Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

July 2005 News

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Tiny Comstock draws 100,000 to annual music festivals
BY L. KENT WOLGAMOTT / Lincoln Journal Star

COMSTOCK — "How many out there are as sweaty as me?" JOAN JETT asks. A roar comes back from the 5,000 or so packed in front of the stage. "I'll take it that as a yes," she says. "Sweatness rules." Photo gallery

David Benjamin reaches to the sky during the musical performance of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at Comstock Rock. (Michael Paulsen)

Wiping the stinging mix of sweat and makeup from her eyes, Jett kicks her band, the BLACKHEARTS, into "Bad Reputation."

Waukesha, WI gets Whipped with Jett Rock Music
from: Midwest Beat Magazine
by Anita Maree Lande (photos by Niva Bringas)

Date: June 22, 2005
Location: Waukesha, WI

The sea full of people came energized to hear JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS as they headlined Waukesha's 163rd annual county fair. The band exploded to perform their powerful catalogue of hits including "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "Crimson and Clover," "Cherry Bomb," and of course Jett's biggest hit "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." With a hint of a new CD coming out soon, Waukesha got a lick of a few new tracks including "Five" and "Naked." When rock-n-roll flows through your blood, that makes for a true rock icon, and Waukesha witnessed that watching and hearing JOAN JETT.


Miami Ink vs. Inked
Battle of the tattoo-themed reality shows.

By Dana Stevens

In today's busy world, who has time to keep up with more than one tattoo-parlor-themed reality show on basic cable? This week saw the premiere of two such series, A & E's Inked (Wednesdays, 9 p.m. ET) and The Learning Channel's Miami Ink (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET). Though extreme aficionados of the art may be willing to devote two hours of their workweek to watching total strangers get winged skulls carved into their calves, I'm assuming that your average viewer would appreciate a convenient breakdown: When time is tight, which tattoo show is more worth watching for the guy or gal on the go?

Location: Both shows are filmed in TV-friendly party towns full of ponytailed dudes and surgically augmented dolls: Inked in Las Vegas, Miami Ink in the South Beach area of Miami. But Huntington & Hart, the tattoo parlor featured in Inked, is located in the glitzy, mall-like atmosphere of the Palms Casino, while the modest storefront of the Miami Ink parlor allows for a better sense of the neighborhood's scruffy street life. Advantage: Miami Ink.

Theme Song: Miami Ink wins this one hands down with a version of JOAN JETT's "Bad Reputation," which remains one of the catchiest brat anthems of all time (even if hearing it does evoke sad memories of that song's greatest TV usage ever, as the opening theme to the short-lived and much-missed series Freaks and Geeks.) Inked has an original theme song with a faux-punk attitude, ending with the shouted affirmation, "I'm inked till the end!" (Or at least until you think better of that Celtic armband.) Advantage: Miami Ink.

She loves rock 'n' roll

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will headline the Rock 'n' Roll Relief 2005 benefit at Festival Park on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Jett, an internationally-known recording artist who has maintained control over her long career, is expected to draw a huge crowd in what is anticipated to be a sold-out event.

While still in her teens, Jett formed the all-girl rock group, The RUNAWAYS, whose hits such as "Cherry Bomb" made them an international sensation.

Rockin' the pasture
by L. Kent Wolgamott
photo by Michael Paulsen/mp Lincoln Journal Star

It was plenty hot at Comstock Rock Saturday. The official high temperature at Broken Bow, the nearest town of any size, was 93 degrees and there's no shade to be found at the concert site.

But that didn't stop festival goers from having fun, whether they were swimming in the nearby Loup River, cooking up salmon on a gas grill in the camping area or sweltering in the sun to catch the first bands of the day.

When photographer Michael Paulsen and I arrived shortly after 4 p.m., UFO, whoever that is, was on stage, finishing its set with a Spinal Tap worthy number titled " Rock Bottom."

