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

Updated Joan Jett/Runaways schedule for March 2010

Multiple Sarcasms, the movie starring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in drag as the “night club band”, may not be released in March as originally planned. The IMDB page still lists the release date as March 2010, but Moviefone now lists the release date as May 7, 2010. The official website still just says “Spring of 2010”. I’ll keep you posted if it changes again.

Here is the updated schedule for all of the Runaways/Joan Jett stuff coming in March:

March 1st:

  • Release of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes, which contains a Joan Jett and Lita Ford comic. You can pre-order Volume 1 at Amazon HERE. The Runaways will make an appearance in Volume 9, SMASH! A Punk/Alternative Retrospective. Read more about each volume HERE. Since I originally posted about this, Jay Allen Sanford, one of the minds behind the original Rock ‘N’ Roll comics, told me that a full-length comic dedicated to Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and The Runaways was in the works by Bluewater Productions, but Bluewater has not made the official announcement and no release date has been set. Rock ‘N’ Roll comics were originally published in the 1990’s, so if you already have those comics, it doesn’t look like these will be anything new for you.

March 9th:

  • Release of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits, on Vinyl, CD, and now iTunes. You can preorder all three now. The iTunes version is a Deluxe Edition with a bonus track and music videos! (At first, I wasn’t going to buy this because I have all of these songs, but the music videos on iTunes are calling to me. I think I’m going to buy that one.)

March 16th:

  • Release of The Runaways: The Mercury Albums Anthology on Hip-O Select. You can preorder it from Hip-O Select, CD Universe, and Amazon.
  • Release of Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways, on It Books. Preorder it HERE.

March 19th:

  • Premiere of The Runaways movie in the US and Canada.

March 23rd:

  • Release of The Runaways Official Motion Picture Soundtrack. You can preorder it from Amazon HERE.

Runaways’ “Mercury Albums Anthology” Due on March 16th

Start saving your money. You will be broke in March. But you will be happy. 😀

According to MusicTap and Pause&Play, Hip-O Select is releasing an anthology of all of The Runaways’ Mercury Records albums on March 16th, called The Mercury Albums Anthology. (Thanks to blacknblue77 for the tip on the message board.)

The Hip-O Select website doesn’t mention it, so I have no idea yet what it may cost, or if it will include anything rare or previously unreleased. I’ll let you know when I hear something.

Click HERE to see a discography of Runaways music. The Mercury Records albums were The Runaways, Queens of Noise, Live in Japan, and Waitin’ for the Night. I have all of these on CD from Amazon.com, but it looks like most of them are out of stock there or nearly so.

For those keeping score at home, here’s everything we have on deck for March so far:

March 1st:

  • Release of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics series was published in the 1990’s and is now being republished by Bluewater Productions as a series of graphic novels. Volume 1 contains the Joan Jett/Lita Ford comic. These comics were unauthorized biographies, so take it with a grain of salt. But they are still cool to have. You can pre-order Volume 1 at Amazon HERE. The Runaways will make an appearance in Volume 9, SMASH! A Punk/Alternative Retrospective. Read more about each volume HERE. (FYI to Twilight fans: Bluewater Productions also publishes the Female Force comics; you may have seen the one they did on Stephenie Meyer.)

March 9th:

  • Release of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits, probably on Blackheart Records.

March 16th:

  • Release of The Runaways: The Mercury Albums Anthology on Hip-O Select.
  • Release of Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways, on It Books.

March 19th:

  • Premiere of The Runaways movie in the US and Canada.

March 2010:

  • US release of Multiple Sarcasms, starring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as the night club band. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet, but right now it is supposed to happen sometime in March.