Tommy Ramone: Blondie and Chili Peppers Lead Tributes!

Blondie, Guns N’ Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have paid tribute to Tommy Ramone of seminal US punk band The Ramones, who died on Friday.

“He was a lovely, gentle guy,” said Chris Stein, guitarist in Blondie, who played alongside The Ramones in seminal 1970s New York punk venue CBGBs.

“So, so sad to hear about Tommy,” added the band’s drummer, who occasionally played with The Ramones in the 1980s.

“We lost one of the greats,” tweeted Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith.

Former Guns N’ Roses’ stars Slash and Duff McCagan simply tweeted “RIP”.

Other tributes came from Motorhead, Billy Bragg and Garbage.