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So the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony happened at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and this year, it’s relevant to your interests! As you might have heard, Nirvana were inducted by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe (“They were singular and loud and melodic and deeply original,” he said of the band), and after much consternation andsubtle hints delivered via social media, a Frankenstein version of the band did indeed perform, with Dave Grohl behind the drum kit, Krist Novoselic on bass, Pat Smear on guitar, and Joan Jett standing in for the late Kurt Cobain, playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Jett was followed by Kim Gordon for “Aneurysm.” Then, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark on “Lithium.” And finally, Lorde joined the band for a rendition of “All Apologies.”
Joan Jett may be improvised singer of Nirvana at the ceremony that will take them to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
At least, suggesting an Instagram photo with the Foo Fighters kit Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. The guitar in the middle belongs to, apparently, Joan Jett. The ceremony is scheduled for this Thursday, 10.
(PS: Sorry for my bad translation)
The 2013 American Music Awards happened in this year on November 24, but just now we could to provide all the photos for you. We’re a little late, but hope you enjoy it!
(By Lina Lecaro- Jul. 31 2013)
Joan Marie Larkin got her first guitar when she 13. The Philly-born, Cali-bred musician, known as Joan Jett, was born to rock, and her first band, The Runways, continues to inspire legions of young girls to jump on stage.
Her solo career — highlighted by I Love Rock n’ Roll with The Blackhearts — showed a successful woman in the music business breaking barriers while maintaining a DIY spirit.
With a forthcoming new record and August 1 recognition by the 2013 Sunset Strip Musical Festival (she’s its first female honoree), Jett’s still a badass.
See also: Joan Jett Is the Sunset Strip Music Festival 2013 Honoree
August 1 is Joan Jett day in West Hollywood. What does all this mean to you?
I grew up on the strip, played there and for a while lived just off of it. It’s definitely a big part of my life in a lot of ways. It was tough you know. It was a lot of fun but it was difficult on some levels to be taken seriously. So, to come sort of full circle, it’s kind of humbling and definitely a real honor.
Starting off in a band known for being young and sexy, how did you balance those parts of yourself?
I was very aware when I was younger that people would key in on the fact that we were cute young girls. And we used that to our advantage. But it got more attention than if we had been males. I was super aware that if I started talking about other things, like my personal life or whatever, that’s where it would stay. And we could never get it back to the music. So I always tried to steer it back to the music. I’m not really sure if the other girls were as hyper aware of it.
They seemed more into wearing sexy things and working that angle. You were always the dark, mysterious one in leather or jeans.
I’ve never really been so much a visual artist. It’s more about the personal connection. That was my style. hat’s how I was comfortable. I mean God, I used to turn the lights off when I started performing, I was so nervous. I never felt like an exhibitionist. It was tough for me to get out there or show skin. It wasn’t my thing, but I had no problem with the other girls doing it.
The Runaways movie depicts conflict over Cherie’s lingerie and Kim Fowley’s sort of sexualization of the band. Was that accurate?
The “Cherry Bomb” outfit, she pretty much only put it on for the one song. She did do some photo shoots, and we were pissed off. It didn’t go down exactly like in the movie though. Kim, I don’t remember his involvement with the photo shoots, but it’s hard for me to say what he would or wouldn’t do to try to get us press. He’d do things so we would get attention.
You seem like a private person. Was that difficult, especially in terms of people’s interest in your personal life and sexual preferences?
I’m not comfortable talking about everything I do. I like boundaries. It kind of extends into music. You want to talk about music, we’ll talk music. You want to know about my love life, I don’t discuss that. My lyrics speak for themselves.
The songs seem ambiguous in some ways. Like you’re singing to both men and women.
You want to sing to everyone, so that people can find enough meaning in what you’re doing so that it relates to them. I think I’ve got a wide audience. As far as my private life, it’s not a strategy, it’s just who I am. People make assumptions whether you talk or not.
Well you have played lots of gay pride events. Are you happy to see the country opening its mind about marriage equality?
