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Page updated on January 24, 2015
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JOAN JETT, Rodney Bingenheimer & More Pay Respects to Kim Fowley at Hollywood Funeral
from: billboard.com


low resolution image Not Enlargeable A funeral for producer, singer, manager and man-about-town Kim Fowley, who died Jan. 15 of bladder cancer, was held on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 22 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Among those in attendance were JOAN JETT, who delivered a heartfelt speech; longtime friend Michael Des Barres, who delivered the eulogy and later tweeted that the ceremony was "transcendent"; Shaun Cassidy and Osmonds producer Michael Lloyd, who shared amusing anecdotes; I'm With the Band author Pamela Des Barres; and L.A. icon Rodney Bingenheimer, who sat in the front row. "All were paying tribute to his selfless, sweet wife, Kara Wright," one guest tells Billboard. "He finally found true love."

A colorful and sometimes controversial character, Fowley, who was 75 when he died, is credited with discovering and managing the RUNAWAYS in the late 1970s. He also released his own music in the 1960s, scoring a No. 1 single with "Alley Oop" by fictional group the Hollywood Argyles.

In the days since Fowley's death, tributes and remembrances have been pouring in from all over the industry. Wrote Cherie Currie, singer for the RUNAWAYS: "Thank you for starting my career when I was a just a child. You were instrumental in so many getting started in this crazy world of music. You are a genius... you are loved. You will be so missed."

It was reported that Fowley had expressed a dying wish to be featured on the cover of Girls and Corpses magazine. According to TMZ, the publication's publisher passed on the request.



Heart with JOAN JETT Performing at Bismarck Civic Center
from: kfyrtv.com


low resolution image Not Enlargeable Heart with JOAN JETT will be performing at the Bismarck Civic Center March 24.

Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the '70's with hits like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "Straight On" and more.

They were the first women in rock to not only lead the band, but write their songs and play instruments too.

Heart continued topping the charts through the '80's and '90's with hits like "These Dreams," "Alone," "What About Love," "If Looks Could Kill," and "Never".

They have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and had multiple Grammy nominations.

JOAN JETT, has been called the "Queen of Rock N Roll" and was also an inductee in the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

When she was 15 she co-founded the RUNAWAYS, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, and later became the leader of the hard-rock band BLACKHEARTS.

She's had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You" and "Crimson and Clover."

Tickets will go on sale Jan. 30 at 11:30 a.m. and are available at jadepresents.com, at the Event Center box office, by calling (800) 745-3000, or at ticketmaster.com.



Heart, JOAN JETT to perform at Van Andel Arena
from: rmlive.com


low resolution image Not Enlargeable GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A pair of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame acts will stop by Van Andel Arena. Classic rockers Heart, with opening act JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, will perform at 8 p.m. March 28, 2015.

Tickets are $75, $45, $35 and $20, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 via Ticketmaster. There is an eight-ticket limit. A Heart fan club presale will begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 20, with a four-ticket limit.

Heart, featuring founders and core members Ann and Nancy Wilson, has been active for 40 years, selling more than 20 million albums in the U.S. The group is known for its hard-rocking 1970s hits "Barracuda" and "Magic Man," as well as its '80s comeback singles "What About Love," "Who Will You Run To" and others. "Fanatic" is Heart's most recent album, released in 2012.

Jett is the most successful former member of '70s all-girl group The RUNAWAYS, scoring a number of hits as a solo act in the '80s: "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," "Crimson and Clover," "Bad Reputation" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You." She released her 13th studio record, "Unvarnished," in 2013.



Kim Fowley, RUNAWAYS Producer and L.A. Rock Icon, Dead at 75
from: rollingstone


low resolution image Not Enlargeable The producer and songwriter, whose credits include Kiss and Alice Cooper albums, was battling cancer at the time of his death

RUNAWAYS producer and notorious L.A. music legend Kim Fowley has died. In recent months, he had been undergoing cancer treatments, though no cause of death has been announced. He was 75.

