Check out this backstage photo of punk rock legend Dee Dee Ramone sporting what looks like a bootleg Detroit Wings shirt circa 1979. Another photo taken 3 years earlier shows 13-year old future lead-singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis rocking the exact same Detroit shirt.
From their early songs like “King of Rock”, to the guitar driven “Rock Box” and of course the Aerosmith collaboration “Walk This Way”, Hip-Hop legends Run-D.M.C. have always been influenced by rock music. Looks like Rock N’ Roll has also influenced the fashion of music fanatic D.M.C. He ditched the Adidas jumpsuit and sneakers for a pair of black jeans and a rock band shirt.
Ramones Getting Booed Off The Stage Live at the Canadian World Music Festival, Toronto, July 2, 1979…
From May 20 to May 28, 1960, The Silver Beetles (as they were called at the time) toured Scotland, backing a young musician named Johnny Gentle. As part of this tour, the whole band decided to give themselves pseudonyms. Dee Dee then came up with the idea of naming the new band the Ramones and convinced the other members of the band to start using Ramone as their last name.
The Ramones proved that you don’t have to play everything perfectly to be an amazing band. Case in point, Johnny Ramone once famously told Joe Strummer, “We’re lousy, we can’t play. If you wait until you can play, you’ll be too old to get up there.”
The Clash and Joe Strummer make a small cameo appearance in the Academy Award nominated movie “Moneyball”. Brad Pitt who plays Billy Beane in the movie is shown in his office at the Oakland A’s stadium. Behind Pitt is a poster of The Clash concert that took place in that same stadium on October 23, 1982 when The Clash was on tour supporting The Who.
Rockstar 101: Rule “Numero Uno” – Do not wear your own bands t-shirt or band merch. That’s equivalent to Kobe Bryant wearing his Los Angeles Lakers jersey to dinner. Here is Part 2 of some rockstars breaking the law…
Eddie Vedder has 3 Fender Telecasters he uses on tour. One was bought for him by his mother, another was stolen/never returned to S.I.R. [Studio Instrument Rentals] in Hollywood.
Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Glenn Colvin), of The Ramones, died June 5, 2002 in apartment #204 in this unassuming apartment building in Hollywood.
I am Raul Rossell II, born and raised in Los Angeles, California and founder of feelnumb.com. I’m not trying to be a Rock Star, I just write about them…