Punk rock icon Richie Ramone is set to release his new album, “Live To Tell,” on April 21, 2023. It is his third as a solo artist, and early reviews are calling it his best to date.
“Ramones DNA is all over the record for sure,” said Richie, “But at the same time these songs are very personal to me. Addiction, depression and fighting our demons is something we all struggle with at times, and this comes through in a big way. At the same time, these tracks rock hard as anything I’ve ever done. I really dig it and i’m eager to hear what my fans have to say.”
The album will be released on Livewire/Cargo.
Plans are currently being drawn to support the release with a Latin American tour in October, with European dates to follow in November 2023.
Richie was in the Ramones from February 1983 until August 1987. He was the only drummer to be credited as a composer, writer, and lead vocalist of a Ramones song (six in total) which appear on the Ramones albums Animal Boy, Too Tough to Die and Halfway to Sanity.
Joey Ramone remarked, "Richie saved the band as far as I'm concerned. He was the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band."
Richie continues to write and record music, having successfully forayed into the film industry as both an actor and soundtrack composer and his output has been remarkable. He will be releasing his new album, Live To Tell, in early 2023.
His most recent film, Vengeance: Bloodlines Part II, was released in October '22, and is currently free on You Tube. He also dropped a new video, a cover of Cry Little Sister, for the soundtrack to Protége Moi-a film in which he also plays the starring role. Additionally, he will be featured in the upcoming film YouthQuake (both coming in 2023).
Richie made his acting debut in the indie film HEADCHEESE The Movie (released in 2020), while also contributing tracks for the film. Previously, the prolific artist released two singles, Not Afraid (October 2021, Outro Records), along with the single The Last Time (the critically acclaimed tribute to his father who passed away in 2018).
All this followed up the success of his second album Cellophane (August 2017), and a 7” single for the track I Fix This, and his first solo album, Entitled, which featured new songs written by Richie as well as new recordings of the classic songs he wrote for the Ramones.
Richie's song, Somebody Put Something in My Drink, became a Ramones fan favorite and was included on Ramones Mania, one of only two Ramones albums to go gold, as well as Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits, an album comprised of songs hand picked by Johnny Ramone as the Ramones' best works.
In November 2018, Richie released his autobiography, I Know Better Now, on Backbeat Books.
1. Live To Tell
2. When The Night
3. Who Stole My Wig
4. Old Ways
5. Find Our Place
6. I Sit Alone (Yeah Yeah)
7. Not Afraid
8. Cry Little Sister
10. Other Things
11. Master Plan
10. The Last Time (Remix)