Ramones drummer Richie Ramone plays at Sherman Showcase in Stroudsburg on March 29
From a press release:
Richie Ramone, one of the last living members of the legendary punk band the Ramones, will perform with his band at the Sherman Showcase, next door to the Sherman Theater in downtown Stroudsburg, on Tuesday, March 29.
Doors at the Showcase (522 Main St., Stroudsburg) open at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which are $15, are on sale now at the Sherman Theater box office (524 Main St., Stroudsburg) and online via shermantheater.com and Etix.
Richie Ramone is best known for his five-year stint with punk trailblazers the Ramones. He was the band’s third drummer and played on three of their albums in the 1980s; he also contributed songwriting and vocals on several tracks.
Richie Ramone was born Richard Reinhardt in Passaic, New Jersey on Aug. 11, 1957. He began taking drum lessons when he was 4 years old and grew up on a diet of arena rock (his first concert was an unlikely double bill of Elton John and The Allman Brothers Band at Madison Square Garden) until he began spending more time in New York City and started soaking up the new sounds of punk and new wave. Using the name Richard Beau, he was a member of the group Velveteen (featuring Sal Maida, ex-Milk ‘n’ Cookies) and played on the first solo project from the lead singer of the B-52s, Fred Schneider and the Shake Society. Reinhardt signed up with the Ramones in 1982, shortly after the release of their album “Subterranean Jungle” when Marky Ramone left the group.
Adopting the stage name Richie Ramone, he made his recording debut on 1984’s “Too Tough to Die,” which was seen as a strong return to form for the Ramones, and he also wrote one song for the album, “Humankind.” Additionally, he wrote the lead-off tune, “Somebody Put Something in My Drink,” for his next LP with the Ramones, 1986’s “Animal Boy,” and he contributed two more numbers for 1987’s “Halfway to Sanity” – “I Know Better Now” and “I’m Not Jesus.” Reinhardt sang lead on “You Can’t Say Anything Nice,” a B-side that he wrote, but he left the band in August of 1987 in the wake of creative and financial disputes, primarily with guitarist Johnny Ramone.
Ramones frontman and punk rock icon Joey Ramone once remarked 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.”
While he played on some of Dee Dee Ramone’s solo recordings, Reinhardt dropped out of music until 2006 when he performed at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash, an annual benefit staged in the late singer’s honor. In 2007, he adapted several numbers from the classic musical West Side Story into an orchestral piece, “Suite for Drums and Orchestra,” that he debuted with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops.
After making an informal return to performing in 2010 doing some shows with ex-Rattlers singer Mickey Leigh (who was also Joey Ramone’s brother), Reinhardt came back with a vengeance in 2013, recording with the bands the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rats and the Gobshites and releasing his first solo album, “Entitled.” The set included new versions of tunes from his days with the Ramones as well as new material; Reinhardt played drums on the sessions, sang lead vocals, and produced the album.
He released his second CD, “Cellophane,” in 2016, followed by a collectible, clear vinyl LP version and a 7-inch single for the track “I Fix This” in 2017. In 2018, he was featured on Aaron Stingray and the Brooklyn Apostles EP “Songs in the Key of Joey.”
In late 2018, Backbeat Books published his autobiography with Peter Aaron, “I Know Better Now: My Life Before, During, and After the Ramones,” described as “the firsthand, four-on-the-floor account of a life in rock ‘n’ roll and in one of its most influential acts – straight from the sticks of the man who kept the beat.”
Richie Ramone’s latest singles, “Not Afraid” and “Cry Little Sister,” were released together this year via Outro Records.