A posthumous solo album for Ramones frontman Joey Ramone, who died in 2001, will be released on May 22. The album is called . . . Ya Know? and was produced by Ramones collaborators Ed Stasium (Talking Heads, Living Colour) and Jean Beauvoir (KISS, Little Steven).
The material for the album comes from unreleased demos that were recorded back in 2001, the year that Ramone passed away of lymphoma.
Musicians who pitched in to help finish the album include Joan Jett, Steven Van Zandt, Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of The Smithereens, and Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh.
According to Knac.com, Leigh, who served as executive producer of the project, said: "It was of the utmost importance to me that these remaining songs of Joey's be finished properly and made available for the world to hear."
The album includes two solo versions of songs Joey did with The Ramones, including "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" and "Life's A Gas."
by RTT Staff Writer
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