Guitar World wants YOUR questions for Joan in their next issue!
Got a question for your favorite guitarist? Let us be your go-between. The concept is easy — you submit your queries and we pass them on to some of the world’s greatest guitarists. Only the sharpest and funniest questions will be used.
This month, we’re giving you the chance to ask guitarist Joan Jett anything you want!
From the Runaways, to the Blackhearts to solo and beyond…no part of her career is off limits!
Just email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Joan Jett” in the subject line. Remember to include your name in the email body, so you can get credited in the magazine, and impress and annoy your jealous friends!
Read more here: http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-your-questions-joan-jett
What are you going to ask, Jettheads?
Against Me! is one of my favorite bands, thanks to Joan Jett. In 2006, when Joan had her Sirius satellite radio show, she would talk about them and play their music often. But I really got into them the first time I heard “I Was A Teenage Anarchist,” and then I had to run out and find all of their CDs. Sorry, Against Me!, you’re stuck with me now. :)
Laura Jane Grace, Against Me!’s singer, wrote an inspiring story for this month’s issue of Cosmopolitan about her first year as a woman. I’m not surprised that our Joanie is one of her biggest supporters.
My Ally, Joan Jett
One of the first people I received a letter of support from after coming out was Joan Jett, who I knew a little from doing the Warped Tour together in 2006. Joan is a hero of mine and a rock-and-roll pioneer. When she started out, the rock scene was predominantly male. She defied gender stereotypes all on her own. My daughter, Evelyn, is also a huge Joan Jett fan. She asks for Joan’s records to be played and adores her Joan Jett Barbie doll. Against Me! went through New York City on tour with The Cult in June, and I asked Joan if she’d sing a song with us. She and her band had covered The Replacements’ “Androgynous” onstage, and The Replacements are one of my all-time favorite bands. Joan was into the idea! Singing together onstage, I felt so confident and grateful for her support. Back on the tour bus after the show, I watched, astonished, as Joan Jett leaned down and tucked an excited Evelyn, who was supposed to be asleep, into bed.
Please read the rest here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/exclusive/laura-jane-grace-first-year-as-a-woman
I wish there were pics of Joan with Evelyn — Joan is awesome with kids! Exhibit A:
Joan serenades Logan
Here’s the video of Joan singing “Androgynous” with Against Me! last year. Loved it!
Laura Jane is a phenomenal songwriter — check out “Soulmates to Strangers” live with The Blackhearts! Cannot WAIT to hear a recorded version of this!
♥ ♥ ♥ LOVE ♥ ♥ ♥
My heart is breaking for you, Jettheads! The Darkness have canceled their tour with Joan Jett in Australia and New Zealand. Their drummer, Ed Graham, is having health issues.
Here’s the band’s statement, from The New Zealand Herald:
“It is with great regret that we are having to cancel The Darkness’ planned April dates in Australia/New Zealand. As some of you may be aware, Ed has had some prior history with hip problems, which resulted in extensive surgery a few years ago, and caused him to miss some US dates in 2012.”
Over the past few weeks, Graham’s condition had worsened and had been advised to rest and undergo tests before “potentially taking a backwards step and making matters worse”, the statement said.
Read the rest HERE. Get well soon, Ed!
Here’s Joan’s statement from blackheart.com:
“I wish Ed a speedy and successful recovery from his injury. I am very disappointed that we will have to cancel the tour and I look forward to rescheduling as soon as possible.” -Joan Jett
According to iTunes, the Australian reissue of The Blackhearts’ Greatest Hits album, including the new tracks “TMI” and “Reality Mentality,” is still on track to be released this Friday, March 15th. PREORDER HERE! I’ll keep checking until then and will let you know if it changes. Meanwhile, our friend Jasmine found the album cover and sent me the image (thanks Jaz!):
[Post updated with track listing screen shot. See below.] The Blackhearts are re-releasing their Greatest Hits package in Australia on March 15th, and it will include BOTH “TMI” and “Reality Mentality.”
Pre-order HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/greatest-hits/id606209677
The previews of both studio tracks are on YouTube. (Thanks, Jaz. :) ) They sound great, but now I’m foaming at the mouth. I can’t wait to hear the whole songs!
