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CJ Ramone

Mach Pelican, The Meanies, Cosmic Kahuna and 12FU




When Christopher Ward AKA CJ Ramone joined The Ramones he had big shoes to fill taking over from Dee Dee Ramone. CJ played on the last three studio Ramones albums. Since the Ramones broke up, CJ played in a couple of other bands before launching his solo career. This tour was his first visit here, touring on the back of his great new album 'Last Chance To Dance'.

Being a Sunday night it was an early gig at the Bendigo Hotel. It gave the chance for the weekday workers to come out enjoy the gig and still be home by a reasonable hour. 12FU kicked off the night with their Ramones inspired set. It was short, fast, loud, two minute songs with heaps of riffs. It is all you want in a punk song and 12FU had this in spades. The punters got revved up when they played their crowd favourites, '50 Bucks' and 'Bitches Been Tripping'.

12FU - Bitches Be Trippin @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


12FU - Let's Pogo Before You Go-Go @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


Next up were Cosmic Kahuna. I hadn’t seen this band before but it didn’t take long for this reviewer to become a fan. They smashed out a great cover version Painters and Dockers 'Die Yuppie Die'. By this stage of the night the pub was heaving. It was hot and sweaty which made the gig much more intense. Down the front it was brutal but the heat just made the bands go harder and faster.

Cosmic Kahuna - Die Yuppie Die (Painters & Dockers cover) @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


Punk stalwarts The Meanies smashed the stage into a million pieces and ignited the crowd into a frenzy. Link Meanie was in fine form, stripping off half way through the set and throwing himself into the crowd. It was great to have Link back in fine form, since he was nursing a broken foot the last time I saw them play.

The Meanies - Never @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


Their energetic set included of all the crowds’ favourites such as 'Sorry 'bout The Violence', 'Gangrenous' and their signature song, '10% Weird". They also played a couple of new songs like "There's A Gap", which Wally Meanie said was from their forthcoming album.

The Meanies - There's A Gap @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


Even before Mach Pelican hit the stage the crowd were chanting their name loud and hard to the tune of 'Walking In A Winter Wonderland'. Even though the band rarely play these days, the loyalty this local punk band has to be admired.

Mach Pelican @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


They blasted through their set with hardcore passion. This reviewer wasn’t even paying much attention to what was being played. I got caught up in the energy so much, that every second was completely vital. It was just a shame that it was over way too quick, I really hope they play again soon. Melbourne loves Mach Pelican and they are sorely missed.

All punk roads lead to The Ramones. One of the founders, original drummer and record producer, Tommy Ramone sadly passed away in July last year. The only remaining members that are still alive and actively touring are CJ and drummers, Richie Ramone and Marky Ramone. Marky's band, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg toured Australia in 2009. He is still sporting his trademark Ramones hairstyle and has recently become an internet sensation, where he endorses the uses of his Smartphone Swatter.


So when it was announced that CJ Ramone was coming to town, all the loyal Ramone fans young and old came out in droves to celebrate the most important influential punk band. Joining CJ Ramone will be Steve Soto and Dan Root (Adolescents) on guitars and Pete Soso (Street Dogs) on drums.

CJ’s new songs were well received but it was all the Ramones classics the crowd wanted to hear. His set was full of them, 'The KKK Took My Baby Away', 'Sheena Is A Punk Rocker', 'California Sun' and this reviewer personal favourite 'I Wanna Be Sedated'. The crowd sang along like each song was a national anthem and too some people they probably are.

CJ paid respect to his old band in the best way ever. He even dedicated one of his songs called 'Three Angels' to three of his fallen comrades. He wasn’t just some hack going through the motions and he played with genuine love and passion. The Ramones mean a lot to a lot of different people and CJ knows this. His loyalty to the Ramones legacy was shining bright all through out his set.

We will never see all The Ramones on stage together again but with CJ Ramone still on the scene, we can rest assured the Ramones punk flag will be hoisted high.

CJ Ramone In Concert at The Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood

CJ Ramone - Understand Me @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


CJ Ramone - Listen To My Heart @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


CJ Ramone - Last Chance To Dance @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


CJ Ramone - Commando/53rd And 3rd @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


CJ Ramone - California Sun @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


CJ Ramone - Do You Wanna Dance @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


CJ Ramone - I Wanna Be Sedated @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


CJ Ramone - Baby I Love You @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.




Final song of the night with a very appropriate Motörhead cover!
"Bad boy rock, bad boy roll,
Gabba gabba, see them go,
C.J. now hit the gas".
LONG LIVE THE RAMONES!

CJ Ramone - R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (Motörhead cover) @ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood (15th Feb 2015) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.

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