Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee are gone, but Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg carried on the punk tradition and brought a fast-paced stream of Ramones hits to Maxwell's Wednesday night. Marky, of course, anchored the tight four-piece band from behind the drum kit, with Michale Graves, one of Marky's bandmates from the old Misfits days, performing ably on lead vocals.
Like a Ramones show, the Blitzkrieg set featured a rapid-fire assault of one tune after another. A few seconds after a song, the bass player counted down the "1, 2, 3, 4" to the next one. The one-hour-and-20-minute set included many of the hits any Ramones fan would recognize: "Rockaway Beach," "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," "I Don't Care," "Cretin Hop," "Sheena is a Punk Rocker," "Chinese Rock," and of course "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "I Wanna Be Sedated."
The band also played at least one original Blitzkrieg song that I recognized, "When We Were Angels."
There was hardly any stage banter, but when seeing a performance of Ramones tunes, the music does all the talking.
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg continues its brief East Coast tour with dates in Atlantic City (March 30th), Baltimore (March 31st), and the Bell House in Brooklyn on April 1st. After that they're off to tour Europe and Asia. See all tour dates for Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg here.