Formed in late 2010 when Andy Johnson coaxed Bryn Merrick (former Damned bassist) out of musical retirement. Dave Johnson was soon recruited on drums and The Shamones were born. The band have been perfecting the classic Ramones sound since and are fast becoming recognised as the best tribute around to the New York punk heroes. The Shamones played at Tribfest, Europe’s biggest and best tribute band festival (www.tribfest.co.uk) in 2011 & 2012 and featured in the review of 2012’s event in the NME. Friday August 16th 2013 will see the band make their third apearance at this amazing festival.
A busy 2012 saw The Shamones contribute two tracks to the “Ramone To The Bone” tribute album and play shows in Birmingham, Cardiff, Barry, Carmarthen, Romford, Ipswich, Wolverhampton, Scunthorpe and Cannock as well as playing the famous Boston Arms in Camden. 2013 has seen the band add more songs to the set (43 in total at the last count!) and continue to gig around the country to great acclaim. More gigs are being added all the time including Garden Glasto in Leicester on June 1st and an appearance at the Alice In Wonderland club mystery tour show in October alongside Zodiac Mindwarp & Dr & The Medics. Keep checking the page and the website for updates. Gabba Gabba Hey!