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January 03, 2011  //  Posted by: admin  //  Category: GOOD OLE ROCK N' ROLL

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Star of the Desert Arena – Primm, Nevada

The Star of the Desert Arena, located in Primm, Nevada, was the stage for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Outside of the arena, it was a typical hot, summer day in Nevada and the heat followed to the inside once Joan Jett took the stage. As she walked on stage with her charming, confident smile, Joan began preparing herself and the band with her usual queue choice of music, letting the crowd know the show was about to start.

The set opened with a few old favorites; “Bad Reputation”, “Cherry Bomb” and “Light of Day”, as fans made their way towards the stage for a better view. As I was scanning the audience, I could see people singing and dancing along with the music, embracing every word, and based on Joan’s facial expressions, she was accomplishing her goal in getting the most out of the audience. The crowd’s age group ranged from early teens to senior citizens. There was even a young lady present that could have been Joan Jett’s twin back in the day.

The band kept the crowd hopping as they segued into hits like “Do You Want to Touch Me” and gained a more personal touch with songs like “Naked”, “Fetish” and “Riddles”. There were a few moments when Joan gave the crowd some insight regarding how some of the songs came about. In doing so, essentially becoming personal with the crowd and letting them know she was human and no stranger to the deep thoughts all of us are vulnerable to from time to time.

Of course the performance included some of the most well known hits of the 80’s – “I Love Rock n’ Roll” and “Crimson and Clover”. I must say the sound system in this venue contributed very well to Ms. Jett’s distinctive voice. There was no over-powering bass or to much on the high end that throws the crowd off from hearing the real music.

Approaching the encore, Joan Jett ended with “I Hate Myself for Loving You”. Immediately following, the crowd began chanting and stomping the floor asking for more, while roadies rushed to the stage to ensure all the instruments were in tune for the climax of the show. Just a few moments into the break, the band took to the stage for the encore. The encore began with “A.C.D.C.” and finished with “Wild One” and you could feel the energy the crowd was projecting onto the stage. In conclusion, Joan signaled the crowd the end has come by holding her guitar high up in the air. She gratefully thanked the audience and humbly exited the stage.

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