Punk icon Tommy Ramone has died at the age of 62. Ramone, real name Thomas Erdelyi, had been undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer at a hospice when he passed away on Friday (11Jul14). He was the last surviving member of the Ramones.
A post on the group's official Facebook page late on Friday confirmed the news, stating, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014."
The legendary punk outfit was formed by Joey, Jonny and Dee Dee Ramone in the early 1970s, and Erdelyi was originally to be the band's manager but instead took the position of drummer. The band went on to record classic tracks including Blitzkrieg Bop, I Wanna Be Sedated and Judi Is A Punk.
Paying tribute to the rocker, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way writes on Twitter.com, "R.I.P. Tommy Ramone" while TV star Johnny Knoxville shares a picture of Ramone.
Lead vocalist Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphoma, guitarist Johnny Ramone passed away from prostate cancer in 2004, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone died in 2002 after a heroin overdose.
Rocker Gerard Way was plunged into the worst depression of his life after his band My Chemical Romance split. The Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers broke up in March, 2013 after 12 years together, and frontman Way later wrote a blog post to fans explaining the rockers wanted to bow out while still at the top of their game.
However, the decision had a devastating effect on Way and he spent months struggling to overcome his despair.
He tells Q magazine, "Doing the right thing is usually the hardest thing. I was the most depressed I've been in my whole life... Towards the end (of the band's career), I wasn't being true to myself. It was when I decided to be honest with myself that I started to get better."
Way is now pursuing a solo career and he credits music with lifting him out of his gloom, adding, "At a certain point after the band had broken up, I realised this was the therapy that helped get me through it."
Former My Chemical Romance star Frank Iero, Bowling For Soup and You & Me At Six have revamped Green Day's classic album American Idiot for a new Kerrang! compilation. Kerrang! Does Green Day's American Idiot also features 5 Seconds of Summer's cover of the album's title track and Neck Deep's version of Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
Iero tackles Extraordinary Girl, Bowling For Soup cover St. Jimmy and You & Me at Six take on Are We the Waiting.
American Idiot, which was released in 2004, topped the charts in 19 countries and has sold 15 million copies to date. It inspired a Broadway musical, which has featured Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
My Chemical Romance star Gerard Way will perform his first solo shows at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. this summer (14). The frontman has been added to the line-up for the two-site weekend event in August (14).
Way has signed a solo deal Warner Bros. Records and he is currently completing work on his own album.
The headliners for the Leeds and Reading festivals are Blink-182, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age.
Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is preparing to branch out on his own after signing a solo record deal. The rocker made the announcement on Monday (05May14) via his new website, which also features his art and comic strips.
He writes in a blog post, "I am beyond thrilled to finally have a place to share everything I make. I imagine you’ll see/hear everything from blog posts to images, art, drawings, music, big projects and small projects.
"I am continuing full-steam into comics, art, and more importantly to some of you - music. I am pleased to let you know I am now signed as a solo artist Warner Bros. Records. My album is near completion, and you should expect to hear things in the near future, even today actually - with a brief snippet of what is to come. I am excited. It’s starting again."
The Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers disbanded in 2013 after 12 years together.
Former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way has compared the band's 2013 break-up to the death of a family member, insisting it took him a while to get over the split. A year after the rockers announced they were parting ways, frontman Gerard Way's bandmate brother reveals time has been a great healer and it's only now that he's been able to appreciate just how successful the Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers had been.
He tells Kerrang magazine, "I was going through it. It (the band's split) was sad, like the passing of a family member. But over time I got great joy and pleasure from reflecting.
"I was able to truly put on some songs and be like, 'Wow, we really did something. We cracked the heavens.' With MCR, we were so busy. I was never able to stop and smell the roses, or evaluate myself completely. That's what the past year was all about. I was able to dig deep inside myself and become the man I always wanted to be."
Way has since started a new group, called Electric Century.
Rockers My Chemical Romance are releasing a greatest hits collection called May Death Never Stop You on 24 March (14). The album will include hits from their extensive catalogue, including Helena, Welcome To The Black Parade and SING. The group, led by Gerard Way, disbanded last March (13) after 12 years together.
Splash NewsCo-written with Walter Afanasieff, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" not only went onto become the diva's biggest-selling single but was arguably the last time that the public embraced a new yuletide song.Taken from her 1994 holiday album Merry Christmas, the joyous Motown pastiche has now sold over 12 million copies worldwide, re-enters charts across the globe every year -- it has just reached a new peak (No. 26) on the US Hot 100 after originally being ineligible due to a lack of a commercial release -- and has since been covered by everyone from Michael Buble to My Chemical Romance.Its place in the canon of Christmas standards is therefore undoubtedly assured. But anyone who believed that its success would open the floodgates for a new generation of seasonal favorites would have been very much mistaken as no other artist has come close to replicating its cultural impact.It's not for the want of trying either. A whole host of musical giants have made a bit for that annual royalty cheque but very few have captured the imagination long enough to become a staple of the holiday season.The Killers have released a new Christmas song every year for the past eight years but none of them have really struck a chord with anyone outside of their fan base. Arguably the biggest band of the 21st Century, Coldplay, also struggled to set the world alight with their melancholic 2010 offering, "Christmas Lights." While even Lady Gaga's army of Little Monsters couldn't push 2008's "Christmas Tree" any further up than No. 23 on the <i>Billboard</i> Holiday Songs chart.Add in the fact that Leona Lewis' "One More Sleep" and Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath The Tree" -- both of which are obvious attempts to echo Carey's nostalgic formula -- haven't managed to enter the public's consciousness this year either and it's hard to see where the next big Christmas standard is going to come from.Of course, it's always a joy to hear those opening chiming bells on "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in the run-up to the big day. But it still seems a shame that both radio and record buyers still don't seem willing to accept anything more contemporary nearly 20 years on.
