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March 2005 News

Page updated on March 31, 2005
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In Memory of Jamie Norcross

Our fabulous drum tech, Jamie Norcross, became sick and passed away on Thursday, March 24th. We all loved him and we are overcome with grief. We wish to honor him and we ask for your good thoughts and prayers.

Memorial services for Jamie Norcross will be held Saturday April 2, 11:00AM at the Immaculate Conception Church, 14th St and 1st Avenue, New York.

Condolence cards can be sent to the Norcross Family at 245 Avenue C #1A, New York, NY 10009.

The Norcross family has set up a scholarship in memory of Jamie. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that people contribute to the scholarship.

Get a FREE Pair of Tickets to a
to Celebrate Opening of a new Best Buy Store!


Join JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS along with special guest The Eyeliners with special guests The Vacancies on April 7th for a FREE exclusive concert!!

Receive a FREE pair of tickets to Best Buy's Grand Opening Concert With JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at Webster Hall on April 7th when you purchase either JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS "Fit To Be Tied" or "I Love Rock 'N Roll" or the new CD by The Eyelines,"No Apologies." (The Eyeliners CD While supplies last!) at either of the Best Buy locations listed below.

Locations: Chelsea 23rd & 6th and Upper East Side 86th & Lexington

Webster Hall Show on April 7th

Don't miss JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at Webster Hall on April 7 with special guests The Eyeliners and The Vacancies. This is a Best Buy event celebrating 25 years of BLACKHEART RECORDS.

You can get tickets to this event only by buying The Eyeliners No Apologies or Fit To Be Tied or I love Rock N' Roll by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at Best Buy. For those of you who already have all of the Blackheart catalog and want to add to it, Joan is singing background and playing guitar on quite a few cuts on No Apologies.  Joan has a cameo lead vocal appearance on "Destroy" which is track 2 on The Eyeliners CD.  Listen to The Eyeliners on Pure Volume and My  

The Eyeliners – Get "No Apologies" Now!

Get The Eyeliners "No Apologies" before it hits stores April 7th! To download their new CD
click here
Listen for "No Apologies" produced by KENNY LAGUNA and featuring JOAN JETT on college radio starting March 8th!

For The Record Quick

JOAN JETT loves rock and roll — and she's going to share it with you starting this week as a DJ on Sirius Radio's Underground Garage channel. The singer joins a crew that includes Beatles expert Martin Lewis, "Handsome" Dick Manitoba, Kim Fowley and other rock luminaries to offer insight and kick out the jams from bands like the Ramones, the White Stripes, MC5, the Kinks and more. "We don't care if it's 50 years old, or 50 minutes old. If it's fantastic, we play it," fellow DJ Steven Van Zandt said in a statement. Jett's shifts are at 3-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Sirius' Underground Garage Unveils On-Air Lineup
by Bram Teitelman

Steven Van Zandt's "Underground Garage" channel on Sirius has unveiled their 24/7 on-air lineup, which includes JOAN JETT. Jett, a member of the RUNAWAYS and successful solo artist, will love rock n' roll on Saturday and Sunday nights on the channel.

Other musicians including Mighty Manfred (of the Woggles) and Ko Melina (of Ko & the Knockouts) join the channel as well, adding to a lineup that includes Underground Garage format manager Kid Leo, Handsome Dick Manitoba, and Kim Fowley, among others. The 24/7 launch of the channel began on Monday, March 21, the 53rd anniversary of Alan Freed's "Moonlight Coronation Ball," which is considered to be the first rock concert.

JOAN JETT's Radio Revolution

Listen for JOAN JETT's Radio Revolution on The Underground Garage on Sirius Radio debuting March 27 from 3p.m. to 7 pm. and repeated on Sunday March 28 from 7pm to 11 pm.... check out

100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever!

March 2005 issue of Q magazine (Robert Plant/Jimmy Page cover) lists the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever!

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS come in at number 85 with I Love Rock 'N' Roll
Available: I Love Rock 'N' Roll – JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS (Epic, 1981)
Leather-clad anthem designed to appeal to the air-guitar moron within us all.
Solo: (1:38) A few seconds of apple-pie American rawk soloing.

Spokane, WA April 2, 2005 Photos
from: Elizabeth Kennedy

(Click on the photos to see enlargements and more photos from Elizabeth)

Believe it or not, Hall honchos got it right
by John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press

Let's get that out of the way now, because this annual column -- my take on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees -- generates more e-mail tirades than any other.

On Monday night in New York, The Pretenders, U2, The O'Jays, Percy Sledge and Buddy Guy will snag a piece of rock history, applauded by everybody who's anybody in attendance along with some scruffy, wild-eyed hangers-on who look as comfortable in tuxedos as my dog does in his Halloween costume.

Anyway, before fans of the five inductees get their hackles up and start eyeing my mug a la Hannibal Lecter, let me assure readers I have absolutely no quarrel with this year's selections. This comes as a bit of a surprise even to me, considering I've offended a few previous inductees by suggesting they don't deserve Hall of Fame honors. Those remarks were followed by the usual death threats from fans and recurring nightmares of a shadowy figure haunting my front porch while wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of a band I'd mention if not for the fact that my flak jacket order hasn't arrived yet.

JOAN JETT in Milwaukee
Photos by Niva Bringas

Click on the photos to visit Niva's website for additional photos.

Cherie Currie on Monster Garage

Our dear friend, Cherie Currie, shot an episode called "The Logsplitter" on the series MONSTER GARAGE. She gets to chain saw carve next to the legendary Bob King, who Cherie considers the best carver out there. Those of you who have seen Cherie's work know that she's pretty good herself. The air date is March 21st on the Discovery Channel. Check your local listings for the time in your area.

DOUGIE NEEDLES and The Public Offenders

Attention NY Jettheads..
DOUGIE NEEDLES and The Public Offenders are appearing at
Arlene's Grocery
on Friday, March 11th for the release of their CD, New York Baby. (The CD release party also coincides with Dougie's birthday!), so grab your friends and head on down for a night of rock n' roll.

THOMMY PRICE – Sex, Drums and Rock 'n' Roll
Cover photo by Ron Akiyama

BLACKHEART RECORDS is proud to announce the release of Sex, Drums and Rock 'n' Roll by THOMMY PRICE. The CD contains the tracks:
Love's In Beat
Don't Really Matter
Long Gone
Come On
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