[By Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone] HEAVEN NEEDED A LEAD SINGER: FANS REMEMBER JOEY RAMONE features hundreds of stories about Joey.
This book got published on May 19, 2002, and then Dee Dee Ramone got a call from Joey to go up to heaven on June 5, 2002.
The people that have written some words for this book include those who have seen The Ramones play live more than 100 times to those who never had the opportunity to see them. The most important thing though is that all of these memory texts are from YOU, the fans. Every one who wrote did so from their heart and used this book as a platform to express what Joey had meant to them.
"A most informative book of the Ramones I have seen, extremely rare photos and commentary's from one of the most avid and loyal Ramones followers... Years in the making this is for sure one of the books to have." wrote Marky Ramone in the book's opening text that was penned by the drummer in April 2002. Marky also provides a couple of very informative interviews that can only be found in Heaven Needed A Lead Singer: Fans Remember Joey Ramone.
I did lot interviews and in all more than 70 famous musicians/ people contributed their Joey Ramone memories (as well as general Ramones stories) for this book. Some of the contributors include: Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Campino (Die Toten Hosen), TV Smith/ Gaye Advert (Adverts), Gordie Lewis (Teenage Head), Hilly Kristal (CBGB), Bono (U2), Arturo Vega, Monte Melnick, Legs McNeil, John Holmstrom, Chips (Sator), Dregen/ Nicke Borg (Backyard Babies), Nick/ Robert (Hellacopters), Kitty (The Kowalskis), Jonny (Huntingtons), Micke (Hymans), Udo (Rämouns), Sal (Electric Frankenstein), George Tabb (Furious George), Nick Cooper/ Dee Jaywalker (Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings), Evil Presly (Independents), Ginger (Wildhearts), Trigger (Continental), Calle (White Jazz), PJ Soles etc.... Popular Finnish artists/ people include: Michael Monroe/ Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks), The 69 Eyes, Vesku (Klamydia), Severi (Klamydia/ Nukkekoti), Sipe (Apulanta), Jay Burnside (Flaming Sideburns), Otto (Tehosekoitin), Matti (Tehosekoitin), Heko (Ne Luumäet), Miika (Pojat), Pelle Miljoona, Arto Nyberg, Leena Lehtolainen etc.
You can only imagine what an honour it is to include all the stories from all these great people and fans in my book.