Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

October 2007 News

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JOAN JETT promo for Farm Sanctuary Halloween Bash!

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- Tuesday, October 30 at 8PM
- 532 W. 27th St. at HOME nightclub
More information at

Click here to view the promo.


low resolution image Not Enlargeable It had been years since I’d been to the Big Spring Jam. After a decade and a half of attending music festivals and packed shows, I’ve developed intolerance for masses of strange, sweaty people rubbing against me. I ate that lifestyle up with a spoon in my early twenties, but times change. However, this year I braved the crowds with my photographer friend, Beverly, to see the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll—JOAN JETT. And I’m so glad I did.

When I first saw the lineup, JOAN JETT jumped off the page. Among the Eddie Grant, Donna Summers, Toni Basil, and Sheena Easton 45s in my collection is "I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll." I was five years old when it was released, and two days before my 31st birthday, I finally got the chance to hear it live for the first time.

The band kicked the show off at the Rocket 95.1 stage with another oldie but goodie, "Bad Reputation." I liked this song long before it hit the "Shrek" soundtrack, but somehow I still found myself visualizing Donkey rolling around on a barrel and kicking butt. That thought led me to yet another of my coveted 45s—Eddie Murphy’s recording of the 1985 Rick James tune "Party All the Time." And then I looked up to find a taut, spunky brunette who doesn’t appear to have aged a day since 1981. Her outfit was nearly identical to the one she wore on the cover of the band’s 1996 release entitled "Great Hits." I didn’t have binoculars with me, but from just a few rows back, I’d have guessed she and I are about the same age rather than two decades apart.


Gaultier Honored as Rule Breaker

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Fashion, like art, has always been a place for people with their own vision to make a statement, with the hopes that others might see it and celebrate it. At the end of the day, designers need to sell clothes, of course, so they’re hoping that others appreciate that vision. But that doesn’t mean they have to play it safe, or that people want the same thing. Quite the contrary. It’s in fashion that many look to find something cutting edge and something that looks to the future.

Not all designers do this - after all, risk-taking is not always the most financially savvy move in the industry - but those that do have a special place in fashion, and are the ones that get remembered: Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier, who was honored last night, October 26, at Fashion Group International’s annual Night of Stars gala themed "The Rule Breakers."

Gaultier, who was given the "Superstar" award, stood alongside his date for the evening, Lauren Bacall, as they reflected on what exactly it means to be called a rule breaker.


BOSS Black Spring/Summer 2008
from: Associated Press

Click to enlarge JOAN JETT arrives at the BOSS Black Spring/Summer 2008 Ready-To-Wear Runway Collection Show presented by Hugo Boss at the Cunard Building, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007 in New York.

Farm Sanctuary’s Halloween Bash

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Leave the horrors of factory farming behind and celebrate Halloween with compassion!

We’ll be holding a benefit party for Farm Sanctuary with special guest JOAN JETT, celebrity DJs Princess Superstar and Johanna Fateman (of "Le Tigre"), and an eerie costume contest with fabulous prizes! Enjoy spookily delicious vegan treats, fabulous free vegan eats, and an organic cocktail open bar from 8-9:30pm @ HOME - 532 West 27th St. (bt. 10/11th) in New York City. 8-11 p.m. 21 and over. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.


Click to enlarge ROCK : Rock fans are in for a unique treat this November when shock rock guru Alice Cooper teams up with legendary British rock’n’roll hellraisers Motorhead & loud leather lovin’ JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS for a 10-Date UK tour, which promises a relentless, ear-splintering, deliciously dirty rock’n’roll experience!

Alice Cooper, the original shock rocker, has entertained, surprised and disturbed audiences for over 30 years, fusing Detroit glam metal with theatrical performances. With over 30 albums-worth of material to draw from, these shows promise classic Cooper at his menacing best. Of the tour Cooper said, "Having toured with both Motörhead and JOAN JETT before, and had a great time, we're really looking forward to an all-out high energy show every night. They just don't do tours like this anymore, but we're going to do it. This is like a 'No Mercy' tour, we're not showing any mercy to anyone."

