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April 2001 News

Page updated on April 30, 2001
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Jett still loves rock 'n' roll
from: Press-Gazette

Like a comet that appears every few years from the deep recesses of the solar system, JOAN JETT's career is blazing these days.

Jett Still A Wild Child

JOAN JETT is proving she's still a wild child after more than two decades in rock.
BR Lead singer of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, a group that's churned out hits including "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and a cover of Tommy James & Shondells' "Crimson & Clover," Jett is showing no signs of slowing down

Bands, Fans To Celebrate Joey Ramone's 50th Birthday

Joey Ramone's mother promised her son a 50th birthday party and he is going to get one.

On May 19 — what would have been the punk-rock icon's big day — family, friends, fans and, of course, other bands will honor the late Ramones singer at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

Among the people expected to attend are Blondie singer Deborah Harry, JOAN JETT, Dictators singer Handsome Dick Manitoba, Plasmatics guitarist Richie Stotts, Dead Boys bassist Jeff Magnum and Furious George singer George Tabb.

Stone Pony Exhibit

Rock & roll legends large and small will live forever in a permanent photo exhibit at the world famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Photographers who have worked the club over the last three decades will contribute photos taken at the club and throughout Asbury Park in the exhibit that will be unveiled when the club reopens on Memorial Day weekend with a Stone Pony Reunion.

JOAN JETT Rocky Horror Schedule Update

May 10th, Joan is likely to be involved with the T.J. Martel Society (The Music Business First Charity that provides research in Leukemia in Children, AIDS, and Cancer), and will MOST LIKELY not be performing in Rocky Horror on that date.

The Board will be down on Tuesday!!!
from: Joe Jettt

Ezboard is doing some upgrading this Tuesday (April 24, 2001)so you won't be able access the message board that day. My understanding is that it's going to be down for at least 9 hours.

JOAN JETT Rocky Horror Schedule

Joan has completed her 6 month run on broadway without missing a performance.

She is the only principle star in the show to accomplish this attendance record.

There is much confusion about Joan's possible exit from the Rocky Horror Show, so we are going to try to clarify this for all of you and we ask that you tell all your friends.


JOAN JETT Still Contemplating This Summer's Rocky Road

Despite reports that she’s already re-upped with the show, rocker JOAN JETT is still considering whether to continue in her role in The Rocky Horror Show now playing at Circle in the Square.

Joey Ramone Remembered By Talking Heads, JOAN JETT, And Rob Zombie

(4/17/01, 1 p.m. ET) -- Comments from around the rock world continue to filter out regarding the death of Ramones frontman Joey Ramone,who died on Sunday (April 15) in New York City (LAUNCH, 4/15). Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Ramones told LAUNCH that his funeral will not be open to the public, but a celebration of Ramone's life is being planned for May, when the rocker would have turned 50. Details about the celebration will be announced at a later date.

Joey Ramone Laid To Rest

Joey Ramone was buried under a steel-gray sky on Tuesday afternoon, at Hillside Cemetery in Woodhurst, N.J., with the spires of Manhattan rising in the distance. "At least he has a good view," said a visibly distraught Deborah Harry, of Blondie, who once cavorted with Joey in the photo pages of Punk magazine. Also among the dozens of weeping friends and family members on hand as a rabbi read Kaddish at the Ramones singer's graveside were Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, singer JOAN JETT, original Ramones drummer Tommy Erdelyi and New York DJs Vin Scelsa and Dennis McNamara.

On Stage and Off: Drum and Bugle Brotherhood Counting Empty Seats

Broadway began to eat its own this week as a crush of new shows punished several other recently opened productions.

The numbers were numbing. At the Ambassador Theater, "A Class Act" was averaging 260 people a night, a decent audience off Broadway but a scarily skimpy crowd for a theater seating more than 1,100 people. At the Longacre "Judgment at Nuremberg" was suffering, playing to 36 percent capacity. On Wednesday the cast unanimously voted not to activate a contract clause that would have assured a higher pay rate, a move that may make it easier for producers to make a go of it.

Other productions feeling the pinch were "Jane Eyre," playing under 50 percent as well; "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe," with grosses below $100,000; and "The Rocky Horror Show," which played to 61 percent.


Merced loves rock 'n' roll -- and country music, too

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and Collin Raye are scheduled to play the Merced Spring Fair in Los Banos on May 3-4. Tickets are $14 and $16 for country singer Raye and $15 and $17 for rockers Jett and her BLACKHEARTS. Both shows will start at 7:30 p.m.

Rock 'n' roll girls
For those about to rock, we give you the Donnas, the Go-Go's and the RUNAWAYS

from: Post-Gazette

So you fell in love with rock 'n' roll to "Josie and the Pussycats" and now you crave another shot of effervescent, Bubblicious girl-power pop with the chunky guitars and chewy hooks so big you could probably park a mid-'70s Mercury Cougar in their shadow?

Well, there's plenty more where that came from. And I'm not talking anything as savage, mosh-intensive and/or Ozzfest-friendly as L7 and/or Kittie. Nor am I feeling especially bad for having snubbed the likes of Jewel or Lisa Loeb, who, after all, it should be noted, had their day at Lilith Fair.

These are the women and/or girls who paved the way for Josie with their take-no-prisoners attitude, their take-you-prisoner hooks, their youthful energy and most of all, their willingness to put that other dime in the jukebox, baby, out of nothing less than the deepest, most abiding love of rock 'n' roll, from JOAN JETT's early RUNAWAYS experience to the rise of America's punk-rock sweethearts, the Donnas.


Joan to Host Independent Eye 2001

The seventh season of MPT's annual showcase of the best independent films and videos from up and coming producers and directors are premiering Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 11:00 P.M.

Rocky Horror Show LIVE! And ON STAGE!

The Antici------PATION! is nearly over for the Cast Recording of the Broadway Revival. They did it on March 12-2001. JOAN JETT will not be on it. Release date is May 2001. Check out Rocky Horror Live's webpage for all the info


Noted for her tough image and jet-black hair, JOAN JETT helped pave the way for women in rock & roll. Jett, after a short-lived career with the all female band the RUNAWAYS, created her own record label to promote her music other labels were unwilling to support. After some tough struggles, including forming her own band, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS ended up at the top of the charts with songs like I Love Rock'N'Roll, and I Hate Myself for Loving You.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS set to rock and roll again
from: Jon Zahlaway

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS have lined up a smattering of April, May and June concert dates that are scheduled around Jett's appearances in the Broadway rendition of "The Rocky Horror Show."

JOAN JETT Interviews

JOAN JETT in W Magazine both MARCH and APRIL 2001 (the premiere international fashion publication)

in March:

in April:
"TIME AND AGAIN: A Little Nostalgia Goes a Long Way" The designers are revisiting bygone days for accessory ideas, channeling everyone from JULIUS CAESAR to JOAN JETT"


Rocker will take a break from Broadway 'Rocky Horror' role to strap on electric guitar for gigs with her group in April, May.


JOAN JETT has reunited with the BLACKHEARTS for a tour. Now that Jett is finished with her run on Broadway in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, she will get back to the music business. JOAN JETT will, due to lack of creative control, not take part in the cast album of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Gossip on JOAN JETT, Rocky Horror Picture Show

JOAN JETT dissed?! For whatever reasons, the producers of The Rocky Horror Picture Show did not sign on rocker JOAN JETT, who's been playing the character Columbia in the show on Broadway, to contribute to the cast album. Sources tell us that Joan is pretty disappointed.
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