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Miley Cyrus - The Backyard Sessions - Different feat. JOAN JETT
from: ABC News




Miley Cyrus Enlists JOAN JETT, Ariana Grande for New Homeless LGBT Charity
from: rollingstone.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee JOAN JETT will play the amphitheater at Elmwood Park on Aug. 20.

From bringing a homeless teen onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards to slamming the Indiana governor over the state's controversial religious freedom law, Miley Cyrus isn't afraid to tackle pressing social issues head on. With that in mind, the Bangerz singer has established the Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization that aims to bring awareness towards issues affecting homeless youth and other vulnerable populations such as the LGBT youth community.

To help raise funds and awareness for her new foundation, Cyrus has teamed with Facebook for the Backyard Sessions, which will find the singer teaming with another artist for a unique performance filmed in Cyrus' own backyard. JOAN JETT, Ariana Grande, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace and Melanie Safka are among the artists who will collaborate with Cyrus for the sessions. Each video will debut exclusively on Facebook with an option to donate toward the Happy Hippie Foundation.

In the first Backyard Sessions video, Jett joins the Bangerz singer on a rollicking rendition of the self-affirming anthem "Different," a track off Jett and the BLACKHEARTS' 2013 LP Unvarnished. "I think what Miley's doing is wonderful and important to help people find their authentic selves," Jett tells Rolling Stone of the Happy Hippie Foundation. "I'm proud to be a part of it."

"Pointless judgment and its effects are unfortunately something that is way too common. All humans have valid feelings and rights! I want to use my voice as a megaphone to young people everywhere and encourage human evolution," Cyrus said in a statement. "No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender or status. ThatÕs why Happy Hippies are here to say that every life is valuable!"

When Cyrus inducted JOAN JETT into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she spoke of collaborating with Jett on the Backyard Sessions. "I do want to say one final story about when I knew that I loved Joan so fucking much," Cyrus said. "And this shit kind of fucks me up because it's the day that she was dedicating her time to an upcoming project for my foundation, supporting the LGBT homeless youth. She was running around our backyard. She was with my dogs, playing with my pig, and I played the Tibetan bowls for her at sunset."

Visit Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation for more information or to donate.




CRIMSON & TWERKER: WATCH MILEY CYRUS JOIN JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS ON STAGE IN DALLAS
from: vanyaland.com



HowÕs your Saturday night? Are you wearing electrical tape over your boobs and singing with JOAN JETT?

Well, then.

Rock legends The Who are playing American Airlines Arena in Dallas tonight, but it seems like the opening act just stole the show. Of course, thatÕs not too surprising when the opener is recent Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS -- and kind of expected when Miley Cyrus joins in on the fun as a surprise guest.

Miley joined Jett and company for a few songs earlier tonight, including classics "Crimson & Clover" and "I Hate Myself For Loving You," decked out in what appears to be, uhhh, black overalls and electrical tape crossed over her nipples.



What Does the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Actually Mean?
from: huffingtonpost.com

April was one hell of a month for music fans.

In California, almost 100,000 people ventured to the desert for the closing days of the Coachella festival, which featured not only headliners AC/DC, Jack White, and Drake, but also surprise appearances by Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, an estimated 300,000 fans gathered at the National Mall for the Global Citizen Festival, with a bill topped by Usher and No Doubt.

In Dallas, the Academy of Country Music celebrated its 50th anniversary by moving its annual awards show to a sold-out Cowboy Stadium; the broadcast of the ceremony scored its highest ratings ever and was easily the most-watched TV program of the night. In addition, academics and journalists gathered in Seattle for the annual Experience Music Project's Pop Conference, and nationwide on the morning of April 18, collectors lined up before the crack of dawn, waiting for retailers to open their doors for Record Store Day so they could score prized, limited edition vinyl releases by their favorite artists.

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JOAN JETT Plays Austin SETLIST
from: noise11.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS passed through Austin, Texas this week just a few week's after their Hall of Fame induction.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are opening for the Who on the North American leg of the tour.

They deliver an eleven song set that features the best of the newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's career.

Two songs from Jett's time with the RUNAWAYS combined with eight from the 80's and just one from Jett's latest album formed the set which delivered more well known music than 99% of the other opening acts on the road today.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS set list, Austin, Texas

Bad Reputation (from Bad Reputation, 1981)
Cherry Bomb (from The RUNAWAYS' The RUNAWAYS, 1976)
Do You Wanna Touch Me (from Bad Reputation, 1981)
You Drive Me Wild (from The RUNAWAYS' The RUNAWAYS, 1976)
Light of Day (from the Light of Day Soundtrack, 1987)
Love Is Pain (form I Love Rock 'n' Roll, 1981)
The French Song (from Album, 1983)
Soulmates to Strangers (from Unvarnished, 2013)
I Love Rock 'n' Roll (form I Love Rock 'n' Roll, 1981)
Crimson & Clover (form I Love Rock 'n' Roll, 1981)
I Hate Myself for Loving You (from Up Your Alley, 1988)



JOAN JETT, Colbie Caillat, Big & Rich on tap for Elmwood Park this summer
from: roanoke.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee JOAN JETT will play the amphitheater at Elmwood Park on Aug. 20.

Jett and her band, The BLACKHEARTS, are among three hit-making acts on the Budweiser Summer Series, announced on Thursday morning in a news release from Downtown Roanoke Inc., the city of Roanoke and event promoter Big Lick Entertainment.

Country act Big & Rich is scheduled for a June 5 show. Pop singer/songwriters Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri play the park on July 28.

Jett made the Rock Hall, in Cleveland, on April 18. The induction put a punctuation mark on a career that started with the all-female rock 'n' roll band The RUNAWAYS and blasted off with a solo career that included such hits as "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and "Crimson and Clover." The latter two songs were No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart. According to recent concert reviews, Jett is still an act to see. In July 2014, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch wrote that she and her band "played terrific hard rock that had crunchy guitars and punchy drumming tied to a relentless beat that made you want to get up even when you didn't know the song."

