By 1988, The Ramones had seen, done and played it all. From 1974 to 1996, the New York punk icons reportedly played 2,263 concerts, averaging nearly 103 shows per year. One of those shows happened at The Parthenon, a College Station venue that current residents now know as The Tap.
Attendees had one word to describe the event: loud. “It was like a locomotive coming through the club,” one concertgoer said. After the adrenaline-pumping set, bassist Dee Dee Ramone approached the show’s promoter, Bill Allen, backstage and asked for help blowing up a pumpkin with two M-80 firecrackers outside. Allen gleefully accepted, and The Ramones left Aggieland with a bang.