Johnny Ramone tribute set for Saturday at Hollywood Forever
It’s time again for the annual Johnny Ramone Tribute Concert, in which fans of one of the original punk rockers will gather at — where else? — the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday to celebrate his life and pop-culture legacy.
This year’s show — the seventh since the Ramones guitarist, born John Cummings, died of cancer in 2004 — brings venerable New Jersey punk group the Misfits and latter-day punk band JuiceheaD to perform during the evening’s festivities. Visitors will be led to the cemetery's 8-foot statue of Ramone, and to the grave marker for his band mate Dee Dee Ramone, who died in 2002.
The band’s only surviving original member, drummer Tommy Ramone, also is slated to be on hand for the event that also will include screenings of vintage footage of the Ramones playing live along with a showing of the 1959 Ed Wood camp sci-fi classic “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. Complete information is available at www.johnnyramone.com.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo of the Ramones in 1998 (l-r): Johnny, Marky, Joey and Dee Dee Ramone. Credit: Monte Melnick.