The Song That Joey Ramone Was Listening To On His Deathbed
Joey Ramone has always been a great inspiration for young musicians who want to pursue a professional musical career. He gained international fame and success after co-founding the Ramones with his friends John Cummings (Johnny Ramone) and Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) in 1974. The band was often described as the first true punk rock band and significantly contributed to rock music and history.
In the beginning, Joey Ramone was the band’s drummer. However, he later became Ramones’ frontman due to his unique image and vocal talent. Even though the band members couldn’t gain great fortune with their records throughout their career, they have become one of the most famous and influential punk rock bands of all time.
Joey Ramone Was Listening To U2’s ‘In A Little While’ When He Died
Shortly after Ramones’ final album ‘¡Adios Amigos!’ Joey Ramone was diagnosed with lymphoma. However, he decided to keep this to himself for two years. Later on, the musician announced that he was fighting cancer, but he couldn’t stand it for a long time. Unfortunately, Ramone died on April 15, 2001, surrendered by his friends and family, who had always supported him while battling his disease.
On his deathbed, the last song that Joey listened was U2’s iconic song ‘In a Little While’ which was featured in their tenth studio album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind.’ During one of his interviews, U2 frontman Bono revealed that Joey Ramone’s family told him about this and expressed his feelings.
Moreover, The Dictators’ frontman Andy Shernoff witnessed this moment as he was in the hospital room with Ramone. As Shernoff recalled in an interview, Ramone’s brother put the song in a boom box, and Ramone breathed his last breath when the song ended.
Andy Shernoff told Still In Rock that:
“Regarding anecdotes, forever etched in my brain is being in the hospital room with Joey Ramone on the day he passed away. He was lying unconscious in his bed when his brother put a U2 song called ‘In A Little While’ in a boom box he kept in the room. The lyrics go ‘in a little while, this hurt will hurt no more.’
The song ended and he literally breathed his last breath. I watched his skin turn from pink to white as his heart stopped pumping blood. It was an unforgettable, transcendent experience.”
Below, you can listen to ‘In A While,’ the last song Joey Ramone listened to before he died.