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MY RAMONIAC TRIP TO LOS ANGELES TO RAMONES 30TH SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 6-16, 2004

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On that page start my (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone's) picture-story-report from my second trip to Los Angeles, during September 6-16, 2004.

Main reason for me to go to Los Angeles was The Ramones 30th Anniversary Party, of it were confirmed news to public in early August, so there was no many weeks time to prepare... Year before I booked my flights to Los Angeles because Dee Dee Ramone memory birthday party, but it was cancelled..., and then there we fans rocked only smaller event, click here to read and see story of that trip.
I got nicely confirmed with Maria Montoya-Kaye and Doug Cawker that I can stay also this time in their houses. At first I was staying in Maria's house, there was also living her husband David and son Nathaniel. They were most of the time... really friendly for me and we had fun time. Maria is that punkrocker who helped me most with my second book: Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.

PICTURE ON LEFT: On fourth day Maria and I had meeting with legendary Rodney Bingenheimer who is one of the best known disc jockeys in the world. His show on Los Angeles' KROQ-FM has been a hit since it's inception in late 1976, The Ramones played in his first show! And Rodney did show to me unreleased pics from it. Rodney was really nice and he also gave me some presents concerning Mayor Of The Sunset Strip, it's a documentary film based on the his life. We also did interview as we were planned, it was around 1 hour long. This picture of him and Maria is taken after the interview.

PICTURE ON RIGHT: There was On The Road With The Ramones book signing at Tower Records in Hollywood on September 11th at 5 p.m. and before it started I met many Ramones fans, some of them like Edwin I knew already. I was happy also see again Atsuko Katakiri, who is from Ramones Fan Club Japan, and she also introduced to me to Club president etc. I was E-mailed with Atsuko that we'll meet in Los Angeles. It was cool to meet as well new people. Gabba Hey for you all. With Shazz Carrington I was selling my second book there, Randy Wisebrod also helped us. Shazz and Randy are from Canada and one of the greatest people I know. I was confirmed in advance via E-mail with Tommy Ramone (middle) that we'll meet there and so did happen. It was so big pleasure to meet him again. I also got now chance to give him my second book, it also contains interview with him, and Main Man CD. He told me he was seen me at Joey's 53 memory birthday party, but sadly we didn't met then. I'm on right and Frank Meyer on left, Frank helped Monte Melnick to write On The Road With The Ramones book.


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