Little Steven and Disciples of Soul release holiday single, ‘Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)’

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Steven Van Zandt in the video for “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight).”

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul are releasing their modified version of The Ramones’ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” — recorded at a pre-show soundcheck in Utrecht, Netherlands, Nov. 28 — as a holiday single. For information, visit

(Dec. 21 Update: Van Zandt also has released a video for the song; check it out below.)

“This is our tribute to the Ramones, keeping their music alive,” Van Zandt told “I needed a third verse so I channeled Joey and wrote what I feel is the third verse he would have written. His brother Mickey heard the record and gave me his blessing.”

The band — which has been on the road for much of the last year, and released a new album, Soulfire, in May — will perform a Holiday Homecoming show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Dec. 23. Visit

“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight),” which was written by Joey Ramone, was first released as a B-side for The Ramones “I Wanna Live” single in 1987, and also was included on The Ramones’ 1989 album, Brain Drain.

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1 comment

Susie Primmer December 21, 2017 - 9:51 pm

Always love watching Stevie and most Of all I loved when Bruce Springsteen called
Stevennnnn on stage and Stevie has cool look on his face , just love his music.


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