MY TRIP TO NEW YORK TO THE JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH IN MAY
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Copyright. 2006 -> Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone
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Adele Holzman asked from me and David Kelly if we would be interested to
come with her to see The
Independents in New Jersey. I said we doesn't
get there in time but Adele knew that The Independents would go on stage
around midnight. I and David decided to go even I had decided to meet with
Maggie St. Thomas after midnight at CBGB's Gallery exhibition. Adele was
printed with her directions how to get to venue where The Independents
was playing, but... sadly there were some mistakes and we couldn't find a
way and soon it was 1:30AM. We had bad luck. But we decided to visit
Atlantic City, city which was pretty close and which is famous because of
it's casinos. Donald J. Trump unveiled the Trump TAJ Mahal Casino Resort
in 1990 and it was place which we chose, it was good to us also because
there is in that building 14US$ million worth of German crystal
chandeliers. I found out it's one of the largest casinos in the world
and it was pretty amazing to see in front of you probably few thousands
of slot machines. Of course it was easy to spend money there... And so did
many other people as well. David commented that they were like zombies -
playing games non-stop. We started our journey back at 4AM.
Hannu Jokinen of Woimasointu record company
(released for example Dee Dee's, Marky's and CJ's releases) and Timo
Pullinen (Ramones.fi) came
first time to the New York. They arrived in late May 13. May 15 was
exciting day for them, they got chance to meet then first time Tommy
Ramone. Tommy's and Claudia Tienan's duo band Uncle Monk
had that day show
at Parkside Lounge in New York. I had been E-mailing with Tommy that we're
coming to the show and I was again excited to meet him. He and Claudia
were really friendly and we got chance to discuss also before the show.
So musical style of Uncle Monk is an alt-country punk-bluegrass and debut
CD came out in March, 2006. It was intimate and acoustic show. Tommy was
on vocals and played mandolin and banjo and Claudia played guitar and
also did some vocals. It was a bit confusing just sit and watch show of
the Ramones member. Uncle Monk doesn't play music in which
rhythm you can pogo etc. I and other people had to knock rhythm to the
table and sing along silently. It was great to follow how strongly Tommy
entered into feelings in some songs. Round The Bend was one of my
favourites to hear. Tommy and Claudia played also some songs that they
aren't recorded yet or they were covers that I didn't recognized. Uncle
Monk doesn't play acoustic versions of any Ramones songs. After set ended,
people weren't clapping really long time. After silence came I started to
stimulate people that we get encore. Uncle Monk really deserved encore and
we got it.
After Tommy and Claudia got chance to relax, we had time to chat again.
I was also told that Hannu Jokinen wants to buy Uncle Monk CD's for his
distro. I also bought copies of CD for my friends Kimmo Aaltonen, Toma
Heikkonen and Antti Niemi. Antti was the long-time goalkeeper of the
Finnish national soccer team. He still play in the premier professional
league in England (Fulham team). I also asked Tommy to sign one more Uncle
Monk CD cover, which Alfredo, Anna and Helena Cordeiro sent for me before
my trip. They knew that I'll meet with Tommy.
Before the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash I and David got chance to attend also
2 other special shows. We got invited to the 2 Guns N'Roses shows. So we
got guest tickets and our seats were great. Shows were at Hammerstein
Ballroom (capacity of 3 600 people). Also Joey's 50th Birthday Bash
was there in past... I've known Dizzy Reed's (keyboardist
Dizzy has been the second most long time member in Guns N'Roses) wife Lisa
since 1997 and she was also in NYC, but sadly we couldn't meet. She tried
to call me, but I was given her by accident David's wrong phone number (1
number mistake). That my second book
Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone also contains Ramones story by
Reed's family. Before the show were played for example Ace Of Spades by
Motörhead, Last Caress by Misfits,
London Calling by The Clash, God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols, but
not the Ramones... Both Guns N'Roses shows started with songs Welcome To
The Jungle, It's So Easy and Mr. Brownstone (all are from 80's). Singer
Axl Rose was in energetic shape and his voice was as good as in old days.
They also played some songs from their upcoming album Chinese Democrasy.
Sebastian Bach of Skid Row was special guest in both shows we
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