Review and Pictures by our newest contributor and photographer : Leisa Foretich
Leisa says “I am not a writer, I am a fan :) ”
Joan Jett did not fail to please her fans last night at Chastain Amphitheater as the opening act for Billy Idol. I missed the first song setting up for camera shots. Before I knew it she was belting out “Cherry Bomb”, the teen anthem from her first band “The Runaways”. The hits “Do You Wanna Touch Me”, “Fake Friends”, “I Hate Myself for Lovin’ You, “Crimson and Clover”, “Androgynous”, “Light of Day”, and of course “I Love Rock and Roll” and “Bad Reputation”, along with all the other hits we love to sing out loud proved to give everyone a belly full of ROCK to start out this night of 80’s flashbacks!
It was great to see fans old and new. The coolest thing about this generation of middle aged rockers (haha, no offense) is that we love to share “our” music with our children! I never recalled going to a concert as a teenager and seeing a child seated next to me. Almost all the concerts I have attended in the past few years, I have noticed more often than not, parents introducing their children into their generation of music, thus enabling their favorite musicians to stay on tour and keeping them young at heart! THIS ROCKS!
I saw Joan last year at the same venue and was knocked out of my socks by her pure energy. This year seemed a little more subdued. Maybe having to do with the fact that her mother had passed away just a couple of days prior, but nonetheless, she managed to do what all performers do. As “the show must go on,” she rocked as hard as she could for her fans! After all, she is the “Queen of Rock and Roll!”
Joan Jett is a brilliant musician! She is the epitome of “rock chick” and after 35 years of performing, never skipping a beat… a true rock icon. “You go girl!”