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The June Report

I’ve been lax on my website updates, so let’s get started with all the news that’s news to yews!!

On May 19, I posted on YouTube a video tribute to celebrate Joey Ramone’s 65th birthday. I tried to give my personal take and capture the Joey I knew rather than the icon. I’m pleased to see the continued respect for his legacy, like the cover of Rolling Stone magazine 15 years after his death … share and like the clip below and subscribe to my YouTube channel!!

I performed my song, Sweet Joey at the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at Webster Hall on May 19th. It was wonderful to see a sold out club and so many friends from the “old days”. Stooges/Minutemen bass legend Mike Watt who played in the house band, asked me if he could borrow the bass I played on The Dictators Go Girl Crazy for the show. I was honored to oblige, Mike!

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On June 25th, The Queens Museum will be holding a full day of Ramones events including live music, a flea market and film screenings. I will be doing a short talk about my experiences with the Ramones and why Queens (which is where I grew up along with members of The Ramones, the New York Dolls and Kiss), is the “borough of rock”. Stop by and say hi. More information here:  http://www.queensmuseum.org/events/ramones-mania

In July I will be teaching a songwriting class for kids at Paul Green’s Rock Academy near Woodstock NY in the beautiful Hudson Valley. I am really looking forward to this. There are a few spots left if you want to give your kids a creative, rock and roll summer!!

About 20 years ago, I produced the album Rent Party by The Waldo’s, which featured Walter Lure and other Johnny Thunders alumni. It remains one of my favorite production projects. We just started rehearsing for the second Waldos record which will be released on Cleopatra Records later in 2016. if you haven’t heard the first record, here’s a taste….

I played my first house concert on May 21st as part of Jen and Dave’s house concert series. I told a few stories and played over 20 songs, some of which I had never performed live. It was good fun and Jen and Dave were wonderful hosts. I’m looking to do more so contact me if you can host or know somebody who does.