Jett doesn't come off that way on "Riddles," an album highlight that takes aim at President George Bush and various politicians who "sit in judgment and claim to know the way." Other notable tracks include the darkly sexual "Fetish," which was left over from a mid-'90s album Jett and her band never finished for Warner Bros. Records.
"We still had a lot of really great stuff that was still valid," the artist says. "We just worked it out: Some [songs] are brand new and some are older, but it all hangs together well."
It's the same unfiltered, high-octane music Jett has done for 30 years, still delivered with much attitude.
"I can only do what I do, you know," the musician says. "You got to believe in yourself and don't give up. I'm an example. I'm still here."
11 a.m.-11 p.m. today
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
$53-$108 per day, available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com
Counting Crows, Dashboard Confessional, Coheed and Cambria, the Strokes, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, AFI, H.I.M., Matchbook Romance, Boy Sets Fire, Flyleaf, Augustana, People in Planes, The Fixx, Forty Acres, Love Arcade, As Fast As, Kill Hannah, Damone, Riverboat Gamblers