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The Ramonas - an all female Ramones tribute band, at the Fighting Cocks, Kingston, April 2013

I don't know why but I've always avoided out and out tribute bands. All that changed on a Saturday night in April 2013 when I went to see The Ramonas - the UK's only all female Ramones tribute band. They promise and deliver a complete set of Ramones classics in a high energy set full of fun and with more than a few nods to stage antics that made the original band such a live force to be reckoned with. So, yes, we get to beat on the brat and shout Gabba Gabba Hey one more time and everything is as it should be. When a tribute band put as much as this into their show it all makes perfect sense to do this. Of course they are not the Ramones, nothing could be, but they are a pretty damn fine representation and its just great to see a band with such commitment play those classic songs at full volume again. 

All photographs copyright artofthestate 2013

The Ramonas - Ramones tribute band

The Ramonas - Pee Pee from the all girl tribute band to the Ramones

Cloey Ramona

The Ramonas Cloey sports Joey Ramones trademark sunglasses

Rohnny Ramona

Rohnny Ramona provides all the essential rhythm and lead guitar work