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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Play The PNE In Vancouver


On Friday night I went to see Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver and it was a fantastic show! Joan was amazing live, she really does have a unique voice and sound that hasn’t ever been replicated. The band sounded solid, I would say they’re one of those bands that sound just as good live (if not better) than on the record. The setting was perfect for a rock show – outdoors at the PNE under a cloudless sky, a huge crowd of loyal fans, and big screens surrounding the central stage so everyone had a good view. The sound was undeniable, you can’t help but sing along with Joan, and even for those who weren’t really familiar with her music – everyone knows “I Love Rock N Roll.”

What was interesting to see was the diverse crowd at this show. There were clearly die-hard Joan Jett fans there who have known her since the beginning with The Runaways before the Blackhearts came into formation. Then at the other end of the spectrum there were a lot of younger people there probably in their early 20’s who have just started to get to know Joan’s music. I feel like whether you’ve been there from the start or are a new fan, the love of music is mutual. It’s pretty cool to see people in their 40’s and 50’s rocking out with kids in their 20’s at the same show. Joan Jett’s music definitely transcends generations.

I started listening to The Runaways and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts after seeing The Runaways movie with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. It was Kristen’s portrayal of Joan Jett that made me want to get to know her more and to hear more of her music in real life. After seeing the movie in the theatre, the first thing I did when I got home was to start checking out the music. I absolutely loved songs like: I Want You, Don’t Surrender, Light Of Day and Love Is Pain. Those are still my four favourites. It’s been less than a year since I started listening to their music but Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are one of my favourite bands now.

I think it’s great that a movie like The Runaways has opened up this world of 70’s/80’s music to kids who’ve never heard it before. If it means people go out and buy Runaways or Blackhearts music, that someone goes and buys Cherie Currie‘s autobiography Neon Angel, or that people go out to support Joan Jett at a rock show – then that movie has surely done some good. Everyone at that show probably has their own story on how they started listening to Joan Jett’s music, and there was definitely a generation gap, but everyone was there to support the band and enjoy the show which is what really matters. Joan dedicated the show to her mom who passed away the day before so it was pretty emotional to see her up there rocking out in spite of everything. She really is a rock icon.

Here are some of my favourite songs that Joan Jett & the Blackhearts performed at the PNE in Vancouver:

  • Light of Day
  • Crimson and Clover
  • I Love Rock N Roll
  • Bad Reputation
  • Do You Wanna Touch Me?
  • I Hate Myself For Loving You
  • Backlash
  • Love Is Pain
  • Cherrybomb (Runaways)

Check out some more of my photos from the Joan Jett PNE show:

There’s also some pretty cool videos of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the PNE. Check out RayVanEng’s awesome video of Crimson & Clover / I Hate Myself For Loving You:

Another great video from 1ofakind2u this one is Bad Reputation / Cherry Bomb:

One more awesome video from AngelikaDiana this is I Love Rock N Roll:

Thanks for reading!

[Photos belong to me Twilight Connection aka @theamytweets | Youtube Videos as specified above]

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6 Comments »

  1. I start listening to Joan’s music after the movie The Runaways too!~ Joan’s music is really amazing. I love “I Love Playing With Fire”, “I Hate Myself For Loving You”, “Love is Pain” & “Victim of Circumstance”.

    Comment by Mon | September 2, 2010 | Reply

    • hey monica, me too! “i love playing with fire” is such a good song, and kristen’s version of it in the movie was great too. joan’s music is so powerful, she just affects people with her music in a way that a lot of artists can’t. pretty amazing stuff 🙂

      Comment by twilightconnection | September 2, 2010 | Reply

      • Yeah, I read one Joan’s interview and she said she felt strong when singing Cherry Bomb. Joan also said in another radio interview that there should be more avenues for women (something like that). Hearing these stuff is just touching. Women power all the way!!~

        Comment by Mon | September 3, 2010

  2. hey guys,

    great post by the author.

    this concert happened just a day after joan’s mom died. it was a sad day, but joan is known for not cancelling her shows. she’s such a pro! that’s why i figured she’s wearing sunglasses during PNE concert coz probably her eyes were sore and puffy coz of their family’s loss.

    nevertheless, joan jett is the goddess of rock n’ roll, no doubt about that. =)

    Comment by sandie | January 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you to the Joan Jett International Fan Club for sharing my concert review! 🙂

      Comment by twilightconnection | March 28, 2012 | Reply


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