Cherie Currie, the original Cherry Bomb and front-woman to legendary 70’s girl rock gang The Runaways, is about to embark on her first tour of Australia. Once described as ‘the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot’, her early years were a heady mixture of debauchery and tragedy, plucked from a club audience at the age of 15 to front a group that would prove to become a seminal influence on the worlds of both punk and hard rock, playing shows with bands of the calibre of The Ramones, Blondie, Cheap Trick and Van Halen.
By the tender age of eighteen, vice and manipulation had taken their toll and Currie departed The Runaways. And while bandmates such as Joan Jett and Lita Ford subsequently went onto wider musical fame and acclaim, Currie battled on through bouts of rotten luck and addiction to stake her place in the entertainment world, acting in films and TV and pursuing a sporadic solo musical career alongside her twin sister Marie.
More recently her story and that of her original band became the stuff of Hollywood, with the release of the film The Runaways, where she was played by Dakota Fanning. And now Cherie Currie is resurrecting her musical legacy, playing a series of Australian shows for the very first time.
Runaways fans can rejoice, with a number of the band’s classics such as American Nights, Queens of Noise and Heartbeat getting an airing during recent UK shows. She’ll also be plugging tracks from her recent solo record Reverie, which features production by svengali-like original Runaways manager Kim Fowley.
Reports from these recent overseas shows have her sounding as dynamic as ever, so if you’re a Runaways fan either old or new, don’t miss this opportunity to catch a living legend in the flesh when she hits the stage at The Triffid in Newstead on Thusday night, 26 May…that’s tonight!! And be sure to get along early to catch righteous local acts Smoking Martha and Diva Demolition.
She’ll also be playing Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth over the coming week.
As an interesting side-note, Cherie Currie is also a renowned wood carving artist. But not just any wood carving mind you, she uses a chainsaw and even opened a gallery in 2005 to display her creations!
Tickets are available from Oztix