Hurricane Sandy: How to help

My heart goes out to everyone who has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Dozens of people have died from this hurricane, and that number is climbing. Millions are without power, and gas and food are becoming scarce. Massive flooding continues to isolate people and hinder travel. Here are two state-by-state guides to the damage in the United States: http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/state-by-state-guide-to-hurricane-sandy/ and http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/30/us/tropical-weather-state-by-state/index.html.

The Caribbean fared worse. Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Bahamas all took direct hits from Sandy, and thousands are homeless: http://rt.com/news/caribbean-sandy-storm-damage-647/

As you know, Joan and the Blackhearts are from New York City, one of the regions hit hardest in the U.S. Blackheart Records has not tweeted or posted any official updates to any of their websites about how they are doing, so I’m guessing that it is taking them time to sort through whatever the storm has left them. However, the Blackhearts’ bassist, Acey Slade (@AceySlade1) has been tweeting regularly since the storm, so I am assuming that they are all at least physically OK. I hope that they didn’t lose any loved ones, or their homes, and that they can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

At the very least, the folks at Blackheart have most likely witnessed the destruction of many places they hold dear. For example, here is what the Boardwalk at Long Beach looked like before the storm – The Blackhearts filmed the “Change the World” video here:

The boardwalk at Long Beach, NY. From Larry Richman (@larry411). Taken in mid-October 2012, pre-Hurricane Sandy.

…And here’s what it looks like now. The beach is gone.

The boardwalk at Long Beach, NY, one day after Hurricane Sandy. Via Larry Richman (@larry411)

Change the World – YouTube

And here’s a news chopper video of the area after the storm: http://www.newsday.com/news/weather/6-homes-catch-fire-in-long-beach-as-sandy-affects-city-s-water-sewer-system-1.4169263

How we can help:

1. Donate money, volunteer, or give blood.

The Red Cross and other agencies cannot accept food, clothing, or other supplies directly, so go to http://www.redcross.org/ to find out how to donate money, volunteer, or to give blood. ABC News and CNN have posted contact information for various other charities HERE and HERE.

CharityNavigator.org is a great resource for determining if a charity you wish to donate to is legitimate. They have 10 great tips on how to donate properly, so that your donation has the best chance to do the most good. Avoid telemarketers and email solicitations, make sure the website you visit is official before you donate, investigate the charity to be sure they are going to spend your money the way you want, and designate your gift for a particular crisis to make sure the money goes where you want it to. Read the rest HERE.

Don’t forget our friends in the Caribbean when deciding where to donate your money. Haiti is still trying to recover from the 2010 earthquake on top of all of this.

2. Vote on November 6th.

If you are American, and if you are a registered voter, I cannot stress enough how important the elections are this year. The timing of this hurricane is horrific in terms of the number of people who will have difficulty getting to their polling place on November 6 due to power and transportation problems. If your neighborhood was damaged by the storm, contact your local board of elections to find out if your polling place has been relocated. If your loved ones are out of power and can’t read this, please help them research their polling places and assist with transportation if you can. The presidential race is close, and every vote counts. PLEASE do not waste this opportunity to have your voice heard. It will be four years before you get another chance.

3. Vote for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This won’t rebuild any homes, but it will make a nice gift for the band to lift their spirits (and ours too)!

*Thanks to Liz Cullen for the voting button.
**Thanks to Larry Richman, @larry411, for permission to use his photos. Follow him on Twitter for more NYC updates. (He’s a pretty awesome film critic too.)

Jettheads have plenty to celebrate despite Rock Hall snub

When the official list of 2012 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame circulated last week, without Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on it, we were all disappointed and sad. But I think I wallowed in it a little longer than I should have. The truth is, we Jettheads still have plenty to be happy about! For example:

1. THEY WERE NOMINATED. I still remember the blinding joy–and total surprise–I felt when I first found out that The Blackhearts were on the ballot. It’s now one of my favorite Jetthead memories, and I’m always going to carry it with me.

2. WE GOT THEM INTO THE TOP 5 OF THE ROCK HALL’S READERS’ POLL. This is the first year the Rock Hall has done one of these polls, although we knew the results would not affect the outcome. The Rock Hall hasn’t published the final results anywhere yet, and the poll has been taken down, but I watched that thing like a hawk up until the last day it was open, and I know Joan Jett and The Blackhearts were in 5th place. And this poll didn’t even allow multiple votes!

