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JOAN JETT among opening events at Premier Center
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will play a $10 show as part of the Denny Sanford Premier Center grand opening events, city officials announced Tuesday.
The Sept. 24 show is part of a series of events to celebrate the city's new $115 million facility. Events kick off with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19, followed by an open house where the public can hear local bands perform throughout the building, enjoy kids activities and try food from the concession stands at a discounted price.
"We know there's a hunger to get inside," Mayor Mike Huether said.
He said they wanted to make the events available to everyone. The open house is free, and a $10 ticket gets you in to see JOAN JETT and Starship.
Other concerts at the Premier Center have sold out, including the grand opening show with country groups Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line on Oct. 3.
"They've told me that 2015 is going to be even bigger," Huether said.
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at the Missouri State Fair
JOAN JETT strolled on stage in Sedalia, Missouri, at the Missouri State Fair with a gum-chewing grin, fiddled with her Gibson for a couple seconds, and then ripped into an opening trifecta: punk proclamation "Bad Reputation", The RUNAWAYS classic "Cherry Bomb", and the grandstand-rattling "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)". After shedding her black leather jacket, she exhibited her wiry frame, jogging around the stage, still like a teenage Leather Tuscadero in a spandex chevron jumpsuit and Chuck Taylors.
Jett was intent on showcasing her first new album in seven years, last year's strong yet underrated Unvarnished, playing six of the album's ten songs, including the Hurricane Sandy-inspired "Make It Back", the Dave Grohl collaboration "Any Weather", and "Soulmates to Strangers", a co-write with Against Me's Mary Jane Grace.
The parade of new songs was broken up with three older self-penned numbers: the first song she ever wrote, The RUNAWAYS' "You Drive Me Wild", 1981's "Love is Pain", and "The French Song" (Joan's "all-time favorite video") from 1983's Album.
But this is a state fair and with the smell of funnel cakes and diesel in the air, the people had come to pump their fists to the hits while trying not to spill their $5.75 Bud Lights. Just when the crowd seemed to waver on unfamiliar new album material, Joan delivered the haymaking threesome of "I Love Rock â€˜n Roll", "Crimson and Clover", and "I Hate Myself For Loving You". After introducing her BLACKHEARTS during the three-song encore, she summed up her message of rebellion, individualism, and acceptance with Sly Stone's "Everyday People".
JOAN JETT's old-time rock 'n' roll the perfect PNE dessert
At 8 p.m., the place to be at the PNE is at the WestJet Amphitheatre, where the Summer Night Concert series runs nightly (except Mondays).
After a day spent stuffing your face with deep-fried everything and cotton candy, reliving the thrill of the wooden roller coaster and the spectacle of the Superdogs, some old-time rock 'n' roll just seems the right fit. And they don't make rock 'n' rollers much more authentic than guitar-slinging snarler JOAN JETT.
The 56-year-old Philadelphia-born swaggered on to the scene in the RUNAWAYS and cemented her reputation with 1981's I Love Rock-n-Roll. The album's title tune spent seven weeks at No. 1. These days, the song requires parents to do some translating. Most of the iPhone generation doesn't have the slightest idea what a jukebox is or why you would put another dime into it.
No matter, the tune still rocks.
Swaggering onstage in her signature leather and latex, Jett roared into the title track of her debut solo album Bad Reputation Sunday night at the PNE and barely took a breath before ripping out the one RUNAWAYS classic, Cherry Bomb.
Never thought of the song as a crowd singalong but I do now.
New York City gutter rock still rules.
Mixing classics such as Crimson & Clover and plenty of tunes from her new album Unvarnished such as TMI and Make It Back, Jett was slashing and snarling out lyrics in her heavy East Coast drawl like she loves her job. Who wouldn't.
But I Hate Myself for Loving You from the platinum-selling 1988 album Up Your Alley had me thinking the unhealthy relationship I have with the jalapeno corn dogs I hoovered down rather than some dysfunctional couple. That'll teach me.
Chilliwack plays the PNE on Tuesday.
