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Springsteen, Letterman, Asbury star in Darlene Love video

low resolution image Not Enlargeable There is lots of Love and lots of celebs in the new video for Darlene Love's new single, "Forbidden Nights."

The video, filmed July 29 in and around the 3rd Avenue beach of Asbury Park, features Paul Shaffer and JOAN JETT with cameos from Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Maureen Van Zandt, David Letterman, Bill Murray, Elvis Costello and a couple of hundred folks from Asbury Park on the beach.

The video was released on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

"Doing the video was fun and seeing all the people who appeared in it, I sometimes get choked up," Love said.

In the vid, Love, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, drives a 1961 Cadillac convertible around town picking up people to go to her beach concert. Murray can't make as he's too busy surfing; Costello's occupied with soccer and Springsteen and Van Zandt are wrestling each other outside the city's of Convention Hall.

A bearded Letterman appears as the man in the moon, eating a bowl of cereal, at the close of the video.

"Hey!" Letterman says. "I love you!"

The single, written by Costello, is from the upcoming Steven Van Zandt-produced album, “Introducing Darlene Love,” which will be released on September 18 on Van Zandt's Wicked Cool label and will be distributed by Columbia Records. The album will feature songs written by Jett, Van Zandt, Springsteen, Jim Webb, Linda Perry, Desmond Child, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Love will play the city's Paramount Theatre on September 12 accompanied by Van Zandt and the musicians who played on the new album. Tickets, $67 to $247, are one sale through and the Stone Pony box office, open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and during shows.

VIP and Gold Circle seating includes facetime with Love and Van Zandt and a gift bag that includes a CD and signed memorabilia from the artists. Partial proceeds from the show will benefit the Asbury Park Music Lives Foundation to fund the Lake House Music Academy/Hope Academy Music Scholarships.

Love's previous hits include "He's A Rebel," "The Boy I'm Gonna Marry," "Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home," "He's Sure the Boy I Love" and "Christmas Baby Please Come Home."



low resolution image Not Enlargeable The hard charging rocker visits Eisenhower Park

The visionary rocker and South Shore resident, with ties to Rockville Centre and Long Beach, is ready to rock Eisenhower Park as summer winds down. Jett and her BLACKHEARTS are much more than her hits, despite the sing-along nature of her anthems "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." An originator and innovator in the music industry, Jett's brand of glam-rock never goes out of style. Her lesser known tunes, "French Song" and the punkish "Long Time," among them, demonstrate her talents and staying power just as much as the classics. The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee remains as passionate about her music as ever, ready to share it all her fans.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. Bring seating. Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, located near parking fields 6 and 6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. (516) 572-0200 or 572-0355 after 6:30 p.m.

Nature Walk
"Explore the Ruins" on hike through Muttontown Preserve's fields and trails and estate grounds during a guided tour with a naturalist. Examine the preserve's fascinating history, including the remains of a former estate once owned by King Zog (the last monarch of Albania), see and identify its many floral treasures, and visit what's left of ruins on the property. The remains of King Zog's 150-acre Knollwood Estate, which he acquired in 1951, remains one of the preserve's fascinating curiosities. After he sold it a few years later, rumors spread about treasures hidden there, leading to the mansion's demolition. Sunday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Enrollment is limited and registration is required. Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich. (516) 571-8500.


low resolution image Not Enlargeable Here are some indications that a person has achieved the status of a legend: They release a greatest hits album and then continue to create new music. Weird Al Yankovic parodies their songs. They stand in for Kurt Cobain with the other members of Nirvana during a performance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

JOAN JETT has done all these things, and on Aug. 21, she plays Harrah's Cherokee Event Center with her band, the BLACKHEARTS.

Right now, Jett and her band are touring solo, but in September, they'll reconnect with The Who to continue that band's 50th anniversary tour.

Jett is best known as one of the founders of The RUNAWAYS and for hits such as "Bad Reputation" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." She released her most recent album, "Unvarnished," in 2013. The opening track, "Any Weather," features instrumentation and production by Dave Grohl and Jett's signature emphatic vocals.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS play Harrah's on Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $24.50 before fees. For more information, visit

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS bringing the heat to Elmwood Park

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; JOAN JETT helped build the groundwork for America's punk-rock scene with her hard-changing guitar prowess, out-of-this-world vocals and a string of anthems so positively vibrant, they could've been recorded yesterday.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will rock out Thursday evening at Elmwoord Park located at 706 S Jefferson Street in Roanoke.

The group is touring in support of Jett's critically acclaimed new album, "Unvarnished."

