Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

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low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will headline an exclusive concert during the 26th annual Ride for Life benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday, May 4.

Start your engines and get ready to rock out with JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at an exclusive concert during the 26th annual Ride for Life benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday, May 4.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are known for their potent mix of hard rock, glam, punk, metal and garage rock that sounds fresh and relevant in any era. Jett has had eight platinum and gold albums, as well as nine Top 40 singles, including classics "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "Bad Reputation" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You."


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JOAN JETT And Laura Jane Grace Co-Wrote & Perform New Song

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Recently the one and only JOAN JETT had the chance to co-write and perform a brand new song with Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!. The song is titled "Soulmates To Strangers", and you can watch the ladies playing together by taking a look below the jump.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS have quite a few tour dates coming up throughout the summer and into fall. Be sure to head over to the band's official Facebook page for a full list of tour dates to see if they will be playing in your city.

Rock lover with a 'Bad Rep'

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT was not granting interviews this month, which is a shame. I would have loved to catch up with the leather-clad rocker whose raw, pop-punk anthems cut through the hoaky synthesizers of the 1980s.

As the front woman for the all-girl, full-steam-ahead band The RUNAWAYS, Jett the solo artist carried real, snarling rock 'n' roll from the 1970s into the 1980s. Seems she didn't give a "damn 'bout her bad reputation," and that attitude was refreshing in the early 1980s.

In 1982, her version of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" loitered at the top of the charts for months. As did Olivia Newton-John's "Physical." It was an odd time.

Jett still tours and records, and her iconic catalogue continues to surface in all corners of pop culture.

She is slated to perform Saturday at Silver Springs. Make no mistake, that is a very big deal.

The park has been mixing old-school rock acts in with its country line-ups in recent years, and Jett is this season's rock 'n' roll anchor.

"I'll be there with my black leather wrist bands on and my raccoon eyeliner," noted Ocalan Krista Gyenge.

On a personal level, I really wanted to interview Jett to settle a long-running debate between me and a college friend: Which one of us was Jett looking at when she seductively licked her lips during the UCF concert in 1988?

I, of course, contend she was looking me, but the fact is, she was doing a lot of lip licking and snarling that night. She is a rocker with leather wrist bands and a bad-girl persona, so I would imagine the same debate rages among many UCF alums to this day.


JOAN JETT to play fundraiser at Levitt Pavilion in Bethlehem

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The queen of punk rock will play Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks in Bethlehem next month, but the audience won't be just raising its fists for her music. It will be raising funds for a cause.

JOAN JETT, who started the proto-punk band The RUNAWAYS and had the No. 1 hit "I Love Rock 'n' Rock" and eight other Top 40 hits with her band The BLACKHEARTS, will perform at 7 p.m. May 4 as headliner at the 26th annual MDA Ride for Life event. It runs May 4-5 at SteelStacks.

The event is for people taking part in Ride For Life, in which participants raise money through pledges, donations, sales and other activities. Anyone can become a participant; details are on the website or can be had by calling the local MDA office, 610-557-4403.

Admission tickets for the two-day event are $40, with those under age 16 admitted free when accompanied by an adult Ride for Life participant.

The event also is selling tickets to the concert only. They are available, also for $40, from Eastern Harley-Davidson Dealers Association, a group of 28 dealerships in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, northern Virginia and southern New York.

Participating dealerships include Keystone Harley-Davidson in Parryville; Classic Harley-Davidson in Reading; Dean's Harley-Davidson in Sellersville; Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson/Buell in Orwigsburg; Schoch's Harley-Davidson in Stroudsburg; and Brian's Harley-Davidson/Buell in Langhorne.

In addition to the concert, there will be food, games, other entertainment and an auction and, of course, motorcycle rides. The second day will start with a motorcycle parade.

Jett co-headlined with fellow 1980s rockers The B-52s at the main stage of Bethlehem's Musikfest festival in 2009, drawing a crowd of 5,000. Capacity on the Levitt lawn is about 2,500.

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