Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

October 2005 News

Page updated on October 31, 2005
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Blackheart mourns the passing of a Friend

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Aiosa Jr., a friend of BLACKHEART RECORDS who worked with us for many years. John's father, John Aiosa Senior, died Monday after a long illness.

Our John died the next day, Tuesday, while taking a nap.

We Love and Miss you John!

The Wake will be Thursday, October 20th at:
The Macken Funeral Home
52 Clinton Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Phone: 516.766.3300
Hours are: 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.

The Shepherd Express - Milwaukee Concert Reviews
Blackheart Rock


On Friday night the BLACKHEARTS climbed onstage at the Waukesha County Fair like feral animals answering a dinner bell. With no pretenses whatsoever, bandleader JOAN JETT plugged in her guitar and went to work. For the next 65 minutes, the black-leather-clad quintet gave fairgoers a crash course in balls-to-the-wall three-chord rock, often transitioning from one song to the next without a break. Covering every genre from TV theme songs to Sly and the Family Stone, and Ramones-influenced speed pop to '80s hair metal, Jett and her band stomped on the accelerator and took their fans for a wild ride through the amusement park called rock 'n' roll.

The 15-song set drew from every phase of Jett's 30-year career. She acknowledged her RUNAWAYS roots with "Cherry Bomb" before launching into "Bad Reputation," "A Hundred Feet Away" and "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)." Jett also previewed "Androgynous, "Five" and several other songs off her upcoming CD, Naked. Drummer THOMMY PRICE and bassist Enzo generated a formidable triphammer rhythm section that never stumbled once during the show. Their percussive assault was the perfect complement to Jett's guitar, a chainsaw taking ferocious bites from a chunk of wood.

After nearly three decades of constant touring, Jett, without seeming effort, has become the reigning high priestess of power chord rock, a tough-as-nails version of Sheryl Crow. Jett's sinewy arms and whippet-thin frame were topped off by eyeliner so thick you could carve your initials in it. Her road-hardened whisky voice is the perfect vehicle to deliver her stinging ballads of unrequited love ("Hate Myself for Loving You") and abusive relationships ("Love is Pain" and "Fetish").

NASCAR Rolls into Main Street, Downtown Dallas with Chevy Speed Stampede
Inaugural Event Brings NASCAR to Dallas Fans


Dallas, Texas - Chevrolet, Texas Stampede and JHE Production Group announced this week Chevy Speed Stampede - benefiting Children's Medical Center Dallas, November 4 and 5 on Main Street in Downtown Dallas. The NASCAR festival planned in conjunction with the activities at Texas Motor Speedway closes each day of the event with a free concert featuring country music stars from yesterday and today along with classic Rock 'n Roll both Friday and Saturday night.

Music is only part of this family event for this first year festival as the thrill of NASCAR rolls into Downtown Dallas during Chevy Speed Stampede. This free family fan event brings spectators the experience of racing up close and personal with interactive tours, show cars, simulators, driver appearances and entertainment with proceeds from the event benefiting Children's Medical Center. Festival hours are Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. For concert times, driver appearance schedules and more information about the event visit

Headlining Friday evening will be Texas country music superstar, Willie Nelson and Family who closes the night. In his long and eclectic career, Nelson has found success in country music, standards, gospel and much more. With a career dating back to 1957, his fans range in age and from the world over. Outside the recording studio, Nelson has established himself as a champion for the family farmer with his annual Farm Aid concerts. His Fourth of July Picnics have for the past quarter-century served as a rite of musical passage in Texas. Fans will be treated to Nelson's hits from the past and enjoy songs from his current release Milk Cow Blues.


Gaming Gets Physical at Digital Life

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Forget the old-style game controls; floor mats, boxing gloves, and virtual guitars are taking the Digital Life expo by storm.

