The 9th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will take place this Tuesday, May the 19th at the Fillmore in New York's Irving Plaza. The event, which would have been the late Ramones' frontman's 58th birthday, will preview new unreleased Joey Ramone solo recordings for guests. Rough mixes of the tracks, slated for a posthumous album release later this year, are being worked on by a number of producers, including long time Ramones collaborator Ed Stasium.
The night will feature headlining sets by Fishbone and the Supersuckers. Once again the night will be headlined by supergroup The Friends Of Joey featuring Richie Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba (of the Dictators), Jean Beauvoir, Ivan Julian (of Richard Hell and The Voidoids), George Tabb, Al Maddy and Joey's brother Mickey Leigh. The event will also see sets from Death, Rough Francis, Uncle Monk (featuring Tommy Ramone), Bebe Buell, and Tom Clark & The High Action Boys. Musician Tracy Thornton will greet guests with renditions of Ramones tunes on the steel drum, and Sean O'Sullivan's Punk Pipers will wrap up the night. This year's MCs will be Matt Pinfield and Peter Aschner.
Joey Ramone passed away in April of 2001 after a seven-year battle with lymphoma.