Randy Blythe: 'Tommy and the Ramones Saved My Life'

Lamb of God man mourns loss of last surviving original Ramone.

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Randy Blythe has paid tribute to Tommy Ramone following the drummer's death from cancer last week.

As Metal Hammer notes, the last surviving original member of the Ramones died in New York on Friday at the age of 65.

Lamb of God frontman took to Instagram to praise Tommy, who he thanked for "helping to create the music that changed and saved my life."

He says: "The importance of the Ramones in the history of underground music cannot be overstated - before the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Black Flag and way before any speed/thrash metal band, the Ramones were blowing minds with loud, fast, aggressive music.

"Although to the calloused ears of modern youth who have grown up listening to crust punk/grind core/speed and thrash metal/and even some of the more aggressive music on commercial radio, The Ramones might sound like fast pop, at the time they started playing out in New York City at CBGB/Max's Kansas City (1974), they were something that had never ever been seen or heard before.

"The first time my band played CBGB, I was completely emotionally overwhelmed. 'Man, the feeaking Ramones started out here!' I thought as I stood on stage. I almost started crying. Without that band, the tempo of underground music would have never reached the speed that it has today. "No Ramones = no Lamb Of God, or any of the other music most fans of my band listen to.

"Rest in peace, bro."

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    I got to see the Ramones in 1991 in Frankfurt. It was epic. I'll never forget that show. Hey ho let's go!
    The Ramones dont get the cred they deserve. Same with the Stooges. Its all abut the Pistols!
    The actual death of the Ramone does not make news on UG, but Blythe talking about it does?
    There's an article about his death. You must've missed it.
    Suddenly now seeing it on top of the news page. Weird. Kind of looks like it came up after this one, though