Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin; September 22, 1958) is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song “Cherry Bomb”. The Blackhearts’ record “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982. Their other popular recordings include “Crimson and Clover”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You”, “Do You Wanna Touch Me”, “Light of Day”, “Love Is All Around” and “Bad Reputation”.
Jett has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has three albums that have been certified Platinum or Gold, and has been a feminist icon throughout her career.She is considered by the Toronto Sun as the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll. She is also known as the Godmother of Punk. In 2015, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On April 15, 2015, Jett & the Blackhearts opened for The Who, kicking off “The Who Hits 50” 2015 North American tour in Tampa, Florida. The Blackhearts will open for the Who for 42 dates in the U.S. and Canada, ending November 4 in Philadelphia.
On July 4, 2015, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were part of the Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary show at RFK stadium in Washington D.C.