Park Gates open at 4 p.m. Thursday, August 20, organizers say.

Entry to the Amphitheater is at 5:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are available at the Berglund Center Box Office for $27 (plus taxes and fees) or online for an additional charge.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS rock Las Vegas in September

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS head to the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel on Friday, Sept. 18.

With eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, Jett earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Some of her classic hits include "Bad Reputation," "Do You Wanna Touch Me," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." Jett runs her own independent label, BLACKHEART RECORDS, and has acted in movies and television, including 1987's "Light Of Day," and in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical, "The Rocky Horror Show."

She performed in the all-girl punk quartet the RUNAWAYS when she was 15 and then went solo before she formed the BLACKHEARTS. The band scored its first hit with "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," which came out in 1982.

Now songs such as "I Hate Myself for Loving You" are part of NBC's "Sunday Night Football," and her songs can be heard in films and TV shows including "Shrek," and "Baby Mama."

Actress Kristen Stewart portrayed Jett in "The RUNAWAYS," a film based on the book "Neon Angel" by lead RUNAWAYS singer Cherie Currie.

Jett and the BLACKHEARTS released their latest record, "Unvarnished," in 2013.

Tickets start at $39.50 and go on sale Friday.

Tickets: AXS, (888) 929-7849

4 Reasons Why JOAN JETT's '70s Edge Has Us Inspired Right Now

low resolution image Not Enlargeable In 1977, JOAN JETT was photographed at a photo session for her band The RUNAWAYS (above)-and many years later, the look is as noteworthy as ever. How? Let's count the current trends that Jett wore way ahead of their time.

1. Perfect Pairings
She’s got the androgyny thing down pat with her pinstriped blazer, dark denim flares, and sexy red camisole.

2. Moody Makeup
Smoky eyes + nude mouth? Check!

3. Runway-Ready Accessories
The skinny scarf, layered necklaces, and studded cuff ... they look like they could be from Hedi Slimane’s current Saint Laurent collection.

4. Stylish Sneakers
Athleisure? She preempted it by nearly 40 years with her stylish kicks!

The point being? Authentically cool people-not just the "well-dressed"-tend to become style icons. Jett's the (cherry) bomb.

Jett sees generations loving rock 'n' roll

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Back when JOAN JETT was growing up, she would have never considered going to a concert with her parents. These days, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member often sees parents and their kids together at shows.

"It's a different situation than maybe before, where you've got parents and kids, and they're very proud to be with each other, whether it's the parent showing the kid or it's the kid showing the parent," she said. "I meet a lot of them when we do a meet-and-greet before the show, so it's a lot of fun."

Jett, and presumably some rock and roll-loving families, will be at Elmwood Park on Thursday. Swampcandy opens the show.

Jett, 56, who began her career with the teenage girl band The RUNAWAYS, launched her solo career in 1980 with "Bad Reputation," and hit No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart the next year with "I Love Rock ‘N' Roll." She cemented her stardom with "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and a cover of "Crimson and Clover," among other numbers.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted her and her band, The BLACKHEARTS, in April. Miley Cyrus gave the induction speech, and Dave Grohl joined the band for part of its performance, taking a verse on The RUNAWAYS' "Cherry Bomb." See the performance via


JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS strike Salamanca with edge, sass

low resolution image Not Enlargeable David Snowden has been bringing music to the Kentucky State Fair for 40 years, so when he describes this year's fair as being "snakebit" he speaks with authority.

The opening and closing concerts in Freedom Hall were both canceled, robbing the fair of two signature events. Meghan Trainor's opening night show was called off due to pending throat surgery, and Aretha Franklin pulled out of closing night without explanation.

Snowden's disappointment has been tempered by the addition of a free stunt show by BMX and FMX professionals in Freedom Hall for Thursday's opening night, and a line-up of free concerts that he said is bettered only by those offered at the New York State Fair.

Many of this year's free Turf Concert Series performers are touring the fair circuit - Snowden produces shows for nearly 20 state fairs - but their shows are ticketed events elsewhere.

"There's no state fair other than New York that has the budget for free shows like Kentucky has," Snowden said. "I think the quality of our free shows have hurt our paid shows, honestly. JOAN JETT doesn't do free shows."

So while there won't be any rising pop stars or soul legends to anchor the Kentucky State Fair's entertainment line-up, there's enough to keep music fans busy. Here's a look at the entertainment on offer this year - assuming we've seen the last of diva cancellations and hemorrhaged vocal cords.