3. WE EARNED GOLDMINE MAGAZINE’S VOTE. Goldmine was the only official Rock Hall voter I heard of that gave its readers full reign over its ballot. Our votes in their online poll landed Joan one of the coveted spots. This poll didn’t allow multiple votes either. Great job!

4. WE ARE NOT ALONE. The haters are definitely out there (aren’t they always?), but Jettheads didn’t champion for Joan in a vacuum. Many blogs and articles expressed outrage at The Blackhearts’ exclusion. (Salon.com, sheknows.com, and austinchronicle.com are among the most vociferous in defense of Joan.) Not that we need to care about random bloggers or journalists: Michael J. Fox and Lita Ford are on our side!

Lita’s interview from Examiner.com in October:

Q: What do you think of Joan (Jett’s) nomination for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame?
A:
Oh, it’s great! She absolutely deserved it.

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But the best thing to be grateful for?

5. NEW MUSIC IN 2012 AND BEYOND!  Yeah, baby!!

Reality Mentality:

TMI:

Hard to Grow Up:

 

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts nominated for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

JETTHEADS: The day we’ve all been waiting for has arrived: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have been nominated for induction into the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

NBC Nightly News gave Joan top billing on tonight’s broadcast:


msnbc video: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee…, posted with vodpod

From the Rock Hall’s official press release:

Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th Annual Induction Ceremony. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2012 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1986.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that exists to educate its audiences on the global impact of the rock and roll art form via the museum, as well as its education programs and library and archives.

The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Cleveland on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Leading up to the ceremony, the Museum will host 10 days of special events, including tours of the newly redesigned Museum, the unveiling of a major new exhibit, and the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new Library and Archives. The Library and Archives will be the world’s most comprehensive repository of written and audio-visual materials relating to the history of rock and roll.

Tables and VIP Packages for the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony are available now. The ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was – for the first time in the event’s history – at the 2009 Inductions in Cleveland. Individual tickets for the Induction Ceremony will go on sale to the public in December 2011. Visit rockhall.com for details.

Read the rest HERE, including the artist bios. LOVE this quote from Joan in her bio:

“It’s a feeling thing, it’s emotion. You don’t think about it. If you start thinking rock ‘n’ roll, you’re f**ked. That’s when you’re homogenized. That’s when it’s boring. And that’s when it’s bullshit.”–Joan Jett

Congratulations to Joan Jett AND the Blackhearts, and to all nominees!

Joan Jett to present at the 2010 Long Island Music Hall of Fame ceremony

Joan Jett is one of the confirmed presenters for the 2010 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala this coming Tuesday, November 16, at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. (Source)

More information from the Hall’s press release:

(Port Jefferson, NY) – The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) Third Induction Gala on November 16th will feature a star-studded array of celebrities.

Red carpet entrances begin at 6:30PM [Eastern Time] at Oheka Castle (135 West Gate Drive, Huntington), the induction ceremony begins at 7:30PM, and VIP party immediately after.

Among the artists being inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on November 16 are Eric B. and Rakim, Oscar Brand, Roy Haynes, Eddie Palmieri, Teddy Charles, Carole and Paula, Lou Reed, Dream Theater, Al Kooper, John Zorn and The Shangri-las.  LIMHoF will also present the 2010 Music Educator of Note Award to a recipient who will be selected by November 1, and will formally present the 2009 Award to the family of Joseph Sugar, who passed away in 2009.

Event: Long Island Music Hall of Fame Third Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (6:30PM Red Carpet, 7PM Doors)
Location: Oheka Castle (135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY).
Tickets: $100 General Admission, $250 VIP tickets (includes entrance to special VIP party with the inductees, open bar and buffet), available at www.limusichalloffame.org, 631-331-0808 or at Cinema Arts Centre.

Read the rest, including the full list of inductees and presenters, HERE. Read more about each inductee HERE.

To purchase tickets, click HERE. If any of you are lucky enough to attend, let us know!

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame honors musicians and music professionals who are native to Long Island or have lived a significant part of their life there. Its first ceremony was held on October 15, 2006, and Joan Jett was its first inductee. :)

Cool trivia: Two of this year’s inductees, rock ‘n’ roll photographer Bob Gruen and Lou Reed, each have Joan Jett connections. Bob has taken some awesome pics of Joan over the years (see his work HERE and Google “Joan Jett Bob Gruen”), and The Runaways covered “Rock and Roll” by The Velvet Underground, written by the band’s lead singer, Lou Reed. (Can you spot any others?)

