Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

February 2007 News

Page updated on February 28, 2007
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Joan's Dad

It is with great sadness to report that Joan’s father passed away today in San Diego, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan during this difficult time.

American Chopper

Joan will appear on American Chopper on Thursday, February 22nd at 9pm EST on TLC. The episode will feature Joan making the video for the show's theme song.

Episode 92: Flowjet Bike 2
New episode airs Feb. 22, 2007! Watch it Thursday at 9/8c on TLC.
OCC continues on the custom chopper for the FLOW Corporation, breaking new ground with the use of the new 5-axis water jet machine. Mikey finishes up his secret project, the "Wheel of Blame", while Paul Jr. spends some quality time with his mom. With the project moving quickly through assembly, the crew suits up and heads to the paintball course to let off a little steam. And the bike makes its big reveal at the IMTS convention in Chicago, IL.

Celeb encounters: JOAN JETT blessed by Anna Sui

Click to enlarge We all know JOAN JETT loves rock n'roll. So it wasn't so surprising then to see her front-and-centre at Anna Sui on Wednesday. Sui is the Detroit rock chick who has parlayed her vintage-nosed Haight couture into 32
of her own boutiques in five countries.

Her flower children were out in force in this show - rich hippies in fact, with their 60s-look shift and smock dresses richly-embroidered and more often than not, also heavily-embellished with sequins, feathers, even what looked like silk upholstery tassles. They were layered over the moment's de rigueur fine, jaw-high turtlenecks or shiny bell-sleeved, high-necked blouses in plasticated fabric - something we are seeing in every second collection here, starting with (well at least for me as I arrived late) Josh Goot on Saturday morning and his Wet Look laminated merino.

The collection was worked back with camp sequinned berets, OTT fur toques and predominantly flat shoes, either sweet square-toed patent pumps or thigh-high boots, the best in electric purple patent. The colours were mostly muted: tobaccos and greys, popped with purple and turquoise. Next to Jett, Carmen Electra (they must have really hit it off because the next day they are the talk of the hotel staff at Sui's afterparty venue. Then again, being married to Dennis Rodman for a couple of months - as was Electra - would put anyone off men for life). And although he's not a celeb per se, someone next to me thinks to point out the fact that Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld has dragged along her son Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld as a handbag tonight. What a name. And what a glam fam - apart from the fact that he chewed gum with his mouth open for the duration the show. Vladimir looks a hell of a lot like his mother: it's that simian and, there I'll say it, Robbie Williams look. I've always maintained that if you put a wig on Williams, he'd be a dead ringer for Roitfeld.


A scaredy catwalk-goer

Carmen Electra and JOAN JETT continued to raise eyebrows by showing up together at the Anna Sui show on Wednesday at the tents. The two have been spotted together quite a bit in the last few months, and Electra even appeared as Jett's lesbian love interest in her video "AC/DC."

Electra is a front-row regular, but Jett isa relative newbie.

"It was interesting," she told us afterward. Hmm. So is that a compliment?


Aerosmith bringing '07 tour to Paso fair

Classic rock band Aerosmith will perform at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles this summer as part of its 2007 world tour. Country music stars Martina McBride and Phil Vassar are also part of the musical entertainment planned for the fair, it was announced Friday night.

The announcements were made by marketing director Tom Keffury at the annual fair board of directors’ dinner at the fairgrounds.

This year’s Mid-State Fair will run from July 25 to Aug. 5 at the Paso Robles Event Center. Ticket prices and sale dates have not yet been released.


Local Habitat for Humanity chapter marks a milestone

When Niketricia "Tricia" Edwards walked out of her apartment one day last year and discovered her car up on blocks, the tires and wheels stolen, she resolved to find a better way of life for herself and her two-year-old son, Brandon.

Crime plus constant increases in rent brought Edwards, a single mother in her 20’s and an employee in the logistics division of J.C. Penney, to Trinity Habitat for Humanity, the Fort Worth-based affiliate of the nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity International. Well known nationally and abroad, the ecumenical faith-based housing ministry builds quality, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families using all volunteer labor and donations of money and materials.

On Feb. 15, Edwards’ dream of homeownership in a safe, friendly neighborhood will come true when construction begins on her new home, just two blocks away from her mother’s in Fort Worth’s Como neighborhood.


Marlins tickets go on sale today

The Marlins will put individual game tickets on sale during their annual Fanfest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Dolphin Stadium. Admission is free. All fans will be able to attend town-hall meetings with club executives and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

On Friday, the Marlins announced the first seven musical acts that will be performing after Saturday games this season. All Saturday games will start at 7:05 p.m. and will include fireworks.

The first seven acts include Nadia Turner (after the Philadelphia game April 7), Cheap Trick (after Washington on April 21), Kansas (after San Diego on May 5), El Gran Combo (after New York Mets on May 26), Disco Fever featuring Gloria Gaynor, Tavares and France Joli (after Tampa Bay on June 9), Jo Dee Messina (after Minnesota on June 23) and JOAN JETT (after Atlanta on June 30).

The final six acts will be announced at a later date.

Designer Anna Sui presents hippie chic

Click to enlarge NEW YORK - It used to be that fur was an almost unattainable luxury, reserved for the wealthiest women, who would then cherish their mink coats for many, many years.

Michael Kors, at his Wednesday runway show, went so far as to make a mink minidress.

Fashion previews for next season continue through Friday.

Fashion is so often about the newest, hottest thing, but being able to count on Sui to produce clothes that are both fun and fashionable is actually refreshing.


