She don't give a damn 'bout her bad reputation, which is why Joan Jett is the official honoree at the Sunset Strip Music Festival this year, West Coast Sound can exclusively announce. The fest takes place August 1-3 and Linkin Park, the headliner, is the only other announced performer so far.
Past honorees include Slash, Motley Crue, and The Doors, but Jett is the first woman to be recognized, and will be honored at a ceremony to kick things off on August 1 at the House of Blues. Then, she'll perform with the Blackhearts!
Unfortunately, tickets to that ceremony are not easy to get, but never fear: West Hollywood has also declared August 1 Joan Jett Day, so you can honor her simply by, I don't know, getting a felafel somewhere there.
At the ceremony, Jett will receive the Elmer Valentine Award, named for the man who, along with Lou Adler and Mario Maglieri, founded The Roxy, the Rainbow, and the Whisky A Go-Go.
"We are delighted to celebrate Joan Jett who has so much influenced the history of the legendary boulevard," said the festival's managing director Karmen Beck in the announcement press release, which you can read in its entirety below.
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Our thoughts? Great choice! And not just because she once gave a guy a popsicle that was 10% lemonade and 90% pee. Even though the Sunset Strip Music Festival, now in its sixth year, has traditionally been a celebration of aging bad boys, it's great to get some feminine energy in there, particularly someone whose songs have held up so well and define capital letters Rock 'N Roll to many.
So put another dime in the jukebox baby! (But please, laws today are more strict, so make sure the guy you're seducing is older than 17.)
The full press release is below