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Tech. Sgt. Lynette Cain was among dozens of fans who turned out at Yokota Air Base's base exchange Tuesday afternoon to get Joan Jett's autograph.
Tech. Sgt. Lynette Cain was among dozens of fans who turned out at Yokota Air Base's base exchange Tuesday afternoon to get Joan Jett's autograph. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)
Tech. Sgt. Lynette Cain was among dozens of fans who turned out at Yokota Air Base's base exchange Tuesday afternoon to get Joan Jett's autograph.
Tech. Sgt. Lynette Cain was among dozens of fans who turned out at Yokota Air Base's base exchange Tuesday afternoon to get Joan Jett's autograph. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)
Joan Jett autographs Senior Airman Kathy Myhre's jean jacket. Jett signed autographs for more than an hour at Yokota's base exchange prior to her concert Tuesday night at the Enlisted Club.
Joan Jett autographs Senior Airman Kathy Myhre's jean jacket. Jett signed autographs for more than an hour at Yokota's base exchange prior to her concert Tuesday night at the Enlisted Club. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)
Joan Jett jams during a free concert Tuesday night for Yokota.
Joan Jett jams during a free concert Tuesday night for Yokota. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — You didn’t have to be a teenager in 1982 to have a good time at the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts concert Tuesday night.

The rock ’n’ roll diva with a platinum blonde crew cut won over some new fans with her energy-charged performance at the Enlisted Club.

“She’s excellent,” 21-year-old Airman 1st Class Isaiah Ubando said after the show.

Ubando was born around the same time that Jett’s, “I Love Rock ’N Roll,” soared to No. 1 on the music charts, but he said her songs appeal to both young and old.

“It may sound old, but it was just grooving, just really good stuff,” he said.

With one last appearance for Marines and sailors at Camp Fuji on Wednesday, Jett wrapped up a whirlwind Japan tour that included shows at commercial venues in Tokyo and Osaka and free concerts for troops here, at Yokosuka Naval Base and on Okinawa.

United Service Organizations sponsored the military appearances, but Jett’s longtime manager and musical partner, Kenny Laguna, said Jett does the GI concerts for free.

Speaking backstage before the show, Jett said military fans are the best in the world.

“They’re always consistent. They never let you down,” she said.

“It’s my way to serve, you know,” she added. “They’re just kids. They’re music fans, first and foremost.”

Jett and her band played hard and loud for more than an hour, while most of the audience left their chairs and gathered around the stage, dancing and singing along to such favorites as “Crimson and Clover” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”

“I really appreciate her coming,” Tech. Sgt. Jim Crosson said. “It’s been about three years since we’ve had an artist come through here that I really liked.”

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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