Blondie, Dead Boys & Minutemen members playing Ramones’ debut for Joey’s birthday ++ photo book coming
The annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash return this year on May 19 at The Studio at Webster Hall in the punk legend's hometown of NYC. As always, there's a pretty impressive lineup for the show. This year includes a tribute to the Ramones' self-titled debut in full with Blondie's Clem Burke, Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome, Minutemen's Mike Watt and The Bullys' Walt Stack as the house band; and a number of guest vocalists including Tish, Snooky & Russell Wolinsky (Sic F*cks), Miriam Linna (The Cramps), Evil Presly (The Independents), Richard Bacchus (D Generation), George Tabb (Furious George), and more TBA. There will also be a Q&A with the album's producer, Craig Leon.
In addition to that tribute, the show includes a set by Dictators founder Andy Shernoff, plus Barb Wire Dolls, David Peel & the Lower East Side, The Threads, Tracy Thornton's Pans For Punks, and a "special surprise band." Punk Magazine founder and Ramones album artwork illustrator John Holmstom and radio personality Stig Stench are your MCs for the evening. Tickets and even more info here.
In related news, Ramones photographer/former mananger Danny Fields is releasing the book My Ramones on April 27 with "rare and never before-seen photographs" of the band taken between 1975 and 1977. You can check some of the pictures out here. Here's one:
As previously mentioned, a Ramones exhibit is opening in the Queens Museum from April 10 through July 31. Anyone who buys a ticket to Panorama can get into that exhibit (or any other Queens Museum exhibit) for free.
Stream the Ramones' self-titled album in full: