The Blackhearts performed at Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding show on December 7 to benefit his Solid Rock Foundation. Joan helped Alice promote the organization at a press conference before the event.
Snippets of the interview are below, but there is also a short video of the press conference and the event here (sorry, it doesn’t embed in WordPress): http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9609741
I also found a couple of videos of the event, which I included after the interview below.
An interview with Two Rock Icons
Alice Cooper and Joan Jett
December 11, 2013
The annual Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding event actually started a day early with a private sound check and a press conference. Cooper has been promoting his charity, Solid Rock Foundation, for the last 13 years. There were eight members of the press present for this interview.
Joan walks into the interview area: Alright!
Alice: Joan Jett, the heart of rock ‘n roll.
Joan: Hi, everybody!
Interviewer: Joan, tell me how you are involved.
Alice Cooper and Joan Jett Joan: Well, I’ve been friends with Alice for many years. I know he’s had this charity. I’ve wanted to be involved and we were able to make it work this year. So, I am more than happy to be here and give what I can. I think an amazing cause they’ve brought to fruition. Its truly an awesome thing. I’m really glad to be a part of it.
Alice: She is the rocker. She is the real deal. Anymore, there is so few rock ‘n roll bands. Its one of those things we were just talking about. There is just so few young bands out there that are real rock bands. It just getting a little bit thin out there. I bring all the hard rockers in.
Interviewer: So, tell me about the event and what’s special about it. Its usually a variety show.
Alice: This year, it almost all rock’n roll. This year I want everybody standing. At least the second half of the show is pure rock’n roll. Every band. Its going to be hitting them over the head with it. There’s nothing good about sitting down. The first part of the show is old shit. There is the dance company and all that stuff. The second half goes into fourth gear and stays there.
Interviewer: You do this every year?
Alice: First of all you have to support the charity. I get 100 kids in there every day. Kids that, well, you see a 15 year old kid on the corner selling drugs. You ask the kids, “How do you know you’re not the best guitar player in Arizona?” You know,’If you’ve never tried it, come on in, we’ll give you free lessons, you get to play your own guitar, finger a fender guitar. There’s a guy to teach you. Pretty soon they are just as addicted to this as anything else There a bass guitar, there’s the drums, here’s this. They’re in bands now. There are bands coming out of Solid Rock. These kids can play. You are giving them an alternative that they did not have before. I tell ’em a band is a gang.
Joan: Yeah, totally.
Alice: Trust me. A band is a gang and you don’t go out without your band. When we were in Detroit, you did not go out alone. You went with your band. I say the only difference is, you are not going be shot or thrown in jail. Well, you might be thrown in jail. Laughing.
Joan: Yeah, you can be thrown in jail.
Alice: It’s a little safer being in a band than being on the street. What do you got on the street? You’re either going to be shot or thrown in jail. That’s it that’s your alternatives.
Joan: Let me just say from an outsider, realizing over the years, when I was in high school, I could take a course class, I could take an instrument, and they virtually have cut that out of the schools.
Alice: Its gone.
Alice Cooper and Joan Jett Joan: No one has a creative outlet for their energy. We all know young people, teenagers, have got that energy. We’ve got to channel it someplace. We’ve got to channel it to a place that is favorable, if not, its going to go someplace not so favorable.
Alice: Its easier to get heroin than beer on the street anymore. When I was a kid, you never heard of heroin. You got busted for beer. If you got in a fight with somebody, it was a bloody nose and a black eye and the next day you got a little respect from the boys. Now, you can see drugs by your house. . . every ante is up on these kids. Everything they are exposed to is deadly. So that makes it tougher on them. You’ve gotta go with music. Come on. You take a kid from the worse part of town and a kid from the best part of town, put them in a room. What are they gonna talk about? Who are you listening to? Whose your band? Music IS the common denominator. You’ve gotta go where they are.
Joan: Once that spark is lit, its hard to dim it, you know. If you are around like-minded people, who are looking to form these creative connections, its addictive.
Alice: Its just as addictive as drugs. If you got in a band, that was it. We couldn’t wait to get in rehearsal. That was the most important thing of the day. We got a new song or we had to learn that new Stones song! Or we had to learn that new Who song. That was the most exciting thing in the world for us, was getting to rehearsal. I’m sure it was the same for Joan.
Alice: That was it. You were creating. Well, that’s what these kids well. . we are giving them that opportunity. We get 100 kids a day in there. That, to me is, well you change one kid. You not only change just the kid. You change the neighborhood.
Interviewer: Well said. Thank you guys.
Next interviewer: Joan, how does Alice get in touch with you to do the show? Does he email you?
Alice: Rock ‘n roll is a fraternity. Everybody knows everybody. So when you say lets get in touch with Joanie, everybody knows how to get in touch with everybody in this business.
Joan: We ran into each other this summer. We were hanging out in the same spot and we started discussing this time period and it was early enough in the year and it was easy enough for me to make it work in my schedule.
Alice: Last year she had a shoulder problem.
Joan: Yes. I still have.
Interviewer: Was it replaced?
Joan: No, no. It needs to be dealt with. I never have enough down time to deal with it so.
Interviewer: From playing?
Joan: From playing, from living, yeah.
Alice: Guitars are heavy! Laughs
Interviewer: New record is out?
Joan: The new record Unvarnished is out. That’s the album title. The new single is called ‘Any Weather’.
Interviewer: Is that in tandem with this show?
Joan: The album has been out since October and the single has been out since August. Its not connected beyond the fact that we will be performing the new single.
Interviewer: How long will you allow her on stage?
Alice: As long as she wants! (Laughing) She can say anything she wants.
Interviewer: Are you and Joan going to do a song together.
Alice: Turns to Joan. I didn’t tell you this. Do know the opening song is House of Fire?
Alice: Joanie and Desmond wrote ‘House of Fire’. We came around and played with it and we open with that song.
Joan: Oh, really? So, we’ll see. We haven’t discussed it.
Alice: There is a finale. We’ll either do “Rock ‘n Roll” all night with Kiss or we’re gonna do “Run, Run Rudolph” or something like that at the end. Cause everybody gets back on stage. And it snows. It’ll be snowing at the end of the show.
Read the rest HERE.
And here’s an overview vid with pics (Joan starts at 5:54):