RichieRamone 2016
RichieRamone 2016

Mick Burgess caught up with drummer Richie Ramone of the Ramones fame during the UK leg of his current European tour. Hear them chat about the current tour, having fans spanning over four generations, Richie’s upcoming solo album, auditioning for the Ramones back in the days, getting the accolade of the Ramone last name, his time in the band and his decision to quit.

“One day I’m hanging out and Little Matt [Matt Lolya] who’s the Ramones‘ roadie he said ‘I gotta go, I gotta go the city now.’ I said ‘Where are you going?’ He said ‘The Ramones are auditioning drummers’ and I said ‘Oh put my name in the hat.’ Well, next week I got a call from Monte [Monte A. Melnick] the tour manager. I went down, you know, and just auditioned like anybody else would audition. So being in the right spot at the right time changed my whole life to be a part of this amazing band.”
Richie Ramone on auditioning for the Ramones.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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