Billy Joe Armstrong Checks In From Japan

’s Billie Joe Armstrong phoned in to fans from Japan to talk about the group’s upcoming tour an participation in the Rock & Roll hall of fame, where he talked about the sense that the Ramones were unsuccessful because they didn’t have a hit single. Armstrong said, “Me, growing up, the way I look at the Ramones was I thought they were the most successful band in the world. They were different from everyone else, they were doing their own thing, they wrote great songs, and they had a really devoted, intense following. Anywhere that they would end up playing, there would end up being anywhere to 500 or 1,000 kids, and to me that was ultimate success.”

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