Tommy Ramone, the original drummer for the Ramones and the band's the last surviving original member, died on Friday at the age of 65. A spokesman for Ramone's family confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.
"Tom died yesterday, July 11, at 12:15 p.m. at his home in Ridgewood, Queens," Andy Schwartz, publisher of New York Rocker magazine, said on behalf of Ramone's family. "He was in hospice care following treatment for cancer of the bile duct." (Schwartz also confirmed Ramone's age as 65.)
Ramone was a founding member of the family of "brothers" who helped invent punk rock in New York's frenetic 1970s music scene. Harnessing a powerful combination of short, propulsive three-chord singalongs on themes of adolescent angst, the Ramones created a durable sound in songs like "Beat on the Brat," "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" that would go on to influence countless later bands.
AC/DC has completed work on a follow up to 2008′s ‘Black Ice’ after a series of focused sessions in Vancouver, though frontman Brian Johnson admits the absence of Malcolm Young weighed heavy on the group.
“We’re done — I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs,” Johnson tells Classic Rock magazine. “We miss Malcolm, obviously. He’s a fighter. He’s in [the] hospital but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again.”
John Spinks, who provided the ringing guitar riffs to the Outfield’s No. 6 1986 hit ‘Your Love,’ has died after a lengthy battle with liver cancer. He was 60.
“He bravely fought the disease until the very end,” the band said in a message to fans via Facebook. “We are relieved that his passing was peaceful and painless.”