The annual Joey Ramone birthday bash continues

10th ANNUAL JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH celebrates  what would have been the 59th birthday of punk icon Joey Ramone 10th ANNUAL JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH, tonight, May 19, at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza.

Ramone, who passed away in April 2001 after a seven-year battle with Lymphoma, had a history of encouraging up-and-coming bands in New York’s downtown music scene by showcasing them at his special “Joey Ramone Presents…” events.  Since Ramone’s passing, his brother and their mother, Charlotte Lesher, carried on the tradition by featuring bands that celebrate the life of one of rocks most iconic musicians.

Proceeds from the even go to support the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.

This year’s headliners are Hank III and Morningwood.  Once again, the party will conclude with The Joey Ramone Birthday Bashers featuring Richie Ramone, Hank III, Walter Lure, Cheetah Chrome, JP Thunderbolt, Ed Stasium, Jean Beauvoir, George Tabb, Ivan Julian, Al Maddy, Walt Stack, Dave Merrill, Mickey Leigh & others.  Also appearing are The Sic F*cks, The Independents, Spanking Charlene (winners of Little Steven’s Wicked Cool Records contest) and Heap.  As the audience enters the venue they will once again be greeted by musician Tracy Thornton, playing Ramones songs on the steel drum.  And, in what has become a Birthday Bash tradition, Sean O’Sullivan’s Punk Pipers will round out the night with their rendition of “I Wanna Be Sedated” on bagpipes.

The Masters of Ceremony for this year’s fete will be Steven Van Zandt, Steve Craig, Matt Pinfield and Pete Ashner.  Additional surprises are expected at the evening’s events.

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