LINDA RAMONE AND JRA CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN CAFIERO PRESENT
THE 8TH ANNUAL JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012
HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY
6000 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA
Doors: 5:30 pm / Autograph Signing @ 6:30pm Sharp!
(event ends by or before Midnight)
Very Special Guest: Priscilla Presley
"Commando" Book Signing—Fan Meet and Greet with:
Linda Ramone: Johnny's wife & companion of two decades
John Cafiero: "Commando" Editor/Ramones manager/Osaka Popstar
Tommy Ramone: Founding member/Drummer, The Ramones
Joined by Special Guest "Commando" book signees:
Steve Jones (Joney's Jukebox)
Billy Zoom (X)
PJ Soles (Riff Randell of “R’n’R High School”)
Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats)
Pick up your copy of "Commando: the Autobiography of Johnny Ramone" at the event, and get it signed by EVERYONE listed above!
(Ms. Presley excluded)
with: Music by “Intoxica Radio” DJ Howie Pyro
Special Guest: Priscilla Presley
Presenting a Special Outdoor Screening—After Dark:
Starring: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones & Walter Matthau
1958, 116 min, Black and White
with brief opening presentation featuring: Lisa Marie Presley
... and MORE!
Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Admission is only $10. Tickets are available online in advance, or at the gate upon entry. Donations in excess of the required admission are welcomed and suggested, (but not mandatory).
8TH ANNUAL JOHNNY RAMONE TRIBUTE
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(L-R) Billy Zoom (X), John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), Linda Ramone (Wife of Johnny Ramone), and Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) attend the 8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute in Los Angeles, CA.
Photo by Paul Redmond under license to JRA LLC. All Rights Reserved.
The 8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute took place on Sunday August 19, 2012 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. As always, momentum for the event grows stronger each year, and the 8th Annual event was particularly special in celebrating Johnny's newly released autobiography "Commando". The book garnered an impressive supporting cast from the music and film community as Johnny's wife and companion of over two decades Linda Ramone, "Commando" Editor and Ramones manager John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), and sole surviving founding member of the Ramones: drummer Tommy Ramone, were joined by special guest "Commando" signees: Steve Jones (of the Sex Pistols & Jonesy’s Jukebox), actress Rose McGowan, Henry Rollins, guitarist Billy Zoom of X, actress PJ Soles (Riff Randell of “R’n’R High School”), and Slim Jim Phantom (of the Stray Cats). The eclectic bunch signed copies of "Commando" in yearbook-like fashion, (along with scores of other memorabilia fans brought along relative to each personality), for hours on end—until each and every person who'd patiently waited on line was taken care of. Fittingly, all of the participating signees were featured in the text or photos of the book (and in some cases both).
(L-R) Dita Von Teese, Linda Ramone, musician Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Priscilla Presley attend the 8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute
Photo by Paul Redmond under license to JRA LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Very Special Guest Priscilla Presley also appeared to speak to fans and share reflections on Johnny Ramone, her daughter Lisa Marie, the legacy of her iconic husband Elvis Presely (who was inspirational to Johnny's career in rock & roll), and presented an outdoor screening of one of Johnny Ramone's favorite Elvis films "King Creole". The movie was preceded by a slideshow featuring rare photos from Johnny's personal archives, and a sampling of classic Ramones music videos projected on a 24-ft mausoleum wall. Others in attendance included artist Shepard Fairey, Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, Butch "Eddie Munster" Patrick, musicians Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) & Pete Yorn, "Intoxica" DJ Howie Pyro, and many more too numerous to mention, all celebrating with countess JRA 'Commandos' and Ramones fans in from all over the world.
Click here to view the extensive photo coverage online now with images of everyone mentioned above and then some. If you were there, you just might be featured in the photo gallery too! If you weren't there this year, take a look and see what you missed...
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Also check out the video recap by Big Wheel Magazine, plus online articles in RollingStone.com, The Examiner, LA Weekly and more to come in future updates.
8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute
at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Commando book signing with Linda Ramone, John Cafiero
and Tommy Ramone + lots more!
