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75,000 pack into Memorial Park for '80s jams, fireworks and a whole lotta fun

low resolution image Not Enlargeable "She's the one who sings 'I Love Rock 'N Roll,' right?" Liz Orrick said to her friend Carmella Briganti as they sat waiting for JOAN JETT to take the stage.

They had been waiting for hours Friday to see the 25th annual Bank of the West Celebrates America concert at Memorial Park, featuring Eddie Money and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, along with Bonne Finken + The Collective and a 20-minute fireworks show.

Briganti got to the park at 5 a.m. to reserve her usual spot on the hill. She used caution tape to mark a territory big enough for American flag lawn chairs, coolers, two umbrellas, snacks, four blankets and six friends.

"I've been here every year since it began," said Briganti, who took the day off from work. "The music is fun, and the people are fun."

When Jett, who with the BLACKHEARTS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, took the stage after Eddie Money, she opened with two classic hits, "Bad Reputation" and "Cherry Bomb."


JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS to Perform at Four Winds New Buffalo This October

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' Four Winds Casinos are pleased to announce that JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will perform at Four Winds New Buffalo's Silver Creek Event Center on Friday, October 16, at 9 p.m. Eastern. Tickets for the concert can be purchased beginning on Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster Web site,, or by calling (800)745-3000. Ticket prices start at $65 plus applicable fees.

JOAN JETT is an originator, innovator, and 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." JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April, released their latest record, "Unvarnished," in 2013 and continue touring the globe to legions of adoring fans. This fall, the band will re-join The Who as special guests on the second leg of their "Who Hits 50! Tour," following the first leg this past spring. More information on JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS is available at

Four Winds New Buffalo's Silver Creek Event Center is a 1,500 seat, multi-use facility that is located next to the casino floor. In addition to hosting concerts, the 17,000 sq. ft. event center can be reconfigured to host a variety of meetings, special events, conferences, and banquets. Details on concerts at Silver Creek Event Center are available at

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Details on Friday's free Memorial Park concert

low resolution image Not Enlargeable She'll bring classic hits and new jams to Memorial Park.

Bank of the West Celebrates America featuring JOAN JETT and Eddie Money with Bonne Finken + The Collective

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday
Where: Memorial Park at 60th and Dodge
Admission: Free
Rules: Memorial Park opens at 5 a.m. Friday. You may place a blanket, but no tarps or stakes are allowed.
Parking: Lots at UNO will be available for free at 4 p.m. Parking in the neighborhood north of Memorial Park is available only on the east side of the street.
Traffic: Streets from Underwood Avenue to Western Avenue and from Happy Hollow Boulevard to 66th Streets as well as streets from Western Avenue to Hamilton Streets and from 54th to 58th Streets are one way from 4 a.m. Friday until the end of the event.
Concessions: Food and beverages will be for sale at the park. You can bring your own food and drinks to the park, but alcoholic beverages and glass bottles are not allowed. Info:

JOAN JETT may have a movie about her early years in the RUNAWAYS and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but she's still a counterculture icon.

"I'm still that punk rock girl I always was," she told The World-Herald.

Jett was inducted into the Rock Hall in April; she thinks it's a tribute to how she's never stopped working.

"I've never really taken a vacation or time way from the road since I started in the RUNAWAYS, which was a long time ago," Jett said. "I'm always doing something."

On Friday, she'll bring hits such as "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "I Love Rock 'n Roll" and "Bad Reputation" to Memorial Park for the annual Bank of the West Celebrates America free concert.

She'll also perform songs from her latest album, "Unvarnished," which includes songs written with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!

"It was a great experience to work with two people that I consider friends and look up to as musicians and writers," she said.


low resolution image Not Enlargeable 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, rocked Miami, OK recently bringing their brand of three chord rock and roll that never goes out of style. Joan is still proving that girls can rock just as hard as the boys do and her rock anthems "Bad Reputation", "Cherry Bomb" and "I Love Rock 'n Roll" are still standing the test of time and reaching a whole new generation.

