On August 6, 1996, Punk rock band the Ramones performed for the last time at the Palace in Hollywood. This was their grand finale show on this date, marking their official retirement from live performance after over thirty years of touring.
Fun Facts About the Punk rock band the Ramones
- The Ramones were one of the most influential and popular bands in punk rock history.
- Because the band failed to reach monumental commercial success, they traveled by van throughout their career. On their final tour, the van took the band to places such as the Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina and the state fairgrounds in Des Moines.
- A year after the Ramones officially retired on August 6, 1996, the band released a live album named We're Outta Here! comprising the songs performed in the last show.
- The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 18, 2002, explicitly naming Tommy, Johnny, Dee Dee, Joey, and Marky. The surviving inductees of the Ramones spoke on behalf of their band.
- Dee Dee Ramone was the band's original bass player. After leaving in 1989, he was welcomed back to play on "Love Kills."
- At the time of their last show, the Ramones' band members were experiencing health issues and internecine tensions.
- The show attracted several special guests, some joining the band on stage, paying their respect, and playing some tunes. These special guests included Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, and Lemmy Kilmister.
- The Ramones' last song was a cover of the Dave Clark Five's song "Anyway You Want It." Eddie Vedder helped out on lead vocals.
- Most Ramones' members barely survived ten years after their last show. Joey Ramone died in 2001, Dee Dee in 2002, Johnny in 2004, and Tommy Ramone in 2014, leaving Marky as the only surviving Ramones member.
I guess that’s why rockers of that generation had a shelf life… all but one having passed…wonder what their ages were when each died…