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In the 1980s, my brother & I went to an outside Ramones show in a big field in the Northeast. David Johansen opened. When the band came on stage, there was a rush of thousands of people & we were pushed really close to the stage. My brother’s arm got pinned - I think he was pushed over a barricade. They took him to a first aid station & put his arm in a sling. Meanwhile, I had brought a copy of a compilation record that my high school punk rock band, the Panics, was on. I handed the record to the person in front of me with instructions to pass it forward to the Ramones, and people did - head over head until it was placed on the stage. I remember that when they played Surfing Bird, during the part where the band pauses a long time before Joey starts up singing, someone threw a frisbee and it flew just inches from Joey’s head, but he never even flinched. I was very impressed by that.

I don’t know if the band ever got my record. A year or so before that, my friends had gotten on their tour bus & gave them our single, “I Wanna Kill My Mom.” But when the Ramones got off stage that day, before they drove off, my brother got Johnny & Dee Dee to sign his sling. He told them that he broke his arm going over the stage barricade and Johnny said, “Cool”.

In the 1980s, my brother & I went to an outside Ramones show in a big field in the Northeast. David Johansen opened. When the band came on stage, there was a rush of thousands of people & we were pushed really close to the stage. My brother’s arm got pinned - I think he was pushed over a barricade. They took him to a first aid station & put his arm in a sling. Meanwhile, I had brought a copy of a compilation record that my high school punk rock band, the Panics, was on. I handed the record to the person in front of me with instructions to pass it forward to the Ramones, and people did - head over head until it was placed on the stage. I remember that when they played Surfing Bird, during the part where the band pauses a long time before Joey starts up singing, someone threw a frisbee and it flew just inches from Joey’s head, but he never even flinched. I was very impressed by that.

I don’t know if the band ever got my record. A year or so before that, my friends had gotten on their tour bus & gave them our single, “I Wanna Kill My Mom.” But when the Ramones got off stage that day, before they drove off, my brother got Johnny & Dee Dee to sign his sling. He told them that he broke his arm going over the stage barricade and Johnny said, “Cool”.

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