Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg


Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg tore through San Francisco on a rainy Saturday night but the fans were undeterred, packing the DNA Lounge for a blistering set of non-stop Ramones tunes featuring the legendary Marky Ramone on drums.

Las Vegas’ very own Jerk kicked things off and the room was packed by the time The Dickies took the stage, launching into the Sex Pistol’s “Anarchy in the UK” which frontman Leonard Phillips explained was the first song he sang when he first auditioned for the band. The audience was more than happy to sing along through the classics and covers, but it wasn’t until their festy rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” late in the set that the crowd finally started moving, keeping it going through the set closer “Gigantor.”

Marky and his band took the stage promptly at 10 pm and quickly got the dance floor to open up appropriately with “Do You Wanna Dance,” the multi-generational crowd crammed up against the stage a testament to the lasting relevance of the band’s storied catalog. With a “1-2-3-4!” from the bassist it was quickly on to the next song with hardly time for the band members to catch their breath; they literally didn’t even pause to introduce the band.

While the vocalist’s accent took a little getting used to, he definitely brought the appropriate amount of Joey Ramone swagger and slur to the vocals to make it easy to enjoy the set of classics. At 71 years of age, Marky remains an absolutely beast behind the kit, not only holding down the back beat but frequently showing off with some unexpected fills that gained a noticeable reaction in the appreciative crowd.

While the show promotion promising 30 songs, Marky’s band managed to plow through a set of 37 tunes with only a brief break before wrapping the night. There’s an obvious reason why they’re called ‘Blitzkrieg!’ All in all, there was a lot to appreciate; an hour and 20 minutes of classic tunes delivered in true Ramones fashion without the frills, just the ‘1-2-3-4’s.’ The good news is that there are still plenty of chances to catch Marky and the gang on their West Coast run. Do not snooze on these shows!

Feb 18Strummer’sFresno, CA
Feb 19The SirenMorro Bay, CA
Feb 20Transplants BrewingPalmdale, CA
Feb 22EchoplexLos Angeles, CA
Feb 23The ObservatorySanta Ana, CA
Feb 24Temblor BrewingBakersfield, CA
Feb 25House of BluesSan Diego, CA

Setlist

  • Do You Wanna Dance?
  • Havana Affair
  • Teenage Lobotomy
  • Commando
  • Beat on the Brat
  • I Don’t Care
  • Sheena Is a Punk Rocker
  • Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  • We’re a Happy Family
  • Rockaway Beach
  • Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  • Let’s Dance
  • Surfin’ Bird
  • Judy Is a Punk
  • I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  • I Believe in Miracles
  • The KKK Took My Baby Away
  • Pet Sematary
  • Needles and Pins
  • I Wanna Be Sedated
  • Oh Oh I Live Her So
  • California Sun
  • I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
  • Pinhead
  • Cretin Hop
  • She’s the One
  • R.A.M.O.N.E.S.

Encore

  • Theme From New York, New York
  • You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
  • I Don’t Care
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
  • Glad to See You Go
  • Listen to My Heart
  • Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Blitzkrieg Bop

Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg

The Dickies

Jerk

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