The date for the sixth annual JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH has been announced: the event will take place at famed New York City venue Irving Plaza on what would have been JOEY’s 55th birthday: Friday, May 19, 2006. Tickets began selling in November 2005, when word leaked out via the message board on the JOEY RAMONE website, www.joeyramone.com. Last year’s BASH sold out two weeks before the performance line-up was even announced. Now, everyone can purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com and www.irvingplaza.com
The first JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH was held just one month after the rock star lost his seven-year battle with lymphoma in April 2001. Living up to a promise made to the singer to celebrate his 50th birthday, JOEY’s mother Charlotte Lesher and brother Mickey Leigh organized an all-star rock and roll party and have continued the tradition annually. All net proceeds are donated to the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
Customarily, the BIRTHDAY BASH features musical performances by a bevy of internationally acclaimed and up-and-coming artists, as well as screenings of rare and exclusive videos of JOEY and The Ramones. This year’s roster of participants has not yet been revealed but is expected to be as exciting and stellar as any before.
Additionally, plans are being made for a special exhibition and sale of photographs by some of rock and roll’s best photographers, to run for several days prior to the BIRTHDAY BASH at a gallery in Manhattan. Details will be forthcoming.
Tickets for the 2006 JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH are $25. Admission to the show is 16 years of age and up; doors open at 8PM and the festivities will begin at 9PM. Irving Plaza is located at 17 Irving Place, on the corner of 15th Street and Irving Place. The club can easily be reached by subway (trains 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, and W to Union Square, also referred to as 14th Street).
Information will shortly be announced revealing the line-up of performers as well as the names of sponsors for this year’s event. For press information, please contact ISL Public Relations, 212-541-7595, [email protected] For updates and further information, visit www.joeyramone.com