Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

August 2006 News

Page updated on August 31, 2006
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Jett lets loose at Chevrolet Court
from: syracuse.com

The first sign that this wasn't going to be the usual Chevrolet Court concert by a band that was popular in the 1980s came when JOAN JETT took the stage dressed in a black leather bra and pants.

Then Jett and the BLACKHEARTS gave all the musical clue anybody needed with song No. 1: "Bad Reputation." "I don't give a damn about my damn reputation," she sang.

Neither did a good portion of the packed crowd, who rocked as Jett sang 1980s hits like "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)." The punk music followers loved her. The hard rock lovers dug her. The alternative rock fans got into it.

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Album Review: JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS - ‘SINNER
from: music.monstersandcritics.com

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS’s ‘SINNER’ features 14 tracks that are filled with the attitude and hard rock guitar riffs that have made the singer a legend in the music industry and an icon in punk rock.

Although Jett has been a name in rock since the early 1980’s, the singer shows no signs of slowing down (a fate that falls on even the hardest of rock acts as they age), and instead fills the album with same trademark guitar and snarls that she unleashed on the music industry with 1981’s ‘Bad Reputation.’

SINNER’ kicks off with the poppy guitar-rock track "Riddles" where Jett attacks the current political administration, and the state of the world. The song features catchy lyrics that simply point out the singer’s frustration with the government and its policies. The theme of getting involved in the direction of government is also visited on the track "Change the World" – where Jett uses fast guitars to share a message of the responsibility of everyone has to make the world a better place.

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JOAN JETT is the headliner for the 146th Woodstock Fair
from: Worcester Telegram & Gazette News

WOODSTOCK— Another dime in the jukebox won’t get you much of a song these days.

But a ten spot will get you the real live act.

JOAN JETT, crooner of "I Love Rock N’ Roll" and other hits, is to perform tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. at the 146th Woodstock Fair.

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Interview with JOAN JETT
from: The Daily Orange

The Daily Orange: In May you did a meet-and-greet with members of the Pentagon due to your support of the armed forces. Why is that so important to you?
JOAN JETT:
Going to meeting the troops is something I've done for years and years. It's something I never spoken to the press about necessarily, because to me, it's not a press issue. It's something between me and them. But people are interested it in these times, so I'm talking about it. Really, a lot of them are music fans, and they need the moral boost a lot of the time. Depending on what is needed at the time and my availability, I do different things. Most of the time I like to go to different parts of the world and perform for the troops. It's really a way to give back because it's important.
DO: Have you ever been to Syracuse?
JJ:
I love it. And they love the rock and roll, so it's exciting to play there.

DO: We have a really great music school at Syracuse University. Any advice for people trying to break into the business?
JJ:
Don't expect it to be as easy as "American Idol" or reality TV makes you believe; it's really hard work. You take a lot of hits to your self-esteem, so that has to be expected. But if you've got a dream to work in this business it's important that you go for it. Because if you don't, you'll regret it. And if you give it a shot and you don't make it, at least you tried.

DO: You seem to have this recent resurgence of being trendy again. People of generations who did not grow up with your music are getting into it. Why do you think that is?
JJ:
I'm the wrong person to ask. I'm the last person to know. I go out and play all the time and I do what I do, and I don't think about being trendy or not. I try to put out good music and have a good relationship with my fans. I just went out and did the Warped Tour, so I guess that keeps you relevant and timely.

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Don't hate yourself for loving JOAN JETT
from: The Daily Orange

Syracuse may love rock and roll as much as JOAN JETT does.

The edgy underground idol played an hour of her classic hits along with a mix of songs from her latest album, "SINNER," at a free show at the Great New York State Fair last night. Jett and The BLACKHEARTS rocked out on an open stage to a packed audience, an accomplishment with the competition of a Rascal Flatts concert around the corner at the same time.

"I loved it! I loved the music," said Amber Mcann, 21, of Deerfield. "She's so fun and energetic. And she's hot."

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Pink Sings Football Theme
from: mtv.com

Pink is tackling JOAN JETT for football fans, redoing Jett's "I Hate Myself for Loving You" as the theme to "NBC Sunday Night Football." The reworked song — titled "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" — begins, "All right Sunday night where are you?/ Just kicking back from the things that you do/ You want the big game, we want it too." Pink, a self-described "huge football fan," is excited to have a part in the NFL coverage. "This is something so different for me," she said in a statement. "It's like hearing yourself on the radio for the first time." The tune will debut September 10 during the show's first broadcast. An alternate version, "Waiting All Year for Opening Night," will air September 7 as the 2006 NFL season kicks off with the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Miami Dolphins. ...



JOAN JETT lives life of a 'SINNER' on new album
from: postcrescent.com

The voice on the other end of the line cuts in and out. "KENNY LAGUNA" … pshhh-pshhh … "bad reception here" … pshhhhhh … "I’ll call back."

Four phone calls later, JOAN JETT’s partner/manager/longtime "valet" says, "you’ll never forget this" with a chuckle.
Sitting in the back of her tour bus, just rolling into Charlotte, N.C., on one leg of the Van’s Warped Tour, Jett gets on the line.

Her raucous rocker voice sounds abrasive, but she’s more than willing to chat about anything — from her edgy new album "SINNER" (with riff-tastic, aggressive songs like "Five," "Watersign" and "Naked") to how she’s a role model for other female musicians.

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Rock 'n Roll way of life for Laguna
from: zwire.com

Carianne Laguna, daughter of rock veteran KENNY LAGUNA, who got his start in the music business long before he took on the role of punk icon JOAN JETT's manager and songwriting partner, was "initiated at birth" into the world of rock 'n' roll.

However, the 1997 South Side High School graduate was always more into folk rock than the punk rock that is her father's business. Still, she does find some common themes between the two genres.

"I think there there's something kind of the same with singer-songwriters and punk," she said. "The rawness they both have and that real independent spirit which I'm drawn to." Despite graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in fine arts, Carianne had an inkling she would eventually work in the music business like her father.

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WARPED TOUR 2006: THE PUNKS MEET THE GODMOTHER
from: Jerseybeat.com

Click to enlarge Warped Tour '06 - Camden, NJ Tweeter Center, Aug. 3, 2006

This years Warped Tour - our crew’s 6th- featured JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. This was the band's first Warped Tour - long overdue - and all through their set, they performed like they had something to prove to a generation of new and seasoned punk rockers.

