Joan Jett Rocks The Coney Island Boardwalk
Last night there was magic by the seashore as New York’s own Joan Jett rocked the stage in Coney Island. This was the third time I have seen Joan perform live and it seems like she gets better with every show. I first saw Joan four years ago on the Hudson River pier where the opening act “The Dollyrots” won me over as a fan before Joan rocked that stage.
This time on the bill were another stablemate of Blackheart records “Girl in a Coma” who had an electric set of cool songs which reminded me a lot of what it would look like if Alanis Morissette and Jimi Hendrix had a love child. I mean this in the best possible way, they were great.
They played what seemed like a long set but no one cared the least as it was a great warm-up for Joan’s fans. This was the first concert in this new makeshift arena so it got off to a little late start as it took the organizers a while to get everyone into their seats which was a waste of time since Blackheart fans don’t use them anyway.
The Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz did an ok job as the host but thanking people for sponsoring the show got to be a little boring but he was mostly stalling for time in between acts. Marty and his crew did a great job securing a spot for concerts on the shore since they were forced to vacate the other area they had. I arrived around 7 o’clock for the 7:30 show, picked up a cheese dog from Nathans for the 5 block walk to the concert. The line was about 3 blocks long and they had already started letting people in. As the line moved they were announcing that if anyone without a chair wanted to spend $5 for a seat they could move over to the left and go in sooner I jumped on the chance. Next thing I knew I was sitting in a cool area to the left of the stage in about row 20. I was surrounded by die-hard Blackheart fans so I was in good company.
What was strange about the set-up was the VIP area which was for sponsors and such. I don’t think anyone in these seats knew what they were in for. They seemed to be ready for some mild versions of Joan’s “Crimson and Clover” and “I Love Rock and Roll” but what they got was not expected. It was hot, sexy and sweaty versions of those songs and every other song Joan let us have. Starting with Bad Reputation and then rattling off some other sexy songs had the people in the VIP section running. I thought it was funny as I was expecting it after I saw who was sitting there before the show.
Then it was time for a Runaway Song as she ripped through “Cherry Bomb” with its usual flair of fans singing along. Having people with Brooklyn accents singing Cherry bomb all at the same time was quite interesting but fun. You could tell it was going to be a fun night. Joan was just getting the crowd ready for some more singing as she and the Blackhearts ripped through “Light of Day”, “Touch Me”, “Love is Pain” and then it was time for “I love Rock n Roll” and “Crimson and Clover” where people that were not familiar with Joan’s songs could sing along.
Steamy Set List By The Seashore
The rest of the set had die hard Joan fans in mind with “I Hate Myself For Loving You”, “I Wanna Be Your Dog”, “Fetish”, and “Naked”. By this time the VIP’s were dragging their kids out of the concert knowing the kids would have questions about what Joan’s Lyrics are about. Kids should ask questions and get answers, I just wonder how many kids asked their parents what “Androgynous” is. In between songs Joan told the crowd that “Sleeping with someone is fun but three is better especially if one of the people was her”
The song I enjoyed the most was ” I love playing with Fire” as I had not heard Joan perform that live before. She closed out the show with “Fake Friends”, “Everyday People”, “AC/DC” to name a few. My memory is fading as I was too busy dancing and singing along to remember the exact song order at the end of the show. The band sounded really great, the sound system was amazing for an outdoor venue. There was people up on the boardwalk singing and dancing along so I knew it sounded good that far away also.
It was a great night to be a Joan Jett fan and a great night for Brooklyn.