Joan Jett is a fierce, fast female. Dressed in jet black leather and playing a white Gibson guitar, she is the prototypical street-fightin' woman. With a Mick Jagger swagger and a Bad Reputation, her mezzo-soprano voice has resonated like her eight-bar blues chords since her Seventies punk scene debut. Her 1981 cover of I Love Rock n Roll gave voice to everyone who ever put fingerprints on a pizza joint jukebox. Her punk energy is still present in her latest album, Sinner, particularly in songs like "ACDC," whose guitar progression is as simple and catchy as the song's chorus.
As an icon of independent success, Jett has crossed over in unexpected ways. At the request of Cal Ripken Jr., she sang the National Anthem at the game where he broke Lou Gehrig's record. She has also supplied the theme song for the first ESPN X-Games, so it's not ironic to say a baseball game is the opening act for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. There won't be any real pressure as the slightly below .500 Florida Marlins play the barely over .500 Atlanta Braves. What's a better plan on a sweltering Saturday night than baseball and rock n roll? The game takes place at 7:05 p.m., with Joan Jett following the game, at Dolphin Stadium. Tickets start at $16 for upper deck.
Sat., June 30, 7:05 p.m.