RedOctane Guitar Hero
Price: $69.99 list, available November 8th.
Sweat Level: Chance of moisture if you're the rocking-out type
RedOctane's GuitarHero is perfect for releasing the Rock God in all of us. Plug the guitar control into a PS2 and you're all set to rock out to the 45 available tracks, from JOAN JETT to Boston to The Ramones. The game is structured like Dance Dance Revolution, with button variations scrolling down the screen that must be played in precise rhythm. Hit your notes, and you'll be rewarding with screaming crowds, difficult solo breaks, and your avatar will smash your guitar at the end of your set. Everything about the game screams "Hair Band," and the whammy bar lets expert axe-slingers bring the house down.

Music Playlist: Songs For A Divorce Party

I would not wish a divorce on my worst enemy, but if you become an unfortunate statistic on the battlefield of love then I may have the soundtrack for you. The following playlist contains perfect songs for your next divorce or breakup party. The majority of them are empowering and spiteful. It might be just what you need to start feeling better. So get some good friends together, put this list on, then lift a glass and a middle finger.

You have my word, it will get better.

1. Love Stinks - J. Geils Band
2. Goodbye To You - Scandal
3. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
4. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
5. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
6. Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
7. You're So Vain - Carly Simon
8. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King
9. Time For Me To Fly - REO Speedwagon
10. Release Me - Engelbert Humperdinck
11. Sail On - Commodores
12. Harden My Heart - Quarterflash
13. I Hate Myself For Loving You - JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
14. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) - Doris Day
15. Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) - Travis Tritt
16. Jive Talkin' - The Bee Gees
17. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - Harry Connick, Jr.
18. Lonesome Loser - Little River Band
19. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey
20. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves - Aretha Franklin
21. I Don't Care About You - Fear
22. Happy Trails - Van Halen

All Time Top 10 Female Metal Stars

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JOAN JETT is listed at #5 for Hit Parader Magazine's All Time Top 10 Female Metal Stars (published October, 2005). Other great female performers include Courtney Love, Amy Lee (Evanescene), Ann Wilson (Heart), Doro Pesch, and Morgan Lander (Kittie).

Rock 'n' Roll takes over Fayetteville
AMP hosts Steppenwolf & JOAN JETT

After stepping inside the green screening that separates the Arkansas Music Pavilion from the outside world, audience members would find themselves in the parking lot, with plastic seats and tables, and overpriced food and drink.

Clusters of people, from leather-wrapped 50-year-olds to a woman in dress slacks with a Harley Davidson sweater draped over her shoulders, country club style, to families of four wandered around the rear perimeter, grazing for food or $4 cans of Budweiser.

As the sun went down on the first day of performances, John Kay and Steppenwolf took the stage. The band sounded solid as they went through a set of blues and rock, and they sounded similar to, or better than the original songs, except for the addition of a double bass pedal, and Kay's inability to wail like he used to.


Renee Brennan - access all areas

Tadpole's lead singer Renee Brennan is one of our leading light-rock chicks. It's the 40th anniversary of the Vodafone-sponsored New Zealand Music Awards, so we thought it high time to check out how she dresses for the limelight.

Who are your style idols and why?

I think Scarlett Johansson is a great style icon. That girl knows how to do glamour her own way, and is not afraid of her body. JOAN JETT and Gwen Stefani also stand out to me. Neither of them ever followed the crowd.

Ringtunes: What you need to know to be hip

Set the tone for your phone

Best guitar riffs

1. "Whole Lotta Love," Led Zeppelin
2. "Layla," Derek & the Dominoes
3. "Barracuda," Heart
4. "Back in Black," AC/DC
5. "Brown Sugar," the Rolling Stones
6. "Iron Man," Black Sabbath
7. "Purple Haze," the Jimi Hendrix Experience
8. "Smoke on the Water," Deep Purple
9. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana
10. "Walk This Way," Aerosmith
12. "You Really Got Me," the Kinks
13. "Day Tripper," the Beatles
14. "Bulls on Parade," Rage Against the Machine
15. "Thunderstruck," AC/DC
16. "Enter Sandman," Metallica
17. "Edge of Seventeen," Stevie Nicks
18. "Welcome to the Jungle," Guns 'N Roses
19. "Wild Thing," the Troggs
20. "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," Van Halen

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