Freedom Hall
State Fair admission is included in the cost of of the paid shows, but not parking.

BMX Pros, Aug. 20 - This last-minute addition replaces Trainor with a line-up of BMX and FMX professionals performing an array of stunts. Producer Woody Itson, a BMX Hall of Fame member, will perform alongside X Games gold medalist Morgan Wade and skateboarder Chris Gentry, among others. 8 p.m., free.


JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS strike Salamanca with edge, sass

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS gave Salamanca, New York fans what they craved this past week-end. High energy. Hot music. Reckless abandon. Jamming at the Seneca Allegheny Casino, Jett opened up the show with her hit "Bad Reputation." The musician got into her groove early, punk and rock n' roll rhythms carrying most of her tunes, Jett proved that all a woman needs is a microphone and a sultry guitar. At 56, Jett still has her edge. Decked out in a sparkling black outfit, her voice showed no signs of decline.

Her fans took several trips down memory lane, as Jett and the BLACKHEARTS sang classic hits, such as "Do you Want to Touch Me?" and "Cherry Bomb" from her time with the all-girl band The RUNAWAYS. Jett also crooned some hits from her latest album, entitled Unvarnished. Jett shared some personal stories. Before she sang her track "Make It Back", the artist talked about her experience in Long Island as Hurricane Sandy hit. The song was inspired by Jett's admiration for ordinary people helping each other out and coming together in a crisis.

Letting her guitar do most of the talking, Jett's grins and wide eyes throughout the show let fans know that she loves what she does. The rock n' roller did an awesome cover of "Everyday People." Jett's chemistry with her fellow guitarist was electric. The only thing more captivating than Jett and the BLACKHEARTS' musical style was her guitarist's tresses. With hair spiked about 6 inches tall, his image mirrored Jett's bad girl persona.

Jett's rendition of her number hit "I Love Rock N' Roll" served as the highlight of the evening. Excited fans jumped to their feet, the packed house punching the air to the beat. Jett turned her microphone to the crowd during her signature tune's chorus, as people sang, "I love Rock N' Roll, put another dime in the jukebox baby. I love rock n' roll, so come and take your time and dance with me." From there, the torrid musician had full command of her audience. A sultry version of "Crimson and Clover", featured in the movie "Monster", tantalized a cheering audience. Jett then delighted her fans by sliding into her 1988 hit "I Hate Myself for Loving You." A track about love gone bad and regrets, Jett told the crowd that most of them could probably relate to the song at some point in their life. Animalistic "ows" hard drums and a fast guitar reminded listeners why Jett and the BLACKHEARTS have lasted about 35 years.

In an age where artists and bands come and go, Jett and the BLACKHEARTS have withstood a sometimes harsh and unforgiving music industry. Recently inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame this past April, the group proved why they deserved the honor. Their music is chock full of edge and sass. An hour and a half of listening to their live show is more than enough time to know one thing. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are not ready to stop rocking any time soon.

It's About Time These Haircuts Came Back In Style

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Haircuts are like clothes. There are classic styles that remain popular regardless of the decade such as bobs. There are super trendy styles that barely last a year yet alone a ten and then there are those perfectly good styles that get forgotten about but are definitely worth trying out again. The mullet has been trying to make a comeback at every fashion week. It has yet to gain wide popularity but these other haircuts deserve to be as popular again as they once were.

These are the vintage haircuts you should consider trying when you're bored with your lob:
1. Joan Collins' Thick Bangs And Voluminous Hair, 1969
If you have long hair, all it takes it a few tweaks to get Joan Collins' cut. It's like Zooey Deschanel's hairstyle with a bit more curl. Just add a few face framing layers and a set of thick bangs. When you style your hair, remember to add some volume at the crown.

2. Audrey Hepburn's Asymmetrical Bangs, 1955
Audrey Hepburn's short, choppy bangs might have gone out of fashion because people were worried that they would look like their bangs were a DIY trim disaster rather than an intentional cut. However, if you style your bangs and don't hide them under a hat, it'll be a cute slightly quirky look.

3. Cher's Long Bangs, 1968
Cher has had a lot of different looks but her long layers and bangs from the late 1960′s and early 1970′s is a look that we can all wear, unlike most of those sheer bodysuits. Even if you have short hair, consider adding these bangs to your look.

4. Mia Farrow's Super Short Hairstyle, 1967
American actor Mia Farrow smiles while posing for photographers standing behind a barrier on the set of director Roman Polanski's film, 'Rosemary's Baby,' New York City. She had just had her hair cut into a short layered style by British hairstylist Vidal Sassoon. She wears a floral print shift dress.

