Slash Joins Joan Jett to Perform a ‘Dirty’ Rolling Stones Song at the Alternative Press Awards
Joan Jett and Slash teamed up at the first annual Alternative Press Music Awards last night to perform the raunchy Rolling Stones classic ‘Star Star’ (also known as ‘Starf—er’). Earlier in the four and a half hour long show, each of these rock heroes also received lifetime achievement awards: Slash for being a guitar legend, Jett for being an all-around icon.
Another old-school star — Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry — turned up at the otherwise youth-dominated event to present Slash with his award. “He came up in a generation after mine,” Perry said of his younger peer and current touring partner, “but he always had a great respect for the musicians who came on before him. To his own generation he became a superstar, and deservedly so. Now, to all generations he has become a model of great guitar playing and an icon in his own right.”
Slash kept his acceptance speech brief, saying the award was “very humbling” and that he “didn’t even know exactly what to say.” He did manage to dryly note that this award “officially means I’ve been doing this for a long f—ing time.”
Watch Joe Perry Present Slash With the AP Guitar ‘Legend’ Award
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! gave a touching tribute to Jett during her induction speech, remembering their first meeting as tour mates. “There she was, a total f—ing legend, and she was hanging out with the rest of us Warped tour wannabes. She wasn’t hidden on her bus, off limits and out of touch, she was real. And that translates into the music.”
After lowing the microphone stand considerably (“I’m shrinking”), Jett noted that “it always shocks me to hear what people have to say about me, you know…in a positive way. It’s very humbling and virtually brings me to tears.”
And then the two somewhat reluctant speech-givers got the chance to do what they really love. Jett performed scorching renditions of ‘Bad Reputation’ and ‘Soulmates to Strangers’ (the latter from her new ‘Unvarnished’ album). She then brought out the former Guns N’ Roses star to help tackle the Stones’ naughty 1973 groupie anthem (which she previously covered on her 1983 album named, whaddya know…. ‘Album.’)
For much more on the Alternative Press Music Awards — or as I call it, the night I realized I’m not a kid anymore — be sure to head over to Loudwire.
Watch Joan Jett Receive the First-Ever AP Icon Award