01:50 PM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 11/14/2013 01:00PM
Never let it be said that the residents of South Dakota are not a proud people.
Joan Jett is set to perform atop the Mount Rushmore American Pride float at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, but a multitude of ranchers from the state are at odds with the decision given the rocker is an animal rights activist and vegetarian.
"Her agenda through PETA does not represent South Dakota," state Sen. Larry Rhoden, who is also a rancher, told the Rapid City Journal, calling the choice "pretty odd." Likewise, Jodie Anderson, the executive director of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, said, "We hope that future floats would support not only the tourism industry but also agriculture."
Originally posted 04/20/2012 02:35PM
Who's the intense-looking dude in the shades, wide-brimmed hat and shaggy coat with the amazing abs peeking out? None other than Tom Cruise leading an all-star cast in the poster for the upcoming Rock of Ages based on the Broadway show and opening in movie theaters June 15.
Against a soundtrack that includes Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and Poison, Cruise stars as an aging rocker alongside Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston and soon-to-be groom Alec Baldwin.
Originally posted 09/06/2011 11:40AM
Miley Cyrus may have been "nervous" before meeting her idol, Joan Jett, but mutual admiration prevailed for the two singers during a recent interview.
Channeling her inner fangirl, Cyrus, 18, chatted with the 52-year-old Runaways singer, whom she nominated for the September "Heroes" issue of V Magazine.
"People see me as this perfect Disney star, and the moment I put out a record that says 'I'm not 11 years old anymore,' people look down on me," Cyrus said. "That's why I have always looked up [to] you. When you came out people were shocked that there was a chick that wanted to rock as hard as the guys."
Originally posted 03/21/2010 01:15PM
The Runaways, the biopic about the groundbreaking all-girl rock band starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, just opened this weekend – and PEOPLE caught up with real-life members to catch up on their lives 30 years after their split.
Best known for hits like "Cherry Bomb" and "Queens of Noise" and controversy-courting style in the days when rock music was dominated by men, the band became an international sensation, inspiring countless artists who followed.
"People would say, 'Girls can't play rock 'n' roll,' because socially, rock 'n' roll is sexual and that was threatening to a wide majority of people," says Joan Jett, who was 16 when she co-founded The Runaways.
Adds Lita Ford: "We were before our time. Lady Gaga, Beyoncé – even though they're not [musically] like us, we led the path for a lot of women in the industry."
Here's what happened after The Runaways' cut ties in 1979:
Originally posted 03/19/2010 02:25PM
If there's anyone who could give sage advice to Lady Gaga, whose over-the-top outfits and performances seem to be wearing her down, it's veteran rockers Joan Jett and Steven Van Zandt.
And though times may have changed, they have some tips for the pop star after her recent near collapse onstage in New Zealand.
"I'll tell you, The Runaways, when we started, we didn't have this sort of craziness around us. Really the only time when there was insanity, as far as the press goes, was Japan ... it wasn't a 24-hour media world at that point," Jett told PEOPLE at the Tommy Hilfiger-sponsored New York premiere of The Runaways, which portrays the ascent of Jett and Cherie Currie to rock icons. "I think it's very difficult if you had to be dealing with this all the time. It's tough to incubate and do the work you need to do with people in your face."
Originally posted 12/03/2008 12:35PM
Kristen Stewart rolled with fangless vampires in the megahit Twilight, but she's getting her music chops sharpened to portray rocker Joan Jett in an upcoming biopic.
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