In 1986, Joan Jett famously sang in her hit tune “Black Leather” that “I’m gonna’ wear it to my grave.”
Now, not so much.
“I buy no new leather, I try to look for vegan options on everything,” Jett told us while prepping for Thursday’s Farm Sanctuary on the Hudson Gala at Chelsea’s Pier 60. “They make a lot of great fake leather now, too.”
A couple weeks removed from celebrating her 60th birthday on stage with Nine Inch Nails, the rock-and-roll star topped a list for the animal rights event that also included Cyndi Lauper, “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall and actress Emily Deschanel.
According to Jett, around the time she cut leather out of her wardrobe, she took meat out of her diet, too.
“I’m very close to vegan but I can’t claim vegan because I eat honey and little bits of butter here and there,” she confessed, comparing eating a burger to eating one of her pets – or relatives.
“I’m not judging anyone else’s path, but to me I might as well be putting my cat on a dinner plate,” she said. “To me, there’s no difference (between that) or my grandmother, or for that matter, a baby – baby meat is very tender, just ask the veal and the lamb. Where do you draw the line?”
Jett doesn’t have a spirit animal per se, but she wouldn’t mind getting inside the head of a different beast for kicks.
“Dogs are awesome, cats are awesome, but I might want to be something off the beaten path as well,” she said. “Something that isn’t loved very much like a snake or a reptile.”
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will next perform Oct. 26 at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, N.J. Fans in attendance can count on hearing her 1981 classic “I Love Rock and Roll.”