Warped Tour can be confusing sometimes; Hey, wait a minute! Getting there can be just as confusing! The morning of the show, we're just printing out the directions to The Tweeter Center. Tim's printer is down, so he's copying them by hand. He's got to get ready for our 'mini road trip' so I finish writing the directions out. Frank's running errands, then we stop for breakfast. Rachel and Troy are the extended crew this trip - then back to Frank's house for his cell phone. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. With over an hour ride to the venue, we get lost for 15 minutes in Camden and finally hit the Tweeter Center around 1 pm. Actually, I probably wouldn't want it any other way. With this crew, we’re rarely on time for anything!
Anyway, back to the part about the Warped Tour being confusing. With all the official stages – there were eight this year, as well as makeshift stages that just pop up at random – it’s hard to tell which band is playing at what time on which stage. (This is even more confusing because the lineups are picked by lottery every morning so the "headliners" rotate on the main stages.) They have however made it easier to see when the bands are playing. Every day’s schedule is posted on an inflatable Tower - about a gazillion feet high – that’s double-sided, and is an easy reference.

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JOAN JETT Teams With DropCards for Warped Tour Promotion
from: marketwire.com

Click to enlarge PARSIPPANY, NJ -- Legendary rockers JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are on the road supporting their first album in over 10 years, "SINNER." To better acquaint concert attendees with the band, BLACKHEART RECORDS teamed up with DropCards, digital marketing. The collectible download cards were distributed by street teams and sent to college radio stations while the band spent their summer headlining the Vans Warped Tour.

"Dropcards are an incredible promotion tool. We used DropCards in the JOAN JETT campaign for everything from giveaways at the Warped Tour, to radio station giveaways. It's a great way to provide a variety of different media and supply a great visual ad as well," said Carianne Laguna, head of marketing at BLACKHEART RECORDS Group.

v The DropCards feature a picture of Jett on the front, and a link on the back directing fans to a custom website containing two videos. One for their latest single, "A.C.D.C." as well as footage of their June New York performances, including their gig at the infamous CBGB rock club. Photos, links and a band biography are also available on the website which is only accessible through an exclusive PIN found on the DropCard.

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Jett Still Loves Rock ‘N' Roll
from: Pollstar -- The Concert Hotwire

The "veteran" slots on the Vans Warped Tour allow fans to pay tribute to the artists who inspired the current crop of rising stars on the roster, and even lend the tour some gravitas. Stealing the spotlight is generally not part of the deal. Punk godmother JOAN JETT had a different opinion about that, and all but walked away with the show.

Jett told Guitar World Magazine earlier this year, "It's nice that people think that I've been influential to some people, but I say I'm just a rock and roller. I was just one of the first women to really play hard rock and mean it - to sweat and get dirty. And I intend to keep doing it until I'm in my box."

Fresh off that butt-kicking assault on the 2006 Warped Tour, and not content to rest on their laurels, JOAN JETT and the The BLACKHEARTS, are taking what she describes on her Web site as her "traveling punk-rock circus" on a fall tour in support of her latest album, SINNER.

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SINNER Review JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
from: ultimate-guitar.com

Sound: After 25 years, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS have not shied away from the sound that made them famous: good ol’ rock and roll. There are no frills in the band’s music and fans probably wouldn’t want it any other way. Their latest release SINNER does not hit the mark on every song, but it is still a testament to the rawness that has sustained the band for the past few decades.

For fans of newer, younger bands, the style of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS (drummer THOMMY PRICE, guitarist DOUGIE NEEDLES, bassist Enzo Penizzotto, and keyboardist KENNY LAGUNA) might not be intricate or have enough going on in terms of guitar work. But when it comes just writing a rocking tune, the band still has the ability to having you humming a song that you might have only heard once. This result is evident in SINNER’s best track, "A.C.D.C." It actually has a classic blues rhythm that flows underneath the crunchy distortion, giving it a familiar sound with a little punch. When you add in lyrics about a bisexual lover, it adds all the more oomph.

"Five" goes a bit longer than the average track by the BLACKHEARTS (over five minutes), but it’s worth it given that Jett shows off that same fire heard in classics like "I Hate Myself For Loving You." Jett’s growl is absolutely the highlight of the song, and if anything, it makes you truly realize how much Courtney Love must have been influenced by the former RUNAWAYS guitarist.

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The Scene Online Waterfest
JOAN JETT is don’t-miss show in August Waterfest lineup

from: valleyscene.com

Upcoming Waterfest concerts at Leach Amphitheater in August look good, especially America Aug. 24 and JOAN JETT Aug. 31.

David Clayton Thomas of Blood Sweat & Tears fame is on tap Aug. 3, along with the Cryan Shames. I saw Thomas at Walleye Weekend a couple of years ago and he still had it, performing all his hits to perfection.

Aug. 10 features swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who did a great set last year and are sure to deliver more of the same.

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The Late Late Show September 25th
from: joanjettbadrep.com

Joan and The BLACKHEARTS will be performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (September 20).

The band has also been confirmed to perform on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday, September 25.



Merchandise Sale
from: David Snowden Promotions

For a short time, all in-stock, Jett Merchandise is on-sale. Quantities on some item are very limited. First-come, first-serve sale! No rainchecks, or backorders.

  • A $5.00 flat fee for shipping on orders of any size in the USA.
  • Foreign orders will be charged all necessary airmail fees.
  • Shipping is done via USPS Priority or Airmail for international.
  • CREDIT CARD, PAYPAL, and MONEY ORDER payments welcome.
  • Orders over $100 receive a special FREE Gift!
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JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS follow 'SINNER' down concert road
from: livedaily.com

JOAN JETT (tickets | music) & The BLACKHEARTS will launch a fall tour behind "SINNER," Jett's first full-length album of new material in more than 10 years.

The band, which recently finished a string of headlining appearances on this summer's Van's Warped Tour, will kick off its fall outing Oct. 12 in Philadelphia. Before the start of the fall trek, however, the group will make several appearances at summer fairs and music festivals, starting with the Aug. 20 Iowa Fair in Des Moines, IA.

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme's side project, Eagles of Death Metal (whose sophomore effort, "Death by Sexy," hit stores in April) will support Jett and her bandmates on the outing, with additional support due in selected venues from Throw Rag, Riverboat Gamblers and Valient Thorr.

