9TH ANNUAL JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE AT THE HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY, LOS
ANGELES, CA, USA ON AUGUST 18, 2013
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The ninth annual Johnny Ramone tribute event was at Hollywood Forever
Cemetery on August 18, 2013. Event was in a area where is Johnny
Ramone's memorial statue and the gravesite of Dee Dee Ramone. You had
chance to make this in "picnic style", sit in a blanket, have something
to eat and drink while watching things that were shown.
This year any of the Ramones members not attended event.
Event again celebrated Johnny's love of cult movies. This year
special guest host was John Waters who presented an outdoor screening
of the director's cut of his 1990 cult classic Cry-Baby. Cry-Baby was
projected on a 42-foot Mausoleum wall. Cry-Baby is written and directed
by John Waters and is starring for example Iggy Pop, Johnny Depp and
Traci Lords. In advance was told Traci Lords being a special guest on
this Johnny Ramone
tribute event. Surprise guest was Johnny Depp.
Also there was from the cast of movie for example Joe Dallesandro.
Some of you might remember Traci Lords singing backing
vocals to the Ramones' cover of Somebody To Love, it was recorded to
Ramones' album Acid Eaters. Movies directed and/or written by Waters are
also for example Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981) and Hairspray
(1988). Waters and Lords did signing and q&a as well.
Johnny Ramone's wife Linda Ramone and Johnny Ramone Army Chief Of Staff,
John Cafiero told in advance: "Come dressed as your favorite founding
member of The Ramones: Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee or Tommy - to win prizes!"
Contest was judged by Linda and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.
Admission was 10 US$. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research
fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David
REVIEW/STORY OF EVENT BY SHERRY "BUFFY"
I attended the Johnny Ramone Memorial at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
on August 18th, 2013, and had an amazing time! It was the most packed I
had ever seen the Ramones night at the cemetery and made me really
happy to see so many fans coming together to remember Johnny and the
band! Luckily my friend got there early to grab a good spot on the
grass because the entire area was already filled up with people by the
time we got there. It was crazy!
There was an autograph signing going on with Traci Lords and John
Waters, but I wasn't able to wait on line to meet them. There was a
beautiful display set up behind Johnny Ramone's statue with pictures,
lights and memorabilia. It was such a great tribute! And Dee Dee
Ramone's grave was beautifully decorated with gorgeous flowers and a
huge memorial drawing of him next to his gravesite. Fans were taking
pictures and giving their respects to both fallen members of the band.
The night kicked off with an introduction from the beautiful Dita Von
Teese (read details of her
here). She spoke about the Ramones and Johnny, and then introduced
the cast and director of Cry Baby (see details of movie
here). First Traci Lords
came up to speak,
then Rikki Lake
and finally John
Waters. They were getting ready to host
a question and answer panel for the audience. However, before John
Waters sat down, he introduced one more cast member from the movie.
Depp! The entire place went crazy for him!! It was a great
surprise! The question and answer session was hosted by Steve Jones
from the Sex Pistols and was fantastic. They answered questions from
the audience and told stories about making the film Cry Baby. It was a
really nice treat! Rikki Lake said she lost her virginity with one of
the actors from the movie!
After the panel, they showed the film Cry Baby, which is personally one
of my favorite movies. What a fantastic cast, especially Iggy
crazy grandpa! The audience loved it! Once the film ended, they showed
some live clips from the Ramones film/ legendary show of album It's
Alive. Everyone stayed to sing along and dance around to their favorite
Ramones songs. It was a perfect way to end the night. Gabba Gabba
(Thanks of the story Sherry "Buffy" Globman)
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