Joan Jett and the Blackhearts recently appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden for a socially-distant virtual performance that saw the quartet perform “Jeepster”, a T. Rex cover. The group initially covered the song for Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Mark Bolan and T. Rex, a compilation album produced by the late Hal Willner that saw release earlier this month.
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“She’s just the embodiment of power,” said Corden’s house bandleader Reggie Watts while announcing Thursday’s musical guest. “It’s just incredible,” he continued before the camera cut away to the group’s virtual performance.
Taken from T. Rex’s 1971 album, Electric Warrior, Jett and the Blackhearts stay true to the original while infusing her staple badassery. Jett lets out some screams and “woo’s” in between vocal lines while bassist Hal Selzer and drummer Michael McDermott keep a steady rhythm section 0n the rockabilly style track. Jett helps to keep the song moving with help on rhythm guitar while Dougie Needles interjects the song’s memorable chord progression with lead lines on his Gibson hollowbody.
Watch Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform “Jeepster” on The Late Late Show below and head to the show’s website for more episodes.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – “Jeepster” – The Late Late Show with James Corden
[Video: The Late Late Show with James Corden]
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts currently have many performances scheduled throughout 2021, including shows with Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, and Poison. Head to the band’s website for tickets and touring information.