Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will issue their first new album in over seven years with the release of Varnished, according to Rolling Stone. The 10-track album, which is the followup to 2006's Sinner, will be released on October 1st and includes appearances by Dave Grohl and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! The highly personal set will touch upon such weighty topics as "the death of (Jett's) parents. . . the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the modern tendency to overshare online." Look for Jett and the band on August 8th, when they perform the album's first single, "Any Weather," on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts tour (subject to change):
August 29 - Milwaukee, WI - Harley Davidson Anniversary at Henry Maier Festival Park
September 7 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
September 13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
September 14 - Baltimore, MD - The Shindig at Carroll Park
September 26 - Newcastle, OK - Newcastle Casino
September 27 - Newport News, PA - Ferguson Center For The Arts
November 1 - Catoosa, OK - Nard Rock/The Joint

Recently released is the double-disc collection, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Greatest Hits. The compilation features such '80s classics as "Bad Reputation," "(I'm Gonna) Run Away," "Crimson And Clover," "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)," "The French Song," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," Jett's cover of Sly & The Family Stone's "Everyday People," the Bruce Springsteen-written theme to her movie 1987 with Michael J. Fox, Light Of Day, and of course her 1982 Number Hit "I Love Rock N' Roll."
The full tracklisting to Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Greatest Hits is: "Cherry Bomb," "You Drive Me Wild," "School Days," "Love Is Pain,"
"Bad Reputation," "You Don't Know What You've Got," "I Want You," "I Love Rock N' Roll," "(I'm Gonna) Run Away," "Crimson And Clover," "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)," "The French Song," "Everyday People," "Fake Friends," "Light Of Day," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," "Backlash," "Activity Grrrl," "Love Is All Around," "Androgynous," and "A.C.D.C."

I got a taste of the new album when she opened for Bad Company at a show we saw in Hnckley, MN in early July. She sounds great and the new album will bring the rock we've come to know and love from Jett over the years.