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Journey announces Nashville show

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Journey's Jonathan Cain, a Nashville-area resident, will get to sleep in his own bed at least one night on the band's tour.

The multi-platinum-selling "Don't Stop Believin'" singers will headline Bridgestone Arena Sept. 12. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will open the show.

Journey, whose career has spanned five decades, has had 19 Top 40 songs and 25 gold and platinum albums.

"'Don't Stop Believin' has become this national anthem, world anthem," said guitarist Neal Schon in a statement. "It's really wild. If somebody plays it, no matter where, everybody sings it."

Tickets to Journey's Sept. 12 show at Bridgestone Arena go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, and can be purchased at, Bridgestone Arena's box office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

JOAN JETT visits Sacramento for charity, State Fair performance

Before taking the stage at Cal Expo Friday night, iconic rock star JOAN JETT made a stop at The Plum Café on K Street for an afternoon meet-and-greet benefit.

Jett, a vegetarian, was there for two hours to support Farm Animal Sanctuary, a group dedicated to the humane treatment of farm animals.

"I think they do great work," Jett said. "It's a unique niche".

Jett first learned of the group as she watched members of the sanctuary rescuing stranded cows and pigs during the 2008 Midwest floods. She makes trips to the New York sanctuary and now supports the efforts of the two California sanctuaries as well.

Fans of all ages at the benefit were more eager to talk music instead of animals and brought guitars and album covers to be signed while enjoying a vegetarian buffet.

Jett called the multi-generational fan base "beautiful" and said she's grateful for the support of so many fans for so many years.

"I'm not sure what that speaks to, maybe an independence that people sense in me. I fought my fight," Jett said. "The powers that be said, 'no, we're not ready for you' and I said, 'maybe you're not ready, but he public is ready for me.'"

Hundreds of fans made that clear Friday night at the Golden 1 stage of the California State Fair, where once again, Jett belted out the hits that keep her fans coming back for more.

JOAN JETT Greets Fans at Farm Sanctuary Benefit

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Fans queued outside The Plum Cafe Friday afternoon to meet rock and roll mega-star JOAN JETT. Jett hosted a benefit for Farm Sanctuary, a leading farm animal protection and rescue organization in America. While there, guests and supporters were able to enjoy a vegetarian buffet, as well as a meet and greet with the legendary musician.

News 10 had a chance to speak with Jett about her involvement with Farm Sanctuary. "I think what they do is good work -- it's a unique niche." Jett discovered the Sanctuary while they were on a rescue mission. "There was terrible flooding on the Mississippi. I read about cattle being stranded on high ground and Farm Sanctuary sent trucks to pick all those animals up."

Jett has had a long career in the music industry and continues to perform for die-hard fans from multiple generations. She calls the range of ages in her fans "beautiful". "I'm not sure what that speaks to--maybe an independence that people sense from me, that I've fought my fight."

Jett has made several appearances in Sacramento, surprising the audiences of the Radio 94.7 2013 Electric Christmas and being the highlighted performer at the 2013 California State Fair. As News 10 anchor Cristina Mendonsa and I, functioning as camera crew for the afternoon, left The Plum Cafe and viewed fans holding everything from records, to guitars, to JOAN JETT action figures, one thing was for sure--Sacramento can't get enough of JOAN JETT.

Jett will be playing Friday July 18th at the California State Fair on the Main Stage.

The Joy of the Guitar Riff â€" TV review

low resolution image Not Enlargeable I know what a riff is. It's the short, repeated, recognisable part of a song, usually played on a guitar, right? How the hell are they going to get an hour of television out of that? Dun-nuuunn dun-nunn, for example (that's a blues riff, obviously). There it is. End of story.

Waaaaah! (That's a "wrong" buzzer noise.) Because, according to The Joy of the Guitar Riff (BBC4), a riff is actually "the DNA of rock'n'roll, a double helix of repetitive simplicity and fiendish complexity on which the history of rock'n'roll has been built". OK?

The history begins with Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode (dur-nur-nur-di-di-di ... etc), carries on through the decades of rock, metal, funk and pop, right up to thousands of football fans chanting DUN ... duh-duh-duh-duh DUH ... DUH (White Stripes' Seven Nation Army, clearly) from the terraces.

The story is told not by the usual clip-show music journalists and comedians you've never heard of, but by Brian May, Johnny Marr, Tony Iommi and Nile Rodgers, and even a sprinkling (I think that's the correct collective noun) of women, JOAN JETT and Nancy Wilson among them. They're not a bad bunch of history teachers, many of whom have their own axes with them, ready to grab and show you what they mean. Duh-duh-DAAHH duh-dur-DA-NAAH (got that? Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water). Interestingly, but not surprisingly, none of them can do Johnny B Goode as well as Chuck Berry could.

