Jett and the Who have history together, as she noted in a press statement.
“After [her former band] the Runaways ended, the Who and [their then-manager] Bill Curbishley stepped up, and let me use their studio, Ramport,” Jett said. “That gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records. I’ve modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization.
“I’m so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour. No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than the Who.”
The band was also an influence on Jett. She covered the Who’s song “Call Me Lightning” early in her career (it’s available as a bonus track on her 1980 debut, Bad Reputation). And both artists have covered Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” so perhaps fans will get to see a Jett/Roger Daltrey duet at the shows.
This news caps off a great year for Jett which also saw her receive the Golden God award at the Revolver Golden Gods ceremony (an event celebrating metal and hard rock) on April 23. Later in the year, on Oct. 23, she was the subject of a tribute concert put on by the organization Little Kids Rock, which saw Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Cheap Trick and Darlene Love (among others) performing songs from her catalog.
Not to mention that she served as temporary front woman for an ad hoc Nirvana reunion at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at a surprise gig later that night.