CJ Ramone & Shonen Knife at Vega 6/11
18+ | 9pm | $14 ADV / $16 DOS
CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH WARD, BETTER KNOWN AS "CJ RAMONE," IS AN AMERICAN MUSICIAN BEST KNOWN AS THE BASSIST FOR THE PUNK ROCK GROUP THE RAMONES FROM 1989 TO 1996.
HIS HOMETOWN IS DEER PARK, NEW YORK. HE REPLACED ORIGINAL BAND-MEMBER DEE DEE RAMONE, THOUGH DEE DEE CONTINUED TO WRITE SONGS FOR THE GROUP. CJ SANG MANY WELL-KNOWN RAMONES SONGS.
PRIOR TO JONING THE BAND, CJ WAS A MARINE AND A RAMONES FAN. HE WAS SEEN AS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR INTO THE BAND. JOHNNY RAMONE CLAIMED HE KNEW IMMEDIATELY WHEN CJ AUDITIONED TO REPLACE DEE DEE THAT HE WAS RIGHT; COMMENTING THAT CJ "HAD THE RIGHT LOOK." WHEN THE RAMONES WERE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, ORIGINAL RAMONES DRUMMER TOMMY RAMONE CREDITED CJ WITH "KEEPING THE BAND YOUNG." CJ RAMONE WAS THE YOUNGEST MEMBER WHEN HE JOINED BY 9 YEARS. CJ'S FIRST SHOW WITH THE RAMONES WAS ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1989, IN LEICESTER, ENGLAND, AND HE PLAYED WITH THE BAND UNTIL THEY RETIRED ON AUGUST 6, 1996.
AFTER THE RAMONES, HE PLAYED IN A BAND CALLED THE REMAINS, OR THE REMAINZ, WHICH WAS FORMED BY DEE DEE RAMONE, MARKY RAMONE, AND DEE DEE'S WIFE, BARBARA ZAMPINI (BARBARA RAMONE). HE ALSO PLAYED WITH HIS OWN BANDS LOS GUSANOS AND BAD CHOPPER. HE NOW TOURS ON HIS OWN AS CJ RAMONE WITH HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM - RECONQUISTA.
CJ LIVES WITH HIS WIFE AND THREE KIDS. CJ IS ACTIVE WITH THE AUTISM COMMUNITY BECAUSE HIS SON HAS AUTISM. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERS HIS TIME AS A GUEST TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL OF ROCK IN FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK.
Osaka, Japan's Shonen Knife return with their 18th release, a new studio album called "Pop Tune" Out June 5th 2012 on Good Charamel Records in North America. The legendary female pop/punk trio continues celebrating their 30th Anniversary as the most internationally recognizable name in Japanese indie rock with another amazing collection of songs about life, fantasy and food.
Shonen Knife's newest rock party begins with a full out rocker called "Welcome to the Rock Club". "Pop Tune" also includes some new directions for the band such as the song "Move On" (which was re-recorded after the original was used in a Japanese television commercial last year) and 2 new songs sung by (bassist) Ritsuko and the newest member of Shonen Knife (drummer) Emi.
The "Pop Tune" album is again delivered masterfully by lead vocalist / founding member Naoko featuring her always fun and crunchy guitars on 10 new pop tunes that could only have come from the minds and hearts of the ladies of Shonen Knife.
The "Pop Tune" album also features the song "Osaka Rock City" which has been chosen as the theme song for a Japanese movie called "Soul Flower Train" opening later this year that is directed by Hiroshi Nishio. (http://www.soulflowertrain.com/)
In July/August of this year Naoko, Ritsuko and Emi will return to the US/Canada for their thirty city "Pop Tune North AmericaTour 2012" in support of this exciting new release!