Friday, Mar 17, 2017 8:00 PM EDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
The Bowery Electric, New York, NY
21 years and over
CJ Ramone is the artistic name of Christopher Joseph Ward, born October 8th 1965, known as the famous and latest Bass Player of the most legendary American punk rock band The Ramones. CJ joined the band in 1989 filling the most difficult shoes to be filled, Dee Dee Ramone’s, one of the founders and main composer of the band. Since the band retired, he has played in The Ramainz, which was formed by Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone and Dee Dee's wife, Barbara Zampini. He also played with Axe Attack, Los Gusanos, and his last group effort was with Bad Chopper. He then devoted himself to family life but in 2008 CJ proved his will to rock hard again by launching Bad Chopper’s first CD. As lead singer and composer of all the songs, CJ put forth an album written during critical and dark moments of his personal life, in which CJ still makes room for visions of a better future. Comparisons to Ramones are inevitable, but not unique. CJ reveals his deepest personal influences: from classic bands like The Ramones, Stooges, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys and The Damned to more modern bands like Zeke, Speedealer, Fu Manchu and Queens of The Stone Age. The music is simple, but it glows by itself. It is still being acclaimed by the fans and the press as the best work ever recorded by any of the Ramones after the bands’ break- up. Just listening to this CD once will be enough to understand the reasons why CJ saved the biggest punk rock institution ever: The Ramones. As a member of the band, and as a lifelong fan, CJ knows more than anyone the importance of keeping the Ramones spirit alive. So, with Bad Chopper, he chose to mix his own music with Ramones classics in his live sets all over the world. But with the end of Bad Chopper, CJ sought to do more. He put out his own music under the name the world got to know him as - CJ RAMONE - a name he earned in his own right. Knowing he was attaching the Ramone name to his work he created perfection with the album Reconquista. He tipped his ubiquitous NY Yankee hat to his fallen brothers with the sublime “Three Angels” an anthem that honors the Ramones as only another Ramone can. But it didn’t stop there. He continued the critical success with the album Last Chance to Dance in 2014. From the anguished love stories of “Carry Me Away” and “One More Chance” to the personal, angry anthems or “Won’t Stop Swinging” and “Grunt” one can’t help but see he is a punk rock innovator in his own right. He not only dedicates himself to the spirit of the Ramones but has created his own legion of young fans eager for fresh music from a classic genre. It’s a line he balances perfectly in the albums and with charismatic energy and devotion to his fans on the stage. And now, while he continues to tour the world in a live show that is not to missed the world awaits his latest endeavor, tentatively titled “CJR3.” CJ is currently touring the states from May to July and Europe from July to August.