A little Jetthead birdie in my email told me today that The Blackhearts are performing at Annandale Hotel in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, January 7th, 2011. This date is in addition to the three Australian festivals The Blackhearts are already scheduled to perform at earlier that month. (I talked about those here and here.) The Annandale Hotel will be a more intimate pub show, which will be great for fans near Sydney who can’t get close enough to the festivals! (I can’t get a feel for exactly how big or small the venue is just from the website. Can any Australian Jettheads help me out with a description?)
Tickets for the Annandale show go on sale November 16th. http://www.news.com.au made the announcement, along with a short interview with Joan:
Jett, who will hold court at local rock institution the Annandale Hotel on January 7, says she’s keen to kick off a new chapter with her Australian visit after spending the past 18 months tied up with a biopic on her seminal all-girl teen rock band The Runaways.
“It has been a long, tough year with the film and I lost my mother,” she says.
“She was a big reason The Runaways were able to happen.
“She let me do it, and she talked to the other mothers so the other girls could do it.
“It’s been a weird time having to look back on all of that, so now I’m looking forward to a new chapter.”
Jett, who was played by Twilight star Kristen Stewart, says she’s impressed that the film has inspired another generation of young women to pick up guitars.
“It’s really cute – but no, they don’t come running up and screaming at you like they do to Kristen. Maybe they’re afraid to or something.”
Tickets for the January gig will go on sale on November 16 through annandalehotel.com.
I’m intrigued by the quote: “It’s been a weird time having to look back on all of that, so now I’m looking forward to a new chapter.” — I hope this means that Joan wants to record new music soon. I don’t know about you, but it’s been just over 4 years since Sinner, and I’m getting twitchy. We had to wait 12 years between Pure and Simple and Sinner, and I don’t think I could handle that again. The newbies don’t know what that was like, but let me tell you, even though Joan never stopped touring during that time, it was torture. Although, I honestly don’t want her to make music just to please us, because that would be anti-Joan. I want her to give us whatever makes her happy. I just really, really hope that going back to the studio soon will make her happy. Was that diplomatic enough, or am I still selfish? 😀
I am a little jealous, Australia, that you get to start 2011 with a warm summer and Joan Jett, while I shiver in the snow in the States, Jett-less. But I’m so happy for you! Waiting 12 years for a new album was torture, but waiting 15 years for a live show would be pure hell. It would have killed me years ago. Enjoy!