Laguna recounted, "I told Joanie to forget the band and support herself on the advance money. There was enough for her but not for a band. She said she had to have a band. And I believe to this day that it was the Blackhearts, that concept, that made Joan Jett. He mentioned a local bass player, Gary Ryan, who had recently been crashing on his couch.
Ryan was born Gary Moss, and adopted his stage name upon joining the Blackhearts in , in part to cover for the fact that he was only 15 at the time. He had been a fan of the Runaways and Jett for years. Jett recognized him at the audition and he was in. Ryan in turn recommended guitarist Eric Ambel , who was also at the time part of Rik L. This lineup played several gigs at the Golden Bear , in Huntington Beach, California and the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood before embarking on their first European tour, which consisted of an extensive tour of the Netherlands and a few key shows in England, including the Marquee in London.
Auditions were set up and Lee Crystal, formerly of the Boyfriends and Sylvain Sylvain , became the new drummer. Throughout , the band was able to keep touring solely due to Laguna drawing on advances from outside projects. Ambel was replaced by local guitarist Ricky Byrd during the recording. Byrd recalled in an interview with Guitarhoo! A string of Top 40 hits followed, as well as sellout tours with the Police , Queen , and Aerosmith , among others. She was among the first English-speaking rock acts to appear in Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Bruce Springsteen wrote the song " Light of Day " especially for the movie,  and her performance was critically acclaimed. They were soon replaced by Thommy Price and Kasim Sulton. This was followed by The Hit List , which was an album consisting of cover songs.
In , Jett and Laguna released Flashback , a compilation of various songs on their own Blackheart Records. Jett produced several bands prior to releasing her debut and her label Blackheart Records released recordings from varied artists such as thrash metal band Metal Church and rapper Big Daddy Kane. Jett has also been described as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. The Riot Grrrl movement started in the s, with Bikini Kill as a representative band, and many of these women credited Jett as a role model and inspiration.
In , Jett was featured on the We Will Fall: The Iggy Pop Tribute album. Jett worked with members of the punk rock band the Gits , whose lead singer and lyricist, Mia Zapata , had been raped and murdered in To this end, the band and Jett appeared on the television show America's Most Wanted , appealing to the public for information.
The case was solved in , when Zapata's murderer, Jesus Mezquia, was brought to trial and convicted. In , Jett and Laguna produced the album No Apologies by the pop punk band the Eyeliners , after signing them. Jett also guested on the track "Destroy" and made a cameo appearance in its music video.
To support the album, the band appeared on the Warped Tour and on a fall tour with Eagles of Death Metal. Her name and likeness was used with her permission. Production of the movie began filming around Twilight 's Kristen Stewart 's filming schedule, i. Stewart played Jett in the film.
In an interview, Stewart revealed that she hoped to be able to sing some songs in the film. March saw the release of a 2-CD Greatest Hits album with four newly re-recorded songs. March also saw the release of a hardcover biography and picture book, spanning her career from the Runaways to the present day. Jett, along with the Blackhearts, released the album Unvarnished on September 30, The album reached Billboard's Top She was named West Hollywood's Rock Legend. She joined the band again later that night for its surprise concert at Saint Vitus.
On October 29, , Jett sang the U. Jett and Hot Topic released Jett's first clothing line in It consists of jackets, shirts, pants, and a sweater. Other work[ edit ] Jett is a sports fan and has remained actively involved in the sports world.
At Cal Ripken Jr. She also sang the national anthem at the final game played at Memorial Stadium. Jett has also been a consistent supporter of the United States Armed Forces , has toured for the United Service Organizations for over 20 years, and even performed at the United States Military Academy.
She made her acting debut in , co-starring with Gena Rowlands and Michael J. Fox in the Paul Schrader film Light of Day. In , she appeared on the sitcom Ellen ,  in the episode "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah", performing the title song.
From to , Jett hosted a showcase of new film and video shorts, Independent Eye,  for Maryland Public Television. In , Jett narrated a short film, Godly Boyish, about two teenagers who share suicidal fantasies.
The Genetic Opera as the guitarist in Shilo's room during the piece "Seventeen". Criminal Intent episode " Reunion " as a rock and roll talk show host who gets murdered.
Jett played Betsy Neal in the film Big Driver. The film was based on Stephen King 's novella of the same name. The film premiered on October 18, on Lifetime. Jett provided the voice for the character Sunshine Justice in an upcoming episode of Steven Universe. In a interview with Out magazine she said, "I'm not saying no, I'm not saying yes, I'm saying believe what you want.
I never made any proclamations. So I don't know where people are getting that from. After making the switch to vegetarianism, Jett learned of the environmental impacts of intensive animal farming , and became an advocate for vegetarian and vegan living. So I avoid contributing to the major environmental damage that the meat industry creates. I hope that soon we can make sure that everything we do is earth-friendly.