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If there’s anyone who could give sage advice to Lady Gaga, whose over-the-top outfits and performances seem to be wearing her down, it’s veteran rockers Joan Jett and Steven Van Zandt.
And though times may have changed, they have some tips for the pop star after her recent near collapse onstage in New Zealand.
“I’ll tell you, The Runaways, when we started, we didn’t have this sort of craziness around us. Really the only time when there was insanity, as far as the press goes, was Japan … it wasn’t a 24-hour media world at that point.”
Jett told PEOPLE at the Tommy Hilfiger-sponsored New York premiere of The Runaways, which portrays the ascent of Jett and Cherie Currie to rock icons.
“I think it’s very difficult if you had to be dealing with this all the time. It’s tough to incubate and do the work you need to do with people in your face.”
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, is excited by the presence of singer Joan Jett Lollapalooza, to be held at the Jockey Club in Sao Paulo in April of this year.
And who could be winners are the fans of distorted guitars. Grohl said in an interview recorded for siteoficial the event, which hopes to have the chance to play the song “Bad Reputation” by theartist. “Joan Jett is the real rock’n’roll. It makes us feel like kids in school.”
With a show scheduled in the country after more than a decade, the leader of Foo Fighters considers that his band is “better ten years” and has “ten more years of music to play.”
Grohl also commented on his first trip to Brazil and what bands he plans to attend the festival. To get an idea of how it would be watching Foo Fighters and Joan Jett together in Brazil, see the musicians playing “Bad Reputation” at Madison Square Garden in New York (United States).
The album, “It’s About Eve”, was dedicated to promote Breast Cancer Awareness to young women through the music of independent female artists. The compilation was anchored by long time friend, Joan Jett. Released October of 2002, the CD received favorable press and a Billboard Magazine featured Spotlight Pick. One of the bands was signed to a major label from the exposure. The album spread the awareness as intended!
- The Word (Joan Jett and The Gits)
- A Million Voices (Deena Miller)
- How Does It Feel (Wellville)
- Desperate Lord (Heidi Petrikat)
- If I Did Not Have You (Lava Baby)
- Princess (Andrea Maybaum)
- To Be A Girl (Sister Someone)
- Ode To Mother (Nancy Magarill)
- Boxer Hill (Julia Greenberg)
- Just The Same (Emily Curtis)
- Last Train To Baltimore (Elisa Peimer)
- Angels In The Attic (Debra Davis)
- Fall Or Fly (Edie Carey)
- Moon Over 97th Street (Ina May Wool)
Joan Jett sings the music of ”The Word” (John Lennon / PaulMcCartney) See the music:
By purchasing the CD you would not only helping women withbreast cancer, but it has also discovering new artists, new musicand knowing.
SaranneRothberg, Joan Jett, Lori Ross
The project foundits beginnings two years ago, in the loss of a beloved family member at a young age to breast cancer. This CD is not-for-profit, with 100% of the net proceeds going to charities that benefit research and outreach programs. The other side of the project celebrates the many independent female artists that are enthusiastically promoting their music with the release of their own CDs. The thirteen songs featured on the album were chosen to serve as the best examples of the quality of their music for music lovers who might want to capitalize on the discovery and buy their full-length albums.
In 1983, the musical satirist singer “Weird Al” Yankovic released a parody of the famous Joan Jett’s hit version of I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll entitled I Love Rocky Road, changing the Joan‘s passion for rock music with that for ice cream. Yankovic‘s parody covered Jett‘s version completely, save for her guitar riffs which were replaced by Yankovic’s accordion.
The parody was released as a single of his first album, “Weird Al” Yankovic, from 1983. The music video was the directorial debut of Dror Soref and parodies Jett’s classic I Love Rock ‘n Roll music video, with these differences from the original:
• It takes place in an ice cream parlor, rather than in a bar.
• It was shot in color rather than in black and white (although the Joan Jett original was shot in color initially).
• It was videotaped rather than filmed.
• In I Love Rock ‘n Roll, Joan Jett says “Ow!” twice for her enthusiasm. In I Love Rocky Road, Weird Al says “Ow!” because he eats ice cream so fast that he gets a brain freeze. The second time he says “Ow!” because a kid comes up to him and bites his leg.
• Dr. Demento (Barret Eugene Hansen, a radio broadcaster and record collector specializing in novelty songs, comedy, and strange or unusual recordings dating from the early days of phonograph records to the present) makes a cameo appearance as a cashier.
• While Al is playing his accordion, the cover photo for the single can be seen.
• Yankovic wears a black leather jacket with the I Love Lucy logo on it, as a reference to Yankovic’s first music video, “Ricky”.
• The ice cream in the video was actually mashed potatoes because real ice cream would melt under the stage lights.
• When Yankovic sings the line “If I get fat and lose my teeth, that’s fine with me”, he smiles to reveal all his teeth have either fallen out, or are rotten.
