Now tell me that this doesn’t sound really damn cool as an event……
Yep. Tossing their hat into the mix of regional festival events comes those fine folks at LivingSocial who will be offering up their Backyard Festival for 2013 which will bring a headlining Aerosmith to the stage along with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and a band that is new to my musical mind the Yeahsayers. The event will take place on July 13th at Randall’s Island (this is the same place that will host the Governor’s Ball in early June in case you didn’t know). The event will take place on July 13th and also feature craft beers, wine and a BBQ for the ticket price along with the great music. This is something that really appeals to me on all counts since its rather different from the usual stuff where you just buy a ticket for the show. Add to this the kick ass music of Aerosmith and Joan Jett and this sounds like a winning combination.
I’ll be trying to get the proper credentials to not only attend the event but also come back with some photos for you to enjoy after its all said and done. If I secure any of that you will be the first to know and if we do not, well, at least Stryper is playing B.B. King Blues Club that same night.
Artist: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Title: “Greatest Hits”
Label: Blackheart Records
Release Date: 3/9/2010
Arriving just in time for the premiere of the biographical motion picture “The Runaways” comes a greatest hits package by one of the groups founding members Joan Jett and her band The Blackhearts. In The Runaways, Jett played rhythm guitar and was one of the core songwriters during the bands short tenure and while this compilation features a couple of the tunes she penned for the group it is focused on her solo work with The Blackhearts. As a collection I felt this was stronger than it was weak but even despite my enjoying a large portion of what they offered up, I had to say that a couple of the tunes had left me wondering why they had been included. The release wisely gives us the expected standards from her debut album with “Cherry Bomb” and “Bad Reputation” and it’s great to blast these two tracks nice and loud and see just how strong they have remained for the Punkish Rock side of things. From “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” we get the expected juggernaut title track and the Tommy James cover of “Crimson & Clover” but I had a little surprise when I realized that they left of “Little Drummer Boy”. Yeah I understand that this is not a holiday album, but Jett did such an interesting version of the tune and it was from a time when artists were not dishing out holiday numbers with reckless abandon. “The French Song” was always a favorite as was their cover of Sly Stone’s “Everyday People”. As I listened to the recordings being delivered here I had to smile when I think of just how many songs Jett did covers of and this was likely due to her association with producer Kenny Laguna. Both Laguna and Jett founded Blackheart Records, the label that released this retrospective.
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