Rockit to Russia Pays Tribute to Bobby Ramone at Monterey Club on Saturday
His late younger brother, Mikey, also did his time in Rockit to Russia. "He played the Ramones stuff better than anyone -- he died of a pulmonary embolism in 2008," says longtime friend and Death Becomes You drummer Christopher Lee. Lee and his band of actual brothers shared a close and special bond with Bobby, Mikey, and the rest of the Rockit. It's appropriately heartwarming that Lee would pull his resources and set up a benefit show for Bobby's family.
As Lee explains, "[Bobby was] one of these people who didn't have much -- living off of government assistance -- and they didn't do much to help him." The Monterey Club is allowing Lee to use all the door money so it can be given to Bobby's kids. Lee says, "His kids are 12 and 13; we're going to use the money to buy them a savings bond. They were totally into everything he did."
Reinhardt's love of classic three-chord punk and his family kept him going when he couldn't get the care he needed. Lee and his brother Nicodemus spent hours talking music with their buddy as his condition worsened. Lee elaborates: "The last time we spoke, he really didn't sound good."
In the spirit of Bobby Ramone, Rockit to Russia will perform 35 Ramones classics and invite anyone in attendance to sing or play along. It'll be a South Florida version of the Ramones' cameo-laden final concert as captured on We're Outta Here. If Saturday's show is anything like that, it'll be a blast that we wish never had to end.
Lee puts it best: "Since he didn't have an actual funeral, now [we're] doing a rock 'n' roll funeral for Bobby, like the 'Pet Cemetery' video."
Bobby Ramone Memorial Benefit Show. 10 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at the Monterey Club, 2608A S.
Federal Highway. Click here.
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