Joan Jett performing with the Gits has attracted quite the celebrity following on her swing through America. In New Jersey Clem Burke formerly of Blondie, and Amy and Emily from the Indigo Girls showed up. In Chicago, Billy Corgan hung back by the merchandising table and bought a copy of Jett's interview Jett Age II. When Jett's road manager asked him if he wanted to come backstage, he demurred claiming "I'm too nervous." MTV's Tabitha Sorensen was with her new best friend, American Record's best and brightest new star, Johnny Polonsky. The two of them came back and made nice to Jett and her fellow Gits. Washington D.C. brought out Joan's old pal. Fugazi leader Ian MacKaye, whom Jett had earlier brought to a party in Baltimore for Baltimore Oriole great, Cal Ripkin. In Los Angeles it was a virtual cavalcade of alternative-types like Tim Armstrong from Rancid, all the former members of the Runaways and L7--in fact all the people who ever sang "Cherry Bomb" seemed to be gathered under one roof. Joan chewed the fat with her old bandmates before the show at the Viper Room, but during the show onlookers were shocked to spy Cherie Currie making her way towards the front of the stage, insisting that "Joan is playing for herself, she needs me to save the show. I gotta get up there and save the show." Joan's road crew tired to block her progression, but she managed to worm her way to the very edge of the stage for the last four songs, and she began yanking at Jett's clothes, mouthing for her to get bring her up on stage. Disconcerted, Jett tried to ignore her, then tried glaring, but nothing worked. Curie continued to scream "Joan, bring me on-stage." Afterwards, Joan was so pissed off that she wouldn't speak to Curie.
ATN asked Jett about Billy Corgan being a little reticent about speaking to her
she said she wasn't surprised. "I never even saw him at our show but I heard he
was at the merchandising table. It's interesting that a lot of artists are very
shy, and that was the case with him. Tim Armstrong is also thought to be very
shy, but he did come backstage in L. A. and was very nice. You wind up in a lot
of situations like that. Paul Westerberg would come to my shows for two years
before he would even talk to me, and now we're friends, and we work together.