RAMONES: Tribute in Hollywood
Stars including Rob Zombie, Duff McKagan, Steve Jones, Slim Jim Phantom and Fred Armisen pay tribute to the band’s late members.
Stars including Rob Zombie, Duff McKagan, Steve Jones, Slim Jim Phantom and Fred Armisen gathered Sunday night to celebrate the late members of The Ramones. Billed as the 10th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A., where the late guitarist is buried and commemorated with a statue, the ceremony was expanded this year to include a tribute to the band’s original drummer, Tommy Ramone, who died of cancer on July 11th. Johnny Ramone’s widow, Linda, and their late singer Joey Ramone‘s brother, Mickey Leigh, introduced a special film dedicated to Tommy Ramone to the hundreds of fans gathered at the cemetery.
The event also included a fan question-and-answer session with Zombie, McKagan, Jones, Phantom and Armisen. During it, McKagan was asked about how he came to meet The Ramones.
Following the Q-and-A, the five musicians and others performed Ramones songs at the cemetery’s Masonic Lodge. The show was simulcast to the fans outside. The program concluded with a screening of the Rob Zombie-directed horror film, The Devil’s Rejects. During the entire program, the horror memorabilia collection of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett was on display.
Proceeds from the evening benefited the Johnny Ramone Foundation and Ramone’s physican during his battle with prostate cancer, Dr. David Agus, who addressed the crowd on behalf of the Foundation. Joey, Johnny and Tommy Ramone all died of cancer. The band’s original bassist, Dee Dee Ramone, died of a drug overdose.