of the tribute before her performance. Also on the carpet was Ray Luzier (Korn), Sreet Drum Corps, Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne), Kat Von D and bands playing the festival. Normally the honoree performs at the street festival of SSMF and is honored with an all-star tribute at the house of blues but this year was the opposite, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts played a full set after the tribute. The tribute started at 8 PM. In addition to the speakers mentioned before Nic Adler (Owner, The Roxy) and Mikael Maglieri (Owner, Rainbow), sons of the founders of The Roxy and Rainbow Loud Adler and Mario Maglieri presented the Elmer Valentine award to Jett. The award is in honor of Valentine who was a co- founder of The Roxy, Rainbow, and Whisky A Go Go. Legendary DJ Rodney Bingenheimer presented Jett a white Gibson guitar with Jett painted on the back. Joan Jett walked along the stage pretending to play it before taking a photo with it. After the tribute a video featuring music videos of Jett’s biggest songs played to get the crowd ready for the performance which didn’t start until after 10 PM. The current Blackhearts include Dougie Needles (Guitars) Acey Slade (Bass), and Thommy Price (Drums). Joan Jett and The Blackhearts took the stage and opened with “Bad Reputation.” Right from the start they went in full throttle. It’s hard to believe Jett has been rocking for 35 years since she hasn’t aged a bit. For the hour and half Jett played she showed what makes her the “Queen of Rock N Roll.” Jett is nothing but pure energy and played every one of her hits and a debuted a song off her upcoming album “Unvarnished” which she recorded with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana). This is her first album to come out in 10 years. Jett played two hits from the group that helped make her famous The Runaways which were “Cherry Bomb,” and “You Drive Me A Wild.” Jett also played “Do You Wanna Touch Me,” “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” ”Crimson & Clover,” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” before a 4 song encore. It seemed like the show was over since there were club shows at the Whiskey and Roxy going on after, however Jett and the Blackhearts came back and played “Reality Mentality” and “A.C.D.C. before being joined by a very special guest. Pat Smear came out and joined Jett on “Bad Reputation.” After the song finished and Smear walked off the stage Jett played one more song to close out the show with a cover of Sly and The Family Stone’s “Everyday People.” This was a very special event and there could not have been a better way to kick off the festival than with an intimate performance from the honoree. After Joan Jett there were a few club shows going on. Enuff Znuff with Bang Tango played the Whiskey and Ours played the Roxy.
August 16, 2013