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JOAN JETT rocks the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

JOAN JETT brought the beat for the holidays. Fans of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade got to hear a little rock and roll on Thanksgiving morning. Singing in front of the Macy's Department store, JOAN JETT belted out her music for the fans and it was welcomed edition to the morning festivities. Surrounded by a crew of parade volunteers, there were pom poms as far as the eye could see.

"HappyThanksgiving! If you see JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS in the #MacysParade today, share your posts and pictures @JoanJett #Unvarnished," tweeted JOAN JETT from her official Twitter account early Thursday morning.

The opportunity to sing for JOAN JETT to sing for the fans looked a bit bleak over the past week. After moving from a different float, it wasn't sure how Jett would be represented. However, as the rocker proved in her first time at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, she wants to make an impression.

Take a look at the video clip of JOAN JETT performing in New York City. It didn't matter what float she stood on during the show as she could belt out her music out anywhere and the fans would be listening.

Dear Guitar Hero: JOAN JETT Talks Gibson Melody Makers, the RUNAWAYS, Pre-Show Jitters and More

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She was a founding guitarist of Seventies teen girl group the RUNAWAYS and rose to stardom fronting the long-running rock act the BLACKHEARTS. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is ...

The new JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS album [Unvarnished, released in October] deals with some really personal themes. Did writing these songs help you gain a new or different perspective on life? -- Mikey Nichols

Absolutely. It's like do-it-yourself psychology. [laughs] This is my most personal album in the sense that it directly points to events or things I've gone through. This last decade I've lost a lot of people, including my parents, who I was very close to. It's been a really formative, eye-opening and hard time for me.



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Who loves Rock and Roll? JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, who will perform Dec. 18 at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

Tickets for the performance at the 2,600-seat Hard Rock Live auditorium go on sale Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. The band Night Rider is scheduled to perform Dec. 27.

The new racino features 2,200 video lottery terminals, a steakhouse sponsored by former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, a Hard Rock Café, a buffet and a 24-7 bistro dubbed the Constant Grind.

Lemmy solo album coming soon

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Motorhead mainman Lemmy has nearly completed work on his solo album, he's revealed.

And even if his recent health woes mean his days on tour are numbered, he has a stack of studio projects he wants to get done, including with his rockabilly outfit Head Cat.

The band recently rescheduled their winter UK and European tour dates for early spring next year when it became clear Lemmy hadn't fully recovered from the illnesses that put him in hospital for three weeks during the summer.


Is she really 55? Ageless JOAN JETT rocks out in leather trousers at AMAs

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Her most famous song is Light Of Day.

And luckily for JOAN JETT, the light of day holds no fears for her, which she proved when showing off her youthful figure in a pair of skin-tight leather trousers at the AMAs in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The 55-year-old was there to present the Favourite Alternative Artist award at the prestigious music event.

Posing on the red carpet, The BLACKHEARTS singer wowed in the leather pants, which she teamed with purple boots and an unusual black and blue jacket.

Her trademark black hair ruffled to perfection, the I Love Rock 'n' Roll singer exhibited flawless porcelain skin.

Meanwhile, smokey silver and black eye make-up proved a dramatic touch.


Celebrity vegetarians featured on limited-edition PETA stamp sheet

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A limited-edition U.S. Postal Service-approved stamp sheet featuring 20 of the world's most famous vegetarians earlier this week appeared at events in New York and Los Angeles. This is a step in the right direction for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), an animal welfare group known for its sometimes controversial approach to activism. VIP vegetarians from throughout history, ranging from Natalie Portman to Paul McCartney to Leo Tolstoy, are recognized on the stamps.


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Sunday at 8/7c on ABC
Presenters announced for the "2013 American Music Awards," airing live Sunday, November 24 at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC.

2 Chainz, Akon, Marc Anthony, Ciara, Fall Out Boy, Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, JOAN JETT, Heidi Klum, Lady Antebellum, Bill Maher, Andrew McCutchen, Hayden Paenttiere, Jeremy renner, Emma Roberts, Naya Rivera, Sarah Silverman, Alicia Silverstone, Taylor Swift and more..

Dick Clark productions has announced the presenters for the "2013 American Music Awards." This year’s roster includes a mix of actors, musicians, athletes and reality stars, including: 2 Chainz, Akon, Jaimie Alexander, Marc Anthony, Kristen Bell, Michael Bolton, Ciara, Chris Daughtry, Fall Out Boy, Nathan Fillion, Daisy Fuentes, Juan Pablo Galavis, Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson, JOAN JETT, Heidi Klum, Lady Antebellum, Bill Maher, Andrew McCutchen, Maia Mitchell, Kelly Osbourne, Hayden Panettiere, Jeremy Renner, Nicole Richie, Naya Rivera, Emma Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Sarah Silverman, Alicia Silverstone, Taylor Swift, and The Ceremonies, as well as Shark Tank cast members - Daymond John, Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Robert Herjave - in addition to some surprise appearances.