Fresh off the first leg of The Who's 50th anniversary tour, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS played a hard rocking 18 song set for the Oklahoma crowd. The band kicked off the set perfectly with the high energy hit "Bad Reputation" which fired up the fans and brought them rushing to the front of the stage. Guitarist DOUGIE NEEDLES was making his impressive mid-air jumps during the second song, "Cherry Bomb", while Joan came to the edge of the stage to greet the fans, playing her low slung guitar like a bad ass. "Hello daddy, hello mom, I'm your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch cherry bomb" is just one of the brilliant lyrical hooks written by Jett in her first band The RUNAWAYS, still as current today as it was in 1976. Dave Grohl recently performed the song with Jett at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony adding his own raspy, sand paper growl to the verses.

The band played all of the older hits including "Light Of Day" which Joan told the audience was written for her by Bruce Springsteen for the movie she starred in with Michael J. Fox. In 2013 JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS released their 11th full length studio album titled Unvarnished which was represented heavily in the set with five tracks including the heavy guitar riff oriented "Fragile", "Any Weather" written with Dave Grohl and "Make It Back" which Jett explained was about Hurricane Sandy that devastated her home town and inspired her to write the song.

I have to mention the impressive powerhouse drumming by THOMMY PRICE that drives the Blackheart sound, especially on the stand out track "I Hate Myself For Loving You" which closed out the night along with the monster hits "I Love Rock 'n Roll" and "Crimson & Clover". The band returned to the stage for a 2 song encore of "Real Wild Child" and "Everyday People" and Joan introduced the band which also includes new bassist Hal Selzer and keyboardist KENNY LAGUNA. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will be playing headline dates throughout the summer before heading out on the second leg of The Who's 50th anniversary tour this fall.

Ronda Rousey on JOAN JETT's 'Bad Reputation'

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Martial-arts star Ronda Rousey on the JOAN JETT song that defines her gritty attitude in the ring.

Ronda Rousey, 28, is the Ultimate Fighting Championship's mixed martial-arts bantamweight champion and the author, with her sister, Maria Burns Ortiz, of "My Fight/Your Fight," a memoir (Regan Arts). She spoke with Marc Myers.

Lots of professional fighters want their walkout song to sound like the "Rocky" theme-you know, regal and inspiring. I'm more on the theatrical side, so I needed something gritty, with a lot of attitude.

Many people are just beginning to understand the female fighter. For me, fighting is an act of overcoming. I've always been told I was destined for greatness, that I was meant to change the world. There are lots of ways to be great, but a fight is the only place where everything makes sense to me. It's almost calming.

My walkout theme used to be "Sex and Violence" by the Exploited, a Scottish punk band. It's loud and brash, and the title's words are pretty much it for the song's lyrics. Then in 2011, I was fighting with Strikeforce, a mixed martial arts organization, when Showtime wanted to air my bout on its late-night premium channel. That was a big break, but Showtime thought my song was inappropriate.


Rock On, Queens of Noise: 10 MORE Killer Heavy Metal Frontwomen

low resolution image Not Enlargeable From JOAN JETT to Lzzy Hale, let us now praise 10 more all-time great heavy metal front-women.

Recently, VH1 Classic saluted Iron Maidens: 10 All-Time Great Heavy Metal Front-Women, and the response was so thunderous, we decided we had to follow-up with another tribute to regal female metal might.

Of course, any proper homage to music's most extreme queens must also include mighty bows to hard rock pioneers such as Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart; along with pumped fists in honor of punk poet Patti Smith,'80s icon Pat Benatar, and even folkies on the order of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, whose innovative techniques and musicianship profoundly influenced Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and others.