Watch on YouTube. Source.

And here’s the original–it’s like night and day, isn’t it?

Watch on YouTube. Source.

 

Joan Jett’s Australian dates: Festival tickets on sale NOW

Tickets went on sale just a few hours ago (Thursday, September 9th, Australia time) for all three of the festivals that Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are scheduled to perform in December and January. (Australia: I apologize for posting this so late, but I’m on the East coast of the US and it’s still Wednesday here. I only found out about this last night and couldn’t post until now.)

1. The Falls Festival. The Lorne festival has sold out, but there are still tickets for Marion Bay. There may be a few packages for Lorne left over through Virgin Blue. See the Falls Festival official website for details and tickets. They’ve temporarily taken down the lineup pages to allow ticket purchases to go through more easily, but they will restore the lineup later today. (Via Twitter). The last time I checked, The Blackhearts were scheduled to play both cities, but the exact dates had not been announced. I’ll check back later.

2. Southbound Festival. Buy tickets HERE. “There are various tickets and ticket combinations available, and different artists play on different days (click here (http://www.southboundfestival.com.au/artists) for more details), therefore it is extremely important to ensure you select the correct ticket type.” If you go to the artists’ page linked above and click “Sunday”, you will see Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. They’re listed only under “All” and “Sunday”, so it looks like The Blackhearts will perform on Sunday, January 2, 2011.

3. Sunset Sounds. Ticket info is HERE. Buy tickets from Ticketmaster or Moshtix. The festival runs on January 5th and 6th, 2011, but the exact date of The Blackhearts’ show hasn’t been announced. Which sucks, because if you really want to see Joan there, at this point, you will have to pay $238 for a 2-day pass.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from Australian Jettheads asking if Joan is scheduled to play anywhere else in Australia, preferably in a club and not in a huge festival setting. Unfortunately, nothing has been announced, but as soon as I hear anything I’ll post it. You have been waiting patiently for Joan to come back to you since 1995, so I can definitely feel your pain! Hopefully, these festival dates will cause enough buzz around Australia to warrant a more thorough tour of the area. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Joan Jett will spend New Year’s in AUSTRALIA!

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts are returning to Australia for the first time since 1995*, when they play three festivals in December and January.

I have no idea who took this beautiful picture. Whoever you are, thank you!

Tickets go on sale soon! None of the festivals’ schedules have been finalized yet, so check the following sites for more info and tickets:

1. The Falls Festival, December 28, 2010 – January 1, 2011:

This festival is in two cities, Marion Bay, Tasmania, and Lorne, Victoria. The Blackhearts are on the list to play in both cities, but I don’t know which dates are in which city. Visit the official festival website for more details and tickets. Also follow the official festival Twitter.

(*Source, source, source)

2. The Southbound Festival, January 1-3, 2011:

http://www.southboundfestival.com.au/

http://www.southboundfestival.com.au/artists/joan-jett-the-blackhearts

Southbound 2011’s official Twitter

(Source)

3. Sunset Sounds, January 5-6, 2011:

http://www.sunsetsounds.com.au/

http://www.sunsetsounds.com.au/artists/detail/joan-jett-and-the-blackhearts

Sunset Sounds on Twitter

:D

Congratulations Australia!

Joan Jett will open for Aerosmith in Canada this September

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have been added to the Western Canadian dates of Aerosmith’s current tour.

Read more HERE.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. local time in all markets and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.ca.

AEROSMITH Western Canada tour dates:

Sep. 08 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Sep. 10 – Calgary, AB – Saddledome
Sep. 12 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
Sep. 14 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Sep. 16 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Click HERE for the Joan Jett search results at Ticketmaster.ca. As of this writing, the Vancouver date isn’t listed there, but it is listed when you search for Aerosmith. The joanjettbadrep.com Live Dates page does list the Vancouver date, so that one has been confirmed for Joan for now. Tour dates do change and get canceled, so verify everything with the venue several times before selling your house or any major organs to pay for a trip to The Couve or anywhere else.

:D

Rock on, my Western Canadian Jettheads!