Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

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Review: JOAN JETT @ Coney Island

low resolution image Not Enlargeable If there was ever an iconic performer that makes you want to pick up your old guitar, put an ad on Craigslist, and throw your very first band together, (even if you ain't twenty-two no more!) JOAN JETT is it. I mean it. Seriously, I went to this show with some good friends on July 14th for the free Seaside Summer Concert Series at Coney Island, looking to have a pretty good time. What I did NOT expect was to get fucking BLOWN-AWAY.

Holy cow, this show was beyond-belief. Jett, former founder of the RUNAWAYS and lead singer of her band JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, proves that she is still truly an icon, can absolutely rock you, and is so sexy, at 52, you will probably want to kill yourself. (And hit the gym extra hard, form a band, and buy a nice, tight black leather catsuit, all at once!)

Never have I seen a performer embrace a large audience right in the very palm of their little hands, even with the sort of smallish sound system and tiny stage at the Seaside Festival. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS overcame this, blasting out hit after hit, as well some very nice surprises (ÒAndrogynousÓ by the Replacements! ÒI Wanna Be Your DogÓ by the Stooges!). I swear to God, she is a genuinely hypnotizing performing, even glimpsed from yards and yards away, projected on large video screens so the worshipful audience could grab any glimpse that they possibly could.

Opening up strong with ÒBad ReputationÓ and ÒCherry BombÓ (first recorded with the RUNAWAYS), Jett and the BLACKHEARTS did not once let their tight hold on the crowd up, racing and igniting themselves and the audience through a nearly twenty sweaty song set, that included some nice new songs, the old favorites. I have always loved this band, and Jett and her band plays a show that doesn't so much soak you in fond reminiscences, but actually makes you thrilled that yes, you actually DID have pretty decent taste in music for a kid, right-on. The BLACKHEARTS are lead guitarist DOUGIE NEEDLES, THOMMY PRICE on drums, and producer, long-time collaborator and keyboardist/percussionist- KENNY LAGUNA.)

Girl in A Coma (signed to Jett's very own BLACKHEART RECORDS) nicely opened up the show, but, alas, the punchy crowd was still filing in. The lead singer is compelling enough though, the riffs were great, and they pounded a few really thrashy and fun, do-wop-py tunes. Hats off to Brooklyn borough President Marty Markowitz, who is making sure this Seaside Summer Concert Series continues long and strong, for many years to come. (Look out-Cheap Trick is coming to Coney Island, for FREE, on August 18th- omg!) Hop on the sweaty F train, grab a dog at Nathan's, for God's sake, and brave the very brief, chatty wait-in-line. (Wasn't that terrible. Really.)

JOAN JETT - Coney Island - July 14th, 2011
Bad Reputation
Cherry Bomb
Light of Day
Do You Wanna Touch Me?
Go Home
Drive Me Wild
French Song
Love Is Pain
I Love Playing With Fire
I Wanna Be Your Dog
I Love Rock-n-Roll
Crimson & Clover
I Hate Myself For Loving You

I'm Everyday People

JOAN JETT The Queen of Brooklyn

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT Rocks The Coney Island Boardwalk

Last night there was magic by the seashore as New York's own JOAN JETT rocked the stage in Coney Island. This was the third time I have seen Joan perform live and it seems like she gets better with every show. I first saw Joan four years ago on the Hudson River pier where the opening act "The Dollyrots" won me over as a fan before Joan rocked that stage.

This time on the bill were another stablemate of BLACKHEART RECORDS "Girl in a Coma" who had an electric set of cool songs which reminded me a lot of what it would look like if Alanis Morissette and Jimi Hendrix had a love child. I mean this in the best possible way, they were great.

They played what seemed like a long set but no one cared the least as it was a great warm-up for Joan's fans. This was the first concert in this new makeshift arena so it got off to a little late start as it took the organizers a while to get everyone into their seats which was a waste of time since Blackheart fans don't use them anyway.

The Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz did an ok job as the host but thanking people for sponsoring the show got to be a little boring but he was mostly stalling for time in between acts. Marty and his crew did a great job securing a spot for concerts on the shore since they were forced to vacate the other area they had. I arrived around 7 o'clock for the 7:30 show, picked up a cheese dog from Nathans for the 5 block walk to the concert. The line was about 3 blocks long and they had already started letting people in. As the line moved they were announcing that if anyone without a chair wanted to spend $5 for a seat they could move over to the left and go in sooner I jumped on the chance. Next thing I knew I was sitting in a cool area to the left of the stage in about row 20. I was surrounded by die-hard Blackheart fans so I was in good company.

What was strange about the set-up was the VIP area which was for sponsors and such. I don't think anyone in these seats knew what they were in for. They seemed to be ready for some mild versions of Joan's "Crimson and Clover" and "I Love Rock and Roll" but what they got was not expected. It was hot, sexy and sweaty versions of those songs and every other song Joan let us have. Starting with Bad Reputation and then rattling off some other sexy songs had the people in the VIP section running. I thought it was funny as I was expecting it after I saw who was sitting there before the show.

Then it was time for a Runaway Song as she ripped through "Cherry Bomb" with its usual flair of fans singing along. Having people with Brooklyn accents singing Cherry bomb all at the same time was quite interesting but fun. You could tell it was going to be a fun night. Joan was just getting the crowd ready for some more singing as she and the BLACKHEARTS ripped through "Light of Day", "Touch Me", "Love is Pain" and then it was time for "I love Rock n Roll" and "Crimson and Clover" where people that were not familiar with Joan's songs could sing along.

