DEE DEE RAMONE BOOK SIGNING AND SHOW AT THE LAKE SIDE LOUNGE ON JUNE 8, 2001

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Review is by David Kelly.
Photos are by Linda Iorio.

I knew the LakeSide Lounge would be packed to the hilt for Dee Dee's special book signing and performance. Having read the book Chelsea Horror Hotel the night before I was excited to see the "king of punk". As I walked up Avenue B past Tomkins Sq. Park. I could see the crowd spilling out the door. People were partying hearty and having a good time. I bought two more copies of the book for Dee Dee to sign. Dee Dee looked great with the same overgrown bowl haircut but dyed blond. Dee Dee gave me a "double crossed handshake" and some kind words as he autographed wildly. After this I went to the bar and got some refreshments.

Soon after I heard the opening chords of Loudmouth blasting from the PA. One second later the back room was packed to the hilt with fans standing on chairs and what not. Dee Dee sounded great and was very aggressive in the way he played. He went on to play Blitzkrieg Bop, I Wanna Be Sedated and Beat On The Brat. He then got into some Heartbreakers/Dolls tunes Born To Lose and "Rock And Roll Nurse??" with everyone appropriately singing along to the Lower East Side classics. Last but not least was a blistering version of Chinese Rock.



This was the last song of the evening. With Dee Dee retreating to the bar to chill out for a few with some old friends. I handed a thirsty looking Dee Dee a Coke (SODA) and he thanked me profusely. Everybody hung out for a while and then Dee Dee gathered all of his gear which included some of his artwork and left with his entourage. I mentioned to Dee Dee that I and Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone (me, website holder) were together for a few weeks-going around NYC and stuff. He was really cool and glad to hear about Jari!! Dee Dee said "Jari! hey wow cool".

(Thanks to my great friend: David Kelly)



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