Throwback Concert: Ramones at Toad’s Place 1989

Throwback Concert: Ramones at Toad’s Place 1989

99.1 PLR celebrates 50 years! This week we are celebrating another great year in our history: 1989!

Which band played the most shows at Toad’s Place? We’re not exactly sure, but we’re pretty sure The Ramones is right up there! From 1977 to 1996 The Ramones played roughly 23 shows at Toad’s. Some years they played there place more than once. For example, in 1991 they played Toad’s in three times. In the 80’s it was common to see the Ramones twice a year: both in the winter and in the summer.

1989 was one of those years the Ramone’s played twice to Toad’s. The latter show in December turned out to be a historic show for the Ramones. It was the United States concert debut of C.J. Ramone, who replaced original member Dee Dee Ramone in the band. The Ramones came to New Haven in December ’89 to support their eleventh studio album, “Brain Drain,” which they had released that March.

Today we look back at that show….



Tour: Brian Drain

Tuesday December 12, 1989

Toad’s Place – New Haven, Connecticut

Band Lineup: Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, C.J. Ramone, Marky Ramone


  1. Durango 95
  2. Teenage Lobotomy
  3. Psycho Therapy
  4. Blitzkrieg Bop
  5. Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?
  6. I Believe In Miracles
  7. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  8. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
  9. I Wanna Be Sedated
  10. Beat on the Brat
  11. I Wanna Live
  12. My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg)
  13. Go Mental
  14. Sheena Is a Punk rocker
  15. Rockaway Beach
  16. Pet Sematary
  17. Don’t Bust My Chops
  18. She’s The One
  19. Mama’s Boy
  20. Animal Boy
  21. Wart Hog
  22. Surfin’ bird (The Trashmen cover)
  23. Cretin Hop
  24. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
  25. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
  26. Pinhead
  27. Chinese Rocks (The Heartbreakers cover) – Encore 1
  28. Somebody Put Something In My Drink – Encore 1
  29. California Sun (Joe Jones cover) – Encore 1
  30. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – Encore 2
  31. Palisades Park (Freddy Cannon cover) – Encore 2
  32. We’re A Happy Family – Encore 2



Check out the live audio of the Ramones at Toad’s


More Ramones live performances in Connecticut