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6th Annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash Set For May

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The sixth annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash has been for the late rock star's 55th birthday, May 19, 2006, at New York City's famous Irving Plaza.

Tickets began selling in November 2005, when word leaked out via the message board on the Joey Ramone website,

Last year’s event sold out two weeks before the performance line-up was even announced.

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.

The Birthday Bash will feature 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 released.

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 are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the event are $25, and are available through Ticketmaster and Irving Plaza. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers