venue: The Corner Hotel
Bands that carry on after the singer has died - take a bow Queen, INXS, Alice In Chains - is one thing, but drummers that carry on after everyone else in the band has died is really taking the piss. The nostalgia trip of touring so soon after the rest of the Ramones passed on is just a step in the staircase of Marky's life as it stands at the moment. He is busy compiling old footage of The Ramones' hayday (1978-1983) for DVD releases, writing a book about his band and others of the New York scene in the late 70s and launching a clothing range consisting of leather jackets, T-shirts and jeans - which was basically The Ramones' uniform. To go on tour with a new band playing Ramones songs perhaps seems a natural extension of this nostalgia. His band, Blitzkrieg, is lead by ex-Misfits singer Michale Graves (well, only from the later line-up of Misfits, long after Danzig had buggered off), former AntiProduct guitarist Alex Kane, and bassist Clare P. Product (pilfered from a Ramones cover band called Ramonas). Clare and Graves look every bit the image of modern punk fans/band members. Stripey red-and-black arm band thing. Check. Half-shaved head. Check. Piercings. Check. Guitarist Kane, by contrast, looks like he should be riffing it up with Cheap Trick or a Def Leppard cover band (it's a weird mix already), but then throw in Marky Ramone, larger-than-life on an elevated drum stand, still with his 70s bowl mop haircut and a massive set of drum sticks too. It looks as if the revolving stage at a rock music festival got stuck halfway between Murderdolls, Quiet Riot and The Ramones all playing at once.