Help Hurricane Sandy victims with purchases from the Blackheart Records store in November

If you have any Blackheart Records merchandise on your holiday wish list this year, make your purchases by Friday, November 30, and Blackheart will donate 25% of all proceeds to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. From blackheart.com:

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Our hearts go out to those who are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. We will be donating 25% of all proceeds from the Blackheart Store, for the month of November, to the American Red Cross.

Joan’s homes were damaged in the hurricane, as Kenny told the media at the PETA awards ceremony on November 4 in Fort Lauderdale:

Laguna told New Times that Joan had been having a rough week due to Sandy. Jett’s homes in Long Beach and the West Village were both heavily damaged. And until the trip to South Florida, Jett had been couch surfing in Laguna’s living room, which mirrored the beginning of their work relationship in the late ’70s. Both were happy to be in the warm sunshine of surprisingly storm-free South Florida.

Here’s a video of Joan discussing the hurricane at her show in Tulsa on November 9:

Former Blackheart guitarist Ricky Byrd was also personally devastated by the storm, and has been chronicling his ordeal on Facebook and Twitter. Follow him for more updates.

From 11/23, Ricky’s Facebook page:

Thanksgiving over , Camp Jam week almost over in Cancun and then it’s back to my beaten up neighborhood and the reality of Sandy. It seems the water damage on our main floor was festering under the wood ,so back out of the house as they rip out the entire first floor and sub floor. Only way to get rid of mold …also need to get some new wheels when i get back…2 cars gone .Carol at home dealing with the nightmare..I know it’s not on the first page anymore but parts of NY still without power or heat..houses destroyed and the cleanup just beginning.. people really hurting..gonna take a long time and it’s gonna be a tough holiday season..As we’ve proved before NY always gets off the mat before the eight count! Punchy but standing!!!

Damage from Hurricane Sandy is estimated in the billions in the U. S. alone, and many people are displaced from their homes. Please consider donating to the American Red Cross on your own also, or investigate other charities that are helping in recovery efforts.

Joan Jett at the Miami Make-A-Wish Ball: Recap

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts performed at Miami’s annual Make-a-Wish Ball on Saturday, November 5. The event raised $1.1 million, enough to grant 220 wishes in South Florida to children with life-threatening illnesses. (Source: hauteliving.com)

Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, OMG I’m totally fangirling!!!) was the celebrity auctioneer at the event.

Joan did a brief interview with Inside Celebrities HERE, and they describe more of the event HERE.

Worldredeye.com has STUNNING pics of Joan and the guests HERE. Love the party masks!

That is Gabrielle Anwar down front!

See more pics at NBC Miami’s site HERE.

Blackbookmag.com has a great review of the event, lots of Joan:

On the White Carpet, Jett rolled with the same stroll that made her mighty mark back before she was even of drinking age. Feisty, fearsome and full of a fully-lived life, the ever-on songstress was as candid as she was charming. I mentioned that I caught The Runaways opening for The Ramones around the corner at Gusman Center when I was but a wee lad; Jett’s eyes lit up with the spark of great creation.

“That was one of my favorite tours ever,” she told me. “All of us were young and hungry and determined. And the crowds were wonderful.”

Read the rest HERE.

Worldredeye also has pics from the private dinner that Joan attended the night before:

On the eve of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, Ball Chairman Shareef Malnik hosted an intimate dinner at The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar for the cause’s key benefactors and its celebrity supporters. Ball entertainer, rock legend Joan Jett and auctioneer Gabrielle Anwar, both vegans, feasted on a specially prepared menu and discussed their excitement for reaching the Ball’s $10 million lifetime fundraising goal with the rest of the group…

Read the rest and see the pics HERE.

Videos from the event:

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Blackhearts to play Miami Make-a-Wish ball in Nov; new Joan Jett interview

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will perform about 6 songs at The Make-A-Wish Ball at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida on Nov. 5. Joan has been involved with Make-A-Wish for a long time. She spoke about it with The Miami Herald, and also talked about recording new music, The Blackhearts’ nomination to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and more. Here’s a snippet:

How did you get involved in Make-A-Wish Foundation?

I find it to be really moving; hopefully we can inspire some of the kids that are ill. We try to honor any requests that any child might have, whether it’s wanting to hang out backstage or seeing the show from a perspective they don’t usually get to. If I do anything to help, that’s humbling. It’s about giving back and making a connection. That’s what music is about for me.

Are you working on new music?

We’re writing an album now and planning to get into the studio around the holidays. I’m looking forward to starting a new year. For me, inspiration is always what I see in my life. Some of the songs deal with all the changes in social media and how tied into it people are. I think it can be used for good things, but I don’t use Twitter or Facebook to tell everyone what I’m doing. I don’t want to go into something I’m not able to wean myself away from. Television is bad enough.

How did it feel to get nominated into the R&R Hall of Fame?

I don’t really think about it. It’s a great nod in the industry and what you mean to music. If I get in, we’ll deal with that when it gets to that point.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/23/2465453/joan-jett-to-rock-the-house-at.html#ixzz1bfArYZbP

Read more about the event at the official website HERE. Tickets are SOLD OUT, but there’s a waiting list.

Joan Jett meet-and-greet at autism benefit, Oct 2

Bedstock is a benefit to raise money for autism, and will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at River Road Park in Bedminster, New Jersey. Read more about the history of the event HERE.

The Blackhearts are not performing, but Joan will do a special meet-and-greet between 2 and 4 PM for the Multi-Platinum sponsors and above, so the event will cost you at least $3,500. It’s a great cause, so if you love Joan Jett, and you can afford it, please go!

Click here for the sponsorship levels, and click here for the event schedule.

Thanks Wasted1 for the tip!