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August 2017 News

Page updated on August 31, 2017
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Blondie unveil new single featuring JOAN JETT

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Blondie share new single 'Doom or Destiny' and mark the release with an old black and white photograph of frontwoman Debbie Harry and backing vocalist JOAN JETT

Blondie have announced their new single 'Doom or Destiny' from their latest record 'Pollinator'.

The song features the backing vocals of frontwoman Debbie Harry's long-term friend JOAN JETT of the iconic all-girl punk band The RUNAWAYS.

To mark the release of the song, the band have released an old black and white photograph of Debbie, 72, and Joan, 58, from 1977, which was taken by Blondie's co-founder and guitarist Chris Stein.

The track, which opens their critically-acclaimed 11th studio album, is released as the band gear up for their forthcoming UK tour, which saw them add three more dates due to high demand.

They'll now call at Nottingham on November 7, Brighton on November 8 and Cardiff on Friday 10 November.


JOAN JETT at the Nebraska State Fair

low resolution image Not Enlargeable If I wasn't slated to be spending some quality time with the Arkansas State Wolves after Saturday's game against Nebraska, I'd be getting in the car and heading for Grand Island to catch JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at the Nebraska State Fair.

One of my all-time favorites, Jett always delivers a propulsive rock 'n' roll show with her tight, veteran band. And I've not seen or talked with her since she got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years ago.

If you're not headed to the game or don't care about football, I'd highly recommend making the 90-minute drive for Saturday's show. Rock 'n' roll doesn't get better than Joan and the BLACKHEARTS.

Details on show:
September 02,2017
Grand Island, NE
Nebraska State Fair/Heartlands Event Center

JOAN JETT - "I Hate Myself for Loving You"

JOAN JETT at the Oregon State Fair, August 26, 2017

"Dare To Be Different"

Title track for the movie "Dare To Be Different"

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Thursday, Aug. 24 at Expo Idaho

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are among the headliners for this fall's two-day "Rock Fest 80's" at Pembroke Pines, Florida's C.B. Smith Park. The shows, which are set for November 4th and 5th, will also include Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Foghat, Lita Ford, the Outlaws, Little River Band, Jack Russell's Great White, and Quiet Riot, among others.

The all-new Volkswagen Tiguan "Top of the Food Chain" Commercial
from: Volkswagen USA

"Love Is All Around" by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS featured in Volkswagen Tiguan commercial.

JOAN JETT Rocking a Custom Teye "La Pirata"

JOAN JETT was caught at a July 30 soundcheck for Jiffy Lube Live playing a custom Teye La Pirata that was specially made for her.

The guitar includes special artwork -- such as black hearts -- and, as the tone is precisely tailored to the gritty sounds Jett prefers, it does not have the usual Mojo or Mood knobs that offer different tonal options. Teye also added a kill switch, as Jett wants her guitar completely dead the precise moment that a song ends.

How did this guitar get into Jett's hands? Fun fact on that one: Teye's Evert Wilbrink signed Jett to her first solo-artist record deal in the early '80s, and has had a long-standing professional relationship with the iconic artist, who just celebrated the 42nd anniversary of her band The RUNAWAYS forming on August 5.

'Rock Fest '80S' To Feature Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, JOAN JETT & More!!!

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are among the headliners for this fall's two-day "Rock Fest 80's" at Pembroke Pines, Florida's C.B. Smith Park. The shows, which are set for November 4th and 5th, will also include Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Foghat, Lita Ford, the Outlaws, Little River Band, Jack Russell's Great White, and Quiet Riot, among others.

from: French Lick Resort

Tickets on sale NOW!
Friday, September 22 • 8pm
Doors open at 6pm
Event Center • Hoosier Ballroom

JOAN JETT is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking BLACKHEARTS, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she's had eight platinum and gold albums 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." She sits at the head of her own independent label, BLACKHEART RECORDS. Jett and the BLACKHEARTS released their latest record, 'Unvarnished,' in 2013 and continue touring the globe to throngs of adoring fans.