Mia Farrow's iconic pixie cut by Vidal Sassoon is often cited as one of the best haircuts of all time. However, it's a haircut that only some people are brave enough to try. Pixie cuts had a brief rise in popularity a few years back but it's time we make super short styles poular again for everyone.

5. Clara Bow's Short Style, 1925
Headshot portrait of American silent film actor Clara Bow (1905 - 1965), known as the 'It' girl, resting her chin on her shoulder, 1920s.

Curly-haired girls, when was the last time you had short hair? When you were a baby? It's time to chop your hair off and not feel like you have to straighten it every day. Clara Bow's short style proves you can have short hair and look nothing like a poodle.

6. JOAN JETT's Shaggy Layers, 1981
The lob is the haircut of the moment so JOAN JETT's shaggy style would be a natural progression. Just add a few wispy bangs and some face-framing layers and you have an entirely new look.


Rock On, Queens of Noise: 10 MORE Killer Heavy Metal Frontwomen

Recently, VH1 Classic saluted Iron Maidens: 10 All-Time Great Heavy Metal Front-Women, and the response was so thunderous, we decided we had to follow-up with another tribute to regal female metal might.

Of course, any proper homage to music's most extreme queens must also include mighty bows to hard rock pioneers such as Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart; along with pumped fists in honor of punk poet Patti Smith,'80s icon Pat Benatar, and even folkies on the order of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, whose innovative techniques and musicianship profoundly influenced Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and others.

By leaping skyward from the shoulders of those giants, women in heavy metal today rock as hard, as powerfully, and with as much commanding innovation as any of their male peers. Plus they do in an endlessly expanding realm of hard-and-heavy subgenres. Without further ado, then, let us now praise 10 more all-time great heavy metal front-women.

"Dead End Justice" - The RUNAWAYS
JOAN JETT is heavy metal. JOAN JETT is also punk, new wave, hard rock, hardcore, and every other down-and-dirty, loud-and-kickass musical category you can think of. It all adds up to this remarkable woman ruling for decades nowÑlike Elvis, Lemmy, Freddie Mercury, and precious few othersÑas a true human embodiment of full-blown rock-and-roll.

Jett's original band, the RUNAWAYS, was an electrifying punk-metal hybrid with a Kiss sense of hard-pop in which she traded lead roles (off and on) with vocalist Cherie Currie and guitar ace Lita Ford. After the RUNAWAYS, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS rose up to blow away the universe. Their reign commenced in 1982 with the record-shattering #1 smash "I Love Rock Ôn' Roll" and Joan has never relented since.

Lest anyone fret that JOAN JETT is not quite "heavy metal," per se, just take a listen below to how she handles AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." No more need to be said from there.

Lee Aaron
"Metal Queen"
Canadian firebrand Lee Aaron stormed forth from the Great White North of Rush, Anvil, and Voivod in 1982 with The Lee Aaron Project, a bracing, take-no-prisoners debut after which the power-piped begat the era-defining albums Metal Queen (1984) and Bodyrock (1989).

Evolving through the post-grunge commercial metal drought of the '90s, Lee formed her own record labels and issued multiple releases that expanded her own versatility to include alternative rock and a wide range of jazz formats.

Today, Lee Aaron remains in demand as a knockout performer in all her chosen genres, regularly belting out songs at blowing away fans at rock, metal, and jazz showsÑand sometimes a combination of all three!


The 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time

Yesterday we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's legendary Let's Get It On albumÑa record packed with sex jams like "You Sure Love to Ball," "Keep Gettin' It On," and of course its inescapable title track. To pay tribute to the seductive singer and his timeless hit, we're counting down the 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time.

Of course, sexiness is in the eye of the beholder, and there's a lot of accounting for taste here. Our picks span a variety of eras, genres and stylesÑand while some are more overtly sexual than others, they all make us weak in the knees. To keep this from being a list of Prince and Al Green songs, we've limited ourselves to a maximum two tracks per artist. So queue up the playlist we've compiled, hang a sock on your doorknob, do whatever you need to doÉand be sure to tell us all the sensual songs we forgot about in the comments section below.

