Monday, September 15, 2014

(Hed)pe - Interview of Jaxon Benge

(Hed)pe - Interview of Jaxon Benge
By:  Jenafur Schlangen

(Hed)pe is not only one of those low-end loving, throw your fist in the air, and rocking you straight to the core bands...they are literally one class act.  Seriously, in a music culture currently filled with "hip hopsters" demanding paralyzed fans to stand before gracing them with a live performance; or a band bought and paid for by corporations trying to sell more "smart" phones, this is not the world in which (Hed)pe represents or belongs. 

(Hed)pe, promoting their latest album, "Evolution," performed in Joliet, Illinois, on September 5, 2014, with Illinois' own, Dope.  It was a huge misfortune of a minor ankle injury that forced me to miss this show and personal interview with the band scheduled well in advance.  Yet, low and behold on September 6th, the day after the show, guitarist "Jaxon" Benge rings my phone and asks me how I was doing.  What?!  I was dumfounded.  Who does this?   Folks from (Hed)pe do, that's who!  After skipping the details of my clumsy self, I got straight to the point, throwing a barrage of questions at him about the show the night before, such as, "What did I miss?  Was it packed?  Were the Dope fans assholes like usual?"  (I'm kidding about the last one....not really). 

Jaxon and I spent just over ten minutes talking about how amazing the tour has been going for him and the rest of the band and of their latest album release, "Evolution."  Of Mojoe's in Joliet, he told me how the room was literally vibrating from the energy of the fans.  And, having only one more performance in the United States before heading to Europe for an extensive month-long tour, it definitely made it a cool Midwest experience.  (Don't worry, (Hed)pe has a full tour lined up in the United States upon their return from Europe - make sure you grab this second chance to catch this unbelievably successful tour in a city near you!)

In terms of the most recent album, "Evolution," it is agreed by many (and by Jaxon) that this release is by far the most diverse album  (Hed)pe has put out to date.  Exactly as named, the band considers themselves to be in a constant state of evolution themselves, always growing personally and musically, thus allowing their fans to grow with them throughout an extended period of time, after all, they have been successfully rocking the faces off everyone in their path since 2000.   And, for that, we thank them. 

As for me...I thank Jaxon for the call and to all of you for reading.

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ALICE COOPER “Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken” DVD – Out October 21, 2014 in North America via UDR Music

Small but fine record label ‘UDR- Home of Legends’ lives up to one’s name again with another new and hot signing and upcoming release of ALICE COOPER, a true icon, a great performer – simply  a legend.
With Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken the label is also starting a new live series of legendary Wacken performances.  When Alice learned about the purpose behind it, he was very happy to be one the first to participate and support the Wacken Foundation.
The Wacken Foundation is a non-profit organization, supporting the new blood of hard rock / heavy and metal music. For every sold DVD/CD  € 1,--will be contributed to the Wacken Foundation.
ALICE COOPER - not much has to be said about this incredible artist whose career spans five decades by now.  He has been named one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal and has been described as the artist who first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre.  The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ has inspired many other artists due to his theatrical stage performances; e.g.:  Kiss, Marilyn Manson and even Ozzy Osbourne – just to name a few.
Raise The Dead  will be available as DVD + CD Digipack . The DVD contains 22 songs from the Wacken concert and bonus material  shows  an interview with the man himself. The double CD has the complete concert. BluRay Amaray (Full HD). FSK 12, running time 75 min plus another 20 min of interview. 22 Songs LIVE…. a phenomenal stage show, all classics in one package +  – ALICE COOPER – one the biggest entertainers ever! Just enjoy the show!
Setlist DVD/BR:
1.           Hello Hooray                                    
2.           House of Fire                                 
3.           No More Mr Nice Guy                  
4.           Under My Wheels                          
5.           I'll Bite Your Face Off                    
6.           Billion Dollar Babies                      
7.           Caffeine                                            
8.           Department of Youth                    
9.           Hey Stoopid                                     
10.         Dirty Diamonds 
11.         Welcome To My Nightmare        
12.         Go To Hell          
13.         He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)    
14.         Feed My Frankenstein    
15.         Ballad Of Dwight Fry      
16.         Killer     
17.         I Love The Dead              
18.         Break On Through          
19.         My Generation 
20.         I'm Eighteen                                    
21.         Poison                                              
22.         Schools Out / Another Brick In The Wall            
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Saturday, September 06, 2014

G.R.L. Member Simone Battle Has Died at 25

Simone Battle 2014 (photo by Dan Locke)

Simone Battle, 25 (June 17, 1989 – September 5, 2014), member of the girl band G.R.L. was found dead in Los Angeles on Friday, her record company confirms. The cause of death is still unknown.

