (1953), singer/songwriter Eric Carmen (1949), country singer John Conlee (1946), "Star Wars" Episodes I, II, III, and VI actor Ian McDiarmid (1944), actress Arlene Dahl (1928), and "Roots" author Alex Haley (1921; d. 1992).
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EA Games To Release 'Skate,' The Ultimate Boarding Game, In September

July 25th, 2007 11:18am EDT
Skate
Skate is the closest thing to skateboarding without actually putting your feet on a board. With innovative controls that take advantage of the dual analog sticks, the power of the next gen hardware, and the ability to sculpt tricks that define your own style, skate delivers an authentic boarding mecca like no other video game.

Individual style combined with physics-driven animations promise that no two tricks will ever be the same. And there's plenty of room to pull off those tricks – San Vanelona challenges you to explore, find, and own the best spots. You can even capture footage to...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 15

July 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Terry O
Happy Birthday to "90210" actor Brian Austin Green (1973), System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan (1973), Deftones bassist Chi Cheng (1970), actors Stan Kirsch and Eddie Griffin (1968), "Good Morning Vietnam" actor Forest Whitaker (1961), guitar whiz Joe Satriani (1956), Marky Ramone of The Ramones (1956), late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (1956; d. 1980), "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn (1952), wrestler/governor Jesse Ventura (1951), Yes bassist Trevor Horn (1949), singer Linda Ronstadt (1946), actress Diahann Carroll (1935), actor Philip Carey (1923), and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (160...
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Pearl Jam To Release Seven-Disc Box-Set 'Live At The Gorge 05/06' On June 26

June 13th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Pearl Jam
SEATTLE, WA - Pearl Jam announces the release of "Pearl Jam Live at the Gorge 05/06" (Monkeywrench Records), a seven disk box set of the band's three scorching sold-out George, Washington shows that kicked off and concluded the band's extensive world tour.

"Live at the Gorge" is comprised of seventy-six individual songs that aptly capture the energy of the band and 75,000 hometown fans over the course of three memorable nights. The setlists span Pearl Jam's 17-year career, including the band's classics, their rarely-played but oft-requested rarities, and their most-loved cover songs. ...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

December 31st, 2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...
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Tony Hawk's Project 8 Track List Revealed

October 17th, 2006 1:49pm EDT
Tony Hawk
Activision, Inc. is rocking gamers with an all-star musical line-up for the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Project 8 video game, including the debut of a track from the highly anticipated Plus-44 album, When Your Heart Stops Beating. The track Lycanthrope, is among 56 heart-pounding songs that will be featured in-game from such artists as Wolfmother, Gnarls Barkley and Kasabian. Full List Below!

“The Tony Hawk’s Project 8 soundtrack features an eclectic collection of original and licensed music from punk rock and hip hop to metal,” said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music at Activision. “T...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

September 18th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Lance Armstrong
Happy Birthday to "Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979), rapper Xzibit (1974), Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973), "X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973), "The Matrix Revolutions" actress Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971), New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967), "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964), "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961), Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002), Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949), "A Mighty Wind" actor Fred Willard (1939), singer Frankie Avalon (1939), "Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933), actor Jack ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 11

August 11th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Ian McDiarmid
Happy Birthday to Death Cab For Cutie singer Ben Gibbard (1976), actor Will Friedle (1974), Oasis bassist Andy Bell (1970), guitarist Charlie Sexton (1968), "Fear Factor" host Joe Rogan (1967), Ramones drummer Richie Ramone (1957), British singer Joe Jackson (1954), WWE superstar Hulk Hogan (1953), singer/songwriter Eric Carmen (1949), country singer John Conlee (1946), "Star Wars" Episodes I, II, III, and VI actor Ian McDiarmid (1944), actress Arlene Dahl (1928), and "Roots" author Alex Haley (1921; d. 1992).
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 15

July 15th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Terry O
Happy Birthday to "90210" actor Brian Austin Green (1973), System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan (1973), Deftones bassist Chi Cheng (1970), actors Stan Kirsch and Eddie Griffin (1968), "Good Morning Vietnam" actor Forest Whitaker (1961), guitar whiz Joe Satriani (1956), Marky Ramone of The Ramones (1956), late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (1956; d. 1980), "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn (1952), wrestler/governor Jesse Ventura (1951), Yes bassist Trevor Horn (1949), singer Linda Ronstadt (1946), actor Philip Carey (1923), and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606; d. 1669).
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Jonas Brothers To Release Debut May 2

April 25th, 2006 7:30pm EDT
Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers will release their debut album "It’s About Time" on May 2. Their first hit single, “Mandy”, just debuted on MTV!

"Music on Red Bull." Without hesitating, that's how 17-year-old Kevin Jonas describes the hyper-adrenalized sounds he's created with his two brothers, 13-year-old Nicholas and 16-year-old Joseph, on the Jonas Brothers' debut album, It's About Time. And it's no wonder since the boys' influences include an eclectic mix of artists ranging from the Ramones to the Jackson 5 to The Modern Lovers--all purveyors of tight, catchy anthems. One thing is for sure, the...
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Details On New Album From Dave Davies Of The Kinks

February 13th, 2006 2:35pm EST
Dave Davies
KOCH Records announces the triumphant return of Dave Davies, founding member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legends, The Kinks. "Kinked," a collection of Dave Davies' finest studio recordings and live tracks from 1997 - 2006, includes the brand new track (recorded in January 2006), "God In My Brain," which was inspired by Davies' recovery from a serious stroke he suffered in 2004.

Thanks in no small measure to the sound of the Olympian thunderbolts cast by Dave's guitar, the Kinks' sound has inspired and influenced generations of rockers including The Ramones, Van Halen, and Green Day, an...
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True Crime: New York City To Feature Over 80 Authentic New York Music Tracks

November 7th, 2005 10:10am EST
True Crime: New York City
More than 80 eclectic songs from NYC raised or transplanted bands that span such diverse genres as punk, hip hop, hardcore and rock bring true East Coast flavor to Activision, Inc.’s highly anticipated True Crime: New York City video game. The in-game soundtrack features licensed tracks from some of the biggest names in music from Bob Dylan, The Ramones and Blondie to Run DMC, Public Enemy and DMX, as well as new music from Redman, including “Rush The Security” from his upcoming album Red Gone Wild and two original tracks written for the game. True Crime: New York City, set to hit store s...
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