Find out of how Queens influenced the Ramones… and the Ramones influenced a generation.
The Forest Hills-bred punk rockers — Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy — will be front and center during a multi-venue, multi-hour, multi-neighborhood extravaganza on Saturday, July 23.
The fun is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Queens Museum with a tour of the current exhibition Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Ramones and the Birth of Punk with co-curator Marc H. Miller. A writer, art historian, and the museum’s curator from 1985 to 1991, Miller returned for this show, which took him more than three years to organize.
At 3:30 p.m., participants will hop onto a bus for the Forest Hills: Birthplace of Punk tour hosted by Levys’ Unique New York. Former road manager Monte A. Melnick will provide firsthand accounts of the bad boys back then. Asked about his hometown once, Tommy allegedly replied: “kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each.”
At 4:30 p.m., the riders will gather for a tribute at the ramp leading to the rooftop garage at Thorneycroft (now Fanwood) Apartments in the vicinity of 66th Avenue, 66th Road, 99th Street, and 102nd Street. A “hotspot for misbehavior,” this hang out was a second home for the surly teenagers who grew up to be Ramones. Author and musician Mickey Leigh, Joey’s blood brother, will offer remarks there, where a mural of the Ramones was unveiled on June 5.
Then after returning to Queens Museum so some can get off at 5:15 p.m., the bus will head down to Low Tide Bar at the Beach 97th Street concession at Rockaway Beach for a hardcore and punk concert presented by Ridgewood’s Trans-Pecos. Rattrap Bumpkin, Sick Feeling, and Unstoppable Death Machines are scheduled to play until 9 p.m.
Enthusiasts can pay for a portion or the entire trip and join the party at any juncture. However, they will need to find their own transportation from the Rockaways after the show.