|The world is a little bit sedated. Joey Ramone dies at age 49|
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|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 18 April 2001|
Joey Ramone, lead singer of the groundbreaking punk band, The Ramones, passed away Sunday, April 15th, 2001. Ramone was hospitalized in March of this year and was diagnosed with lymphoma. His death was confirmed by the Ramone's longtime artistic director, Arturo Vega.
For 22 years, Ramone fronted the influential punk band The Ramones. Most music critics and modern day punk bands feel that the Ramones paved the way for bands from the Clash and the Sex Pistols to Green Day and The Offspring. Joe Strummer, lead singer of the Clash called the Ramones "..the daddy punk group of all time," in a recent interview with Spin magazine.
Born Jeffrey Hyman on May 19, 1951, Joey Ramone was originally the drummer for the Queens New York based quartet but his skills were too limited, even for a punk band, and he took over the singing duties instead. The band had a handful of critically acclaimed cult favorite songs such as "Beat On The Brat," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," "Teenage Lobotomy," and "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" but the band never made it into the top 40 charts.
In 1996 The Ramones disbanded after a tour that followed their last studio album, "Adios Amigos." A live farewell tour album, "We're Outta Here!", was released in 1997. Joey Ramone kept a low profile after the Ramones ended and worked on a solo album that was never released. Don’t be surprised to see that on store shelves in the not so distant future.
Sources: CNN.com & AP Newswire