So sad. The last surviving member of the original punk rock band ‘The Ramones’ died on July 11 at the age of 62.
Tommy Ramone, drummer of beloved punk rock band The Ramones and the last surviving member of the group died on July 11. He was 62. Tommy co-founded the band in 1974.
Tommy Ramone: Drummer Of Punk Rock Band ‘The Ramones’ Dies At 62
Just heartbreaking. Tommy Ramone, drummer of the punk rock band The Ramones, passed away on July 11 at the age of 62. Tommy was the last surviving member of the original band.
News of Tommy’s death was posted to the band’s Facebook page on July 11. “We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014,” the message read.
The message also included a quote from Tommy in 1978:
“It wasn’t just music in The Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody.”
The Ramones were known for hit songs such as “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.”
Tommy and The Ramones were iconic in bringing punk rock music to the forefront in the 1970s. He co-founded the iconic band alongside Joey Ramone, DeeDee Ramone and Johnny Ramone in 1974. The group members all had different last names, but changed them to “Ramone” upon forming the band. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
The original drummer was born Thomas Erdelyi in Budapest, Hungary.
Tommy was battling bile duct cancer and was receiving treatment in hospice.
We are so sad to hear of Tommy’s passing. Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson