Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne surprised concert-goers at Arcade Fire's gig in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday (24Aug14) by dressing up as Dracula to perform a spooky collaboration.
The Canadian rockers have been paying tribute to the Big Apple's punk scene at each of their shows at the Barclays Center, inviting New York Dolls' David Johansen to appear as his quirky alter ego Buster Poindexter and perform his catchy 1987 hit Hot Hot Hot during Friday's set (22Aug14), and introducing Marky Ramone to the stage on Saturday (23Aug14) for renditions of the Ramones tracks I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement and I Wanna Be Sedated.
Arcade Fire, who are known for dressing up onstage, continued the trend on Sunday as they closed out their three-night residency, with frequent collaborator Byrne joining in the fun by donning white face paint and red lipstick and wearing a tuxedo to belt out a cover of Suicide's 1979 release Dream Baby Dream.
He wasn't the only famous face to make an appearance at the show - director Spike Jonze, who has also previously worked with Arcade Fire, wore a giant papier-mache model of frontman Will Butler's head and crowdsurfed during the song Normal Person.
Punk music icon Marky Ramone joined forces with Arcade Fire for their New York concert on Saturday night (23Aug14). The drummer surprised fans at Brooklyn's Barclays Center by joining the Canadian rockers to cover two Ramones hits, I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement and I Wanna Be Sedated.
Throughout their current tour stops, Arcade Fire have been covering songs made by popular local artists, and Brooklyn-born Ramone was asked to join them on stage for the second night of the three-date residency, while New York Dolls' David Johansen led the Grammy winners in a performance of Hot Hot Hot on Friday (22Aug14).
Arcade Fire closed out their Brooklyn gigs on Sunday (24Aug14).
Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz has written a tribute piece to his late friend Thomas Erdelyi following The Ramones star's death last month (Jul14). The two punk icons became friends when Talking Heads toured with The Ramones in the 1970s and Frantz reveals Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, was too serious for the exploding punk scene.
In a piece written for the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Frantz recalls, "He had a seriousness about him that was different from most people in the business. The other Ramones deferred to him because he had the experience and the leadership qualities the others didn't quite have.
"As time wore on, it was not fun for Tommy. This was the time of gobbing (spitting) as a sign of approval, and they'd have to wipe down his drum set after shows. He didn't like the spit part at all. So I wasn't surprised when he decided to give up his post and let Marky Ramone take over in 1978."
Erdelyi lost his battle with cancer on 11 July (14), aged 65.
The Ramones were honoured as trailblazers at the Relentless Kerrang! Awards in London on Thursday night (12Jun14). Drummer Marky Ramone, who spent 15 years behind the band's drum kit, attended the ceremony at the Troxy to collect the Icon Award on behalf of his deceased bandmates Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee.
Status Quo were also honoured with the Service To Rock prize, while Deep Purple were awarded the Hall Of Fame trophy.
Other Kerrang! Awards winners included You Me At Six (Best Single for Fresh Start Fever and Best British Band) and Fall Out Boy (Best International Band and Best Event for their Save Rock And Roll Tour).
Reunited rockers Fall Out Boy had a very special guest join them onstage at a recent concert in Brooklyn, New York - iconic punk star Marky Ramone. The drummer joined forces with the Dance, Dance hitmakers onstage at the Barclays Center last Saturday (07Sep13) to revisit Ramones classics I Wanna Be Sedated and Blitzkrieg Boy, much to the crowd's delight.
The veteran rocker wasn't the only star to make an unexpected appearance at the gig - Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy also teamed up with Patrick Stump and the group to perform his hit Bruno Mars collaboration, Billionaire.
The Ramones, one of the bands from the original New York City punk scene in the mid-1970s, lost frontman Joey Ramone to lymphatic cancer on Sunday. He was 49.
"Our beloved Joey Ramone passed away this afternoon at 2:40 p.m. (EDT) in a hospital in New York City where he was being treated for cancer," the official Ramones Web site said.
The Ramones, formed in 1974 in Forest Hills, Queens, NY, rebelled against the grand, overproduced rock of that decade. The antics of the Sex Pistols and the Clash generated more media attention in later years, but like many other British punk rock bands, they received their schooling from the Ramones.
"They changed the world of music," Arturo Vega, Ramone's longtime artistic director, said. "They rescued rock 'n' roll from pretentiousness and unnecessary adornments."
With his trademark rose-colored shades, black leather jacket, shoulder-length hair, ripped jeans and vocals, Ramone was the iconic father of punk. He gave voice - sometimes with a snarl - to some of the most revered songs in the punk canon: "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Strength to Endure," and "Teenage Lobotomy."
In 1979, Ramone and the band appeared in the Roger Corman-produced Rock N' Roll High School, contributing the title song to the soundtrack. They also provided the title track for the 1989 film version of Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary. The band also served as material for many rock bands, such as Skid Row, who featured the band in their cover tune "Psycho Therapy" in the early 1990s.
The band disbanded in 1996 after a tour that followed their final studio album, Adios Amigos. The Ramones were Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramon and Tommy Ramone. Marky Ramone later replaced Tommy Ramone.
Since the band's breakup, MTV reports that Joey Ramone kept a fairly low profile, occasionally popping up to perform or host shows at Manhattan clubs, making occasional radio show appearances, and working on a solo album that was never released.
Joey Ramone was born Jeffrey Hyman on May 19, 1951. His career started during the early 1970s glam-rock era, when he played in several New York bands -- occasionally under the name Jeff Starship.
Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone, 22, webmaster for a Ramones Internet site, received news of Joey's illness from Vega in the beginning of March.
On the evening of March 14, Vega told Laitio-Ramone, "Joey watched a tape of The Sopranos; he's doing better and better."
Days before his death, Laitio-Ramone was informed that Joey's condition was very serious, but his doctors thought he could get better.
Ramone did not get better. After being hospitalized in March, Ramone took his last breath at approximately 2:40 p.m. Sunday. His family was at his bedside.