By leaping skyward from the shoulders of those giants, women in heavy metal today rock as hard, as powerfully, and with as much commanding innovation as any of their male peers. Plus they do in an endlessly expanding realm of hard-and-heavy subgenres. Without further ado, then, let us now praise 10 more all-time great heavy metal front-women.

"Dead End Justice" - The RUNAWAYS

JOAN JETT is heavy metal. JOAN JETT is also punk, new wave, hard rock, hardcore, and every other down-and-dirty, loud-and-kickass musical category you can think of. It all adds up to this remarkable woman ruling for decades nowÑlike Elvis, Lemmy, Freddie Mercury, and precious few othersÑas a true human embodiment of full-blown rock-and-roll.


JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS to play Harrah's Cherokee

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are scheduled to play Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center on Friday, Aug. 21. JOAN JETT is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking BLACKHEARTS, with whom she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2015, 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." She sits at the head of her own independent label, BLACKHEART RECORDS. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987's Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as Oprah (the last season) and Law and Order.

Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of "I Hate Myself for Loving You" has been NBC's Sunday Night Football, performed this past season by Carrie Underwood, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows including Easy - A, Kick Ass, The RUNAWAYS, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.

Tickets on sale beginning Friday, June 19 at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Premier Guitar June 2015 Issue

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JOAN JETT Print Release

low resolution image Not Enlargeable In honor of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS recent induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I created a limited edition poster commemorating the immeasurable impact that JOAN JETT has made in rock history over the past 4 decades.

Edition of 300
21″ x 31″
7 colors on cream paper
Signed and Numbered
I will be making a very limited release of my JOAN JETT poster on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at a random time.

I want to welcome a lot of newcomers to my site! I'll quickly explain how my releases on my website are conducted. The JOAN JETT poster will be available, right here, in this post on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at a random time. A paypal "Buy Now" button will appear under the poster (above) at a random time, and I will announce the price of the poster at the same time. Good luck to everyone, and as always, I am very appreciative of your support!

Rolling Stoney - Australia - Inside the Issue: #764

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The latest issue (#764, June 2015) is available now via all regular stockists. The cover story, by editor Rod Yates, is an interview with former Silverchair frontman. The two (over a few gin and tonics) discuss Johns' solo debut Talk, as well as his own personal struggles and reflections on Silverchair's career. There's also a David Fricke feature on JOAN JETT where the iconic rock star chats frankly about her "unfinished business", as well as Mark Binelli on George Clinton as "comes clean" five decades into his career. Similarly, Annabel Ross catches up with dance-music pioneer Giorgio Moroder, ahead of the release of his new album, fifty years on from his debut single. Equally reflective is David Letterman on his farewell from television and career dissection with Josh Eells

What to expect from JOAN JETT's cameo in 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee JOAN JETT will guest star on episode 3 of Denis Leary's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, the actor confirmed in an interview with EW Live on Friday at the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas.

"I knew Joan because we had done some concerts together for the Michael J. Fox Foundation," Leary told host Jessica Shaw. "I had met Joan there many times. She's a good actress, obviously, she's very busy. But I just thought this is kind of perfect. She agreed to do it."

As Leary explained, the episode focuses on an Internet rumor about his character, an aging rock star who flamed out in the early '90s, having died.

"You just forget because we're in the middle of production even on that episode. We're doing another couple of things for a couple of days, and Joan shows up and we're just hanging out with JOAN JETT," Leary said. Last year, the actor posted a picture to Twitter from the set of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll with Jett front and center.

As for Jett's acting prowess, Leary said he gave her leeway "to do whatever she wanted," but that she kept improvisation to one sequence: a part where she's being interviewed.

Listen to Leary discuss Jett as well as the other rock star guests on the series, below. EW Radio's coverage of the fourth annual ATX Festival continues all weekend long on Entertainment Weekly Radio, Sirius XM channel 105, and available anytime on demand at

JOAN JETT: These days, 'everything rocks except rock'

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT's cover of the Arrows' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" was a hit from the moment it arrived on the airwaves in 1982. More than 30 years later, the genre is finally proclaiming its love for her as well.