Benefit Event to Honor JOAN JETT in NYC on October 23rd
Mark your calendars and help us build a world where all kids can live rich, purposeful lives through music at Little Kids Rock's 6th Annual Benefit in NYC on Thursday, October 23. Presented by Guitar Center, the event will honor iconic rock star JOAN JETT and raise funds to bring the transformational gift of music education to children in under-served schools across the country. Reserve your seats now!
This year's benefit will be hosted by the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center, and will include other special guests like corporate honoree and Guitar Center CEO Mike Pratt, live musical performances produced by Steven Van Zandt, a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, and special performances by local Little Kids Rock students.
Thank you for considering to support our kids' right to rock, and we look forward to rockin' with you in October!
Yours in Music,
Little Kids Rock
p.s. Every ticket sold will help provide 40 public school children with rockin' music lessons!
JOAN JETT earned her status as a rock 'n' roll icon
JOAN JETT'S FINEST momentâ€"the one that sums up everything about how insanely great she isâ€"doesn't tend to get a lot of play once you go beyond the hard-core faithful.
For those who get their music from commercial radio, major-league hockey games, and the kind of pilsner-swilling trash that pulls up at public campgrounds with the boom box cranked, it's all about "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". And why wouldn't it be? To truly understand Jett's brilliance, compare her 1981 cover with the Arrows' 1975 original, and then marvel at the way she turned a toothless garage-blues throwaway into a glitter-bombed anthem for the ages.
For those who love stadium-sized drumming and metallicâ€"KO riffage, "I Hate Myself for Loving You" tops the list of the former Joan Marie Larkin's crowning achievements. Over the course of four massive-sounding minutes, rock's original tuff girl showed the boys of the hair-metal '90s how it was done. "I Hate Myself for Loving You" hit the airwaves at a time when MTV hard-rockers wore pink spandex, had an endless appetite for candy-apple-coloured lipstick, and went through Aqua Net Extra Super Hold hairspray by the crate. And no, we're not talking about the women. "I Hate Myself for Loving You" not only made you wonder what the fuck anyone saw in Ratt, Poison, and Twisted Sister, it confirmed her as the coolest rocker ever to come from the Sunset Strip.
As for those in it for more than the Billboard hits, you could argue for hours as to which non-single should have gone quadruple platinum. Hands up for the synth-soaked antiballad "Love Like Mine" and its great line "I get talked about/I been carried out a thousand times." Or how about the late-period "Any Weather", a bubblegum grinder cowritten with some guy named Dave Grohl. Or the rockabilly-glam jam "Fake Friends", which should be a primer for anyone considering a career in the relentlessly ugly business that is rock 'n' roll.
As great as all the above might be, nothing will ever touch "Victim of Circumstance", off Jett's 10-million-selling (and completely essential) breakthrough album, I Love Rock 'n' Roll. What often gets overlooked when one considers the singer's career today is that she didn't become an icon overnight.
Driven by razor-burn guitars and a Ramones-simple drumbeat, "Victim of Circumstance" was written before Jett exploded all over the radio in '82, finally becoming a household name after a rough half-decade in the business. Astute students of rock 'n' roll history will recall that, before going solo, she was a founding member of the RUNAWAYS, a band that discovered it's hard to be taken seriously when you're 16 years old, female, and penning songs like "Cherry Bomb".
JOAN JETT rocks Mo State Fair grandstand
Rock legend JOAN JETT was the featured performer at the Missouri State Fair grandstand Friday night, Aug. 8.
Concerts will continue with Beatlemania Live Aug. 12; and Colt Ford opening for Florida Georgia Line Aug. 13. Aug. 14 will be An Evening with MercyMe, followed by Jake Owen's Days of Gold Tour starring Jake Owen and the Eli Young Band with special guest The Cadillac Three on Aug. 15. Halestorm will close out the Fair's concert series Aug. 16.
The final night of the Fair, Aug. 17, the Pepsi Grandstand will host the Missouri State Fair Protect the Harvest Summer Nationals Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.
