Drums and Lead Vocals
No conversation about rock music is complete without the Ramones, and no discussion about the Ramones is credible without noting that Richie Ramone was the band’s most musically prolific and powerful drummer.
Richie was in the Ramones from February 1983 until August 1987. He was the only drummer to be credited as a composer, writer, and lead vocalist of a Ramones song (six in total) which appear on the Ramones albums Animal Boy, Too Tough to Die and Halfway to Sanity.
Punk rock icon Joey Ramone remarked, “Richie saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He was the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.”
Richie continues to write and record music, having successfully forayed into the film industry as both an actor and soundtrack composer. He made his acting debut in the indie films HEADCHEESE the movie (released in 2020), and quickly followed that up with the lead role in Protoge Moi, while also contributing tracks for both films. Most recently he will appear in Youthquake, and Vengeance 2 Bloodlines — coming out in 2022.
Richie recently completed a new single, I’m Not Afraid (Outro Records), along with a cover of Cry Little Sister for the soundtrack to Protoge Moi. The Last Time (the critically acclaimed tribute to his father who passed away in 2018), followed up the success of his second CD Cellophane (August 2017), and a 7” single for the track “I Fix This.” Prior to this, Richie dropped his first solo album, Entitled, which featured new songs written by Richie as well as new recordings of the classic songs he wrote for the Ramones.
Richie’s song, Somebody Put Something in My Drink, became a Ramones fan favorite and was included on Ramones Mania, one of only two Ramones albums to go gold, as well as Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits, an album comprised of songs hand picked by Johnny Ramone as the Ramones’ best works.
In November 2018, Richie released his autobiography, I Know Better Now, on Backbeat Books.
Bass Guitar and Vocals
Clare Misstake from London, England, played in AntiProduct from the UK for the first part of this century. With AntiProduct she toured Europe (with The Ozzfest), and was nominated for Kerrang! magazine's Best New Band.
A long time Ramones fan, she is the founding member of the UK all-girl Ramones tribute band The Ramonas. She also has a one girl band called NOiZEE that has toured in both the USA & Europe.
She's straight punk energy, power and aggression, pounding the bass fast and furious while adding background vocals all along the way.
Photo: Yuki Kuroyanagi
Guitar and Vocals
Ronnie Simmons, from Sydney Australia, is a guitarist and composer who grew up onstage as a teen touring the pubs of Australia. He cut his teeth on a diet of punk and hard rock before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, where he and Richie’s path’s first crossed at Canter’s deli with The legendary Mayor of the Sunset Strip, Rodney Bingenheimer.
Ronnie and Richie first shared the stage together at Ronnie’s first USA performance on stage in Hollywood covering ‘Something To Do’ together and after touring the USA and the world in numerous bands as a hired gun. Ronnie went on to join Richie’s band in 2016.
Citing The Ramones as his biggest influence, Ronnie has the infamous Arturo Vega eagle logo tattooed the size of his back and has mastered the right-hand downstroke aggressive style and stamina of Johnny Ramone’s guitar playing as well as bringing his own style into the fold. He also plays with Australian rock heavyweights Rose Tattoo, composes for film & TV as well as his own music that he quotes is "Too rock too be punk and too punk to be rock."
Photo: Mathias Fau
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Chris Moye is from Houston, TX, raised on a diet of Punk Rock and Metal. As soon as he picked up the drum sticks, at the age of 9, he couldn’t stop.
Before joining Richie Ramone’s band as a drum tech and secondary drummer, Chris played in numerous Houston Punk bands. Among these a Bad Religion cover band featuring members of 30 Foot Fall and DieFast, a band from Tod Waters, founder of Spunk, and the fashion designer who outfits Möetly Crüe. There he met guitarist Glen Gilbert, who was so impressed by Chris’ chops that he recommended him to Richie.