Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

January 2005 News

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Scandal, featuring local man, to kick off reunion tour Jan. 29 in Connecticut
by Roger Hillis, Coast Press Reporter

Guitarist Keith Mack of Rehoboth Beach will join his former national rock band, Scandal, for an eight-date mini-tour of the East Coast which will kick off Saturday in Hartford, Conn.

Speaking by telephone from New York City on Monday, where the musicians were gathering for a rehearsal, Mack said he was excited about the tour. "It's going to be fun," he said. "It's been a little hectic. We've been e-mailing each other song ideas for the set list."

Original band members participating include Mack, vocalist Patty Smyth, guitarist Zach Smith, keyboardist Benji King and drummer Tommy Price. Kasim Sulton will fill in for the group's late bassist, Ivan Elias.

Jersey Beat 2004, Look Back & List

Phil Rainone
Top 10 Best Things About 2004
1 – JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at the Stone Pony- About half way through the show- in the middle of a new song (their new CD should be out in '05!), Joan yells "STOP!!"- The band STOPS DEAD in their tracks. They fucked-up the song, so they started over again.- What concentration & comittment!

Steve Rainone
Top 10 Favorite Things
1 – JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS - Live at the Stone Pony- One of THE BEST shows of the year!!

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Often called "The Female Elvis," JOAN JETT makes a stop in the Land of Enchantment for a live concert. The opening act will be 'Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.' The rockin' fun takes place at Route 66 on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $23, and can be purchased from

JOAN JETT still rocking
by David Pencek, Norwich Bulletin

JOAN JETT still loves rock 'n' roll and she can still play it.

Jett and her band The BLACKHEARTS became one of the top acts in the early '80s thanks to their No. 1 hit "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." Two decades later, the group is still touring and visits the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den Sunday for a free 7 p.m. concert.

"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" was not only the No. 1 song for two months, but became the No. 28 Billboard hit of all time. It came after more than 20 labels rejected Jett.

All-star band Camp Freddy rocks the Hard Rock
by Matt Kelemen, photo courtesy of

Praise be to Body English for bringing the Dave Navarro-fronted, all-star cover band Camp Freddy to the Hard Rock on Jan. 5. The 20-song set kicked off with Donovan Leitch taking the mic to sing Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" and T. Rex's "20th Century Boy," followed by Juliette Lewis on lead vocals for the Stooges' "Search and Destroy." Macy Gray and Tone-Loc shared the stage for Blondie's "Rapture" before the latter covered himself on "Wild Thing." The Cult's Billy Duffy, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell, Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones also joined drummer Matt Sorum, guitarist Billy Morrison and bassist Chris Chaney for "I Wanna Be Your Dog," which would have been the highlight of the evening were it not for JOAN JETT dominating everyone with her own "Bad Reputation."

JOAN JETT at Wolf Den
January 13, 2005


SUNDAY – When JOAN JETT sings "I love rock 'n' roll," there's no more believable phrase in the English language. You see, JOAN JETT is rock 'n' roll.

The Philadelphia native is responsible for some of the most archetypal riffs in the rock canon. From her early days in the RUNAWAYS through the snarling, overdriven tunes of the BLACKHEARTS, Jett established a template not just for girl rockers but for rock in general.

Along with "I Love Rock-n-Roll," she scored hits with "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and a cover of "Crimson & Clover." The end of the '80s and early '90s were tough periods for Jett, but she has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS perform Sunday in the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun casino. Space is limited for the 7 p.m. show, so show up early. Information: 860-862-7163.

Jett Powered
By Katie Aberbach

This punk grrrrrl made Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time for her 1982 hit single "I Love Rock 'N Roll." So what if her song was number 484? JOAN JETT, a California rocker who pioneered the then-astonishing concept of a girl with a guitar and an attitude, has become an idol for female rockers everywhere.

"I Love Rock 'N Roll" was hated before it was loved. Rolling Stone reports that the song was turned down by 23 major record labels before Boardwalk Records gave Jett the chance to record it. Then, of course, it reached number 1 on the charts. It's worth nearly $20 million today.

Odds are, when Jett and her band the BLACKHEARTS grace the Wolf Den Sunday, they'll still be "singin' that same old song."

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS play at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun.

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Scott Weiland (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), Jerry Cantrell (ex-ALICE IN CHAINS), Billy Duffy (ex-THE CULT) and JOAN JETT were among the special guests during CAMP FREDDY's set Wednesday (Jan. 5) in Las Vegas at a release party for Sony's forthcoming PSP portable game system. The gig was not open to the public.

