Joan Jett and the Blackhearts take BottleRock

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Coined as the “lesbian rocker,” Joan Jett, now 54-years-old, is still turning heads.  

The rock and roll female icon brought fans from all the way across the country to dance to hits such as “Bad Reputation” and “Crimson and Clover” at Napa Valley’s BottleRock music festival May 8-12.

A life fan of Jett, Heather Heartman and her partner traveled all the way from Oklahoma for the show and explained that Jett’s legacy lies in defiance. Joan Jett stood as the, “female rock and roll guitar player when they said women couldn’t play guitar…and she basically said f-you” said Heartman in an interview with 429Magazine. 

“A little rock and roll, that’s all we ask!” one audience member said in anticipation before the rock icon took the stage. 

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts started their set with their famous hit “Bad Reputation” where Jett played out her non-conformist philosophy and passionately belted, “I don’t give a damn about my bad reputation.”

With short, black choppy hair and wearing an all black leather one-piece Jett’s mantra rang loud and clear: don’t mess with me. 

Despite her rebellious portrayal, Jett appears to be approachable, relatable, and even flirtatious. The performance of her hit song “Do You Wanna Touch Me There” took the crowd to a whole new level of energy. With heavy dark-eyeliner, Jett’s fierce look complemented the passion behind her words. 

Her band swung into full gear during their famous song “Crimson and Clover” with sweaty-palm inducing lyrics such as, “I don’t hardly know her/ But I think I could love her…when she comes walking over/ Now I’ve been waitin’ to show her” no one in the audience (gay or straight) could deny wishing they were the subject of her song. 

“She’s my secret” said fan Herb Wong, 18, while proudly holding a Joan Jett record cover. 

429Magazine

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