An official statement from Reign Deer Entertainment, Robin Antin, Kemosabe Records and RCA records reads, "We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L. Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time."

Battle first rose to fame as a finalist on the 2011 US version of X-Factor, where she made it into the top 17. In 2012, she joined G.R.L., the all-girl group formed by Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin. The band burst onto the music scene last spring when they sang the chorus to Pitbull's hit song Wild Wild Love.

Robin Antone, G.R.L. manager, expresses her condolences on Twitter.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014



Nashville, Tenn. (August 28, 2014) – Dolly Parton, who’s usually flooding stadiums with fans around the world, cools off her Summer by taking a dive into the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Dolly was challenged by several people including famous duet partner, Kenny Rogers.  His doubted dare sparked her to accept and prove how nothing stands in her way for a good cause.

“Kenny said you'll never do it with your false hair, your false eyelashes, and your false nails,” responds Dolly.  “Kenny, you'd be surprised at what all I do with my falses; for a good cause and a good laugh.”

Parton drowns down the wigs, nails and lashes with a polar plunge to raise awareness for ALS at her Nashville home while resting after her Blue Smoke World Tour.

“Although, I didn’t challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!” adds Parton.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dalal's Award Winning "Suddenly" Single Grabs More Nominations

**Earns Nominations for two Artists In Music Awards &; a Hollywood Music In Media Award!**

Watch Dalal's "Suddenly" Lyric Video

"Dalal's 'Suddenly' starts off in full force. The sound is lush, lean and pristine. Every aspect of it is pure perfection from the beat to the hypnotic repetition that reveals greater nuance with more listens." - Skope Magazine 

Austria-native and multi-talented entertainer, Dalal, has been turning heads and tuning in ears with her smash-hit single, "Suddenly." The singer/songwriter, actress, model, and special effects artist just moved from New York City, where she began her musical career in the United States, to Los Angeles, where she is currently finishing up her debut album while writing contemporary songs and orchestral scores for motion pictures. Dalal recently signed with Media Artists Group and became newest endorsee for Lewitt microphones. Her latest single, "Suddenly" (co-written and produced by Michael Grant), recently won the Akademia Music Award for Best Pop Song and is also currently nominated for two Artists In Music Awards (AIMA's) in the categories Best Pop Artist and Best Dance/Electronica Artist as well as a Hollywood Music In Media Award and has been picked up by various radio stations in the US, Australia, Canada and was officially hit radio in Europe on July 7th! Watch Dalal's "Suddenly" lyric video:

About Dalal:

Dalal's passion for acting, singing and modeling began in Austria. A certified musical and artistic prodigy, she learned to play both the violin and piano by age four and started composing her own scores at age five. At age nine, she attended the Mozarteum Master Class Chamber days in Oberschuetzen, Austria and later toured with the Leoben Musical Orchestra through Austria and Germany during the summer months of 1999 till 2004.

Before long, Dalal's penchant for the stage came to rival her musical ability. After winning the Austrian Actor's Award as a child, for her performance in a stage production of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Dalal was accepted into the prestigious Broadway Connection Performing Arts Academy in Vienna. She held lead roles in performances of Cats, Starlight Express, and Elisabeth, which were performed in Vienna, Munich and Berlin. Dalal graduated from Gymnasium (High School) Hartberg (Styria) and went on to study Musical Theatre, English Literature and Art History in Vienna. There she also started playing with the Vienna University Orchestra and began her work with the European Voices, with whom she performed at the United Nations and throughout Europe. In addition, Dalal was a special guest soloist for the Vienna International Gospel Choir, and recorded a Christmas CD with the Vienna University Orchestra.

Equally passionate about working behind the camera, Dalal attended the SAE College for film, with a focus on 3D Animation, Visual Efects and Editing. During her studies she directed and edited videos for MTV, Sony BMG, and Soundpool TV. Dalal has worked as a visual effects artist for the Los Angeles based visual effects studio Mechnology on such hit series as "90210" and Disney's "Sonny with a Chance." She has since starred on television shows such as "Soko Donau", "Tatort", and "Spring Waltz," and has appeared in various commercials, and feature films in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and South Korea.

