Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

October 2001 News

Page updated on October 31, 2001
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Two JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS songs available for download

BLACKHEART RECORDS has received many requests from radio stations, as well as our Military Bases, to play Don’t Surrender and This Means War. These 2 stirring songs have a powerful effect when aired. We at Blackheart want your access to these songs to be as easy as possible, so they will be on this website for any programmers who want to download them. (Webmaster note: These downloads are no longer available, this story is in the archives only for historical purposes).

More about Joan and Bruce

At the sold out first show ( 18 and 19 of oct.) at the Count Basie theatre in Red Bank, NJ starring JOAN JETT, Bruce Springstein, and Bon Jovi, JOAN JETT was joined on stage for the first time by Bruce Springstein, who wrote the hit title song they performed, "Light of Day".

"Light of Day" was a top forty billboard hit and top ten video for the whole year on MTV (by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS) in 1987, after the release of the movie of the same name, which starred JOAN JETT, Micheal J Fox, and Gena Rowlands.

Also forced out of retirement by E-street band Bassist Gary Talent was ex-Shondel KENNY LAGUNA, who sang three part harmony on stage with Bruce and Jett.

The show on the 19th was shown on special cable in New Jersey. All proceeds go to world hunger foundations and the survivors of New Jersey WTC victims.

Pictures form JOAN JETT at The New York Islanders Tailgate Party October 12
from: WLIR

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JOAN JETT and Bruce Springsteen at Count Basie show
from: (Reprinted From LIVE DAILY)

Just back from Red Bank and this is going to be long, but I'll give you all the details of a great, great show at the Count Basie Theater. First all the Bruce information and I'll go into more detail about the other acts. The show started abut 8:35 p.m. and ended at 12:41 a.m., so it was more than four hours long. Bruce didn't first appear on stage until about two hours into the show when he joined Sonny Burgess and the Sun Rythm Section for a song I believe was called "Tiger Rose." Bruce shared the vocals with Sonny Burgess and two of Elvis' musicians DJ Fontana and a bass player were playing along as was Garry Tallent on the bass also. Bruce was wearing a blue cap that I believe read El Forasada and Havana. It wasn't his Dolphins cap. He looked lie he was having a great time, he was wearing faded jeans, black boots and a blue jacket.

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JOAN JETT may love rock-n-roll, but she loves the military, too. The Kirtland, N.M., AFB Thunderbird Dining Facility became Blackheart heaven for fans of the Jett set. At her own request, JOAN JETT and band members THOMMY PRICE and DOUGIE NEEDLES took time out from their exhausting performance schedule to show their support for the troops. In appreciation, the troops flocked in with guitars and record albums ready to be signed.

Colonels and master sergeants crowded in line with punked-out music lovers. All of them were equally eager to have a few words with one of rock-n-roll's legendary female performers. Strikingly posed against the backdrop of a giant American flag, JOAN JETT answered questions with a smile. She obligingly posed for pictures, cuddled babies and signed a phonebook-sized stack of photos. Joan's attitude was friendly and accessible.

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Alliance of Neighbors' Benefit Concert Featuring Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi to Air Live, Exclusively on CN8, The Comcast Network

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- CN8, The Comcast Network, will air a live telecast of the "Alliance of Neighbors," benefit concert featuring Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, Friday, October 19th (8 p.m. - midnight) to raise funds for the Alliance of Neighbors of Monmouth County, Inc. Funds raised from the sold-out concert will be used to help aid the families from Monmouth County affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks. Additional funds will be raised both on-line through and by calling a toll-free number during the CN8 telecast.

CN8's broadcast will feature the second of two scheduled concerts this week at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, which holds approximately 1,400 people. The first performance is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, but will not be televised. Event organizers and the participating musicians decided to air the second concert on CN8 to be sure to reach as many Monmouth County residents as possible. In addition to the two evening shows, event organizers have opened up Thursday's sound check to the families of the more than 160 Monmouth County victims.

"These concerts are just the first step in our efforts to help rebuild this community," said Red Bank Mayor Edward McKenna. "It's not about the music as much as it's about helping our friends, families and neighbors. Bruce, Garry Tallent and Jon are among the thousands of Monmouth County residents who are pulling together to provide comfort, support and resources to those in the area who have been directly affected by this tragedy."