36. "Crimson and Clover," JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS (1982) The Tommy James and the Shondells 1968 original is absolutely deserving of its own spot on this list, but JOAN JETT takes the tune and cranks the sexiness up to 11; if Tommy and the boys' innocent-by-comparison version is the sonic equivalent of some over-the-clothes stuff with a high-school love, hers is an R-rated grope session with a stranger at a bar. The reverb gets turned up, and James' pleaful vocals get swapped for Jett's trademark snarl: "Yeah, I'm not such a sweet thing / I wanna do everything." - Bonnie Stiernberg

JOAN JETT set to rock Visalia Fox Theatre Sept. 19

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Tickets on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15

Jett also opens for The Who on the band's 50th annivesary tour

From the RUNAWAYS to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A note for those who love rock 'n' roll: JOAN JETT is coming to Visalia.

The "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" singer plays with her band, the BLACKHEARTS, Saturday, Sept. 19 at Visalia Fox Theatre. Tickets are $50-$100 and on sale beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Visalia Fox Theatre box office, online at or by phone 559-625-1FOX (1369).

This is the second concert announcement from Visalia Fox Theatre this month. Last week, it announced an Aug. 29 date for Morrissey, the iconically coiffed English singer-songwriter. That show quickly sold out.

Jett's Visalia show comes during a break on The Who Hits 50 tour, which has Jett opening for the iconic English rock group.

Of course, Jett herself is an icon. She cut her teeth with the teenage rock group The RUNAWAYS in the late 1970s. That band, which also featured singer Cherie Currie and guitarist Lita Ford, played fast and loose proto-punk and had a minor hit with "Cherry Bomb." It was also the subject of the 2010 film starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart (as Jett).

As a solo artist, Jett was a radio-rock staple with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and her cover of "Crimson and Clover." Her style of underground glam rock and leather-clad aesthetic inspired generations of women musicians, from the riot grrrl group Bikini Kill to Miley Cyrus.

The later inducted Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, with a speech that began with a story of the first time she wanted to have sex with Jett.

Early this month, Jett celebrated the 33 1/3 anniversary of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" with a limited release white vinyl version of the album. The double LP set also includes previously unreleased live recordings from New York in 1981.

Jett last played the area at the Tachi Palace Casino in 2013.

Kristen Stewart's Sexual Revolution: 'I'm Not Hiding'

low resolution image Not Enlargeable From mocking Hollywood's sexist interview protocols to raging against gender norms and female beauty standards, Kristen Stewart is cementing herself as the (unlikely) feminist hero Gotham deserves. It's an unlikely role for the ultra-famous star who cut her fangs at 17 on the infamous Twilight series, playing one of modern cinema's palest, most retrograde teenage heroines. As Bella Swan, Stewart took the devoted, self-sacrificing girlfriend trope to the next level, pledging her undying love to a vampire whose idea of a successful date night was one in which he could French kiss his fiancŽ without accidentally drinking all her blood.

Luckily, Stewart's Swan days (as well as her real-life relationship with Twilight's Robert Pattinson) are in her rearview mirror. Ever since the beloved couple split in 2013, Kristen has been living up to her badass potential; in her own words, "I lit my universe on fire, and I watched it burn."

Stewart's dramatic phrasing is hardly an exaggeration. In 2012, Us Magazine released photos of Stewart lip-locked with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. The affair overtook the hearts, minds, and Tumblr accounts of a legion of Twihards, who couldn't believe that Bella Swan would ever be unfaithful to Edward Cullen. Stewart's gut-wrenching apology to PattinsonÑ"...I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry"Ñrevealed Stewart as a true Hollywood rarity: an authentic, courageously exposed woman making honest mistakes in real time.


Hot Topic Presents: JOAN JETT - Honoring an Icon

Hot Topic Presents: JOAN JETT - Honoring an Icon

JOAN JETT bound for Visalia Fox concert

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee JOAN JETT will perform Sept. 19 at the Visalia Fox Theatre with her band the BLACKHEARTS.

Tickets, priced $50-$100, go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Visalia Fox and

After founding the all-female, pop-oriented RUNAWAYS in the '70s, Jett went for a more muscular sound with her next group, the BLACKHEARTS (Gary Ryan, Lee Crystal, and Ricky Byrd). That blend of hard rock, glam, punk and metal resulted in the No. 1 hit "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" in 1982.

She was honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of this year along with Bill Withers, Green Day, Lou Reed and Ringo Starr.

RUNAWAYS' Cherie Currie, Richie Ramone + Steven Adler Rock 2015 IES Rock Honors

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The IES Rock Honors took place in North Hollywood, Calif. Wednesday night (Aug. 5), saluting some of the legends in the music industry. But while they each have storied histories, they also have history with being independent music artists.

