CJ Ramone, from the iconic punk rock band The Ramones, recently released his third solo album “American Beauty” on Fat Wreck Chords. Ramone admitted he wrote the entire album in only 2 weeks in his basement and finished recording the album in 11 days. Rather than trying to make a bold political stance, this album has a positive message of unity and acceptance.
What is your inspiration for the new album American Beauty?
Ramone: It’s no secret things are a bit unsettled in the USA right now. It seems to me everyone is looking at what makes them different from everyone else, with a lot of people fanning the flames. I was hoping to get people to take a step back and just enjoy some really good music and put it all out of their heads for a while. I actually see a lot of good and what’s happening. There has never been more people politically aware or active in our history as they’re all right now. I love seeing them stand up for what they believe is right. It’s inspiring.
Any upcoming American tour dates?
Ramone: Not right now as I am in the process of relocating my family to the East Bay of San Francisco. Later on this year (November-December) I hope to get back out on the road in the US and Canada as well as some European dates in October. I’m also going to play bass for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes for one show in July which I am really looking forward to.
What current bands do you listen to?
Ramone: JD Macpherson, The Secret Sisters, Mean Jeans, The Interrupters, and Nightbirds.
How has the punk rock scene changed since you joined the Ramones?
The Punk scene now is as much about activism as it is about music.
Do you think the Ramones will replay the iconic venue My Father’s Place in Roslyn when it reopens?
Ramone: It’s only me and 3 of the 4 drummers we had still alive, but I’d love to do it! My Father’s Place is one of thee most iconic music venues to open its doors on my island.
Any chance The Ramones will make an appearance on the last Warped Tour this summer?
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s me and 3 drummers left, but if my brothers were still alive, you can bet we’d be showing up!
What’s next for you?
Recording records, touring, raising up my family, and living whatever time I got to the best of my ability.
CJ Ramone recently hosted Vinyl Night at Long Ireland Beer Company in Riverhead, NY. Be sure to follow CJ Ramone for upcoming tour dates, new releases and pick up a copy of “American Beauty.” Rock on!