Joan Jett & The Blackhearts are heading back out on the road this week. Jett and the band kick things off on Friday (May 3rd) in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and will be on-and-off the road through November 1st when they play Catoosa, Oklahoma's The Joint at Hard Rock Casino - Tulsa.

Joan Jett says although there are some that tried to marginalize the Runaways' accomplishments because they were women back in the day -- they were among the most credible hard rock bands to come out of L.A. in the '70s: ''Pop singers is completely different from what we do, and what we did. Y'know, what we were doing, even though it obviously touches on sexuality and giving voice to that, for me, it was about showing girls that they had other avenues. It wasn't just about music, but anything. Whether you wanted to be a scientist, you want to be anything that's not what you're expected to do.''

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts tour dates (subject to change):
May 3 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
May 4 - Bethlehem, PA - Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
May 9 - Napa, CA - BottleRock Napa Valley at Napa Valley Exposition
May 25 - Sheridan, WY - Trails End Concert Park
May 27 - Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino
June 8 - Robinsonville, MS - Gold Strike Casino Resort
June 11 - Lewiston, NY - Tuesday In The Park at Artpark
June 22 - Manson, WA - Mill Bay Casino
July 5 - Hinkley, MN - Hinkley Event Center
July 11 - Prairie du Chien, WI - Rock On The River
July 27 - Morgantown, WV - Mountainfest at Mylan Park
August 29 - Milwaukee, WI - Harley Davidson Anniversary at Henry Maier Festival Park (with Toby Keith)
September 7 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
September 26 - Newcastle, OK - Newcastle
November 1 - Catoosa, OK - The Joint at Hard Rock Casino - Tulsa