1992 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Concert Archive
|Date ……………………||Friday, January 10, 1992|
|Location ………………||Pittsburgh, PA, US|
|Other performers …..
||The Four Horsemen|
|Set List * ……………..
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I cut out articles for these shows at the time and put them in my scrapbook (which I stopped updating in 1994). One of these days, I will scan them into the computer so you can see them.
1. “Joan Jett to take Metropol stage” by J.D. Considine, The Pittsburgh Press, January 9, 1992:
“Backlash,” the opening song on her new album, “Notorious,” is a perfect example of how Jett turns admiration into inspiration. She wrote the song with Paul Westerberg of the Replacements for one reason, she says: “Really, it was just a matter of me being a very, very big Paul Westerberg fan.
“I think he’s one of the greatest songwriters,” she continues, speaking over the phone from her home in Long Island, N.Y. “I love the way he writes songs. I’ve thought for a while, ‘Boy, I’d like to write a song with him.’ It just got to that point where one day, I got the nerve to call him up and say, ‘Paul, I’ve got a title and a couple of ideas. Would you like to write a song with me?’ And he said yes.”
As for new music, to go along with the new year, Jett adds, “I just got a couple of tapes of a band called Fugazi. It’s supposed to be the kind of music I would like. I’m going to check that out.”
Just like any other rock fan would.
(Baltimore Sun/distributed by LA Times-Washington Post News Service.)
2. “Former Pgh. Resident Joan Jett Just Wants to Rock the Joint” by Tyler Michael, The Pittsburgh City Paper, January 8-14, 1992:
Be forewarned, says Joan Jett, if you plan to see her in concert.
“If they don’t think girls sweat and can be crazy and wild on stage, if that’s going to freak them out, they’d better not go,” says the energetic rock and roller.
“All our music is honest rock and roll, danceable, singable,” the Philadelphia native elaborates. “If you like that, you’re going to the right place. It’s a very energetic show, and we like to involve the audience.
“It’s almost one-on-one. I think our audience seems to feel a one-on-0ne basis. They know we pay attention.”
Since going solo, the former member of the ’70s pioneering all-girl group, the Runaways, has enjoyed sales of more than six million albums worldwide.
Along the way, she and her band, the Blackhearts, earned some first-rate reviews.
“Jett,” wrote one publication, “has become a symbol of whatever optimism is left in this country’s youth.”
“I was flabbergasted when I read that,” Jett admits. “That’s a very high compliment, at least I take it that way. I wish everybody could read it. I think people leave our shows feeling good.
“I really care about the audience and I like to know if they had a good time. I like to be at a show early and look at the audience when they don’t know it. It makes me feel more comfortable. When I step on that stage the butterflies disappear. I don’t know where they go. The more excited the audience gets, the more excited we get.”
Jett says she would like to think of herself as breaking ground for other females who might want to follow.
“If letters are any indication,” she tells, “a lot of girls seem to be very inspired by my determination to stick with it against all the odds. I hope it gives them belief in themselves to do whatever it is they have to do for their career (whatever that career may be).”
“I do what I do because I want to do it, and I won’t let anyone change what I’m doing. I won’t allow things to be done (simply) for money reasons.
“If I was in it for the money, I would have been out a long time ago. You get into a rock band because you like music. You don’t get in to make money. Maybe a lot of people are surprised I’m sticking around so long. I started in ’75 with the Runaways. Some people are just amazed I’m still around.”
Success, in Jett’s dictionary, is defined as “finding as much pleasure out of what you’re doing (as you can). My so-called job is not a job to me, even though I work really hard and I’ve got problems like everybody else. I’m very lucky. I consider my work a lot of fun to me.”
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