The Blackhearts are back at making the music.
Rock legend Joan Jett and her band The Blackhearts have a new EP coming out soon. Of all new music, unlike their last one. They’ve already dropped the first single, called “If You’re Blue” and we’re excited.
The new album comes a little more than a year after their last release. Changeup, which dropped in March of 2022, was Joan Jett & The Blackhearts‘ first acoustic album. It included 20 tracks of hits like Bad Reputation and Cherry Bomb. All performed stripped of the heavy instrumentation. It was cool in that in made us really pay attention to the lyrics more than we did before.
But Changeup also left a lot of fans longing for that plugged in rock sound Joan Jett & The Blackhearts are known for. Well we won’t have to wait too long to be satisfied. And The Blackhearts are really moving quickly on this new album. Joan Jett teased a new release on her Instagram page earlier this month. When she posted a picture of herself in a recording studio. A week later the new album was available for preorder.
Joan Jett isn’t going to make people wait too long to hear the album either. She’s dropping Mindsets on June 2. But Jett is being pretty secretive when it comes to the content of the album. And it seems she kind of digs that enigmatic thing. On her same Instagram page, she posted “Surprise” when she announced the album’s drop.
So what can we expect from the first album of new music in nine years? Their last one was in 2014, titled Unvarnished. If this first single is any indication, sounds like we can expect the unexpected. “If You’re Blue” sounds like a cross between the Sex Pistols and the Beach Boys. It starts out with quick guitar down strums. But by the first chorus, you’re really tempted to do the Swim.
Whatever it is, we can’t wait to hear the rest.
– Wendy Rush, 96.3 KKLZ
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Going Separate Ways?! It's Not Looking Good For Journey
It’s a timeless narrative. When relationships hang on longer than they should. The friends can tell it’s over. The family knows it’s just a matter of time. But the couple just keeps hanging on thinking they can fix things. Or maybe they’re just used to the dysfunction. In any case, the two remaining Escape-era members of Journey might officially be on their last leg.
Things were decent between Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain for many years. Schon is a founding member of Journey. And Cain joined the legendary band in the early 80’s. They’ve been doing what they do for a long time. And things were good for most of the 36 years they’ve played together.
Many people say that things started to go south in 2015, when Cain married televangelist Paula White. In 2017, White became a spiritual advisor to the Trump administration. This put White and Cain in the political spotlight. Which was very much against where Schon believed the Journey band should be.
Schon has always been outspoken about remaining politically neutral as a band. He believes leaning on either side of the political spectrum polarizes the fan base. Business-wise, a smart move. But Cain went against Schon‘s wishes when he performed a private set of music, including Journey songs, at Mar-a-Lago during Trump‘s presidency.
Schon sent Cain a cease-and-desist letter to force him to stop using Journey‘s music in a political arena. And since the two have been in court, there’s been a lot of tension in the band. According to vulture.com, Schon hired a bodyguard on one of Journey‘s tours while he himself had an employee snoop around Cain‘s dressing room.
Now, Cain has his own bodyguard. And this is how they’re touring. Two off-duty cops guarding their dressing rooms. Tension that I’m sure is thicker than a pair of leather pants. The question is, how much longer can they do this?
Journey‘s music rights belong to Freedom JN LLC which is run by BOTH Cain and Schon. It seems like what these two need is a good divorce lawyer. But that might mean Cain gets the rights to the hits he helped compose. If that’s the case, here’s what the “custody arrangement” might look like. – Wendy Rush