The Who, the Pixies and actress Evan Rachel Wood have led tributes to rock legend Lou Reed, who died on Sunday (27Oct13), aged 71. The former Velvet Underground frontman passed away five months after a liver transplant and the rock world has been stunned by the tragic news.
A post on The Who's official Twitter.com page reads: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side", while Frank Black and his Pixies bandmates add, "R.I.P. LOU REED....A LEGEND."
Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill, British rocker Carl Barat, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Adams, Nile Rodgers, former My Chemical Romance star Gerard Way, The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo also marked the sad news by taking to Twitter, while new mum Wood stated, "I am really bummed out today. Lost one of the greats."
Weezer also offered up their thoughts about Reed's passing, tweeting, "R.I.P Lou Reed - VU (Velvet Underground) was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and (producer) Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him."
Meanwhile, rock historian Martin Lewis, who has produced an upcoming DVD box-set of Amnesty International concerts that feature Lou Reed prominently, performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and others, tells WENN, "Lou Reed was an exceptional pioneering musician who inspired both his contemporaries and those who followed after him.
"He generously supported Amnesty International from the very start of the Human Rights Concerts series, performing at all six concerts on Amnesty's A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour in June, 1986. He recently very graciously gave his blessing for the release of those historic performances as part of Amnesty's DVD box-set of the concerts.
"He was a remarkable musician and humanitarian. He will be greatly missed by everyone - including the human rights movement that he was passionate in supporting."
We were back in deposition mode this week, as we finally found out what happened to Maggie in Africa that left her emotionally traumatized and with a horrible haircut. Meanwhile, Jim dealt with the consequences of leaving the campaign bus and Shelly got in the way of the news team perusing a major lead on Genoa.
Nothing But Trouble
Maggie tells lawyer Rebecca Halliday the full story of her trip to Africa. Rebecca seems entirely unsympathetic, going on about $14 million apartments and how she hates the Dutch. She also hopes to use Maggie’s fragile mental state to help AWM’s case, despite Maggie denying being “messed up.” Six months after the Africa incident, Maggie and Jerry went to interview a general who is somehow connected to Genoa. Maggie says that the general never stated that Genoa actually happened, while Jerry claims that Maggie was in no position to say that. Given that Maggie’s not rocking back and forth on the floor in the fetal position, I’d say that Jerry is just trying to cover his own ass for getting everyone into this mess.
S o the big question is: what happened in Africa? Before she and Gary could go to Kampala, they had to get footage of soldiers building an addition onto an orphanage. While visiting the orphanage, Maggie sees a child named Daniel sitting by himself, clutching a book. She starts reading the book to him, and Daniel quickly becomes attached, asking her to read it over and over again. It’s cute, but also sad because you know that something bad is obviously going to happen to this kid.
Maggie and Gary have to stay at the orphanage overnight because they can’t drive on the roads in the dark. In the middle of the night, they are woken up by gunshots and men yelling in Lugisu, which no one understands. (Maggie later figures out that they were yelling “Give us the camera.”) They wake up the children and load them onto a school bus, but Daniel is missing. Maggie finds him under her bed but can’t reach him. Gary helps her unbolt the bed from the floor and forcibly drag Daniel out. Maggie carries Daniel on her back to the bus but turns around when Gary falls, and Daniel is shot in the back. He dies immediately, leaving Maggie distraught and wracked with guilt. Maggie and Gary have to go back to the US right away, and Maggie chops her hair off because Daniel had admired it.
Jim Finally Moves On
Jim’s speech may have convinced Hallie and Stillman to leave the bus with him, but now they have to face the fallout. They no longer get hotel reservations or email updates, and they have to follow the bus in a rental car. Jim asks Romney spokeswoman Taylor for a statement from the candidate that everyone else got by email, but she refuses. They get into an argument which leads to Taylor finally cracking and telling Jim to “Go f**k yourself.” Jim smiles, knowing he caught her in a compromising position, and she asks him what she can do to make him forget what she said. Me thinks 30 minutes with the candidate will do the trick.
But Jim actually gives away his precious interview time to Hallie, whose pig of a boss was giving her a hard time for leaving the bus. When Hallie finds out about this favor, she gets pissed off, but quickly gets over it and makes out with Jim by the hotel pool. She also proudly whispers “I’m the rebound, and I went to Vassar,” which is one of the more absurd things a woman has said on this show, and that’s saying something. Anyway, Mac makes Jim come back to New York after giving up the interview, so his campaign romance is short-lived.
Crisis of Confidence
Back at the newsroom, Jerry and the rest of the crew have to deal with someone who isn’t as obsessed with the news as they are. Plot device Shelly Wexler has an Occupy Wall Street buddy who might have information about Genoa, but won’t bring Jerry to meet him because Will embarrassed her on-air. Sure, Shelly is being difficult and stubborn as hell, but if I had to deal with the News Night team’s overinflated egos, I would probably act the same way. One by one, Neal, Sloan, and Don try to make it up to her, but they let their trademark smugness get in the way. Finally, Will goes to meet Shelly and apologizes to her, saying that he just wanted to bash Occupy Wall Street to make him look more like a moderate. He did this despite the fact that they already found who they were looking for: a guy who wrote a report stating that American troops used chemical weapons on civilians in Pakistan. The report seems to match up with what they already know about Genoa, further convincing Mac and Charlie that the story might be credible. Obviously they are missing a major piece of the puzzle that would prove the story false, but they won't find it until it's too late.
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