The Post-Standard of Syracuse, New York, wrote after an August 2014 show that time and again Jett proved "she deserves her crown as the undisputed queen of rock 'n' roll." At both shows, she played music from her most recent album, "Unvarnished."

Caillat and Perri bring hits of their own to "The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too" tour. Caillat's 2007 song "Bubbly" was a major earworm and propelled debut CD "Coco" to hit status. She and Jason Mraz won a Grammy in 2007 with the song "Lucky," for best pop collaboration with vocals. Caillat returned to the Billboard top 20 with her 2014 album, "Gypsy Heart."

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The Who on tour w/ JOAN JETT, played Austin's Frank Erwin Center (pics, setlists, updated dates)
from: brooklynvegan.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Setlist - Austin 4/27/15:
Bad Reputation
Cherry Bomb
Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah)
You Drive Me Wild
Light of Day
Love is Pain
The French Song
Soulmates to Strangers
I Love Rock & Roll
Crimson & Clover
I Hate Myself for Loving You

The Who Setlist - Austin 4/27/15:
I Can't Explain
The Seeker
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
Pictures of Lily
My Generation
Magic Bus
Behind Blues Eyes
Bargain
Join Together
You Better You Bet
I'm One
Love, Reign O' er Me
Eminence Front
A Quick One, While He's Away
Amazing Journey
It's a Boy
Sparks
Pinball Wizard
See Me, Feel Me
Baba O'Riley
Won't Get Fooled Again

The Who / JOAN JETT -- 2015 Tour Dates
April 29 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 2 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
May 5 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
May 7 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
May 9 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Arena
May 11 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 13 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
May 15 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
May 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
May 20 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 22 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
May 24 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino - Sun Arena
May 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
May 30 - Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
September 14 - San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
September 16 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
September 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
September 23 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
September 25 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center
September 27 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
September 29 - Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena=
October 1 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
October 3 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
October 6 - Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
October 8 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
October 10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
October 13 - Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
October 15 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
October 17 - Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
October 19 & 21 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
October 23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
October 25 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
October 27 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
October 29 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
November 1 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
November 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center



God Bless JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
from: blogs.houstonpress.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Pete Townshend doesn't pick his openers lightly. To be fair, he probably doesn't pick his openers at all, but the last time The Who passed through Houston Chrissie Hynde's Pretenders had the honors. So at the very least, it's an educated guess that someone in The Who's camp might have a taste for badass brunettes.

This time around it's JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, who are opening the entire "The Who Hits 50" tour that pulls up to the Toyota Center loading dock tonight. Jett and her accomplices are newly minted members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame themselves, and rightfully so. No disrespect to Linda Ronstadt, Darlene Love or Wanda Jackson, who are all wonderful pop and/or country singers, but you have to go back eight years before the last lady rocker to make it into the Hall, the incomparable Patti Smith.

But Smith is a poetess, who channeled the grime and liberation of the CBGB scene into songs that exploded with onomatopoeia and jazz-like word-riffs like this one from "25th Floor: "Desire to dance/ Too startled to try/ Wrap my legs 'round you/ Starting to fly." Jett, though, is a rocker to the core -- normally sporting low-top Converse and the motorcycle jacket she wears like a uniform -- down to her soft spot for oldies like "Crimson and Clover" and "Hanky Panky." In their own way, her songs are as poetic as Patti Smith's, but often a lot more blunt: "I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation/ Never been afraid of any deviation," she sings on "Bad Reputation," the 1981 song that put her on the map once the RUNAWAYS had run their course.

But long before Kristen Stewart -- who would go on to play Jett in the 2010 biopic The RUNAWAYS -- was even born, the Philadelphia native born Joan Larkin co-founded that band of L.A. teenagers, which were once called the first all-female group to play "aggressive music"; certainly their stomping riffs would have made T. Rex or Slade proud. Notwithstanding the reviews of the movie or the dubious marketing tactics employed by their manager, the late Kim Fowley, history has been kind to the RUNAWAYS: "In the end, the RUNAWAYS' sound and attitude proved crucially important in paving the way for female artists to crank up the volume on their guitars and rock as hard as the boys," notes Allmusic Guide. And not by coincidence. Jett wrote the group's one song that has most been passed down through history, "Cherry Bomb."

Back then, Jett also had the foresight to found her own record label, BLACKHEART RECORDS, with partner KENNY LAGUNA, a former member of Tommy James & the Shondells who also produced Jett's eponymous 1980 solo debut album and the next year's Bad Reputation. The year after that, "I Love Rock and Roll" -- built around a few simple chords that ooze attitude and Jett's "may, yeah, may" refrain that focused listeners on her like a laser -- blew the whole game wide open.

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JOAN JETT: Sexuality wasn't on my agenda
from: music-news.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT thinks David Bowie's "mystique" is a lot sexier than "putting it all out there".

The 56-year-old rose to prominence in all-girl rock group The RUNAWAYS and also has an impressive solo career, along with her band the BLACKHEARTS.

Her fierce and outspoken nature has made her a feminist icon throughout her career, especially her decision to keep things more under wraps than some female musicians.

"I made a point in the RUNAWAYS not to play up the sexuality," she explained to Rolling Stone.

"The [Rolling] Stones, guys like that, can be more in-your-face. But there was a mystique about David Bowie - you think you know, but you're not sure. That's a f**k of a lot sexier than putting it all out there. Do your thing, play your music. People will think that's sexy."

The star thinks women are viewed differently than men, with the male species able to remain "viable" as they get older whereas women are seen as "matronly".

When it comes to her own sexuality, Joan describes it as "all-inclusive" with a laugh.

"These days, everybody writes about everything. They feel they have the right to know," she noted. "It goes back to that thing about not being bullied, not being told what to do. In fact, if you tell me what to do, I'm gonna put up a wall just because you tell me to do it."

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JOAN JETT Records Title Track for New Drew Barrymore class="fromline"from: abcnewsradioonline.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Not content to sit back and rest on her rock and roll laurels, newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer JOAN JETT has recorded a song for the forthcoming film, Miss You Already.

