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March 2004 News

Page updated on March 31, 2004
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Man found guilty in Mia Zapata slaying

Eliciting tears and cries of relief from the friends and family of Mia Zapata, a jury convicted a 49-year-old Florida man for the singer's murder.

After more than two full days of deliberation, the King County Superior Court jury returned this morning with a guilty verdict against Jesus Mezquia.

Mezquia, a Cuban native, was arrested last year after DNA linked him to the decade-old death of the beloved punk rock singer.



Immediately prior to JOAN JETT taking the stage Wednesday, the PA was cranked up several notches and The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" played in its entirety. As the song receded back down to its synthesizer ostinato, Jett and her band walked out to thunderous applause, and at the exact second the final power chords hit, she pointed at the audience and the house lights went up, illuminating her fans in a blaze of light.

Even though she hadn't started playing yet, it's a typical JOAN JETT moment: the corny but effective showmanship, the literal-minded invocation of the rock canon, and the ritual bonding between Jett and her audience, who are wildly diverse - middle-aged couples, riot grrls, musicians you wouldn't think would be there - and fiercely loyal. These days, Jett's mascaraed eyes are more likely to be used for bulging comic effect than the deadeyed stare she perfected back in the RUNAWAYS, and the protopunk of yesteryear has been replaced by something like your cool Aunt Joanie, who taught you about smoking and birth control. But her band can still bash it out - "We're the BLACKHEARTS," she announced, instead of "these are the BLACKHEARTS," which may be one reason they've stuck with her all these years - and the new songs are just as solid as the old, which is plenty solid, if you love rock 'n' roll.

JOAN JETT loves rock and roll, played sweaty and straight up like you mean it, with no irony to use as a safety net. If that's not a reason to love JOAN JETT, I don't know what is.

Paramount Theater, Aurora IL

Click to enlarge The deep freeze in the Illinois area suddenly came to an abrupt end when JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS took stage at the Paramount Theater in Aurora, IL. The venue that holds 1800 people was nearly filled to capacity as Jettheads from the Chicago area and from neighboring states came to hear Joan and her band perform hit after hit.

The band took stage at 8:15 pm and led off with "Victim of Circumstance" followed in quick succession by "Cherry Bomb" and "Light of Day."

Joan, who is sporting dark hair again, was dressed in black leather pants with a black and red tank top. She told the seated crowd to get up from their seats and not to be shy, and by half way through the night just about the entire crowd was standing and dancing to each song.


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Naked (Japanese Import CD)

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New 2004 NAKED Japanese edition CD. Japanese CD (through JVC Entertainment) set for Japan release on April 21st (no USA or other worldwide release date has been confirmed). Features exclusive artwork only for Japan by Carianne Laguna (Kenny's daughter). Includes 16 new tracks by the band:


Trial Of Man Charged In Murder Of THE GITS Singer Begins In Washington

The trial of the Miami man charged with the 1993 murder of Seattle punk-rock singer Mia Zapata of THE GITS began this past Monday (March 1), according to a post on the band's web site.

Jesus C. Mezquia, a 49-year-old fisherman and laborer with a history of assaults on women and only a passing connection to Seattle, was arrested in January 2003 at his home in Marathon, Fla., in the heart of the Florida Keys, more than 3,000 miles from the spot - on a dead-end street in Seattle's Central Area - where Zapata's body was found nearly 11 years ago, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Police said they used DNA evidence to tie Mezquiato the slaying.

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