ESSEX JUNCTION -- Joan Jett is a cherry bomb. Compact and powerful, the punk rock icon explodes onstage, shooting out raspy, sexy vocals and fiery guitar hooks. She will detonate at the Champlain Valley Fair on Sept. 1.
When Jett was 15, she ran away from home, and became part of one of the first classic girl punk groups, The Runaways. Part Monkees and part Ramones, the groups first single, titled, of course, Cherry Bomb, was a smash hit. Hello world, Im your wild girl, Jett shouted defiantly, Im your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!
Jett, now 46, is still wild, but she is also intensely focused and fiercely independent. She neither smokes nor drinks, and she resolved at a very early age that she was not going to follow womens rules. To her, punk rock means being a rebel, being an underdog, being outside, and doing it yourself.
Jett had to do it herself in 1981 after she had been rejected by 28 record labels. She and her songwriting producer Kenny Laguna pressed Jetts record themselves and sold it out of their car trunk. The song, I Love Rock n Roll, became a # 1 hit on Billboards Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1982.
Jetts volatility and independence are all evident on Sinner, her latest) CD, which came out in 2006. To get a preview of some of that collections fireworks (some of which are sure to be ignited at the fair, you may want to enjoy the hot A.C.D.C. video (which incudes Carmen Electra) on
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be at the Coca-Cola Grandstand, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, at 7 p.m. on Sept 1. Performing prior to Jetts set will be Blue ֹster Cult and Foghat. Bփ has been pumping out hard rock pearls for over 30 years, and is mentioned reverently in many comic books and graphic novels. Foghat, an English band, may be the group that the fictional Spinal Tap (the worlds loudest band) is based on. Foghats blues-rock sound has won the group five gold records over its career.
Tickets are $36.75 and include fair admission if purchased prior to the day of the show. For tickets and further info you can go to the Flynn Box Office, 153 Main St, Burlington, access
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