The Ramones

The Ramones were an American rock band often regarded as the first punk rock group.

After forming in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, in 1974, they performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually non-stop for 22 years. In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival, the band went on a brief nightclub tour and then disbanded. The band's three founding members—Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone—died within eight years of the break-up.

The Ramones failed to achieve much commercial success during their years of recording and performing. Their only album to reach certified gold status in the U.S. was their compilation album Ramones Mania. Appreciation of the band has grown since the 1980s, and they now regularly appear on "all-time greatest" lists, such as Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and Mojo's 100 Greatest Albums.[7][8][9] In 2002, the Ramones were voted the second greatest rock and roll band ever in Spin Magazine, trailing only The Beatles. On March 18, 2002, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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