8TH ANNUAL JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE AT THE HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY, LOS
ANGELES, CA, USA ON AUGUST 19, 2012
Copyright 2012 -> : Text collected by Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone.
Photos by: Justjared.com, Big Wheel Magazine and Examiner.com /Ella Batalon.
The 8th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute event was organized at the
Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA, USA, on August 19, 2012.
Cemetery is where a statue in
honor of Johnny was unveiled by his wife Linda on January 14, 2005. Dee
Dee Ramone's grave is in the same cemetery not far from Johnny's
statue. Johnny's statue and Dee Dee's grave were neatly decorated
for this event.
Tommy Ramone was only of the surviving Ramones members who attended
event. Tommy was in really good mood and chatted a lot with fans. As
you know, Tommy is only surviving founding member (drummer) and
original manager and also producer. See here details of his and
Claudia Tienan's duo
band Uncle Monk.
If you bought a copy of Johnny Ramone's book
The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone at the event, you got chance to
get it signed by many musicians and other people. Behind table were
sitting and signing Tommy Ramone, Johnny's wife Linda, John Cafiero
(editor of Johnny's book and singer of Osaka Popstar), Steve Jones (Sex
Pistols), Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band), Slim Jim Phantom
(Stray Cats), Billy Zoom (band X), and PJ Soles (Riff Randell of
"Ramones movie" Rock And Roll High School).
Other people who attended event included Dita Von Teese, Joe Escalante
(Vandals), London May (Samhain), actor Rose McGowan and Stan Lee
(Dickies). Von Teese is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume
designer, and actress. And Marilyn Manson's ex-wife.
A very special guest was Priscilla Presley. Priscilla was Elvis
Presley's wife. This was even more poignant considering event was
during the weeklong Graceland celebration of the 35th anniversary of
Priscilla's and Elvis' child Lisa Marie Presley was scheduled to
make an appearance but she was not seen at the event. Lisa Marie was
a very good friend with Johnny and also penned the Epilogue in Commando:
The Autobiography Of Johnny Ramone.
At the event were shown photos and they
included many of Johnny and Lisa Marie together.
I saw video of Priscilla's speech. Priscilla shared thoughs of her
daughters relationship with the Ramone family and how Johnny and Linda
have always been very important to Lisa Marie.
Priscilla did mention Johnny book having also Top-10 listing of Johnny's
favorite Elvis films. In most of her speech Priscilla concentrated
to introduce the nights film, Johnny's favorite King Creole (1958).
Priscilla said King Creole and Jailhouse Rock (1957) being probably the
best two movies in
Elvis' career. Also Elvis thought King Creole is his best movie.
Priscilla discussed the circumstances surrounding the making of King
Creole and how production was able to continue filming as The US Army
allowed Elvis an extension before he was drafted into the army.
She told to the audience King Creole is directed by Michael Curtiz, man
who was the director also for Casablanca. Great names involved in King
Creole included Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau.
Priscilla said Elvis really liked of actors James Dean, Humphrey Bogart
and Marlon Brando and loved all their movies and wanted to do something
In one interview during this night Tommy Ramone said him meeting
Johnny for the first time
at the Forest Hills High School cafeteria (Queens, NY, USA),
he appreciated Johnny's
unique charisma, great sense of humor etc... From Tommy was also asked
situation of punkrock at the moment. Tommy said punkrock
will cycle in its every
generation because young kids needs something like that. Every
generation will have punkrock movement.
Also at the event were shown clips of Ramones promo videos and
performances of Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio, Rock And Roll High
School, We Want The Airwaves, Psycho Therapy, Howling At The Moon
(Sha-La-La), I Wanna Live, Pet Sematary, Blitzkrieg Bop, I Don't Want
To Grow Up, Spiderman, It's Not My Place (In The 9 To 5 World)...
Music to suit the occasion was punked throughout the cemetery
grounds by DJ Howie Pyro (D-Generation, Danzig, Intoxica Radio
Admission was 10 US$. Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research
fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Agus
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