Hey! Ho! Let’s go…to Manhattan Supreme Court docket.
The widow of Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone has been appearing like a punk in her personal proper, cashing in on the groundbreaking band’s rep by slapping their title on her LA ranch, it’s claimed in new courtroom filings.
Mickey Leigh, the brother of the iconic group’s late frontman, Joey Ramone, hashed out the gripes with Linda Ramone in the least punk means conceivable — a collection of closed-door arbitration hearings — earlier this yr.
However the battle was laid naked in papers filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court docket asking a choose to affirm arbitrator Bob Donnelly’s rulings.
Leigh and Ramone “have an nearly sacred mission to be the caretakers for the band’s inventive work, to guard their iconic model and to coach new followers to be able to develop their legend,” wrote Donnelly.
“As a substitute, the events have allowed their private egos and their animus for each other to intervene with their joint obligations by failing to speak, obfuscating info and unreasonably withholding their approvals.”
Like one thing rising from the “Pet Sematary,” the newest schism in Joey and Johnny’s notoriously contentious relationship comes years after their respective deaths in 2001 and 2004, each from most cancers.
Fueling the punk pioneers’ lifelong animosity was Linda, who dated Joey in the 1970s earlier than their break up discovered her in the arms of Johnny.
Amongst Leigh’s complaints was Ramone — or Cummings-Ramone, as Leigh would like her to professionally go in a nod to Johnny’s given surname — branding her California sprawl the “Ramones Ranch,” the papers say.
Associating the quintessential New York band’s title with the sunshine-soaked Los Angeles property “is attempting to deceive Ramones followers and the public into believing that this is the official residence of the Ramones,” Leigh claimed in the January and February hearings.
In one other signal that she simply needs to be associated to the Ramones’ legacy, Johnny’s widow glided by Linda Ramone in selling her annual “Johnny Ramone Tribute” occasion, a bash full of unlicensed use of the entire band’s music and likenesses, the papers declare.
Below Donnelly’s choice, Linda should use a much less band-specific title for her residence, akin to “The Johnny Ramone Ranch” or “The Linda Ramone Ranch,” based on the filings.
She should additionally go by Linda Cummings-Ramone, versus Linda Ramone, in selling future iterations of the tribute present if she needs it to incorporate the work of the entire band.
Donnelly is hopeful that Leigh — born Mitchel Hyman — and Linda can be singing “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Need to Struggle Tonight)” below the new association.
“Mickey Hyman and Linda Cummings-Ramone have been entrusted with the exceedingly vital mission of preserving the legacy of the Ramones for its present followers, and to develop this iconic model to a brand new world-wide group of music followers,” he wrote.
“The one means these objectives may be completed, in my estimation, is for there to be some radical modifications made by Mickey, Linda, and their representatives.”
Legal professionals for Linda didn't instantly reply to a request for remark.
Leigh instructed The Submit that “neither she nor I — as the people who find themselves alleged to be representing the Ramones — ought to use the title designated for the band members and use it as our personal.”
“I imagine it’s my duty to guard the title Ramones and Ramone for the band and to be used by the band members; and do what is of their greatest curiosity, not mine.”