Joan Jett & The Blackhearts closed out the second annual National Concert Day with a rocking version of “Bad Reputation” at Irving Plaza on Tuesday night.
The Live Nation-sponsored event designed to kick off the summer concert season is also meant to kick off a week of $20 tickets for a slate of shows at its venues, which includes Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and NYCB Theatre at Westbury. That promotion starts on May 13 through livenation.com.
In addition to Long Beach’s Jett – who was promoting her summer tour “Rock Hall Three for All,” which includes fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart and Cheap Trick, who also performed Tuesday -- National Concert Day’s eclectic lineup included sets from country star Dierks Bentley, who played “Freedom” from his upcoming album, and rapper Wiz Khalifa, who brought out his touring partner Snoop Dogg as a surprise to perform their hit “Young, Wild & Free.” Rockers Awolnation delivered a full concert as the after-party.
“National Concert Day is interesting because live music is still an amazing thing that can’t be recreated on a computer,” the Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik told Newsday. “There’s no way because it’s such an immersive experience.”
Rzeznik says he is excited to share music from the band’s new album “Boxes,” which arrives in stores on Friday, with fans when the band plays Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 12. But he also recognizes that fans want to hear the band’s hits.
“You have to play your hits,” he says, laughing. “That’s a great problem to have a bunch of hits. What an awesome problem.”