December 10 [12:00 EDT] -- The marquee of the NYC club where Joey Ramone held his Secret Holiday Bash last night promised surprises, and surprises there were.
A night of punk yuletide cheer at New York's Continental nightclub concluded with three of the now-defunct Ramones -- Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky -- reuniting onstage to play through a series of old favorites.
At the end of a long night that included commentary and introductions from Joey Ramone, comic interludes from Santa and his elves, and performances by Ronnie Spector (of Ronettes fame), the Independents, Los Gusanos (CJ Ramones' new band), the Dictators, and the Undead (featuring onetime Misfit Bobby Steele), an occasional band known as the Remains took the stage.
The lineup consisted of Marky Ramone on drums, Dee Dee Ramone on guitar, Dee Dee's wife Barbara (Ramone) on bass, and Ben Trokan -- who also plays with Marky Ramone in Marky Ramone & The Intruders -- on guitar.
Several songs into
the set, Dee Dee invited Joey to the stage, and the mini-reunion was under way. The Remains gave the wildly enthusiastic crowd what they wanted, playing such sing-along punk anthems as "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Rockaway Beach," and "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker." CJ Ramone, who has played with the Remains in the past, did not participate in the reunion. Johnny Ramone, who lives in L.A., wasn't around for the event.
In addition to his role as organizer and emcee, Joey Ramone kept busy with unlikely duets over the course of the night. The towering Ramone shared the stage with the diminutive Ronnie Spector for a heart-warming rendition of her 1963 hit "Baby, I Love You." "Long before there was Courtney Love, there was Ronnie Spector, the original bad girl of rock n' roll," he explained in his introduction.
Joey Ramone was also summoned to the stage for a guest appearance with the Bronx-based punk/heavy metal group the Dictators. Frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba complained about the
New York winter, leading into a rousing rendition of the Rivieras' "California Sun."
All in all, the perfect Christmas present for the devoted Ramones fan.