Pete Davidson to Star in Joey Ramone Netflix Biopic

Pete Davidson, Joey Ramone

The film, which is being made in cooperation with Ramone’s estate, will be executive produced by Davidson, Leigh, David Spiegelman and Rory Rosegarten (Everybody Loves Raymond). Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman) co-founded the group that kicked off the punk revolution in the U.S. with his childhood friends Doug Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) and John Cummings (Johnny Ramone), with all the members taking on family-like pseudonyms inspired by Beatle Paul McCartney’s early stage name.

Though he originally played drums, 6’6″ Joey switched to vocals early on, quickly establishing his iconic stage presence — one foot planted firmly forward, one hand tightly gripping the mic, floppy hair covering his face and his eyes shaded by rose-colored glasses. And always, always a leather jacket matched with ripped jeans, and his growly vocals about pinheads, punk rockers, glue-sniffers and other misunderstood miscreants.

Despite churning out dozens of ear-candy punk standards such as “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Blitzkreig Bop,” “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” “Rockaway Beach” and “Rock n’ Roll High School,” the famously fractious “brothers” never achieved the breakthrough chart success Ramone craved, even as the group toured the world relentlessly from 1976 until their breakup in 1996.

Their final show, at the Palace in Hollywood, was recorded for We’re Outta Here!, featuring such friends and acolytes as Motörhead’s Lemmy, Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd.

Source: News | Billboard

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