We all know Joan Jett loves rock 'n' roll. Now rock 'n' roll will love her when Jett and her band, the Blackhearts, are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday (April 18) in Cleveland.
Jett tells us she's been overwhelmed since news of the induction was announced during December.
"I'll tell ya, it's a roiling pot of emotions, y'know? I'm amazed. I'm happy. I'm honored. I'm flabbergasted. It feels surreal. It's kind of still sinking in. When I just think about all the musicians in the history of music that have been out there making records, touring, that I get chosen in this elite group of musicians is pretty incredible."
Among those rooting Jett on, albeit from afar, is her former Runaways bandmate Cherie Currie. Currie, who recently released a new solo album, Reverie, on iTunes tells us that,
"I am so proud of her. She so deserves it. I've never seen anyone work as hard as Joan has worked...She's made it her life and she deserves it. She absolutely deserves it. I've texted her a couple times, just saying, 'Wow! this is so cool!' Really, really happy for her."
Jett will be inducted by Miley Cyrus on Saturday and is expected to perform during the ceremony. Other inductees include Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Green Day, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, while Ringo Starr will receive an Award For Music Excellence and the "5" Royales will be honored as an Early Influence.
Jett is currently on tour opening for The Who, but the itinerary fortunately has an off night on Saturday to allow her to attend the induction ceremony. HBO will be filming the event and will air an edited version on May 30.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.