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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts rock ‘n’ roll into Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on June 24

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts rock ‘n’ roll into Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on June 24
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From a press release:

Joan Jett is an originator, innovator, and visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.”

These songs and more will be part of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ upcoming performance at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $50 for reserved seating and $60 for general admission (standing room only), go on sale this Friday, March 4 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

Jett sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records, and has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s “Light of Day” and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical “The Rocky Horror Show.” She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as “Oprah” (the last season) and “Law & Order.”

As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, and The Germs’ Los Angeles punk masterpiece “(GI).”

Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, performed this past season by Carrie Underwood, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows, including “Easy A,” “Kick Ass,” “The Runaways,” “Shrek,” “Baby Mama,” and many more.

Since co-founding The Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. She was able to see her story told in “The Runaways,” the film based on (lead singer) Cherie Currie’s book “Neon Angel” starring Kristen Stewart as Jett and fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project, serving as an executive producer.

Jett and the Blackhearts released their latest record, “Unvarnished,” in 2013 and continue touring the globe to throngs of adoring fans.

Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations – this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the U.S. military. She’s fought hard for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and appreciative.

“I’ve had a blessed career,” she says. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.”

Penn’s Peak, a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue, can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers with a spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, a concert bar/concession area, and a full-service restaurant and bar aptly named Roadies. Complete with a broad open-air deck for summertime revelry, Penn’s Peak patrons enjoy a breathtaking overlook of nearby Beltzville Lake, plus a commanding, picturesque 50-mile panoramic view of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountains.

It is located only four miles from Exit 74 of the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. For more information on Penn’s Peak, go to or call 866-605-7325.