MY TRIP TO JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH IN NEW YORK IN MAY, 2010
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Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh,
Dave Frey etc. again organised
memorial event to our angel Joey Ramone. Joey Ramone Birthday Bash was
May 19, 2010. It was a long trip me to get to the New
First I had a holiday in Paris, France. It was cool to visit at the
Pere Lachaise Cemetery where are example graves of Jim Morrison (The
Doors) and Edith Piaf etc. I met in Paris for the first time Julien
Homer who run http://www.pleasantdreams.fr. We
had a nice chat.
From Paris I had a flight to Amsterdam, Holland. Most of the flights had
cancelled because of the ash cloud. Iceland has been experiencing low
level volcanic eruptions associated with Eyjafjallajokull volcano since
20 March 2010. The resulting ash cloud has spread into the atmosphere
across European airspace, posing a significant danger to aircraft.
We were in Amsterdam's airport 23 hours. Then after flight to back to
Finland I had to wait many hours in Helsinki. I got there delivered
what Ramones fan Charlie Ramone and designer Ludvig Lofgren of the
Boda company had sent me. Charlie had got idea if I would give to
Richie Ramone a very special gifts. They were Ramones related cool
handmade art glasses titled Gabba Gabba Hey (more below). They were
bigger than I expected (and more than 7 kilos together) and I had to
make few tricks to get all hand bags free inside the plane in Helsinki,
as I had not wanted to take a risk that expensive and cool art pieces
get broken. Next I had a flight to
Reykjavik, Iceland. There I had to wait 10 hours. I sent there message
to Richie Ramone and Tiffany Krog of my schedules
on May 19, 2010.
Photo copyright: Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone.
1 and 2) Top, left and right: Richie Ramone playing and singing at the
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2010.
3) Middle: Noah "Noki" Citrin (left to right), Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone,
Richie Ramone and Tiffany Krog at Joey Ramone's old (and
last) apartment on May 19, 2010. Richie is holding Gabba Gabba Hey
art work (gorilla) designed by Ludvig Lofgren of Kosta Boda company.
4) Lower left: Jean Beauvoir (man who produced Ramones album Animal Boy,
wrote few songs with Ramones members, and is ex-member of The
and Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leight performing at the Joey Ramone
Birthday Bash in 2010.
5) Lower right: Richie and Gabba Gabba Hey
art work (gorilla), that was designed by Ludvig Lofgren of Kosta
After 58 hours trip I was at the JFK's airport in New York,
There I met with Noah "Noki" Citrin. Noah got in touch with me in 2008,
and as we drove to his house, again we had great discussions. I am
happy that I had chance to do
an interview with him to my third book Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives, published on May 19, 2010. Noah tells
his story and of his friendship with Joey Ramone and Tommy Ramone. Noah
was not only an
important friend to Joey Ramone but his best friend during their high
school years in 60's. Tommy Ramone also told in one of his interviews in
my book how he did remember the same things what Noah. Tommy told me
how, the first time he met Joey Ramone was with Noah. Joey Ramone and
Noah Citrin were playing and Noah invited Tommy up to jam, explains
Tommy Ramone in my book Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Noah and I had long discussions again of
his, Joey's, Tommy's, Johnny Ramone's, Richard Adler's, Bob Rowland's
time in Forest Hills, NY. Tommy and Richard formed a band called The
Tiger 5 in 1964. Tommy, Johnny, Bob and Richard formed next the
Next morning was Joey Ramone's and mine (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone)
birthday. Around midday I called to Richie Ramone and to Tiffany, and
we decided to meet at Joey Ramone's old apartment at 5.30.
Noah and I had 1,5 hours drive there. It was really great to meet
again, and to get to know Tiffany. Some of you Ramones fans does know
how ends Richie Ramone's part in Ramones:
Soundtrack Of Our Lives. I find out how there was a sad but exact
reason for that... Richie and Tiffany were also surprised (I can't tell
more of that subject).
After having discussions, I gave to Richie that Gabba Gabba Hey gift by
Ludvig Lofgren of the
Charlie Ramone. Charlie had wrote to me in April background of that
work: "Kosta Boda has more than 250(!) years of tradition! They design
and manufacture artistic glass and are worldfamous. Recently there is a
new serie called Wide Life by one of the younger designers, Ludvig
Lofgren, and the inspiration is from film and music. One item in this
serie is called GABBA GABBA HEY (Do I need to tell you who is my
favourite designer after this...) It is a gorilla! Like everything else
from this company it is handmade and a piece of
art made of glass only!"
Charlie, I, and now also Richie Ramone were thinking that
Gabba Gabba Hey gorilla gotta be related to the Ramones album Animal
Charlie got in touch with Ludvig Lofgren and Ludvig wanted to send two
Gabba Hey's to Ramones members as a gift. Richie really liked of Gabba
Gabba Hey. It is rather expensive, but gotta keep in mind its handmade
and a piece of art indeed. Gorilla is more than 3 kilos (105.82 oz) and
price of it in stores are more than 200 euros (250 USdollars). I wanted
to take some photos of Richie with gorilla (see photos).
Read here more of Kosta Boda
and more of
Gabba Gabba Hey here.
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