Joey Ramone Tribute Set For May 19
The mother and brother of late Ramones frontman Joey Ramone have confirmed preliminary plans for a tribute concert for the artist, set for May 19 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The date would havThe mother and brother of late Ramones frontman Joey Ramone have confirmed preliminary plans for a tribute concert for the artist, set for May 19 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The date would have marked the 50th birthday of Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman), who died April 15 after a long battle with cancer.
The musical lineup for the event has not been revealed, but a statement promises "performances by a bevy of internationally celebrated groups." Tickets go on sale Monday (April 30) through all TicketMaster outlets and at the box offices of the Hammerstein Ballroom and CBGB. Organizers have also created a Web site (www.Joeys50thBirthday.com) for fans to post birthday messages and obtain information about the event.
"In the weeks prior to his death, we often talked about [Joey's] up-coming 50th birthday," his mother, Charlotte Lesher, said in a statement, "and [his brother] Mickey and I promised Joey that for this very special day, we would throw the best and biggest birthday bash he ever had. He is going to have that party. It will be a celebration of his life and music and 'it's gonna be a gas.'"
Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh will host another memorial event, "Remembering Joey - A Brother's Tribute," on Monday at CBGB. The tribute will "present memories of Joey, his life and music re-lived by friends, peers and fans," according to a statement. Admission is free.