The song is the title track to the movie - which focuses on the lifelong friendship of two women - and hits on the film's themes of loss and the preciousness of memories in a razor-toothed surge of guitars with a hot chorus," according to Rolling Stone. It was written by Jett, guitarist DOUGIE NEEDLES and Jett's longtime manager KENNY LAGUNA. "I give her pop..She gives me menace," said Laguna of the track.

Helmed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, the movie stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper and Jacqueline Bissett.

Jett also spoke with Rolling Stone about sexism in rock. "People look at women differently," Jett says. "Men are viable into old age. Women all of a sudden become matronly? C'mon, man!"

Jett - who is on the road with The Who through November - said a typical day off stage consists of doing "nothing." "If I can help it," she said "I'd work at the animal shelter. Or I kick back on my royalties, just be out in nature."



Tokin Woman
from: tokinwoman.blogspot.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable High Times has scored another interview with a female pot puffer, this time with rocker JOAN JETT.

Discussing shoulder problems the petite guitarist has been dealing with, HT asked about the batch of high-CBD balms and lotions they sent to her, "How did they work out for your recovery?"

"Useful, very useful," she replied. "I don't understand why marijuana was made into this evil thing so long ago. Beyond whether or not you smoke joints, you can't deny the medical benefits of legalizing. It's been definitely found to work for various issues.

"I saw an interview yesterday with a woman whose son was hurt in some kind of accident-head injury. He'd have these pain explosions, and none of the drugs that the doctors could give him relieved it. But his mother gave him some pure cannabis oil, and that stopped his pain. But now the mother's possibly in trouble. This kind of stuff is ridiculous-ridiculous. And that's just on the medical side of things.

"On the personal side: Of course I smoke pot. It's not a big deal. I think you have to be responsible, like with anything."

Jett is currently on the road, opening for The Who on their ÒThe Who Hits 50Ó North American tour. On April 18, she was deservedly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In her induction speech, Miley Cyrus said, "I'm going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with JOAN JETT. We were doing Oprah together, and I go up to Joan's hotel room. Joan opens the door, and I come in, and KENNY LAGUNA is laying in bed. I don't know what the fuck is going on. There's towels shoved underneath all the door cracks, shower caps around all the smoke detectors. Joan is running around spraying orange-smelling cleaner to mask the smell of 'the pot' (that's what you guys call it), and we go into her bathroom."

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Rock Hall ceremony best in recent memory
from: music.blog.ajc.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable With a band such as The Who, you go for the insanely robust catalog.

Maybe Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are playing these songs for the last time. Or maybe it's another faux farewell. Does it even matter anymore?

But an ancillary benefit of witnessing these rock vets live is soaking in the aura of the humorously crabby Townshend, a guy as mercurial as he is genius, prone to random outbursts and odd tangents.

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Rock Hall ceremony best in recent memory
from: indeonline.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable CLEVELAND Saturday night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was easily the most memorable in recent years. The inductees (JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Green Day, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the "5" Royales, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Lou Reed, Bill Withers, Ringo Starr) were not only among the most popular ever bestowed with the honor, but some of the very strongest Ñ evidenced from the show's very first song.

THE ROCK HALL'S 'CHERRY BOMB'
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS gave as scorching a rendition of "Bad Reputation" as ever to kick things off. Guest spots by Dave Grohl on "Cherry Bomb" and Miley Cyrus on "Crimson and Clover" weren't particularly necessary (Who hasn't Grohl done a guest spot with?), but all-star jam sessions have become the norm at one of rock's biggest annual events. An emotional Jett gave a touching speech as she continues to inspire generations with her tenacity and work ethic. Her induction is easily one of the most deserving of all time.

WELCOME TO PARADISE
Arguably, the evening belonged more to Green Day than anyone. At both the ceremony at Public Hall and at the simulcast of the show at the Rock Hall a few blocks away, every image of the group was greeted not only with cheers, but literally screams from women of all ages with adoration for frontman/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong.

After erupting on stage with "American Idiot," "When I Come Around" and "Basket Case," the group's speech was a touching nod to punk rockers of all ages and harkened back to the band's underground California start.

A BLACKHEARTED HOLE
THOMMY PRICE, the drummer of the BLACKHEARTS since 1986, was unceremoniously left out of an induction. Price has been as crucial a member of the band as any in its history, and it's an error or oversight that needs to be corrected.

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JOAN JETT: Built to Rock
from: rollingstone.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Four decades after she invented a new kind of rock star, JOAN JETT still has unfinished business almost ready to sing. Dressed for rock & roll work in a tight gray jersey, weathered jeans and sneakers, she shakes her arms and bounces on her feet like an impatient boxer. Her jet-black hair is a riot of feathery spikes. And she has a fat, torpedolike joint hanging from her mouth. The smoking, Jett says later, loosens up the edges and range of her distinctively craggy voice.

She also has "the best shit," according to KENNY LAGUNA, Jett's manager, co-producer and co-songwriter for the past 35 years. "Keith Richards had some of that," he announces with a hearty laugh, as Jett rolls her number on the mixing board before the take. "Said it gave him flashbacks to 1968."

Jett is making new music today with her longtime band the BLACKHEARTS: the title song to a forthcoming film, Miss You Already, by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. Written by Jett, Laguna and guitarist DOUGIE NEEDLES, the track is a razor-toothed surge of guitars with a hot chorus from the same pop-smart punk-rock pocket as the records that got Jett, 56, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18th: the 1981 New Wave anthem "I Love Rock 'N Roll"; her hit covers of Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" and Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover"; Jett's first solo LP, Bad Reputation; and The RUNAWAYS, her 1976 debut, at 17, with that pioneering all-teen, all-female Los Angeles band.

She still sings like a woman with unfinished business. When she steps to the mic and sings "Miss You Already," a song about loss and precious memories, her performance is feral, frayed and direct. "Great ending, great last verse!" Laguna shouts as Jett returns to the control room. She's not so sure. The two are soon bantering over pitch and timing â€" Laguna with the high-volume brio of a New York beat cop, Jett in a deep rasp â€" with the flammable affection of an old married couple, which in a way they are. Laguna has been married to his wife, Meryl, for 44 years. But he and Jett, who is single, have been creative partners since 1979. She was reeling from the collapse of the RUNAWAYS and the sexist stigma attached to the group: that girls can't rock. Laguna had a long history in Sixties pop and bubblegum as a writer, producer and keyboard player. (He's on the Ohio Express' chirpy 1968 "Yummy Yummy Yummy.")