Check out the video
Jett purchased her first car, a 1983 Jaguar XJ-S H.E., before she had a driver’s license and drove it off the lot with only a learner’s permit. She was recording at Kingdom Sound Studio in Syosset, New York, where I Love Rock N’ Roll (1981) and Album (1983) were recorded, the day she took possession of the car. Between recording sessions, she took her new car for a joy ride with teenage actor Matt Dillon, who didn’t have a license either.
Jett’s first vehicle it’s long, lean and mean, and – according to Jaguar literature of the day – the fastest production automatic car with a top speed of 155 mph.
Recently, the staff of Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum got a call from Joan Jett’s management offering the to them Jett’s first car. The staff of the Museum had trouble to find where to expose it because finding room for the various vehicles in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s collection it’s always a challenge. With a bit of elbow grease and the help of sturdy car dollies, they were able to make room for the the black big cat Jaguar. Today, the car is on display on the lower lobby of the Museum.
Let’s review the main news about what happened to our dear Joan Jett in the last two months we were down for maintenance. Some of them we aleardy posted, but it does not hurt to look again:
- On November 15, 2011, she appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and performed “Bad Reputation” along with the Foo Fighters. Click here to see it.
- The show of Joan Jett and Blackhearts in Brazil was confirmed. In 2012 she will participate in the festival Lollapalooza Brazil, what happen in São Paulo in 2012, on 7th and 8th April. For more informations, check the official site of the event or the post that we made.
- Joan and the Blackhearts will be playing at Lollapalooza Chile 2012 too, on 1st April.
- As announced by Joan in an interview in the late of the last year, she and her band were writing a new album and wanted to record it in the period around the holidays. According to reports, they are already in the studio recording. There is 3 new songs that probably will be in this album: Here and here.
- On September 27, 2011, it was announced that Jett was a nominee for induction to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2012. Despite the great campaign mobilized by the thousands of her fans around the world, including us, the staff of the International Fan Club, Joan unfortunately not chosen to integrate the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
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The 20 most famous vegetarians of all-time will appear on a series of postage stamps — and the folks at PETA are hoping it’s a good way to lick animal abuse.
In time for the holiday-card rush, the stamps featuring such meatless celebs as Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres, and Morrissey will be released Tuesday.
“These are very influential people, and not everyone knows that these folks are vegetarian,” said Lisa Lange, vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The stamps will also feature hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, actors Woody Harrelson and Natalie Portman, and singers Chrissie Hynde,
Joan Jett, Bryan Adams and Leona Lewis.
The stamps can be purchased online through December and possibly into January at www.PETA.org said the animal rights group’s spokesman Dan Mathews.
The series also includes statements from celebs about why they’ve gone veggie.
Bad Reputation is the unexpurgated story of Joan Jett, the single most exciting rocker of the American 1980s, one of the biggest-selling acts of the age, and one of punk rock’s most valued elder statespeeps.
Through its pages, a welter of exclusive interviews and observations paint what might well be the last great tale of rock hedonism, but one that comes with a twist in its tail. The rockers are women, the groupies are guys. It could have been the plot line for a movie or even a sitcom, but the Runaways, Jett’s first band, made it happen, and Jett made it last.
The first serious female rocker of the 1980s, Jett became the template for everyone that followed. But unlike so many of her peers and counterparts, she never lost her credibility, never sold out, and never gave up. And she has backed her reputation up with genuine star power, following the chart-topping “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – one of the most played ’80s anthems of all time – with “Crimson and Clover,” “Do You Wanna Touch Me,” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You” before the decade ended. And, while the 1990s saw Jett purposefully step away from the spotlight, she remained, and remains, America’s number one Queen of Noise.
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Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, 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 has acted in movies, including 1987′s Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. Jett was one of only two women named to Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time.
As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus,
as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI.
Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Faith Hill sings “I Hate Myself for Loving You” as the theme for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and “Bad Reputation” was the theme song for the heroine of this past year’s hit film, Kick Ass, “Hit-Girl”.
Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. This year, however, her profile skyrocketed yet again, with the release of both a long-awaited feature film telling the story of the Runaways and a new, two-disc Greatest Hits collection. The Runaways, based on lead singer Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel stars Kristen Stewart as Jett, and her fellow
A-lister Dakota Fanning portrays Currie. Jett was close to the project: She served as an executive producer on the film.
The two discs of the Greatest Hits set, meanwhile, present twenty blazing tracks from Jett’s three-decade-plus career. It’s a comprehensive look at one of rock’s most iconic figures. Of course, the hits collection was released through Jett’s own Blackheart Records, a label she founded with long time songwriting partner and producer Kenny Laguna, in 1980 – which made her the first female artist to own and operate an independent record company.
Blackheart Records is currently home to such up-and-coming groups as San Antonio-based female threesome Girl in A Coma (Both Before I’m Gone, Trio B.C., Adventures in Coverland) and Los Angeles’ pop-punk trio the Dollyrots (Because I’m Awesome, A Little Messed Up). The label continues to add new artists to its roster.
Jett and the Blackhearts continuously tour across the globe, including stints alongside such bands as Aerosmith and Green Day this year.
Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations – this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She’s fought hard for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and appreciative.
“I’ve had a blessed career,” she says. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.”
yeah, she is one SUPERWOMAN!