A note for those who love rock ’n’ roll: Joan Jett is coming to Visalia.
The “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” singer plays with her band, the Blackhearts, Saturday, Sept. 19 at Visalia Fox Theatre. Tickets are $50-$100 and on sale beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Visalia Fox Theatre box office, online at www.FoxVisalia.org or by phone 559-625-1FOX (1369).
This is the second concert announcement from Visalia Fox Theatre this month. Last week, it announced an Aug. 29 date for Morrissey, the iconically coiffed English singer-songwriter. That show quickly sold out.
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Jett’s Visalia show comes during a break on The Who Hits 50 tour, which has Jett opening for the iconic English rock group.
Of course, Jett herself is an icon. She cut her teeth with the teenage rock group The Runaways in the late 1970s. That band, which also featured singer Cherie Currie and guitarist Lita Ford, played fast and loose proto-punk and had a minor hit with “Cherry Bomb.” It was also the subject of the 2010 film starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart (as Jett).
As a solo artist, Jett was a radio-rock staple with “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and her cover of “Crimson and Clover.” Her style of underground glam rock and leather-clad aesthetic inspired generations of women musicians, from the riot grrrl group Bikini Kill to Miley Cyrus.
The later inducted Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, with a speech that began with a story of the first time she wanted to have sex with Jett.
33 1/3 anniversary edition of ‘I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” is out now on limited release white vinyl
Early this month, Jett celebrated the 33 1/3 anniversary of “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” with a limited release white vinyl version of the album. The double LP set also includes previously unreleased live recordings from New York in 1981.
Jett last played the area at the Tachi Palace Casino in 2013.