Sad news for the world of rock and roll as the passing of Tommy Ramone marks the end of an era. Born Erdelyi Tamas, in Budapest, Hungary, the original drummer for the band finally lost his battle with bile duct cancer at the age of 65. The Ramones’ larger than life personas and catchy punk rock riffs were able to transcend the niche of punk rock and crossover to experience commercial success.
When speaking on why the Ramones had such an impact on popular culture in an interview in 1978 Tommy Ramone said, “It wasn’t just music in The Ramones; it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feeling that was missing in rock music- it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody…”
Rest in peace Tommy.