All bags/backpacks/purses will be inspected.
Security wands will be utilized.
Prohibited items include:
Professional cameras
Audio or video recording devices
Glass bottles*

Sealed alcoholic beverages will be confiscated.
*Plastic cups available for transfer of open bottles.


low resolution image Not Enlargeable A space ship was spotted for the very first time on August 25, 1976 hovering in the skyline of Boston, Massachusetts. It was mistaken for a UFO, but it was later identified as the Rock band Boston after they dropped a close encounter album self-entitled, Boston. Primarily recorded at Tom Scholz home, Foxglove Studios in Watertown, their debut has attained 17 time platinum status, and is widely considered one of the best Rock albums of all-time.

Over four decades later, Boston is still going strong as they continue their Hyper Space Tour across America in 2017. The Tourship was ready to launch from its makeshift launchpad in Hollywood, Florida on April 14th, 2017, casting off to various cities along the way, picking up a few galaxy hitchhikers to share the journey with, one being the Queen Bee of Rock and Roll, JOAN JETT, and her beloved BLACKHEARTS! Casting off together on June 14th, the 21 date tour extension hovered over Long Island, New York before landing down at Jones Beach on Sunday, July 23rd, to the excitement of Rock fans for miles between New York City limits and Montauk.

Anxious to find their way into Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, once inside, the crowd intently focused on a backdrop of a black heart set front and center with the following slogan "Welcome to Joan's Beach" emblazoned over the inlaid heart with black bold letters edged in white surrounded by a crimson background Joan's beach size signature calling card. Her name is a homophone to the beach to be sure, but it sure is aptly entitled because for the duration of her set it is absolutely HER beach! So focused, the audience were unaware that Long Island's own JOAN JETT was coming through the gate headed to the stage.

Coming out in high spirits, she charmed the crowd with her fireball energy and timeless beauty. Onlookers with quick reflexes grabbed the photo op moment and had their phone cameras set at auto shoot to capture a likeness of this Rock-n-Roll royalty as she strode on by. Famously known as once been a part of the all-female pioneering group the RUNAWAYS, it was short lived stint before Jett set off on her own and made her own history.

Rocking and rolling since, her current lineup consisting of Drummer THOMMY PRICE, Guitarist DOUGIE NEEDLES, and Bassist Hal B. Selzer proudly backed Jett as they began their set. With everyone in place, one cannot emphasize enough that Jett is a veritable fireball of Rock-n-Roll energy and has broken the barriers of what a female musician can accomplish in a lifetime. She is an inspiration and a guitar strumming symbol of perseveration. A forced to be reckoned with, returning to Jones Beach, she shone with the brilliance of the midday sun and has the same level of energy on stage and gave her hometown crowd one hell of a show!

Beginning with ''Victim of Circumstance," then came 1976's "Cherry Bomb," a favorite from her Runaway days. Matching the excitement of the music, the screen behind her was a collage of old fashioned TV sets portraying Jett at various junctures in her life. She followed with hearty vocals of "Do you want to Touch me (Oh Yeah)," a song that originally written by English Rock Singer Gary Glitter and Mike Leander, but Jett has since taken it and made it her own. Keeping excitement high, she rocked into the anthemic "Bad Reputation" before singing with gusto "You Drive Me Wild." Taking a breath to take in the moment, she shared some insights about the song "Light of Day" and how it holds a special place in her heart. Going into the song originally done by Bruce Springsteen, it also happens to be the 1987 film where Jett took on an acting role alongside longtime friend Michael J. Fox and Gena Rowlands.

A cool moment of personal connection with fans, Jett continued with "Love is Pain" before diving into the theme song from the beloved TV sitcom Mary Tyler Moore, Sonny Curtis' "Love is All Around.'' Then came the body gyrating and blood pounding lyrics of "I Love Rock and Roll," leading into Jett softening the mood as she crooned Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" tune.

Taking it up a notch one more time, she went into the classic "I Hate Myself for Loving You" before making a shoutout to all the veterans out in the audience. Yes, without a doubt, veterans most certainly rock too and deserve a special round of applause, leading into Jett concluding the set with Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People." A very poignant song that Jett sings with feeling, she acknowledged each band member before leaving the stage to a thunderous round of applause. Ranked by Rolling Stone one of the greatest guitarists of all-time, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, it is no wonder based on her performance at the beach!

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