Archive for July 27th, 2008

‘The Ramones’ at Hollywood Forever…

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

‘On The Road With The Ramones’ Author to Appear at Outdoor Ramoniacs Event




Johnny Ramone’s cenotaph at Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Monte A. Melnick, long-time RAMONES tour manager and author of “On the Road With the Ramones”, will appear at a special Ramoniacs event to benefit Johnny Ramones‘ prostate cancer research charity on Friday, August 1 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.) in Hollywood, California. RAMONES drummer of 15 years Marky Ramone (“Road to Ruin”, “End of the Century” and more), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, producer and RAMONES drummer Tommy Ramone (“Leave Home”, “Rocket to Russia” and more) and bassist CJ Ramone (“Loco Live”, “Adios Amigos” and more) will also be on hand to celebrate Johnny’s legacy.


Monte toured with the RAMONES for 22 years. No one knew the fearsome foursome better than Monte. His book “On The Road With The Ramones” (Omnibus Press, $24.95) has been updated with new pages, photos and info on what’s been happening to the legacy of the RAMONES since 2003. A superb piece of punk oral history, this is a must-have book for all RAMONES fans.


Based around the story of Monte A. Melnick, who was the RAMONES tour manager (and much more) throughout their entire career (1974-1996, and 2,263 live shows), “On the Road With The Ramones” is an insider’s look from the people who were actually there, witnessing and experiencing all the extreme highs and lows of one of rock’s greatest bands. The book is packed with interviews from the RAMONES and people who where very close to the band. There are over 250 photographs and pictures of memorabilia Monte collected along the way.



Griffith Park Fire…

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Crews knock down Griffith Park fire


The hillside blaze east of the L.A. Zoo burned 15 acres and prompted some evacuations. About 200 firefighters put the blaze out in three hours. No injuries were reported.


By Stuart Pfeifer
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 27, 2008


A hillside wildfire broke out in Griffith Park this afternoon, prompting a massive response by firefighters trying to contain the blaze before it hit landmarks or a bird sanctuary.


The Los Angeles Fire Department declared the fire knocked down about 3:40 p.m., saying it burned 15 acres of heavy brush but caused no damage or injuries.


The fire was burning an area east of the zoo and Travel Town area, said Ron Myers, a Fire Department spokesman. Officials have shut down some entrances to the park and said evacuations are possible if the fire grows.


There was particular concern about a California condor breeding ground that is located near the area where the fire was burning.


About 200 firefighters were involved in controlling the blaze, which was first reported at 12:42 p.m., Myers said. The Fire Department was also using water-dropping helicopters.


The fire could be seen from parts of the San Fernando Valley and the 134 Freeway, which runs along the northern edge of the park.


Today’s fire comes 14 months after a wind-whipped wildfire consumed 1,200 acres in the park and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents in Los Feliz.


Shia LaBeouf Arrested for DUI…

Sunday, July 27th, 2008


‘Indiana Jones’ star Shia LaBeouf arrested for DUI



From the Associated Press
July 27, 2008


LOS ANGELESShia LaBeouf was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Sunday after an early morning wreck in which the Indiana Jones star injured his hand and knee, authorities said.


LaBeouf was trying to make a left turn at a West Hollywood intersection around 3 a.m. when his pickup collided with another vehicle, rolling the truck over, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Wolf said.


“It was immediately apparent to officers responding on the scene that LaBeouf was intoxicated and he was subsequently placed under arrest,” Wolf said.


Wolf said LaBeouf was booked then released for misdemeanor DUI. The 22-year-old actor was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was being treated for injuries to his left hand and a knee, as well as a minor head injury, Wolf said.


A woman passenger in LaBeouf’s truck and the driver of the other vehicle were not seriously injured. Wolf did not know the identities of the woman or the other driver.


The cause of the crash remained under investigation, Wolf said. Two attorneys listed for LaBeouf did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press on Sunday; neither did two publicists for the actor.


The accident occurred when LaBeouf, who was headed northbound on La Brea Avenue, tried to turn onto Fountain Avenue, Wolf said. The intersection is the location of “High Voltage,” the tattoo parlor where the TLC reality show LA Ink is filmed.


LaBeouf starred in last year’s summer smash hit Transformers, and this year appears opposite Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.


LaBeouf has had previous brushes with the law, but until now they’d been relatively harmless — to the degree that they only served to reinforce his image as a Hollywood good guy with an edge.


A drunken confrontation with guards at a Walgreens in Chicago late last year led to misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges. Arresting police in that incident noted that LaBeouf was “very courteous and polite,” and the charge was dropped because the drug store didn’t want to pursue the matter.


In a lighthearted retelling of the incident to David Letterman on the Late Show, LaBeouf said: “Drinking and driving is one thing, but drinking and shopping … it’s just as bad.”


LaBeouf was separately cited in February for smoking where he shouldn’t in Burbank, but a judge later dismissed the charge.





The intersection of LaBrea and Fountain, by chance, is only a block from my home, so I couldn’t resist taking some photos of the scene. This intersection happens to be one of those dreaded “photo enforced” traffic lights so perhaps they were able to get photos of the accident. Below are two photos taken by me at 10 am this morning. (click on image to enlarge)


The intersection of LaBrea and Fountain, Hollywood


Residue from this mornings accident