Charismatic and eccentric, Fowley is best remembered as the record producer for the all-female rock group the RUNAWAYS. He introduced JOAN JETT, who was 15 at the time, to teenage drummer Sandy West and helped them find frontwoman Cherie Currie, lead guitarist Lita Ford and bassist Jackie Fox. He produced the band's 1976 self-titled debut and co-wrote the band's biggest hit, the punkish "Cherry Bomb," with Jett. He also co-produced the following year's Queens of Noise and helmed the same year's Waitin' for the Night.

Fowley was born in 1939 to Singin' in the Rain actor Douglas Fowley and actress Shelby Payne and grew up in Los Angeles and around southern California. After a bout with polio in 1957, he began a career in the music industry, producing his first single â€" the Renegades' "Charge" â€" in 1959. In the Sixties, worked with Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Seeds and Gene Vincent, among others, as well as launching his own solo career; his 1968 LP Outrageous, Fowley's third, was the only one to chart in the U.S. Fowley closed out the Sixties by MCing John Lennon's performance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival, where he asked the audience to hold up its cigarette lighters, arguably starting the concert fad.

The Seventies found Fowley working with the Modern Lovers, Blue Cheer and Helen Reddy. He also co-wrote songs on Kiss' hit Destroyer and a "Escape" on Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare. Fowley and the RUNAWAYS severed their ties in 1977, after which he set out to find another group he could market as a novelty. Although he worked with a few groups over the ensuing decades and continued to put out his own solo LPs, none reached the success or notoriety of the RUNAWAYS.

In the 2000s, he tried his hands at experimental film, and in 2012, he won a special jury prize for innovation and audaciousness at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival for his films Golden Road to Nowhere and BlackRoomDoom. In 2014, Fowley made an appearance in Beyoncé's "Haunted" video.

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INKED FOR A CAUSE: JOAN JETT
from: inkedmag.com


low resolution image Not Enlargeable What social causes are most important to you?
Animal rights, environmental causes, taking care of our forests, rivers, oceans, air… to see that connection.

What charity do you support?
Farm Sanctuary.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
There is a personal tie because I love animals, and feel a connection with them. I became aware of Farm Sanctuary’s work and wanted to help. Farm Sanctuary has 2 farms where they bring the animals they rescue. One is in upstate New York and one is in California. I just went to visit overnight in New York, and it was an incredible experience! I met my namesake, Joan the pig! I really enjoyed meeting all the animals. I highly recommend the experience!

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
To become vegetarian, or vegan. I am vegetarian, I have fluctuated between the two, but my goal is to be vegan. It helps the animals and the earth.

Quick list of tattoos/mention artists if you’d like:
I have a fighter jet on my left hip, done at Lyle Tuttle’s shop in West Hollywood, CA. Everything else was done at Daredevil Tattoo in New York City. I have a Labris inside double female symbols on my sacrum, an om symbol on the back of my neck, a Greek symbol for victory and progress on my ankle, a spiral with rays radiating out on my left forearm, a figure 8 arm band on my upper left arm, and a triangle with loops and swoops above the figure 8 arm band.



JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS - Greatest Hits - Target Exclusive
from: target.com


low resolution image Not Enlargeable 2015 tour schedule. The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have added new U.S. dates, which will include 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, JOAN JETT.

According to an update posted Jan. 5 on their official Facebook page, the veteran Seattle hard rockers fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, have confirmed new shows in March with special guests JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. Dates include March 18 in Manakato, Minnestoa, at Verizon Wireless Centre and March 25 in Sioux City, Iowa, at Tyson Events Centre (Gateway Arena).

Presales for the dates begin Tuesday, Jan. 6. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, Jan. 10.

Jett, who will also spend much of 2015 touring North America as special guest on The Who Hits! 50 Tour, made a connection with Heart when they teamed for charity to headline the Kiss the Sky! The Orca Freedom Concert last spring in the Wilson sisters' hometown. Heart and Jett's team up will precede the ex-RUNAWAYS guitarist's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, at Public Hall. Both artists will also be among the musical guests slated to perform at The Foo Fighters' 20 anniversary bash on July 4 in Washington, D.C., at RFK Stadium.

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Heart and JOAN JETT Headed to CR
from: cbs2iowa.com


Updated: Friday, January 9 2015, 05:42 PM CST CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - It's official Heart and JOAN JETT are coming to Cedar Rapids.