Prices for the concerts and events are available at www.mostatefair.com, along with ordering information for Ticketmaster and the Fair's box office. The 112th Missouri State Fair, themed â€œHarvest the Fun!,â€ will be held Aug. 7-17 in Sedalia. Visit the Fair's website for more information or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247). For more information on the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit agriculture.mo.gov.
JOAN JETT Rocks It at the Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning
I love rock and roll! When I found out JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS were playing at the Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning this year, you can only imagine my excitement.
On July 27, the singer brought masses of people together for an afternoon show in New Jersey. Afternoon show? Yes, you read that correctly! Perfect for exposing the younger generation to JOAN JETT!
Since I listen to JOAN JETT with my kids all the time, when I told them we were going to see her in concert, they flipped out. My 8-year-old has already seen JOAN JETT play two times before, but my 6-year-old twins have never been to a "real" concert.
JOAN JETT looked great, as usual, and her musicians were very much into the music. She played tunes from her upcoming album, which I have to admit, all sounded the same to me. But when she played her older stuff, the crowd went wild, joining in, yet, interestingly enough, most people still stayed in their seats or in the back on the lawn.
Toward the middle of the show, someone with authority got a brilliant idea; the security guards starting telling people to come up to the front of the stage. That's when things got more fun! With the audience now crowded around the stage, this seemed to give Joan a burst of energy. My kids didn't understand what was happening, so it was a great learning experience for them. My 8-year-old daughter was in heaven when Joan sang her favorite song, "Crimson and Clover."
Let's talk about organization of a huge festival and how the kids and I finally reached our destination: the concert.
I've attended the Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning ever since I can remember. Over the years, it's become more organized, more detailed and much more fun!
The concert stage was set all the way at the very end of the airport. So to get there, we had to walk through the entire festival. I absolutely love doing that. Plus, it was a gorgeous day. We stopped at every vendor table that was giving out something -- drinks, chips, etc. I was aimlessly walking toward the rear of the airport, but the kids kept pulling me in different directions.
JOAN JETT to rock Packers home opener weekend
It'll be a Jett-Jets home opener for Green Bay Packers fans.
Rocker JOAN JETT will play an outdoor concert at Burkel's One Block Over on Sept. 13, the night before the Packers' 2014 season opener against the New York Jets at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 14 at Lambeau Field.
Burkel's, a sports bar and grill at 1007 Canadeo Way in Ashwaubenon, is in the Stadium District. Gates for the general-admission event open at 4 p.m., with music at 4:30 p.m. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are scheduled to go on at 8:30 p.m. Opening acts have not been announced.
Tickets are $30 in advance and will go on sale at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ticket Star outlets, (800) 895-0071 and ticketstaronline.com. They'll be $35 at the gate.
The press release lists Jett, who is known for such hits as "I Love Rock n Roll'' and "I Hate Myself for Loving You,'' as a "lifelong Packer fan.''
JOAN JETT fans still love rock and roll
The iconic band JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS closed out the 154th Clearfield County Fair with a hard driving rock and roll performance in front of a large crowd at the grandstand.
Jett, lead vocals/guitar, whose career in music spans four decades, pulled out all of the stops in her lengthy discography. The band performed her early hits like "Cherry Bomb," a 1976 hit single that was co-written by Jett when she was a teenaged guitarist in the band "The RUNAWAYS" to the BLACKHEARTS recent single "Any Weather," a song she said she wrote with Dave Grohl, of the band Foo Fighters, and formerly of Nirvana.
To the delight of the crowd, the band blasted through its hits like "Bad Reputation," the show's opener, "Crimson and Clover," "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "Do You Want to Touch Me," and the band's smash hit from 1982 "I Love Rock and Roll."
The hour and 15-minute performance also included a few covers like Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People," and "Wild One," by Johnny O'Keefe, which were both performed during the band's encore.
In addition to "Any Weather," the band played several songs from its latest album "Unvarnished," which was released last fall including "Fragile," "Hard to Grow Up" and "TMI."
Jett spoke to the crowd throughout the performance and often urged them on. At one point in the performance she slowed down and spoke for a few minutes on how her hometown in Long Beach, New York, was devastated by Hurricane Sandy and how impressed and inspired she was on how Americans came together to support her neighbors as well as all the victims of disasters in other parts of the country.
