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February 2005 News

Page updated on February 28, 2005
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The Eyeliners – No Apologies

BLACKHEART RECORDS is excited to release No Apologies from The Eyeliners. For a sample of the first single "Think Of Me" visit:
Listen for No Apologies produced by KENNY LAGUNA at college radio March 8

Cool Like Us
by Ann Powers

I know we rock critics are too cool — we're the smarties in the corner at every rock show, smug in our mastery of one of the few ways to be total obsessive nerdballs and insiders at the same time. Ordinary concertgoers hate us as we stand there recording the stoopid behavior unbridled fanship motivates. A rock critic never screams, "FREEBIRD!" or lifts up her shirt in exhibitionist ecstasy; no teardrop falls from the critic's face when an arena star plays "our song." No, we observe. We wax witty. We know, because we've done the research, that said rock star has played "our song" on 17 of the last 21 nights, and that the guitar solo's a rip from a Zep B-side. As the smarty band Sleater-Kinney once said, we're no rock & roll fun.

But deep in our un-aerobicized hearts, we rock critics still love the thrill of the show. I wouldn't have sacrificed a third of my hearing ability if I didn't believe in the transformation uniting performer and audience, even when both parties are acting like boneheads. Sure, there are stars who phone it in, and fans too full of supersized Bud to care. But the mix of amplification, theatricality, the human voice and human pheromones means somebody will be changed by the live experience.

I pulled out an album this week that reminded me of such a moment. I first saw Amy Ray perform the material from Stag in Austin, Texas, in 2001, when it was fresh off the burner. Ray had always been the "rock" one in the Indigo Girls, with a rip in her jeans and a bit of ragged in her voice. For Stag she'd amped it all up: volume, confrontational politics, prowly sexiness. I was eager to see her unleash this stuff live with tuff queer punkers the Butchies as her backing band. And the setting was perfect: a coffeehouse overflowing with both earth mamas and tattooed love girls, divergent pleasure-loving feminists mingling in the dirt-floor backyard. Ray knew she had something to prove to both sides — the gentle Indigos fans were suspicious of her noisy side, while the hipsters feared a sing-along. Anticipation was palpable.

Punk, Vol. 2: Anti-establishment look makes a comeback
by Kerry Purcell
photo by Ron Akiyama

Put a call into Alanis Morissette - isn't it ironic that punk, the anti-establishment, anti-fashion movement of the late '70s and early '80s, is now stylish and swanky? Especially in haircuts.

Forget the blunt, buzz or bob cuts - those looks are over. Sandy Poirier, owner of SHAG Rock Star Haircuts in South Boston, says men and women should opt for a "messy, shaggy, piecey, textured'' coif.

"It was around in the '80s with Chrissy Hynde, JOAN JETT, Pat Benatar - it's all resurfacing again. It's an updated version of the cut with better hairdressers doing it,'' said Poirier.

Hard Rock Cafe in Myrtle Beach is Hosting a Rock and Roll Art Show by Artist Scott A. Denis

For the First Time The Hard Rock Cafe in Myrtle Beach is Hosting a Rock and Roll Art Show by Artist Scott A. Denis. March 5th. and 6th. 2005

Artist Scott A. Denis will show his art work in the Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach March 5th. and 6th. a series of autographed canvases by famous bands like Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band, Willie Nelson, JOAN JETT, BB King, Ted Nugent and many more, These famous musical artist's have signed these painted canvas's by Artist Scott A. Denis. A 25 piece collection of Rock and Roll related art that took 12 years to produce is for sale to help raise funds for a new Rock and Roll Art School.

(PRWEB) February 18, 2005 -- Award winning Artist Scott A. Denis born 1965 in Toledo, Ohio and now residing in Irmo, South Carolina will show his collection of Rock and Roll autographed artwork that took 12 years to make at the Myrtle Beach Hard Rock Cafe March 5th. and 6th. 05. The autographed canvases are original paintings on canvas that have been originally signed by bands like ZZ Top, Allman Brothers band, Ted Nugent, JOAN JETT, BB King, Willie Nelson, Don Henley, RTZ, 38 Special, The band Traffic, John Entwistle and many more, These famous musicians have signed these painted canvas's for this show. A one of a kind art collection for sale to raise funds for a new Rock and Roll art school. Prices range from $250. to $7,500. This collection has been shown once before in Columbia South Carolina with great response. There will also be 5 abstract paintings available for purchase at this show for greatly reduced prices and a very nice framed painting of Jimi Hendrix will be auctioned of to the highest bidder. This Rock and Roll Art collection is a must see for any true Rock and Roll fan. Stop by and ask about the free 50 limited edition signed tokens from Artist Scott Allen Denis only for this show! First come first serve. Artist Denis might not make it to this location for a long time so catch him while you have the chance at this great location. You don't want to miss this very special collection.

Hosted by Mickey Burns

President of BLACKHEART RECORDS - KENNY LAGUNA's probably best known for his long time role as Producer and Manager to the fabulous JOAN JETT.

In 1982, Kenny struck gold with his production of Joan's mega single, "I Love Rock-N-Roll"...which till this day remains a rock anthem.

KENNY LAGUNA began his musical career as a back-up musician for the likes of Tommy James and the Shondels and the Who.

Pricey hairstylist Sally Hershberger can't help herself
from: New York Post Online
photo courtesy of

At the launch party for her new line of jeans called Shagg Downtown at her salon Wednesday, she couldn't stop herself from coifing the guests. When JOAN JETT arrived, Hershberger took one look at her and said, "Oh, honey," shaking her head. The creator of the $600 haircut plopped her into a styling chair and gave the rocker a new do.

Human Rights Campaign Annual Gala in New York
Photo courtesy of

JOAN JETT along with luminaries, donors, and a contingent of local and national politicians convened Saturday night, February 5th at the second annual Human Rights Campaign Annual Gala at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

Parade Magazine
Photo by Ron Akiyama

The Sunday, February 20th issue of Parade Magazine (the one that comes with the Sunday newspaper) Joan will be mentioned in the Walter Scott column. A reader inquired about Joan's video "Go Home" and the Mia Zapata case.

Scandal Reunion Live Dates with THOMMY PRICE

Catch Thommy live with Patty Smyth and Scandal:
2/04 (Fri) Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ 7:30 pm
2/05 (Sat) Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA 9 pm
2/09 (Wed) Irving Plaza, NY 8 pm
2/11 (Fri) Westbury Music Fair, Westbury (Long Island), NY 8pm
2/12 (Sat) Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ 9 pm
2/18 (Fri) Odeom - Clevland OH 9 pm
2/19 (Sat) Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH 8 pm

Coming Soon…New THOMMY PRICE Compact Disc Release…

Stargazing Celebrities look into crystal balls to forecast winner of Super showdown
by Scripps Howard News Service

It's that time of year again. Time for the annual gridiron spectacle - no, not the Super Bowl, but the 16th Scripps Howard Celebrity Super Bowl poll. The rich and famous from movies, TV, sports, politics and pop culture predict the winner of the Super Bowl. A sampling of predictions:

JOAN JETT, rock star: Philadelphia. I was born in Philly and I don't like Tom Brady's politics. 35-28.
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