With The Runaways movie out now and former band mate Lita Ford grabbing all the headlines with her latest album it’s time for Joan Jett to regain centre stage.

And what better way to do just that than to jump on one of the biggest outdoor gigs of the summer?

Yep, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will support Green Day in the UK in June at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground and Wembley Stadium. Talk about making a comeback…

Of course Jett has been seen on these shores in recent years – her performances on the Alice Cooper/Motorhead arena tour in 2007 turned heads and proved the 80s hitmaker could still hack it live. But the Green Day slot is a massive step up for the artist made famous when I Love Rock N Roll crashed charts the world over.

As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, Jett has had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics Bad Reputation, I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll, I Hate Myself For Loving You, and Crimson and Clover.

She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies, including 1987’s Light Of Day, with Michael J. Fox and Gena Rowlands, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show.

As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, and the Vacancies, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI. Jett was even one of only two women named to Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time.  In the end, though, Joan Jett’s life has been dedicated to one goal and one goal only – rocking the hell out of every listener she can reach.

Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. This year, however, her profile has skyrocketed yet again, with the release of both a long-awaited feature film telling the story of the Runaways and a new, two-disc Greatest Hits collection. The Runaways is based on lead singer Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel.

Kristen Stewart, star of the Twilight series films, plays Jett, and her fellow A-Lister Dakota Fanning portrays Currie. The movie chronicles the band’s early years; formed by teenage girls living near Hollywood, CA., the Runaways became the first all-girl band to break into the world of arena-filling hard rock acts.

After the success of their first single, Cherry Bomb, the Runaways toured with such acts as the Ramones, Cheap Trick, and Tom Petty. But in Japan, the band became huge stars – their arrival for a set of shows in 1977 was like Beatlemania all over again. During the Japanese tour, Currie began to struggle, and she left the band when they returned home – but Jett decided to keep fighting the rock & roll fight, with the Runaways and then on her own.

To see Green Day live with special guests Joan Jett & The Blackhearts:

Wednesday 16 June 2010

Manchester Lancashire County Cricket Ground

0871 2200 260 / 0161 832 1111

Saturday 19 June 2010

London Wembley Stadium

020 7403 3331 / 0844 277 4321 / 020 7434 2222 / 020 7734 8932

Tickets are on sale now at £49.50 and £42.50 for London, and £39.50 for Manchester. They’re available from the box office numbers listed above, the 24 hour credit card hotlines (0871 2200 260 / 0844 826 2826 / 0871 424 4444) and online at www.gigsandtours.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.ticketline.co.uk.

Tickets are limited to six per applicant and under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.