Joey Ramone Birthday Bash Returns to Bowery Electric May 19
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Yes friends, it’s time to raise our glasses to one of New York City’s finest once again, the one and only Joey Ramone, as the 2014 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash is coming up Monday, May 19—the punk legend’s actual birthday!
“There is never a shortage of reasons to celebrate the birthday and life of my brother, and never hard to find a theme every year, either,” Mickey Leigh, co-founder/producer of the annual event, said in a statement.
“This year, the theme is more obvious than in all the years prior. Being that The Ramones were born in 1974, this year we’ll be celebrating not only the birthday of Jeff Hyman, we’ll be celebrating the birth of Joey Ramone, as well.”
This year’s celebration honoring the late Ramones frontman—who passed away from Lymphoma in 2001 at 49—will return to Bowery Electric (327 Bowery), which provided the appropriate backdrop last year.
And hitting the stage in song will be The Joey Ramone Tribute Band featuring Cheetah Chrome, Glen Matlock, Sic F*cks, George Tabb, and Mickey Leigh. The Dictators’ Andy Shernoff will also be there, plus David Peel, The A-Bones, Heap, The Bullys, among many other lively raconteurs ready to rock out.
In addition, for the first-time ever, the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will turn the spotlight on a local punk act for the chance to perform. A winner is slated to be chosen by May 5. Check out the official Joey Ramone Facebook page for full submission details.
“The Joey Bash carries on the tradition of presenting both well known and lesser known bands that make great music,” Leigh explained. “But it also serves another purpose – one even more necessary, emotional speaking – the gathering of Joey’s family, friends, and fans to celebrate his life on what would otherwise be a sad, somber day.”
For tickets, get ’em now for $25 at the Bowery Electric box office ($30 day of show) or visit Bowery Electric’s official site here. Net proceeds from the Bash will support the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.
Get ready to party! Doors open at 6pm and the 21 & older show kicks off at 7pm.
Below, watch as The Ramones ruled CBGB’s 40 years ago.