Rob Zombie, Duff McKagan + More Perform at 10th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute Event
After a five-year battle with prostate cancer, Johnny Ramone passed away on Sept. 15, 2004. Sadly, all four founding Ramones members are no longer with us, but the music is celebrated more than ever, with just under 3000 people attending the event.
At the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Johnny is buried, Ramones classics were blasted out in the guitarist’s memory. “We’re here for one reason, and one reason only: to pay tribute to our good friend Johnny Ramone,” Zombie told the crowd according to Rolling Stone. “I miss him every day. He was a wonderful kind guy. There was nobody like him. There was nothing like the Ramones, so we’re here for Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy.” Zombie paid tribute to Johnny further by performing a five-song Ramones set clocking in at under 10 minutes.
“I was freaked out by the Ramones,” Duff McKagan said during a Q&A panel. “As a 13-year-old kid living up in Seattle, the Ramones were the first punk band to come play. They were like my KISS. So 10 or 12 years later, ‘Appetite [for Destruction]‘ came out, I got an opportunity to meet the Ramones, and I actually didn’t want to because I didn’t want to ruin anything. They still remain bigger than life to me.” McKagan followed Rob Zombie’s set with a band that included Billy Idol and Steve Jones.
Check out footage from the Johnny Ramone tribute concert below.
Rob Zombie Performs ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’
Duff McKagan, Billy Idol + Steve Jones Play ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’