Of course, it's not only about a few repeated simple notes and chords. It's about the people who made those notes and chords, and their stories, and how their stories fit into the story of rock'n'roll, and into history itself. The double helix of complexity and simplicity and whatever the hell it was â€" with some fabulous footage, of course. I don't have a guitar of any description to watch along with; I couldn't even find an old squash racket. So, after checking the curtains were properly drawn, I had to make do with air. Yeah, that works. DUH-duh dadadadada-duh DUH-duh dadadadada-duh ... Easy, no? Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at Cal Expo (California State Fair) | Sacramento, California | 7/18/2014 (Concert Review)

low resolution image Not Enlargeable "When it hits the fan, people usually show up for each other..." JOAN JETT of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, talking about surviving tragedy, and how real life experiences inspired their latest album, Unvarnished. It was really quite inspiring to hear the punk icon with roots in music -- in her teens -- going back to the 70s, today crafting music that is informed by a fascinating and full life. Yet regardless of her growth as an individual and as an artist, she still has that counter culture swagger and joy with a guitar strapped around her and a mic stand before her... she can still rock it unlike any other, and she certainly made that clear at their appearance at the California State Fair at Cal Expo last night. Whatever it is that she's had since her formative years, that motor still drives her today. A real rock and roll legend.

Venue: The Golden1 Stage at Cal Expo
Where: Sacramento, California
Promoter: California State Fair
When: July 18, 2014
Seating: Section C, Row A, Seat 15 (front row, center section; also photo pass from seat only)
This show was part of the concert series for the California State Fair this year (running July 11-27), which is being held at Cal Expo in Sacramento as has been tradition.

Cal Expo used to be a real fixture in rock concerts when I was growing up -- pre-Arco Arena (now Sleep Train Arena), it hosted the bigger shows that came through the capital city in California. My own first concert I attended back in 1987 (Run-D.M.C. with Beastie Boys and Ice-T) was at the (at the time) larger outdoor concert area at Arco Arena.

Last night's JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS concert was "an evening with..." style event with no opener or supporting artists. It began fairly promptly around 8:00 and ran somewhere around an hour and fifteen minutes or so, including one encore.

The Golden1 Stage itself is fairly large and raised over water, with sections of reserved seating in front and some general admission seating behind that.

JOAN JETT (vocals, guitar)
Acey Slade (bass guitar)
DOUGIE NEEDLES (lead guitar)
KENNY LAGUNA (keyboards, backing vocals)

JOAN JETT is, of course, a rock and roll legend, going back to her teenage years. A great synopsis of her beginnings with rock and roll is the 2010 Floria Sigismondi film, The RUNAWAYS, which chronicles the ups and downs of her first all-girl rock band in the 70s. Jett was also an executive producer on the film which featured Kristen Stewart playing the younger version of herself.


Billy Corgan and JOAN JETT to be honored at the Alternative Press Music Awards

On Monday, July 21, Alternative Press will present the inaugural edition of the AP Music Awards to celebrate rock music and the influential artists who often go unmentioned at mainstream awards shows. The ceremony is taking place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and will air live on AXS TV. Blink 182's charismatic bassist Mark Hoppus will be hosting the event.

During the ceremony, Smashing Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan will be honored with the Alternative Press Vanguard Award for being a "musical trailblazer who has changed the landscape of modern music." Since first defining the alternative music sound with the 1991 album Gish, Corgan went on to release eight additional studio albums with the Pumpkins, with two more albums expected in 2015. He also fronted the all too short-lived side project Zwan and he continues to create innovative solo material. "I'm honored and thrilled to be AP's first Vanguard Award recipient, as the magazine continues to be a standard bearer for all independent music artists," Corgan said of receiving the honor.

The 2014 AP Awards will also bestow the AP Icon Award to the queen of punk rock, JOAN JETT. As a songwriter, guitarist and singer, Jett has been a fearless ambassador of raw rock music for decades. Her catalog of hits, including the classic "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and the RUNAWAYS' single "Cherry Bomb," acts as a timeless playlist of rebellious anthems. Jett will be performing at the awards show, as will the Misfits, A Day To Remember, Fall Out Boy and many more. Korn, Ice-T & Coco, Machine Gun Kelly and Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace are all confirmed to make special appearances throughout the night.

Fans get a voice in who will win at the AP Music Awards. Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and 10 additional honors are being determined by an online ballot. Paramore, Avenged Sevenfold and twenty one pilots are amongst the artists who are nominated in multiple categories.

Since first releasing its debut issue in 1985, Alternative Press magazine has provided readers with engaging stories about music and artists that matter, outside of the constraints of Top 40 radio. In recent years, AP has expanded to sponsor radio shows, podcasts and live events, including Warped Tour.