"I give her pop," Laguna says, summing up the match. "She gives me menace."

Today, Jett is acknowledged as an inspiration for the feminist-punk riot-grrrl movement, and her name is an established shorthand in fashion. "I've heard it from designers," Jett says, "people on runway shows: 'Let's do JOAN JETT,' for makeup and hair." In the 2010 biopic The RUNAWAYS, Jett was played by Twilight actress Kristen Stewart. (The film was based on a memoir by singer Cherie Currie, but Jett was an executive producer.) And Miley Cyrus, a fan and now friend of Jett, has covered the RUNAWAYS' "Cherry Bomb" in her show.

Now Jett is entering uncharted territory for a woman in her line of aggression: that age when male elders like the Rolling Stones and the Who pass into rugged gravitas. She's come to this interview - in the living room of Laguna's Long Island home, a short drive from her own near the ocean - from a physical-therapy session. Jett recently had an operation on her right shoulder. She mentions other "guitar-playing wear and tear," including surgeries on her left hand and knee. But Jett attends to her health. She calls herself "close to vegan" and says of alcohol, "I'll have an occasional drink, but I don't drink."

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JOAN JETT, Billy Idol and More to Honor Pete Townshend
from: ultimateclassicrock.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The punks will meet the godfather on May 28 at the Best Buy Theater in New York. Pete Townshend will be honored by MusiCares in an event that will include performances by the Who, JOAN JETT, Billy Idol and ForeignerÔs Mick Jones.

Townshend will be presented the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award by Bruce Springsteen, who was named MusiCares' Person of the Year in 2013. A press release states that Townshend is being awarded for "his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and its addiction recovery programs."

Additionally, the Who's manager, Bill Curbishley, will receive the From the Heart Award for "his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization." Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris will present the award to Curbishley.

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $69.50, with proceeds going to the MAP Fund. They can be purchased at AXS' website. (It should be noted that no alcohol served at the theater during the event.)

MusiCares is the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, providing emergency financial assistance to members of the music community in need, including healthcare and basic living expenses. The MAP Fund "allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community." For more information, visit MusiCares' website.



JOAN JETT: Rock and roll is powerful
from: music-news.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT says rock and roll gives people the ability to say exactly what they mean.

The 56-year-old singer is famous worldwide for her band JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS' song I Love Rock 'n' Roll. And Joan has revealed in a new interview that she believes the genre is about more than just entertaining people with sounds.

'I think people have to understand that rock & roll is not just rock & roll,' she told RollingStone.com. 'It's more than that. It can be a message sender. It is something that is powerful and strong. And it is something that can be used to fight ' people have injustices, and you can declare them and fight for it.

'I think rock & roll is a brash sort of medium, so you're allowed to say what you want and what you mean.'

Joan also referenced the Russian feminist group Pussy Riot, three members of which were imprisoned after being charged with 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred".

She added that the power of music gives bands like them the ability to say exactly what they want through the medium of song.

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JOAN JETT gets inducted into the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
from: afterellen.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The singer talks Pussy Riot and the power of music backstage at the 2015 induction ceremony

JOAN JETT had a huge Saturday night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - from Miley Cyrus offering an introduction that recalled the first time she wanted to have sex with Jett to Dave Grohl joining the BLACKHEARTS for "Cherry Bomb." In her acceptance speech, Jett movingly recalled the earliest days of the RUNAWAYS, paid tribute to KENNY LAGUNA (her longtime manager, collaborator and producer) and spoke about what rock & roll means to her. "I was going to try and not cry," she said. "But that's going to be tough. . . . I come from a place where rock & roll means something. It means more than music, more than fashion, more than a good pose. It's a language of a subculture that makes eternal teenagers out of all who follow it. It's a subculture of rebellion, integrity, frustration, alienation and the glue that set several generations free of unnatural societal and self-suppression." Moments after stepping offstage, a still-emotional Jett reflected on the night.

There was a lot of buildup to this moment. What did it feel like to finally get onstage and accept the award?
It was very nerve-wracking ahead of time, you know? I think we were all very moved. I was. And especially getting a standing ovation, I wasn't expecting that. That kind of threw me a little bit, in a nice way.

You said you finally felt "acceptance" with this award. What did you mean by that?
Just people were acknowledging that you did something good or the fact that you've had success for a certain amount of years. That felt good, because for so many years, we didn't get that. Whether it was with the RUNAWAYS or the BLACKHEARTS, it was, 'You're no good, you can't play, you're this or that.' Well, the people can't be wrong. I'm out with the people in the clubs and the bars and the big venues and they love it. So maybe you guys were wrong!

You also used the platform to talk about using music for social justice, mentioning Pussy Riot. Why was mentioning that important to you?

I think people have to understand that rock & roll is not just rock & roll. It's more than that. It can be a message sender. It is something that is powerful and strong. And it is something that can be used to fight - people have injustices, and you can declare them and fight for it. I think rock & roll is a brash sort of medium, so you're allowed to say what you want and what you mean. And I think it's true, where there is political agitation, you've got Pussy Riot and whoever else will come because rock & roll allows that - to acknowledge the deepest things you want to say to people and say it.

Did you have a favorite moment of the weekend, things you would have never imagined when you were a kid?
Oh my God. Just seeing all the stars here, it's really cool to see Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. I remember getting Paul's [self-titled solo] album and listening to it in my bedroom, and then all of a sudden I'm onstage with him. And it's very surreal. And amazing. That shows that you can make your dreams come true. When I was a kid in my bedroom saying, "I want to do this, I want to be that," and then you can actually do it, you know? It's a great thing.



