My trip in NYC and Toronto in May, 2005

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Copyrightę 2005 -> Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone

Here begin my picture-story report of my trip in New York and Toronto in in May, 2005.

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(Photos: Left: Anthony Zito's painting of Joey.
Right: Joey's mother Charlotte Lesher, Laura Brown and David Kelly in front of many paintings.)


It was a long long trip to New York. Just before I started my trip to Helsinki (capital of Finland) on May 13, 2005 I did phone interview with Antti Niemi, goalkeeper of Finnish national soccer team, he's also a Ramones fan and in my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone. I went to punk/ rock show of Rohto and Rounders with my friend Tommi Parkkila in Helsinki. Next morning I had a flight to the Amsterdam. I was booked my flights so that I had there 6 hours of waiting, because I was planned to meet there my friend Bram van Schaik. But Bram went that day to the Berlin to see Gabba Gabba Hey! musical. So it was a long waiting before flight to New York.

In New York my friend David Kelly came to pick me from JFK airplane station, I had with me heavy bags because of big amount of my books. It was nice to relax a bit and we drank few bottles of Jamaican beer Red Stape and some Jack Daniels whisky shots, then we we headed to the opening night of The Joey Ramone Birthday Bash Art Extravaganza, it was at CBGB's Gallery between May 14 - June 3. There was around 30 paintings/ art piece, mostly all of them were about Joey. Prices were mostly between 250US$ - 600US$, but 8 paintings were 1000US$ or more, like Shepard Fairey's Obey Joey Ramone was 2500US$ and Anthony's Zito's Joey 1200US$. Anthony's work was one of my fave (see photo), like as well I Remember You by Toilet Boys Guitarist Sean Pierce. On Pierce's drawing Pinhead is sitting in a metro in a sad mood with Gabba Gabba Hey sign.

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