Following on the heels of the release of Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone, the 8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute will be held at the renowned Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sunday August 19th, 2012. A stand out event every year, the tribute will be hosted by Johnny’s wife Linda Ramone with appearances by very special guest Priscilla Presley, Steve Jones of Jonesy’s Jukebox, Henry Rollins, actress Rose McGowan, guitarist Billy Zoom of X, actress PJ Soles (Riff Randell of “R’n’R High School”), and Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats. The event will be even more special this year, as it will include a book signing of Commando, Johnny’s autobiography that was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. The book signing will feature Linda, Commando Editor and Ramones manager John Cafiero (of Osaka Popstar), the sole surviving original member of the Ramones, drummer Tommy Ramone, as well as aforementioned celebrity guests with the exception of Presley. Music to suit the occasion will be spun throughout the cemetery grounds by “Intoxica Radio” DJ, musician Howie Pyro. Fans of Johnny, a founding member of the legendary punk band The Ramones, will gather at his 8-foot bronze memorial statue to celebrate his life and legacy.
As the sun sets, the event will feature an outdoor screening under the stars showcasing one of Johnny’s Top 10 favorite Elvis films, “King Creole,” (a personal favorite of Presley’s himself). The screening will include a slideshow of rare photos from Johnny Ramone’s personal archives of the guitar legend with one of his closest friends, daughter of the King, Lisa Marie Presley; who also penned the Epilogue in Commando. The esteemed Priscilla Presley will appear in-person to speak and share reflections on Johnny Ramone, daughter Lisa Marie, her iconic husband’s legacy, and the lasting impact he made on the world. This is even more poignant considering it’s the weeklong Graceland celebration of the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death.
Johnny, a longtime Elvis fan and avid collector, cites Presley in Commando as being highly influential in igniting his flame for Rock ‘n’ Roll; a spark that would eventually lead to significant contributions to pop culture and rock history in his own rite. Appropriately, the grounds of the event will include an on-site display of rare Elvis memorabilia culled from Johnny’s personal collection, as housed in the “Elvis Room” of Ramone’s Los Angeles home.
Net proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Admission is only $10, however donations in excess of the required admission are welcomed and suggested (but not mandatory). Tickets can be purchased online in advance, or at the gate upon entry.
Johnny Ramone, born John Cummings in 1948 in Queens, NY, was a founding member of one of the most iconic and seminal bands in history. Formed in 1974, The Ramones emerged from New York City’s underground rock scene to become major influencers on the punk movement worldwide. Known for his fast, high-energy playing style, Johnny appeared as #16 on the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list in Rolling Stone and Time magazine named him one of the “10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players.”
Released in April of 2012, Commando is THE definitive book on the Ramones. Colin Fleming of Rolling Stone Magazine calls Johnny “a barre-chord-loving punk master of paradox…for surging rhythm work, there was no one who could touch him, and no one better at blending ferocity and humility.” Geoff Edgers of the Boston Globe calls Commando “a rare rock memoir. No debauchery. No self-aggrandizing…In the end, you get what you pay for, a direct and concise book that feels like a conversation with Johnny.” Ken Kurson from The Wall Street Journal wrote “When Spin magazine ranked the Ramones as the second-greatest group ever after the Beatles, John was pleased. But I know I wasn’t alone in wondering how anyone could even joke about putting those wimpy Liverpudlians ahead of these ambassadors of kickassador from Queens.”
Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone will be sold on site by LA favorite Book Soup. Commando is available in stores and online nationwide from Abrams Image for $24.95 with copies available through the Johnny Ramone Army Online Store. E-book is available on Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader. Global demand for the book is already such that rights have been pre-sold in six different languages throughout Europe and Brazil with more soon to be announced.
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The gates are scheduled to open at 5:30PM with the book signing at 6:30PM.
Intro with Priscilla will begin at approx. 8:30PM with the film at approx. 9PM.
|(L-R): Misfits Jerry Only, Eric 'Chupacabra' Arce, Actress Rosanna Arquette, Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, Linda Ramone, JRA Chief of Staff John Cafiero (Osaka Popstar), and Dez Cadena (Misfits/Black Flag) @ the 7th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute.
PHOTO GALLERY RECAP—ONLINE NOW
7TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE—OCT 1, 2011
The 7th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute took place on Sat. Oct 1st 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. As anticipated, the event was the biggest and best one to date. The turn out of Ramones fans, Johnny Commandos, celebrities and more was as amazing as it was diverse.
An extensive photo recap of the event is online now.
If you were there last year, you just might spot yourself in the photo gallery! If you weren't, check out the photos to see what you missed, and pick up your tickets now to be a part of the 8th Annual Johnny Ramone tribute on Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at Hollywood Forever in Los Angeles, CA.