Richie Ramone (née Richard Reinhardt, a.k.a. Richard Beau) was the third drummer for punk rock pioneers the Ramones. He manned the skins for about four years and a trio of albums in the mid-'80s. It was a period when the band struggled with direction, initially reclaiming their legacy (with Too Tough to Die), then squandering it. After leaving the band over a revenue dispute, Richie essentially was missing in action for a quarter century, recently resurfacing and releasing his first solo album, Entitled, last fall. Revisiting a handful of songs he wrote for the Ramones (including "I'm Not Jesus" and "I Know Better Now") and matching them with new material, Richie touches on the Ramones' punk ethos but more often wanders metal-ward with classic shredder Tommy Bolan lacing thick guitar lines throughout. Live, Richie reportedly will lead a quartet featuring guitarist Alex Kane, bassist Clare Misstake, and rhythm guitarist Ben Reagan, who also takes over on drums when Richie steps out front on vocals.
Fri., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., 2014