Editor's Choice: Our Favorite Sporting Events
Cheering On the Hoopsters at Madison Square Garden

by The Frommer's Staff

The City Game can be seen in its many forms at the self-proclaimed Worlds Greatest Arena: MSG to those who speak roundball. With two professional teams who call it home (the NBA's New York Knicks,; and the WNBA's New York Liberty,, the Garden also plays host to major men's and women's college games and tournaments, ranging from the National Invitational Tournament to regular visits from the Big East. While some may prefer seeing U2 or Bruuuce, Ringling Brothers' elephants or, in some years, the NHL, the big round arena at 31st St. and 8th Avenue was made for man-to-man (or woman-to-woman) on the hardwood. On the shiny parquet floor, which is put together like a jigsaw puzzle before every game, the sneakers squeak, you can hear the bodies collide, and even the nosebleed seats get a full view of center court in the 17,000-plus seat house. Yes, that's Spike Lee and Woody Allen and JOAN JETT in the courtside seats. And they'll let the ref have a piece of their minds if they don't like the call! For tickets, schedules, and information, check out – Kathleen Warnock

Music Midtown 2005
by Terri Sapp
Photo by Leah Yetter

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS rocked the 96 Rock stage with vigor of a twenty-something with an attitude. She is in better shape than ever, and doesn't show a day over twenty-five. Her energy was infectious, and her charisma with the audience proved the right formula for a hot performance on a hot summer day. She played favorites like " Bad Reputation," " Do You Wanna Touch Me?," " Cherry Bomb," " Crimson and Clover," and " I Love Rock 'n' Roll," as well as some of her new songs. Overall, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS rock as hard as ever!

Music Morsels

The moisture in the air on Sunday took the form of humidity, as the hot Georgia sun blazed over the festivities. It was not enough heat to dry the muddy areas from Saturday's rain fall. Perhaps if they had channeled the heat about to emanate from the 96 Rock stage...

I have always thought if there was a list of ten people who personify the rock and roll attitude then JOAN JETT needs to be on it. Under the sweltering humid conditions of the mid-Sunday afternoon, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS put on one nuclear-fueled show. A rocker who has blazed a trail for everyone from L7 to Veruca Salt and the Donnas - and maybe some guys as well, Joan stamped her foot on the accelerator and didn't take it off for sixty minutes. With a raging beginning that included " Victim Of Circumstance," the Runaway's classic " Cherry Bomb" and her fiery version of Springsteen's " Light Of Day" the audience was strapped in for the wild ride. Joan has always been a lady who not just performs rock and roll, but does so like she absolutely lives and breathes it. In concert, Joan and the talented and energetic BLACKHEARTS infuse this feeling into the audience, even in an atmosphere as massive as an outdoor festival. After a frenetic ending of the hit triplet featuring " I Love Rock and Roll," " Crimson and Clover" and " I Hate Myself For Loving You," I don't think anyone out there would argue that JOAN JETT can out rock pretty much every lady rocker out there. And a lot of guy rockers for that matter.

Some Thoughts From JOAN JETT

Rock stars avoid lines at restaurants. Rock stars get tickets to sold-out events. They get free upgrades at hotels and on airlines. Their moms are proud. They get laid where they might otherwise not.

Being a rock star is a dream job. It's a life that many people fantasize about and aspire to. But do rock stars have a happy life? Some do, and those are the ones who have it right. But many don't, and for them the reality is nothing like the dream.

The psychology is complicated.

In many rock stars, the lines get blurred until they can't get a handle on who they are, who people think they are, and who they want people to think they are.

True rock stars shouldn't like to call themselves a rock star. People like Mick Jagger and David Bowie know no other way to be. They don't plan their way of carrying themselves. It's in their bones.

Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, NJ, July 4, 2005
Review by Amie Staveski
Photographs by Denise Sowers

JOAN JETT ↦ The BLACKHEARTS rocked Pennsauken, NJ on July 4th at Cooper River Park. Joan and the boys headlined while Blue Oyster Cult and Cry Wolf were the openers. Thousands of people packed the park. The crowd was very diverse from young children to Grandmas that danced the entire show!  Joanie came out sporting her black tank top, trademark leather pants and a smile that was big enough for the whole state of New Jersey to see. She made a lot of eye contact with the audience, jumped around, laughed and bantered with Dougie, Thommy and Enzo, making for an exciting show.  Dougie snarled, stuck his tongue out and taunted the crowd in the only way he knows how. People were going crazy for the guitar picks he was throwing out. The crowd was not disappointed as The BLACKHEARTS played a good mix of classics and newer songs. Some songs played were Cherry Bomb, I Love Rock And Roll, Five, Riddle, Androgynous, Fetish, Love Is Pain and had uproarious sing along to Do You Want To Touch Me. They played a 2 song encore (Real Wild Child and Everyday People) and the show was followed by fireworks.  There was no better way to spend the holiday!!!