Steamy Set List By The Seashore


Few first concerts can be as high-energy as JOAN JETT

low resolution image Not Enlargeable There aren't very many artists who can visit the same general area three times in one year and still sell tickets. Tuesday night, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS did just that when they stopped by the Seminole Hard Rock.

Although the arena had had a quarter of its seats curtained off, the available seats were still nearly full to witness the rock-and-roll legend. However, this time around (as opposed to her two prior performances in South Florida), many more seats were filled with moms who were accompanying their daughters to their first "real" concert. Jett must have had picked up on the younger demographic of the crowd because the ever so rough around the edges rocker seemed a bit more censored this time.

But just because some of the raunch was noticeably absent from Jett's act doesn't mean that the performance rocked any less. Jett and her BLACKHEARTS gave the crowd of nearly three thousand exactly what they wanted.

The hour-and-a-half set was packed to the gills with everything from the RUNAWAYS' biggest hits and the BLACKHEARTS tracks that everyone seems to love and that never get old. And the louder the crowd got as the performers egged them on, the more Jett would let her voice rip through every single soul in the building.

Set highlights included: "Naked", "Fetish", "Cherry Bomb", "I Hate Myself For Loving You", "A.C.D.C", "I Love Rock N' Roll", "Do You Wanna Touch Me", and "Crimson and Clover".

Although there was no opening act, it's clear that JOAN JETT doesn't need any help getting a crowd fired up. Jett's voice is better than ever, and with the BLACKHEARTS behind her they are an unstoppable force. As long as she keeps playing, moms for years to come will continue to take their daughters to her shows for their first "real" concerts. And a JOAN JETT show is by far not a bad first show. Not bad at all.

JOAN JETT to play free Coney Island show this Thursday, July 14th

JOAN JETT, one of the most badass rockers in history, will be taking over Coney Island this Thursday, July 14th at 7:30pm as part of this year's Seaside Summer Concerts Series. The free show takes place near the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium at 21st Street and Surf Avenue (directions found here). The public is welcome to bring their own chairs from home or rent a chair for $5 on the premises (first come, first served). Opening the show will be Girl In A Coma, an all-girl rock band who are signed to Jett's BLACKHEART RECORDS.

Jett, who started out alongside Lita Ford in the RUNAWAYS, is probably best known for her huge 80's hit "I Love Rock N' Roll." But music fans will also remember "Bad Reputation", "I Hate Myself For Loving You", "Little Liar" and awesome covers such as Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah!)", Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover", The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" and AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds." Jett also starred in the movie "Light of Day" with Michael J. Fox in 1987, with the title song written by Bruce Springsteen.

Since then, Jett has continued to release music and perform on a regular basis. She recently toured with acts such as Eagles of Death Metal, Aerosmith, Motorhead, and Green Day and played festivals such as last year's Virgin Mobile Festival in Maryland. She served as an executive producer for the 2010 film "The RUNAWAYS", which chronicled the band's rise to fame and starred Kristen Stewart as Jett.

Seaside Summer Concert Series Schedule 2011: Sneak Peak!

Borough President Marty Markowitz has been tight-lipped about the 2011 Seaside Summer Concert Series, forgoing the usual name-dropping in the months ahead of the concerts. But Sheepshead Bites has done some sleuthing, and our sources tell us that rock legend JOAN JETT will play the opening show.

The Seaside Summer Concert Series has seen a harsh two years, as the borough president's plans to construct a massive amphitheater at the shows' usual venue -- Asser-Levy / Seaside Park -- sparked outrage from the community. Throw in a couple of lawsuits, and the beep found a new venue on the other end of Coney Island. With critics still nipping at his heels, he has tried to keep the shows -- and the controversy -- out of the headlines, refusing to comment on possible performers. It's a stark contrast from last year, when the beep began announcing names as early as the beginning of May, with the big names coming out in early June, and the entire schedule by mid-June. This year, not one name has been leaked...until now.

A source close to the Borough President's office has confirmed that the first show of the 33rd Seaside Summer Concert Series will feature "Godmother of Punk" and the "Original Riot Grrrl" JOAN JETT, who Rolling Stone named one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Jett's 36-year career includes founding The RUNAWAYS (1975-1979), whose Live In Japan become one of the biggest-selling imports in U.S. and U.K. history. But, to American audiences, Jett is more well-known for her work with JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, whose "I Love Rock Ôn' Roll" became Billboard's #56 song of all time. In addition to a number of Top 40 hits, Jett headlined sellout tours with The Police, Queen, and Aerosmith, among others. Cool little known fact? Jett was the second American act of any kind to perform behind the Iron Curtain, so our readers born in former Soviet Republics might appreciate that.


JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Rock Thunder Valley Casino Resort

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT, one of our reigning queens of rock 'n' roll and one of only two women on Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest guitar players of all time, rocked a full house at Thunder Valley Casino Saturday night.

Jett, accompanied by her band The BLACKHEARTS, proved that she still has the energy and free-spirited wild-child persona she adopted during her early days as a guitarist in her first band, The RUNAWAYS.

Jett donned her signature black shaggy hair, dark eye makeup, a black tank top and Converse as she paraded around the stage, clapping her hands and encouraging the crowd to throw their hands up and sing along. Joining her on stage was lead guitarist DOUGIE NEEDLES, drummer Tommy Price and bassist Enzo Penizzotto.

The ground-level VIP area was filled with die-hards crushed against the stage, mesmerized by Jett's every move. The VIP seated area was much more relaxed.

"All of these seats are taken," Sandy Johnson claimed. ÒOur girls are out getting us some cocktails!" Johnson said she and her 12 girlfriends have been following Jett since their teens.

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