By Ray Shasho
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts will be returning on July 13th to The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. For those of you who didn’t get to catch her spectacular performance in Tampa back in February at Busch Gardens, now’s your chance to witness her captivating/exhilarating stage presence.
Jett and The Blackhearts always illustrate impressive performances whenever they’re asked. Not only does Jett sound like she did back in her heyday but she still looks the same too. Wait a minute, maybe this is her heyday!
Her most recent performance at Busch Gardens in Tampa attracted thousands of Joan Jett faithful. And Jett gratified the huge Tampa crowd with timeless- treasures like, “Cherry Bomb” “Bad Reputation” “School Days” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “Crimson and Clover” to name only a few that were played from her celebrated setlist.
Joan Jett’s longtime musical partner and friend Kenny Laguna is usually up on stage playing keyboards with the band. Together they formed the independent label- Blackheart Records in 1980. Joan demonstrated her amazing entrepreneurship abilities, which complemented her amazing talent and alluring persona. Jett is also the producer for the bands Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus and The Germs.
Click here for my review of The Joan Jett and The Blackhearts concert at Busch Gardens - Bands, Brew & BBQ entertainment showcase on February 20th of this year.
Tickets for Joan Jett and The Blackhearts performance at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa are available by clicking here. But hurry because this show will most likely be selling out fast!
On a FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION NOTE;
Eddie Money- singer/songwriter/saxophonist will be performing a FREE concert at Lamb and Sutton Parks in downtown Palmetto for this year’s July 4th festivities.
Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant says, “The Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency is bringing Eddie Money in to promote our downtown business district and our beautiful parks. Palmetto businesses are being offered free spaces at the concert and fireworks to sell food and market their services and products. We want everyone to come and have a great time.”
The activities begin at 5PM; Eddie Money performs at 7:30PM. Bring your own chair.
Fireworks begin at 9:30PM at the historic Palmetto fishing pier.
In 1976, Eddie Money was introduced to legendary concert promoter Bill Graham and then the two became close friends. Graham became Money’s manager and mentor.
Graham said of Money, “Eddie Money has it all…not only can he sing, write and play, but he is a natural performer.”In 1977 after signing a contract with Columbia Records, Money’s self titled debut album was released. The album went double platinum and featured classic radio mainstay hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”
Following his successful debut album (Reaching # 37 on the charts), Money continued to flood the airways with great hits like “Shakin’” “Think I’m In Love” and “Take Me Home Tonight" (Be My Baby) a collaboration with Ronnie Spector reaching number #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 from the album Can’t Hold Back. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”
Eddie Money who is now 62 years old, has sold more than 28 million records.
For more information regarding the Palmetto Fourth, contact the Palmetto CRA at 941-723-4988 or JBurton@PalmettoCRA.org. Or visit their website at https://www.facebook.com/palmettocra
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