Motörhead, one of rock history’s most pivotal bands, have spent the last few decades bringing the house down with their blistering, blitzkrieg punk-metal juggernaut of a live show. The powerhouse trio of Lemmy Kilmister (Bass and Vox), Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums) received rave reviews across the board for their 18th studio album, ‘Kiss Of Death’, released on SPV Records in August 2006; "Back to their remorseless best" said Uncut, "The Sound of a band at the very top of their game" - Classic Rock, and The Telegraph "It’s enjoyably visceral entertainment, particularly the epic anthem ‘God Was Never On Your Side’."


JOAN JETT Still Loves Rock 'n' Roll

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT is rockin' and rollin', or at least it sounds that way over her crackly cell phone. It sounds like she's rockin' and rollin' all over the back of a car, as she's headed out of Manhattan on a hurried, bumpy ride to the airport. But Jett's pounded a few rocky roads while blazing on a relatively straight line.

"I think I've been really consistent and not varied that much, and some criticize me for it," Jett says during our brief conversation. "I like three-chord me it's freedom to follow this path. I like rock 'n' roll—which is different from 'rock'—and I think it implies sexuality. I've always been more on the sexy than cerebral side, though with this record lyrically we've gotten broader."

It seems like a fine distinction, thin as an apostrophe, that separates the rock and the roll. But to Jett—and many cultural, nay, rock critics—it's a point to strangulate almost as fervently as a punk does a guitar neck. "Rock 'n' roll" has electric blues, boogie-woogie and jump bands as its precursors—acts as immediate as the gospel choirs that once sang of boats rockin' and rollin' on the way to the Lord. "Rock" of the '60s and especially '70s, however, lost some of that raw R&B momentum to exploring tricks in recording studios. Jett, for one, has never hesitated to take it back to the essence. Since 1976 she has belted live and direct numbers for audience after audience.


Jett Partners With Cooper And Lemmy

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Forging an unlikely but not all-together shocking trio, JOAN JETT, Alice Cooper, and Motorhead have agreed to rock Europe on a ten date tour. The triumvirate’s cohesive link may not be obvious upon first glance, but all three aging groups still put on a hell of a live show. I got a chance to see Jett and The BLACKHEARTS last year, and they brought the house down (or large parking lot in this case). Is it wrong that I’d still do some immoral things to her even though she’s the same age as my mom?

According to our friends over at Music-News, the handful of gigs will kick off on November 6th and end on the 18th. Multiple days off are for pansies anyway. You can check out a full list of tour dates below...
Tuesday 6th Sheffield Hallam Arena
Wednesday 7th Glasgow SECC - Hall 4
Friday 9th Newcastle Metro Arena
Saturday 10th Birmingham NEC
Sunday 11th Nottingham Arena
Tuesday 13th Brighton Centre
Wed 14th Bournemouth BIC
Friday 16th Cardiff CIA
Saturday 17th London Wembley Arena
Sunday 18th Manchester MEN Arena

JOAN JETT on The Hour

It's been 10 years, but JOAN JETT has new album at last.

You know her from 'The RUNAWAYS' or some of her classic solo songs, 'I Love Rock N' Roll' or her recording of 'Crimson and Clover.'

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are touring with Aerosmith.

She will be touring the UK with Alice Cooper and Motorhead in November.

Her latest album, called 'SINNER', was released in 2006.

Click here to watch the clip

Gibson JOAN JETT Melody Maker Double Cutaway

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This much anticipated release of the 45th week mode of the Guitar of the Week series looks like a JOAN JETT signature guitar that has been based on a Melody Maker guitar but with only one pickup and a double cutaway design. The description of the Gibson JOAN JETT Melody Maker Double Cutaway on the official site is not what someone expects from a company like Gibson but we’ll try describe it.

The Gibson JOAN JETT Melody Maker Double Cutaway features mahogany body and neck, ‘50 neck profile, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75? scale length (although the official site says 22.75?, I think it should be an errata), Nashville bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Burstbucker 3 Zebra Coil humbucker bridge pickup, a pickup switch (maybe for tap coil?) and 1 volume and 1 tone controls.

