New Joan and Cherie interview for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

Joan Jett and Cherie Currie recently re-recorded “Cherry Bomb” for the upcoming Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game, due out this September 28th.

Many of the older songs, including “Cherry Bomb,” had to be re-recorded to fit the technology of the game and make it easier for gamers to play. “Cherry Bomb” is featured in the game in a classic venue that holds many memories for Jettheads: CBGB’s.

Read more about the game here and GuitarHero.com.

Check out this new video announcement for the game and features Joan and Cherie talking about the song and the importance of CBGB’s to The Runaways’ career:

Thanks to the always awesome @jettrocker for the tip!

Why “The Runaways” flopped, part two

Fans of Joan Jett and The Runaways have endured decades of incredulous stares from people who only think of Joan Jett in terms of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” and have no idea that she has been making music and touring steadily since her first band in 1975. Fans of Kristen Stewart are desperate to prove that Kristen is more than just Bella Swan.

The Runaways movie was a sanctuary for all of us, even with all of its imperfections. But our joy at its creation has been tarnished by watching this rare gem of a film get treated like trash by the people responsible for its success. Continue reading

Why “The Runaways” flopped, part one

Reflection

Every time I think about this and try to write it down, I get sick to my stomach. Because I know that people who haven’t seen The Runaways are going to assume that the movie flopped because either:

  1. The movie sucked,
  2. The fans didn’t like it, or, even worse,
  3. The fans don’t exist and nobody cared enough to see it.

As Joan Jett is my witness, none of those is true. Continue reading

TV appearance videos: Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning

OK, now I start the process of catching up on 20 days of missed blogging opportunities. This is going to take a while, so bear with me!

Here are all of The Runaways-related TV appearances made by Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning in the month of March. I’m doing it in chronological order, because I’m all librarian-like. I know I posted some of them before, but I want to have them all in one place, because I’m also all lazy-like. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

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March is a busy month for Joan Jett and “The Runaways”!

I won’t get to see The Runaways until April 9th, when the film opens wide in the US, because I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia gets all the cool cultural events before us. But Pittsburgh still rules because we have Penguins hockey. I guess I shouldn’t be greedy. 😛

There’s still plenty of stuff to keep me busy this month, though. Here are all the cool happenings surrounding Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and The Runaways movie that I know about. I’m sure there are other advance screenings of The Runaways in other cities other than what I’ve listed here. If you hear of any, let me know in the comments and give a link. Thanks!

Most of these events have been mentioned elsewhere on this blog, but I just learned of the advance screenings of The Runaways in Dallas (March 18th) and Los Angeles (March 9th) today.

UPDATE1: The Toronto premiere on March 14th and the digitial download of the movie soundtrack on March 16th have been added.

UPDATE2: Kristen Stewart will be on Live with Regis and Kelly and Jimmy Fallon on March 16th. Dakota Fanning will be on Jimmy Fallon on March 17th. Source and Source.

UPDATE3: Kristen Stewart will not attend the Toronto premiere, but will be at the Los Angeles, New York, and Austin premieres. Source.

Date Event
March 1, 2010 Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes released. Contains a short, unauthorized Joan Jett/Lita Ford bio comic.
March 9, 2010

Tomorrow!

1. Release of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits, on CD, iTunes Standard Edition, and  iTunes Deluxe Edition. The vinyl edition has been discontinued by the manufacturer, according to Amazon. I’ll remove the link in the sidebar today.2. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

3. Advance screening of The Runaways in Los Angeles, California. All proceeds from this showing will benefit Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles. Tickets will not be sold at the door! Buy them online here.

March 10, 2010 Kristen Stewart appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
March 11, 2010 1. Los Angeles red-carpet premiere of The Runaways.

2. Blackhearts guitarist Dougie Needles’ birthday!

March 12, 2010 Dakota Fanning appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
March 13, 2010 The Runaways advance screening in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
March 14, 2010 The Runaways premiere in Toronto, Canada.
March 15, 2010 Advance screening of The Runaways in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
March 16, 2010 1. Release of The Runaways: The Mercury Albums Anthology on Hip-O Select. You can preorder it from Hip-O Select, CD Universe, and Amazon.2. Release of Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways, on It Books. Preorder it HERE.

3. Digital download release of The Runaways Official Motion Picture Soundtrack.

4. Kristen Stewart interview on Live with Regis and Kelly.

5. Kristen Stewart interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

March 17, 2010 1. New York City red-carpet premiere of The Runaways.

2. Dakota Fanning interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

March 18, 2010 1. Premiere of The Runaways at South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, Cherie Currie, Dakota Fanning, and Floria Sigismondi are scheduled to attend.2. Advance screening of The Runaways in Chicago, Illinois.

3. Advance screening of The Runaways in Dallas, Texas.

March 19, 2010 1. Limited release of The Runaways in the US and Canada. See list of cities HERE.2. Release of Todd Oldham’s Joan Jett book.
March 23, 2010 CD Release of The Runaways Official Motion Picture Soundtrack. You can preorder it from Amazon HERE.
March 27, 2010 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts show in Shelton, Washington, at Little Creek Casino. Website

Cool new updates to runawaysmovie.com!

If you haven’t visited the official website for The Runaways movie recently, GO NOW. I’ll wait. 🙂

The site has been redesigned, and it is full of WIN. They’ve added:

  • Links for the new Twitter, MySpace, and YouTube pages
  • A link to soundtrack info (which I won’t click on until after I see the movie).
  • Downloadable wallpapers and chat icons.
  • New production stills.
  • Video clips of the real Runaways
  • Bio pages for each cast member, including one for Joan as executive producer. (The only bad part of the site is that they spelled Scout Taylor-Compton’s name wrong. I hope they fix that soon!)

But the best part is that Dakota Fanning’s version of “Cherry Bomb” plays on a continuous loop on the site. (You can mute the audio on the page if you don’t want to listen to it for two hours straight like I have. :))

Back in December, Cherie Currie herself confirmed, on this blog, that Dakota Fanning sang “Cherry Bomb” in the movie, without any enhancements from Cherie’s voice. After hearing the whole track, there should now be no doubt. While Dakota’s voice captures Cherie Currie’s attitude and power perfectly, it definitely has its own tone that is distinguishable from Cherie. I LOVE IT.

I think I’ve said this before, but as a long-time Runaways fan, I feel so…honored by all of this.