Last Saturday, HBO will air last month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, recorded in Cleveland, that features the induction of Jett along with her band the BLACKHEARTS. It was a moment Jett describes as "unexpectedly" great.

"It was pretty overwhelming because it was a lot of industry people and, I guess from my perspective, a lot of people who didn't think I was worth much for most of my career," she says, referencing the standing ovation she received that night. "To me it felt not like vindication Ñ because that's not humble and you have to have humility in this Ñ but just a recognition of what I've done or what we've all done."

Jett began carving out a name for herself in the Los Angeles rock scene in the mid-1970s, when she started the RUNAWAYS with drummer Sandy West. Over the course of four decades, Jett has built a career as a successful solo artist and producer for artists such as Bikini Kill and the Germs, recently wrote the title track for the upcoming Catherine Hardwicke film "Miss You Already," and will appear in a film she's also producing, "Undateable John."


Miley Cyrus Declares Her Love for JOAN JETT

low resolution image Not Enlargeable "I'm going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with JOAN JETT," Miley told the crowd during her speech for the classic riot grrrl at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, recorded in April and will be broadcast tonight on HBO.

"We were doing Oprah together, and I go up to Joan's hotel room," Cyrus continued, launching into a story about covering up the smell of pot while sharing a conversation with her own personal Superwoman inside a hotel bathroom. "This was one of the moments in my life where I wanted to be as present [as possible] and absorb everything that she said to me," she recalled.

As a founding member of both The RUNAWAYS and The BLACKHEARTS, as well as the creator of the BLACKHEART RECORDS label, Jett was a long overdue addition to the Hall of Fame, having revolutionized the genre and paved the way for future female music artists through her defiant attitude.

"She's been the first to do many things and not just as a woman, but just as a badass babe on the planet," gushed Miley. "She was also the first major female artist to start her own record label, and that's only because all the other labels said that there wasn't a market for that kind of music."


2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Is All About the Love

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was all about sharing the love this week, with none other than Miley Cyrus expressing her innate appreciation for Runways and BLACKHEARTS front woman, JOAN JETT. The internet may have been more than a little disappointed when it was announced that Cyrus would be inducting punk rocker Jett into the Hall of Fame, but the former teeny bopper was not about to let other's opinions of her ruin an inaugural speech that gushed at the seams about the brilliance of ground breaker Jett.

Not one to shy away from a touch of controversy, Cyrus began her speech with a real attention grabber, "I'm going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with JOAN JETT." She then began to relay the story of when she first met Jett backstage at the Oprah show, "We were in her bathroom and we were smoking and talking," Cyrus went on, "and I was getting to have this moment with someone that to me, is Superwoman." The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place at the Cleveland Public Hall in April and was aired on HBO on Sunday evening, May 30th.

Jett recently recorded Different with Cyrus to benefit Cyrus' new non-profit organisation, Happy Hippie Foundation. The organisation's aims are to help raise awareness for LGBT and homeless youth as well as other vulnerable minorities. Speaking about her young collaborator, Jett said in a 2011 interview that she was grateful she did not have to put up with the media attention during her youth and showed empathy for the former Disney star, "I was thinking to myself how difficult it must be to lead your life as a teenager with the amount of paparazzi and press you're surrounded by," she said. The friendship between the two women will have been firmly cemented at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as Cyrus concluded her speech with the words, 'She made her world evolve'. Fans of Jett would likely be in full agreement with Cyrus as the rocker's acknowledgement by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is often considered to be several decades overdue.

The love at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony did not stop with Cyrus and Jett however, as Beatle Paul McCartney gave a heartfelt introduction to his former band mate Ringo Starr. Starr is the last of The Beatles to be acknowledged by the Hall of Fame, with the others receiving their accolades previously as solo artists. As he presented the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence, McCartney said of Starr, "He just is something so special. When he's playing behind you, and you see in these other bands where they're looking around at the drummer, 'is he going to speed up? is he going to slow down?' You don't have to look with Ringo".


