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Watch Billie Joe Armstrong Perform At A Johnny Ramone Tribute Show

The annual concert pays tribute to the life and legacy of the Ramones frontman Johnny Ramone.

Over the weekend Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong joined forces with Duff McKagan, Morrissey, The Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and Fred Armisen (of Saturday Night Live fame) for a tribute to Johnny Ramone.

The tribute show saw Billie Joe and co perform a set of acoustic versions of songs by the Ramones at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in honour of the life of Johnny Ramone and the lasting legacy of The Ramones.

Speaking to Forbes about the importance of the Ramones in American punk music, Billie Joe shared "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."

He also shared one of his earliest memories of the Ramones "When I was a kid I watched on late night TV was a show they were playing in Ann Arbor and if you look it up it's on You Tube," he says. "They sounded so f**king good and the energy in the crowd was so completely into it and they had the big banner behind them with the big symbol and I always remember that. The imprint is permanently imprinted into my brain."

Check out some videos of the tribute show below:

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