Those in attendance gave the band positive reviews for its performance.
"It was really great," said Stess Dively of Altoona.
"I thought it was phenomenal," said Estelle Velicky of Philipsburg. "She's an inspiration to all women."
JOAN JETT - America's River Fest June 14th, 2014
Within the fabric of modern music it is easy to pick out female artists that have left an indelible mark upon the threads of that fabric. The tapestry of music that has formed using that fabric is massive. It is beautiful and and resilient but despite that, the fabric has flaws. Inside that tapestry can be found the threads made up by women in jazz, R&B, popular music, soul, gospel and the blues. Although those threads have solidified the fabric with its sheer volume it can be said that the earliest threads of rock music are as fine as spider web. Huh?
The list of important women in the modern era of music is filled with wonderful performers that were intelligent, successful, driven, political and activists. During that time performers like Carole King, Joan Baez, and Etta James were instrumental in making music that had feeling, it had teeth. While the world encountered female musicians and acts such as Diana Ross and The Supremes made great music it lacked the darker, more powerful spirit of Carole King. King and Baez were enigmas in the sense that their appeal was within a spectrum of "rock music" that was typically NOT rock.
The music Baez created had an edge at times but not the edge reserved to rock musicians while she would be considered folk music artist. King too would get a similar label as Baez but she would also be considered a pioneer within "soft rock." King is simply brilliant as a songwriter, musician and performer but she really can't be added into the world of "rock." That's a conundrum really because despite her brilliance her immediate impact isn't visible in rock music.
As music progressed in the late '60's, and early '70's female musicians unfortunately were still not big on the "rock scene." Thinking back on that time frame and the impact women had upon music it would be quite easy to discount them by simply insinuating that they created good "pop music" or that they were in a band with men in a rock band and that would simply be untrue. The '70's did begin to see female acts such as "Heart", "Tina Turner", and "Pat Benatar" start to flood the airways with music that in many respects was much better than many of their male contemporaries. But while many female musicians faced the misogyny and sexism of rock music there was one genre that was ready for them: Punk music.
Punk music is known as a non-conforming, kiss my ass kind of music that was always 180 degrees from the norm. With little regard for what anyone had to say about them many punk acts became as influential as any other acts of the time. Consider Debbie Harry for a moment. Debbie Harry was a Playboy bunny, she was the member of a folk band "The Wind in the Willows" and by 1975 she became an influence to numerous "new wave" and "punk rock" bands. I would dare to say that she opened more doors for female rock performers than just about anyone else.
When Sandy West was given the telephone number of a rhythm guitar player JOAN JETT, by record producer Kim Fowley in 1975 things began to change for rock music. What came out of that telephone number exchange was a hard rock band called "The RUNAWAYS." By 1976 the band was signed to their first record deal and although they did have some success they had suffered the fate of many bands and broke up. The RUNAWAYS didn't just fade away into relative obscurity in the bowels of rock history, instead several of the members stayed successful in music. Of those members were Micki Steele (bass player for "The Bangles"), Lita Ford (solo performer), and JOAN JETT.
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS -- The Original Punks Ignite the Festival of Ballooning Stage!
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS soared into the 2014 Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport in New Jersey, on Sunday - July, 26th.
Dressed in a red sequined body suit, black Chuck Taylor high top sneakers and harnessed to her black Signature Series Gibson Melody Maker slung low, the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer delivered a blistering set of old and new material under the summer sun.
Throughout her 18 song, 75 minute set, Joan flashed her baby doll sneering smile and winked at the crowd as she hammered out her classic MTV hits like "Reputation", "Cherry Bomb" and "Do You Wanna Touch me?" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll".
Some of her newer songs from her 2013 album, Unvarnished, were cranked out with the same punk spirit and vibe as her '80s material. "TMI", "Fragile", and Reality Mentality" rocked hard in inimitable JOAN JETT style.
And the crowd loved it!
