Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

February 2003 News

Page updated on February 28, 2003
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The Donnas
from: Niva Bringas

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The Donnas displaying a photo of their mentor, JOAN JETT at the Metro in Chicago, IL on February 14, 2003. Photo by Niva Bringas. Click here to see the rest of the photos by Niva.

JOAN JETT Rules The Throne

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The central figure in the mid-'70s all-girl band the RUNAWAYS (apologies to guitarist Lita Ford), Jett proved that whether you thought the RUNAWAYS were a teenage pre-fab hype machine, or an awesome rock band, or both, she was a promising talent. After forming the BLACKHEARTS at the dawn of the '80s, Jett was on her way to writing music history. More than 30 years later, her trademark shout of "Ow!" could still send shivers through Antarctica.

January 30, 2003, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS played a show at the China Club in New York City to benefit World Hunger Year, an organization co-founded by radio-talk-show host Bill Ayres and the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin. The show was sponsored by the radio station 95.5 WPLJ, which devotes airtime to the '80s. And who doesn't love the '80s? Certainly not this crowd, replete with lawng-eyelinders (people from Long Island) and Jersey girls. Nasally voices abound. Seventy percent of the men were balding. These people were clearly stricken with a strain of the '80s virus that prevents you from shaking off 100 percent of the effects of that decade. There was at least one retro element that you could point out on almost every person: faint traces of mullets (some people just don't wanna part with them), black blazers with shoulder pads (no, I'm not kidding), super-tight faded jeans, teased hair, and, in severe cases, blue eye shadow (yes, I'm serious).

But the'80s weren't entirely uncool. The BLACKHEARTS made some of the best music of that decade, adhering to the classic groovitude of Chuck Berry and Little Richard while simultaneously breathing new life into the bad-ass glam rock of the New York Dolls and Gary Glitter. No one embodied the music's spirit of rebellion and sexiness like JOAN JETT. Aside from writing impeccable original material, she has the priceless ability to cover other peoples' songs and turn them into bona-fide hits. She may not have written "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," but she owns it. Jett delivered these hits like a stinging spank on the ass. And I bent over for every single one, crying "Hit me baby, one more time!"


How to Bid on the JOAN JETT Lithograph

There will be an event on May 17th- "The Heart to Heart Gala."

The theme this year is "The Heart of Rock N Roll," at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine CA, (this covers all of Orange County CA.) The JOAN JETT lithograph will be displayed in the silent auction. There will be bid sheets where people can make their bid.

There are $50,000.00, $30,000.00 and $10,000.00 sponsors, as well as tables for $3000.00. Usually there is attendance of 600 to 700 persons at this event. Anyone present can bid. Contact Erica Garza of the American Medical Association 949-885-1517 for additional information.

Musical and Visual Artists Donate Memorabilia to American Heart Association In Memory of John Entwistle

Musical and visual artists influenced by the work of bass player, John Entwistle are donating memorabilia to the American Heart Association's Heart-to-Heart Gala, scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at the Hyatt Regency, Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614.

All items will be available to Heart-to-Heart Gala patrons during a silent auction that precedes dinner and musical entertainment. Proceeds will be used to fund research and educational programs designed to reduce the toll of heart disease and stroke, our nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, respectively.

Entwistle's ex-wife Max Harlow, an artist in Southern California and her manager, Randi Holden of RTC Entertainment, Inc. are organizing donations as a tribute to her former husband. Artists who appeared in the live and film versions of Tommy are among those who have agreed to contribute an item to the auction. "It was the least I could do, I was honored that I was asked," says Billy Idol. Idol donated a signed display poster from his "Kiss the Skull" show at the Roxy last year.


Joan in Women Who Rock
from: Women Who Rock Magazine

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JOAN JETT appears THREE times in the March/April '03 issue of Women Who Rock magazine! Here are the highlights:

1) Live from New York! There is a full-page spread with a review of Joan's live benefit performance at New York City's China Club on January 30th, to benefit World Hunger Year, Inc. It includes a set list, exclusive concert photo and concert review.

2) HEAR ME ROAR! 25 Greatest GIRL-POWER Anthems of All Time! Joan clocks in at lucky number 8 with "Bad Reputation." It includes an 80s-era picture of Joan, as well as a spicy commentary on the song.


What happened with 'Will And Grace'

I am so sorry I had many people watching a whole hour of WILL AND GRACE last week. The unhappy TV watchers included our families, labels, and me, amongst others.

The network asked for permission to use a JOAN JETT reference and we granted it. They told us it would be aired on a NEW episode last Thursday.

Today, the finally told us what happened. The new episode was rewritten by the writers, it will air this week. However, when the writers re-wrote the episode and they decided NOT to use the song.


Ask Joan

I was wondering do your tats have special meaning and how many you have and where did you get them done?
I was wondering what ever happened to Gary Ryan, Lee Crystal, and Ricky Byrd?
Would you mind setting the record straight on why you left 'Rocky Horror' and why you didn't appear on the soundtrack?


Joan to attend Cynthia Steffe's NYC fashion show
from: PRNewswire

Designer Cynthia Steffe is pleased toannounce that Paula Abdul, Marcia Gay Harden, and JOAN JETT will attend the showing of her Fall 2003 collection. Part of New York City's fashion week, this event will take place Monday February 10th at 11:00 a.m. in the Studio at Bryant Park.

Sammy Yaffa joins The BLACKHEARTS

To all Jettheads:

Sammy Yaffa has joined JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. He just played with us at the World Hnger Bnefit in New York City on jan. 30, and at our show in Indiana on February 1st.

Sammy formerly played with Blackheart friends Hanoi Rocks.


Will and Grace

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Attention Jettheads: Be sure to catch the NBC hit comedy series, Will & Grace this Thursday night at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Joan on the cover of "Shoot Me"
from: Allworth Press

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Allworth Press just published "Shoot Me", a nonfiction book about the making of an independent film called "The Sweet Life", in which JOAN JETT is featured. Joan appears on the cover of the book, and is also an important part of the narrative.

Click here to find out more about the book.

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