Joan Jett To Special Guest On Who Tour

As if you need another reason to see “The Who Hits 50” North American Tour, the adventure will now include special guests Joan Jett And The Blackhearts.

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This is one of those announcements that needs no hype. During the 1980s the former Runaway and her Blackhearts shaked, rattled and rolled the world with hits like “I Love Rock ’N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” “Crimson And Clover” and “Bad Reputation.”

But, as it turns out, Jett has a special connection to The Who.

“After the Runaways ended, The Who and [manager] Bill Curbishley stepped up, and let me use their studio, Ramport,” Jett said.  “I’m so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour.  No one personifies rock and roll royalty more than The Who.”

The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are also excited to have Ms. Jett on the ticket.

“Having Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concert-goers a full night of entertainment,” Daltrey said.  “I love her.”

Townshend adds, “We’ve been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time.  She is the real deal.  This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone.”

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And while we’re talking about “The Who Hits 50” tour through North America, here are the dates:

April 15 – Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
April 17 – Miami, Fla., AmericanAirlines Arena
April 19 – Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
April 21 – Raleigh, N.C., PNC Arena
April 23 – Duluth, Ga., The Arena At Gwinnett Center
April 27 – Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
April 29 – Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
May 2 – Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
May 5 – Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
May 7 – St. Louis, Mo., Scottrade Center
May 9 – Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center
May 11 – Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
May 13 – Rosemont, Ill., Allstate Arena
May 15 – Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
May 17 – Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
May 20 – Uniondale, N.Y., Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 22 – Atlantic City, N.J., Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
May 24 – Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena
May 26 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center
May 30 – Queens, N.Y., Forest Hills Stadium
Sept. 14 – San Diego, Calif., Valley View Casino Center
Sept. 16 – Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center
Sept. 19 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
Sept. 21 – Los Angeles, Calif., Staples Center
Sept. 23 – Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
Sept. 25 – Portland, Ore., Moda Center
Sept. 27 – Seattle, Wash., KeyArena At Seattle Center
Sept. 29 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Rogers Arena
Oct. 1 – Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome
Oct. 3 – Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
Oct. 6 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, SaskTel Sports Centre
Oct. 8 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, MTS Centre
Oct. 10 – Minneapolis, Minn., Target Center
Oct. 13 – Milwaukee, Wis., BMO Harris Bradley Center
Oct. 15 – Chicago, Ill., United Center
Oct. 17 – Detroit, Mich., Joe Louis Arena
Oct. 19 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
Oct. 21 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
Oct. 23 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Consol Energy Center
Oct. 25 – Newark, N.J., Prudential Center
Oct. 27 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
Oct. 29 – Boston, Mass., TD Garden
Nov. 1 – Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Nov. 4 – Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts appear on all dates except Sept. 19.

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