I think it’s great. I think it’s really awesome things are changing so quickly. It’s about time. If you pay taxes you should be able to participate in the American experience, with its up and downs. Not saying marriage is an up or down, but gay people have as much right to find out as straight people.
You have a lawsuit against mall retailer Hot Topic for its Blackheart clothing line. Can you comment?
[Blackheart Records co-founder, Kenny Laguna interrupts our phone conversation:]
I’ll just jump in. …It’s weird that a company that buys stuff from us, would start a Blackheart line. The slogan is “for girls who like to rock n roll” …C’mon.
You have Blackheart merchandise on your site. Have you thought about expanding that?
Laguna: Yes. We’ve been talking for a long time. Todd Oldham, the famous fashion designer [and collaborator on a photo tribute book about Jett] and Joan actually designed a bunch of amazing clothes, it’s just we do so many things and so it’s taken us a long time to go anywhere. We have every intention of doing that.
Tell us about your new record Joan.
It’s called Unvarnished. For me, it’s some of the better writing I’ve done in a long time. It’s kind of a little bit more about life. I called this ‘the decade of death’ because I lost a lot of people who were close to me. That changes your perspective on things. Losing my parents was big. They were very supportive, my biggest fans. It was harder than I would have imagined. That seeped into my writing a lot, and I thought about life’s fragility. There are songs about relationships, sex and our culture, and you know, the private life stuff we talked about, called “TMI” and “Reality Mentality.”
Runaways reunion with surviving members any time soon?
I don’t really get why we should we do it? The downside is much bigger than the upside. It’d be fun for people to see it, but you gotta remember, we’re not who were in 1976-77. It’s not worth it to me. We had a great band that kicked ass for three and a half years. I’m very protective of it because it was special to me. And to come back and have the press judge us… Plus you can’t gauge the dynamics of the band. I’m just not sure it’d be the reunion the fans are looking for.
(by Kevin Bronson on AUGUST 9, 2013)
While the Sunset Strip Music Festival and the city of West Hollywood were busy looking backwards last week, veteran rocker Joan Jett was looking into the future.
No sooner had she been honored with a “Joan Jett Day” proclamation than Jett announced she would be releasing “Unvarnished,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ 14th album and their first in seven years. The news on Friday followed a big Thursday, Aug. 1, tribute to the 54-year-old singer-guitarist-producer at the House of Blues, as part of SSMF’s annual festivities.
Photos by Carl Pocket
Jett was feted by the likes of Margaret Cho, Carmen Electra, Pat Smear and Rodney Bingenheimer, with the KROQ DJ and “Mayor of the Sunset Strip” presenting her with a custom guitar made by Gibson. A founding member of the Runaways, Jett was a regular back in the early ’70s at Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco on the Strip. Roxy Theatre owner Nic Adler and Rainbow Bar & Grill owner Mikael Maglieri presented with the Elmer Valentine Award, named for late nightlife entrepreneur who had a hand in founding three venues on the Strip.
Thursday night’s crowd at the House of Blues was treated to a performance by Jett and her band, who mixed classics with new tunes from “Unvarnished.”
