December 2015 News
Page updated on December 31, 2015
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Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister
Born To Lose, Lived To Win
"Lemmy was a good friend-- a rock n roller to the end. Courtesy of Lemmy is one of my personal favorite band memories:
In 1976, my first band, The RUNAWAYS, got to open for Motorhead in London at the Roundhouse. Lemmy was very cool and asked me before our show if I wanted to wear his bullet belt! I sure did! And I wore it, thinking he gave it to me, not realizing he practically lived in it... and he was there after the show, waiting for his belt with a smile! Maybe ya had to be there. He was the genuine article. Lemmy was loved by fans and bands--the ultimate respect to me."
- JOAN JETT*
"When JOAN JETT, Meryl, and I had very few friends in the business, Lemmy was 'all in!' His gang protected JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS in 1979, when we started our journey.
There will never be another like Lemmy. We are deeply in mourning for a great man."
- KENNY LAGUNA
Heart Joining Forces with JOAN JETT for "Queens of Sheba" Canadian Tour in March
Two of the most famous and influential female-led bands in rock history, Heart and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, are teaming up for a joint Canadian tour that will take place in March of next year. The trek, called the "Queens of Sheba" tour, will run from a March 7 concert in Abbotsford, British Columbia, through a March 21 show in Montreal.
Among the other major cities the tour will visit are Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Toronto. Tickets for all of the concerts are on sale now. Heart and Jett also played a series of U.S. shows together last March.
Heart's 2016 itinerary also includes a January 29 concert in Indio, California, and an April 16 performance at the Good Life Festival in San Tan Valley, Arizona. In addition, the Wilson sisters and their band will mount a brief U.K. tour in late June and early July that will kick off with a June 29 show at London's Royal Albert Hall that will feature accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Here are all of Heart's confirmed 2016 North American tour dates, according to Heart-Music.com:
3/7 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
3/8 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Orpheum Theatre
3/10 -- Prince George, BC, Canada, CN Centre
3/11 -- Dawson Creek, BC, Canada, EnCana Events Centre
3/13 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
3/14 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
3/16 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
3/17 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
3/20 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
3/21 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
Happy Holidays from Blackheart
JOAN JETT, BLACKHEARTS to play at The Joint
TULSA â€" JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are set to rock The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will perform Feb. 18.
Tickets start at $45 and are now on sale.
Jett has eight platinum and gold albums to her name and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You" and "Crimson and Clover."
Jett's music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture.
A version of "I Hate Myself for Loving You" has been NBC's Sunday Night Football, performed this past season by Carrie Underwood.
Jett's music is also heard in countless films and TV shows, including "Easy A," "The RUNAWAYS," "Shrek," "Baby Mama" and many more.
Jett and the BLACKHEARTS released their latest record, "Unvarnished," last year and continue touring the globe to throngs of adoring fans.
She also sits at the head of her own independent label, BLACKHEART RECORDS.
JOAN JETT - The First Sessions
The First Sessions consists of Joan's demos from 1979, her first crack at solo material after The RUNAWAYS dismantled. Pressed on black and white vinyl, individually numbered, and includes a download card. Limited edition of 4000 units. JOAN JETT (born Joan Marie Larkin) is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer. She is best known for her work with JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS which followed her success with The RUNAWAYS.
Master of Crush-Its: Chew on these custom-made heavy metal-themed Nutcrackers
When we interviewed King Diamond last week, we asked the metal legend all the important questions, like his thoughts on the evolution of corpse paint to his cult-classic '80s holiday ripper "No Presents For Christmas." But we missed an opportunity to ask him about some recent developments: He and other musicians being immortalized in a new line of Nutcrackers.
Joining the King the onetime Boston resident Samurai White's "Heavy Metal Nutcracker" collection are Lemmy, Joey Ramone, Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, Danzig, The Cure's Robert Smith, Cliff Burton, Josh Homme, JOAN JETT, Dio, Alice Cooper, Rickey Medlocke, Freddie Mercury, Abbath, and, of course, David Bowie.
There's even a Dee Snider for your Trump-supporting uncle. (And yes, a few of these aren't "heavy metal", just roll with it).
Samurai White describes herself as "a multidisciplinary artist living in the greater Boston area," and the Nutcrackers are for sale via her Etsy page. They run about eight-inches tall, are painted with acrylics and/or enamel, feature custom kanekalon hair, and heads sculpted out of wood pulp. They cost about $70 each.
"I started making Heavy Metal Nutcrackers in 2012," she writes, "while living in Woodstock, Georgia, and have been slowly producing them from my home base in Boston. I also make portraits of Heavy Metal Bacteria, because there is nothing more metal than a cytokine storm. Unless it is set to Manowar."
Hail, Samurai, hail.
Though most of the items on her Etsy page have been sold, she doesn't mind cranking out a few orders in time for the holiday season. So, uhhh, get crackin'.
New concert announcements include Judy Collins, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
New concert announcements this week feature several strong vocalists and performers including Judy Collins, Vanessa Williams and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.
New announcements Wednesday also included Martin Sexton at Cain's Ballroom.
Performing first is singer, actress and former Miss America Vanessa Williams, performing Jan. 22 at River Spirit Event Center, 8330 Riverside Parkway. Tickets start at $45 plus fees and go on sale Friday at riverspirittulsa.com or the event center box office, located inside the casino.
Williams' varied career has included several top 10 hits and Grammy nominations, several starring roles on Broadway, film and television, and more.
Up next is rock singer-songwriter Martin Sexton, performing Feb. 11 at Cain's Ballroom. Tickets to the "Mixtape of the Open Road" tour are $23 plus fees in advance and go on sale Friday at cainsballroom.com, by phone at 877-4-FLYTIX or at the Cain's box office, 423 N. Main St.
Performing Feb. 18 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. Tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees' show start at $45 plus fees and go on sale Dec. 17. Tickets will be available at hardrockcasinotulsa.com, by phone at 918-384-ROCK or at The Joint's box office inside the casino, 777 W. Cherokee St. The show is limited to those age 21 and older.
On April 24, the Woody Guthrie Center will host singer-songwriter Judy Collins, set to perform in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the event go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at myticketoffice.com or by phone at 918-596-7111. Prices start at $35 plus fees with a VIP meet-and-greet option for $100. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the Woody Guthrie Center's educational programs.
She's got a flare for fashion! Olivia Wilde rocks JOAN JETT shirt as she arrives to Jimmy Kimmel in retro bell-bottoms and platform heels
Olivia Wilde certainly has a flare for fashion.
The 31-year-old stunner rocked bell bottoms, platform heels, and a leather jacket as she arrived to the Jimmy Kimmel Live studio in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
However, the stunner showed her true colours - at least when it comes to musical taste - as she sports a tight JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS T-shirt.
The mother of one-year-old Otis also proved she really has shed her baby weight in the skintight getup.
Olivia, who stands at 5ft7in, kept cool under a pair of dark sunglasses as she wore her brunette locks swept over her shoulders.
Also arriving to the show was fellow actor Matt Damon.
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