It's hard to believe, but Joey Ramone has been dead for five years. Today is his birthday, and to celebrate and remember him, Ramones super-fans are visiting spots in Queens and Manhattan. Nonsense-NY has the details:
1. Meet around 11:30a in Forest Hills, Queens for the pilgrimage, on foot, from the original Rock and Roll High School into Manhattan. Be prepared to tell stories of punkrock glory (real or imagined) and to participate in whatever games we come up with along the way.
2. At 7p, the Hungry March Band and friends will be making a procession from Tompkins Square Park, snaking through the East Village, and ending up at CB's Gallery. For this we need more hands to carry the giglio. We also need people to bring offerings of flowers (real or fake), liquor, cigarettes, or other small things that represent something that you really care about.
3. Party and potluck dinner at CB's Gallery starting at 8p, featuring the Hungry March Band, the Ramoones, and Deva, as well as a Ramones cover open mike. Please write to Sara Valentine ( firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance to sign up yourself and your Carbona-sniffing friends to play whatever Ramones song you know.
We'll also be giving the winner of the Zippy the Pinhead look-alike contest a yummy award. $5 if you bring food or $10 without.
And why do we do this?
In the five long years since Joey Ramone left home, our city has been afflicted by grave misfortune: mass carnage, regional blackout, crippling strike, Republicans! Clearly something is amiss. That's why the Hungry March Band has decided to undertake the first ever Feast of St. Joey on his birthday..
If you're too lazy to hike out to Queens or CBGBs, you can still get a little punk rock flavor from this set of pix by s76fitz on Flickr. That's where we found the shot of Johnny Ramone above-- and there are lots more 1970s punk portraits in the set-- check out all the Sex Pistols!
Related: here are 150+ Ramones videos and concert clips courtesy of YouTube.