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JOAN JETT Almost Joined The Army
from: contactmusic.com

Rocker JOAN JETT felt a special kinship when she recently visited US troops in Afghanistan, because she almost became one of them. The I LOVE ROCK 'N' ROLL chart-topper admits she almost joined the US Army when she quit her first band THE RUNAWAYS and felt for soldiers she met while performing in the Middle East. She says, "Those kids are just so great, and they're so far from home. "I'm also a person that thought about joining the military after the RUNAWAYS broke up, so that could be me over there. It makes me realise I'm one of them." As much as Jett enjoyed meeting US troops, she realised that, with her short, spiky blonde hair and provocative look, she was a sight to behold for Afghanis working at the military bases in Kandahar and Bagram. She recalls, "(They) were just looking at me - not even with hate, just sort of, like, 'If your boys weren't here with you, you'd be dead so fast. It was very strange. "I really wanted to go into the towns, but I knew I couldn't."



JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, SINNER CD REVIEW ON ROCK N ROLL UNIVERSE
from: rocknrolluniverse.com

After nearly a decade JOAN JETT returns with her latest CD release 'SINNER'on BLACKHEART RECORDS. First off, the band sounds extremely tight. Spiked haired lead guitarist, DOUGIE NEEDLES wails his razor sharp, punk influenced solos over Jett's crunching, hard hitting rhythms and familiar vocals, while Enzo Pennizzoto(bass) and former Scandal and Billy Idol drummer THOMMY PRICE pound out the classic Blackheart backbeat. Keyboards are added to the mix by longtime JOAN JETT mentor/producer KENNY LAGUNA, and lead singer of "Bikini Kill",Kathleen Hanna is listed as a co-writer on 4 of the 14 tracks.

The CD kicks off with a song called "Riddles," which deals with protesting against the current state the USA is in because of the war. The song has a typical JOAN JETT sound similar to the sound on Jett’s 'Pure & Simple' album, as does a few other tunes such as "Turn It Around"(which has a great rehashed Chuck Berry/Keith Richards/Johnny Thunders solo) and "Naked". When JOAN JETT covers a song she always seems to make that song her own. On ‘SINNER" she does an incredible version of the Replacements’ "Androgynous," and the best song on the whole CD is a ripping cover of the Sweet classic "AC/DC". The song "Five" has a bit darker rhythm going through the whole song, which by the end of the tune the rhythm is reminiscent of "Frankenstein" by the NY Dolls. On the tune "Fetish" there is a heavy melodic (almost haunting) riff going through the entire song, and you feel like you’re chained to a musty basement floor as Jett tells you to "…Gaze down, it’s time to be my dog…." "Change the World" is good old revved up punk in the same vein as Social Distortion."Baby Blue" is an all around good song & the album closes out with "Bad Time," which is kind of reminiscent of "Downed" by Cheap Trick.

The production on the CD is great as is the songwriting. As I said earlier, the song "AC/DC" is the strongest track on the CD, and will probably be released as a single, but overall the whole CD is great. I give this 4 ½ black hearts out of 5.

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Review: Warped Tour in Barrie: Chaotic scene part of the fun for mostly teenaged crowd
from: torontosun.com

If you weren't covered from head to toe in a layer of dusty dirt last night, then you did not spend the day at Park Place, in Barrie, at Warped Tour.

And, chances are, unless you effectively fought your way through the throngs of people and into the mosh pits at the front of the stages - you didn't actually see very many of the bands on the bill.

Here's the thing about Warped Tour - with 45 bands on five different stages, upwards of 70 vendor booths, artist signings, skate and BMX demos and hordes of sweaty, dirt-covered people to work through, it's a huge task to actually get a firm focus on the music.

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Unite The United Announce Re-Launch Auction Site
from: sohood.com

UNITE THE UNITED--the charitable foundation created by VANS WARPED TOUR and Taste Of Chaos Tour founder Kevin Lyman--have announced they’ll re-launch the popular auction site which benefits charitable relief organizations in order to work toward a positive change in our national community.

New items include a collection of Vans Classic Slip-on shoes decorated by artists such as The Used, Anti-Flag, Glassjaw, Senses Fail, The Offspring and many more. The showpiece of the auction is an OLP Music Man 6-string electric guitar in transparent candy red signed by FAT MIKE & ERIC MELVIN of NOFX, JOAN JETT, PETE WENTZ of FALL OUT BOY, JUSTIN SANE and #2 from ANTI-FLAG, CHRIS DEMAKES from LESS THAN JAKE, TIM MCTAGUE and JAMES SMITH from UNDEROATH, TIM MCILRATH from RISE AGAINST, WiL FRANCIS from AIDEN, PETE STEINKOPF from BOUNCING SOULS as well as all members from THE ACADEMY IS… In addition, other guitars signed by BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, THURSDAY, RISE AGAINST, BILLY TALENT and JOAN JETT will be available soon.

Other featured auction items include five limited edition Sony PlayStation 2 machines in new colors, a rare signed Davey Havok CD booklet and CD signed by the whole band as well as a copy of the 2006 Vans Warped Tour compilation CD signed by all members of UNDEROATH. All items are up for bids now on WWW.UNITETHEUNITED.COM.



Recent Magazine Articles
from: joanjettbadrep.com

August 5, 2006 Billboard features a small picture of JOAN JETT on the cover and pictures on pages 3, 22-23 and 25 in the article Why Warped Works by Ray Waddell, photographs by Dan Dion. Page 13 Little Steven's Underground Garage Coolest Garage Songs: #7 "Everyone Knows" by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and #10 "A.C.D.C." by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and Coolest Garage Albums: #2 SINNER by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

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August 2006 Big Cheese features article Grande Fromage: JOAN JETT on page 116.

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JOAN JETT is a SINNER (Thank Goddess!)
from: HairMetalAddict's Journal

JOAN JETT has proven her worthiness to retain her crown as the Queen of Rock with newest release SINNER.

In 2004, she put out her first album of all-new material, Naked. The downside was that she was unable to get it released anywhere outside of Japan for some reason.

I've had it for quite a while now, and know the songs by heart.

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Interview: JOAN JETT
from: Eye Weekly

Click to enlarge JOAN JETT has never tried to please anyone but herself, which may be the reason for her enduring appeal. Jett launched herself back into action earlier this year with a cameo on Peaches' recent Impeach My Bush album and some high-profile NYC gigs to show off her chops (and newly chiselled bod); she followed with SINNER, her first new album since 1994, and a spot on the Warped Tour. Ever the contrarian, the lesbian icon chose Sweet's decidedly un-PC bisexual parable "A.C.D.C." as the killer cover (and cast Carmen Electra as her trampy girlfriend in the video).

