Joan Jett to land, perform at U.S. bases in Japan
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — You won’t have to put another dime in the jukebox to hear Joan Jett.
The 1980s-era rock ’n’ roll star will perform free of charge at three bases in Japan later this month.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts stormed onto the scene in 1982 with their No. 1 hit, “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll,” and a top 10 remake of Tommy James and The Shondells’ “Crimson and Clover.” They didn’t break the top 10 again until 1988, when they released “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts land next week in Japan for concerts in Osaka and Tokyo.
The band follows up those events with special performances Oct. 11 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Oct. 13 at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, and Oct. 14 at Yokota. The base shows are open to all ages and are free, courtesy United Service Organizations.
The band also will hold meet-and-greet sessions with troops at Camp Foster, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, and Camp Fuji, Japan. Although not yet scheduled, tour organizers say Jett and the band may conduct similar sessions after the Yokota and Yokosuka shows.
The band is touring in support of its upcoming DVD, “Real Wild Child: Video Anthology,” to be released Oct. 14; it will also unveil a new greatest-hits collection featuring two previously unreleased tracks: “Water Sign” and “Science Fiction.” The release is expected to be offered only in Japan.
Joan Jett's schedule
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will perform several shows and meet U.S. military personnel while touring Japan.
Here’s the itinerary:
Oct. 5: Club Quattro, Osaka, 7 p.m. Tickets: 6,500 yen. (about $58.55)
Oct. 6: Festival Hall, Osaka, 7 p.m. Tickets: 8,000 yen. (about $72.10)
Oct. 7: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, 7 p.m. Tickets: 8,000 yen. (about $72.10)
Oct. 9: Club Quattro, Tokyo, 7 p.m. Tickets: 6,500 yen. (about $58.55)
Oct. 11: Oktoberfest at Camp Foster, 10 p.m., jam behind Camp Foster Field House. Free admission.
Oct. 12: Kadena Air Base meet-and-greet, 11:30 a.m., Kadena United Service Organizations. Camp Foster, 2 p.m. meet-and-greet at the post exchange. Free admission.
Oct. 13: Yokosuka Naval Base, 5 p.m. performance. Possible meet-and-greet after the show. Free admission.
Oct. 14: Yokota Air Base, 8 p.m. concert at Enlisted Club. Possible meet-and-greet after the show. Free admission.
Oct. 15: Camp Fuji, 11 a.m. meet-and-greet followed by lunch with the troops.