MY TRIP TO JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH IN NEW YORK ON MAY 19, 2009. I ALSO
VISITED IN SAN DIEGO, LOS ANGELES AND COSTA RICA.
Copyright 2009 -> : Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone.
Here begin report of my trip in May-June in 2009. This is four pages
Pages 1 and 2: You can find story and photos of Joey Ramone Birthday
Bash in 2009.
Page 3: I had great time also in Connecticut, San Diego, Riverside and
Los Angeles. I visited there my friends and also I visited Dee Dee's
grave and Johnny's statue.
Page 4: I had lovely holiday at Hotel Lands In Love in Costa
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PAGE OF MY RAMONES HOMEPAGE
Thanks for Maria Montoya-Kaye, Bobby London, Lynne Cameron,
Ykkös-Offset (printing place) and for some other people of their
help: I did survive
and I made it! I got my third book, Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives, from print in afternoon on May 18, 2009!
3-4 hours later I started my trip to Joey Ramone Birthday Bash, and I
had lot books with me to take to the USA. After spending 4 hours in
train I slept following night in airport before first flight. Of course
second flight from
London to New York was 2-2,5 hours late. I had chance to send an SMS
from London to Noki Citrin who had promised to come to airport. He
didn't had to wait for so long because of delayed flight and me going
through immigration line.
Noki Citrin got in touch with me in 2008, and we had great discussions.
I am really happy that I had chance to do an interview with him to the
Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives book. Noki tells his story and of his
friendship with Joey. Noki was not only an important friend to Joey
Ramone but his best friend during their high school years in 60's.
Noki and I had chance to discuss first time at live when we were driving
from airport to the The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. Joey Ramone
was at the same venue in New York as year before.
Photos from above to below:
1) Tracy Thornton.
2) Bebe Buell and her band.
3-4) Uncle Monk (Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan)
5-6) Fishbone's singer "Dr Mad Vibe".
7) Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers)
After Joey Ramone passed away, I have travelled every year to New York
to celebrate memory of our Joey
angel. Doors were opened 7PM, and because of delayed flight Noki Citrin and I
entered The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza one hour later. After
ticket office we were fronted by great and skillful artist - steel drum
musician Tracy Thornton (see left).
Tracy Thornton became familiar with the Ramones fans when he released
tribute CD Pan For Punks... A Steelpan Tribute To The Ramones in 2005.
Tracy is from North Carolina, USA and he has produced and performed for
that CD fourteen Ramones songs. On May 19, at live Do You Wanna Dance?
version of song) was followed by We're A Happy Family. Tracy does of
some songs slower versions and they also works well. Photo in this page
tells effectively what kind of skills have to have to play his
That night were on stage playing beside of Friends Of Joey Ramone set,
Uncle Monk featuring Tommy Ramone & Claudia Tienan, Fishbone,
Supersuckers, Death, Bebe Buell, Rough Francis, and Tom Clark & The High
Bebe Buell had
members in her band, for example Kitty Kowalski of
I had wrote with Kitty in
advance of their set. They
performed as a third song a tribute song for Joey called Black Angel. It
is included for her album Musesque (release date in the fall 2009). Bebe
had wrote they will be filming Black Angel that night for a future
video. Bebe's voice was in good shape. What I saw, Kitty Kowalski was
the most energetic performer of them.
My new book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives has three interviews with
Tommy, and in one of them we discuss only about
Monk. Uncle Monk
is Tommy's and Claudia Tienan's acoustic duo band. All bluegrass
instruments are challenging. I was really happy that Uncle Monk was
performing that night. I feel Tommy doesn't know how some Ramones fans
for Uncle Monk music, and it is maybe reason why Uncle Monk hadn't
performed earlier in any Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes. The musical style
is a bit of a surprising mix for some Ramones fans, and also for many
others, a refreshing acquaintance. Uncle Monk is an alt-country
bluegrass. The debut CD for Uncle Monk was available on March 16, 2006.
The CD has 14 songs.
Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan started their set with Round The Bend
which represent effectively what kind of music bluegrass is. Uncle Monk
is recording second CD and it was great to hear one song also from it. I
listened attentively that new song which Claudia sang.
Uncle Monk didn't played for a long any Ramones songs in their set. I
think they included first time Ramones songs in their set in 2008. Tommy
anyway like to sing songs he has helped write. We heard touching and
really slow version
of I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend. Audience listened it carefully, and gave
big applauds. Besides of Round The Bend one of my favourite Uncle Monk
song is Mr. Endicott, atmosphere of it takes you easily back to roots of
old music. Uncle Monk played six songs and I was surprised to hear
acoustic also The Clash cover, I Fought The Law.
After different sets were shown videos. Like after Uncle Monk was shown
videos from event at Rock And Roll
Hall Of Fame Annex NYC on May 14,
2009. Then was shown the re-presentation of Joey's award. Ramones
manager Danny Fields, and Hall Of Fame president Joel Peresman presented
the award. Tommy Ramone and Joey's brother Mickey Leigh accepted it
behalf of our Joey. It was nice to see.
I hadn't time to see all bands so extensively. Mainly I missed sets by
Tom Clark &
The High Action Boys.
that trip for example Randy Wisebrod and Shazz Carrington were
wondering: "how the hell you missed Death?" This Death has roots in
early 70's scene, and band isn't death metal group called Death.
I wanted to discuss with time with Tommy Ramone, Mickey Leigh, and with
Joey's manager Dave Frey of Silent Partner Management. So Tommy and
Mickey saw my third book then first time. We three took
of the book to my site.
While Tommy was browsing the book, Richie Ramone came to chat for
me, and he apologized. I had decided in advance I do not go to speak for
Richie first. You can read from my third book why, as on it Richie
Ramone's eight pages long part didn't end so happily. One line on last
page is: "Hopefully at some point Richie and Annette (Richie's wife)
will have a better understanding and be apologetic, time will tell."
And I am happy Richie apologized. Mickey was also happy of it as he knew
what had happen one month earlier.
One reason why I missed many sets that night was undoubtedly it, I
wanted to have chance to meet and discuss with lot of friends. Most of
them I do see once a year. Like I had chance to discuss a bit longer
with Joey's friends Richie Stotts of the Plasmatics, George Seminara,
and Al Maddy and his son Ebban. Also with many Ramones fans like Michael
and Denise Breschard and their daughters Kelly, Lauren, Brittany, and
Shannon. I hadn't met for some years with Carole M Cassioy who were
friends with Joey Ramone's mother Charlotte Lesher. Carole was happily
surprised that I had included photo of her and Charlotte and their
friends also to my new book. I had photo of them taken at the opening
night of The Joey Ramone Birthday Bash Art Extravaganza in 2005. I was
happy to speak few times also with Suzanne Gruber of Downtown Design,
who is an expert in custom glass and tile mosaic. Suzanne did a tile
mosaic of the Joey Ramone Place Street sign.
The Supersuckers are an American
rock band. I had big expectations for
their set. Their "cowboy" oriented rock'N'roll is many times fun but
that night they were somehow boring. Singer-bassist Eddie Spaghetti
asked people to show middle fingers before they played I Want The Drugs.
Many did so. Supersuckers played Ramones cover I Believe In Miracles and
on it Eddie did show well his harder sides of playing.
I had spoke with George Seminara how he had seen really many times
Fishbone. I attended their show for the first time. Fishbone were formed
in 1979 and their set was mix of ska, rock, funk etc. I was really
impressed of their energy, they started with 1-2-3-4, and soon seven men
on stage had cool party going on. Their older and younger singer, both
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