"2013 American Music Awards" will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC.

Artists will be honored in the genres of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative Rock, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational, Electronic Dance Music, as well as categories for Top Soundtrack, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s, Artist of the Year, and for the first year-ever, "Single of the Year." Voting has closed for all categories except Best New Artist presented by Kohl’s which ends at 9:00 p.m., ET during the show on November 24. Fans can continue to vote for this category at or via Twitter.

The "2013 American Music Awards" is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Michael Mahan are Executive Producers and Larry Klein is Producer. Pitbull is this year’s host.

Fans can keep up with all-things American Music Awards related through "AMAs On Demand." AMAs On Demand" is available now with breaking news, artist spotlights, fashion retrospectives, interviews, and viewer generated content. Follow the AMAs on Twitter @theamas and on Facebook at, as well as Instagram, tumblr and Vine. "AMAs On Demand" is updated every Thursday at

In collaboration with Twitter, Twitter Mirrors will be placed in select backstage areas. The "selfie stations" will provide a candid look into the backstage scene. Also this year, the AMAs and Twitter will debut the first-ever VINE 360 FASHION BOOTH placed right in the middle of the red carpet. Fashion buffs around the world will have a front row seat to an unparalleled close look at celebrity red carpet fashion - on REAL TIME.

Viewers will also get a second-screen experience jam-packed with "snack-able" videos, photos, GIFs, memes, "Insta-Fashion Pops," "Thank You Cam" shout outs, and much more across every major social platform.

The "2013 American Music Awards" partners include Cumulus, Time Warner Cable, Yahoo and Music Choice.

JOAN JETT added to Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding event

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Christmas Pudding just got better! Alice has just confirmed that JOAN JETT has joined this year's lineup! Joan just kicked off a major tour with her new album "Unvarnished" featuring Dave Grohl! Joan will take the stage on December 7th at... Comerica Theatre to represent women who rock! Tickets are going fast so get yours today at or at the Comerica Theatre box office! All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services for our teens at Alice Cooper's Rock Teen Center! A special thanks to our title sponsor Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep!

Alice Cooper's 13th Annual Christmas Pudding Presented by Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Join Alice Cooper for the best holiday event of the season! This year Alice will be joined by some of the greatest rockers and entertainers in the world! All proceeds directly benefit Solid Rock and The Rock Teen Center.

2013 Christmas Pudding Lineup
Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer of KISS
Rob Zombie
Vince Neil of Motley Crue
Stephen Pearcy of RATT
Tom Keifer of Cinderella
Kip Winger of Winger
Special Guest Comedian Bill Engvall
World's Fastest Speed Painter Rock Demarco
2013 Proof is in the Pudding Winners The Guitarnauts and soloist Lelea
Hosted by Seinfeld and Family Feud TV star John O'Hurley

Saturday, December 7, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Comerica Theatre
Phoenix, Arizona
Tickets available at or at the Comerica Theatre Box office 602-379-2800.

Diamond Angels 10th Annual Fairy Tale Ball 11/16/13

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Diamond Angels 10th Annual Fairy Tale Ball
Saturday, 11/16/2013 -- 11/16/2013 07:00 pm -- 11:00 pm
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 S Ocean Drive,Hollywood, Florida 33019
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Cost: $250

Guests at the 10th Annual Fairy Tale Ball will spend a magical evening in the Land of Oz when the Diamond Angels of Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation host the popular event. Event-goers will follow the yellow brick road and mingle with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, along with other fantastically memorable characters in the ballroom, which will be transformed into the fascinating world of "The Wizard of Oz."

The fantasy-themed evening will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and an auction. The highlight will be an intimate musical performance headlined by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. The band will perform many of their chart-topping hits including "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," "Crimson and Clover," and "I Hate Myself for Loving You," plus songs from their latest album, Unvarnished, which was released in September. Attendees will also enjoy a smashing opening performance by Jack Blades & Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger, known for their power ballad "Sister Christian" and their rock anthem "Rock in America".

Throughout the night, Mike Marino, aka DJ 1Tre, will keep the beat pumping while comedian George Gray, announcer for "The Price is Right" and host of "The Weakest Link," returns with his signature humor to emcee the festivities. Auction prizes include designer accessories, sports and entertainment packages, five-star vacations, cruises and staycations.

