I think if Joey Ramone had decided to pick an heir, the perfectionist of party rock may have been high on his list. Which makes it only fitting that Andrew WK will be fronting Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg on a tour that kicks of next week.
It seems like a pairing based in mutual respect with Ramones making this statement:
I first met Andrew through a mutual friend and he told me about his party philosophy, which has also always been my exact take on life. We went into the rehearsal studio and it just clicked. We had so much fun that we wanted to invite everyone to the party. I've said before and I will say it again, these songs are too good not to be played live!
And WK responding with:
When Marky Ramone asks you to be his singer, you don't even think about it. It's an automatic, yes. I was intimidated by the magnitude of the opportunity - freaked out and overwhelmed - but I was also completely determined and focused - it's something I had to do. Even just the first rehearsal felt like an odyssey, but that's how you can tell the experience is changing your life. I've never had a more rewarding, humbling, or challenging invitation than this, and I'm serving the gods via this incredible sound Marky and his band created. There's never been better rock 'n' roll music made than this, and I will give everything I have to do it justice.
Andrew WK recently finished up a ten-year anniversary tour for his party rock opus I Get Wet, so fronting the Ramones just seems like the logical next step.
There is no word yet if WK will be assuming the Ramone name, or will continue with his current moniker, nor any word as to whether or not WK has any intention of inviting Ramone to the world of bronies.
Tour dates are below.
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew WK 2013
May 3 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
May 9 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Main Square
May 10 - Rome, Italy - Crossroads Live Club
May 11 - Zaragoza, Spain - Actitude Rock Festival
May 12 - Valencia, Spain - Rock City
May 14 - Saint Petersburg, Russia - ClubZal
May 15 - E katerinburg, Russia - Tele-Club
May 16 - Moscow, Russia - 16 Tons
June 30 - Helsinki, Finland - Circus Venue
July 5 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
July 7 - Terra Vibe, Greece -Rockwaves Festival
July 19 - Altes Lager, Germany - Jamboree Festival
Oct 2 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
Oct 3 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Oct 4 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Oct 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Oct 8 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Oct 10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's
Oct 12 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
Oct 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda
Oct 23 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
Oct 24 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Oct 25 - Glasgow, SCO - TBA