Following his death on Friday aged 65, stars of the music world have been paying tribute to the career of Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone.

Musicians such as Chad Smith, drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Duff McCagan have all Tweeted their regret, with other tributes from Garbage, Billy Bragg and Motorhead.

Ramone passed away in New York while suffering from cancer of the bile duct in hospice care, and was the last surviving member of the truly seminal punk sound of The Ramones. Their no frills style has since inspired generations of musicians.

Born in Budapest as Erdelyi Tamas in 1949, he set up the Ramones with vocalist Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) and bass guitarist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone). He originally took up the drums in the band because Joey Ramone, who was initially supposed to sing and drum at the same time, couldn’t hold the timings properly – Tommy was supposed to be the manager but stepped in at the last minute.

But from there, he was instrumental in their punchy style, with tracks under two minutes making their point and then getting out. He even wrote their debut single, Blitzkrieg Bop (1976).

From there, he built an impressive career both as part of the Ramones and on other projects, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.


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