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Interview:
Rock Hall beckons for Joan Jett
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Joan Jett credits Nirvana, at least a bit, for her upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jett was one of four women who filled in for the late Kurt Cobain during last year's Rock Hall induction in Brooklyn. On April 18, she and her band, the Blackhearts, will be entering the Hall as well. "Maybe," Jett says, last year's appearance "reminded people I'm out there."

Whatever the reason, Jett is clearly stoked to be receiving the honor after almost 40 years years of forging ground for women in the male-dominated rock world, first as a member of the all-female Runaways during the 70s and then with a solo career that included the enduring hit "I Love Rock and Roll."

"It's a roiling pot of emotions," says Jett, 56, who was born Joan Larkin in Baltimore and will be opening for the Who in North America starting on April 15. "I'm amazed. I'm happy. I'm honored. I'm flabbergasted. It feels so surreal. When I think about all the musicians in the history of music that have been out there making records and touring, that I get chosen into this elite group of musicians is pretty incredible."

But, Jett adds, "You don't think about those things -- at least I don't. You just go out and do your job and make your records, and if something like those accolades get put onto you, then that's an extra bonus. But I don't know that you can set out to achieve that; I think it's a gift, and I don't think you can sort of expect it.

"So, no, when I was nominated before and didn't get voted in, I took it with a grain of salt because that's the way it is. I did not expect to have it handed to me on a golden platter."

Jett plans to enjoy a golden year, however, especially on the road with Heart and the Who. "I'm sure we'll be doing some recording as well," says Jett, whose last album, "Unvarnished," came out in 2013, "but we don't have a time for that, yet."

Heart and Joan Jett & the Blachearts

8 p.m. Friday, March 27

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Lapeer Road at I-75

Tickets are $20-$75

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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