CJ Ramone Friday October 21st at Divebar with special guests Johnny Madcap and the Distractions, plus locals TBA
CJ Ramone is the artistic name of Christopher Joseph Ward, born
October 8th 1965, known as the famous and latest Bass Player of
the most legendary American punk rock band The Ramones. CJ
joined the band in 1989 filling the most difficult shoes to be
filled, Dee Dee Ramones, one of the founders and main composer
of the band. Since the band retired, he has played in The
Ramainz, which was formed by Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone and
Dee Dee's wife, Barbara Zampini. He also played with Axe Attack,
Los Gusanos, and his last group effort was with Bad Chopper.
He then devoted himself to family life but in 2008 CJ proved his
will to rock hard again by launching Bad Choppers first CD. As
lead singer and composer of all the songs, CJ put forth an album
written during critical and dark moments of his personal life,
in which CJ still makes room for visions of a better future.
Comparisons to Ramones are inevitable, but not unique. CJ
reveals his deepest personal influences: from classic bands like
The Ramones, Stooges, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys and The Damned to
more modern bands like Zeke, Speedealer, Fu Manchu and Queens of
The Stone Age. The music is simple, but it glows by itself. It
is still being acclaimed by the fans and the press as the best
work ever recorded by any of the Ramones after the bands breakup.
Just listening to this CD once will be enough to understand
the reasons why CJ saved the biggest punk rock institution ever:
As a member of the band, and as a lifelong fan, CJ knows more
than anyone the importance of keeping the Ramones spirit alive.
So, with Bad Chopper, he chose to mix his own music with Ramones
classics in his live sets all over the world. But with the end
of Bad Chopper, CJ sought to do more. He put out his own music
under the name the world got to know him as - CJ RAMONE - a name
he earned in his own right. Knowing he was attaching the Ramone
name to his work he created perfection with the album
Reconquista. He tipped his ubiquitous NY Yankee hat to his
fallen brothers with the sublime Three Angels an anthem that
honors the Ramones as only another Ramone can.
But it didnt stop there. He continued the critical success
with the album Last Chance to Dance in 2014. From the anguished
love stories of Carry Me Away and One More Chance to the
personal, angry anthems or Wont Stop Swinging and Grunt one
cant help but see he is a punk rock innovator in his own right.
He not only dedicates himself to the spirit of the Ramones but
has created his own legion of young fans eager for fresh music
from a classic genre. Its a line he balances perfectly in the
albums and with charismatic energy and devotion to his fans on
And now, while he continues to tour the world in a live show
that is not to missed the world awaits his latest endeavor,
tentatively titled CJR3.
The Divebar (View)
4110 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89119
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|