Dalal is heavily involved in New York Fashion Week and has performed for the last couple years while also modeling for designers such as Timo Weiland. She has also performed at Couture Fashion week at the Waldorf Astoria. Dalal has been on the cover of Magazines all over the world; Dstripped Magazine in Canada and the United States, The Grazer in Austria, Monat in Austria and the Inspirational Woman Magazine in the United Kingdom. She was also a cover model for various Billboards in Austria and Germany. Dalal's debut single "Taste the Night" reached #5 on the Breakout Billboard Dance Charts, #7 on the UK Club Charts, #8 on the UK Pop Charts, as well as #26 on the US Top 40 Charts. The Music Video gained over one million views and the song is currently being played at H&M, Banana Republic, GAP, and more.

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Socialcon Debuts In Chicago

Stay Social! socialcon Debuts In Chicago With Nash Grier, Hayes Grier, Cameron Dallas, Carter Reynolds, Reggie Couz, Many More, August 23-24
 From Vine to YouTube to Instagram to Twitter to Facebook and more, fans now have a place to gather to celebrate the best and brightest in the world of social media as socialcon makes its debut August 23-24 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Some of the most-followed social media stars will be in attendance, including “The Fam Tour” members 
Nash Grier,
 Hayes Grier

, Cameron Dallas and Carter Reynolds; Reggie Couz; Princess Lauren; Toby Randall and many more in two days of meet-and-greets, concerts, live performances, Q&A panels, autographs, photo ops and more. The combined followers base exceeds 100 million users.

socialcon was produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD), which conducts dozens of pop culture conventions nationwide annually. The timing and location of socialcon CHICAGO was co-located with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con (August 21-24), the largest event on the promotion's calendar.
Some of the other leading social media phenoms scheduled to attend the inaugural event include
 The Hillywoods, KingBach, Kingsley, DeStorm Power, Anthony Quintal (LohAnthony), Superwoman, DJandDrummer; Josh Peck and Tyler Ward.

We are excited to bring stars with a combined tens of millions of followers to one place so that thousands of fans with whom they have interacted can meet them up close and personal,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “Several have appeared at our Wizard World Comic Cons and have been huge hits, so creating socialcon, a series of events highlighting the social media stars, is a natural addition.”

socialcon CHICAGO wasl run as a distinct event from Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, with separate admission, programming and show floor.

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Monday, August 04, 2014


JULY 31, 2014
The world heard a new version of the AEROSMITH classic “Dream On” during the Spring 2014 premiere of ESPN’s award-winning news magazine show, E:60. Recorded in Los Angeles in early April, the song features Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, who are joined by the Southern California Children’s Chorus on this arrangement of “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014).” The track will be released today as a single via iTunes. In a powerful moment at last night’s AEROSMITH concert at The Forum, in Inglewood, CA the band surprised the audience by bringing the Southern California Children’s Chorus on stage to perform this special rendition of “Dream On (Boston Strong 2014).”
"The tragedy that took place during the Boston Marathon was unfathomable, but Boston is incredibly resilient and became even stronger. I am so honored to release this version of “Dream On” and to be able to have had the Southern California Children's Chorus perform with us last night was a beautiful moment, a true gift from up above," says Steven Tyler.
“The heinous act that took place during the Boston Marathon which shook not only the city but the world and touched us all demanded a positive response,” Joe Perry said.  “Boston Strong was that response and gave an example of our city’s inner strength. I would like to think that the strength of our performance on ‘Dream On’ last night with the Southern California Children’s Chorus in LA at the Forum was another rallying point for the goodness in all of us.”
“Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)” debuted Tuesday, April 15 on “E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest,” a special hour dedicated to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.  The show presented five stories of survivors, narrated by celebrity voices of Boston At 2:49 PM, on April 15, 2013, as scores of spectators cheered on the Boston Marathon runners approaching the finish line, two hand-made bombs exploded.  In a split second, the lives of hundreds of people were forever changed. E:60 presented a special program remembering the lives lost and paying tribute to those who survived, their journeys of perseverance, courage, strength and love in the past twelve months.
In July, AEROSMITH embarked on this summer’s definitive rock experience, the LET ROCK RULE tour across North America with Slash. The tour kicked off Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY making stops in Boston, MA. (Xfinity Center), Los Angeles, CA (The Forum) and San Francisco, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion) among other cities, before wrapping Friday, September 12 in Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park). These dates follow the band’s overseas trek, which kicked off May 17 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and hit numerous countries including stops in Russia, France, and Germany before ending on June 28 in the U.K.
AEROSMITH’s U.S. summer tour dates are as follows:

