This Is Joan Jett Now

This is Joan Jett now
September 22, 2020 - 12:19 / Cynthia Springer

What's punk rocker Joan Jett up to now? The former frontwoman for The Runaways and currently of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts is still at it today! Read more on "I Love Rock 'n Roll" singer Joan Jett now...

Joan Jett, born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22nd, 1958, grew up first in Pennsylvania, then in Maryland, before finally settling in Los Angeles, California. She obtained her first guitar at the youthful age of 13 and started pursuing her musical interests, even re-naming herself to Joan Jett due to the rocker-sounding nature of it. 

This is Joan Jett now

In all honesty, Joan Jett looks similar now as she did when she was just starting out her rock career! She and Sandy West had formed the band The Runaways, which was the most popular all-female rock band of the '70s. They released hits like "Cherry Bomb" and even opened for some of the most famous bands, such as The Ramones, Cheap Trick and Van Halen. 

After The Runaways, she formed her own solo career in the '80s and in the U.K., however, it did not succeed in the U.S. She eventually ended up forming Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, which is her current band today. 

This is Joan Jett now

Throughout the early 2000s, Joan performed at various concerts and festivals, alongside artists like Alice Cooper and Def Leppard. During this time, she also appeared in a few hit TV shows, including Walker, Texas Ranger and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. 

Joan Jett's last studio album released was 2013's Unvarnished. Over the years, she's been awarded several awards:

  • 2014 AP Icon Award
  • 2014 Golden God Award
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (2015)
  • Clio Award for Lifetime Achievement (2019)

Joan Jett in February 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she had to cancel her tour dates for her 2020 Stadium Tour and reschedule them for 2021. She and her band most recently performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden, as well as an Instagram performance for charity, which you can check out right here!