The Strokes to Honour a Punk Rock Legend

Published: 2006-04-19
New York rockers The Strokes have officially signed on to play at a special tribute concert for Ramones legend Joey Ramone The show is set to take place at the Big Apple's Irving Plaza on May 19, which would have been Joey Ramone's 55th birthday.

The Ramones first emerged from New York City in the late 1970s and made some serious waves with their gritty punk rock style. Alongside the UK's Sex Pistols, many today consider the Ramones to be the forefathers of punk music.

The band split in 1996 due to personality differences and ongoing arguments that further deteriorated the band. Ultimately the members felt they could not match the success of contemporary acts, such as the Strokes, and decided to call it quits.

The Joey Ramone Birthday Benefit was created after the lead singer lost his seven-year struggle with lymphoma in 2001. Bassist Dee Dee Ramone died of a heroin overdose in June 2002, only two months after the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and guitarist Johnny Ramone passed away from prostate cancer in 2004.

Aside from the Strokes, bands such as the Dead Boys, The Dictators' Andy Shernoff, and Cheetah Chrome are all set to pay homage to their fallen idol.

Tickets for the event are on sale now for the modest price of $25. Better yet, all proceeds from the gig will be donated to the Lymphoma Research Foundation in Joey's honour.

Writer: Robert Frezza



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