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Page updated on December 31, 2016
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Halestorm Reveal Cover of JOAN JETT's 'I Hate Myself for Loving You'

From the moment the track listing was revealed for Halestorm's ReAniMate 3.0 covers EP, a lot of fans probably zeroed in on the JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS cover of "I Hate Myself for Loving You."

It's a pretty faithful version, just a tad slower than the original, but close in the grit, attitude and energy that Jett delivered. And the song should be a good fit for whenever Halestorm feels like including it in their live performances.

The track follows their previous release from the EP, their cover of Whitesnake's "Still of the Night," and both songs are now available as instant grat tracks for those who purchase the disc via iTunes.

Other songs that Halestorm cover on the Nick Raskulinecz-produced covers EP include Sophie B. Hawkins' "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens," Soundgarden's "Fell On Black Days" and Metallica's "Ride the Lightning." Look for ReAniMate 3.0 to arrive in full on Jan. 6 via Atlantic Records.

Meanwhile, the delivery of the covers EP typically signifies that Halestorm are ready to move on to their next studio album. Having mined the Into the Wild Life disc, the band has been writing on the road and recently revealed that the songwriting is starting to gel. At present, there's a tour down under to start the New Year, but by mid-January their schedule is wide open.

Remembering Jackie Curbishley
low resolution image Not Enlargeable Jackie Curbishley was an amazing woman who had a hugely positive influence on so many people, especially Meryl and KENNY LAGUNA, Carianne Brinkman and JOAN JETT.

Our lives would have been so much less without her.

We will miss her so much.

JOAN JETT Fetes U.S. Troops and Prudential CEO John Strangfeld
low resolution image Not Enlargeable HALESTORM have unveiled details of their third EP of cover songs. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz, ReAniMate 3: The CoVeRs eP will arrive in stores and at all digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, January 6th.

ReAniMate 3: The CoVeRs eP is available for pre-order now. All pre-orders will receive an instant grat of the first track release, a reworking of WHITESNAKE's hard rock classic, "Still Of The Night", which you can check out below.

The band's take on JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS' "I Hate Myself For Loving You" will follow as a second instant grat download from Friday, December 30th.

"We are so excited to finally unleash our latest cover EP, ReAniMate 3, said Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM. "On this EP we were inspired to push the limits and challenge the ears of our fans. There are some surprises that you may not have expected from us, and there are also things that you've always wanted to hear from us. We were so incredibly honoured to work alongside producer Nick Raskulinecz. He truly helped us bring these songs to life and find a way to make them HALESTORM's."

ReAniMate 3: The CoVeRs eP marks the third instalment in a series of covers EPs that began with 2011's ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP and was followed in 2013 by ReAniMate 2. All three EPs see HALESTORM putting their distinctive brand on a markedly diverse collection of classic songs, with the latest edition featuring new takes on legendary tracks by WHITESNAKE, SOPHIE B. HAWKINS, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, TWENTY ONE PILOTS, SOUNDGARDEN, and METALLICA.

Season's Greetings from Blackheart and JOAN JETT!
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JOAN JETT Fetes U.S. Troops and Prudential CEO John Strangfeld
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J.D. Crouch, chief executive of the United Service Organizations, rode a helicopter with Scarlett Johansson last week while visiting troops in the Middle East, which is hard to top as far as work perks go.

But then consider John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, who, for his support of veteran job-training programs at the insurer, experienced a patriotic, celebrity-filled USO show stateside.

Strangfeld was honored Tuesday night at the Marriott Marquis, during a benefit marking the USO of Metropolitan New York's 75th anniversary.

JOAN JETT led a sing-along of "Crimson and Clover." The USO Show Troupe danced through salutes to the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard as their respective active members, peppered throughout the ballroom, stood with pride.

Honorees alongside Strangfeld were David Goldfein, chief of staff of the Air Force, and service members including Air Force Staff Sergeant August O'Niell.

Honored service members gather on stage.Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg On July 15, 2011, O'Niell was extracting wounded Marines in Afghanistan when he was struck by a bullet and seriously injured. After more than 20 surgeries over three-and-a-half years, he had his left leg amputated above the knee. Then he trained and became the first Pararescueman to return to duty as an amputee.

It was all very humbling.

JOAN JETT Fetes U.S. Troops and Prudential CEO John Strangfeld
low resolution image Not Enlargeable Every month, the Maplewood-based charitable organization Rent Party raises funds for local food pantries by hosting a concert at The Woodland in Maplewood. On Friday, December 9, the party got extra special, with rock ‘n’ roll legend JOAN JETT joining the crowd to cheer on Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson.

