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RS says the honors are to make up for an unintended snub of the former Ramones frontman, born Jeffrey Ross Hyman, during the band’s induction ceremonies into the Rock Hall, when his presentation and acceptance speech were omitted from the schedule.
Due to be on hand for this month’s event is drummer Tommy Ramone, the only surviving original member of the legendary New York City-based punk band. Guitarist Johnny Ramone and bass player Dee Dee Ramone both died in recent years.
The only other remaining Ramone is Marky Ramone, who replaced Tommy on drums after he quit in 1978.
Marky Ramone, whose real name is Marc Bell, was an established performer when the Ramones came calling: He began with the power trio Dust and had been a member of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, among others.
He was officially the band’s drummer in the spring of 2001, when Joey Ramone died from a lengthy illness.