Photos by Carl Pocket
(By Journal Record Staff – posted: June 13, 2003)
True to her trademark song, musician Joan Jett loves rock and roll. And she admits to having a soft spot for America’s military, too.Jett spent hours June 6 showing Tinker Air Force Base personnel her commitment to the troops runs far deeper than a 20-minute photo op and spans decades and generations.Tech. Sgt. Richard Klinski, a power production technician with the 31st Combat Communications Squadron, was just 13 when he attended his first concert in Seattle, Wash.“I think it was Joan Jett’s first tour,” Klinski recalled. “She opened for Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult and Lover Boy.”He bought a concert shirt as a souvenir, but couldn’t get backstage passes to get his prize autographed. Still, for the next 22 years, wherever Klinski moved, he took the shirt with him. Last week, he finally got an autograph to complete his souvenir.Jett was surprised, he said, when he handed her an original shirt from that concert to be autographed.“She said she’d never seen something like that,” he said. “It’s too bad the shirt doesn’t fit me anymore.”Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Klumpe, a Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE aircraft mechanic, brought his 4-year-old daughter, Jazmine, to meet Jett.“It was good,” Klumpe said. “My daughter likes to listen to her songs.”Klumpe said he found Jett to be “very friendly.”“I’m glad she could come out and see people in the armed forces and show some support,” he continued. “Right now, there are so many mixed feelings about the armed forces, about what we’re doing in the world … and it’s nice to see that there’s another person out there that supports us.”In fact, the performer’s support of the military in terms of longevity and a willingness to visit bases others forego may be rivaled only by someone like the legendary Bob Hope.“We’ll go places where nobody else wants to go or where others feel unsafe or whatever,” Jett said. “We’re not into the necessarily cushy bases with all the nice amenities like this one. We try to spend as much time as we can just hanging out, talking, doing autographs, photos. Discussing America, family life, just the connection we all have.“I like to perform for the troops because they’re a wonderful rock and roll audience and they’re just people like all of us [who] happen to have the dangerous job protecting our [butts] … They protect our country and our freedom, and I just think that’s very admirable.”Jett thrives in the one-on-one interaction of meeting military members, learning their names, hearing their stories and seeing first-hand the missions of various units. The satisfaction she gleans is a fair trade for the time she spends bringing a bit of the States to those deployed.“If you’re overseas and in some place like Afghanistan, they’re just happy to discuss anything that’s American, whether it’s their family or just food, rock and roll, music,” she said. “It really varies with the person. A lot of these people I’ve seen through the years. I saw them when they were stationed in Guam 20 years ago and now they’re a captain or a major or general some place. It’s just interesting to relate to people.”Jett’s road manager, Kenny Laguna, said the star has been going out of her way to meet and greet the military since the early 1980s.“A lot of those soldiers we met turned into high-ranking officers and as the years went on, we got access to go wherever we went around the world,” Laguna said. “We would contact somebody in the military and say, ‘Look, we’re here’ … and we always just managed to walk on the bases with commanders or public affairs people.”Such informal access to military installations dried up in the harsher world political climate of the 1990s and that’s when Jett began working with United Service Organizations — a relationship that sent her into places most folks try to avoid.“We’ve been blessed and honored by being the first ones into a lot of the war zones,” he said. “We’ve been into some very far forward locations in the last few wars.”
(By ERIC R DANTON- December 10, 2013)
Joan Jett and Heart are among a growing list of artists distancing themselves from SeaWorld over the recent movie Blackfish, which questions the effects of captivity on whales such as the orcas that perform at the marine theme park. Jett wrote a letter asking that SeaWorld stop playing her music in its shows, while Heart joins Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies in canceling performances planned for SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, The Associated Press reports.
“I’m among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals,” Jett wrote in a letter to SeaWorld President Jim Atchison.
Although SeaWorld had licensed “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” for use as “walk-in music” as part of the “Shamu Rocks” evening show in Orlando, the song has since been pulled, SeaWorld told the AP in an e-mail. “A new nighttime Shamu show is being designed for SeaWorld Orlando and we had no plans to use any of her music in that show,” spokesman Nick Gollattscheck wrote.
Heart wrote Sunday on Facebook that they had “chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld . . . due to the controversial documentary film Blackfish.” Nelson and Barenaked Ladies canceled performances at the urging of Change.org petitions. “This is a complicated issue, and we don’t claim to understand all of it, but we don’t feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time,” Barenaked Ladies said in a statement.
Blackfish examines what may have prompted a 6-ton orca named Tilikum to kill a SeaWorld trainer in 2010. The trainer, Dawn Brancheau, died when the killer whale pulled her into a pool. Tilikum was also involved in two other deaths. The documentary explores also other incidences of captive orcas acting aggressive toward humans and other killer whales.
SeaWorld expressed disappointment that “a small group of misinformed individuals” could persuade the performers to cancel.
“The bands and artists have a standing invitation to visit any of our parks to see firsthand or to speak to any of our animal experts to learn for themselves how we care for animals and how little truth there is to the allegations made by animal extremist groups opposed to the zoological display of marine mammals,” Gollattscheck, the company’s spokesman, said.