Bruce Springsteen honors Joey Ramone at charity gig

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN paid tribute to late rocker JOEY RAMONE during a surprise appearance at a charity gig in his native New Jersey on Sunday night (19Jan14).

The Boss took to the stage at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park for an unannounced appearance during the Light of Day Concert Series, which raises funds for research into Parkinson's disease.

Springsteen thrilled fans by joining the line-up of local acts, and he used his set to honor the Ramones frontman, who died of lymphoma in 2001. The music veteran performed the group's song Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio? with fellow rocker Jesse Malin, who told The Hollywood Reporter after the show, "Joey Ramone was a fighter, and he fought to stay alive. He believed in the power of music."

Towards the end of the event, Springsteen honored the gig's organiser, Parkinson's disease sufferer Bob Benjamin, by presenting him with a cake and leading the crowd in a rendition of Happy Birthday.

The gig also included a performance by The Goo Goo Dolls star Johnny Rzeznik.

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