Sunday, November 20, 2011

VIDEO: CJ Ramone helps Shonen Knife pay tribute to The Ramones

Japanese rockers Shonen Knife are currently on a 30th Anniversary tour and playing shows in support of their latest release, "Osaka Ramones: Tribute To The Ramones"

The album contains 13 Ramones covers and clocks in at just over 33 minutes…which sounds about right in Ramonesville.

The band’s self-reference as the "Osaka Ramones" has some history: Shonen Knife did a live show in Tokyo in 1998, doing all-Ramones cover tunes and billing themselves as "The Osaka Ramones" - a title which Joey Ramone used himself when introducing them onstage at the Troubadour in L.A. in August of ‘98.

Shonen’s US tour pulled into Brooklyn on Friday for a show at the Bell House, where the band wailed through their regular set…before being joined by special guest C.J. Ramone.

In 1989, C.J. joined the Ramones to replace original bassist Dee Dee Ramone; C.J. played with the punk legends until they retired following their final show on August 6, 1996.

On Friday, C.J. and Shonen Knife ran through a 7-song encore of Ramones goodies, including “Scattergun,” “Blitzkerig Bop,” “Beat On The Brat,” “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “The KKK Took My Baby Away,” “Rock N’ Roll High School” and “Pinhead.”

Shonen Knife wrapped up their North American tour Sunday (20) in Albany, NY.

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Shonen Knife w/C.J. Ramone – Blitzkreig Bop
The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY – November 18, 2011

Shonen Knife w/C.J. Ramone – Scattergun
The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY – November 18, 2011

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