Joey Ramone once stated that Richie “saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.” So when I saw that the legendary drummer was playing Philly’s punk party Guitar Army, I wasn’t about to let a something tiny like a blizzard hold me down. Unfortunately, I did miss both openers.
After fighting the elements, I made it to the Barbary in one piece, amped as all hell to see Richie Ramone play some Ramones songs and some of his solo work. While Richie was the third drummer for The Ramones, he was the only one to completely write songs for the band, with his most famous one being “Somebody Put Something In My Drink.” I was running a bit late due to said blizzard (the highway was actually closed at one point… but fuck it) but the second I walked into the venue he started his most popular song. Perfect.
I was expecting the place to be dead because of the weather, but there actually was a pretty decent sized crowd all things considering. I made a beeline up front, and I have to say, Richie and band knows how to throw on a good show. Richie was all over the place switching between drums, vocal duties, and guitar.
One thing that I realized after this show was I really need to check out Richie’s solo album Entitled. Oh, and they played my favorite Ramones song “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”, so that was beyond rad.
Somebody Put Something In My Drink
Better Than Me
Something To Do
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
Commando (I think they did this one)