This JOAN JETT signature guitar comes in a, not bad, worn white finish with black pickguard. The price and availability of the Gibson JOAN JETT Melody Maker Double Cutaway have to be announced yet and its production run will be limited to 400 units.


Joanie's Birthday Celebration
from: Ron Akiyama

Joanie celebrated her birthday this year on tour with Aerosmith. Click any of the photos below to enlarge!!!

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When JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS take the stage at BayFest, many audience members may be unaware that Jett is not the only rock icon performing. Longtime producer/band mate/friend KENNY LAGUNA will also be performing. Who is KENNY LAGUNA? Laguna has performed with a slough of bands including Tommy James and the Shondells ("Crimson and Clover") and has worked with many rock legends. He also (along with Jett) can be credited as a pioneer of the independent label concept with their BLACKHEART RECORDS still as strong as ever. When I spoke with Laguna, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS were recuperating from a performance with their tour mates Aerosmith.

SC: When you originally started working with Joan, it was as a producer. Then, you went on to be a member of the BLACKHEARTS. What was it that made you step from behind the scenes and get on stage as a performer?
I started out in a little rock and roll band that had hit records in the sixties. We did a lot of ‘Bubblegum’ records. So, when I started out, it was really who I was. When I think of myself, I have a lot of hats and a lot of roles. I’ve done a lot of different things in my career. I started as a guy in a group. So, I have that in me. Then when Bubblegum died, I became a record producer, and I would kinda like join each band I was in for a short amount of time. Then, I would leave. A lot of the bands that I produced were guitar bands, so I just tended to the keyboards and kept them tucked in using their overtones in the guitar records that I was making. So, I was still active as a background singer.

Then, when we started with Joan, there was no band. So, I was singing with her on the records, and we’re doing all this stuff. When the BLACKHEARTS existed, I joined occasionally. Like when her guitar player in the ‘80s had a collapsed lung, so we were one man down. So, I got a keyboard, and I went up on stage and played with them for awhile, and that was one time. Then, when she was doing the stadiums with The Police, we kinda embellished the sound a little bit with another voice and another instrument.


Jett almost missed the jet here

For a few hours, Jam promoter Donn Jennings wasn't sure JOAN JETT was going to make it for Friday's performance.

Here's the story: Jennings talked to Jett's manager, who said he booked Jett and her band a flight to Birmingham. Why Birmingham? Jett's manager told Jennings he didn't think Huntsville had an airport.

Duh? What was he thinking this was Mayberry?

Anyway, once Jett found out it the band was booked two hours away, she made him change it at the last minute, which caused problems. The band's flights got messed up and the Jett and her pals had to spend the night in La Guardia airport.

The following day, Friday, the band was scheduled to arrive at 2:30 and fortunately made it to Mayberry, uh, Huntsville.

Punk Rock Lawn Chairs
from: Huntsville Times

Click to enlarge JOAN JETT performs on the Starr 99 / Jammin 1550/ Rocket 95.1 Stage.The full moon was out when JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS took the stage. Lots of folks were crowded around, some sitting in lawn chairs like it was a high school football game.

The people waiting for the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" were everything from teenage punks to middle-aged moms.

At the stroke of 10:15 p.m., a rail thin woman wearing skin-tight black leather pants, a black vinyl top and short black hair, walked on stage. Three guys, a.k.a. the BLACKHEARTS, joined JOAN JETT.

Jett ripped into hits such as "Cherrybomb" and "Bad Reputation."

As Jett belted out the classic girl rock anthems, the crowd, both men and women, sang along.

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' roll.

The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos Coming Up

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Tuesday , Oct 02 JOAN JETT will appear on The Hour with George Stroubmboulopoulos

It's been 10 years, but JOAN JETT has new album at last.

You know her from 'The RUNAWAYS' or some of her classic solo songs, 'I Love Rock N' Roll' or her recording of 'Crimson and Clover.'

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are touring with Aerosmith.

They played at the Molson Amphitheatre Tuesday, September 18th.

Her latest album, called SINNERs, was released in 2006.

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