New Joan Jett album OCTOBER 2013; first single AUGUST 2013!

Back in April, Blackheart Records teased that a new Joan Jett album would be coming this fall. Now we know when!

The album, to be called “Unvarnished,” will be released in OCTOBER. The first single, (“Any Weather” written with Dave Grohl), will be released in August!

Songs from the new album have slowly made it into the band’s live sets over the last couple of years (see here and here), but “Any Weather” has been under tight wraps since we first got wind of the song in March.

Here are snippets from a phone interview that Joan did about the new album with The Modesto Bee last month:

Even rockers have to grow up some time. That’s what Joan Jett has come to grips with as she’s hit her mid-50s and experienced the loss of both her parents and others close to her.

The “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” singer has taken a more serious tone in her upcoming album, “Unvarnished,” due for release in October.

“I’m in a different part of my life,” she said in a recent phone interview. “The songs aren’t all sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. There comes a time when you have to go through stuff. For me — this isn’t very uplifting — but I call it the decade of death, losing people, companion animals very close to me, my parents, really heavy things.”

She’s looking forward to the release of her latest album and sharing its songs with her fans. The first single will be “Any Weather,” a song she co-wrote with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. “It’s about a relationship — it doesn’t have to be romantic. It’s about how you can get through anything if there’s love.”

The other songs are mostly serious — including “Fragile” and “Hard to Grow Up.”

“Some things shock you into recognizing and realizing you’ve got to grow up,” she said. “Responsibilities fall to you. You’ve got to either step up or not. I want to be someone who steps up. You can’t think of just what you’re doing for the day — you have to think about survival for self and the rest of your family. You start thinking about your own mortality, what you’ve done in life.”

Looking back, she has a few regrets — she wishes she would have spent more time with her parents when they were alive. But she tries not to spend too much time with should haves, could haves and would haves.

“I like to think I’m a good person, I have a good heart, I’m not a mean person so I defend myself in the situations that call for it,” she said. “I think I’m an OK person when it comes to that stuff.”

Read more here:

Here’s Joan talking about the new album and singing “Make it Back” in San Diego last month. This could become my new theme song!

And here’s a video from earlier this month talking about the first single coming out next month — Joan also said that it would come out in August at the Mountainfest show in Morgantown, WV last Saturday. I was there, but I have no video of that announcement. You’ll just have to trust me! 🙂



Australia gets TWO NEW Joan Jett tunes on March 15th!


[Post updated with track listing screen shot. See below.] The Blackhearts are re-releasing their Greatest Hits package in Australia on March 15th, and it will include BOTH “TMI” and “Reality Mentality.”

Pre-order HERE:

The previews of both studio tracks are on YouTube. (Thanks, Jaz. 🙂 ) They sound great, but now I’m foaming at the mouth. I can’t wait to hear the whole songs!


“Reality Mentality:

Now the bottom of the Australia tour poster with The Darkness makes sense, although “Any Weather” is not included in this release like the poster promised. (“Any Weather” is the love song that Joan wrote with Dave Grohl.) There is a chance that the track listing will change before March 15th, as iTunes warns: “Please note: The pre-order contents listed here are subject to change without notice and the final product received may differ.” I’ll check back on the 15th and see if anything else was added. Here’s a screenshot of what’s on there now (thanks Jaz!)


The rest of the world can’t be far behind, Jettheads! I’ve been Joanzing for new tunes for a while now, although waiting 7 years for a new album is comparatively easy when you remember that we waited 12 years for Sinner. That. Was. Not. Fun. (No jinxes!)

Congratulations, Australia!

NEW Joan Jett album coming SOON

Joan confirmed in a February interview with The New Zealand Herald that The Blackhearts’ new album will be out this year! I’ve heard rumors of March, but they haven’t announced an official release date yet. Crossing all of my fingers and toes that it’s true, though (as soon as I’m done typing this). 🙂

She’s set to release her 12th studio album this year, her first since 2006, having been working up songs during recent tours. They’ve been recording in LA and New York, and Jett is enthusiastic about the songs, some of which they’ll perform at their Auckland show.