DATE          CITY                              VENUE
Sat     8/2    Las Vegas, NV                 MGM Grand Garden Arena
Fri      8/8    Stateline, NV                  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
Wed   8/13  Concord, CA                    Sleep Train Pavilion
Sat     8/16  George, WA                    The Gorge Amphitheatre
Tue    8/19  Denver, CO                     Pepsi Center
Fri      8/22  Dallas, TX                       American Airlines Center
Mon   8/25  The Woodlands, TX         The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu    8/28  Atlanta, GA                     Phillips Arena
Sun    8/31  Atlantic City, NJ              Boardwalk Hall
Wed   9/3    Newark, NJ                      Prudential Center
Sat     9/6    Bristow, VA                     Jiffy Lube Live
Tue    9/9    Clarkston, MI                  DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri      9/12  Sydney, NS, Canada       Open Hearth Park

Here are some clips from the special:
All funds received by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry in connection with this track will be donated to charities helping those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.
AEROSMITH--Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (lead guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums)--are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors.  Their latest honors include the 2013 ASCAP Founders Award and induction into the Songwriter Hall of Fame at the 44thannual SHOF ceremony also in 2013.   MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION! (Columbia), the band’s latest album, was released in late 2012. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.”  With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.

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Saturday, August 02, 2014

How Do Deaf People Hear Music

How Do Deaf People Hear Music

by Dan Locke

I have a couple of deaf friends and they are always  committing to me how music is.  So I asked one of them to tell me how they listen to  music and here is what my friend Dave Skarp told me.  Dave was a friend of my while I was growing up in Buffalo New York who was deaf.  He was always going to concerts and we were always hanging out together.  Fast forward 35 years and Dave is my only friend from Buffalo who is living in the Chicago area.  We keep in touch by facebook and he still talks about music.
Here how is answer the question.

I born with deaf severe profound. In my left ear, I was able to listen sounds like fireworks or lot of noisy music speakers with vibration bass so I started to like listening music from Classic to pop music as well as  Heavy Metal and  Classic Rock ! I learned some music in rhythm class at SMSD ( St Mary's School for the deaf) and from other friends, so I love music so music . I have to say if there was no music on earth we will go nuts !! Music make everyone happy and relax, and of course good times !! Rock n Roll Forever . I still read some heavy metal encyclopedia book and etc which is Awesome !! 
In addition I love going to your apartment to listen to Billy Thorpe - Children of the Sun, your speakers were awesome !!! and you played some other cool bands !

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Friday, August 01, 2014



By Mike O’Cull

Nick Coyle is a multi-faceted songwriter, singer, musician, and producer from Berwick, PA who is garnering a lot of notice for the unique sounds contained on his latest release Sound Makes Waves. Rather than taking the expected path of a singer/songwriter, Nick takes his well-written songs and surrounds them with modern electronic-based sounds and production that only add to the effectiveness of the tunes and keep him from being one more guy with an acoustic guitar and a capo. Nick was good enough to sit down with me for a 10 Questions session and give us all an idea of where he and his songs come from. Be sure to visit Nick online at

1 - How did you get started as a songwriter? 

NC - ‘I’ve been playing since I was 13. I started playing in bands, and then in bars and clubs. Even at that young age, we were writing songs and it was always something I enjoyed doing. Over the years, I kept writing and writing, leading to now.’

2 - What led you to take your songs in a more electronic direction?

NC - ‘I’ve always been into that style of stuff, like Depeche Mode and more atmospheric, lush production-type of music. Plus, for so long, everyone has known me as this rock singer and didn’t really know that I played instruments and did all this other stuff, so I wanted to show everybody that there was more to me than ‘Crazy Lead Singer Guy’. With this, it’s much different.’

3 - Do you perform live with a band or a laptop?
NC - ‘I have a laptop and a keyboard and some samplers. I’ll play acoustic and it is a two-mic setup and I bounce back and forth between the keyboard and the front mic. From there, my one laptop triggers another one that runs the video projector. It’s this whole audio/visual experience. I’ve got all this crazy MIDI stuff going on. It’s interesting. I kind of equate it with the old school one man band.’  

4 - Who are your songwriting influences?

NC - ‘I listen to all kinds of music and I’ve always been a fan of finding new music, too. I love Pink Floyd. I love Nine Inch Nails and anything Trent Reznor does. Depeche Mode is a big influence. Some of the newer things I’ve been getting into are Gotye, Imogen Heap, even down to Bruno Mars and stuff like that. I think that guy has a little more substance than a lot of the manufactured pop people. He’s got some skills.’

5 - Who are your production influences?

