Marky Ramone himself is a drumming machine; he hardly stopped at all during the show which is amazing considering he’s coming up to 60! Many drummers a third of his age would probably struggle to keep up with Marky, his stamina is incredible. The whole band was on fire, the sound spot on. Nobody can really fit Joey Ramone’s shoes and Andrew W.K did his own thing in his own unique style but the songs sounded as they should – apart from a couple of alleged bum notes which could not stop the enthusiastic members of the audience from engaging in near non-stop crowd surfing. I was very impressed when I saw the band with Michael Graves on vocals a few years ago but Andrew W.K. completely commanded the stage and Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg combo deservedly did two encores closing with “Blitzkrieg bop”. It was fantastic to listen to “What a wonderful world” because it was a Joey Ramone song . A nice surprise and a tribute to the man. Personally, I would have liked to hear the band tackle Andrew W.K.’s top 20 UK hit “Party hard” but it got played over the PA when the show was finally over.
In summary, this is a kick-ass band and as close as you’re going to get seeing the Ramones live. Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg only played three UK dates on this tour but hopefully they’ll be back to do some more soon. The Rebellion Punk Music Festival in Blackpool would be the perfect place for them. Why not make this happen.Review by Brad Shepherd