Strokes, Blondie Set For Ramones Benefit

The Strokes and Blondie will perform at a Johnny Ramone-spearheaded benefit for Cedars Sinai Cancer Research Center and the Lymphoma Cancer Research Foundation.

The Strokes and Blondie will perform at a Johnny Ramone-spearheaded benefit for Cedars Sinai Cancer Research Center and the Lymphoma Cancer Research Foundation. The event will be held Oct. 8 at New York club Spirit with additional acts to be announced. As previously reported, Johnny is battling prostate cancer, while frontman Joey Ramone died in 2001 from lymphoma.

In line with the star-studded Ramones tribute to be held Sunday (Sept. 12) in Los Angeles, the New York show will boast an exhibition of Ramones memorabilia. Joey's brother Mickey Leigh will co-host. Ticket information will be released next week.

According to the Ramones' official Web site, Johnny is working on his memoirs with Washington Times reporter Steve Miller. "I will tell my story and the straight story of the Ramones in this book, with all the rough edges attached," he says. "Some people will be surprised to find out my version of how life in the Ramones was and the lasting effect that band has had on music."

As previously reported, drummer Marky Ramone's personal film footage of the band will be unveiled in the documentary "Ramones Raw," due Sept. 28 via Image Entertainment.