Commented CAMP FREDDY guitarist Dave Navarro (ex-JANE'S ADDICTION, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS): "I know we played with JOAN JETT, Xzibit, Tone Loc, Scott Weiland, Macy Grey, Juliette Lewis, Steve Jones, Jerry Cantrell, Billy Duffy, Tony Kanal... Who else? It was just killer. Also, there was like this porn convention going on so it was really extra off the hook. I described it to a friend as being like hell on a good day. We did the usual set of SEX PISTOLS, BOWIE, T-REX, and all that, flanked with some hip hop like Macy singing BLONDIE's 'Rapture' with Tone doing the middle rap. We also rocked his classic 'Wild Thing' with the HALEN riff, 'Jamie's Crying'. [Chris] Chaney [CAMP FREDDY/ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist] came up with a killer groove and we just free style jammed with Xzibit. That was killer. Joan, a first timer for FREDDY, did 'Bad Reputation' and 'Pretty Vacant' with us. I'll tell you, she looked and sounded awesome."

Songs performed:
Ballroom Blitz, 20th Century Boy, Brass In Pocket (Macy Gray)
Rapture (Macy Gray and Tone Loc)
Wild Thing (Tone Loc)
Ain't Talking 'Bout Love (Juliette Lewis and Tony Canal)
Search And Destroy (Juliette Lewis)
Should I Stay (Billy Duffy)
Jailbreak (Jerry Cantrell and Billy Duffy)
Man In The Box (Jerry Cantrell)
a jam (with Xzibit)
I Wanna Be Sedated (Scott Weiland)
Bodies (Scott Weiland and Steve Jones)
Pretty Vacant (JOAN JETT and Steve Jones)
Bad Reputation, (JOAN JETT and Jerry Cantrell)
I Wanna Be Your Dog (Everyone)

Show packed with people, toys
by Mike Snider, USA TODAY

Surprise performers: Suppose you went to a party at a trade show and all of a sudden a full-fledged guest-star extravaganza broke out. That's what happened Wednesday night at Sony's coming out party for the PlayStation Portable at Body English, a nightclub in the Hard Rock Café.

About 200 or so partygoers in the club knew that the musical entertainment was to be provided by Camp Freddy, an occasional super-cover band featuring Dave Navarro (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction), Billy Morrison (The Cult), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N Roses), Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) and Donovan Leitch (son of singer Donovan).

What they didn't know was the lineup of guest stars who were going to jam with them. Macy Gray started off the parade with covers of The Pretenders' Brass in Pocket and Blondie's Rapture. Rapper Tone-Loc served up Funky Cold Medina. The Cult's Billy Duffy sang The Clash's Should I Stay or Should I Go? JOAN JETT performed her own Bad Reputation. Also taking the stage were Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver and ex-Stone Temple Pilots), rapper Xzibit, actress Juliette Lewis, Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols).

Needless to say most partygoers stayed.

Gadgets are no longer only for geeks
from: Edmonton Sun
by Steve Tilley, Edmonton Sun Staff

LAS VEGAS – Thus sliced the rapier wit of late-night TV's own flame-haired uber-geek, Conan O'Brien, who had the unenviable job of hosting the kickoff event for this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the massive annual trade show of all things both electronic and consumable. Which meant he had to interview Bill Gates, the only man alive who can make Conan look like less of a dork. Except Conan is a lovable dork, admired by many, and rarely subjected to wedgies, swirlies, purple nurples and the other torments of those who get more excited over wireless routers and VoIP than hockey scores and this "sex'' nonsense.

Yeah, yeah, it's a stupid, outdated stereotype, exploitable only for a cheap laugh. But if laughter can't be cheap, then only the rich will have it. You want Bill Gates to be the only guy having a good time? The fact he could buy Jupiter if he wanted to isn't enough?

As I type these words as quietly as possible so as not to incur the wrath of the horrible hangover demons holding unclean rituals inside my skull, I'm about to head back home following 48 hours or so of ridiculously intense Vegasness. This place never fails to find some new way of demonstrating the absolute heights and depths of human weirdness, and Zeus bless it for that.

Favorite Rocker Chick
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JOAN JETT, Mohegan Sun, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16
By Ray Hogan, Staff Writer

Sometimes you need nothing more than three chords, an attitude and great talent for transforming other people's songs into your own. Jett, a veteran performer who began her professional career during her teens as the leader of the neglected The RUNAWAYS, has had them since 1982, when "I Love Rock 'n Roll," "Crimson and Clover" and "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" made her a leather-clad heroine for the MTV generation. More than 20 years later, she's strayed little from her formula and grown to icon status. "Fetish," although five years old, is her most recent disc with a title track that contains her most to-the-point lyrics to date and a choice cover in the Stones' "Star Star." Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun. (860) 862-7163.

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