Monday, December 16, 2002

If you haven't picked up the most recent edition of Zero Magazine you should leave now, RIGHT NOW, and find one. In the letter from the editor, there is a word-for-word reprinting of a letter written to the editors of Rolling Stone about their "Women In Rock" issue from no other than that original woman in rock, Joan Jett. In this letter, which Rolling Stone rather wussily didn't print, Joan berates the periodical for their slapshine and commercial line up of said women. This list included such rock behemoths as Brittany Spears and Ashanti. Kudos to Joan for pointing out some of the obvious mistakes in the article, such as The Donnas and The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs being left out. She also strikes out at Brit in her interview for a line that struck close to her heart(blackheart?). When BS is asked what she thought of her -ugh- rendition of "I Love Rock-n-Roll", she commented, "Well, I've always liked Pat Benatar...". Fucking ouch, man.

Let's hear it for Joan Jett for not only being the baddest bitch in rock and roll, but for being true to the scene. It's people like her who really help the struggling artists out there to get their voice, and music, heard. Alot of other "famous" people could learn a thing or two from this girl.

On another note, in the same issue of Zero, one of the bands that Joan Jett refers to in her letter, The Distillers, gets a really horrible write up for their last local show with No Doubt and Garbage at the HP Pavilionon on 11/14. I don't know if this was really fair. I know that they had no energy on the stage that night, but consider the situation. First of all, you're playing with two bands that have no relationship to you except that they also play on Live 105. Next, you are the last band to play, a headliner position, yet you have very little following because of your limited playability. This is a common enough mistake for small scale band promoters, but inexcusable in a venue of this size with bands this recognizable. You might as well have had The Phenomenauts headline this show. I don't know if this was some half-assed attempt at pulling a local crowd into the joint(Andy, the drummer, was in The Nerve Agents), but if failed miserably. The show overall was okay, but this letdown at the end just plain sucked. The crowd was seriously not ready for these guys, and both sides showed it. The worst part is, these guys kick much ass, and many folks are going to wander away thinking they are either too commercial or too hard. As for being too commercial, well, time will tell.

As for being too hard, there simply is no such thing.


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