Read this elsewhere. Thought I'd pass it on... An all-star line-up has been announced for LIFES A GAS THE ANNUAL JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH 2004 to take place Wednesday, May 19th at Irving Plaza in NYC (doors open at 7:00PM). The legendary lead singer of the Hall Of Fame Punk Rock band The Ramones passed away from Lymphatic cancer in 2001. The annual non-profit bash marks the fourth year that JOEY RAMONE's mother and brother will celebrate the late singer's birthday by inviting thousands of JOEY s friends and fans to join them. LIFES A GAS perpetuates JOEYs tradition of presenting the amazing parties he began hosting on his birthday. The eclectic shows ultimately became a highly anticipated annual event that delighted New Yorkers for decades. People now come from all over the world to partake in the celebration of the late singers music and spirit. The BIRTHDAY BASH honors JOEY by presenting the kind of music he loved, continuing his promotion of new talent and keeping NYC's rock music scene thriving. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lymphoma Foundation in an effort to combat the disease he battled until his death on April 15, 2001. May 19th would have been the 53rd Birthday of the solo artist and lead singer of The Ramones, known and loved worldwide as "The King of Punk." The line-up of bands performing at this year's BIRTHDAY BASH include Alkaline Trio, The Dickies, Supersuckers, Bebe Buell, Sic F*cks, Slashtones and the all-star Friends of Joey Ramone - formed for the event - consisting of Marky Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Jeff Magnum (Dead Boys), Andy Shernoff (The Dictators), Richard Lloyd (Television), Walter Lure (Heartbreakers), Mickey Leigh, and Al Maddy (Joey Ramone's Solo Record). Entertainment will be provided throughout the night by the Lucky Devil Circus and Coney Island Sideshow. Special guests scheduled to appear include emcee Matt Pinfield (KROCK, MTV), actress P.J. Soles, (who starred with The Ramones in their film, "Rock n Roll High School") and Little Steven (The Bruce Springsteen Band, "The Sopranos"). As in previous years, rare Ramones videos will be screened throughout the show. Newly added is a Silent Auction of celebrity signed/designed T-shirts and special surprises, to be held during the event offering one of a kind commemorative items from artists such as The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, Blondie, Talking Heads, Bono, Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Lemmy Kilmister/ Motorhead, and many more. All proceeds from the auction will go to The Lymphoma Foundation. Auction items may be previewed on the website (www.joeyramone.com) and bidding will continue online until Friday, May 21, 2004. Sponsors for this year's JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH are Manic Panic (Hair Colors and Cosmetics that Rock), Trash and Vaudeville (Rock and Roll to Wear), and Love Nico (Art Made of T Shirts). Trash and Vaudeville, Manic Panic and Love Nico will also offer some great auction items and free giveaways. Admission to the event is 16 years of age and over. Tickets for the BIRTHDAY BASH are now available (with no service charge) at the Irving Plaza box office in person only, 17 Irving Place, New York City (between 15th-16th streets). Box office hours are Monday-Friday Noon-6:30 PM, and Saturday 1:00-4:00PM. Box office phone number is 212-777-6800; www.irvingplaza.com . Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 day of show. The Irving Plaza box office accepts cash or American Express charge only. Tickets are also available (with service charge) from Ticketmaster (212-3074100/ www.ticketmaster.com) and their outlets or (with TM service charge) from the Clear Channel Entertainment website (www.cc.com). Official websites for the JOEY RAMONE BIRTHDAY BASH 2004 are www.joeyramone.com and www.ramones.com.