Duff McKagan, Billie Joe Armstrong, Fred Armisen and Steve Jones put on a blitzkrieg of an acoustic set at the annual Johnny Ramone tribute held over the weekend.
The event took place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones covered Ramones hits in a fitting tribute to the punk rocker.
The set list included “Rockaway Beach,” “Judy is a Punk,” “Danny Says,” and more. They even did a rendition of the Sex Pistols’ “Pretty Vacant.”
The performance was as bare bones as it could get—just the performers and their guitars. We think the late punk icon would’ve approved.
After the performance, Armstrong spoke with Forbes about the iconic band. “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,” he said.
“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.”
Watch a clip of the performance here: