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March 2008 News

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Cheap Trick, Jett, deliver in DeKalb

DEKALB - Two people who don't usually appear on stage with Cheap Trick impressed a crowd of 3,000 fans Saturday night at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center.

Seventies rocker JOAN JETT, typically clad in all-black clothes, belted out the "Mommy's all right, Daddy's all right, they just seem a little weird" lyrics to the Tricksters' 1978 hit "Surrender." She shared the microphone with Rick Nielsen, who played his one-of-a-kind five-neck guitar for the song. Jett, who with her band the BLACKHEARTS opened for Cheap Trick, jumped up and down as she sang and as Nielsen pointed out her presence to the audience that sang along.

The other on-stage visitor was less expected: State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, who spearheaded a move OK'd last year in the Legislature that designates Tuesday the first official "Cheap Trick Day" in Illinois. Syverson said the recognition is due because the three-decades-old pop/rock quartet with international fame still hails from Rockford.


JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS plan high-energy show for DeKalb

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will open Saturday night for Cheap Trick at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center.

Incidentally, the Rockford-based quartet has opened for Jett's first band, the RUNAWAYS, the first all-girl teenage band in the '70s.

"We know each other pretty well and have played together several times," Jett told the Register Star March 17 from her home in New York. "They're all great guys."

The concert is billed as a "co-headliner" show, but Jett and the BLACKHEARTS will take the stage first, at 7:30 p.m., and are scheduled to perform for at least an hour.

Runaway success
Jett's illustrious and lengthy career in music is well-documented. She has influenced a countless number of female bands and appeals to fans of punk, rock, metal and indie rock.

Born Joan Marie Larkin on Sept. 22, 1958, in Philadelphia, she later changed her name to Jett, taking her mother's maiden name.


Bits And Pieces

Check out JOAN JETT performing "Bits And Pieces" at the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame Induction.

Joan recorded the Dave Clark Five's "Bits And Pieces" on her seminal 1981 album, "I Love Rock N' Roll." Has she ever looked better? This is a reminder of what a potent little package she is!

Little Big Town, Gary Allan, JOAN JETT headline FdL County Fair

Country stars Gary Allan and Little Big Town and rockers JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will highlight the Grandstand Stage at the 2008 Fond du Lac County Fair, July 16 to 20.

Wednesday evening will feature Gary Allan, a favorite in the country world, according to a press release from the Fond du Lac County Fair. His single "Watching Airplanes" is currently at No. 1 and has also been nominated for Single of the Year by the 2008 American Country Music Awards which will be held in May.

Another great country group, Little Big Town will light up the stage on Thursday evening. Influenced by groups such as The Eagles, Alabama and Restless Heart, Little Big Town is known for hits like, "I'm With the Band," "Boondocks" and "A Place to Land." They too have been nominated for Group Video of the Year by CMT.


The legend plays 'rock mother' to up-and-coming bands

low resolution image Not Enlargeable In 2006, Girl in a Coma already had a cult following in their hometown of San Antonio, Texas, thanks to Nina Diaz's powerful, passionate voice and the group's catchy Smiths-inspired rock tunes.

By that November, S’TV recruited the band for its new "life of a Latino rock band" series, Jammin. For the finale, the Girl in a Coma members - 20-year-old singer-guitarist Diaz, her 28-year-old sister and drummer Phanie, and 28-year-old bassist Jenn Alva - were sent to New York to play a club. While rehearsing, in strolled JOAN JETT, one of their heroes. "We were like, 'What the hell? What is she doing here?'" says Nina Diaz.

Jett watched the band for a few songs, decided to pop by the show later, and before the end of the night, had signed the band to BLACKHEART RECORDS. "I thought they'd be great to have on Blackheart, because we really want Blackheart to be a place where girls feel comfortable to come play their music, because it was so hard for me," Jett says.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Young Lifestyle 23rd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony In New York City Musician JOAN JETT performs on stage during the 23rd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Madonna, Mellencamp Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Hall of Fame inductee John Mellencamp, center, performs with John Fogerty, right, and JOAN JETT at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Musician JOAN JETT poses backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on March 10, 2008, in New York.

JOAN JETT performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Rock and roll musicians the troops unsung heroes

There are those unsung heroes who quietly serve behind the scenes and who don't ask for much attention.

Within the last few years, I have been receiving a large number of requests from the Armed Forces to write about a group of people who have entertained them for many years. When I tell you who they are, many of you will be surprised to learn how much they have done for our men and women in the military.

They have done it without a big production or major news coverage and that's how they like it. Their travels have taken them to many countries, military bases, and remote locations. Their mission is just to play great rock and roll for the troops. The group I am talking about is Platinum recording artist JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and their producer KENNY LAGUNA.


Busy Spring For Legendary Rocker JOAN JETT And BLACKHEART RECORDS

NEW YORK (Top40 Charts/ BLACKHEART RECORDS) - Legendary rocker JOAN JETT will have a busy spring: She'll be performing at the Rock and Roll Fall of Fame induction ceremony, and will appear on the True Colors tour. She's also featured in the Converse 100th anniversary campaign. And finally, three bands signed to her BLACKHEART RECORDS label, Girl in a Coma, Cute Lepers and The Dollyrots, will perform at SXSW next week in Austin.

2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: JOAN JETT will pay musical tribute to the Dave Clark Five at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, March 10.

The program airs at 8:30PM on VH1 live from the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC. The Dave Clark Five suffered a tragic loss when singer Mike Smith passed away last week. Converse 100th Anniversary: JOAN JETT is a featured icon in the Converse "Connectivity" campaign, celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. The campaign features fellow rockers like Karen O and Billie Joe Armstrong and legends like Sid Vicious, Hunter S. Thompson, James Dean and more.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT will perform "Bits and Pieces" at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airing live on VH1 Classic tonight, March 10 at 8:30 p.m. EST. The ceremony will be rebroadcast on VH1 through March (check local listings for air times).

The Mellencamp band will do the finale - a bang-up tribute to the Dave Clark Five (that band will not perform). Also on stage will be Paul Shaffer on keyboards. Letterman band bassist, Will Lee, will be a backup singer in what they're calling the Faux Four.

JOAN JETT will be the lead singer for "Bits and Pieces." She was in fine form at rehearsal, a great choice. The next and last song will be "Glad All Over" with John Mellencamp and John Fogerty joining Jett out front. It all sounded great in rehearsal. Big fun!

Industry Profile: Carianne Laguna

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Carianne Laguna, vice president/general manager A&R of BLACKHEART RECORDS, was born into the music business. Her father has been JOAN JETT's manager since 1979 and is president of BLACKHEART RECORDS, Jett's label.

At Blackheart, Carianne finds and signs new artists to the label and finalizes the production and track listing of the albums. She is also artist liaison/relations which includes coordinating with management, publishers if applicable, and artists. As creative director she oversees all the creative decisions, including videos, visual branding, merchandising, websites, etc., and creates all the layouts and a good portion of the artwork for the albums and the promotional materials. In some cases, she creates artwork for the merchandise, and oversees branding for the label as a whole. She is also involved in the management of Jett.

BLACKHEART RECORDS' roster includes JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Girl in a Coma (who recently toured with and opened for Morrissey and also were rated as Breakout Band of the Year by Blender Online), The Cute Lepers, The Vacancies, and The Dollyrots. They are continuing to sign more bands in the coming year.


Cyndi Lauper, The B-52s, Rosie O'Donnell and Special Guests Celebrate the Second Annual True Colors Tour Presented by Logo as They Take the Stage to Get Out the Vote With Host Carson Kressley

Special Guests On Select Dates to Include Indigo Girls, Joan Armatrading, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Regina Spektor, Tegan and Sara, Wanda Sykes, Nona Hendryx, Deborah Cox, The Cliks, Tour Kicks Off May 31st in Boston at the Bank of America Pavilion

NEW YORK, March 5 -- The True Colors Tour will hit the road again this summer with an exciting new line-up of legendary and up and coming artists including headliners Cyndi Lauper, The B-52s, Rosie O'Donnell with host Carson Kressley and many more. After receiving rave reviews and a successful debut in 2007, the True Colors Tour is expanding to meet demand in many more cities. The tour will kick off Gay & Lesbian Pride Month on May 31st at Boston's Bank of America Pavilion.

Produced by True Colors Concerts in partnership once again with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the 24 city North American tour is presented by Logo in support of the newly created True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation. The concerts feature nearly five hours of nonstop music with exciting special guests appearing on select dates throughout the tour including Wanda Sykes, Tegan and Sara, Regina Spektor, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Joan Armatrading, Indigo Girls, Nona Hendryx, Deborah Cox and The Cliks.


Rock Hall News: JOAN JETT Performing for Dave Clark Five Tribute

Click to enlarge According to a source at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, JOAN JETT will be performing at the ceremony in a tribute to inductees the Dave Clark Five. Jett joins Iggy Pop, Damien Rice, Patti LaBelle, John Mellencamp and others as performers at this Monday's event. The Dave Clark Five, who will be inducted by fan Tom Hanks, recently suffered the tragic death of singer Mike Smith, who passed away while preparing to come to New York for the show. VH-1 Classic will air the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City this Monday, March 10 at 8:30 PM, featuring honorees Madonna, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, the Ventures, the Dave Clark Five, Little Walter and Gamble & Huff.

American Ido

Check out American Idol Tonight! One of the female contestants will perform JOAN JETT's "I Hate Myself For Loving You"!

Venus Zine: The Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time, HÐM - JOAN JETT

Official Jett Merchandise

An early start: Born Joan Marie Larkin in Philadelphia and raised in Maryland and Southern California, after seeing her first concerts - Black Sabbath and the New York Dolls - Jett taught herself how to play guitar at age 13.

Her first band, the RUNAWAYS, was a 1970s anomaly: five teenage girls with a screw-you attitude who played their own instruments, wrote their own songs, and blew minds with intense, guitar-driven rock'n'roll. The band was more widely accepted in Japan than in the U.S. and, unfortunately, disbanded in 1979.

Moving on, Jett recorded her own album and shopped around for a record deal only to be rejected by 28 labels. Determined to build a solo career, Jett and producer KENNY LAGUNA decided to release the album themselves.

Talk about DIY: With personal savings in tow, the duo pressed the records themselves and sold copies out of the trunk of Jett's Cadillac. It wasn't long after that the album was picked up by Boardwalk and released as Bad Reputation in 1981. The album was a mediocre success, but after forming her band the BLACKHEARTS and releasing the follow-up album, I Love Rock and Roll, the title track charted at number one for nearly a month and a half in 1982, and Jett became a bona fide solo artist.

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