The Ramones play The Roundhouse
4 July 1976
On 4 July 1976, The Ramones supported The Flamin' Groovies at Camden's Roundhouse and played Dingwalls the next night. The Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop' had aroused interest among the likes of The Damned, The Sex Pistols and The Clash; "it was like a rallying call", according to the Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley. On the first night, The Ramones "took over the hippy Roundhouse and reduced it to the hottest, sleaziest garage ever", according to the NME. In the audience were various members of the fledgling UK punk scene; later members of The Clash and The Damned were pictured hanging out with the New Yorkers, who were apparently pleased to hear about the UK's nascent punk movement.