Punk music icon Henry Rollins and others to pay tribute to Johnny Ramone
By Randy Lewis
July 6, 2016, 8:45AM
The Johnny Ramone Tribute 2016 event, set for on July 24 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, will feature screenings of two classic punk rock films and a panel discussion about those movies led by two classic L.A. punk rockers, organizers said.
Former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins and X bassist-singer-songwriter John Doe are scheduled to engage in an exploration of 1979’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” with cast members Mary Woronov, Clint Howard, Vince Van Patten and PJ Soles as well as producer Roger Corman and director Allan Arkush.
They’ll also discuss the evening’s second screening, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains,” directed by veteran record executive Lou Adler. Event organizers promise “surprise special guests” from the film that has been credited with influencing riot grrrl musicians Courtney Love, Bikini Kill and L7.
Sex Pistols guitarist and radio host Steve Jones are set to host the event, organized by Ramone’s widow, Linda Ramone, as an annual salute to her husband, the lead guitarist of the pioneering New York punk band who died of prostate cancer in 2004 at age 55.
Other facets on the bill include “Ramones It’s Alive 1976-1996,” a pop-up gallery of Ramones and other punk rock photography from the Morrison Hotel Gallery, and an exhibition of Metallica guitarist Kirk “Von” Hammett’s collection of movie monster memorabilia.
Johnny Ramone, left, with bandmates Dee Dee, Tommy and Joey in 1978. (Los Angeles Times)
“Johnny loved hobbies and collecting,” Linda Ramone said in a statement. “I know he would be excited about the tributes ‘cause they are so much fun and a place for everyone to gather and see cool stuff.”
The event is to get underway at 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the tribute website.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Johnny and Linda Ramone Foundation, supporting prostate cancer research, and Dr. David Agus at the Center for Applied Medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.