NC - ‘The Floyd stuff, the Reznor stuff. I’ve always been a fan of atmospheric and soundscape-y type stuff within the song, the icing that takes you somewhere else. I really don’t sit down with an idea of what I’d like a song to be. As I start recording stuff and adding things in there, the songs take on a life of their own. I think when you try to emulate different things, you end up losing some of yourself and missing the mark.’ 

6 - Describe your creative process.

NC - ‘Every song is really different. Some will start on an acoustic guitar, just playing on a riff. I get a vocal melody in my head and expand on that. Sometimes, it’s messing around with loops, or something like that. ‘Never Let Me Down’ started off with some loop-type stuff and that sparked different ideas and I started layering to that. The approach is on a per-song basis. There are so many different tools and I like to experiment around and see what happens. I think we’ve seen enough of the typical format of the rock band. I just wanted to do something different that wasn’t in that realm. On this record, I didn’t feel the need for there to be a guitar on every song. Not having that approach frees you up to let the song be the song.’ 

7 - What do you consider your main instrument? 
NC - ‘Although I’m a lead singer, the guitar is what I started on. If I sit around my house, I play my guitar. I’m not even a guy who sings in the shower, honestly. (laughs).’

8 - Do you think that the kind of style-mixing you do is where modern music is going? Have all the pure styles been exhausted? 

NC - ‘Yes. I think, after being exposed over the years of listening to different styles of music, everything starts becoming an influence.  The pure forms of music HAVE all been done, better than they’re gonna be. There’s not gonna be another Led Zeppelin. But by combining things, it almost creates a new genre that I’ve never heard before. I think when you remove the boundaries and limitations on stuff, it lets you thrive creatively.’  

9 - Where do you go from here? 

NC - ‘I just want to continue down this path of not being in a box. I’ve already started working on some new stuff and I have a couple of collaboration-type things with a couple of different rappers. I started doing a new project, a three-piece with me,a drummer and a bass player and we’re calling it Electric Eyes. There are no boundaries to it and it is heavily electronic. Instead of having the typical band format, we have everything hooked together in one brain of an instrument, and we’re all playing samplers and percussion, so it gets like Stomp sometimes, but we’re all musicians, too, and we don’t have to go into that electronic realm all the time. We can start off in dubstep and then totally bust into a smooth, organic type of feel. It’s kind of the same concept as what I am doing solo, just with two other players thinking the same way, so it allows for a little bit more.’ 

10 - How has the audience reaction been to your new music and approach? 

NC - ‘Overall, it’s been really good. The people who have heard it in the industry are getting the point of the ‘good songs done out of the box’ approach. I’ve gotten a lot of people saying that this is my best work to date, and I’m proud of that, because I did all the stuff on my own. I wrote it, recorded it, produced it, mixed it, did the artwork, and did the store on the website. When you order a CD, I put it in the box, take it down to the Post Office and send it out. It’s very fulfilling.’  

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The Sound of Your Stay® Music Lounge Hits Hard Rock Hotel Chicago the Sights and Sounds

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Joan Jett Rocks Out Great Lakes Naval Station

Joan Jett rocks it out at the Great Lakes Naval Station!
Great Lakes Naval Station - July 3, 2014 - Great Lakes, IL, USA

Concert revie by Anita Brodersen

Entering the Great Lakes Naval Base you want to tip your head to all the men and women who are in training and as you drive into the 1,932 acre facility one has to remember that this site was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds of the Naval Base were open to the public for their two day Fourth of July festivities.

Thousands packed the grounds to see the iconic Joan Jett and her band The Blackhearts. The Blackhearts are Dougie Needles- guitar, Acey Slade – bass, Thommy Price-drums, and Kenny Laguna –manager, keyboards and more. Joan came out pumped and blasted right into Bad Reputation followed by Cherry Bomb and then Light of Day. The crowd was thrilled that she put into her set some new songs off her latest CD – Unvarnished. She performed TMI, Any Weather, Make it Back, Soulmates to Strangers, and Fragile. She then jumped back to her classics and performed The French Song, Crimson and Clover, Love is Pain, I Hate Myself for Loving You, and of course the song that put her in the books – I Love Rock & Roll.

As artists come and go in this vast disposable musical wasteland, the true, raw, talented ones will stick around for years. Joan Jett broke all barriers for women rockers and she stayed true to her punk/hard rock driven music style. It sends a chill to hear thousands of fans of Joan Jett singing her hits as they dance and rock out to this rock legend.

Staying true from any effort to soften or disguise ---Unvarnished. Get it?

Joan Jett is currently on tour. For more information go to

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