Event Report: Natty Tackles The 10th Anniversary Johnny Ramone Tribute!!
On August 24th, a beautiful Sunday evening, a line formed outside of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The crowd was full of diverse characters, but we all had one thing in common: we have a strong love of horror, and music. So there I was, about to enter Johnny Ramones 10th Anniversary Tribute, and I was ready to enjoy a memorable experience.
For those who are not familiar with the venue, it is actually a cemetery. It is also the final resting place of many celebrities, including Johnny Ramone himself. Often there are movie screenings there, and you are allowed to view the film picnic style, with blankets, chairs, and coolers. In other words, it’s a really cool way to watch a movie.
Soon after everyone entered the premises, many claimed seats on the lawn, and others ventured into the mausoleum to observe some very awesome horror goodies from the private collection of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. Among the collection, which is pretty much what every horror fan’s dreams are made of, there were masks, statues, and board games. Oh my!! A lot of gorgeous paintings, and movie posters. My personal favorites were the life-size Jason Voorhees statue THE FINAL CHAPTER and the life-size Ash from ARMY OF DARKNESS. The mausoleum added to the ambiance of the collection, and was the perfect place for the exhibit.
Some of the various other horror items on display:
As the sun set…the party got started. Rob Zombie and his band took the stage and rocked a cover of “Blitkrieg Bop“.
They also treated everyone to a few more tracks, before the next crew, which consisted of Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, and jumped on to honor Johnny with a plethora of amazing covers.
Also paying tribute to the sounds of The Ramones, was Portlandia’s Fred Armisen.
As Mr. Armisen left the stage, we were all informed that one of Fred’s alter egos, Ian Rubbish, would be up next. The crowd was in for a real treat thought, because Billy Idol graced us with his presence instead and blew everyone away with a performance that was epic in every possible way.
Just as the audience settled back down into their lawn chairs, and picnic blankets, everyone got a treat as none other than Rob Zombie, Sheri Moon Zombie, Danny Trejo, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Diamond Dallas Page, Leslie Easterbook, and Brian Posehn answered a few questions about all things Devil’s Rejects. One particular question that stood out, and made the crowd howl with laughter, regarding what Sid Haig thought the first time he saw a fan with a Captain Spaulding tattoo. He replied with “I asked him…are you crazy?!?! That is not something you can just wash off in the morning.” The Q & A ended with the group reciting their memorable quotes in the film, and then we were ready to watch THE DEVILS REJECTS on the big screen.
I never thought anything could top the experience of watching THE DEVILS REJECTS nearly ten years ago, on opening day…but I was wrong. Seeing it on a huge screen, in the middle of a cemetery, surrounded by many people who are also in love with the genre was incredible. The crowd really got into the film, and it was great hearing the cheers, and yells that rose from the sea of fans. As the film ended, and everyone started to head out, there was a smile on everyone’s faces. A smile that could have only been caused by a night of brilliant entertainment, and a touching tribute to The Ramones that would have made Johnny Ramone very proud.