RAMONES: Coming Back Together
The estates of all four original members have settled their differences.
The estates of the four original Ramones — Joey, Tommy, Dee Dee and Johnny — have settled their differences and will be working together going forward to honor the band’s legacy.
Jeff Jampol, who co-manages the band’s estate with Dave Frey, says, “We’re all gonna focus on the Ramones, and it’s that whole thing of, ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ The legacy is the Ramones, the music is the Ramones, it was the four of them — it was Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy, and everybody is cooperating and moving in one direction together as a team.”
Linda Ramone, who handled her late husband Johnny’s estate, says, “It’s always been about the entire band except I had Johnny’s half and Joey’s brother Mickey had Joey’s half. And since we weren’t speaking he did more Joey and I did more Johnny. We can move on now and do Ramones ’cause me and Mickey now are friends, so that’s cool.”
And Jampol adds, “The 40th anniversary of the Ramones is coming up in 2016, that’s when the first album came out. So we have a lot of projects leading up to that. We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before. It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the ’70s and a little bit in the ’80s…” T
There is also a play, a book and a Martin Scorsese film on the band in the works. And that’s not all. Morrissey is working on a Ramones compilation that when done will be released by Sire-Rhino.