Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

January 2004 News

Page updated on January 31, 2004
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Five questions with JOAN JETT

Hailed by the New York Times as "godmother to female musicians with loud guitars and idealistic dreams," hard-edged JOAN JETT sets the stage on fire with the hits that defined rock 'n' roll. Featuring the famous I Love Rock 'n' Roll, Bad Reputation, and I Hate Myself for Loving You, Jett's concerts are as intense and edgy as the the diva herself. She comes to the Paramount Theatre for one performance, on Jan. 31.

Jett helped open the doors to the music industry to future female rock starts. For this inspiring groundbreaking, fellow musicians from Lilith Fair and the Nine Inch Nails have cited her as an inspiration and as "the backbone of today's rock 'n' roll feminist revolution." Jett hit the scene in the late '70s in The RUNAWAYS. This start helped her define the original sound that would later help break Jett out on her own, finding success with a solo career and eventually as front woman for the BLACKHEARTS. With an international fan base craving her notorious sound, Jett formed her own independent label, BLACKHEART RECORDS.

1. Who are your musical influences and why?


JOAN JETT In New Hampshire supporting Howard Dean

Appearances are being added every day so fans should keep checking here for the current information.

Thursday, January 22 - Manchester, NH
7:30 PM Debate Watching Party: A Gathering Of Dean Supporters to watch the debate.
Jillian's Restaurant, Manchester, NH

Friday, January 23 - Keene, NH
6:15 P.M. JOAN JETT Performance
7:00 P.M. Keene Rally

Surprise Stormers Invade Ranger Camp

Click to enlarge The Texas Rangers returned to their camp late last night, expecting a night of resting and preparing for the next days canvas and calls. At one of their smaller cabins, a small entourage of strangers appeared, looking to hang out and talk with them. One by one, the rangers started speculating as to who these strangers were. "Is that Janeane Garofalo?" one asked? "No," said another, "She has brown hair." "She sure looks like Janeane Garofalo." "That looks like JOAN JETT with her." "No way."

Word spread through the camp, rapidly, as more and more people started to recognize the duo walking in their midst. Sure enough, they were right. Janeane and Joan surprised the Texans (Janeane went blond for those who don't know) and they spent the evening carousing and having a good time. They even donned the Orange Hat For Democracy! Both of them have expressed interest in the blog so be expecting a visit here as well.

JOAN JETT, Janeane Garofalo campaign at Iowa Central
from: Fort Dodge, Iowa Messanger

Click to enlarge Here? In Fort Dodge?

Musician JOAN JETT and actress/comedian Janeane Garofalo were in Fort Dodge Saturday night to campaign for former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. The entertainers appeared at a rally at Iowa Central Community College's Triton Inn less than 48 hours before Iowans kick off the 2004 race for the White House.

In a telephone interview before the rally, Jett said she became involved in the Dean campaign after investigating the Democratic candidates who were running against George Bush.


JOAN JETT in Iowa supporting Howard Dean

JOAN JETT will be in Iowa beginning January 16 to hit the campaign trail with Governor Howard Dean. Joan will be making appearances at the following colleges. Appearances are being added every day so fans should keep checking here for the current information.

Note: Actress/Comedienne Janeane Garofalo will also be attending most of the events

Friday, January 16, 2004
8:00 PM Lumino Magazine launch party
Java Joe's Coffeehouse
214 4th St.
Des Moines,IA



With two immensely successful tours under her belt, Margaret Cho hit the road last spring with her brand new Revolution tour. The trek was so successful she extended the tour through November and released it on CD. The Revolution CD has now been nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Comedy Album." The movie version Behind The Revolution is slated to be released later this year.

Margaret's previous two concert tours, the 1999 off Broadway hit I'm The One That I Want and 2001's Notorious C.H.O. were both feature films and will air back-to-back on Showtime beginning Saturday, January 17 through February 27. Cho's groundbreaking smash-hit one-woman show I'm The One That I Want played off-Broadway, toured the country, became a best selling book and a feature film that grossed more per print than any other film in history ($1.4 million with only nine prints). Margaret's second show, Notorious C.H.O. toured 37 cities including a concert at the famed Carnegie Hall which was taped for a double-sided CD release and a second feature film. Both I'm The One That I Want and Notorious C.H.O. were #1 selling stand-up comedy DVD's at

Showtime will air both I'm The One That I Want and Notorious C.H.O. back-to-back on the following days. January 17, 27 and February 1. Showtime 2 channel will air both films back-to-back on January 30. Showtime Women channel will air one or both of the films on February 9, 11, 13, 14, 18, 22, 27. Check for specific times in your city. Webmaster Note: The concert video includes "Bad Reputation" and "Cherry Bomb", as Margaret is a big Joan fan.

JOAN JETT and KENNY LAGUNA: Visiting US Troops, Supporting Howard Dean, Planning Hit Record

Click to enlarge It can be said that behind every great, leather-clad woman is a great co-songwriting man. And just like any other society-conscious musical dynamic duo, they're on a mission to make the world a better place. Well... and to rock.

With plans for touring, recording a new album, generating a Top-40 hit and ardently supporting presidential candidate Howard Dean, JOAN JETT and her loyal collaborator of over 20 years, KENNY LAGUNA, have a busy new year mapped out for them. But it's a pace they're used to.

"We never really have a tour," explains Laguna in a wide-ranging, in-depth interview with Chicago Innerview, "but we have to call it a tour for the media folks and record companies to understand what is it. We do all things all the time. In years past, you wouldn't even see a break. We've been working on the [Jett album in progress] for six years. Normally, we're always writing, we're always recording, we're always doing concerts."

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