God Bless Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Pete Townshend doesn't pick his openers lightly. To be fair, he probably doesn't pick his openers at all, but the last time The Who passed through Houston Chrissie Hynde's Pretenders had the honors. So at the very least, it's an educated guess that someone in The Who's camp might have a taste for badass brunettes.

This time around it's Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, who are opening the entire "The Who Hits 50" tour that pulls up to the Toyota Center loading dock tonight. Jett and her accomplices are newly minted members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame themselves, and rightfully so. No disrespect to Linda Ronstadt, Darlene Love or Wanda Jackson, who are all wonderful pop and/or country singers, but you have to go back eight years before the last lady rocker to make it into the Hall, the incomparable Patti Smith.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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