Jeff Spicoli (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) may have been
able to snag Van Halen for his big party, but what kind of talent can a living
legend like Joey Ramone round up for a birthday bash? "It'll be where all the
cool people are," the ex-Ramone singer told ATN about his May 19th birthday
party at the Continental Club in New York's East Village.
want to hang out with will be there," said Ramone, who, like an aging film diva
refused to cough up how many candles will be on the cake. "I'm ageless," he
chuckled, "and I don't remember."
Among the downtown punk notables slated
to perform are Joey's ex-foil, Dee Dee Ramone, who will play five songs with
the birthday boy, including the one they collaborated on for Dee Dee's new
album, Bad Horoscope.
Also performing: the Dictators, 22 Jacks,
Furious George, the Prissteenes, the Independents, Jesse Malin of D-Generation
and friends, the Independents, Tedio-Boys (Portugal) and the Waldos.
will join many of the bands and promised some spirited runs through the
Dictators' covers of "California Sun" and "The Kids are Alright," plus some
Ramones covers with the Independents.
This is the second time Joey's pals
at the Continental have feted the lanky singer. A few years ago the Dictators
and Wild Kingdom played some tunes in his honor and Blondie singer Debbie Harry
did her best Marilyn Monroe imitation singing "Happy Birthday" while presenting
Ramone with a cake.
Get there early, though. The open bar only lasts for
an hour and a half, and with this crowd, that's probably an hour too