JOAN JETT, Emma Hunton & More Join ROCKERS ON BROADWAY 20 Lineup, 11/11

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Rocker JOAN JETT, Cheryl Freeman (The Who's Tommy), Ariana Groover (Bare), Steve Gouveia (Jersey Boys), Emma Hunton (Next to Normal), John Arthur Greene (Matilda), Preston Truman Boyd (Big River), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Michael Lanning (Bonnie and Clyde), Sarah Schmidt (Jersey Boys), Jeremy Schonfeld (Drift), Andrew Berlin, Sarah Grace, Aisha Jackson, Greg Kamp, Megan Rice join Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Jekyll & Hyde), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Lena Hall (Kinky Boots), Tony Vincent (We Will Rock You/American Idiot) and Rebecca Covington, Dionne Figgins, Jawan M. Jackson, Mykal Kilgore, Krisha Marcano, Jarran Muse,Jesse Nagar and Donald Webber Jr. from Motown the Musical, join Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, Norm Lewis, Lesli Margherita, Tituss Burgess, Donnie Kehr and more for ROCKERS ON BROADWAY 20 - Celebrating 20 Years (1993-2013) at SoHo's (le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, NYC) on Monday, November 11 at 7:30 PM. Presented by The PATH Fund, Inc., tickets are on sale now at or

Sponsors of Rockers on Broadway 20 are Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio and the Frye Company.

This historic night will honor rock legend Pete Townshend (The Who's TOMMY) and director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), two visionaries who broke new artistic ground while bridging the gap between Rock & Roll and Broadway. An all-star cast of Broadway's finest (to be announced) will be backed by a full band, performing numbers from the event's first two decades. The evening will include special performances by The Monkees Micky Dolenz (Aida, Grease) and honoree Des McAnuff.

Music Direction by Henry Aronson (Rock of Ages) and Joseph Church (The Who's Tommy).

Over two decades, ROCKERS ON BROADWAY has raised $300,000, with proceeds from 2013's event benefitting The ASCAP Foundation's Children Will Listen Program, The Broadway Dreams Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, says Cori Gardner, Executive Producer of The PATH Fund, the nonprofit organization that produces the event.

"ROCKERS ON BROADWAY 20 will feature 20 of the best performances celebrating the first 20 years," says event founder Donnie Kehr, who just wrapped shooting in Los Angeles recreating his Broadway role of Norm Waxman in Clint Eastwood's film of Jersey Boys.

"This year, for our 20th anniversary, we're honoring Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff because they inspired the creation of this annual event," says Kehr.

Kehr worked with the legends when he appeared in The Who's TOMMY. "Rockers began because Pete wanted TOMMY's cast of Broadway performers to get some experience performing in rock clubs to understand what he did. So our first event actually had rock god Pete Townshend playing backup for Alice Ripley, Norm Lewis, Michael Cerveris, myself and others to help give our Broadway performances a rock n' roll edge. And that spirit has guided 20 years of ROCKERS ON BROADWAY."


JOAN JETT To Perform On SD Float In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

A music legend will appear on the South Dakota Department of Tourism's float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen says JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will perform on Mount Rushmore's American Pride float on Thanksgiving Day.

Hagen said in a news release, JOAN JETT is a legend in rock music, especially among the generation of visitors South Dakota is looking to attract.

This is the department's fourth year appearing in the popular parade.

State's Macy's parade float to feature JOAN JETT

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will appear on the Mount Rushmore's American Pride float in the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the South Dakota Department of Tourism announced Thursday.

"We're excited to have such a well-known artist perform on our float this year. JOAN JETT is a legend in rock music, especially among the generation of visitors South Dakota is looking to attract," state Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen said in a news release.

This is the fourth year the Department of Tourism has had a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is held in New York City. It will be broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 28 on NBC.


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Lee Crystal, former drummer of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, has passed away. We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lee Crystal.

"Lee Crystal was a gentleman, and a gentle man. He was a very good person and one I called a friend. He was a Blackheart during some magical times. We love him and will miss him."



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Lee Crystal, who played drums for JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS during their height of commercial success, died after a twenty year fight with Multiple Sclerosis.

Tributes were quickly posted on a number of sites:

Lee Crystal was a gentleman, and a gentle man. He was a very good person and one I called a friend. He was a Blackheart during some magical times. We love him and will miss him.

