On August 24, 2014, at the legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery, was a special event commemorating the late Johnny Ramone of the Ramones. The event hosted by Rob Zombie featured tribute show at the Masonic lounge on the premises and previewed Zombie's film, 'The Devil's Rejects' on the lawn with a Q&A panel both about the show and the movie being featured.
The tribute show featured a 45 minute set with Rob Zombie [and his full band] opening the show with 'RNR High School,' 'Blitz Bop,' 'Beat on the Brat,' 'Lobotomy' and 'Ramones.' The following musicians were dubbed the 'Cemetery All-Stars' with Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols on guitar and vocals, Duff McKagan from Walking Papers [and formerly Guns N' Roses] on bass, performing 'Rockaway Beach,' 'Sheena,' 'Judy is a Punk' and 'Silly Thing' with McKagan's daughter Grace joining in for a song. Following that Ian Rubbish [and the Bizzaros] (known as comedian Fred Armisen's spoof punk band) joined on guitars and lead vocals for 'Danny Says' and 'Can't Make it on Time.' Closing up the set was the legendary Billy Idol with 'Sedated' and 'California Sun.'
The entire event was preseted by the late Johnny Ramone's wife, Linda Ramone to which she was witness to the all fans at the event, wearing Ramones shirts and some Punks all dressed up for the special occasion.
Additional display was Kirk "Von" Hammett's (of Metallica) special collection of horror movie memorabilia, which is rarely seen in public. Collection on display included movie posters, props, toys and costumes from his personal collection.'
Proceeds from the Johnny Ramone Tribute goes to fund the 'Johnny Ramone Foundation and Dr. Agus, USC.
A Basic History on Johnny Ramone:
Johnny Ramone was born as John William Cummings in October 8, 1948. The Ramones came together in 1974 featuring members, Johnny Ramone on guitars, Tommy Ramone (Tamas Erdelyi) on Drums, Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) Bass and Vocals and Joey Ramone on lead vocals. Tommy left the band in 1978 where Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) has taken his place until the band's career closed in 1996. Johnny Ramone was diagnosed with prostate cancer approximately 1999 lost the battle on September 14, 2004.