08/15/13 Loomis, CA The Blue Goose
08/16/13 Fresno, CA Strummer's
08/17/13 San Francisco, CA Red Devil Lounge
08/18/13 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brew
08/29/13 West Palm, FL - Harriet Himmel
08/30/13 Los Angeles, CA - Universal Amph
10/02/13 Tuscan AZ - Berger
10/03/13 Mesa, AZ - Nile Theater
11/06/13 New York City
11/07/13 Long Branch, NJ - Brighton Bar
11/08/13 Amityville, NY - Revolution
11/09/13 Stafford Springs, CT - Palace
11/10/13 Rochester, NY - Club
11/12/13 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
11/14/13 Pittsburgh, PA - Hard Rock Café
Admittedly I have still yet haven't seen "The Runaways" movie, starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. I think what that movie brought to the general public is how insanely popular …
At first I thought they were basically female Ramones, but that's not all, as they proved with a very strong finish with a cover of my favorite Shangri-Las song "Simon Says". I've previously written that the song was the Shangri-Las' very first recording from December 1963.
They were loud and the drummer was encouraged to go nuts, and everyone around me was impressed with the band. I'm glad I finally got to see them, having missed them last Friday and missing them with Pink Mink last year.
By the time Cherie Currie came on stage, all the fans were up closer front. Currie confessed that she was envious of her fans, "If it was me, I'd be in bed!" She was grateful that it was her fans that kept her going as they launched into "Queens of Noise", followed by another fan-favorite, "California Paradise".
As you can see from the setlist, lots of classic Runaways songs, but Currie threw in some new solo ones (from that "unicorn" album that she's recorded by has not been officially released).
I don't need to tell you that "Cherry Bomb" was something to behold. Wow, Currie should have ended her set with that song, there's no way you can top it, especially with the entire audience screaming "Ch-ch-cherry bomb!" at the top of their lungs. Instead, Currie wanted to pay homage to David Bowie with a cover of "Rebel Rebel", which sounded good (who doesn't love that song), but personally between you and me, it should've ended with "Cherry Bomb".
Anyway, I can tell that these are all dedicated fans, many of them bringing old 12" to get them signed and many of them were at Currie's previous shows. In fact, Currie (along with the rest of her band) were all very accessible. She never refuse to sign or pose for photos and she stayed to talk to everyone that came.
Cherie Currie just recently added a few more dates in October and November, go see her and bring your Runaways collectibles!
Cherie Currie at the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, Minneapolis (08/11/13)