Sunday, September 11, 2011

Joan Jett, Deadwood, SD

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts tore through a setlist of hits at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota on Sept. 4, 2011. As Jett grows older she has lost none of the fire and desire that make her one of the top women rockers of all time.

Guitarist Dougie Needles was particularly on his game this night. Blistering solos punctuated several songs. Here he shares an intimate guitar battle with Jett.

I don't know how many years Joan has had this specific Gibson Melody Maker guitar, but I've seen it in action five times now and it's gone from pristine white to covered with stickers, to mostly worn bare and back to sticker-adorned again. You can see more pictures of it and Joan here at Chad's Concert Pix. A couple years ago Gibson was making replicas of this guitar so she was playing a new model on stage, but other than one 2009 show in Mitchell, SD, I've seen her play this exact guitar every time I've seen her live.

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