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Chris Cornell was laid to rest earlier today in a private funeral, a lot of famous people attended…

Chris Cornell was laid to rest at a private funeral in Los Angeles today. A lot of famous people and celebrities attended. Famous musicians & celebrities who attended: surviving members of Soundgarden (of course), Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica were there, members of the Foo Fighters were there, popstar/rapper Pharrell Williams, Krist Novoselic, Courtney Love, Dave Navarro and Joe Walsh.

There were a few movie stars that were there like Christian Bale, Josh Brolin and Brad Pitt. Why were Bale, Brolin and Pitt there??? Were they close friends with Chris? Probably. I’m also sure Chris’s family members attended too, of course.

Chris’s remains were cremated but they made a headstone for him for the cemetery. The headstone for Chris is nothing all that fancy, no huge statue of him or anything. They set his ashes next to his friend Johnny Ramone’s. I believe Chris was a huge fan of the Ramones.



Wonder why Eddie Vedder wasn’t there at the funeral. Did they try to invite him but couldn’t make it?

Anyway, even though this funeral was made private, I heard the family is planning a public memorial for fans. That will be the time when all these famous bands & artists will be covering Chris’s songs from over the years. We’ll have to wait and see how they’re gonna do the public memorial.


Book Review: “Commando” by Johnny Ramone

Today, I just finished reading the rock memoir, “Commando”, by Johnny Ramone. He was the rhythm guitarist for the punk rock band, The Ramones. I must say that this is one of my favorite rock memoirs I’ve ever read. Johnny Ramone himself, really wrote this book himself before his death. He definitely did not have a ghost writer ’cause when you read this book it makes you feel like he’s actually talking to you.

This is also the most honest rock memoir I’ve ever read. Most rock memoirs would focus on the sex, drugs & music. Well, this book strictly focuses on the music. The book starts off from the day he was born and goes all the way up to his death.

Johnny was a true punk. He knew what punk was all about and he will tell everything about living the punk lifestyle. Part of being a punk is being angry and having a short temper, all the time. Having the not give a fuck attitude. Johnny was really honest in this book. He won’t be afraid to tell you what was good or what was bad. He will also tell you who he got along with and who he didn’t get along with.

If you think Johnny and Joey Ramone were best friends, think again! Johnny said in the book, that he and Joey hated each other guts. They never got along at all. It was Dee Dee, the bass player, who Johnny got along with the most than everyone.

Johnny also wrote in the book that he never intended to be in a rock n’ roll band to begin with. He was going to focus on being a construction worker and just live a normal life. Other people begged him to become a rocker, so he picked up the guitar, learned to play and formed the Ramones.

Johnny talked about how he wanted the band to be at their best ever, and he wanted to have success. He talked about how the Ramones struggled at first by playing a bunch of shows at CBGB’s in NYC (the club where the Ramones first got their start). Did you think Johnny and Debra Harry of Blondie got along? They didn’t get along at first but they became friends later. Johnny was never the one to become friends with other musicians. He wanted to be friends with normal people. Until the Ramones got even more famous later on, Johnny started becoming friends with other famous musicians such as Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Lisa Marie Presley, Kirk Hammett, etc.

When you see Ramones concerts, do you ever wonder why their sets are always so short and why their songs are so short? It’s because Johnny wanted it that way. He never liked long songs and he didn’t care for guitar solos, even if he did think that Jimi Hendrix was one of his favorite musicians.

Of course, toward the end of this book, when it got to the cancer stuff, that’s when the book got really sad. The book is full of rare and never before seen photos, and all kinds of things. It’s a short book. So it’s an easy & quick read. It only took a couple of days to read.

I’m a pretty big Ramones fan. I don’t own any of their music but I’m going to start collecting their stuff soon, but I have been listening to them for years, though. Heard their stuff on the radio, and listen to them in youtube. While I still think the Clash is my no. 1 favorite punk band, the Ramones would have to be my 2nd favorite. They were an incredible band and it’s a shame that most of the members died.

This book is recommended for all music lovers or Ramones fans. This book will help make you understand them better. They may have been underrated back then, but they are greatly appreciated now!


Report: Johnny Ramone’s widow, Linda, will finally publish the former Ramone’s rocker memoir this Spring…

8 years ago, Johnny Ramone, one of the guitarists for the legendary punk rock band, The Ramones, died of prostate cancer. Before his death, he wrote a memoir, but it was never published. Johnny’s wife/widow, recently announced, she will finally get the book published for him after all these years.

The book will be titled, “Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone”, will hit stores on, April 2nd. The book will only be a 176 pages long and it will be full of photos selected by Linda.

Read the full story, here.

As a huge Ramones fan, I’m definitely looking forward to this. Hopefully this will be available for Ibooks for the Ipad ’cause I won’t shop at Barnes & Noble too much anymore. I fuckin’ love the Ramones. “Hey ho, Lets go, hey ho, lets go”….