JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH AT THE BOWERY ELECTRIC, NEW YORK, USA ON MAY
Copyright 2014 -> Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone.
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SEVEN PAGES OF PHOTO COLLAGES:
In this page and in next four pages you will find photo collages
taken by me and details from Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2014 at The
Bowery Electric in New
York on May 19, 2014. As some of you know, I share same birthday with
Joey Ramone (May 19).
In sixth page you will find photos from Sapo
Ramone's photo archive of the Bash 2014. Sapo is a fan from Argentina.
And in seventh
page you can see few photos from my trip in Guatemala. I traveled to
Guatemala after Birthday Bash.
Before Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2014, I was in CJ Ramone's two shows in
Montreal (Canada) and in Pittsfield (MA, USA) on May 17-18, 2014. See photos
and story of those shows here.
JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH 2014:
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is organized every year in May 19, after our Joey
passed away on April 15, 2001.
All net proceeds to benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.
The bash was again underneath the Joey Ramone Place street
sign at the Bowery Electric in New York, USA, and where lived
Vega who was creative
director for the Ramones (man behind Ramones logo etc.), and just down
the block from where
legendary rock venue CBGBs used to stand.
Joey Ramone Friends band was featuring this year Cheetah Chrome (The
Dead Boys), Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols, The Philistines etc.), George
Tabb (Furious George), Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh, Walt Stack
Pat Carpenter, David Merrill, Emily H. Brout, Arno Hecht, Sic F*cks/
Tish & Snooky....
Matlock also did an solo set.
Other artists and groups performing
were: Andy Shernoff (The Dictators), The Gobshites, The
Independents, David Peel, The A-Bones, Heap, The Accelerators
and The Bullys. The Accelerators was chosen to play after a contest.
I had no chance to take photos of most of them because of Diane Gentile.
Read more later on this page...
MC's were John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine), Monte A. Melnick (Ramones road
manager), Stig Stench and Peter Aschner.
This was first year when any Ramones member did not play at the show.
Tommy Ramone, CJ Ramone and Richie Ramone confirmed to me in
advance they wont attend show. CJ
was touring. Marky Ramone do not want
to support Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.
I don't count Clem Burke, aka Elvis Ramone, being real Ramones member.
But he was at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2014.
Clem Burke played two gigs after the Richie Ramone quit in 1987, at The
Living Room in Providence in August 28 and in Trenton in August 29. Clem
used then name Elvis Ramone. Clem is great drummer, but his drumming
style wasn't right for The Ramones.
I did not met with Clem. You can see photo of him and Sapo on page
six. As a surprise Johnny
Ramone's wife Linda did attend event with his boyfriend. Also see photo
on page six. This time I spoke with Linda only briefly.
Glen Matlock was the original bass player of the Sex Pistols. Matlock
was replaced with Sid Vicious, and I met with him for the first time
since 2006. We chatted outside The Bowery Electric and we also did small
His band The Philistines were at the sixth annual Joey Ramone
Birthday Bash and then Matlock and I did 1,5 pages long interview to
Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Now I had chance to give book to
In a photo together with Matlock and I is Debra Raffles Trizzini. Debra
was again organizing raffle at the Birthday Bash. She is been doing
some works in every Birthday Bash expect in 2002, when we attended
event organized by Arturo Vega. Some
of you might remember her with name Mistress Deborah. And some of you
might remember her from Arturo
Vega's (RIP) site. Debra was a T-shirt model for Arturo. She was
in lot of photos there, dressed to Ramones T-shirts and other things
Arturo was designed and
selling. I first met with Debra in that event organized by Arturo at
the CBGB: titled The Bowery Electric: a memorial festival to
Ramone in May 19, 2002. CJ Ramone, Marky Ramone and Daniel Rey and
many other were on stage that night.
Joey's mother Charlotte and Mickey organized different event that same
day. There also was a group of us who had after party at Arturo's loft:
Arturo, I, Debra, Daniel Rey, Jed Davis, Dr. Dot, Diane Hatcher (RIP),
Randy Wisebrod, Shazz Carrington, David Kelly and Ken Davies.
one person then there was David Kelly. Now in this
trip I met with David (after I had returned from Guatemala to JFK in
June and I had 20 hours of waiting before returning to Europe). David
and I had lot things to discuss in 8-10 hours
we got to meet. David is really special person. Also I got from his
house box of copies of my 2nd book Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone. I had left those copies to David years ago
and I had sold all copies from me in early 2014. In addition to
these copies I got now, there are copies of
it left only in few places,
like in Interpunk.