Now the bottom of the Australia tour poster with The Darkness makes sense, although “Any Weather” is not included in this release like the poster promised. (“Any Weather” is the love song that Joan wrote with Dave Grohl.) There is a chance that the track listing will change before March 15th, as iTunes warns: “Please note: The pre-order contents listed here are subject to change without notice and the final product received may differ.” I’ll check back on the 15th and see if anything else was added. Here’s a screenshot of what’s on there now (thanks Jaz!)
The rest of the world can’t be far behind, Jettheads! I’ve been Joanzing for new tunes for a while now, although waiting 7 years for a new album is comparatively easy when you remember that we waited 12 years for Sinner. That. Was. Not. Fun. (No jinxes!)
Joan confirmed in a February interview with The New Zealand Herald that The Blackhearts’ new album will be out this year! I’ve heard rumors of March, but they haven’t announced an official release date yet. Crossing all of my fingers and toes that it’s true, though (as soon as I’m done typing this). :)
She’s set to release her 12th studio album this year, her first since 2006, having been working up songs during recent tours. They’ve been recording in LA and New York, and Jett is enthusiastic about the songs, some of which they’ll perform at their Auckland show.
“This album probably has some of my own perspective of what I can see going on in society. There’s a song called Reality Mentality, which is a little self-explanatory, with the explosion of reality TV and how real is it, and people playing up for cameras, people wanting to be a star at any cost, so it’s just about taking note of that, not necessarily good or bad, just saying that’s who we are. And there’s one called TMI, shorthand for ‘too much information’, about how everybody goes online and shares everything about everyone.”
There’s also a more serious side to the album. Jett lost both her parents during the past two years, which triggered a couple of different songs – one called Hard To Grow Up (“about realising you have to take responsibility”) and another, Fragile (“you know how we can be so strong, yet things can still be right on the point of breaking”). And there’s also a more straight-up love song called Any Weather, which she wrote with Dave Grohl.
Read more HERE.
PLUS, Joan debuted two more new songs at the Casino Rama show earlier this month, “Fragile” and “Make it Back”. The audio in the vids below isn’t great. I can’t wait to hear clearer versions so I can hear the lyrics. And I can’t wait to hear all the new songs live!
“Make it Back”
Thanks to @JettheadAl for sending me the interview link. :)
Please let these IMDB items be true. I can’t find info on them outside of IMDB:
Joan is listed as playing the role of Detective Pratt in the “Luna’s Revenge” episode of FML the Series, with a release date of March 1, 2013. I found the show’s Twitter account, @FMLTheSeries, but the show has no website, and I don’t know if it’s a web series or on a TV network, or what. Maybe the twitter account will show something soon, or maybe they will take pity on us and give us some inside info? (Pretty please?)
I REALLY want this to be true. This is listed as a short video, to be released on July 1, 2013: “A behind the scenes look at a legendary band”. No website or other info exists.
Cynthia Posner is listed as the director for both items. Does that mean anything to you Hollywood-savvy types?
Cross your fingers, Jettheads!
Verbicide Magazine published a list of cover songs that are better than the originals, and “Dirty Deeds” made the list! “Crimson and Clover” would have been a gimme; so glad they chose something from The Hit List.
Joan Jett Covers “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC
In 1990, Joan Jett released a cover record, The Hit List. And while she certainly compiled a great album, it’s hard to argue that her versions of songs such as CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” and the Sex Pistols‘ “Pretty Vacant” trumped the originals.
The album’s single, however, blows the original out of the water. Jett takes an overplayed, overrated band’s scummiest-sounding hit and turns it into something that is sexy and bad ass. She may be remembered for many other tunes, but “Dirty Deeds” deserves a spot on Jett’s roster of greatest hits.
I agree! Watch on YouTube.
Read the rest of the list HERE.
Joan’s covers are legendary (to us, anyway). Check out a blog I did a while back, Joan Jett’s Cover Tunes: Appreciating the Originals. This doesn’t even scratch the surface. :)
What’s YOUR favorite Joan Jett cover tune?
OK, this is weird: There’s a poster of Joan’s tour with The Darkness floating about, and it looks like Australia is getting a new version of the Greatest Hits package in March that will contain a new “hit” song called, “Any Weather”.
This is from McManus Entertainment’s Facebook page:
Look at the closeup of the bottom:
What puzzles me is:
1. How can a song be a “hit” when no one has ever heard it? I suppose it could be an unreleased cover of a hit song, but still.
2. Why hasn’t joanjett.com or blackheart.com announced this?
I hope someone at Blackheart can confirm if this is true–it just looks odd to me. I hope it’s true though!