Joan Jett is coming to Australia shortly.
I have experienced a wide range of emotions since hearing the news, beginning with initial devastation after discovering she was playing only at interstate festivals with bands I've never heard of and non-tight arse pricing structures. This was followed by pant wetting excitement when an intimate pub gig at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney was announced, followed by molten rage when tickets sold out to said gig within minutes, to further pant wetting joy when I secured a ticket via a high flying showbiz contact. These trousers stink.
I actually had the opportunity to see Joan in 1996 when she last toured Sydney, however in a moment of ill considered madness, decided not to go. She was supporting The Divinyls [Supporting!!] and the gig was at Selinas at the Coogee Bay Hotel. I was not a Divinyls fan and having spent many years living in Sydney's eastern suburbs, was well familiar with the venue and not a fan of it either. In fact a few years back when the controversy erupted involving a couple being served excreta flavoured ice cream at the Coogee Bay Hotel bistro, I though "well what did you expect?".
During the subsequent years, I have regretted my non attendance at that show. Back then I had been worn down by seeing older, limper versions of childhood heroes such as Suzi Quatro and The Sweet and couldn't bear to see Joan in anything other than the sexy, high voltage, queen of rock and roll version I had been happily mind married to for several decades. Little did I know that unlike other mortals, Joan Jett did not age. She merely accumulated rock and roll experience, liquified it into shake form and slammed it down each morning before heading off to work at the kick arse rock legend factory.
That regiment continues to this very day.
Being the omnipotent rock deity she is, Joan needs very little assistance from mortals such as myself. However after cranking a lot of Black Heart sonic action recently, I have gone to the trouble of preparing the setlist for the night in question.
PUSH & STOMP
BITS & PIECES
DOING ALRIGHT WITH THE BOYS
TALKING ABOUT MY BABY
DON'T ABUSE ME
RUBBER & GLUE
[I'M GONNA] RUNAWAY
I LOVE PLAYING WITH FIRE
I LOVE ROCK & ROLL
CRIMSON & CLOVER
DO YOU WANT TO TOUCH ME
Take it away Joan.