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Joan Jett still has it

Rock ‘n’ roll Joan Jett performs live. Even at 54, Jett is one rocker that a reviewer says you don’t want to miss.

Jessie Winchel, IV Leader columnist

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performed at Lawrenceburg Festival, a free music festival in Lawrenceburg, Ind., on Sept. 29.

It took a total of a 12-hour drive and a night in a hotel to see the wonderful rock star for only an hour and a half, but it was well worth it.

She played a ton of new songs but also played old classics such as, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”

At the age of 54, she is one of the most well-known rock stars.

For those who do not know who Joan Jett is, she created the first ever all female rock band, The Runaways, in 1975. After The Runaways disband in 1979, Jett pursued a solo career and then in the 1980’s created a new band called Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, which still have performances today.

Audience members came from everywhere to see Jett at Lawrenceburg Fest. The audience even consisted of people of all ages; a girl, no older than 6, was even close enough to the rock star to get her guitar pick.

Even when it was well past Jett’s end time, the crowd called for more as she left the stage, only for her to come back to please her audience by performing a few more of her songs.

The concert was just simply an amazing experience; I would honestly travel to see her perform again. The only thing I regret is not getting closer to the stage but either way I would not trade this experience for anything.

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