The Who announce date of rescheduled performance in Louisville
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 3, 2015) - Legendary rock band The Who, which canceled its May 9 performance at the KFC Yum! Center because of health concerns for lead singer Roger Daltrey, have rescheduled the performance for Dec. 4. Daltrey was diagnosed with swollen vocal chords, forcing shows to be postponed in Louisville, St. Louis and Kansas City. The St. Louis and Kansas City shows are rescheduled for Dec. 6 and 8.

Tickets purchased for the cancelled show will be honored at the Dec. 4 show. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are the opening act.

JOAN JETT and Three Days Grace announced as final acts for Kansas State Fair
low resolution image Not Enlargeable HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Kansas State Fair has announced its final acts for the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand as Three Days Grace and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

Three Days Grace will take the stage on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75, $40 and $30.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS is set to perform Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50, $30 and $20.

Unless otherwise noted, the Grandstand concert tickets include gate admission when purchased through August 22.

Tickets go on sale for these events on Friday, June 12, at 8 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kansas State Fair ticket office by calling 1-800-362-3247 or at

Miley Cyrus Flaunts Figure in Itsy-Bitsy Pink Bikini

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The 22-year-old singer shared new photos Monday on Instagram in which she's sporting a sparkly pink string bikini. But it turns out, Cyrus might be up to some music video mischief.

JOAN JETT: Rock and Roll's Great Idealist Stays Loud

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The fan meet-and-greet at the Atlanta stop on JOAN JETT's tour with The Who is mostly what you'd imagine: She poses for pictures. They congratulate her on her recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and she humbly thanks them. Every now and then, when a fan gets bold enough to go in for a hug, she's ready with open arms. But there's one thing that makes the whole process feel just a little more JOAN JETT, something she says to each one before they walk away, looking them dead in the eyes and repeating it like a mantra:

"Get loud out there tonight."

It's a fitting message from the legendary musician, as she's never shied away from being loud herselfÑwhether it's her literal volume in her work with The RUNAWAYS, The BLACKHEARTS and her solo material; her personal style (which, to be clear, has nothing to do with her music but is hugely influential on its own); or her willingness to speak out about the injustices she's suffered as a woman in the music industry, coming up in a time when it was assumed that all rock stars would have Y-chromosomes.

But how have things changed in the nearly 40 years since The RUNAWAYS put out their debut album, if at all?

Jett lets out a little wry laugh before giving her answer. "The latter half is more like it. I think women are the ones who are changing things. Obviously with the advent of social media and YouTube and various recording apps that you can use, people are able to make their own records and put them up online for other people to hear, which I didn't have that ability when The RUNAWAYS were happening. The only way you could be heard was on radio or through records or on tour. So I think, you know, I think that's definitely a positive for women."


The Who & JOAN JETT @ Forest Hills Stadium (review, setlists)

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The Who wrapped up the current leg of their 50th anniversary tour last night (5/30) in Queens at Forest Hills Stadium, the same place they played in 1971 before the venue stopped hosting concerts for decades (it stopped in the late '80s and began doing so again in 2013). It was their second NYC show on the tour after Barclays Center last Tuesday (5/26) and third in the area after hitting Long Island's Nassau Coliseum the week prior. They played an excellent set, but before that happened was another excellent set from their tourmates JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

JOAN JETT is a pretty great opener for The Who. Like that band, she's important, influential and still sounds relevant today, but her brand of punk/hard rock surely owes a thing or two to early Who. And she had no trouble getting their crowd going. Even if you've never actively sought out her music, just about anyone who's listened to classic rock radio can sing along to "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and her version of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (which, in a stadium full of Who fans, is pretty much everyone). At the same time, we got "Cherry Bomb" and "You Drive Me Wild" off The RUNAWAYS' 1976 debut album. Maybe those had a little less of the crowd singing, but they're classics of the early punk era and Joan still delivers them with the energy they demand.