So many female rockers cite you as an inspiration -- that seeing you up there made them think that they could do it, too. Who was that person for you?

Actually, it was my parents telling me as a little kid that I could be anything I wanted to be. I just kind of took that to heart. You know, I never doubted that I could do it. Once I did see another woman do it, though, it confirmed [it] for me. That was Suzy Quatro. Hearing those records, I thought, "Well, man, maybe there are other girls who wanna do this."

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Veteran rocker JOAN JETT headlines Vans Warped Tour
from: Mansfield News Journal

CLEVELAND — The Vans Warped Tour rolls into the Tower City Amphitheatre Friday with more than enough to satisfy your (or your kids’) minimum daily requirements of rock and punk rock music.

Among the 87 bands on the lineup is JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

Jett, a pioneering figure in popular music, has had a storied career and sound which influenced the sound, if not the looks, of many of the bands on the Warped lineup.

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The grrrl who loves rock 'n' roll is out to make some new fans
from: The Plain Dealer

Don't be alarmed, kids -- she may be old enough to be your mother, but the snarling woman with the guitar onstage isn't an escapee from the parents tent. Meet original riot grrrl JOAN JETT, who had a string of hits before you were born, including "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You." Now she's making the rounds on the Vans Warped Tour with her band, the BLACKHEARTS. Jett, 45, checked in via cell phone last month, en route to a gig in Indianapolis.

How did you end up on the Warped Tour?

[Warped impresario] Kevin Lyman offered us a slot. I thought it would be a lot of fun.

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After 3 decades, JOAN JETT Jett still proves herself
from: Philadelphia Inquirer

Click to enlarge The sun has come out on a rainy Warped Tour afternoon, and JOAN JETT has things to do.

First of all, the ripped, ageless rocker needs her vegan pre-show meal. That'll be a Taco Bell rice-and-bean burrito, please, and there better not be any cheese on that.

Then she has to make her way from her backstage tour bus to the main stage - one of 10 stages - where she and her band, the BLACKHEARTS, will be headlining the traveling carnival.

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Ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb
from: Rochester City News

Click to enlarge Whenever the music ebbed you could actually hear the sizzling of the young flesh that piled into DarienLake for The Warped Tour. I chose to limit my choices to a handful of acts: Gym Class Heroes, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, AFI, NOFX, The Lordz Of Brooklyn, and Helmet.

Gym Class Heroes offer a vigorous hip-hop/rock cocktail. These guys call Geneva home, and they had a huge crowd of fans all singing along. Bands like this are gonna keep it fresh and interesting.

Again on the augmented hip-hop tip, The Lordz Of Brooklyn mix hardcore chants with rap rants all while sportin' keen fedoras. This is what The Beastie Boys wish they sounded like.

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Review: Tinley Park, IL July 30, 2006
from: Unrated Magazine

Click to enlarge Well, I am not sure which was hotter; the 100-degrees+ temperature in the red-hot sun or the sizzling performance of JOAN JETT and her band. The 2006 Vans Warped Tour is like a punk-rock circus on wheels. With stages set-up all over the venue, you simply walk in the gate, grab a schedule that lists each stage, and mark off where you have to be since every thirty minutes a new band is going on somewhere on one of the stages. As you are getting acquainted to the location of all the stages, you suddenly run into vendors selling all the different bands merchandise like t-shirts, buttons, and CD's. There are rows of these types of vendors, so give yourself plenty of time to make your purchases. As you walk on you see many more booths set up; these are booths from the sponsors of the Vans Warped Tour. For example, The Harley –Davidson booth had a big wheel to spin and they were giving away tons of fun items if you hit the right spot on the wheel, and HP was another vendor who gave away a color printer to a lucky punker. Of course, don't miss the Vans booth with all their funky-fun style shoes to buy. Also, as you are walking around the venue, you just might run into your favorite band member lurking around so make sure you have a pen nearby to grab an autograph. After having fun with these booths, there are plenty more vendors selling drinks, so grab one or two and head to the stage of your choice to punk-out to tons of fantastic bands showcasing their musical talents.

This year, JOAN JETT joined the Warped Tour for two good reason; to promote her latest CD entitled "SINNER" which is on her own label, and because JOAN JETT is one of the founding females of punk rock music still going strong after years in the business. Joan looking like the punk-sweetheart of the warped circus, took stage in mid-afternoon with the hot sun punching its rays down into the large crowd waiting for the show. Her attire was black leather pants and a black leather studded bra-top. After a few warm-up notes she was pumped and so was the crowd. She led off with one of her signature songs and smash-hit Bad Reputation, and followed that with Cherry Bomb. She also mixed in a few of her new songs off SINNER like the tasty A.C.D.C. (former hit by The Sweet), and songs she wrote including the political slam Riddles and a song promoting peace and unity called Changethe World. At this point the show was burning hot, so she slowed things down slightly performing the oldie but goodie Crimson & Clover that was another hit for her back in the '80's. She ended her set in high gear performing her worldwide hit I Love Rock 'N Roll, and it just took a few opening notes for the sun-burned warped crowd to figure out the tune as they joined in yelling and singing along with the BLACKHEARTS. The thirty-minute set was explosive surges of power by Joan with her Air-Jordan jumps and her classic "oooowws!"

Time has been good for Joan; she still can rock it up like the new comers and her new songs are strong in their Jett-like fashion.

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Photos of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
from: Phyllis Hollman

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Phyllis Hollman took some photos of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at their August 5, 2006 show in Uniondale, NY.

Check them out in the Galleries section!

If you have a review or photos of a JOAN JETT concert, send an email (including your name, the city, venue and date of the show) to jettfc@aol.com



Joan Gets Warped
from: portfolioweekly.com

Click to enlarge JOAN JETT is a figurehead for generations of female rockers. Jett and her longtime band, The BLACKHEARTS, have been playing stripped down, loud rock-n-roll with glam and punk elements since the early ’80s, producing a classic rock hit ("I Love Rock-n-Roll") along the way.