JOAN JETT on Jamming With Paul McCartney at Rock Hall: 'It's Very Surreal'
from: rollingstone.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The singer talks Pussy Riot and the power of music backstage at the 2015 induction ceremony

JOAN JETT had a huge Saturday night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - from Miley Cyrus offering an introduction that recalled the first time she wanted to have sex with Jett to Dave Grohl joining the BLACKHEARTS for "Cherry Bomb." In her acceptance speech, Jett movingly recalled the earliest days of the RUNAWAYS, paid tribute to KENNY LAGUNA (her longtime manager, collaborator and producer) and spoke about what rock & roll means to her. "I was going to try and not cry," she said. "But that's going to be tough. . . . I come from a place where rock & roll means something. It means more than music, more than fashion, more than a good pose. It's a language of a subculture that makes eternal teenagers out of all who follow it. It's a subculture of rebellion, integrity, frustration, alienation and the glue that set several generations free of unnatural societal and self-suppression." Moments after stepping offstage, a still-emotional Jett reflected on the night.

There was a lot of buildup to this moment. What did it feel like to finally get onstage and accept the award?
It was very nerve-wracking ahead of time, you know? I think we were all very moved. I was. And especially getting a standing ovation, I wasn't expecting that. That kind of threw me a little bit, in a nice way.

You said you finally felt "acceptance" with this award. What did you mean by that?
Just people were acknowledging that you did something good or the fact that you've had success for a certain amount of years. That felt good, because for so many years, we didn't get that. Whether it was with the RUNAWAYS or the BLACKHEARTS, it was, 'You're no good, you can't play, you're this or that.' Well, the people can't be wrong. I'm out with the people in the clubs and the bars and the big venues and they love it. So maybe you guys were wrong!

You also used the platform to talk about using music for social justice, mentioning Pussy Riot. Why was mentioning that important to you?

I think people have to understand that rock & roll is not just rock & roll. It's more than that. It can be a message sender. It is something that is powerful and strong. And it is something that can be used to fight - people have injustices, and you can declare them and fight for it. I think rock & roll is a brash sort of medium, so you're allowed to say what you want and what you mean. And I think it's true, where there is political agitation, you've got Pussy Riot and whoever else will come because rock & roll allows that - to acknowledge the deepest things you want to say to people and say it.

Did you have a favorite moment of the weekend, things you would have never imagined when you were a kid?
Oh my God. Just seeing all the stars here, it's really cool to see Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. I remember getting Paul's [self-titled solo] album and listening to it in my bedroom, and then all of a sudden I'm onstage with him. And it's very surreal. And amazing. That shows that you can make your dreams come true. When I was a kid in my bedroom saying, "I want to do this, I want to be that," and then you can actually do it, you know? It's a great thing.



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Ringo Starr, Green Day, JOAN JETT at Star-Studded Ceremony
from: hollywoodreporter.com

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The key to rock's longevity is it never defines itself into irrelevance. So while there were some loud dirty guitars at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland on Saturday night (April 18), there was as much recognition for rock's antecedents in soul and blues, speaking less to a particular taxonomy than a spirit that's beyond words.

It's easy to talk of such spirit when Paul McCartney is there to honor Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono is on hand as well. Speaking briefly backstage, Ono expressed feeling that it was wonderful for Starr to be honored, "just sad John and George aren't here," referring to her late husband John Lennon and Beatles guitarist and fellow songwriter George Harrison.

Starr was certainly happy to be there Ñ after a long wait, he's the final Beatle to be inducted as a solo act. "I've finally been invited, and I love it," said the 74-year-old drummer. "I got lucky, and it was actually in Cleveland," he said to enormous hometown applause.

Fifty-one years earlier, Starr had been in town to play the very same Hall; he admitted backstage that he didn't remember the cops stopping the show during "All My Loving" and making the Beatles return to the dressing room for ten minutes until the fans could be calmed. Starr said in a backstage interview that he couldn't recall the incident specifically, but admitted that there had been a lot of shows in between.

"I'll remember this one," he promised.

Others receiving Rock Hall honors included Paul Butterfield Blues Band, early soul act The 5 Royales, singer Bill Withers, punk rockers Green Day, Lou Reed, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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At Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, a Generational Push and Pull
from: nytimes.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The 22-year-old adorned her exposed breasts with striking pink heart-shaped pasties that featured the 56-year-old singer's initials - 'J' on one nipple and another 'J' on the other.

And her fashion statement surely did not go unnoticed by Sir Paul McCartney, who smiled for a photo with the ladies at the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.

For the occasion, The Climb singer had on a black leather mini-dress that featured cut-outs over her bosom, fishnet stockings and chunky black studded boots.

Perhaps anticipating a chill, she added a customized leather coat that featured her initials 'MC' on a bright yellow smiley face graphic on the back.

Miley completed the look with a glossy pink lip to complement her nipple accessories, and slicked her blonde locks away from her face.



30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony - Kenny & Joan
from: gettyimages.com

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CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18: KENNY LAGUNA and JOAN JETT onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)



JOAN JETT moved to tears at Rock Hall induction; 2 Beatles set to play
from: dispatch.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable CLEVELAND Ñ JOAN JETT couldn't keep her rough rocker edge for long.

Once she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jett was overcome by the moment and moved to tears.

"I tried not to cry and be tough," she said, her black mascara starting to run.

Jett and other music legends were welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Saturday night, an evening made special with two of the Beatles set to come together and play.

Ringo Starr, previously enshrined with the Beatles in 1988, was inducted along with Jett and the BLACKHEARTS, pop punks Green Day, soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, underground-rock icon Lou Reed, bluesy guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the "5" Royales.

For the third time, the star-studded ceremony was held at Cleveland's legendary Public Hall, where thousands of fans were already on their feet when Jett opened the evening with a rip-roaring version of Bad Reputation.

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Miley Cyrus Wears Pasties to Honor JOAN JETT at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
from: dailymail.co.uk

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The 22-year-old adorned her exposed breasts with striking pink heart-shaped pasties that featured the 56-year-old singer's initials - 'J' on one nipple and another 'J' on the other.

And her fashion statement surely did not go unnoticed by Sir Paul McCartney, who smiled for a photo with the ladies at the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.

For the occasion, The Climb singer had on a black leather mini-dress that featured cut-outs over her bosom, fishnet stockings and chunky black studded boots.

