Too Tough To Die: A Tribute To Johnny Ramone Mandy Stein

Too Tough To Die: A Tribute To Johnny Ramone Mandy Stein
Captured September 12, 2004 — two days before Johnny’s death — Too Tough To Die was intended as a tribute to punk rock’s greatest band/fundraiser for the illness taking their lives: cancer. In retrospect, this live concert is a sad reminder of what music has lost. Still, it proves that some rock stars are the biggest Ramones geeks going. They join Marky, C.J. and long-time producer Daniel Rey in performing a host of Ramones favourites. Rob Zombie, Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins, Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, Tim Armstrong, the Dickies, X and more enthusiastically tear through an endless stream of classics. Understanding the importance of flow, Stein wisely intersperses performer interviews and Ramones footage with the performances, which also serves to mask the weaker pieces, i.e., Red Hot Chili Peppers. Despite the odd wrinkle (including the only extra, a flat commentary by Johnny Ramone’s wife, Stein and punker Joe Sib), Too Tough To Die is infinitely entertaining, incredibly inspiring and emotionally touching. (Anchor Bay)