The first song on the Ramones’ 1981 release Pleasant Dreams ironoically is “We Want The Airwaves”. When the band arrived for its October 4, 1981 show at the Youngstown Agora, it wasn’t getting much air play and the strain between Joey and Johnny Ramone was increasing over girl issues. Despite not getting along for pretty much the rest of their career (this includes all band members), the Ramones found a way to make a go of it on stage and in the studio in the 1980s and 90s. They just never achieved the pop chart stardom they craved as kids from Queens eating refried beans and gulpin’ down thorazines.
I had previously posted that this was the last Ramones show in Youngstown. That might not be correct. There is evidence of a show taking place on July 23, 1983 at the State Theater. The State Theater was not running ads in the Vindicator at that time, but there is a mention of the show in The Jambar from that time frame. Ramones gigographies online do not list that show as happening, but there is a mention of “Hicksville, Ohio” on July 22 in the Wikipedia entry regarding Ramones concert tours. There is also a possibility that it was canceled or the State Theater had already closed. Anyone in the know feel free to leave a comment.