Perhaps anticipating a chill, she added a customized leather coat that featured her initials 'MC' on a bright yellow smiley face graphic on the back.

Miley completed the look with a glossy pink lip to complement her nipple accessories, and slicked her blonde locks away from her face.



Miley Cyrus Wears Pasties to Honor JOAN JETT at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
from: people.com

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Leave it to Miley Cyrus to make even admiration scandalous.

The 22-year-old "Wrecking Ball" songstress inducted JOAN JETT into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday, sharing anecdotes about her own experiences with Jett and opting for one of her usual, shocking ensembles.

Cyrus performed "Crimson And Clover" alongside Jett, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame with her band JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, before honoring the "Cherry Bomb" singer in speech.

Jett, 56, first grew to fame in the '70s with all-girl punk-rock band The RUNAWAYS, before fronting the BLACKHEARTS and creating some of her most iconic hits - "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and "Bad Reputation." Her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class also included punk trio Green Day, ex-Beatle Ringo Starr (who was honored by Paul McCartney), and posthumously, Lou Reed.

Cyrus was photographed backstage at the show wearing a cutout leather dress, with only pink heart-shaped pasties covering her nipples, each with a letter J written on them in honor of Jett's initials.

The controversial pop star accessorized with black fishnets, chunky boots and a leather coat bearing her own initials.

Cyrus later changed into a mildly less provocative outfit to give her actual speech, donning a chic black ensemble.

"I'm going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with JOAN JETT," Cyrus started, before telling a story about smoking pot with Jett before an Oprah Live! appearance in 2011.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Ringo Starr, Green Day, JOAN JETT
from: cnn.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's announcement that Miley Cyrus would be inducting JOAN JETT at this year's ceremonies provoked a wrecking ball-sized outpouring of Internet outrage. But on Saturday night at Cleveland's Public Hall, Cyrus demonstrated that, even if she didn't give a damn about her own bad reputation, she cared plenty about Jett's.

"I like that I'm associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock shit where we just don't care," Cyrus told W last year. "Like Madonna or Blondie or JOAN JETT Ð Jett's the one that I still get a little shaky around. She did what I did in such a crazier way. I mean, girls then weren't supposed to wear leather pants and, like, fucking rock out. And she did."

Jett, for her part, has expressed support and admiration in the past for her tongue-waggling disciple. "I think [what Miley is doing is] absolutely valid," she told New York last year. "You go this way and you go that way and you try to find a center. She's being bold about it, and I admire that sort of bravery."

One of the most influential women in rock history, Jett joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Lou Reed, Bill Withers, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The "5" Royales were inducted in the Early Influence category, while Ringo Starr was given the Hall's Award for Musical Excellence.

Here's Cyrus' speech inducting Jett into the Hall:

Thank you guys so much. I'm going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with JOAN JETT. We were doing Oprah together, and I went up to Joan's hotel room. Joan opens the door, and I come in, and KENNY LAGUNA is laying in bed. I don't know what the fuck is going on. There's towels shoved underneath all the door cracks, shower caps around all the smoke detectors. Joan is running around spraying orange-smelling cleaner to mask the smell of the pot (that's what you guys call it), and we go into her bathroom.

The show was where new artists got to perform with their idols, and I wanted to perform with Joan, of course. And we were in her bathroom, and we were smoking and just talking, and this was one of the moments in my life where I wanted to be as present and absorb everything that she said to me. I listened to her talk about her days with the RUNAWAYS. She talked about music. She talked about why she loves animals, and she doesn't want to eat them. I was getting to have this moment with someone that, to me, is Superwoman. What Superwoman really should be.

At first, having to induct JOAN JETT in the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was overwhelming. There was so much that I could say and she just had her life in music that is rare. She's had a career that's decades long. She's been the first of many things and not just as a woman, but just as a badass being on the planet. But this one story is my favorite.

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JOAN JETT Joined by Dave Grohl and Miley Cyrus for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance
from: ultimateclassicrock.com



JOAN JETT kicked off the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony tonight with an energetic three-song set featuring guest appearances by Dave Grohl and pop sensation Miley Cyrus.

Jett, who along with her band the BLACKHEARTS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Cyrus later this evening, began with a fierce rendition of her 1980 hit "Bad Reputation." Original BLACKHEARTS bassist Gary Ryan and Grohl then joined her for a run through "Cherry Bomb," a 1976 anthem from Jett's former band the RUNAWAYS.

The last song was Jett's cover of "Crimson and Clover," with controversial pop star du jour Cyrus and the song's original author and performer, Tommy James, joining Jett in setting the bar high for the evening's remaining performers. Impressively, she did so without playing the BLACKHEARTS' biggest hit, a famous 1981 cover of the Arrows' "I Love Rock Ôn' Roll."

Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are also scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame at tonight's event.



Read Miley Cyrus' Badass Hall of Fame Speech for JOAN JETT
from: loudwire.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT insisted that she didn't intend to become emotional in accepting her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with the BLACKHEARTS tonight - but it wasn't so easy.

"I was really going to try not to cry and be tough," she said. "Hey, Mom and Dad, did you ever think that Christmas guitar would lead to this? I come from a place where rock 'n' roll means something. it means more than music, more than fashion, more than the pose. Rock 'n' roll is an idea and an ideal. Sometimes, because we love the music and we make the music, we forget the political impact it has around the world."

Jett, the first artist inducted this evening in Cleveland, thanked a long list of fellow rockers along the way - highlighted by those who took up the punk torch in later years, like Nirvana and fellow 2015 inductees Green Day. She opened tonight's ceremony with a three-song set that included the BLACKHEARTS hits "Bad Reputation" and "Crimson and Closer" as well as an update of "Cherry Bomb," a key track from her time in the groundbreaking RUNAWAYS. "If we did nothing else but write 'Cherry Bomb,' it would have been great," Jett said, "but we made some history."