Now at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2014, doors were open 6PM and of
the some reason The Independents was one of
the first bands and it was told they can only play three songs. Joey was
kind of manager to The Independents and supported band heavily.
Check out their new album
I had no chance to take photos of The Independents or Andy Shernoff
playing... Because of two
people I had no chance to
concentrate to take photos as professional way as in 2001-2012 events.
You can see here results of some earlier
* 2012: Photos from Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2012
* 2010: Photos from Joey Ramone Birthday Bash
* 2008: Photos from Joey Ramone Birthday Bash
* 2006: Photos from Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2006 are
I WILL EXPLAIN WHY...:
Why I had no chance to concentrate to take photos? Sorry that explanation
I had again given a photographer pass by Joey Ramone's brother Mickey
Leigh / his manager Dave Frey (who also managed Joey Ramone). But Diane
who is manager of The Bowery Electric, said my photographer backpack is
too big to take in to club even I had a photo pass... She thought my
backpack would take space of two people. WTF!!!! I seriously thinked
she is joking. She wasn't. Next I did wonder why Anthony who works for
Dave Frey did not defend me. He was also standing there. He doesn't
get along with some artists performing at the bash.
Downstairs to the club I needed to carry in a plastic bag professional
lens and camera what
are worth of 4000-4500 US dollars / 3000-3300 euros! I certainly not
wanted to go to close to stage to
take photos and take a risk someone would step to lens what are in a
plastic bag in a floor. If one of them would get broken, what then? But
I was happy to spend time with many Ramones' fans closer to bar counter.
Photos of those moments are on page 4 and 5.
So I had few professional lens with me, like
I had this one with me (retail price 1999US$/ 1480 euros)
70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.
I been doing journalist works since 1995 and I was never heard something
that stupid to be said to person who has a photo pass. I was arguing
with Diane Gentile one hour and like I said, I missed many sets by
So Diane's bells
didn't ring even then when I did show and explained me really having
with me professional lens and camera what are worth of 4000-4500 US
dollars / 3000-3300 euros! "You need to take them with you in a
plastic bag. Backpack is too big."
I was totally pissed off. And it is sad she also ruined feelings of some
artists and other people in a night we were there to honor Joey Ramone.
One artist wrote to me after heard what did happen: "If I had known, I
would've taken the stuff backstage for you. That woman was awful! She
made me and my fiance wait 20 minutes before we could go in. She was
meaning to others as well. Terrible.", artist informed me
Luckily he got on stage in time. Also Cheetah Chrome wasn't treated
well this year and it is reason why
he wasn't in best feelings as you can see from photos. No more about
If you read
from internet what comments have been written of Diane Gentile,
I am sorry that
Jesse Malin (owner, solo artist, ex-D-Generation etc.) has hired her. So
much I would had hoped Jesse would been there. In few seconds things
would been OK. Jesse and I has always get along well and you can also
find two pages long interview I did with Jesse to Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
They even had no cloakroom in The Bowery Electric, where to put my
backpack. Earlier I had
tried to leave one of my another bag somewhere, but even behind of
merchandise desk or bar counter Diane didn't let me put bag(s). In
Finland this would had been OK in five seconds. Without any
Big thanks to John Negvesky. He offered help and
I got chance to take my things to his car. And after the Joey
Ramone Birthday Bash he wanted to drive me to JFK airport.
Thanks. I am always happy to speak with John Negvesky. He lived in 70's
5-6 blocks away from CBGB's. And got chance to see the Ramones a lot at
So I would have loved to take better photos and photograph a way
I do in other shows and festivals as a journalist.
Everyone who was inside, could see there was well space even Joey
Ramone Birthday Bash was sold-out. I was sorry to see that fans like
Dan Roepke and John Roepke had no chance to attend event as they hadn't
bought tickets in time. I was happy to meet them anyway in a bar
You can see in right poster of Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2014. Joey Ramone
image to poster etc. was also chosen after contest, work is
created by Ramones' fan Marie-Andree Laferriere.
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