Unlike other ’80s acts, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are still making records (their latest offering, SINNER, was released early this year) and you can catch them live this Thursday, August 9, on the Vans Warped Tour. A childhood dream of mine finally came true recently when JOAN JETT called me to say hello. The following is our conversation:

Unlike most "rock icons" of your generation, you’ve managed to stay relevant rather than become a nostalgia act. What makes you different from your peers?
I hope because I stay busy. I feel really blessed that people feel that way. I tour all the time, I never take a year off. Even though we haven’t always had a record out and stayed in everyone’s face all the time, people are still aware of it, to some degree. I didn’t go off and retire somewhere and this is not a comeback.

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At 47, rock icon Jett still 'proving myself'
from: azcentral

RALEIGH, N.C. - The sun has come out on a rainy Warped Tour afternoon, and JOAN JETT has things to do.

First of all, the ripped, ageless rocker needs her vegan pre-show meal. That'll be a Taco Bell rice-and-bean burrito, please, and there'd better not be any cheese on that.

Then she has to make her way from her backstage tour bus to the main stage - one of 10 stages - where she and her band, the BLACKHEARTS, will be headlining the traveling carnival.

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Veterans and new acts keep Vans a-rockin'
from: newsday.com

This year's Warped Tour could have fallen victim to its recent successes.

The venerable indie-rock tour, now in its 11th year, has seen another batch of its headliners - including Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance - make the leap to bigger and better things, in part, due to their stints in the sweltering asphalt belly of the star-making Warped Tour beast. So many jumping off at once left holes in the package tour's lineup that couldn't really be filled this year, leading to a lack of big-draw headliners and a rare attendance drop.

However, those holes also led to major opportunities for some newer bands (The Academy Is..., Against Me, The Sounds) to establish themselves as headliners and some veteran acts (JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Helmet, NOFX) to connect with a whole new generation of fans.

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On The Bus
from: Green Arrow Radio

Oh it was hot. The entire time. However it was worth every drop of sweet rock and roll sweat that rolled between my buttcheeks. I had the honor of being put on Ms. JOAN JETT’s guest list and was treated very well by all. Got on the Blackheart bus, which was a fine source of air conditioning also might I add. Immediately began chatting with Manager/Producer KENNY LAGUNA. A hell of a nice guy with a lot to talk about. I am all ears. Ms. Jett was cooler than the aforementioned A.C. I want to thank Elliot and Julie for the experience and the show. The set consisted of a nice mix of old and new. Joan started off with Bad Reputation and Ch-ch-ch Cherry Bomb, Change the World, ACDC, Riddles and Five, off of SINNER the new release that if you don’t have you need to go get. They closed down with classics, Crimson and Clover and I love Rock and Roll. It was a good as that list looks. Stay tuned for a conversation with KENNY LAGUNA and another visit with the band before the September 1st show at the Woodstock Fair in Woodstock CT.

Thanks to the BLACKHEARTS.



"We're Having A Blast"
from: Vindy.com

What in the wild, weird world of the Vans Warped Tour is going on?

Joan "I Love Rock N' Roll" Jett is spending her summer in the camp counselor role for the 11th annual Vans Warped Tour, which pulls into Cleveland for a show Aug. 11 at the Tower City Amphitheater. While in theory some purists may cry foul, noting she's a classic rock, um, rocker from the '70s and '80s, upon closer review, her energetic and in-your-face style is carved from the same ethos as punk rock.

"Just knowing what it is in theory, a punk rock music festival, I was totally into it," said Jett, calling from New York City. "It's like a rolling block party, a traveling punk rock circus."

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JOAN JETT - Still Sinnin' Still Rockin'
from: popvulturephil.blogspot.com

Authenticity: It sometimes seems almost a forgotten concept in this age of 'bigger, better, faster, now.' To achieve it, you need both credentials. The BLACKHEARTS have been pumpin' out the punk rock since 1980, in various incarnations- - including Sex Pistols' Steve Jones on guitar and Paul Cook on drums - on the very first album, Bad Reputation. They're finally starting to reissue all of JOAN JETT's old albums with bonus tracks, and enhanced material - bringing her much overdue validation. Seeing The BLACKHEARTS live is an amazing show! They entrench themselves in the music, barely coming up for air.

With that said, SINNER has a lot to live up to. Opening with "Riddles" - "Talkin' heads are talkin'/ Don't listen to what they say/ How they sit in judgement/ and claim to know the way..." - she takes ballsy swipes at the war in Iraq (Joan's supported the troops by doing shows overseas,) and the government (who most often speaks in riddles.) The track ends with a sound byte from President Bush - "There's an old saying in Tennessee that says 'Fool me once, shame on... you. Fool... you can't get fooled again."

It's basically, serious stuff, but that isn't to say The BLACKHEARTS can't have

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JOAN JETT Guitar Signing
from: Michelle Olmedo

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Michelle Olmedo took some photos of JOAN JETT autographing her guitar in Ventura, CA.

Check them out in the Galleries section!

If you have a review or photos of a JOAN JETT concert, send an email (including your name, the city, venue and date of the show) to jettfc@aol.com



Interview: JOAN JETT Leads Warped Tour Into Detroit
from: bands.goanddomichigan.com

JOAN JETT still loves rock ’n’ roll. And she loves that she’s still playing it 30 years after emerging with short-lived teen rockers the RUNAWAYS.

"I’m very proud that we’ve been able just to stay alive," says Jett, 45, who celebrated the 25th anniversary of her BLACKHEART RECORDS label with the mid-June release of "SINNER," her fi rst new studio album in the United States in 12 years.

After the RUNAWAYS ended in 1978, Jett remembers, "nobody wanted anything to do with me. They didn’t want the music. They didn’t hear it. They said there were no hits. We still have those rejection letters from 23 labels, major and minor."

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JOAN JETT Tackles Carmen Electra, Fat Mike
from: aolmusicnewsblog.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The video for 'A.C.D.C,' the lead single from JOAN JETT's new album, 'SINNER,' features Carmen Electra. When AOL Music visited Jett on her tour bus backstage at Warped, she told us how they teamed up.

"We played an event in the same town. I had heard that she was a big fan, so after we did our shows we hung out and talked for a while," Jett says. "This coincided with the time we were writing the treatment for 'A.C.D.C.' After we met Carmen, KENNY LAGUNA, my songwriting partner/producer, and the director, Greg Oliver, were talking -- 'Wow, it'd be really great to get somebody like Carmen in the video.'

"We started using her name as the template in the treatments, and eventually Kenny called to see if she might be interested in doing a cameo. She was totally into it."

The singer also says she may have found a songwriting collaborator on Warped. "I'm going to try and tackle Fat Mike," she says of the NOFX vocalist-bassist.



