Johnny Ramone Tribute Marks 10 Years Since His Death
September 15 will mark 10 years since the death of iconic guitarist Johnny Ramone, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's legacy will be celebrated with an event on August 24 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the late axeman was buried in 2004 at the age of 55.
Johnny's wife, Linda Ramone, will present with Rob Zombie, who will introduce a special outdoor screening of his classic horror film, The Devil's Rejects.
"The Ramones were the great American rock band of our time," Zombie told Rolling Stone. "Endlessly copied but never equaled."
For the all-star live jam, Zombie will be joined by Johnny's close friend, Sex Pistols guitarist and Californication co-star Steve Jones as well as Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan plus very special surprise guests for a concert featuring Ramones hits and punk rock classics. The concert will be held in the Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge and broadcast outside to attendees.
Portlandia/Saturday Night Live/Late Night with Seth Meyers' noted punk aficionado Fred Armisen will also be appearing at the festivities with his alter ego, Ian Rubbish, in tow.
The first record Armisen ever bought was the band's Phil Spector-produced End of the Century in 1980. "I've always been a fan," he says. "That's where I started. I've visited Johnny's gravesite a lot over the years. What a cool place."
Metallica guitarist Kirk "Von" Hammett's special collection of horror movie memorabilia will also be on hand for fans to check out. Rarely seen in public, the collection includes a treasure trove of movie posters, props, toys and costumes from his personal collection.
There will also be an autograph signing session featuring the cult stars from Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.
This 10th annual gathering brings family, friends and fans together to celebrate the late punk guitarist's music and legacy with Q&A sessions, screenings of Johnny's favorite movies and musical guests. Past participants have included Tommy Ramone, Johnny Depp, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Chris Cornell, Nic Cage, Rose McGowan, Henry Rollins, John Waters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shepard Fairey, Dita Von Teese and Billy Zoom, among many others.
In the past months, Linda Ramone has been working closely with the late Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh (executor of his estate) on preserving the memory of the band.
The Ramones' estate is being handled by Jeff Jampol's JAM, Inc. management company.
"We're discussing movies and plays," she says, suggesting a Broadway musical might be in the works. "But we never lose the cool factor. Johnny loves his legacy."
Future tributes may include the entire band, not just Johnny.
Advance general admission is $19, day-of general admission is $25, and kids 12 and under are admitted free.
VIP admission is $45, which enables the ticket-buyer to food and cocktails courtesy of Stillhouse Spirits, admission to the VIP area, and VIP seating for the simulcast of the all-star Ramones set and movie screening.
All Access is $75, limited to the first 200 buyers, and will allow the ticket-holder access to the VIP areas, and also entry to the all-star Ramones tribute concert inside Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge.
Proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Foundation and Dr. David Agus, USC.