Joan Jett Schedule
With hits like "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "Crimson and Clover" and "Little Liar," Joan
Jett captures the attention of audiences at every stop. Ahead of her time in many ways, Jett surfaced during an era when disco
music was all the rage. Today, Jett belts out the tunes that seem to never go out of style. Attend a live performance of rocker
Joan Jett, and you won't have "to put another dime in the jukebox, baby." You'll be able to sing along with Joan Jett herself
to "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," which is perhaps the most beloved anthem of rock - still popular today! You can catch Joan Jett
at arenas and fairs all over the country at places like the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California; Kimmel
Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Celeste Center in Columbus, Ohio; Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Missouri; Britt Festivals
at Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon; Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in Saint Paul, Minnesota; and more.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Joan Jett (real name Joan Larkin) evolved to become one of the most inspirational
women in rock; recording a string of hits like "I Love Rock 'n' Roll;" establishing Blackheart Records; and producing Riot
Grrrl acts Bikini Kill and L7.
She developed a penchant for music at an early age and picked up her first guitar at
the age of 14. She relocated to southern California and often could be found hanging around Rodney Bingenheimer's English
Disco. It was at this coveted youth club that she gleaned influence from rockers of the day. In fact she told Esquire magazine
that she "learned to scream from Marc Bolan of T. Rex."
Jett put together her first band when she was just 15. Known
as The Runaways, the band's lineup was comprised of Cherie Currie (lead vocals); Sandy West (drums); Lita Ford (guitar); and
Jackie Fox (bass guitar). At the time, the group felt they were written off by critics and the public because of their sex
and age. It seemed in that era no one knew how to react to a group of five rebellious young girls who belted out songs about
partying and sex. They were further dismissed by the mainstream because of the way they dressed. Currie was often donned in
lingerie during live performances while Jett sported her signature red and leather jumpsuit. In 1976, the band dropped their
eponymous debut album. Although the album didn't make any waves, one of its rebellious songs, "Cherry Bomb" made an impression
on the punk music scene. Queens of Noise followed in '77, containing singles such as "Neon Angels" and "Born to Be Bad." The
album didn't fare well in the U.S., but surprisingly, it performed extremely well in Japan, landing three gold records in
the Pacific Rim. Fox and Currie exited the band later on the same year and Jett assumed the position at the helm. She was
already establishing herself behind the scenes, penning the majority of the band's tunes. After releasing two more albums,
the record label shelved The Runaways, and the group disbanded in 1979. In an interview with Esquire, she said, "When the
Runaways broke up, I didn't know what I wanted to do. A breakup is like losing a very good friend. It's like a death."
didn't take long for Jett to start up a solo career. After traveling to England to collaborate with Steve Jones and Paul Cook,
both past members of the Sex Pistols, Jett went back to L.A. It was there where she produced the debut record for the punk
band, the Germs. She also tried her hand at acting, and she took on a role in We're All Crazy Now, a movie that chronicled
the story of The Runaways. At around the same time, she was introduced to Ritchie Cordell (songwriter) and Kenny Laguna (producer),
who helped her work on her debut solo release. After failed attempts to land record contracts, Jett and Laguna established
Blackheart Records. Jett made history by becoming the first female artist to operate her own independent record label. But
she still needed help getting her first record made. Surprisingly, it was rock superstars the Who, who came to her rescue.
Laguna knew the Who members and their manager very well, and they allowed Jett to utilize their recording studio. In an interview
with Rolling Stone magazine she said, "We wouldn't have been able to make the record if they hadn't helped us. They basically
let us record what became Bad Reputation and said, 'Pay us when you can.'"
Jett and Laguna took grassroots measures
to get their record into the hands of the public. They did everything themselves at first - from printing to distribution.
Boardwalk Records eventually re-issued the album as Bad Reputation. Her initial solo effort still didn't quite make the cut
with the public. But the always determined Jett dropped another album, I Love Rock 'n' Roll. The title track was an instant
success, topping the pop charts at the beginning of 1982. Two additional hit tracks followed with "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh
Yeah)" and "Crimson and Clover." Jett made a few more albums in the mid-80s that didn't come close to matching the success
of I Love Rock 'n' Roll. However, by the late 80s, Jett found herself cracking the charts again with the singles, "I Hate
Myself for Loving You" and "Little Liar."
In more recent years, Jett has had her music featured in several flicks and
TV series, including The Runaways, Baby Mama and Shrek. She has additionally actively participated in inking deals with bands
for her record label. She said, "We made Blackheart Records what we wanted it to be. It's a place where girls can feel comfortable
to be – both in a work environment and on an artistic level."
Joan Jett Albums
There's no denying
that singer, songwriter and producer Joan Jett is one of the top women of rock. With a string of hits in the 1980s and 1990s,
Jett is still flaunting her passion for the genre today through numerous tours and bookings. Her string of albums include:
Joan Jett (1980); Bad Reputation (1981); I Love Rock 'n' Roll (1981); Album (1983); Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (1984);
Good Music (1986); Up Your Alley (1988); The Hit List (1990); Notorious (1991); Pure and Simple (1994); Evil Stig (1995);
Naked (2004); Sinner (2006); and Unvarnished (2013).
Joan Jett Trivia
When Joan Jett isn't on the road
performing her music, you can find her crusading for social causes near and dear to her heart. She is an active supporter
of Farm Sanctuary, which is an organization aimed at protecting animals. She additionally serves as a spokesperson for PETA.
Joan Jett Concert Experience
Just as her songs instantly perk up a crowd when played on the jukebox, Joan Jett
still holds the power to energize an audience with a live performance. Still actively touring today, playing a variety of
gigs, Jett says: "I love playing fairs. I think they're great, because you get out and you see America. We always have wonderful,
very boisterous crowds. You see families; you see lots of kids. And it's great." From fairs to arenas, Joan Jett consistently
delivers a concert experience that you just can't afford to miss out on. Grab some tickets now for Joan Jett before it's too