Review: JJ & the BH at Nassau Coliseum, 10/13/01
from: Kathleen Warnock

What had started as a rather overcast day got a bit brighter, and was lovely for October. We found the Coliseum, and circled the massive parking lot, and as we came around the building, saw a small portable stage at the end of the plaza entrance, and got a spot just on the other side of it.

There were already at least 1,000 fans there, some camped out next to their cars, tailgating in full swing. There were barbecues and impromptu street hockey games, and almost everyone was wearing a big Islanders shirt. Hockey is not my forte, but I could appreciate the good mood of a crowd of fans coming to see their team for the first time this season, said team with a 4-0 record.

You could pick out the Jettheads right away: they were the women in black, and the only guys in shirts that didn't say "Islanders" on them. We were considerably outnumbered!


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JOAN JETT, Springsteen, Bon Jovi sign on for Red Bank benefit gigs

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi will be among the many performers scheduled to join Garry Tallent''s benefit concerts Oct. 18 and 19 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

The concerts, which are sold out, will raise money for the Alliance of Neighbors of Monmouth County, an organization founded by Red Bank Mayor Edward McKenna and Rick Korn, a concert promoter from Rumson.

The alliance was founded to help about 163 families directly affected by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.


UPDATE 1-Designers hit New York runways in day of extremes

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - They might have dubbed it ''extreme Monday.''

As New York's Fashion Week kicked into high gear, the runways featured everything from the sleek, sophisticated looks of Kenneth Cole and the house of Bill Blass to the playful, youthful whimsy of Betsey Johnson's baby doll-inspired outfits.

American designer Kenneth Cole was one of several top names showing his spring 2002 collection in public venues throughout Manhattan, opting for a huge clear tent in Rockefeller Center where passersby got a look at the designer's new looks.

Review of Junefest
from: Caught Live Too!

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She loves Rock 'n' Roll and her New York Liberty. While JOAN JETT decided to leave her Charlotte Sting voodoo doll at home today (word has it she hexed the Miami Sol with a homemade beauty) she did take a :20 timeout with in the midst of an exciting Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 matchup.

You're a big New York Liberty fan, what do they need to do in this series and what is your prediction?

Jett: "I think it's a really exciting series, the one thing I would say is that the Liberty need to get up on their three-point shooting and don't let the Sting get off a shot. Dawn Staley and Allison Feaster are like money when they shoot the three-pointers. The Liberty just need to stay close and I think this series is really exciting and I'm glad we're in it. Being a New York fan, I think we will take it in three."


JOAN JETT Doesn't Follow Rules

It's likely that many consider Madonna to be the ultimate pop culture pinup girl. After all, the Material Girl has conquered the music world both as a performer and as owner of Maverick Recording Company, and has dabbled in acting to boot. But even as Madonna was seeing the success of her earliest hit singles, JOAN JETT was already out there with her trademark sneer, all-leather wardrobe and punkish attitude, which helped propel "the girl Elvis" into stardom and arguably paved the way for other female icons, such as Madonna, to follow.

"I grew up in a world that told girls they couldn't play rock 'n' roll," Jett explains on her official Web site. "My parents taught me I could be anything in the world I wanted to be. That made me confused. I figured out it was a social thing, what women were allowed to do. At a very young age, I decided I was not going to follow women's rules." Jett formed the all-female group The RUNAWAYS in 1977 while barely in her teens, and the band saw limited success stateside, but had an immediate following overseas. When her first solo album was refused by 23 record companies, she formed BLACKHEART RECORDS to distribute it. Boardwalk Records finally gave Jett a chance and released her first album, titled "Bad Reputation."

In 1981, Jett formed her backing band, The BLACKHEARTS, and together they scored their first No. 1 hit, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." It stayed on top of the Billboard charts for eight weeks. Other hits would follow, including her retooling of the Tommy James and the Shondells' classic, "Crimson and Clover." In 1987, Jett starred with Michael J. Fox in "Light of Day," a movie that earned her accolades.


Pictures of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at Kirtland Airforce Base, Albuquerque, NM
from: Elliot Saltzman

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Joan and the boys had lunch, signed autographs, and visited the guard posts at Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, NM. Elliot took these photos himself.

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