Album Review: JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS - SINNER
from: FHM Magazine Online - FHMUS.com

No matter what critics have to say about JOAN JETT, the shaggy-haired punk always has the same answer: "Fuck you, man!" Sure, it hasn’t won her any pageant titles, but that badass attitude is what continues to keep the clubs packed and the fans screaming. The first studio effort since the Clinton administration, SINNER, is the essence of punk rock: rebellious lyrics and an image that never tries too hard. This bad girl knows how to make a comeback! Axl Rose, if you’re listening—take some notes.



Dave hangs with Thursday, a Jett and some punk in a parking lot
from: fresnobee.com

Well, folks, it was a slow month and with the highlight being my road trip for the 2006 Van's Warped Tour, I have decided to forego the usual assortment that is Been There, Done That and focus on the proceedings from the Sleeptrain Amphitheater in Marysville:

11:46 a.m.: I just arrived at the venue, yet I still have almost no idea where I am. This place is in the middle of nowhere. And I mean nowhere. Imagine a big amphitheater in the middle of a field in Pixley. OK...that would be an upgrade over this location.

11:48 a.m.: An 18-year-old punk driving a beat up Nissan just tried to cut me off and gave me the bird. More on this later...

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I Like Rock n' Roll
from: citypaper.net

low resolution image Not Enlargeable It may as well be a federal law: If you don't love JOAN JETT's "I Love Rock n' Roll," you just don't love rock 'n' roll. With just two verses, a dirty riff and an endlessly repeated chorus, Jett sauntered into a bar, fed the jukebox and scored some jailbait kid and seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in the spring of 1982. A dime went a lot further back then.

"I Love Rock n' Roll" wasn't her first single and she wasn't the first to have a hit with the song. (The Arrows were, seven years earlier.) But as the title track of her second album with The BLACKHEARTS, it turned an OK album platinum. Evenly split between covers and originals, I Love Rock n' Roll sounds more '50s than '80s, and the best songs were written before Jimmy Carter took the White House. The title track, for sure, and the other single, Tommy James' "Crimson and Clover." "Nag," a modest hit for The Halos in 1961, undercuts Jett's tough but crushworthy vocals with sweet boy-group harmonies. And the Christmas standard "Little Drummer Boy," of all things, ends the record in a surprisingly stadium-ready arrangement.

Jett's own compositions are pure filler, more notable for their image-shaping titles than for the tepid tunes written around them. The midtempo "Be Straight" sounds like Lesley Gore with a mild case of rabies; the boys answer Jett's snarls like Army privates with most of the spunk beaten out of them. "(I'm Gonna) Run Away" plays on her roots in The RUNAWAYS, and "Love Is Pain" is a blueprint for the more overt bondage references that would come later.

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80’s Punk Icon JOAN JETT is Back
from: playfuls.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable 47-years-old JOAN JETT is still (punk) rocking, as she released her 24th album in 2006, "SINNER." JOAN JETT is best known for her hit "I Love Rock 'N Roll," which was #1 on the Billboard charts from March 20 to May 8 of 1982.

Jett and her BLACKHEARTS band have also just embarked on a tour, the Vans Warped Tour. The Warped Tour is essentially a punk bands’ tour, and as such she has colleagues who are about half her age throughout the 10-stage tour.

"It's amazing," she says of Warped, talking before the show in a hotel lounge. "It's the kind of music I love, and the energy of the show is just great. And there's not a lot of ego-tripping among the bands."

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It’s heady times for Warped minds
from: theedge.bostonherald.com

No, a bomb did not hit Fitchburg Municipal Airport Wednesday. The giant dust cloud rising over the airstrip came from the Vans Warped Tour, where 17,000 fans stomped and moshed their way through 100-degree heat in celebration of the daylong, 70-band punk extravaganza.

Heat exhaustion, dehydration and the usual bloody noses that come with standard Vans Warped Tour behavior made for a long day for concert organizers and EMT personnel.

The bands themselves seemed well aware of the dangerous conditions. James ‘‘Buddy" Nielsen of New Jersey’s Senses Fail told the crowd at the end of their set, ‘‘You guys stay safe out there. Don’t die."

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Fans get a full day of all that is Warped
From bands to merchandise to high-priced concessions, tour has it all.

from: timesleader.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable SCRANTON – As cars pulled onto Montage Mountain Road, they were greeted with brake lights. The red lights that covered the road from Interstate 81 to the parking lot made it look like Christmas in August.

That was only the first line people encountered at the Vans’ Warped Tour, which made a stop at Montage Mountain on Friday. Once people finally parked on the gravel lot – in a spot that seemed close that morning, but miles away at the end of the draining day – it was a hike.

Fans made their way down the wooden stairs, past the will-call tent, down a long, steep hill and into another line. It was a line that slowly crept up to a security guard who would check your ticket, another who would gently frisk you and a third who smiled as you walked in – not exactly sure what he was looking for.

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Punk circus comes to town
from: thetimes-tribune.com

There were no elephants or acrobats, but to 10,750 fans, Vans Warped Tour was like a circus — a punk rock circus.

Packs of people roamed the grounds of Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Friday for a day of music and mayhem.

"We never took our kids to the circus," said Mary Vanpatten, of Scotia, N.Y., "We took them to Warped Tour."

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In oppressive heat, an impressive show
from: Boston.com

FITCHBURG -- Bouncing Souls , a four-piece punk-rock ensemble, took the main stage at the Vans Warped Tour at 4 Wednesday afternoon. The thermometer at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport , where Warped was headquartered for the 40th date of its summer tour, read a sweltering 99 degrees.

``Welcome to Africa!" lead singer Greg Attonito shouted to the rowdy crowd. Attonito's white dress shirt was already transparent with sweat. He wiped his face with a blue towel.

``Man, it's Kenya-hot," one of the band's guitarists chimed in.

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In the long run, a worthy Warped
from: philly.com

One must approach the daylong Vans Warped Tour like a marathon, not a sprint.

If you spend like a drunken sailor on CDs, sunglasses and Bob Marley tapestries without earmarking some cash for hydration purposes, you'll melt halfway through the eight-plus hours of the show.

One bottle of water per hour - reasonably priced at $2 - was required to combat the absolutely scorching heat Thursday in the Tweeter Center parking lot, where a majority of the action took place.

