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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By JOHN SWENSON, United Press International   |   June 24, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

HAYNES A HIT AT BONNEROO

Guitarist Warren Haynes was the star of the weekend at the Bonneroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., playing with his own band, Gov't Mule, after jamming with another band.

Haynes joined Les Claypool's Frog Brigade Friday on the Stadium Stage at Bonnaroo to play on the Pink Floyd classic "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," then hustled over to the Arena Stage for the Gov't Mule set. Claypool returned the favor when his set was finished, joining Mule for "Drivin' Rain."

"I'm only here for a short time or else I'd be playing with a lot more of these bands," Haynes told Jambase. "This is such a great bill and so many of our friends are playing this weekend."

Haynes was in a hurry because he had a gig with his other group, the Allman Brothers Band, the following night in Chicago.


THE JOEY RAMONE WAY

Fans of punk pioneer Joey Ramone are petitioning New York to have the section of the Bowery in front of the punk club CBGBs re-named "Joey Ramone Way." Ramone died of lymphoma last year one month short of his 50th birthday.

The lobbyists include rocker "Handsome" Dick Manitoba, former Ramones manager Danny Fields, downtown club owner Trigger, Joey's mother Charlotte Lesher, brother Mickey Leigh, Marky Ramone, Amy W, Punk magazine founder John Holmstrom and "X Files" actor Dean Haglund.

"Every time I hear the crowd shout 'Hey Ho Let's Go' at Yankee Stadium, I think of my friend Joey who is no longer here," Manitoba said. "Someone who gave the world so much great music should have one great party thrown in his honor every year."

The second annual Joey Ramone birthday bash brought in more than $5,000, with net proceeds being donated to the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

The Charm School, The Star Spangles, Coyote Shivers, The Bullys -- with Mickey Leigh sitting in on bass for guitarist and New York firefighter Johnny Heffernan who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 -- members of The Independents and The Queers, Furious George and HotSocky all played at the bash.

Donations may be sent to: In Memory of Joey Ramone, Lymphoma Research Foundation, 111 Broadway, 19th floor, New York, N.Y., 10006; or see lymphoma.org.


BUBBA BLOWS THE BLUES

The Blues Brothers got an unexpected presidential backup Friday when Bill Clinton brought his tenor saxophone on stage for a jam at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.

Dan Aykroyd -- aka Ellwood Blues -- held a microphone up to the bell of Clinton's saxophone as the former president jammed the blues. It was a big night for Aykroyd, who also was celebrating his 50th birthday.


FLATLANDERS TAKE MANHATTAN

The Texas songwriters' supergroup, The Flatlanders, roared through New York with tornado-like intensity last week promoting its spectacular "Now Again" album.

Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gimore played a 90-minute headline set to a packed house at Irving Plaza, supported by New York's own rising star, Laura Cantrell.

After taping The Late Show With David Letterman, the trio went to Tower Records for an in-store concert and record signing. The band topped off its New York visit with an appearance on the top-rated radio show, "Imus in the Morning" radio show, hosted by controversial host Don Imus.

"If this isn't a hit record," Imus vowed, "I'll cut off half of my penis!"

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