We’ll let Rent Party’s Chris Dickson tell it:

What we’re about to say, we don’t take lightly â€" and we’ve given it some thought. Here goes: Last night’s Wanda Jackson show might have been the best Rent Party show EVER.

There, we said it.

Let’s start at the beginning. Li’l Mo & The Monicats opened the evening with just a killer set of countrified rockabilly white lightening. If you’ve never seen these cats, you need to fix that. Great, great band. Wonderful tunes.

Here's What You Didn't See at Women in Music 2016
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JOAN JETT and Debbie Harry attend the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event on Dec. 9, 2016 in New York City.

JOAN JETT & Jesse Malin

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Tonight's Tony Martell Celebration of Life at the New York Grand Hyatt will see such speakers as Clive Davis, Tom Corson, Monte and Avery Lipman, John Esposito, Harvey Leeds and JOAN JETT (seen here with Martell back in the day)with KENNY LAGUNA among those paying tribute.

The storied executive and philanthropist passed away on 11/27

When home for the holidays, fill it with the sounds of Christmas
low resolution image Not Enlargeable METRO DETROIT - When it comes to decorating the Christmas tree, baking endless batches of cookies or wrapping presents, listening to the sounds of the season while getting ready for the holidays is a tradition for many people.

And for anyone throwing a festive party or hosting Christmas dinner, playing seasonal favorites of "Silver Bells," "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Blue Christmas" in the background is sure to set the mood.

Whether you're "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" with Brenda Lee or having a "Silent Night" with Stevie Nicks, there seems to be more than enough Christmas music to fill a stocking from here to the North Pole.

Pop, rock, jazz, country and hip-hop artists seem to have new seasonal recordings every year. The classics - Perry Como, Andy Williams, Barbra Streisand and Bing Crosby - also get dusted off to bring in holiday cheer. Even rockers Twisted Sister have their own Christmas CD. Religious music, including renditions of "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night," is another way to celebrate the season at home.

Every year when the holidays arrive, Sara Rokicki puts on a favorite seasonal CD while decorating the Christmas tree with her young daughter. The music was a gift that the former Warren Woods Tower High School teacher received eight years ago from friends. She described the CD as "the perfect mix of religious and popular music in unique arrangements."

Brad Bates, of Ferndale, has a family tradition with his younger sister, Laura. Each time either sibling hears Harry Connick Jr.'s version of "Sleigh Ride" during the holidays, they drop everything and call each other to spread some cheer.

For Warren resident Brian Pastoria, the Christmas season isn't complete without bringing out the "Christmas in Detroit" three-disc package that features the talents of local Detroit artists - past and present - including the Blues Disciplines, Skeleton Crew, the Sun Messengers and the Howling Diablos.

The first CD was released in 1992, the second in 1994 and the third in 2009. Pastoria, his brother Mark Pastoria, Bill Evo and Jimmy Romeo were the executive producers. The music was recorded at Harmonie Park in Detroit and can be heard when logging on to

"We wanted the best people we thought would be good to do a cool cover song or write their own song. When I listen to these songs all these years later, they stand the test of time," said Pastoria, who many will remember from his days drumming for rock band Adrenalin in the 1980s. "When friends come over, we'll put the music on. It's songs people never heard before. There are a lot of songs with a lot of meaning on here."

Over at Tom Torrento's house, there is always music on, which is fitting since he is the Van Dyke Public Schools secondary schools band teacher. When Thanksgiving rolls around, Torrento starts putting on Christmas music at home for his wife and two young children.

"My kids are currently obsessed with Pentatonix and Michael Buble 'Christmas,'" Torrento said. "That's the go-to for them. The kids start getting excited the minute we start playing the music. We go about our day (while) the kids are dancing."

Torrento also plays the staples this time of year, including holiday music from Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

"Any of those crooner-style singers, you can't find anything like that anymore," Torrento said.

Local musician Dana Forrester, bassist for Dead in 5, likes to keep the amps on 10 at home when it comes to holiday music. A favorite for the family is "Dig That Crazy Christmas," by the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

"The whole CD rocks, but not too hard to scare the family," Forrester said in an email.

Another favorite compilation of Forrester's is the 2008 release "A Blackheart Christmas." That album includes various artists, including JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS doing "Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night," and The Dollyrots kicking it up with "Santa Baby."
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