This past Thursday, I headed to Philly’s dive Kung Fu Necktie to catch Richie Ramone and The Queers. The show was running really late, so I left for a bit and got there in time for Richie Ramone.
For those who don’t know, Richie Ramone was the third drummer for The legendary Ramones during the 80s, playing on albums Too Tough To Die, Animal Boy, and Halfway To Sanity. Besides being the only Ramones drummer credited to completely write songs, Richie also has been touring for his solo releases.
I had the pleasure of catching him live during a blizzard last year, and was pretty stoked to be seeing him and his backing band again. Richie took the stage and switched between drumming while singing, and just doing vocals. Richie Ramone and crew played a lively set, with people singing along throughout to most of The Ramones hits. Sneaking in a few solo songs as well, the place finally got moving during “Wart Hog”. Always a solid and energetic set, go see Richie Ramone live if you get a chance. His ability to sing while drumming, and then switch roles to be an energetic frontman is impressive.
I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
Somebody Put Something In My Drink
The Queers have been at it for a long time, and remain one of the more immature, brash, and fun punk bands around. Playing a more surfy Ramones influenced punk sound, it was clear that the place was pretty hyped for The Queers as a pit broke out through the majority of their set. Joe kept the banter to a minimum, playing without much of a real setlist and taking requests, saying this was a warm-up show for a bigger fest they were doing out west.
Always a good time, the band sounded tight as usual. If you dig real pop-punk at all, go catch these guys live.
Like a Parasite
My Old Man’s A Fatso
Born To Do Dishes
Punk Rock Girls
Hi Mom, It’s Me
White Minority (Black Flag cover)