Wednesday, February 11, 2015

PUNK VS HEAVY METAL! THE RAMONES MEET BLACK SABBATH










Believe it or not, twice in the late 70s the RAMONES were the opening act for BLACK SABBATH. Before securing their status as headliners, the band were likely to accept any pairing, no matter how ill conceived the booking. One of the shows was even billed as PUNK VS HEAVY METAL, and the RAMONES had to halt their performance and flee the stage amidst a shower of debris before completing their opening set.

Astonishingly, audio has turned up of the other performance. Although less unruly, the audience is noticably hostile, especially at the end of PINHEAD and after the completion of the SEARCHERS' ballad NEEDLES & PINS (perhaps they might have skipped this one??) A disgusted JOEY refers to the crowd as 'turkeys' before launching into SURFIN' BIRD.

(The photo is actually from another disastrous gig, opening for AEROSMITH at a festival in Toronto.)




Here is the regrettably incomplete audio:



RAMONES VS BLACK SABBATH








Here is MARKY recalling the shows:


MARKY RAMONE RECALLS RAMONES VS BLACK SABBATH










The band seemed to take the failed crossover performances in stride, and DEEDEE even briefly took to sporting a BLACK SABBATH tshirt (see above). Over time the schism between the exclusive HEAVY METAL and PUNK camps smoothed over, but a vintage photograph used by the OBLIVIANS for the cover of their classic album POPULAR FAVORITES captures the zeitgeist animosity of an older era perfectly...






(Note the fans wearing tshirts similar to DEEDEE's. Ah, those were the days.)






Looking for a photo credit on the DEEDEE pic, if anybody knows, please let me know.



Until then, feel free to check out my track by track RAMONES career overview blog at

RAMONES: HUMMING A SICKENING TUNE


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