CJ Ramone

CJ Ramone

Big Eyes, Communist Eyes, Dreadful Children

Wed May 03 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


$13.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

CJ Ramone
CJ Ramone
Christopher Joseph Ward (born October 8, 1965), better known as C. J. Ramone, is an American musician known as the bassist for punk rock group The Ramones from 1989 to 1996.

Christopher J. Ward was born in Queens, New York, though he lived in Deer Park, New York for most of his early life.

He attended Ss. Cyril and Methodius School and graduated from Deer Park High School in 1983.

Prior to joining the Ramones, Ward served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a fan of the Ramones, particularly of Dee Dee Ramone, before joining the band, and later played with him in a band called The Remains or The Ramainz, which was formed by Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone and Dee Dee's wife, Barbara Zampini (Barbara Ramone). He also played with Axe, Los Gusanos, and is currently playing in Bad Chopper.

Ward replaced original band member Dee Dee Ramone, though Dee Dee continued to write songs for the group. C.J. sang many well-known Ramones songs, and gave The Ramones a younger image. In the documentary End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones it states that when C.J. joined the Ramones he was seen as a breath of fresh air into the band. Johnny Ramone says he knew immediately when C.J. auditioned to replace Dee Dee that he was right, commenting that he "had the right look".[citation needed] When the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame original Ramones drummer, Tommy Ramone, credited C.J. with "keeping the band young". C.J. also had the idea for the band to cover Tom Waits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up" on the album ¡Adios Amigos!.

C.J. Ramone was the youngest member of the Ramones when he joined, by 9 years. (He also shared a birthday, October 8, with bandmate Johnny Ramone.) His first show with The Ramones was on September 30, 1989, in Leicester, England, and he played with the band until they retired on August 6, 1996.
Big Eyes
Big Eyes continue to be one of NYC's best-kept secrets as far as melodic punk bands go. Their 2013 album Almost Famous sounds as good now as the day it came out, and it's exciting news that we'll finally be getting a followup this year. It's called Stake My Claim, and it comes out on August via Don Giovanni (pre-order). As you know if you've seen them live lately, Big Eyes have been incorporating more classic rock riffage into their sound, and that is definitely coming across in the songs we've heard from this album. On "Behind Your Eyes," which premieres in this post, there's also some of the '60s-pop-inspired-punk that we know from the Ramones, The Queers, and to some extent Weezer. Picture that sound with a little Thin Lizzy or The Runaways thrown in, and you've got a pretty good idea of this new Big Eyes record.
Communist Eyes
COMMUNIST EYES might be the remains of Seattle punk inventions The Derelicts, Zip Gun, Christ on a Crutch, and other people's long lost children. But then again, maybe they're just a loud form of boogie punk and roll. Hailing from depths of the Ballard Bowl, COMMUNIST EYES will, at least, put some blood on the wall...

Pops Payne-Vocals
Neil Rogers-Guitar
Ian Dunsmore- Bass
Nick Mattson-Drums
Dreadful Children
Dreadful Children
Dreadful Children champion the unlikely equation of Iron Maiden–esque riffery and the Toy Dolls' sense of bouncy, infectious absurdity and somehow create a mad-scientist hybrid that totally kills! -the Stranger, Seattle
Venue Information:
109 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA, 98109