Robyn Hitchcock, the great former Soft Boys member, solo singer-guitarist, and lover of San Francisco, turned 60 this March 3. And guys like him just don't turn 60 without a big party. So in May, the Fillmore will host ¡Viva Hitchcock!: A 60th Birthday Celebration for Robyn Hitchcock, which will bring a bunch of famous people like the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, Amanda Fucking Palmer, Rhett Miller (of Old 97's), and many more out for a night of live music in honor of Mr. Hitchcock.
The show goes down May 2, with Daniel Handler -- aka Lemony Snicket -- as MC. Hitchcock will of course be there himself, performing with the Venus 3: Scott McCaughey (of Young Fresh Fellows, who will also be on hand), Bill Rieflin (who collaborated with Ministry, Swans, and Nine Inch Nails, among others), and former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. Hitchcock and Meloy recently did one of these birthday shows in London, will have another one in New York in April, and will be touring the U.S. this spring in support of his new album, Love From London.
Tickets for the Fillmore birthday show are onsale, and go for $47, including fees. That's not cheap, of course, but this does promise to be a special night for Hitchcock fans.