Zappata and the Gits Find Closure
by Carolina Taylor

Fisherman Snagged on Murder Charges

It's been 10 years in coming, but justice may finally be served. Cuban native, Jesus Mezquia will be tried for the alleged murder of Mia Zapata, lead singer for the grunge band, The Gits. This ends a 10-year hiatus and search into the gruesome, mysterious murder of the lead vocalist for the new to the scene, '90s band, that described themselves as "anti-social, but with an uncompromising vision." There will finally be closure for the remaining members of that band, guitarist, Joe Spleen, bass player, Matthew Dresdner, and drummer, Steve Moriarty, as well as fans who have faithfully continued to send in leads for years. The case of Mezquia, whose DNA was found in the form of saliva samples taken from the victim, will be heard in a Seattle courtroom and jury selection has just begun. Opening statements begin Monday, March 15th, for the 48-year-old fisherman who was charged last January with 27-year-old Zapata's murder. Moriarty shared with dedicated fans, "After 11 years of waiting for this moment it is hard to believe some semblance of justice may be achieved." For years, the member was quoted as being "deeply saddened" by the dead-end police had reached. However, he has also shared that "there is solid evidence to support the prosecution." Moriarty told fans at the opening of jury selection this week that he was "confident that the King County prosecutors are extremely competent and dedicated to winning this case." Mezquia's arrest brought back memories that the family, friends, and fellow musicians would rather forget. "This has brought back quite a lot, but we still miss her and are glad we can finally have some answers," a family friend was quoted as saying.

Mezquia, a convicted felon, had his DNA samples entered into a national database, after his burglary charge. As the case into Mia Zapata's murder was still open, even after all these years, there was a match to DNA samples that were found on her body. Mezquia was consequently arrested in Florida and three months later he was extradited to Washington, where the murder took place, and arraigned in Seattle last April for the slaying. He has pleaded not guilty and insists he never met, knew, or murdered Zapata. However, DNA tells a different story. King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor, Steve Fogg, told reporters, "The DNA evidence is powerful, pivotal and compelling evidence."

Waukesha County to feature JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS

Waukesha - The 163rd Waukesha County Fair will offer a wide range of rock music on the Miller Lite Main Stage, with JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS opening the festival and Tesla and REO Speedwagon filling out the rest of the event's weekend nights.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS has a long list of hits, including "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." The band will perform July 22 at 8 p.m.

All Miller Lite Main Stage shows are free with admission to the fair.

For more information on the fair or to view the schedule of events, visit

Walk, Don't Run
Rodney on the 'ROQ is off the Walk

by Max D. Baumgarten

Talk about irony: The Mayor of the Sunset Strip couldn't land a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On June 17, KROQ morning crew Kevin and Bean hosted "Rodney on the Walk," a segment designed to fund a star dedicated to DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. Donations came in from JOAN JETT, Blur's Damon Albarn, John Doe of X, Blondie's Deborah Harry, No Doubt's Adrian Young, and the Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti, among others. Before long, KROQ had raised the $15,000 fee.

The only problem: Bingenheimer's application was rejected by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

"This is very sad because we thought he was deserving," says KROQ's Amy Stevens, marketing and promotions director at the station, but she "respectfully hears the voice of the Chamber of Commerce."
Photo by Niva Bringas

MGK (102.9FM, Philadelphia's Only Classic Rock) would like to thank everyone for coming out and making our 5th annual Let Freedom Rock Fest such a great success. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS along with Blue Oyster Cult rocked a packed Cooper River Park. MGK's new house band, Cry Wolf, made their debut and gave a stellar performance.

Click here to view more photos from 102.9MGK.

Cherie Currie on TV!

Heads Up!

The FOX Network television show "A Current Affair" plans to air a feature on Cherie Currie next Monday, July 11, 2005. The feature covers Cherie's current vocation as an award winning Chainsaw Artist as well as her history as the lead vocalist of The RUNAWAYS.

As "A Current Affair" is a news program, they cannot 100% guarantee that this feature will air on Monday night...if breaking news occurs they may air it later in the week, so keep your recording machines set up!
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