Ex-Runaways Singer Cherie Currie Teases New LP With Slash, Billy Corgan
Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie plans to release a long-shelved album featuring contributions from Slash, Billy Corgan and Juliette Lewis.
Currie discussed the album during an interview with the White Line Fever podcast, which originally aired in July. Currie explained that the album came about after she performed a rare gig opening for Joan Jett around the release of the 2010 biopic, The Runaways.
Currie had largely put music behind her, but soon found herself in the studio with with ex-Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum. "He and I made a record together with a bunch of cool stars," Currie said. "In fact, the Veronicas, as well, they sang on a few songs. What great gals they are. And Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins wrote a duet, and of course Slash and Duff [McKagan] were on it, as well as Juliette Lewis."
Currie credited Sorum with corralling the album's all-star supporting cast, though her own musical legacy proved to be a draw as well. "Little did I know how much the Runaways had influenced so many people," Currie said. "It made me feel so good."
Despite the big names attached, the record ended up getting shelved. Currie didn't offer any one specific reason for the delay, but noted changes in her management and legal representation prolonged the process, leading her to ultimately negotiate a deal with Jett's Blackheart Records. "I'm really happy because it's a really cool album, and I just really didn't expect it to see the light of day," Currie said. "So fingers crossed."
During the five years that album sat on the shelf, however, Currie threw herself back into music. She completed several U.S. tours, released an album, Reverie, in 2015 and recorded and released a live record, Midnight Music in London, featuring Suzi Quatro.