On December 20, 2019, Marky Ramone brought his Holiday Blitzkrieg show to Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Marky was the drummer for The Ramones for 15 years after replacing Tommy Ramone in 1978. He played on nine of the band’s 15 albums and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
The group (Marky on drums, Pela on lead vocals, Martin Blitz on bass and Marcelo Gallo on guitar) played more than 30 Ramones hits including “Do you Wanna Dance,” “53rd and 3rd,” “Beat on the Brat” and of course “Blitzkrieg Bop.” They also played covers that The Ramones made popular to punk culture including Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have you Ever Seen the Rain” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”
Punk Rock started in New York City in the 1970s, and it remains very clear that these songs are timeless judging by the crowd getting revved up. Bodies were slamming into each other relentlessly from the start of the first song until the very end of the show. Although the songs are over 40 years old, the music is still very much alive and continues to attract new fans from the younger generation.
Unfortunately this years show could’t happen due to COVID-19 but hopefully it will return in 2021
Marky Ramone’s Holiday Blitzkrieg, Gramercy Theatre, NY, NY 12/20/19
Setlist: Do You Wanna Dance, Teenage Lobotomy, Rockaway Beach, I Don’t Care, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Havana Affair, Commando, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, Beat On The Brat, 53rd and 3rd, Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment, Rock N Roll High School, Oh Oh I Love Her So, Let’s Dance, Surfin Bird, Judy Is A Punk, I Believe In Miracles, The KKK Took My Baby Away, Pet Sematary, Chinese Rocks, I Wanna Be Sedated, Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?, I Just Want To Have Something To Do, Needles And Pins, Loudmouth, Pinhead, Happy Birthday To You, Palisades Park, Glad To See You, Cretin Hop, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Don’t Come Close, I Can’t Make It On Time, Life’s A Gas, She’s The One, Spider Man, Anxiety
Encore: R.A.M.O.N.E.S., What A Wonderful World, Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight), Blitzkrieg Bop