“This album probably has some of my own perspective of what I can see going on in society. There’s a song called Reality Mentality, which is a little self-explanatory, with the explosion of reality TV and how real is it, and people playing up for cameras, people wanting to be a star at any cost, so it’s just about taking note of that, not necessarily good or bad, just saying that’s who we are. And there’s one called TMI, shorthand for ‘too much information’, about how everybody goes online and shares everything about everyone.”

There’s also a more serious side to the album. Jett lost both her parents during the past two years, which triggered a couple of different songs – one called Hard To Grow Up (“about realising you have to take responsibility”) and another, Fragile (“you know how we can be so strong, yet things can still be right on the point of breaking”). And there’s also a more straight-up love song called Any Weather, which she wrote with Dave Grohl.

Read more HERE.

PLUS, Joan debuted two more new songs at the Casino Rama show earlier this month, “Fragile” and “Make it Back”. The audio in the vids below isn’t great. I can’t wait to hear clearer versions so I can hear the lyrics. And I can’t wait to hear all the new songs live!


“Make it Back”

Thanks to @JettheadAl for sending me the interview link. 🙂

Joan Jett at “Sound City” premiere

Sound City

Last Thursday, January 31, Joan attended the premiere of Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary and walked the red carpet. She wore the same black leather jacket with the white lining that we saw her in at the Icons of Music II benefit in 2008 with Les Paul. I love that jacket! (Have you seen it anywhere else?)

From Dave Grohl, left, and Joan Jett attend the premiere of “Sound City”, on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP Images)

Lots of other celebrities were there too, I guess. 🙂

Sound City is a documentary directed by Dave Grohl about the legendary San Fernando Valley recording studio, which closed down in 2011. Music for The Runaways movie was recorded there, and the studio scenes in the movie were filmed there.

Visit the official Sound City website HERE. Read Rolling Stone’s review of the film HERE.


1. Joan interview starting 2:57. Dave Grohl bought Sound City’s board when it closed, and Joan has recorded new material on it recently!

2. More cool Dave Grohl interviews – Joan’s not in this one, but you can see her shoulder in places (lol):

Read more and see more pics:


New 2012 tour dates: MI, CA, and WA!


Date Venue City Website
17-Mar-2012 Little River Casino Resort Manistee, MI Website
2-Jul-2012 Marin County Fair San Rafael, CA Website
3-Jul-2012 Snoqualmie Amphitheater Snoqualmie, WA None*
4-Aug-2012 Ventura County Fair Ventura, CA Website

*Note: The Snoqualmie date is on all of Joan’s websites, but I can’t find a website for the venue itself. If you know where it is, or how to get tickets, please leave a comment. Thanks!

2012 TOUR DATES: Texas, Nevada, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina! Plus, Dave Grohl talks about Joan


Date Venue City Website
24-Feb-2012 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo/AT&T Center San Antonio, TX Website
24-Mar-2012  Peppermill Concert Hall  Wendover, NV Website
1-Apr-2012 Lollapalooza/Parque O’Higgins Santiago, Chile Website
3-Apr-2012 Quilmes Rock Festival/Estadio River Plate Buenos Aires, Argentina Website
4-Apr-2012 Quilmes Rock Festival/Estadio River Plate Buenos Aires, Argentina Website
7-Apr-2012 Lollapalooza Jockey Club Sao Paulo, Brazil Website

The Foo Fighters will also be on the Lollapalooza bill with The Blackhearts. Here’s a cool video interview with Dave Grohl talking about Joan (brief mention at 2:15, then at 5:20, he talks about her for over a full minute):

Watch on YouTube

Joan performed “Bad Reputation” with the Foo Fighters twice in November, once at their show at Madison Square Garden (that Dave talks about above), and again on Late Show with David Letterman:

Watch on YouTube