Watch Billie Joe Armstrong, Steve Jones, Duff McKagan and Fred Armisen play acoustic set at Johnny Ramone tribute show

They covered 'Rockaway Beach', 'Judy Is a Punk', and more

Billie Joe Armstrong, Steve Jones, Duff McKagan and Fred Armisen performed an acoustic set for the annual tribute to late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone.

Taking place at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sunday (August 26), Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and Portlandia star Fred Armisen came together to perform a set of Ramones classics.

They played the band’s iconic tracks including ‘Rockaway Beach’ and ‘Judy Is a Punk,’ while also performing a Sex Pistols’ ‘Pretty Vacant’. Watch footage of the performance below.


According to Forbes, Morrissey and artist Shepard Fairey were among those who attended the event, which was co-organized by Johnny’s widow, Linda Ramone.

Speaking of the Ramones after the performance, Armisen said, “They seemed like a family, with the name and a gang or something like the Del-Lords or some kind of New York bunch of barbarians that could wield around a baseball bat.

“They’re known, just the leather jackets, the jeans and the thing I liked about them is they didn’t really play up the fashionable English mohawk punk. They were very American and very Americana. They got what the aesthetic was, especially for Johnny, who was a very proud American. So that sort of symbolized the Ramones.”


Meanwhile, following on from them rehearsing their classic album ‘Dookie’ in full, Green Day have also played through the record’s follow-up ‘Insomniac’.

The rehearsals have sparked rumours that the band could tour all of their early major label albums in full to mark the 25th anniversary of ‘Dookie’ in 2019.

This comes after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong denied claims that Green Day were splitting up, in the wake of the album ‘Love Is For Losers‘ with his new band The Longshot.