2009 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Concert Archive
|Date ……………………||Saturday, December 12, 2009|
|Location ………………||Atlantic City, NJ|
|Other performers …..
|Set List * ……………..
*Note: The set lists are hidden to protect those of you who may consider it a spoiler.
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All of these are on youtube from wickmanfam. They’re a little jumpy, but the sound is great.
This is a cool article and interview with Kenny Laguna. The picture included with the piece is of the author, not Kenny, unfortunately. And the author left out some important details about the genesis of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” because his abbreviated account makes it sound like Joan never really wanted to do the song, which is not true. We all know that Joan tried to get The Runaways to record it before they broke up, but they wouldn’t go for it. She recorded an early version of it in 1979 with ex-Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones before The Blackhearts were even formed. Joan worked with Neil Bogart, who Kenny mentions in this interview, after The Runaways broke up. Here’s a snippet from the beginning of the article:
To the casual rock ‘n’ roll fan, the name Kenny Laguna probably won’t ring a bell. But to music insiders, Laguna’s name carries some formidable weight.
The performer-turned-producer was still a teenager when he produced hits in the 1960s for Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, Tommy James and the Shondells, Darlene Love, Jay (Black) and the Americans and the Ohio Express.
The bubblegum sound changed Laguna’s career. Then along came Joan Jett, who changed his life, and he hers.
“The first time I heard [Jett] she was 17 and she reminded me so much of Darlene Love,” Laguna says of his 1976 introduction to Jett, who was already performing with her original group, the Runaways.
Like Love, whose voice became one of producer Phil Spector’s musical meal tickets, Jett’s raw energy and talent was almost impossible to categorize.
“Darlene didn’t sound black, didn’t sound white, didn’t sound young, didn’t sound old,” Laguna recalls recently during a phone call that briefly interrupted his vacation in the Florida Keys. “And I heard a lot of those similar traits in Joan. It was just something I couldn’t put my finger on, but I knew I could have a lot of hits with her. She had this universal rock ‘n roll sound.”
This is a really cool interview with Joan, although the author focuses on the “icon” thing a little too much for my taste. She’s just Joanie, you know? And I love the way she answers the “icon” question:
“It’s a great honor and I hear it when people say it to me and I don’t want to take it lightly and kind of brush it off,” Jett says in a telephone interview with Atlantic City Weekly. “But in another way I kind of have to. I can’t take that seriously. I can’t think of myself like that. I just don’t. But I am humbled by it. Still, once you start believing that, you know, I just don’t ever want to be a jerk.”
Thank goodness for that. Trust us, Joanie, you’re not a jerk! The interview goes on to talk about Blackheart Records, The Runaways movie and Kristen Stewart, and her new Barbie doll:
“The one thing I said was ‘It’s got to have small tits,’” she laughs. “They were the first words out of my mouth. Because when I think of Barbies, I think of big breasts and big blonde hair. So now I guess she has little tits, black hair and a guitar. But they are cool. They showed me the prototype when I was out in California this summer. I don’t know, either I’ve come a long way or Barbie’s come a long way or we both have.”
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