Heart was one of the first groups led by woman to show the world women could rock with hits like "Crazy on You" and "Barracuda."

JOAN JETT is joining the band as a special guest and has been called an innovator and visionary with nine top 40 singles like "Bad Reputation" and "I Love Rock 'N’ Roll."

Both will be performing at the u-s cellular center on March 21st and tickets go on sale next Friday so get ready!



JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS - Greatest Hits - Target Exclusive
from: milkmade.com


low resolution image Not Enlargeable Presented by French filmmaker Juju Sorreli at Poppington Gallery, tomorrow evening marks the opening night of The RUNAWAYS, an exhibition featuring photographs of that iconic girl band fronted by JOAN JETT, and shot by legendary photographer Brad Elterman.

His candid snapshots span across decades, most known of course for his relationship with The RUNAWAYS, The Ramones, and other rock punk icons. The exhibition pays homage to a time when a group of girls from the San Fernando Valley ruled, they were music making badasses, flipping the bird, playing with switchblades, and riding their bicycles, all while sporting the choppiest of layers.

It's been decades since these photos were taken, and yet we're still obsessed with these young, and iconic ladies. We took a minute to chat with Elterman to find out more about time spent with these gals, and why they are still so prevalent today.

Can you tell us about your relationship with The RUNAWAYS?
Well I was one of their original photographers back in the 70's and they were one of the first bands I'd gotten to do a proper photo session with. They just so happened to all be girls which was interesting. Half of them were from the San Fernando Valley, that's where I was from and basically Kim Fowley their producer just entrusted me with the band to take their pictures and hustle them into magazines. So that was kind of my introduction. I was just this 18 or 19-year-old very shy precocious kid.

How old were the girls at that time?
We were all around the same age. I think Joan and I are about the same age and Cherie may be a year or two years younger.

What was it like shooting this rebellious group of girls as a shy young lad?
They just kind of had the moves down and knew how to work the camera. Kim Fowley would say things like "do the hustle, do this, do that, think about selling records!" He said a lot of other things also, but he was mostly saying "do the hustle, work the camera!"

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Heart adds new 2015 US tour dates with JOAN JETT
from: axs.com


2015 tour schedule. The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have added new U.S. dates, which will include 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, JOAN JETT.

According to an update posted Jan. 5 on their official Facebook page, the veteran Seattle hard rockers fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, have confirmed new shows in March with special guests JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. Dates include March 18 in Manakato, Minnestoa, at Verizon Wireless Centre and March 25 in Sioux City, Iowa, at Tyson Events Centre (Gateway Arena).

Presales for the dates begin Tuesday, Jan. 6. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, Jan. 10.

Jett, who will also spend much of 2015 touring North America as special guest on The Who Hits! 50 Tour, made a connection with Heart when they teamed for charity to headline the Kiss the Sky! The Orca Freedom Concert last spring in the Wilson sisters' hometown. Heart and Jett's team up will precede the ex-RUNAWAYS guitarist's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, at Public Hall. Both artists will also be among the musical guests slated to perform at The Foo Fighters' 20 anniversary bash on July 4 in Washington, D.C., at RFK Stadium.

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HEART and Special Guest JOAN JETT at Tyson Events Center
from: siouxlandnews.com


low resolution image Not Enlargeable SIOUX CITY, IA - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the ;70s with hits like "Crazy On You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "Straight On," and so many more.

Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so.

Heart continued topping the charts through the '80s and '90s with huge hits like "These Drams," "Alone," "What About Love," "If Looks Could Kill," "Never," and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters' enormous talents as musicians, singers, and songwriters.

Along the way, music by Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band Heart sold more than 35 million albums, sold out arenas worldwide, and found their way into the soundtrack of American life through radio, motion pictures, and television.

JOAN JETT is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary.

As the leader of the hard-rocking BLACKHEARTS, she's had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture.

She has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations â€" this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the U.S. Military. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS was recently inducted into the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

TYSON EVENTS CENTER / SIOUX CITY
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH
Doors: 6:30pm / Music: 7:30pm / All Ages
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 9TH AT 10AM
Tickets available at the Tyson Events Center Box Office, or online at TysonCenter.com.

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