CLEARFIELD – At age 14, Joan Jett picked up her first guitar and not long after that she helped turn the rock world upside down for female musicians.
On Saturday, Aug. 2, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will turn the Clearfield County Fair upside down with a memorable night of rock-and-roll.
Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You” and “Crimson and Clover.”
Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been used by NBC’s Sunday Night Football and performed this past season by Carrie Underwood. Her music is heard in countless films and TV shows, including Easy – A, Kick Ass, The Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama and many more.
Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Joan Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. She was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel. It starred Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and her fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as Currie. Joan Jett was close to the project: She served as an executive producer.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts continuously tour across the globe to throngs of adoring fans. Now, with a dozen albums on the table and either solo or as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Joan Jett is still kicking butt on stage and looking great in the process. The most recent release, Unvarnished, was released this past September and peaked at 47 on the Billboard Charts.
Concert tickets will go on sale April 24 at 10 a.m. via www.clearfieldcountyfair.com. Tickets for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will include free gate admission if purchased online by midnight May 15 or postmarked by May 15. Ticket prices are $30 for standing room only, which also includes general admission bleacher seating, and $24 for Grandstand seating.
For a full schedule of events visit the fair’s official Web site or Facebook page.