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A riotous night of rock to remember a Ramone

SHANGHAI surf rockers The Beat Bandits, Trash A Go-Go staple DJ B.O. and special guests will celebrate what would have been the late American music legend Joey Ramone's 60th birthday next month at Lune with a party featuring the great music associated with him, including songs from his own band, The Ramones.

Joey Ramone (real name Jeffry Hyman), the lead singer of the Ramones, was born in Queens, New York, on May 19, 1951 and died in 2001 of lymphoma. His widely acclaimed vocal styling was instantly iconic when the band rose to fame in the mid-1970s, with a voice that represented the sincerity, posturing, longing and frustrations of adolescence.

DJ B.O. will celebrate the music icon by playing a special Joey Ramone mix, including Ramones hits such as "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," songs that influenced the band such as "Substitute" by The Who and "Palisades Park" by Freddy Cannon, songs by Joey's contemporaries and songs specifically influenced by Joey Ramone.

Known mostly for their surf-rock sound, local four-piece band The Beat Bandits' powerful party performances also veer toward garage rock, a raw form of rock'n'roll that was first popular in North America during the 1960s and is often considered a forerunner to the punk rock genre which the Ramones are also known to have had an influence on.

Date: May 13, 10pm

Venue: Lune, 218 Xinle Rd (near Donghu Rd)

Admission: Free


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