I was at school. A student knocked on my door and blurted out, "Joey Ramone died!" The sense of loss hit me immediately, probably more than any other musical death I'd experienced. I'd admired Joey, hell looked up to him, since I was fourteen and now he was gone and so quickly. In Joey, I saw a reflection of my own awkwardness and that of a friend who'd taken his own life. Losing someone in whom you see part of yourself, a part of your community churns up your guts, leaving a feeling of upset that never totally goes away.
Before Joey Ramone (more HERE) died in the spring of 2001, he did play one last show in New York City, which, judging by the Chritmas-y set list, was probably in December 2000. The backing band, I believe, consists of Marky Ramone, Andy Shernoff and Daniel Rey. Though, as you can tell, I don't have all the precise details on this final performance (anyone?), I'd like to offer it to you as a way to fill a bit of the Joey-sized void so many of us share.
Readers, How did you react when you heard Joey had died?
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