Joan Jett - Live, NYC 1982Anyone who’s been tuning in here for any amount of time knows that I’m a Joan Jett fan. I had a chance a couple of weeks ago to see her play in a sort of strange setting.
In an effort to attract fans to home games, the 45-50 (as of this writing) Florida Marlins initiated something called “Super Saturdays”. Basically, that means each of the 13 Saturday Marlin home games this season is followed by a concert from an “internationally acclaimed recording artist.” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts happened to be fortunate enough to kick off this bizarre promotional event. I say bizarre because, really, how many people will actually sit through a three-plus-hour baseball game, then stick around for a concert that starts at 10:30-11 p.m.? Not many, as it turned out. (In all fairness, though, not that many were in attendance for the game itself.)
Of course, being a fan of the Blackhearts, I stayed. The rest of the crowd consisted mainly of people who kept asking each other, “Who is Joan Jett?” or “¿Quién es Yoan Yett?”
“She sang ‘I Love Rock and Roll.’”
“Ella cantó ‘Amo Rock and Roll.’”
There were probably some real Joan Jett fans there. I’ve been to enough of her shows to be somewhat familiar with her “following.” So, yeah, there were some of her fans there. And despite the late post-game and post-firework show start, and all the other weirdness of playing to a mostly empty 36,000-person capacity stadium, the short show went pretty well. After some initial sound problems (should they use just their own amps or the stadium sound system? They settled finally on the stadium sound) the Blackhearts tore through a handful of their hits and a couple of newer songs from last year’s Sinner album.
If you happen to be in the Miami area any of the following Super Saturdays, feel free to drop in, root for the home team, drink over-priced beers, and catch a decent music show afterwards.
-Jul. 21 - Willy Chirino
-Aug. 4 - Oscar D'Leon
-Aug. 18 - Blues Traveler
-Sept. 1 - Issac Delgado and Victor Manuelle
-Sept. 22 - Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe and Quiet Riot
If that interests you, you can buy tickets here. There’re also usually available at the gate, too.
All of that aside – since the Marlins aren’t paying me to do PR – my real reason for this post is some live Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, circa 1982. This recording is referred to as Rebel Rebel, no doubt because the band covers the Bowie tune at the end of the show. It was recorded Jan. 3, 1982, at 320 in New York City.
I Love Rock and Roll.mp3
Wait for Me
Crimson and Clover.mp3
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got.mp3
Victim of Circumstance.mp3
Do You Wanna Touch Me?.mp3