Horseshoe Tavern

CJ Ramone – Tickets – The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON – May 13th, 2017

CJ Ramone

The Horseshoe Tavern Presents

CJ Ramone

Big Eyes, The Cola Heads

Sat, May 13, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON


This event is 19 and over

Advance tickets also available at Rotate This, Soundscapes & The Horseshoe front bar

CJ Ramone - (Set time: 11:45 PM)
CJ Ramone
Christopher Joseph Ward (born October 8, 1965), better known as C. J. Ramone, is an American musician known as the bassist for punk rock group The Ramones from 1989 to 1996.

Christopher J. Ward was born in Queens, New York, though he lived in Deer Park, New York for most of his early life.

He attended Ss. Cyril and Methodius School and graduated from Deer Park High School in 1983.

Prior to joining the Ramones, Ward served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a fan of the Ramones, particularly of Dee Dee Ramone, before joining the band, and later played with him in a band called The Remains or The Ramainz, which was formed by Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone and Dee Dee's wife, Barbara Zampini (Barbara Ramone). He also played with Axe, Los Gusanos, and is currently playing in Bad Chopper.

Ward replaced original band member Dee Dee Ramone, though Dee Dee continued to write songs for the group. C.J. sang many well-known Ramones songs, and gave The Ramones a younger image. In the documentary End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones it states that when C.J. joined the Ramones he was seen as a breath of fresh air into the band. Johnny Ramone says he knew immediately when C.J. auditioned to replace Dee Dee that he was right, commenting that he "had the right look".[citation needed] When the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame original Ramones drummer, Tommy Ramone, credited C.J. with "keeping the band young". C.J. also had the idea for the band to cover Tom Waits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up" on the album ¡Adios Amigos!.

C.J. Ramone was the youngest member of the Ramones when he joined, by 9 years. (He also shared a birthday, October 8, with bandmate Johnny Ramone.) His first show with The Ramones was on September 30, 1989, in Leicester, England, and he played with the band until they retired on August 6, 1996.
Big Eyes - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Big Eyes continue to be one of NYC's best-kept secrets as far as melodic punk bands go. Their 2013 album Almost Famous sounds as good now as the day it came out, and it's exciting news that we'll finally be getting a followup this year. It's called Stake My Claim, and it comes out on August via Don Giovanni (pre-order). As you know if you've seen them live lately, Big Eyes have been incorporating more classic rock riffage into their sound, and that is definitely coming across in the songs we've heard from this album. On "Behind Your Eyes," which premieres in this post, there's also some of the '60s-pop-inspired-punk that we know from the Ramones, The Queers, and to some extent Weezer. Picture that sound with a little Thin Lizzy or The Runaways thrown in, and you've got a pretty good idea of this new Big Eyes record.
The Cola Heads - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2