Richie Ramone is the fastest, most powerful drummer who ever played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones. Richie joined the Ramones in 1983 and performed with them in over 500 shows around the world. He was the only Ramones drummer to sing lead vocals and to be the sole composer of Ramones songs which appear on the album ‘Animal Boy’, ‘Too Tough To Die’ and ‘Halfway to Sanity’.
“Richie saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He ws the greatest thing to happen to The Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.” – Joey Ramone
Richie’s song ‘Somebody Put Something In My Drink’, became a fan favorite and was included on ‘Ramones Mania’, one of only two Ramones albums to go gold, as well as ‘Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits’, an album comprised of songs handpicked by Johnny Ramone as the Ramones’ best works.
Richie recently released the critically acclaimed single ‘The Last Time’ (a tribute to his father who passed away in 2018), following up the success of his second CD ‘Cellophane’, (Aug ’17), a collectible, clear vinyl LP version, and a 7″ single for the track ‘I Fix This’. Prior to this Richie dropped his first solo album, ‘Entitled’, which featured songs written by Richie as well and new recordings of the songs he wrote for the Ramones.
As Billboard noted:
“Richie’s cuts aim to please fans of both rock and metal with its blend of power chord chugging simplicity and guitar hero virtuosity.”