Don't miss the AP Music Awards live on AXS TV on July 21 at 8 p.m. EST. Click here to purchase tickets to the event, which is being hosted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Feast Q&A: JOAN JETT to host Sacramento benefit for Farm Sanctuary animal-rights group

low resolution image Not Enlargeable There's a pig in upstate New York that does not care one whit about its reputation. Because that pig, which resides in muck provided by the farm-animal rescue and advocacy group Farm Sanctuary, is named "JOAN JETT," after one of the baddest performers in rock 'n' roll.

The human Jett, 55, is a vegetarian and animal advocate who believes in feeding loose change to jukeboxes and meatless meals to people. She will address most or all of these topics Friday in Sacramento.

Jett and her band, the BLACKHEARTS, will perform at the California State Fair. Before the show, Jett will host a lunch benefit at midtown's Plum Cafe and Bakery for Farm Sanctuary, which has rescue sites in Orland, as well as Acton (Southern California) and Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Reached by phone last week, Jett -- her unmistakable rock rasp as strong in her speaking as in her singing voice -- discussed her activism and diet.

Why did you become involved with Farm Sanctuary?
There were some disasters that happened several years ago....The Mississippi flooded up in the area of Iowa, and there were a whole lot of stranded farm animals. I heard that this organization Farm Sanctuary sent a bunch of trucks out to pick up the animals and took them to their farms.


AXS TV's programming highlights July 21

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TV Picks: AXS TV's programming highlights from July 21 to July 27 include Tom Green, tons of great music and serious news analysis from Dan Rather. Highlights for the next week are as follows:


Monday, July 21 â€" 8pE/5pP â€" Don't miss the first-ever GIBSON BRANDS AP MUSIC AWARDS, broadcasting live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Blink-182's very own Mark Hoppus hosts this unprecedented event featuring exclusive performances from JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, the MISFITS, Fall Out Boy, and more. Rock pioneer JOAN JETT will be honored with the AP Icon Award, while Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan will receive the AP Vanguard Award.

JOAN JETT Performing at State Fair and Hosting Meet and Greet to Benefit Farm Sanctuary

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JOAN JETT is coming to perform at the California State Fair July 18th, but earlier in the day she'll be making a stop at the Plum Cafe for Farm Sanctuary.

Joan joined Kitty for an interview this afternoon.

Learn more about the Meet and Greet to Benefit Farm Sanctuary and Joan's performance at the State Fair.

Dave Matthews, JOAN JETT and Berlin play their hits at Summerfest

low resolution image Not Enlargeable On Wednesday July 2 at Summerfest the weather took a funky turn back to the cold and damp conditions that plagued the first few days of the festival. Despite the cool weather some big names were on hand to perform as headliners and the crowds showed up in droves later in the day for Dave Matthews at the Marcus Amphitheater and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Bonnie Raitt and Ludacris who all played on the grounds stages. Matthews played two sets for his fans, an acoustic first set and an electric second set.

Berlin played early in the day but was a huge draw to the Uline Warehouse as fans sought out the hit makers to play for them nostalgic songs such as, "No More Words," and "Take My Breath Away." Singer Teri Nunn expressed her joy at being in Milwaukee once again for the largest music festival in the world and thanked the fans for supporting live music.

Despite a little bit of rain during WAMI singer-songwriter of the year Nora Collins' second set of the day, nothing could dampen her spirit. Collins appeared to up her game in spite of lousy weather and gave her crowd what was perhaps one of her best renditions of her new song, "I'll Be Gone," and gave a goosebump-inducing performance of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."

Matthews and his band were bathed in one of the best light shows of the festival so far. The crowd appeared to hang on every note Matthews played, entranced by the moment. A large area up in front of the stage was standing room only, giving the fans some space to freely enjoy the tunes and dance the night away.


US stars want payment for charity gig - Daltrey

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The Who rocker Roger Daltrey is struggling to find American icons to join him for his latest cancer charity benefit - because they all expect to be paid to perform. The 'Won't Get Fooled Again' singer attracts the cream of British music to his annual charity shows in London, but he's having a problem persuading big names to play his upcoming concert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In a webchat on Tuesday, Daltrey wrote, "I could do with more support from some of that side of the business. And I don't mind saying so, because your country baffles me. In Britain, any kind of charity work is unconditional. In America they kind of expect to get paid for it, I find that extraordinary.

"One of the things we're struggling with is getting more Americans involved, more American entertainers like myself, the backbone of the music industry was this age group, and I feel like if you've been successful and you've made it, just by donating a bit of your time, a bit of your energy, even if it's just talking about what we are trying to achieve now..."

But he has secured JOAN JETT and can't wait to perform with her: "I've known JOAN JETT obviously for years. She's a real rocker and she still cuts it, really cuts it." The July 28 gig is a fundraiser to build a cancer space at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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