Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
I recently watched both the 2010 movie 'The Runaways' and the documentary 'Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways'. Both films had good moments but neither hit the bullseye. The obvious being Joan Jett had nothing to do with the documentary (She didn't even liscense the Runaways music for it) and the movie fictionalized parts of the story and only focused on Jett and Cheri Curie (Hardly any Lita Ford and none of Jackie Foxx -they even changed her name). They all seem mad at each other and never made up.... Sandy West is dead so there can never be a reunion. One of the great moments of the documentary is Sandy pleading for them to get back together.
I rememered I had these photos of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts from a few years ago when they played a free show at Harley Davidson in Orlando for part of Bike Week. Bike Week that year was pretty awesome with all the bands they had that week including Steppenwolf. This was the first time I had gone to a Blackhearts show and they put on a great rock and roll show. It may be silly to call the Blackhearts Joan's "backup band" since they've been playing with each other for twenty plus years. Those are the same guys you see on the record covers from the very start of her solo career. What stuck out to me was how true to the songs they kept. "I Love Rock and Roll" was the song start to finish just like the record. No extended solos or predictable audience sing alongs like a lot of bands do to prolong the "moment". It's that no-bullshit approach that make Joan Jett an American great. I can now die happy.
There were some video from this show on Youtube but I can't find them anymore :(
The last three photos are personal photos that only three people in the world will enjoy. Me, Alice and Jackie met her after the show. Joan must have spent an hour after performing meeting, signing and taking pictures with fans. Like I need to give another reason of her greatness. It taken me six years to get these photos to these girls so here they are!
Photos copyright Jeffrey
Howard 2004, 2010.