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Sex, Leather, Rock 'n' Roll It's a Matter of Reputation - Los Angeles Times
JOAN JETT still gets down and dirty. That seems to suit her.

from: latimes.com

Click to enlarge At 47, JOAN JETT looks shockingly good. The heart-patterned string bikini top she is wearing hides nothing, but there isn't anything to be ashamed of anyway. She is enviably slim, with toned arms, a flat stomach and skin that is pale and unmarred except for a smattering of ink.

It's three hours until show time, and Jett is pacing her tour bus, fielding the last of the day's phone interviews. She's talking about her new album, "SINNER," and her current stint with the Warped Tour while she walks a narrow path of carpet between two heavily populated banquettes.

It's a wonder she can even concentrate. Her spiky-haired bandmates, the BLACKHEARTS, are breezing in and out, letting the dry Pomona heat into the overly air-conditioned bus. And her publicist, tour manager and label manager are also in the immediate vicinity, talking and tapping away on their laptops.

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Photos of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
from: Anita Maree

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Anita Maree took some photos of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at their July 30th show in Tinley Park, IL.

Check them out in the Galleries section!

If you have a review or photos of a JOAN JETT concert, send an email (including your name, the city, venue and date of the show) to jettfc@aol.com



WARPED TOUR WELCOMES ORIGINAL PUNK ROCK QUEEN JOAN JETT
Jett loves her country just as much as she loves rock "n" roll

from: thnt.com

JOAN JETT doesn't care about her bad reputation.

But she does care about her country. Jett, the original riot grrl who's on this year's Warped Tour, has plenty to say about living in the U.S.A.

"Congress needs a real kick in the (expletive)," Jett said. "They use issues like flag burning and gay marriage, these are wedge issues they're wasting their time on when there are so many serious issues. Both parties are playing these games because they can taste that power and they want to get reelected at any cost.

"No one is willing to lose an election over what they believe in and that's sad."

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It was so hot ...
Thousands defy heat at concert

from: SOURCE

Click to enlarge FITCHBURG— The heat. The humidity. Oh, the humanity!!!

That was the consensus of everyone on both sides of multiple-performance stages yesterday at the only New England stop of the 12th annual Vans Warped Tour.

With a noticeable portion of the crowd golden-brown and shriveled like greasy breakfast sausages left on the skillet too long, and others beet-red like lobsters fresh out of a boiling pot, punks, posers and pimply faced teens were baking in the unforgiving, unflinching sun and drenched in buckets of sweats.

With temperatures tipping over 100, the only big difference between Fitchburg Municipal Airport and Hell was arguably that Fitchburg had a better jukebox.

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Artist of the Day
from: maniatv.com

ManiaTV! the world’s first LIVE Internet Network has the most prominent daily music segment "Artist of the Day". On Friday August 12th www.maniatv.com will be spotlighting JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS as the Artist of the Day.

Tune in while www.maniatv.com airs videos by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS through the day. Plus, check out their exclusive ManiaTV! interview featured at 10am, 4pm, 9pm and 2am EST. It will also run on the weekend show 'Artist of the Day Redux'. Tune in to win prizes and CD's signed by the Artist of the Day!!



JOAN JETT still rocking her own way after 25 years
from: timesleader.com

JOAN JETT is the original "riot grrrl" credited with breaking down the gender barrier that had plagued rock ’n’ roll for decades.

After almost 30 record labels turned her down after her departure from her earliest band, The RUNAWAYS, Jett became the master of her own destiny and created BLACKHEART RECORDS, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Through everything, Jett continued a heartfelt connection to the music she grew up with and the music she loves to play. It’s not surprising, then, that when an opportunity came along to play as a headliner on the 2006 Vans Warped Tour, which rolls into the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain today, she took it and ran.

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Punker JOAN JETT reintroduces herself with new album, SINNER
from: canada.com

Click to enlarge NEW YORK (AP) - JOAN JETT may be 45 now, but that doesn't mean she's outgrown punk.

"I never subscribed to the idea that punk rock means you have to play fast and scream," Jett told Newsday in Sunday's editions. "To me, it means being a rebel, being an underdog, being outside and doing it yourself."

With a new album, SINNER, released on her own BLACKHEART RECORDS label, Jett is reintroducing herself to a generation that probably knows her only as that lady who sang I Love Rock 'n' Roll in the early '80s.

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JOAN JETT leads Warped Tour to Nampa
from: playtreasurevalley.com

The queen of punk and rock. The original Riot Grrrl. A trailblazing pioneer.

It’s obvious JOAN JETT loves Rock ‘n’ Roll. And it sounds like she loves her time on the 2006 VANS Warped Tour, too.

Jett and her band, the BLACKHEARTS, are headlining this year’s traveling punk-rock circus as it rolls into Nampa’s Idaho Center Amphitheater today. And for those kids who don’t already know, Jett is as bad as they come.

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Legendary rock goddess joins punk rock festival for 2006
from: leader.net

JOAN JETT is the original "riot grrrl" credited with breaking down the gender barrier that plagued rock and roll for decades. After being turned down by almost 30 record labels following her departure from her earliest band, The RUNAWAYS, Jett became the master of her own destiny and created BLACKHEART RECORDS, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Through everything, Jett continues a heartfelt connection to the music she grew up with and the music she loves to play. It’s not surprising, then, that when an opportunity to play as a headliner on the 2006 Vans Warped Tour came along, she took it and ran.

"When I was offered a spot, it was something that I was happy to accept," Jett said in a recent phone interview following a Warped Tour stop in Pittsburgh. "I love the whole idea of the Warped Tour. It’s like a rolling block party punk rock festival. The tour is so much more fun than I expected it to be."

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JOAN JETT continues as rock's queen
from: zwire.com

Click to enlarge Armed with her first new album in ten years, 'SINNER', punk rock's long reigning queen is hitting the road once again. This time, JOAN JETT is headlining the Warped Tour, which, over the years, has become known as a venue for punk rock, pop-punk and ska bands. "They asked if I was interested in touring this summer and I thought it was a great idea," said Jett, a resident of Long Beach since 1979 and who also owns a home with her long time producer, collaborator, manager and friend, KENNY LAGUNA, in Rockville Centre. "Kevin Lyman, [the founder of Warped Tour,] wanted to bring in bands that have a reputation of being where punk rock started."