She was introduced by pop singer Miley Cyrus, who Jett called a "beautiful soul" in her acceptance speech. Cyrus, Dave Grohl and Tommy James - who wrote and originally performed "Crimson and Clover" - were also part of Jett's opening trio of songs. The BLACKHEARTS appeared at the podium first, including opening-set bassist Gary Ryan. The band's late drummer Lee Crystal was represented by his widow, who asked, "Don't you just love rock 'n' roll?" Guitarist Ricky Byrd rounded out the classic-era lineup; BLACKHEARTS producer KENNY LAGUNA was also on hand.



JOAN JETT and The Black Hearts Complete Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions Speeches
from: YouTube.com




Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2015
from: cleveland.com



JOAN JETT, Green Day and Ringo Starr were some of this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions in Cleveland on Saturday night, April 18, 2015. Pool video



JOAN JETT backstage at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions (video)
from: cleveland.com



JOAN JETT gave one of the most eloquent of the acceptance speeches Saturday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions Saturday at Public Hall. She elaborated on it backstage with the media. Here's a portion of the opening:

"I come from a place where rock 'n' roll means something. It means more than music, more than fashion, more than a good pose. It is a language of a subculture that has made eternal teenagers out of all who follow it. It's a subculture of integrity, rebellion, frustration, alienation and the glue that set several generations free of unnatural societal and self-supression. Rock n roll is political. It is a meaningful way to express dissent, upset the status quo, stir up revolution and fight for human rights."

"You think I am making more important and more serious than it is? It's only rock 'n' roll, right? Rock n roll is an idea and an ideal. Sometimes, because we love the music and we make the music, we forget the political impact it has on people around the world. There are Pussy Riots wherever there is political agitation. We've become so conditioned in measuring our music's impact in dollar signs only that we can forget what it is really about. The music! Emotion! Expression!"



JOAN JETT touched by induction: 'People just did not think girls could play rock and roll'
from: fox8.com



CLEVELAND, Ohio Ñ "Hey mom and dad, did you ever think that Christmas guitar would lead to this?"

That was one of the first lines out of JOAN JETT's mouth after she was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland Public Hall Saturday.

Miley Cyrus had the honor of inducting Jett and Jett's band, the BLACKHEARTS.

As Jett received her award, she was given a standing ovation. During interviews with the press following her induction, she was asked what she was thinking and feeling as she saw the entire crowd standing and clapping for her.

"To see the room stand up like that and applaud to that degree was pretty amazing and I was just trying not to bawl," she said. "Unless you see how much people were...people just did not think girls could play rock and roll."

Jett said many nasty things were said about her and band members she played with through the years because of that. She said the applause she got Saturday night proved them all wrong.

"It was like acceptance and overwhelming in a way," she said of her induction. "It was very moving."




JOAN JETT Delivers Blistering Rock Hall Set With Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus
from: cleveland.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - How do you appropriately kick off a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony? You get one of the most seasoned performers of past 35 years to inject some girl power into the festivities.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS jump started things at Public Hall Saturday night with a quick rendition of "Bad Reputation," which sounded just as good as it did when she sang it more than three decades ago.

Jett then brought Gary Ryan, the BLACKHEARTS original bass player, on stage along with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl for "Cherry Bomb."

The guest appearances weren't done. Jett then introduced Tommy James, the original writer of "Crimson and Clover," to join her in performing the track, which was a big hit for Jett.

To cap things off, Miley Cyrus joined the festivities by singing back up on "Crimson and Clover." The performance drew a standing ovation from John Mayer and other celebrities in the crowd.



JOAN JETT Opens 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony with Dave Grohl
from: loudwire.com



JOAN JETT took the stage with Dave Grohl for the raucous opening to tonight's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

She will become a member of the Rock Hall's 2015 class later this evening in Cleveland, where she and her band the BLACKHEARTS will be inducted by pop star Miley Cyrus. Jett's three-song set also featured a guest appearance by Cyrus, as well as Tommy James Ð the author and original performer of the BLACKHEARTS' set-closing "Crimson and Clover."

Jett opened with an update of her 1980 hit "Bad Reputation," before original BLACKHEARTS bassist Gary Ryan and Grohl joined her for "Cherry Bomb," an anthem from Jett's early days in the all-girl punk band the RUNAWAYS. Jett didn't perform her biggest hit, a 1981 cover of the Arrows' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" that hurtled her and the BLACKHEARTS to the top of the charts.

Lee Crystal, the drummer from the BLACKHEARTS' hitmaking era, died in 2013 after a bout with multiple sclerosis. Jett was part of the RUNAWAYS with Lita Ford.



Read Miley Cyrus' Badass Hall of Fame Speech for JOAN JETT
from: rollingstone.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's announcement that Miley Cyrus would be inducting JOAN JETT at this year's ceremonies provoked a wrecking ball-sized outpouring of Internet outrage. But on Saturday night at Cleveland's Public Hall, Cyrus demonstrated that, even if she didn't give a damn about her own bad reputation, she cared plenty about Jett's.

"I like that I'm associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock shit where we just don't care," Cyrus told W last year. "Like Madonna or Blondie or JOAN JETT Ð Jett's the one that I still get a little shaky around. She did what I did in such a crazier way. I mean, girls then weren't supposed to wear leather pants and, like, fucking rock out. And she did."

Jett, for her part, has expressed support and admiration in the past for her tongue-waggling disciple. "I think [what Miley is doing is] absolutely valid," she told New York last year. "You go this way and you go that way and you try to find a center. She's being bold about it, and I admire that sort of bravery."

One of the most influential women in rock history, Jett joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Lou Reed, Bill Withers, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The "5" Royales were inducted in the Early Influence category, while Ringo Starr was given the Hall's Award for Musical Excellence.

Here's Cyrus' speech inducting Jett into the Hall:

Thank you guys so much. I'm going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with JOAN JETT. We were doing Oprah together, and I went up to Joan's hotel room. Joan opens the door, and I come in, and KENNY LAGUNA is laying in bed. I don't know what the fuck is going on. There's towels shoved underneath all the door cracks, shower caps around all the smoke detectors. Joan is running around spraying orange-smelling cleaner to mask the smell of the pot (that's what you guys call it), and we go into her bathroom.

