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1-2-3-4... stars' tributes pour in for Tommy

Tracy McVeigh

Published 13/07/2014 | 02:30

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The Ramones from left: Dee Dee, Johnny, Tommy and Marky Ramone hold their awards after being inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday, March 18, 2002, at New York's Waldorf Astoria. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

CELEBRITIES bombarded Twitter with tributes for Tommy Ramone yesterday, the last remaining original member of the New York punk band Ramones, who died of cancer on Friday.

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Former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way, comedian Noel Fielding and ex-Guns 'N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum all tweeted about the drummer.

Way simply wrote "RIP Tommy", while Fielding posted: "Oooooooh Tommy Ramone x." Sorum tweeted: "Another legend gone today. Tommy Ramone the original Ramones drummer. A reunion in the sky is in order. RIP Punk Rocker."

Billy Bragg also paid his respects, "1-2-3-4! Last surviving member of the original Ramones, Tommy, has left the building." and Andrew W.K wrote: "Just found out that Tommy Ramone died today. One of the most ground-breaking drummers and producers ever. And always nice."

Tommy, the manager turned drummer, and then producer of the band, was a Hungarian immigrant, born Erdelyi Tamas, who went to the US in 1957.

Heavily influenced by 60s girl groups and the New York Dolls, Ramones formed in 1974 and were the first band from the underground punk scene in the city to make an album. Ramones, legend has it, was recorded in six days and cost $6,400 (€4,700) to make. It saw the first outing of their signature "1-2-3-4" introduction yelled out at the start of each song.

Their first album sold poorly in the US - although it was certified gold last month, 38 years after its release - but became an underground must-have for the UK's nascent punk scene.

Their gigs featured barely a breath between songs and they toured relentlessly until disbanding in 1996. Of the other founders, Joey Ramone died of lymphoma in 2001, Dee Dee was killed by a heroin overdose in 2002 and Johnny died from prostate cancer in 2004. Tommy played on the band's first three albums before leaving in 1978.

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