Joan and her BLACKHEARTS kept the things upbeat and at fevered pitch with Joan's trademark fast-driven powerful riffs. Her rasp of a voice, laced with teen angst, growls and grips the crowd, as she banters with the sweat-drenched crowd about the first song she'd ever written for The RUNAWAYS, "You Drive Me Wild".
Then, full speed ahead with Joan and the BLACKHEARTS blasting away with their version of the '76 Runaway's song.
Jett's music targets the heart of the late '70s and early '80s punk era. Her songs are crammed with the rebellion of youth, whiskey shots and sucker punchesâ€¦.lucky the crowd was just having fun and enjoying the show.
JOAN JETT to play The Joint at Hard Rock
TULSA, Okla. â€" JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are set to rock the stage on Oct. 18.
The guitarist will perform at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Jett has released eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including "Cherry Bomb," "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock â€˜N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You" and "Crimson and Clover."
She broke into the music scene in 1975 as a founding member of the pioneering all-girl teenage punk band The RUNAWAYS, which released five albums and became a worldwide hit before disbanding in 1979. "The RUNAWAYS" told the band's story, with A-lister Kristen Stewart portraying Jett.
In 2003, "Rolling Stone" ranked her No. 87 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. She and Joni Mitchell were the only two women on the list.
Today, Jett is continuously touring the world, creating new music and running her own independent label, BLACKHEART RECORDS, which launched in 1980, making her the first female artist to own and operate an independent record company. Jett released her 13th studio album, "Unvarnished," in Sept. 2013.
Tickets start at $45 and go on sale Aug. 21. Ticket prices and information on upcoming shows are available online in The Joint section of www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com or by calling (918) 384-ROCK.
The Joint box office is open from 10 a.m. â€" 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. â€" 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
All guests must be 21 years of age or older.
CONCERT REVIEW: JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Rock Out at Clearfield Fair
CLEARFIELD â€" Dressed in classic black, JOAN JETT stepped up to the mic and her adoring rock fans erupted Saturday night at the grandstand stage at the Clearfield County Fair. With a few guitar chords, she instantly took command of the stage with "Bad Reputation" from 1980.
Jett's second song was The RUNAWAYS' classic hit, "Cherry Bomb." She continued her old-school rock storm with "Do You Wanna Touch Me?" The hard rocker reminded her fans that it was important to breathe while singing "yeah ... oh yeah."
"TMI," (as in too much information) a track from the 2013 studio album, Unvarnished, was the crowd's first taste of Jett's newer rock material. After that she rocked out another Unvarnished track, "Soulmates."
As the sky turned black as the hard rocker's attire, Jett's charisma and energy escalated on stage with, "You Drive Me Wild." And then it was time for "Make It Back" by Jett with the BLACKHEARTS.
The classic rock sound took Jett's fans back to the 1980's with a New York City club feeling. Although the song is new material, it has the classic Jett rock feel, which continued with "Fragile" and "Love is Pain."
Stage lighting and simplicity took over for "Hard to Grow Up," a beautifully touching song about taking responsibility in life. However, it didn't take long for Jett to ooze out her sex appeal with "The French Song."
When Jett stood at her mic, fans shouted, "I love you, Joan." She shared that her song, "Any Weather" from Unvarnished, was co-written by Dave Grohl. Jett was in pure perfection and left fans in a state of chill. But that was all about to change.
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS kicked it up with "I Love Rock 'N Roll." During this performance, fans danced, clapped and belted out the lyrics with the hard rockers up on stage before them.
And, the rock group's performance got better with fans being taken to a completely different place. There was the sound of drumsticks, a vocal "ah," the downward walking guitars and a bass drum double kick. It was "Crimson and Clover." Fans joined hands, hugged each other and simply rocked out.
The roaring guitar didn't end until the hard rockers finished their set with "I Hate Myself for Loving You." The end of the rock show was momentary because with a cheer, there's an encore, kicking off with "Reality Mentality" and "Wild Child;" it ended with a "feel good" moment during "Everyday People."
Editor's Note: Photographer Mark Kolash would like to thank JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and their management team for permitting him to capture an "amazing show" with his camera. He says, "It wasn't just another show at a county fair, it was a Bucket List experience."
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