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Joan Jett to open for the Who, including stop in Kansas City

The Who are coming to the Sprint Center on May 5, and the band has announced that Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be the opening act for the entire North American tour, which starts on April 15 in Tampa, Fla.

On Tuesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Jett and the Blackhearts are among the six inductees in the 2015 ceremony, which will be April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

The Who’s previous performance in Kansas City was on May 8, 1989, at Arrowhead Stadium. Lead singer Roger Daltrey has performed solo in Kansas City several times, most recently in October 2011. Jett’s previous performance in Kansas City was on June 19, 2006, when she headlined the Warped Tour.

“Having Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concert-goers a full night of entertainment,” Daltrey said in a statement announcing Jett’s opening gig. “I love her.”

Jett said in a statement, “After the Runaways ended, the Who and Bill Curbishley stepped up and let me use their studio, Ramport,” Jett said in a statement. “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.”

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