The show was where new artists got to perform with their idols, and I wanted to perform with Joan, of course. And we were in her bathroom, and we were smoking and just talking, and this was one of the moments in my life where I wanted to be as present and absorb everything that she said to me. I listened to her talk about her days with the RUNAWAYS. She talked about music. She talked about why she loves animals, and she doesn't want to eat them. I was getting to have this moment with someone that, to me, is Superwoman. What Superwoman really should be.

At first, having to induct JOAN JETT in the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was overwhelming. There was so much that I could say and she just had her life in music that is rare. She's had a career that's decades long. She's been the first of many things and not just as a woman, but just as a badass being on the planet. But this one story is my favorite.

[more]


JOAN JETT Delivers Blistering Rock Hall Set With Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus
from: rollingstone.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS opened up this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a punk-inflected set, bolstered by some high-profile guests.

The singer, who wore a black leather jacket, began her set with the anthem "Bad Reputation," set against black & white pics of her flipping the bird. Once the song was done, she welcomed some surprising guests onstage Ð Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and original BLACKHEARTS bassist Gary Ryan Ð for a snarling rendition of the RUNAWAYS' "Cherry Bomb."

For her next number, her hit cover of Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crimson & Clover," she welcomed a "friend of mine": Tommy James. And, because that's not enough, Miley Cyrus Ð who inducted the rocker into the Hall Ð chimed in on the refrain. (Cyrus would later tell a story about smoking weed with Jett in a hotel bathroom, deeming her "what a superwoman really should be.")

Grohl had words of praise for Jett last year, when she helped him out for his induction. "She's everything that Nirvana stood for," Grohl said of JOAN JETT in 2014, after Ms. "Bad Reputation" herself joined him and Nirvana-mate Krist Novoselic for a blast through "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at last year's induction. "She's a powerful, rebellious, musical force of nature. We couldn't think of anyone better to join us." Grohl previously co-wrote "Any Weather" with Jett for her 2013 album Unvarnished.

Of course, no one loves (or delivers) rock & roll quite like Jett, who honed her no-bullshit chops and attitude as a member of groundbreaking all-girl Seventies hard rockers the RUNAWAYS, and subsequently blazed a trail with her Gibson Melody Maker that's been followed by countless musicians Ñ both female and male Ñ over the ensuing decades.

For Jett, who delivered her performance Saturday night with the same intensity that's marked every gig she's ever played, there was a certain sense of poetry to being inducted into the Hall at a ceremony held in Cleveland. "Some of my earliest great memories of playing on the road are from there," she told Rolling Stone in December, upon receiving the big news. "I remember a lot of the RUNAWAYS' early big gigs and successful shows and actually some of our early bootlegs were done in Cleveland. I've always had a great respect for the town. I actually filmed a movie in Cleveland in 1986 called Light of Day with Michael J. Fox. Bruce Springsteen wrote the title track. We did a couple months of filming in Cleveland and some live footage, so it's always been part of my life and career. I think it's real and it's fitting that I'd go in there."

It's also fitting that Jett would be inducted on the same night as Lou Reed and Green Day. "The RUNAWAYS covered Lou Reed's 'Rock and Roll' on the first album," she told Rolling Stone. "We go way back with Lou." And if Reed influenced her music, there's no question that her buzzsaw brand of hooky guitar rock in turn influenced Green Day. (Just play "Bad Reputation" and "American Idiot" back to back, and see what we mean.) "One of the first records that Mike and I had, it must have been 1983, was I Love Rock and Roll," Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone. "The way that she is just this badass woman and probably the shit she had to deal with in a male-dominated rock scene, it's just an honor to be side-by-side with her."

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Green Day, JOAN JETT and more show their love for rock 'n' roll at induction ceremony
from: post-gazette.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable CLEVELAND -- Believe it or not, there were very few Paul Butterfield Blues Band T-shirts seen in and around the Public Hall in Cleveland where eight new members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were inducted Saturday night.

The multi-colored hair and Green Day shirts indicated that most fans out were looking for a glimpse of the pop-punk band from Berkeley, Calif., which closely follows another '90s legend, Nirvana, into the Rock Hall.

The sold-out show got off to a punk rock start, all right, in the hands of a stunningly youthful JOAN JETT (at 56) and the BLACKHEARTS playing it fast and loud and leathery on "Bad Reputation," soon to be joined by Dave Grohl for the RUNAWAYS hit "Cherry Bomb" and Tommy James (a Michigan rocker who ending up breaking out of Pittsburgh with the Shondells) for his classic "Crimson and Clover," with Miley Cyrus jumping in on gang vocals.

Green Day and Jett were there to be inducted along with soul man Bill Withers, the late Lou Reed and two bands with deceased frontmen, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and the Butterfield band. The 5 Royales received the Early Influence Award and the beloved Ringo Starr, accepting the Award for Musical Excellence, completed the set of Beatles going in as both band members and solo artists.

Ms. Cyrus, a pop tart and a controversial choice to induct the BLACKHEARTS, took the podium as the first presenter with a jarring opening line: "I'm gonna start this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with JOAN JETT."

She described walking into a hotel room while they were doing "Oprah" together and seeing Jett, who was with her partner KENNY LAGUNA, running around the room "spraying orange-smelling cleaner to mask the smell of pot." She described another instance of Jett, whom she praised as a "badass" and "Superwoman," nearly creating an international incident by saying a prayer on the men's side of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

Jett, seeing the standing ovation, said, "I was really gonna try not to cry and be tough but that was overwhelming." She acknowledged her late parents, and said, "Hey mom and dad, did you ever think that Christmas guitar would lead to this?" She talked eloquently of rock 'n' roll providing a voice for dissent and revolution.

"I come from a place where rock 'n' roll means something. It's more than music, more than fashion, more than a pose. It's a subculture of rebellion, frustration, alienation and the groove. ... Rock and roll ethic is my entire life."

Backstage, she was asked about going in with her second major band. "I never really thought about the awards in general, so it wasn't like 'Should I go with the BLACKHEARTS? Should I go in by myself? Should I go in with the RUNAWAYS? I'm just very honored that I'm in."

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