Former BLACKHEARTS guitarist Ricky Byrd:
RIP Pally...your drum fill at the beginning of I Love RnR is part of Rock history!! Always a sweetheart!! My roommate on the road! Love ya Lee...see you on the other side! Condolences to Maura and the rest of the family

Kayos Productions
My heart is very heavy right now-our dear friend and Blackheart drummer Lee Crystal just lost his valiant fight with MS. Ricky and I are devastated. Three years after graduating from high school, Crystal had his first professional success with his band The Boyfriends, opening for bands like the Ramones at CBGB. He later played with Sylvian Sylvian and David Johansen before landing a job in 1981 with JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

Jett and her band signed with Boardwalk Records shortly after Crystal joined which re-released her debut album as Bad Reputation. The followed late in the year with the first album on which Crystal played, the now classic I Love Rock 'n' Roll. That album included two major hits for the group, the title song, which topped the charts, and a cover of Tommy James and the Shondell's Crimson in Clover which made it to number 7.

Crystal would appear on two more albums, Album (1983) and Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (1984) before leaving the group to play with Crash Conference and Secret Chiefs. Note that some sources also show him playing on some tracks on Bad Reputation, which was originally released as JOAN JETT in 1980 before he joined the band, and 1986's Good Music although three drummers are credited.

Lee was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1993 and, as it became harder to play drums, he retired from professional music but continuing to teach the instrument from his home.

JOAN JETT on VH1 Classic on Tap

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Don’t miss On Tap tonight because Nik Carter has another exclusive interview for you! Tonight Nik & The On Tap Crew are sitting down with JOAN JETT for an exclusive interview!

There will be plenty of JOAN JETT music and you'll hear Nik & Joan discuss her new album "Unvarnished" and all things rock and roll.

JOAN JETT and rock 'n' roll music

"Ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb."

The moment I heard JOAN JETT sing those lyrics at the Concrete Street Amphitheater recently in Corpus Christi, I knew I had made the right choice to see one of my childhood idols in concert.

Jett, 55, and her band since the 1980s, the Heartbreakers, played her hits like "Cherry Bomb" from her days in the all-girl group The RUNAWAYS from the 1970s to her Top 40 tunes made during a career that has spanned almost 40 years.

I found out about the concert by chance after stopping at a convenience store on the way to Galveston. In the window was a poster for a biker fest in Corpus Christi. And in the top left hand corner of the poster was a picture of my childhood rock idol JOAN JETT.

I jumped up and down with excitement in the store parking lot.

I have followed Jett's career since I was 10 years old, when her hit single "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982. I remember buying the 45 single on vinyl at Walmart. Little did I know at the time that she was already a rock star seven years prior with The RUNAWAYS, a band then teenage Jett started with drummer Sandy West when they lived in Los Angeles, Calif.



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Lee Crystal, who played drums for JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS during their most commercially successful period in the '80s, has died. He passed away from complications from multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in 1993.

According to a post on Kayos Productions' Facebook page, Crystal just "lost his valiant fight with MS."

Crystal was the BLACKHEARTS' drummer from 1981-86, playing on the band's most popular recordings, including the LPs 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' and 'Album.' Together, the Top 20 records yielded Jett's hit single covers of Sly & the Family Stone's 'Everyday People,' Tommy James and the Shondells' 'Crimson and Clover' and 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll,' which reached No. 1.

In an interview with Modern Drummer from 2006, the Brooklyn-bred Crystal said that "JOAN JETT was what I needed. I wanted to play real rock 'n' roll." Before he signed on to be Jett's drummer, Crystal played with former New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. After splitting from the BLACKHEARTS, he played with Crash Conference and Secret Chiefs.

After his multiple sclerosis made it difficult to play drums, Crystal became a music teacher out of his New Jersey home, where he instructed drum students to "get real familiar with your drums, because you'll be hitting them."

NBC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Kicks Off Festive Holiday Season Nov. 28, 9 A.M. - Noon (All Time Zones)

Encore Presentation to Air Same Day from 2-5 p.m. (All Time Zones)

NEW YORK - Nov. 4, 2013 - The nation's most beloved spectacle, the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R), returns for the 87th year of magic on Thursday, Nov. 28 (9 a.m.-noon) throughout the country on NBC.

To kick off the holiday season, more than 8,000 participants will march through the streets of Manhattan at the sound of the time-honored words "Let's Have a Parade(TM)." Against a backdrop of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, the parade's signature elements, including its giant balloons, floats of fantasy, performers and the one-and-only Santa Claus, will ring in the holiday season with unrivaled celebration.

