Johnny Ramone is the legendary guitarist and co-founder of the influential punk band, The Ramones. The Ramones were a major influence of the punk rock movement in both the United States and United Kingdom. Because of their innovative, audacious sound and energy, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Their most popular hits included classic rock 'n' roll anthems, "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Beat On the Brat," and "I Wanna Be Sedated."
The tribute concert took place at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, where Johnny Ramone, 55, was laid to rest in 2004. Before the tribute band took the stage, Johnny Ramone's wife, Linda, presented an exclusive Q&A with Rob Zombie, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) and Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) to talk about their relationship with Johnny. Billy Idol was also in attendance to show support for the late Ramone's guitarist.
Avid fans of both the Ramones and Rob Zombie, lined up to watch the all-star tribute band perform at the Masonic Lodge, an indoor venue located at the cemetery. In addition to the concert, attendees could visit the Kirk Hammett’s Crypt Collection of horror memorabilia on display in the Cathedral Mausoleum. Also, Rob Zombie introduced a special outdoor screening of his classic horror film, The Devil's Rejects.
Proceeds benefited the Johnny Ramone Foundation & Dr. David Agus at the Center for Applied Medicine, USC.