Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

May 2007 News

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Rock will shock

ROCK fans are in for a unique treat when shock rock guru Alice Cooper teams up with legendary British rock n' roll hellraisers Motörhead and loud leather lovin' JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS for a 10 date UK tour.

The tour will have a Midlands date when it calls in at Birmingham's NEC Arena on Saturday, November 10, and promises a relentless, ear-splintering night.

Dirty rock n' roll experience, as each legendary artist is a leader in their rock genre.

JOAN JETT Gets Sirius
from: Gods of Thunder

Sirius Satellite Radio recently announced the launch of JOAN JETT’s Radio Revolution, a new show hosted by JOAN JETT exclusively on Faction, Sirius channel 28. JOAN JETT’s Radio Revolution will broadcast each Sunday from 9:00 pm to 11 pm ET.

"As a recording artist and a music fan, I am extremely excited about the possibilities that satellite radio offers," said JOAN JETT. "Faction is a channel that plays music I am very in tune with. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play music to this terrific audience that may be new to them. I draw my content from old and new punk, and rock and roll, and I concentrate a lot on the early 70s British glitter rock which helped mold my own style."

Have your Cake and JOAN JETT, too

With a band like Cake, you get a musical gumbo.

Although rooted in alternative rock, the group's music explores multiple genres, from funk and ska to rap and jazz.

The band's show Friday night in Council Bluffs is the first in the Stir Concert Cove summer music series.


Inspired by Music

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Since his start in the music industry during the 1960s, KENNY LAGUNA has made a name for himself as a performer, songwriter and producer. Beginning as a performer with bands like WMCA Good Guys, then moving into producing, his varied career has ranged from bubblegum pop to New Wave. He has worked with artists as diverse as Tony Orlando and Bow Wow Wow, and Laguna was also instrumental in starting the career of JOAN JETT. He has produced all of Jett's albums, leading to major hits such as "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock and Roll," and "Do You Wanna Touch Me." Along with these musical projects, Laguna has helped run BLACKHEART RECORDS, a label started for JOAN JETT releases, which has also put out records by the likes of the Eyeliners and Metal Church.

Recently, Laguna produced the new JOAN JETT album SINNER, and is currently touring as a keyboardist with JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS in support of the album. In a lengthy phone interview, Laguna talked about his long and varied career as well as upcoming projects.

Matthew Donovan: First question, what drew you to music and how did you get your start in the music business?
KENNY LAGUNA: Well I'm from an artsy family. Downtown Greenwich Village was were I was born. I spent the early part of my life there; it's where my parents lived. My grandfather was an architect, my father was an architect, and my mother is an oil painter of some renown. I also had an aunt, Lucy Brown. It was kind of expected that I wasn't supposed to be something like an accountant; I should be a struggling artist.



Rocker JOAN JETT has included samples of PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH and former U.S. Secretary of Defence DONALD RUMSFELD speaking on a new album track in a bid to show voters how the current American administration is out to confuse the masses.

The I Love Rock 'n' Roll singer gets political on new CD SINNER after watching U.S. troops heading off to war with Iraq during a tour of duty in Oman several years ago.

The memory of watching confused young men trying to come to terms with a Middle Eastern conflict made Jett test her nerve as a political songwriter, which has given her new album - and in particular opening track Riddles - an edge. She says, "I was doing USO (United Service Organisations) things and as soon as 9/11 happened my partner/producer and I went to Afghanistan; we played in Pakistan and Uzbekistan. This is late 2001.

"We saw them moving a lot of troops and equipment when we were in Oman... and we were like, 'Wow, this is great, you guys are really sending all this to Afghanistan?' 'No, we're going to Iraq.' "You're talking about a year before the war started. We were like, 'Are you sure..?' So it was decided months after 9/11 they're going. They (politicians) just had to find a way to convince the Congress and the people that it was gonna be OK.

"Seeing that from the inside was more ammunition."

Carmen and Joan: Lunch Is the Word

Click to enlarge Carmen Electra and her gal pal, '80s rocker JOAN JETT, enjoyed a girls lunch in the West Village on Monday.

While the dynamic duo stepped out in similar shades and hoodies, Carmen strutted around town in black wedge sandals as Joan kept her rocker cred in a pair of motorcycle boots. Girls will be girls!

Joan and Carmen have been best buds ever since Electra starred in Jett's "ACDC" music video. Rock on ladies!

low resolution image Not Enlargeable One camera shoot of JOAN JETT and The Vacancies performing Change The World live at SXSW 2007
Click here to see Joan perform "Change The World"

JOAN JETT performs Bad Reputation with The Vacancies live at SXSW 2007
Click here to watch "Bad Reputation"

JOAN JETT performs her hit song I Love Rock N Roll with members from The Vacancies and The Dollyrots live at SXSW 2007
Click here to see "I Love Rock N' Roll"

JOAN JETT performs Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) with members from The Vacancies and The Dollyrots live at SXSW 2007
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Girl power
JOAN JETT still shows female rockers how it’s done


LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - JOAN JETT helped kick open the door for female rockers back in the 1970s.

Dressed in black leather, a Gibson Melody Maker slung over her shoulder and a sneer on her lips, Jett was a revolutionary figure when she helped form the RUNAWAYS.

The band of teenage girls often was derided as jailbait and castigated as a novelty act cynically assembled by producer Kim Fowley.


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JOAN JETT’s Radio Revolution
Sun 5/27 9:00 pm ET
Long live the Queen of Faction! The godmother of Punk, JOAN JETT launches her Radio Revolution with a salute to the troops – a reminder of what Memorial Day is really about. This weekend, check out a Memorial Day launch party for Joan’s brand new show on Faction.