A packed hall watched on as The RUNAWAYS accepted their honor on the 40th anniversary of the day that the band was formed. Cherie Currie was on hand to accept for the band, while JOAN JETT and Lita Ford sent statements. Jett's comments read, "I can't believe it's been 40 years since that day in Sandy West's basement that we called up Kim Fowley & said ÔWe ARE the RUNAWAYS.' Thanks so much to IES Rock Honors!" Ford added, "Thanks for remembering us and keeping the music and legacy alive. Hard to believe it's 40 years later since we met right there in North Hollywood and our lives forever changed from that day on. This is truly a great honor and thanks IES Rock Honors for inducting the RUNAWAYS!" Currie then led an all-star band through a performance of "Cherry Bomb."

Next up was Slash, who was inducted into the IES Rock Honors by Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler and his childhood friend and author Marc Canter. Slash accepted the honor via a video speech. The guitarist also used the occasion to provide a speech inducting Motorhead on the 40th anniversary of their band. After the inductions of Slash and Motorhead, Adler led an all-star band performing versions of Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Rocket Queen."

The fourth major induction of the night went to The Ramones. The punk icons were represented at the ceremony by drummer Richie Ramone. Before the induction, a number of testimonials were given, including one from the RUNAWAYS' Cherie Currie. The performance found Ramone singing and playing drums during a set that included "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "Blitzkrieg Bop," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Cretin Hop" and "Teenage Lobotomy." Other highlights from the eventing included an interactive Skype presentation by drum legend Dave Lombardo and a video presentation from MetallicaÔs Robert Trujillo.

"The Ramones, RUNAWAYS and Motorhead are three of the most influential bands of our time," states IES Founder Jay Warsinske. "And add one of the most iconic musicians on the planet Ñ Slash Ñ and you have an epic 2015 IES ROCK HONORS Inductions Ð thanks to those that came and shared that indie spirit!"

JOAN JETT Announces Free Concert in Denver

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Got plans for Labor Day weekend yet? HereÕs an event you may want to check out. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS have officially been added to the lineup for this yearÕs ÔTaste of ColoradoÕ festival at Civic Center Park in Denver.

Jett, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, will perform on Sunday, September 6th. Admission to the concert is free and all ages are welcome.

The four day festival will also feature classic rock veterans Kansas, who will take the stage on Friday, September 4th. Bruce Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers will perform on Monday, September 7th.


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* Vinyl Tuesday is a way for us to encourage artists, labels, distributors and managers to continue to release physical music on Tuesdays when they can. This allows physical retailers to have something fresh to sell and to talk about during the week, and lets those releases not just get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.


HEALTH - Death Magic (Indie record stores will have the vinyl on Tuesday 8/4) HEALTH formed in 2006 around the noise/punk scene emerging from downtown LA club The Smell. The four-piece combine incredible musicality (vocals, drums, guitars, bass & keys) with visceral electronics to form a sound unlike anything in music today, forging heavy rock and experimental electronic elements.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS - I Love Rock 'N' Roll 33 1/3 Edition A special exclusive-to-indie-stores double white vinyl reissue of the classic album. Second disc contains the album, in order, recorded live in NYC in 1981. Artwork by Shepard Fairey. Numbered and limited to 1200.


Roanoke: Budweiser Summer Series: JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS

low resolution image Not Enlargeable August 20, 2015 at Elmwood Park in Roanoke, VA.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS: The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; Jett helped build the groundwork for America's punk-rock scene with her hard-changing guitar prowess, altitudinal vocals and a string of anthems so positively vibrant, they could've been recorded yesterday. Touring in support of her critically acclaimed new album, "Unvarnished."

Park Gates open at 4:00pm, Entry into the Amphitheater opens at 5:30 pm, Show begins at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $27 plus taxes and fees and are available at the Berglund Center box office or call 1-877-482-8496.

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JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Performing At CBS-FM's Saturday In The Park - August 22

low resolution image Not Enlargeable It's that time of year again!

WCBS-FM invites you and your friends to stop by for an enjoyable summer night at Saturday In The Park on August 22nd.

Once again held at The Harry Chapin Band Shell at Eisenhower Park's Lakeside Theater in East Meadow, Long Island, this Summer's concert will feature all time favorite JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS who will be performing all their hard rockin' hits.

Gates open at 3PM. Show starts at dusk.

Since it's a 100% FREE show, no tickets are required.

Just bring some friends, family, your love of live music and a lawn chair - or something else to sit on!

Be sure to arrive early for a good spot on the lawn!
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