Celebrating what would have been the 56th birthday of punk-icon Joey Ramone, details for the yearly Joey Ramone Birthday Bash have now been announced. The 7th annual Bash will take place Saturday, May 19th at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. As in past years, tickets to the event were entirely sold out even before the line-up was announced. Now Mickey Leigh – event organizer and brother of Joey Ramone – can announce that in addition to a full roster of superstar artists, the evening will include a full set by rock and roll legends The New York Dolls.
The evening will conclude with The Friends of Joey All-Star Jam featuring rare live appearances by original drummer Tommy Ramone and the first reemergence of Elvis Ramone, since he left the band in 1987. Joining them on stage will be Queercore inspiration and punk rock pioneer Jayne County, Walter Lure, The Dictators’ Andy Shernoff and J.P. “Thunderbolt” Patterson, Furious George’s George Tabb, Willie Nile, Richie Stotts of the Plasmatics, Al Maddy, Walt Stack, Tish & Snooky, longtime group producer “Fifth Ramone” Ed Stasium and Mickey Leigh. As always, Sean O’Sullivan’s Punk Pipers will round out the night on the bagpipes. Additional unannounced surprise guests are expected to join in. This year’s Bash is being sponsored by Trash and Vaudeville, Tripp NYC, The Village Voice, staythirsty.com (Thirsty magazine), Manic Panic, NY WASTE, and Creative Bubble.