On Sunday, the 8th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute celebrated the life and legacy of Johnny Ramone, founding member of the legendary punk band The Ramones.
Net proceeds from the event benefitted the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center led by Dr. David Agus.
Hosted by his wife Linda Ramone, the event featured a book signing of Commando, Johnny’s autobiography that was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. The book signing featured Linda, Commando Editor and Ramones manager John Cafiero (of Osaka Popstar), the sole surviving original member of the Ramones, drummer Tommy Ramone, as well additional celebrity guests. Music was spun throughout the cemetery grounds by “Intoxica Radio” DJ, musician Howie Pyro. As the sun set, the event featured an outdoor screening under the stars showcasing one of Johnny’s Top 10 favorite Elvis films, “King Creole.” The movie was preceded by a sampling of classic Ramones music videos projected on the 24-ft mausoleum wall, and a slideshow featuring rare photos of Johnny Ramone (taken from his personal archives), with one of his closest friends, daughter of the King, Lisa Marie Presley, and more. Priscilla Presley spoke to the crowd, sharing reflections on Johnny Ramone, daughter Lisa Marie, her iconic husband’s legacy, and the lasting impact he made on the world.