Friday, May 16, 2008

Senior Citizens Sing Joey Ramone’s Punk Praises

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Joey Ramone may be dead, but thanks to some senior citizens, his iconic legend lives on.

The eighth Annual “Joey Ramone Birthday Bash” is hitting The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Monday (May 19), to honor the 57th birthday of the former Ramones frontman.

In addition to performances from punk legends like Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators and Richard Lloyd of Television, the birthday bash will honor Ramone with a secret senior surprise.

Mickey Leigh, the event organizer and Joey’s brother, will show a video of the Young at Heart Chorus, a senior citizen singing group doing a choral cover of the Ramone’s classic, “I Wanna Be Sedated.”

Leigh says, “I thought about getting them to perform live, but I don’t need anybody dying here!”

It’s a good thing the seniors won’t show, as Leigh says the night can get pretty wild.

He says, “It’s a celebration, so people act accordingly. But there’s never been a fight. Everyone’s there to honor Joey. They get drunk, but not nasty.”

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