The star power on Thanksgiving Day comes courtesy of hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of NBC's "Today," and performers from music, film, sports, theater and television. Joining the festivities this year are the Big Apple Circus, Kristin Chenoweth, Cherokee National Youth Choir, Chica and the gang from Sprout, Cirque du Soleil(R), Gavin DeGraw, Brett Eldredge, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with the cast of "Sesame Street," Fifth Harmony, Florida Georgia Line, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Jack Hannah, Megan Hilty, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Sandra Lee, Cher Lloyd, Austin Mahone, Mannheim Steamroller, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, NFL legends Bart Oates, Amani Toomer and Hines Ward, NHL legends Cam Neely and Mike Richter, as well as Kellie Pickler, The Robertson family from A&E's hit series "Duck Dynasty," Debby Ryan, Richard Simmons, and The Summer Set.

Enhancing the Parade's signature entertainment will be the world-famous Radio City Rockettes(R) helping to kick-off the holidays, along with performances from Broadway's best musicals including "Matilda," "Motown: The Musical" and more. In addition, the first-hour of the national broadcast will feature a special appearance by Carrie Underwood and members of the cast of NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!"

"For millions of families each year, Thanksgiving Day isn't complete without tuning in to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. "We are thrilled to once again broadcast this national celebration to kick off the holiday season."

From its modest beginnings in 1924 with only about a dozen elements to the grand spectacular we know today, the Macy's Parade line-up unfolds each year with breathtaking pageantry. This year the line-up features 15 giant character balloons; 37 large scale novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 30 floats; 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers; 900 clowns; 11 marching bands; and a host of celebrity performers.



JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS have released their new video, for the single 'Any Weathe'r, which comes via the band's newly released album, Unvarnished. Joan is fresh off the heels of her surprise performance at iHeartRadio Festival and her intimate record release show at Santos Party House in NYC. The new video - directed by Kevin Kerslake - was shot in Los Angeles, CA, and showcases a never-before-used camera technique to give the production a raw and classic aura.

"Embedding the theme of the video in the form of my approach, cinematically-speaking - my camera crew and I ripped apart two state of the art cameras, exposing their guts and effectively turning them into 21st Century versions of crude, antiquated devices," explains director Kevin Kerslake on the unique filming techniques used during the video shoot. "They were the digital filmic equivalent of two tin cans and a piece of string."

Joan has said that Unvarnished is the most introspective album she's ever done. While still keeping to her signature sound, Jett observes her own life as well as life around her. From applauding the determination of Hurricane Sandy's victims to lighthearted commentary on today's trend of over-sharing, the new album touches a variety of subjects. Jett expanded her creative process to work with musicians Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) and AGAINST ME!'s Laura Jane Grace, as well as BLACKHEARTS guitarist DOUGIE NEEDLES and drummer THOMMY PRICE. In addition, Joan has continued her work with longtime writing partner/producer, KENNY LAGUNA. "It's a real band album. Everybody was involved," explains Joan.

In new a Artisan News report, JOAN JETT talks about chronicling the devastation her hometown of Long Beach, New York faced from Hurricane Sandy in the song 'Make It Back' on her latest album Unvarnished, as the storm was formed one year ago this week (and ran from October 22nd - 31st).

With her new album and L.A. acclaim, Former Runaway JOAN JETT proves she never left

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Don't call "Unvarnished," JOAN JETT's first new album in seven years, a comeback: The queen of noise has been here for years. For an artist whose first band was laughed off as a novelty act and whose first solo album was rejected by a couple dozen labels, Jett has shown remarkable staying power.

With her black shag and husky snarl, the woman born 55 years ago as Joan Larkin ranks among the most iconic of rock stars. This summer, the Sunset Strip Music Festival acknowledged her legendary role in L.A. history by making the former Strip denizen its first female honoree. The city of West Hollywood declared Aug. 1 JOAN JETT Day.

"It was a nice way to come back to West Hollywood and be welcomed like that, considering the way I felt when I left L.A., which was dragging my butt out of there," Jett says. "And coming back triumphantly, on that level. Not only that, everything went well. Lot of times over the year we've played L.A., and there's been weird vibes. This time everything went great."

Jett isn't resting on her leather laurels though. "Unvarnished" features all-new material and guests, including Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and Against Me's Laura Jane Grace â€" along with her stalwart bandmates the BLACKHEARTS.


JOAN JETT to executive produce and star in movie

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Rocker JOAN JETT is set to return to the big screen to star in and executive produce romantic comedy "Undateable John."

In the film, which also stars Daryl Hannah, Tom Arnold and Shannen Doherty, Jett will play a California folk singer, who becomes friends with an oddball couple at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, according to Deadline.

Jett will also contribute songs to the movie's soundtrack. Last month, Jett released her first album, "Unvarnished," since 2006.

Her previous screen credits include "Lock & Roll Forever," "Light of Day" and appearances on TV shows "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Highlander."

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