2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Joan Jett & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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. photos by Michael Ervin