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Two (maybe three?) years ago, I was invited to a small (really small) place in Chicago called the “AAA Warehouse” to check out MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKRIEG doing a full-blown set of THE RAMONES’ greatest hits. This place – which looked like a defunct gas station or something – was one of the most “punk rock” venues I’d ever stepped into – and the show was absolutely insane. While Michale Graves was handling vocals that night, those looking for a dose of BLITZKRIEG in 2013 will have a surprising new voice on the mic… ANDREW W.K.

Word hit Rock Father HQ this morning that Ramone has chosen W.K. to handle vocal duties for a World Tour that will get started on May 3 at Andrew W.K.’s own Santos Party House in New York City.

Ramone said the following regarding his choice of W.K. as a vocalist for this tour… 

“I first met Andrew through a mutual friend and he told me about his party philosophy, which has also always been my exact take on life. We went into the rehearsal studio and it just clicked. We had so much fun that we wanted to invite everyone to the party. I’ve said before and I will say it again, these songs are too good not to be played live!!!” Marky Ramone

W.K. added the following…

“When Marky Ramone asks you to be his singer, you don’t even think about it. It’s an automatic, YES. I was intimidated by the magnitude of the opportunity – freaked out and overwhelmed – but I was also completely determined and focused – it’s something I had to do. Even just the first rehearsal felt like an odyssey, but that’s how you can tell the experience is changing your life. I’ve never had a more rewarding, humbling, or challenging invitation than this, and I’m serving the gods via this incredible sound Marky and his band created. There’s never been better rock ‘n’ roll music made than this, and I will give everything I have to do it justice.” Andrew W.K.

The setlist for this trek promises 30 songs from Ramone’s lengthy career.

marky12013 Tour Dates Announced Thus Far (Ticket links included where applicable)
May 3 – New York, NY – Santos Party House – Buy tickets (on sale April 3rd @ 10am)
May 9 – Novi Sad, Serbia – Main Square
May 10 – Rome, Italy – Crossroads Live Club
May 11 – Zaragoza, Spain – Actitude Rock Festival
May 12 – Valencia, Spain – Rock City
May 14 – Saint Petersburg, Russia – ClubZal – Buy tickets
May 15 – E katerinburg, Russia – Tele-Club – Buy tickets
May 16 – Moscow, Russia – 16 Tons – Buy tickets
June 30 – Helsinki, Finland – Circus Venue
July 5 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
July 7 – Terra Vibe, Greece –Rockwaves Festival – Buy tickets
July 19 – Altes Lager, Germany – Jamboree Festival – Buy tickets
Oct 2 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ 10am)
Oct 3 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th@ 10am)
Oct 4 – Boston, MA – Paradise – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ Noon)
Oct 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ Noon)
Oct 8 – Chicago, IL – Metro – Buy tickets (on sale April 6th @ Noon)
Oct 10 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ 10am)
Oct 12 – San Francisco, CA – Independent – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ Noon)
Oct 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda – Buy tickets (on sale April 5th @ 10am)
Oct 23 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom (on sale April 5th)
Oct 24 – Manchester, UK – Academy (on sale April 5th)
Oct 25 – Glasgow, SCO – TBA (on sale April 5th)

More Info on Marky Ramone: www.MarkyRamone.com

More Info on Andrew W.K.: www.AndrewWK.com  

BONUS: Here’s a pic from that show I mentioned up-top:
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