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Interview:
Former Runaways singer isn't waiting for bandmates to rock again
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Cherie Currie figured it was high time to hit the road on her own -- especially after a reunion of the Runaways, especially after the 2010 feature film about the band, never transpired.

"Lita (Ford) and I have reached out to Joan (Jett), asking Joan to please do this, and she just does not seem interested," says Currie, 53, whose memoir "Neon Angel" was source material for "The Runaways," which starred Dakota Fanning as Currie and Kristen Stewart as Jett. "Of course we lost Sandy (West, the group's drummer) a couple of years ago, so it could never be what it could have been, but we'd still like to do it.

"The bottom line is it's really what the fans want, and I really am not quite sure why the fans aren't important enough (for Jett). To me, I would think the fans are everything. (Jett) might come around one day, but Lita and I aren't gonna wait; we're doing some stuff that's going to be a big surprise to a lot of people."

Meanwhile, Currie -- who's also become an award-winning chainsaw wood-carving artist -- promises there will be "lots of Runaways songs" in her solo shows. There will also be original material from an album she's recorded that was produced by Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and features contributes from Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Slash, Duff McKagen and Brody Dalle.

Currie, whose son Jake Hayes plays on the album and in her band, is currently shopping for a label deal, describes it as "a really fun record that reflects very much the 70s kind of feel. We wanted to stay with that nostalgic vibe of cool music from that era, but updated.

"Y'know, I'm no Mariah Carey, but not very many people are. Our music allows people to not only play along to but sing along to as well, without feeling intimidated by it. That's something that's missing in this (music) business these days. You have all these prodigies that are so remarkable, but there have been so many singers out there that technically weren't the best but had the most remarkable careers because people could really relate to them and sing along to their songs. That's what it's all about to me."

Cherie Currie and White Shag perform Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. CAll 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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