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Reigniting the Cherry Bomb

RUNAWAYS ROCKER CHERIE CURRIE DROPS DETAILS ON FIRST SOLO RELEASE IN THREE DECADES

Legendary Sunset Strip rock refugee Cherie Currie posted a Facebook update late Tuesday about her long-awaited new album, which was due in 2011 but had been pushed back indefinitely…until recently.

The Runaways singer’s last release was 1980’s Messin’ with the Boys, a polished pop-rock follow up to her 1978 solo debut, Beauty’s Only Skin Deep. Recorded with her twin sister, Marie Currie, Boys includes the dynamic duo’s killer cover of the rock classic “Since You Been Gone.”

“Just got home from another mixing day on my new record… IT’S SO F-ING FANTASTIC!!!!” Currie posted on October 9. “Never in my wildest DREAMS did I think is would be THIS AMAZING!! Thom Panunzio is mixing it. Yes, the legend and Matt Sorum has done an absolutely incredible job making this record! I’m SPEECHLESS! Thank you Kenny Laguna for getting Thom involved in what will be the greatest album I have ever participated in!! We are releasing the beginning of next year!!!”

Can’t wait to hear the new material, which Sorum has previously revealed will feature guest spots by his Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.

Runaways Redux?!

CHERRI…BOMB?

We couldn’t help but notice this billboard on the Roxy‘s side wall because it kind of made us laugh…and then wonder: Why would anyone want to listen a watered down Runaways rip-off when the real Queens of Noise are as accessible as iTunes?

Cheri Currie’s Crusade

Cheri Currie

ART WITH HEART: A ROCKIN’ TRIBUTE TO KELLY THOMAS

The Runaways‘ legendary frontwoman Cherie Currie is also a rockin’ chainsaw artist and made this bench to auction off to benefit a foundation set up in memory of Kelly Thomas, the mentally challenged homeless man that was beaten and killed by Fullerton police last year.

Currie had been keeping fans in the loop while creating the awesome work of art, posting pictures on her Facebook throughout her creative process.

Let’s hope Cherie also carves out some time for a potential Runaways reunion!

Runaways Talk Reunion

Runaways

HELLO WORLD, THEY’RE YOUR WILD GIRLS…AND NOW, THE RUNAWAYS MAY BE COMING BACK TO ROCK YOU AGAIN

Rock fans have already witnessed once-feuding members of iconic superstar bands like Fleetwood Mac and L.A.’s Van Halen and the Eagles bury the hatchet and regroup for sold-out reunion tours.

And now comes word that another great L.A. group once torn apart by personal turmoil within the band is hinting at a reconciliation.

Lita FordHeavy metal vixen Lita Ford (right) mentions in a new Los Angeles Times interview that she has been in recent contact with her former Runaways bandmates Joan Jett and Cheri Currie and is jonsing for a rockin’ reunion with the iconic all-girl band that smashed sexiest stereotypes in music in the ’70s to become a successful hit-making machine that rivaled the best work of their macho rock and roll contemporaries.

“It had been decades,” says Ford in the interview about meeting up with Jett late last year. “It was weird. When I saw her, it was like seeing Joan. Same old. She looked great. We always got along.”

Ford is cited as the main holdout that previously squashed any plans for a Runaways reunion that occasionally surfaced in years past. Now it seems that the fate of a reunion rests in Jett’s hands.

“Now’s a perfect time,” Lita tells the Times. “I’m all for it. I just need Joan’s OK.”

Sandy_WestAlthough a Runaways reunion would be stellar, it, unfortunately, won’t be truly complete. Founding member and the band’s kick-ass drummer Sandy West (right) died of lung cancer in 2006. And no mention has been made as to who would be taking on bass duties in a reformed Runaways, original bassist Jackie Fox or her replacement Vicki Tischler-Blue. The band’s last bass player Laurie McAlister passed away in 2011 due to complications from asthma.

Ford, Jett and Currie, however, are now the holy trinity of the Runaways and their prospective reunion has the potential to make this the biggest and best comeback since David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen shook hands again last year and traded in trash talk for an arena tour.