The event will be hosted by Johnny’s wife Linda Ramone with appearances by very special guest Priscilla Presley, Steve Jones of Jonesy’s Jukebox, Henry Rollins, actress Rose McGowan, guitarist Billy Zoom of X, actress PJ Soles (Riff Randell of “R’n'R High School”), and Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats.
Since Johnny’s autobiography, Commando, was released earlier this year, there will be a book signing. Not by Johnny, of course, but it will feature Linda, Commando Editor and Ramones manager John Cafiero (of Osaka Popstar), the sole surviving original member of the Ramones, drummer Tommy Ramone, as well as aforementioned celebrity guests with the exception of Presley.
Johnny, a longtime Elvis fan and avid collector, cites Presley in Commando as being highly influential in igniting his flame for Rock ‘n’ Roll; a spark that would eventually lead to significant contributions to pop culture and rock history in his own rite.
As the sun sets, the event will feature an outdoor screening under the stars showcasing one of Johnny’s Top 10 favorite Elvis films, “King Creole,” (a personal favorite of Presley’s himself). The screening will include a slideshow of rare photos from Johnny Ramone’s personal archives of the guitar legend with one of his closest friends, daughter of the King, Lisa Marie Presley; who also penned the Epilogue in Commando.
Net proceeds from the Tribute will benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus. Admission is only $10, however donations in excess of the required admission are welcomed and suggested (but not mandatory). Tickets can be purchased online in advance, or at the gate upon entry.
It’s a four hour flight or 36 hour drive to Hollywood from Chicago (observing speed limits, for the most part). What an epic way to begin the end of summer. No, it’s NOT REALLY creepy to plan a vacation around visiting a cemetery to pay respects to someone you’ve most likely never met…