MY RAMONIAC TRIP TO JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH IN NEW YORK ON MAY 19, 2012
(I ALSO TRAVELED TO FRANCE, ICELAND, PANAMA AND TRINIDAD & TOBAGO IN THIS TRIP...)

Copyright 2012 -> Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone

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Trigger is owner of The Continental. The Ramones' members played a lot at The Continental. Of our angels Joey Ramone was on stage at The Continental probably 35-50 times and Dee Dee Ramone 10-20 times. Those are my personal supposes.
I always want to visit The Continental and introduce it to people, just like Trash And Vaudeville (and its store manager Jimmy Webb) what is located next to The Continental. Want to go through there memories, take some beers/ shots in a memory of Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny etc.
Sasha Silvala, Anu Vihma and I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) did long Ramones' document interview with Trigger now (May, 2012) in New York.
Interview lasted 20-25 minutes and he also told me for the first time of graffitis Dee Dee did to one office room at The Continental. Was great to videotape also those and hear Trigger telling background stories of some, like about times when The Remains had to change name to The Ramainz because of another band. Trigger had of course wanted to keep all graffitis, he was feeling sorry most of them are behind of boxs etc. in that office room.

Trigger has organised few re-union nights in a spirit of original The Continental, "original" meant times when there was shows many times in a week. He can't do it anymore because of financial things.
Artists who were rocking in latest re-union night included CJ Ramone, Walter Lure's The Waldos, Lenny Kaye (member of Patti Smith Group etc.), TBA (The Bully Anonymous), The Independents (Joey was manager of The Independents), Furious George, Electric Frankenstein, Suicide King, Heap, Charm School, Curtis Suburban and Trigger's All Stars.

You can read of many of Ramones related appearances at The Continental on my Ramones memorial books and also read and see material in various concert reviews on this my site. Here are links for some of those:
1) Joey Ramone had his last long show at The Continental on December 11, 2001. See review here. Text and photos by Sherry Globman.

2) The Remains (later The Ramainz) and Joey Ramone punked at The Continental on February 21, 1999.
See review here. Text by Tony Taylor.

3) The Remains (later The Ramainz) at The Continental on November 29, 1997. See review here. Text by JC.

4) Dee Dee Ramone tribute night on July 2, 2002. Tommy Ramone, CJ Ramone and Marky Ramone attended event. See review here. Text and photos by Linda Iorio and Ida S. Langsam.

5) Joey Ramone's Christmas Tribute show (in spirit of Joey's Christmas Bashes) on December 19, 2002. See review here. Text by MsSheena/ Adrienne.

6) CJ Ramone etc. at the re-union night of "real" The Continental in January, 2010. Text is by Adele Holzman, photos are by Michele Lanci-Altomare.

As you see, oldest one of those is from 1997... Internet was then really small but I had run my site then already 2 years. What if my site disappear from Internet?, how much would then get lost Ramones material forever... Like anywhere else has no material of every Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.
Feel free to support to keep my site running, for example doing it by PayPal. My PayPal ID is: jplaitio@kauhajoki.fi / or by ordering my books.





Photo, right: Andy Shernoff.

Sasha Silvala, Anu Vihma and I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) did interview also with Andy Shernoff who is known most well from The Dictators. We met Shernoff before his another band The Master Plan played at The Bowery Electric. I really like how came out this photo of Shernoff playing in a front of audience.

As you know, Shernoff played really lot shows with Joey Ramone, also plays in his records and was one of closest friends for Joey in general. Here are information from ...Ya Know? section on my site: Andy Shernoff published solo 7' inch vinyl single (October, 2011). It has songs Are You Ready To Rapture? and Make Me Tremble written by Joey and Shernoff.
- Make Me Tremble was a demo that I decided to release as the B-side to my new single with the blessings of Joey's estate. Since it was a song that Joey sang and co-wrote I needed to get the approval of his estate. It's an official release. The song shows the tender, hippie side of Joey, one not usually seen, wrote Shernoff to me earlier in 2012.
Song is also in ...Ya Know? album.
- When Mickey expressed interest in using it on the new record we were unable to find the original 8-track master tapes. I could only find the DAT copy that I kept as a rough mix. That is the version used on the album. No remixing or overdubbing, just this unembellished document of the 3 or 4 hours we spent in the studio, said Andy Shernoff.
He play bass of the four other ...Ya Know? tunes:
- New York City, 21st Century Girl, Cabin Fever and Eyes of Green. Through the magic of modern technology I was able to rock out with the great Bun E Carlos from Cheap Trick on Eyes Of Green without ever sharing the studio with him.
Single is for sale in these distributors:
USA store, and UK store and other European countries.

Shernoff wrote one of my Top10 Ramones songs It's Gonna Be Alright (Mondo Bizarro album, 1992) together with Joey. Also he has co-wrote few other Ramones songs. You can find Shernoff's interviews from my books Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives and Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.





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