Joan Jett: The Queen of Punk in Red Bank

A Black Heart Rocks New Jersey

On Saturday, October 11th, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts took the stage at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. This influential punk icon and her faithful band played through hits from their own catalog, as well as hits from The Runaways and even covered some classic rock staples.

The Queen of Punk and her royal band played to a sold out crowd this weekend down the Jersey Shore, proving that this 56 year old punk goddess still has what it takes to bring down the house.

Jesse Malin opened for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, playing an energizing set featuring his own music as well as covering punk icons like The Ramones with the song Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio. Jesse Malin was heavily influenced by artists like Neil Young, Tom Waits, and Steve Earle and it shows in his music. With a punk sound that features more melody than traditional, along with the use of instruments like the saxophone and trumpet in his live performances, Malin was able to get the crowd geared up and ready for the Queen of punk herself.

Joan Jett took the stage around 9:10 and opened with her smash hit, Bad Reputation. Setting the tone for the night, she followed her solo hit with Cherry Bomb from her first group, The Runaways. The track was recently featured in the block buster film, Guardians of the Galaxy and was given a new audience along with other classic rock songs from the ’70’s.

Along with her hits from the glory days of punk, Jett played songs from their new album, Unvarnished, released in 2013. Coupling some new songs like Make It Back with the stories behind them, she was able to rally the Jersey Shore crowd around the devastating effects of Sandy, which is coming up on it’s two year anniversary this Halloween. They also covered popular classic rock and funk songs in a punk fashion like Crimson and Clover originally by Tommy James and the Shondell’s and Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone. Adding a punk flare to everything, Joan Jett was able to make these well known covers, her own.

Jett kept the energy of the crowd high throughout her performance with energetic stunts and crowd involvement. With a high impact style and larger than life personality, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts show that they’ve still got more punk in their little finger, then certain “punk” bands of today.

Set List:
Bad Reputation
Cherry Bomb (The Runaways cover)
Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) (Gary Glitter cover)
You Drive Me Wild (The Runaways cover)
Make It Back
Light of Day
Love Is Pain
Hard to Grow Up
French Song
Any Weather
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Crimson & Clover (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)
I Hate Myself for Loving You


Reality Mentality
Real Wild Child (Wild One) (Johnny O’Keefe & The Dee Jays cover)
Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone cover)

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Elaina Crow

Elaina is a graduating TVDM major at Montclair State University. She has worked in TV, film, and print and is looking forward to a great semester here with Wired Jersey.