Marky Ramone

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Marky Ramone
Drummer - Punk, hard rock

Bands: Ramones

Drumsticks: Vic Firth

Marky Ramone (born Marc Steven Bell, (1956-07-15) July 15, 1956 (age 65)) is an American musician. He is best known for being the drummer of the punk rock band the Ramones, for 15 years (1978–83, 1987–96). He has also played in other notable bands including Dust (1969–1972), Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys (1974-1976), Richard Hell & the Voidoids (1976-1978), and the Misfits (2001–2005).

Marky Ramone is the only living member of the longest-running Ramones line-up, which featured Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee for 15 years.

Musical career

Marc Bell started playing drums in 1971 with one of the first heavy metal bands in America, Dust, which included Kenny Aaronson on bass and Richie Wise on guitar, and was produced by Kenny Kerner. Bell recorded two albums with the band, before getting into the punk scene. In late 1972, following the death of New York Dolls original drummer Billy Murcia, Bell auditioned as a replacement and was the only seriously considered alternative to the eventual chosen candidate, Jerry Nolan. In the mid-70s he played with Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys. In the mid 1970s, he joined Richard Hell & the Voidoids. He played on the Voidoid's first album, Blank Generation. In 1978, Bell joined the Ramones was took on the stage name of Marky Ramone.

Marky Ramone was with the Ramones for the next five years. He was asked to leave the band in late 1982 for personal reasons. He returned in 1987 and played 1700 shows with the band up until their retirement in 1996.

In 1993, Marky appeared with the Ramones in the episode "Rosebud" of The Simpsons.

In 1996, Marky joined Dee Dee Ramone to form The Ramainz, performing Ramones songs.

In 2000, Marky Ramone joined Joey Ramone, lead vocalist of the Ramones, to record Joey's solo album, entitled Don't Worry About Me. Joey told talk show host Joe Franklin that Marky was his favorite drummer along with Keith Moon.

In 2001 he joined the Misfits, replacing Dr. Chud on drums. He played with the band until 2005, appearing on the band's album Project 1950.

In October 2001, Marky appeared on MTV accepting his lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2 Marky Ramone's hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk. In March 2002, Marky was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at New York's Waldorf Astoria as a member of the Ramones. He recorded some albums with his solo bands Marky Ramone & the Intruders and Marky Ramone & the Speedkings, as well as many 7" releases. Marky Ramone & the Speedkings toured the world from 2002 to 2003.

In September 2004, Marky served as Executive Producer and released a Ramones DVD entitled Ramones Raw on Image Entertainment, which featured footage of the band while on tour all over the world along with other various rare, vintage footage. Much of the candid footage is courtesy of Marky Ramone's personal video library. The DVD was finished just in time to include commentary from Johnny Ramone, who died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2004. The commentary also includes Marky Ramone. Ramones: Raw is the only certified Gold selling Ramones DVD and one of only two US gold selling releases in the Ramones entire catalog. The other being the greatest hits double LP Ramonesmania released in 1988. Ramones: Raw is also the highest charting release in the Ramones history.

On April 22, 2008, Marky Ramone appeared on a new CD in Canada playing drums with the Canadian punk band called Teenage Head. The CD is called Teenage Head with Marky Ramone and it was released in the USA on June 10, 2008. It was recorded in 2003 on two separate visits by Marky to Canada.

He teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger's, Hilfger Denim, in 2009 to launch his own clothing line consisting of leather jackets, jeans and t-shirts. He also has his own line of pasta sauce, "Marky Ramone's Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce."

Marky continues to carry the torch for the Ramones as he tours the world with his band called Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, which plays a 32-song set of the Ramones with former Misfits' singer, writer and frontman Michale Graves.

Marky appeared on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations twice. On the 2007 Cleveland episode, he ate with Bourdain at the Michael Symon restaurant Lola and also toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Bourdain said Marky approved of the Ramones exhibit. On the 2010 "No Reservations Holiday Special," the two gather around a table and discuss what they want from Santa Claus (He wanted a hard to get Italian sports car).

Marky also won the lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's for 2011.

In September 2011 Marky was a guest instructor on VH1 Classic's Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp season 2 episode 3 where he helped the campers polish their chops and song writing skills.

On March 2013 he was part of the Reverend Martini's All Nite Jumpin' Showcase at Viva Las Vegas #16 where he played a Ramones tribute with Deke Dickerson, Chris Sprague, and Crazy Joe! Marky Ramone also played Rock in Rio, on September 14, 2013. He has also signed on for another year as a DJ on his show the Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius XM.

Marky Ramone Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 14.

(early 1980s) - 0835 Marky Ramone - used Manny's signature model drumstick, Ramones.
(mid 1980s) - 0836 Marky Ramone - Vic Firth signature model drumstick, Ramones.
(1986) - 0178 Marky Ramone - used huge Vic Firth signature model drumstick, 10/23/1986 The Metro, Boston, MA.
0451-0452 Marky Ramone - used trademark mismatched Vic Firth signature model drumsticks, used 10/05/1990 Baltimore, MD show, purchased 10/6/1990 at The Ritz, NYC show.
0155 Marky Ramone - autographed Vic Firth signature model drumstick.
0573 Richie Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Marky Ramone - autographed drumstick, three Ramones drummers.
1580-1581 Marky Ramone - autographed Vic Firth signature model drumsticks.
1873-1874 Marky Ramone - unused Vic Firth signature model drumsticks, Hilfiger Denim .