The Henry Rollins Show


low resolution image Not Enlargeable In this week’s Teeing Off, Henry blasts those who make themselves into tabloid fuel when a famous friend or relative dies—then recommends the best way to make money off of a celebrity’s death. Another Letter from Henry finds Henry asking the President of the People’s Republic of China how it feels to have the upper hand on America while our president kisses his ass.

Legendary rocker JOAN JETT drops in to talk about the thirtieth anniversary of her independent label and what it meant to be a female trailblazer in the early days of punk.

The Blood Brothers perform "Set Fire to the Face of Fire" off their album "Young Machetes". The Blood Brothers also perform the song "Laser Life" exclusively on

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JOAN JETT sets the Tulip bar

Click to enlarge ALBANY -- Organizers of next year's 60th annual Tulip Festival have a real problem on their hands. How do you top the fabulous celebration that took place in Washington Park on Saturday?

The tulips were in full bloom.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous.

And the music was a perfect cross-generational blend that seemed to appeal to everybody in attendance. And it certainly did seem as though everyone was in attendance.

Headliner JOAN JETT hasn't had a hit since 1990 -- before many in Saturday's huge, record-breaking crowd were even born -- but she certainly still knows how to rock. There's nothing very tricky about what she does -- she just straps on her guitar, slams out basic, three-chord rock 'n' roll anthems and everybody has a good time.

"I don't have to tell you what to do," she declared. "We're just gonna have some fun. So just relax -- a little singing, a little dancing."

Jett and her band (aided by semi-hidden keyboardist KENNY LAGUNA just off stage right) hit the stage with a blast of "Bad Reputation," then a dip back to her teenage days with the RUNAWAYS' "Cherry Bomb" and a tear through Bruce Springsteen's "Light of Day," before romping through Gary Glitter's fist-pumping anthem, "Do You Wanna Touch Me?"


JOAN JETT, Starship to perform at NIBROC

Country sensation Jake Owen, The October also to play Organizers of the annual NIBROC Festival have announced most of the entertainment concert series for 2007, calling it one of the strongest lineups in the history of the 55-year-old event.

Rockers JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and Starship will join up-and-coming country music sensation Jake Owen for a three-day triple-whammy of music nearly guaranteed to satisfy.

"The comment someone has every year after the last show is 'how will you top this next year," said Corbin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bruce Carpenter, the main organizer of NIBROC. "I don't know if we've topped last year or not, but I think we definitely have a lineup that is going to draw a lot of attention from the country and rock standpoint.


Androgynous Video

Click to enlarge Morgan: Wow. What an honor it was to be given the opportunity to work with Joan on such an amazing song. On top of that to get to work with John Doe and Duane Peters was unimaginable. I would name all the amazing people that made this happen but it would take to long. If you feel a little misty watching it; that's how I feel when I think about the crew on this project: Amazing.

Watch the Video

Girl in a Coma releases first CD fueled by Jett

Girl in a Coma was making music for seven years, playing countless gigs across the country and putting in an appearance on SíTV, all without a full-length album. Enter JOAN JETT.

The iconic rocker discovered the San Antonio band and liked its style of melodic rock so much that her BLACKHEART RECORDS label released Girl in a Coma's first full-length album, "Both Before I'm Gone," on Tuesday, May 1. The band will celebrate at Sam’s Burger Joint on Saturday, May 5, with a show and screening of their videos "Clumsy Sky" and "Road to Home," which includes a cameo by Jett.

"She's like a big sister now. If we ever need anything or advice, she's there for us. She knows what it's like to be in an all-girl band," said Phanie Diaz, 27, the band's drummer. Her 19-year-old sister, Nina Diaz, is the lead singer and guitarist, and Jenn Alva, 27, plays bass.

The band also will be at FYE at Southpark Mall for an in-store performance from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

Kenny Rogers, Little Feat, JOAN JETT head Sunset fest lineup

Pop superstar Kenny Rogers, soul-blues singer Joan Osborne and Dixie-rock mainstays Little Feat will be among the headliners for the 10th annual Snapple Sunset Music Festival, to be held at the Newport Yachting Center from June 28 through July 7.

Little Feat will open the festival on Thursday, June 28, with Rhode Islander James Montgomery and his band opening the show on the main stage and Rhode Island’s Mark Cutler on the Festival Stage. Rock veteran JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS come in on Friday, June 29, and Jack’s Mannequin, the side project of Something Corporate frontman Andrew McMahon, continues the festival on Saturday, June 30, with locals Heather Rose and the Drama opening and Laura Wood on the Festival Stage.

On Sunday, July 1, Osborne and Brandi Carlile will co-headline the main stage, with Josie Crosby on the Festival Stage. The politically active rock and reggae of State Radio will continue the festival on Monday, July 2, with Rhode Island’s Monty Are I opening and Kim Lamothe on the Festival Stage.


Artbeat on WITF 89.5

Join WITF 89. 5 for "Artbeat" Friday during "Morning Edition"at 5:35am & 7:35am and during the 2:00pm hour of "Classical Air."

5/18 JOAN JETT is one of a select few musicians who have earned the status "pop icon." The punk rock pioneer was one of the first female rockers to break through on MTV, spawning a generation of fist-pumping rock n’ rollers – and punk hairstyles! And she still – loves - rock ‘n roll, so put another dime in the juke box, baby! JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS come to Hersheypark on Sunday. WITF’s Faith Camp reports.

Broadcasts of ArtBeat are supported by the Rose Lehrman Art Center at HACC.

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