Joan Jett and the Blackhearts played a sold-out show at Snoqualmie Casino in Washington Sunday night. It was their second show in the ballroom in a little less than a year. Breaking with tradition, the set began not with Bad Reputation, but TMI from the new album, Unvarnished. Almost half of the songs during the concert came from the new album (Soulmates To Strangers, Make It Back, Fragile, Hard To Grow Up, Any Weather and Reality Mentality). The Runaways classic, Cherry Bomb remained in its usual second slot.
It was at about this time that I reached up to get a high five from bassist Acey Slade. He instead shook my hand and left his guitar pick in my palm. They then launched into Gary Glitter's Do You Wanna Touch Me and Bad Reputation. The Blackhearts really hit their stride midway through the set with the first song Joan Jett ever wrote, You Drive Me Wild. This was the highlight of the show for me because she came over and played part of it right above me.
The show ended with the trifecta of tunes that most people go to hear: I Love Rock 'N' Roll, Crimson and Clover and I Hate Myself For Loving You. The encore included The Sweet's AC/DC and Sly and the Family Stone's Everyday People.