After Joan's 11-song set, The Who took things back all the way to 1965, kicking off their set with "I Can't Explain." (It was almost the same setlist as Barclays Center -- we didn't get "A Quick One.") Like Joan, or maybe more accurately like fellow early seventy-something Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey just show absolutely no sign of slowing down. Roger mentioned on stage that they might not be able to do this for much longer, but it's hard to believe him. I wasn't around to see them in the '60s/'70s, but Roger Daltrey's still prancing around and swinging his mic and Pete Townshend's still windmilling that guitar just like all the old live footage. He tends to end the show with his guitar in one piece these days though. Not every band can successfully rock a stadium, especially one with 50 years behind them and only half of their classic lineup, but The Who can and they do it in a way that's genuinely enjoyable.

Like they have been for about 20 years, Daltrey and Townshend are joined by Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey on drums, and they've also got Pete's younger brother Simon on guitar, Pino Palladino on bass, and three keyboardists. Tributes to Keith Moon and John Entwistle were shown on the stage's screen between sets, and they also had multiple montages with photos of the classic four-piece playing during certain songs. The spotlight was of course always on Pete and Roger, but it's also pretty fun to watch Zak Starkey do his thing. He's no Keith Moon, but some say he's better than Ringo.


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 10 highlights from the 2015 induction ceremony

low resolution image Not Enlargeable There's a perpetual schism at work with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony: It is an overlong, nigh-unbearable live event (often lasting well over five hours), but once in the hands of HBO's crack team of editors, it becomes a pretty lively three-hour television spectacle.

Based on the relative inertness of this year's special, the live show must have been absolutely torturous. Maybe it was this year's crop of inductees (JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the "5" Royales, Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed), or maybe it's just the nature of this show, but there wasn't enough entertainment to justify three hours of your time. Still, even Waterworld has a few cool scenes, so here are the 10 highlights from this year's show.

JOAN JETT Sings "Bad Reputation"
The show certainly started on the right note, with long-overdue inductee JOAN JETT taking the stage to blow through "Bad Reputation," one of her signature singles. Ever more than three decades later, Jett still manages to capture the adolescent aggression that fuels that song, and it still sounds as bracing as it did then. It's almost a shame Jett had to cede the microphone to Tommy James (who wrote the original version of her hit "Crimson & Clover"), Dave Grohl, and Miley Cyrus. They're all great, but Jett's voice remains so singular and powerful that she could have easily held the stage by herself for three songs.

Fast-Forwarding Past Jann Wenner's Introductory Speech
The beauty of watching this special on HBO Go is you can skip right over the Rolling Stone publisher and Hall of Fame chairman's leaden welcoming remarks. One of the great joys of my life was attending the 2014 induction ceremony in Brooklyn, where Wenner was lustily booed on his introduction (those boos were, of course, edited out of the broadcast). Any problems you have with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be traced back to Wenner, so go ahead and boo from your couch.

Bill Withers' Laid Back Speech
The acceptance speeches at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tend to be really hit and missÑwithout the benefit of musical accompaniment, a lot of the recipients tend to ramble and have trouble stringing together eloquent thoughts. But Bill Withers came armed with bits, and his breezy approach delivered a charming and funny few minutes. Of his inductor, he said, "Stevie Wonder inducting me into the Hall of Fame is like a lion opening a door for a kitty cat." Of the crowd, he noted, "This has got to be the largest AA meeting in the western hemisphere." He also riffed on meeting Beck and made a reasonable case for Miles Davis and Jerry Lee Lewis being included in the same Hall. Withers, who retired from the life 30 years ago, ceded musical duties to Wonder and John Legend, but his performance behind the microphone was divine anyway.

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