Showing posts with label Joan Jett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Joan Jett. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 23, 2016



Our Very Special Guest today is legendary bass player … Kenny Aaronson.

Kenny Aaronson was born, bread and buttered in Brooklyn, New York. He started playing drums at the age of eleven, following in his older brother's footsteps. Kenny switched to electric bass at the age 14 after becoming enamored by the low end of the bass on Motown records that he would hear on the jukeboxes in local pizza joints. To this day, he is still a huge James Jamerson fanatic. As a teenager, he played bass for Brooklyn based hard rock band Dust, which included Marc Bell (a.k.a. Marky Ramone), and released two albums in 1971 and '72 on the Kama Sutra label.  In 1973, Aaronson joined the New York band Stories, who's single,"Brother Louie", reached #1 on the Billboard, Cashbox and Record World charts.

Kenny Aaronson went on to become a recognized world-class rock and roll bassist with his extensive touring and recording with a variety of artists including Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Billy Squier, Foghat, Sammy Hagar, Neil Schon, Kenny Aaronson, Michael Shrieve, Brian Setzer, Mick Taylor, Dave Edmunds, Robert Gordon, Graham Parker, Hall and Oates, Edgar Winter, Leslie West Band, Rick Derringer and many more.

In 1988 Kenny was named Bassist of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine. Aaronson was also bassist in the house band for the MTV Guitar Greats Show where along with Dave Edmunds, Chuck Leavell and Michael Shrieve, he had the opportunity to back up artists as diverse as Steve Cropper, Brian Setzer, Lita Ford, Tony Iommi and Dave Gilmore. A few of Kenny's most memorable moments in his career were auditioning for the Rolling Stones, recording with George Harrison and opening for Led Zeppelin.

Kenny Aaronson supports singer song writer John Eddie.  In the summer of 2011 he toured with the New York Dolls supporting Motley Crue and Poison in the US along with solo Dolls dates in Australia.  In the fall, they toured the U.K. supporting Alice Cooper.  Kenny has recently supported Corky Laing, Robert Gordon and Philadelphia's "In The Pocket".  

Most recently Kenny is a member of the legendary Yardbirds and Radio Exile who recently released their debut CD and official video entitled “Soulfire.”

It’s my great pleasure to welcome prodigious bassist Kenny Aaronson to The Ray Shasho Show …



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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts rock huge crowd In Tampa

By Ray Shasho

Thousands of fans watched an explosive performance by “The Queen of Rock and Roll” Joan Jett, and her band the Blackhearts, on Sunday evening in Busch Gardens. The concert was part of the Bands, Brew & BBQ- entertainment showcase at the Park.

The weather was impeccable, the sound system was perfect, the food was delicious, the crowd ecstatic, and the band was triumphant. It was a flawless late Afternoon/Evening at Busch Gardens.

The ageless Jett looked and sounded as she did in her heyday. It was a fantastic performance that will certainly embed a lasting impression on the exhilarated crowd.

Jett and the Blackhearts smoked the crowd immediately with her 1980- punker “Bad Reputation,” (A song she said was dedicated to the Baltimore Orioles and their 1979 season) and Runaways hit “Cherry Bomb.” 

The 52 year old Jett sang “Light of Day,” a song written especially for her by Bruce Springsteen. The song was also the title for a movie that starred Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett.
It seemed like everyone inside the park was attending the concert. Many of the Joan Jett-faithful came dressed like her and ready to rock-out!

Jett and the Blackhearts played “Androgynous” a Replacements- cover tune and “Change the World,” a song Jett explained to the crowd was, “A song about stability and moving forward in a gentler way.” Both tunes were from the band’s 2006-release “Sinner.”

Other songs played to their perfection on Sunday were “Backlash,” “The French Song,” And Runaways tunes- “You Drive Me Wild,” (which was the first- song that Jett ever wrote) and “I love Playing with Fire.”

The crowd seemed mesmerized by Jett and the Blackhearts performance. It was like Jett was kept in a state of suspended animation since 1982 and brought back to life for a Busch Gardens- Command Performance.

Jett, sometimes referred to as “the girl Elvis” played “Fake Friends” a tune in which she collaborates with longtime- musical partner and friend Kenny Laguna. (Laguna was on stage playing keyboards with the band during their performance)

Jett and Laguna formed the independent Blackheart records together in 1980. The label started after 28- record companies rejected Jett before her smash hit “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.” (Jett was the first woman to start her own record label) Laguna started pressing records and sold them out of the trunk of his car. Six of Joan Jett’s Top40 hits were released on the Blackheart label.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts gave the audience at Busch Gardens everything they came for and so much more. The show wound down with an explosive ending. A rendition of The Runaways “School Days,” “Fetish,” followed by one of the most successful cover songs in rock history “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” (Ranked #89 in Rolling Stone’s 100- greatest guitar songs of all-time)

Immediately followed by Tommy James and the Shondells classic “Crimson and Clover,” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” (The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989, “Best Rock Performance by a Group”)

After a huge standing ovation, the band came rocking- back with “AC- DC” and Sly and the Family Stone’s, “Everyday People.”  

It was truly a magnificent performance by Joan Jett and her tight-rockin’ band, consisting of Dougie Needles on lead guitar, Acey Slade on bass, and Thommy Price playing the drums.

Here are some of the many comments left on Joan Jett and the Blackhearts facebook page right after the concert and then- today.
"Just left your concert at Busch Gardens and you rocked it!!! Awesome!!!!!"
"Thanks for such a great show at Busch Gardens today! I was in the front row, sooo awesome!!!"
"You rocked at Busch Gardens yesterday!! Proud to say you were my first rock concert!!!"
"You are awesome! Sooooo beautiful! You are theQueen of rock!"

The security was extremely tight for the event so I couldn't reach "The Godmother of Punk" for a few comments.
Joan and I had a few things to talk about too. (She and I are only a few months apart in our ages)
Joan's an alumnus of Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. (I'm originally from Maryland and bought my very first electric guitar at Chuck Levin's in Wheaton)
Joan dedicated "Bad Reputation" to the Baltimore Orioles for their outstanding 1979 season. (I was a deejay covering the Orioles in the Playoffs and World Series in 1979 for WNAV radio in Annapolis)
Joan Jett played baseball at an Orioles Fantasy Camp in Sarasota called Dream Week in 1991. ( I played at that same Orioles fantasy camp a year before she did in 1990) and I really wanted to ask her how she played during the week?
Because if she played baseball anything like her concert on Sunday, then we're looking at the next Cal Ripken.

I do want to thank Kelly Heckinger-Marketing Communications for Busch Gardens, and the security by the front of the stage, for allowing me to shoot some unbelievable photos of the band.


... My article made front page of Joan Jett's Bad Reputation Nation

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