Underneath it all during Fashion Week

Part trade show, part social event and part marketing blitz, New York's Fashion Week is up and strutting. (Related photo gallery: Go behind the scenes at Fashion Week)

With an eye toward people rather than clothes, USA TODAY reporter Olivia Barker and photographer Robert Deutsch spent a day poking around the tents at Bryant Park, navigating the backstage thicket of blow-dryer-wielding stylists, pole-like models and headset-wearing publicists and sizing up the scene along the catwalks.

Johnson, Herrera do it differently


low resolution image Not Enlargeable A Fall Line Wedded To Architectural Vision

Monique Lhuillier's fall 2007 collection was very architectural, having been inspired by Frank Gehry's work. In the front row, Patricia Heaton and MTV's Vanessa Minnillo had clear views of the extensive collection of stunning red-carpet-ready gowns and luxe separates. Maybe they'll try them on at the Monique Lhuillier boutique in Edina.


Harbor Fest ready to sail for 21st year

Racine - Harbor Fest is scheduled to open one week later this year, and gate ticket prices will increase by $1 as organizers aim to turn a profit at this year's event, officials said last week.

By moving the festival away from Father's Day weekend - it will be held this year from June 21 to 24 at Racine's Festival Park - organizers are hoping to draw a stronger Sunday turnout, board president Joe Mooney said in an interview last week. Last year's festival attendance was about 20,000 - the same as 2005. Attendance was good the first three days of the event, but few people attended the festival on a rainy Father's Day last year. The festival has drawn as many as 30,000.

Meanwhile, profits for the festival have steadily declined since it earned $60,000 in 2002. Money raised by the event is used to award donations to charities and fund scholarships. Board member Richard Torine said a decision has not yet been made on charitable giving for this year's event.


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Also In Tunica This Week ...

Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville begins a busy week of musical events tonight at 8:30 p.m. with a concert from Crescent City alternative rockers Better Than Ezra. Best known for their 1995 hit "Good," Ezra's most recent album is 2005's Before the Robots, and their single "Juicy" was featured in ads for "Desperate Housewives." More recently, the band has directed its charity golf tournament, now in its fourth year, toward the cause of helping rebuild New Orleans.

On Saturday, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS arrive for an 8 p.m. show. Jett is touring in support of her first U.S. album in seven years, SINNER. But these days the singer is less a Top 40 force than a feminist and lesbian icon snarling her new cover of the Replacements "Androgynous" with a winking swagger. And looking as good as ever doing it.

"Let's see Madonna pull this off," The New York Times recently said in a concert review. "Ms. Jett arrived in a skimpy bikini top and black leather pants worn so low you could see her hipbones. Her tattooed arms were toned and sinewy; her face was girlish, as if she had just stepped out of the 'Bad Reputation' video."

Tickets to JOAN JETT are $25. Tickets are available for sale at the Bluesville box office and through all Ticketmaster outlets, including by phone at (901) 525-1515 and online at


NEW YORK, /PRNewswire/ -- For viewers who love the apparel and accessories in their favorite feature films, but until now have had little opportunity to identify them, StarStyle announced today the launch of its Film Section with Universal Pictures' upcoming feature "Because I Said So," starring Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo.

From the latest styles in dresses and sweaters to accessories and shoes, these four trend-setting actresses bring their keen fashion sense to the big screen in a new comedy about knowing when to cut the apron strings, opening nationwide on February 2nd. Now, visitors to can find fashions inspired by director Michael Lehmann's new comedy and purchase those products for themselves.

"In less than one year, it's incredibly satisfying to us that we've amassed the top projects in film, television and music," said Ashley Heather, CEO of Entertainment Media Works. "With a style icon like Diane Keaton and the fashion savvy of the entire cast, the trends set by this film make 'Because I Said So' the perfect comedy to launch our film section."


River Rock Theatre

Having played Vancouver on the Warped Tour only five months ago, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS came back in full force to greet an almost entirely different demographic at the River Rock Theatre in Richmond. What looked like a potentially risky and embarrassing excursion into "remember when" for the truly non-stop rockers turned out to be a no-holds-barred success. In a sea of middle-aged casual wear, several small contingents of younger fans stood out with mohawked heads, bondage wear, and their ability to recognize the house music as Bikini Kill. Even amidst this diversity nobody went home disappointed. Whether it was the parents looking to share a nostalgic evening with children who hadn’t yet been born when JOAN JETT was topping the Billboard charts, or the twenty-something set who knew that they were witnessing a vital part of music history, the crowd was primed for an excellent show.

The set opened with a signature tune, "Bad Reputation", and it was evident that JOAN JETT and her band were ready to remind long-time listeners of their own teenage rebellions, and then surpass any expectations with an unwillingness to settle or slow down. The River Rock security team (far from intimidating in their suits and gold nametags) had to give up on keeping the younger fans in their seats, and by the third song were reduced to standing nervously at the sides of the stage and watching the crowd grow. Big hits like "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Crimson and Clover" brought even some of the more subdued listeners to their feet, and showcased numerous stiff but entertaining dance moves and wailing air guitar solos on the part of the audience. As touring veterans JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS were able to keep the show tight without ever seeming unenthusiastic. The songs, invariably loud and full of the independent rock ‘n’ roll spirit that the band is known for, flowed one to the other with relatively little stage banter, aside from Jett’s finger-wagging references to this year’s full-length studio release SINNER.

The band played through almost their entire new record and proved that the days of their relative silence about politics are firmly in the past. Jett’s activism, which has recently earned her a award for animal-friendliness, came through these songs to members of an aging generation that was perhaps unprepared for lyrics such as, "Pain turns to pleasure fast/Relax while I pound your ass." "Riddles," a song that Jett introduced as "from us to our [American] administration," speaks out against the kind of Orwellian double-speak that President Bush and his advisors perpetually use when addressing the public. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS don’t mince words and have certainly not forgotten how to rock.

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