JOEY RAMONE LAID TO REST

Blondie, Joan Jett and fellow Ramones turn up at the funeral - and U2 pay tribute in concert...

DEBBIE HARRY and CHRIS STEIN from BLONDIE, JOAN JETT and original RAMONES drummer TOMMY ERDELYI were amongst the friends and family who gathered at the funeral of JOEY RAMONE yesterday (April 17) to lay the punk icon to rest.

As reported yesterday on NME.COM, Ramone was buried at Hillside Cemetery in Woodhurst, N.J. following a service at Schwartz Brothers Memorial Chapels in the Ramones old home town of Forest Hills, Queens.

Ramone, real name Jeffrey Hyman, died on Sunday (April 16) following a long battle with lymphatic cancer. At the service, Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh led tributes telling mourners that, while he could talk the whole day long about his late sibling, “my brother could have said it all in two minutes and 10 seconds”.

According to MTV, he also revealed that one of the last musicians to speak to Joey was long-time Ramones admirer Bono. He rang Joey on Friday and though Joey was unable to say much, “You could really see him perk up,” said Mickey.

He also revealed that when the call came from the hospital to come in for what proved to be the final time, Mickey brought a copy of U2‘s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’. He played ‘In A Little While’ to Joey as he slipped in unconciousness.

On Sunday night (April 15) at a concert in Oregon, as a tribute to Joey, U2 covered both the Ramones ‘I Remember You’ and ‘Amazing Grace’.