This is awesome. Last night, Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just days after the 20 year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death from suicide, and when the remaining members of the band took the stage to perform, they were joined by four female rockers filling Cobain’s shoes/vocals. Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon and Lorde each joined bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and guitarist Pat Smear on stage to sing a song from Nirvana’s catalogue, and I have a feeling Kurt, a feminist, would have loved it. The RRHOF ceremony won’t be televised until May 31 (on HBO), but some video has already leaked of a few of the performances, including Lorde singing “All Apologies” (above). Not only that, but after the ceremony, Nirvana played a secret show at a club in Brooklyn — check out video of the band, plus Joan Jett, slaying “Smells Like Teen Spirit” after the jump! [Rolling Stone] Keep reading »
Oprah sure loves pairing ’80s rock stars with the pop tarts of today. On yesterday’s “Woman Who Rock” episode, in addition to teaming up Avril Lavigne and Pat Benatar, she also had Miley Cyrus join Joan Jett for a medley of “Bad Reputation,” “Cherry Bomb,” and my favorite karaoke song ever, “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” Joan still looks and sounds amazing and, well, at least it kept Miley off the pole for a little while.
See, you knew there had to be an explanation for the haircut. Kristen Stewart has been spending a lot of time with Joan Jett, who she’s portraying in the upcoming movie, “The Runaways.” Turns out, these two really like each other! Kristen said of the rock icon, “So many people know her as just being like one of the coolest people to ever live. That in itself is one of the most intimidating things that I’ve ever had to confront, but she’s so cool, too.” And Joan is very happy with Kristen’s portrayal of her. “She sounded great and played well. She has the passion for it, which you can’t really be taught,” she says. [Socialite Life]
It’s already a lot of pressure to portray a real larger-than-life character, without them looking over your shoulder. But here are a few other actors who met the character they played, face to face. Keep reading »
Barbie collectors, get psyched for December: Mattel is launching their “Ladies of the ’80s” line, complete with mini interpretations of the great Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, and Cyndi Lauper. Joan is dressed in not only leather pants but also hot pink high tops, while Cyndi flashes her fishnets, and Debbie shows off a pink body-conscious strappy dress that could easily be worn today. One thing that would make these dolls even better? They should come with their own personal soundtracks. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
“When people said to me, ‘Girls can’t play rock ‘n’ roll,’ I’m like, What are you saying? Girls can’t master the instrument? I’m in class with girls playing cello, violin, piano, Beethoven, Bach. You’re telling me they can’t play guitar?”
Yeah, we know Joan Jett specifically wanted Kristen Stewart to play her in “The Runaways,” the new film which documents Jett’s early beginnings in a rock group. But why? These photos taken on set show Jett, 51, giving Stewart, 19, pointers on how to imitate her. Am I the only one who sees that Jett – who is decades older — is clearly chicer, cooler and just plain old hotter than Stewart? Keep reading »