Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash To Feature Live Preview of Forthcoming Album

05/14/2012
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We received some big news about a special feature to this year's Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash: This year's event will be held on Saturday, May 19, will include a very special addition to the format of the past 11 years.

In anticipation of the forthcoming posthumous new Joey Ramone CD, "...ya know?," the event will culminate in a live performance of the entire album in advance of its actual release. The set will feature a band of renowned punk musicians, led by Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh.

Participants include the following musicians who appear on the "...ya know?" album: Richie Stotts, JP "Thunderbolt" Patterson, Jean Beauvoir, Ed Statium, Al Maddy, Amy Hartman, and Mickey Leigh. Performing at the event will be The Threads, The Brats, The Indecent, Ivan Julian, and The Bullys. Furthermore, special guest appearances are expected by Tommy Ramone, Ross the Boss, Joey Lanz, Mick Stitch, Walt Stack, Yoav, Alex Holyboy, Tish & Snookie, Bebe Buell, Tina Ingrid, Louisa Bradshaw, and George Tabb.

Leigh, who served as executive producer of the CD project, said: "It was of the utmost importance to me that these remaining songs of Joey's be finished properly and made available for the world to hear." This second Joey Ramone solo CD, slated for release May 22 (BMG Rights Management) is comprised of never-before-heard songs written and sung by Ramone, who passed away 11 years ago of lymphoma. The tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Ramone had cut at various times during the last decade and a half of his life. The resulting album is a brilliant encapsulation of the qualities that made Joey Ramone one of rock's most unlikely, yet most beloved, heroes.

Additionally, this year's Bash will be held in a new venue - the Studio @ Webster Hall - to allow for a more intimate setting in which to introduce the songs in their premiere performance.

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