So far the Warped Tour, which is scheduled to come to Nassau Coliseum on Aug. 5, has been a "blast" and a "big, rolling, punk rock circus," Jett said. She's been having a good time touring with the younger, mostly male, bands, which often hold her punk rock stature in reverence. She plays on the main stage with many of the better-known bands, such as NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Thursday and Less Than Jake, which are bands she greatly respects, but she's also excited at the prospect of checking out the lesser known bands on the tour throughout the summer. So far, she said, the camaraderie has been great.

Laguna also said that he was looking forward to the touring with the younger bands. "Joan is interacting with them incredibly well," he said.

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Rad reputation
Thirty years after her debut with the RUNAWAYS, renegade rocker JOAN JETT rules the roost at this summer’s Vans Warped tour

from: montrealmirror.com

Click to enlarge In a rock ’n’ roll landscape dominated largely by phonies and bullshit, you’ve got to give props to JOAN JETT for consistently keeping it real. Sure, she’s had her creative ups and downs over the years, as with any artist who’s managed to survive some three-odd decades in the biz, but the bottom line is that with Jett, truly, what you see is what you get.

Having rubbed shoulders with the woman many, many times over the course of our lives, I can tell you with absolute certainty that what you get with Jett is a chick whose passion for rock ’n’ roll is, seriously, probably unprecedented. Not to mention she’s a way underrated rhythm guitar player. Rest assured, when Jett gets up to sing her 1982 mega-hit "I Love Rock ’n’ Roll" for the sixth millionth time in her life, she means every line of it—still!

Her latest record with her band the BLACKHEARTS, SINNER, has been garnering rave reviews, and hey, if there’s any justice in the world—which of course, we all know there isn’t—might even saddle our proudly androgynous miss with yet another hit single by way of the old Sweet song, "ACDC."

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JOAN JETT is still pure punk
from: scrantontimes.com

Force-fed a steady diet of plastic Disney-grown pop tarts and ridiculously orchestrated reality television over artificially flavored, color-enhanced, genetically modified meals, it's no wonder Generation Y is said to be the most cynical generation in history.

The most DIY of the Y'ers are likely to be found roaming Montage Mountain on Friday, attempting to sort the corporate appropriation of their chosen counterculture from the genuine article.

Fortunately, they have JOAN JETT to lead the way.

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Rock veterans still scorching at Warped Tour
from: buffalonews.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable DARIEN CENTER - One hundred bands. Ten stages. Unbearable heat. Water much more appealing than beer.

It must be Vans Warped Tour time again.

On Tuesday, a huge crowd - impossible to estimate in number, as the throng spread across a vast space on the Darien Lake grounds and wandered freely among stages, commercial villages, and tents where one might meet many of the bands performing during the festival - braved the mid-90-degree heat and awe-inspiring humidity to witness one of the most smoothly run and consistently successful annual tours currently hitting the boards.

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WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING:
from: joanjettbadrep.com

WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING:

"Ladies & gentlemen, reaquaint yourselves with JOAN JETT, feminist icon, DIY-rock pioneer and ass-kicking rock goddess. Joan is back with a stellar new cd, "SINNER." - Dan Nailen, Salt Lake Citry Tribune

"SINNER" is one of the best and most ferocious pop-punk albums of the year! - Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun Times

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Davison's Chiodos hit Warped main stage
from: mlive.com

DETROIT -A touring festival such as the Vans Warped Tour, now in its 12th year, is rarely without its headline-grabbing stories.

This year has had some juicy offerings, including JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS' return to the punk rock scene Jett helped pioneer in the '70s.

However, the story that seemed to steal headlines this year was the emergence of Davison's Chiodos as the tour's bona fide breakthrough act.

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JOAN JETT, concert tour warping into Fitchburg on Wednesday
from: sentinelandenterprise.com

The Vans Warped tour will roll into Fitchburg Municipal Airport Wednesday, bringing its unique mix of rock music, youth culture and outdoor activities.

The concert will feature more than 75 bands along with various activities, demonstrations and merchandisers, according to the tour's Web site.

The Fitchburg show is the tour's only stop in New England and will be the 40th of 50 scheduled summer stops. In addition to mainstay performers such as NOFX and Less Than Jake, this year's concert includes rock legend JOAN JETT.

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JOAN JETT traveling in youthful company
from: BostonHerald.com

JOAN JETT may be an ’80s icon, but she’s no dusty relic. Armed with a batch of typically caustic but undeniably catchy new tunes from a new CD, "SINNER," Jett, 45, has joined the skate punk explosion known as the Vans Warped Tour, which hits Fitchburg tomorrow. 

Herald: The opening tune off "SINNER" is a Bush-bashing protest song. Any reservations about going that way?

Jett: It was definitely my first stab at a protest song. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but how do you do that without coming off sounding preachy or corny? I had reservations to some degree, because I know how I feel about certain people when you discover what their politics are. I’m not trying to call anyone a moron or anything. I just want to talk about these issues. We’ve gotten so partisan on both sides that there’s no dialogue, it’s all just poison.

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Review - JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS: SINNER
from: culturebully.com

One of the greatest points of interest on SINNER comes from its liner notes, "Thanks" in particular, as it drives an interest into where this new JOAN JETT is coming from. Steven Van Zandt, Fugazi, Social Distortion’s Mike Ness and Rancid’s Lars Fredrickson among a laundry list of others are all named. See, despite being heavily influenced and rooted in punk as her references suggest, Jett and her BLACKHEARTS are generally considered something quite different due to the ominous clash of character caused by the band’s life changing 1981 single "I Love Rock n’ Roll." Jett has been known as merely a one-shot chump to far too many people despite stringing together and overcoming burdening successes. To many, many others, however, she is so much more. Whether it be a figurehead for riot grrrl femme-rock, a predecessor to sleaze-rock acts like Peaches or being able to withstand the blunt of spoofs (see: Weird Al Yankovic’s 1983 parody "I Love Rocky Road), Jett has now become something different, something more; even if some still recognize her for one song. And to some degree, that’s alright, because it is after all, one hell of a song.

Reuniting with The BLACKHEARTS in 1999, Jett now continues to reestablish herself and her bad reputation with her latest album SINNER. The album initially invokes many thoughts, why is it so centered on sexual ambiguity or why is it so trashy, but more importantly how come it sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard from Jett before? Have I been missing out? Survey says: yes.

Opening up the album is the slower, politically poking "Riddles," which playfully teases George W.’s bumbling sound byte "fool me once, shame on, shame on you…fool me, you can’t fool me again." Did I mention that Jett also thanks Howard Dean in SINNER’s notes?

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