Come raise a glass to Joey Ramone, NYC’s greatest, gangliest punk icon

Pay homage to the late legend at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash, held in his old LES stomping grounds

Photograph: Roberta Bayley

You can't tell the story of New York music without devoting a good chunk of time to the Ramones. So when it came time to choose our top 100 NYC songs back in 2012, the question wasn't "Would the Ramones make the cut?"; it was "How many Ramones tracks are going on this list, and where do they rank?" We settled on "53rd and 3rd" and "Rockaway Beach" (Nos. 67 and 20, respectively) for their explicit Gotham references, and even hosted original Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone in our office for an acoustic performance of the latter. So, yeah, we keep a candle burning for the Forest Hills, Queens, punk heroes.

Those looking to take their Ramones appreciation public have the chance next Monday, May 19, when the Bowery Electric hosts the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on what would've been the man born Jeffrey Ross Hyman's 63rd b-day. Sure, the LES has turned into a frat-friendly playground and the old CBGB now houses a John Varvatos boutique, but there's still magic in those streets, and this event ought to be just the thing to set it free. You'll hear from Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and even Joey Ramone's younger brother, Mickey Leigh—musician and author of a tell-all memoir, I Slept with Joey Ramone, revealing the troubled man behind the myth. Sing it with us, people: "Hey! Ho! Let's go!"

Watch a classic Ramones performance from 1975