New Song by Joan Jett 9/12/18

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts have released their first new song in five years, with “Fresh Start.” The new track was recorded especially for the new Jett documentary Bad Reputation, which opens on September 28th. Joan Jett spoke about the new song, telling EW.com, “Sometimes you need to say to yourself, ‘Am I still enjoying what I’m doing? I need to find the fire again.’ Part of it was just thinking about rock in general. It’s always been a young person’s game, writing about sex, love and partying. As rock and rollers get older, what do they write about? I’m not sure there’s an answer, but we’re looking for it.”

At her 2015 Rock Hall induction, Joan Jett spoke frankly about the passion and promise of true rock n’ roll: [“I come from a place where rock n’ roll means something. It means more than music, it means more than fashion, more than a good pose. It’s a language of a sub-culture that has made eternal teenagers of all who follow it. It’s a sub-culture of integrity, rebellion, frustration, alienation, and the glue that set several generations free of unnatural societal self-suppression.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . societal self-suppression)

  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts North American tour dates (subject to change):
    September 15 – Pomona, CA – Los Angeles County Fair
    September 18 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino (with Cheap Trick)
    September 19 – Puyallup, WA – Washington State Fair at Western Washington Fairgrounds (with Cheap Trick)
    September 22 – San Antonio, TX – River City Rockfest at AT& T Center Grounds
    October 19 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (with Night Ranger)
    October 26 – Rahway, NJ – Union County Performing Arts Center
    October 27 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
    December 15 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live:

SIDE NOTES

  • The Joan Jett documentary Bad Reputation premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film is “a look at the life of Joan Jett, from her early years as the founder of the Runaways and first meeting with Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock n’ roll pioneer.”
  • Bad Reputation is directed by Kevin Kerslake, written by Joel Marcus, and produced by Peter Afterman and Carianne Brinkman.