Cherie Currie, the voice of The Runaways, will be performing FRIDAY November 15th for Guitar Army @ The Barbary. I had the opportunity to ask Currie a few questions then talked with the mastermind of Guitar Army, Edward B. Gieda III. Enjoy!
An interview with Cherie Currie.
From ’76 to ’77 things were a whirlwind with your first two albums and then the world tour. There’s probably a million stories, but what’s one of your favorite memories from the road past or present?
I have to say, looking at my son, Jake Hays face when we opened for Joan Jett at the Pacific Amphitheater in 2010 playing for over 9,000 people. He plays guitar in my band and this was his first introduction to Runaways fans. To include him in that show was the best feeling. We were on top of the world.
You’ve had the chance to tour with some incredible bands from Cheap Trick to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Was there any band you really hit it off with right away?
Cheap Trick. They were (and are) the coolest guys to hang out with.
The Runaways really blazed the rock scene. If you could change one thing about your time in the public eye, what would it be?
Nothing, considering there were so many things that should have been done differently regarding management that I prefer to take it as a learning experience and admire the courage we as young girls had, to do what no teenagers have done before us.
Life is an interesting journey. How does it feel to still get on stage and rock out with a crowd?
Like it did when I was a teenager. I have always felt comfortable there. I guess that’s why I’m doing this now. If it feels right, do it.
An Interview with Edward B. Gieda III, DJ and host of Guitar Army.
Guitar Army is such a fun event! In fact, we use it over at TD2BD as the first event all new employees have to attend! That said, what’s your favorite memory over the last year of GxA?
Thanks, brother! I’m glad you guys are abiding by a proper baptism by beer at the GxA parties. This party generates so many ripe moments that it’s really hard to whittle down to a few, let alone a single one. I would say bringing GIUDA from Rome, Italy over to Philadelphia for a tour date would be a huge one.
They are one of those bands you hear during my DJ sets that you’ve danced to, but don’t know the title/artist. They’ve been spun at virtually every GxA that I’ve done since the early days and having them live on stage for our event was an honor. Seeing tons of new faces, people from out of town and GxA regulars enthralled with their spot-on, highly energetic performance was AWESOME!
What was your inspiration for putting this event together?
Guitar Army started a week after Michael Davis of the MC5 passed away. The fact that we lost so many greats in the past few years: Michael Davis (MC5), Joey/Johnny/Dee Dee Ramone, Joe Strummer, Arthur Kane (NY Dolls), Ron Asheton (The Stooges), Ari Up (The Slits), Lux Interior (The Cramps), Jim Carroll, Sky Saxon (The Seeds), Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer), Alex Chilton (Big Star), Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex) denotes that the gap between the history & the present in these band’s narratives is abruptly coming to a close. I was fortunate enough to see a lot of the artists I just mentioned, but a huge portion of people who live by this music haven’t had the opportunity. This event is constructed for them.
That’s quite a torch to carry!
Guitar Army is a torch held for people who still care. I don’t want to live in a world where there isn’t a platform to dance to MC5’s cover of Chuck Berry’s “Back In The USA” or to mimic your best Bowie/Bolan/Jagger-isms to their respective songs in a club setting. It’s a cultural imperative & it is a calling I take very seriously.
Spinning all vinyl is a tedious task. We’ve heard you have a pretty crazy collection. How did that get started and what are some of your prized possessions?
It is! So much so that for many gigs I work out hybrid sets (some vinyl, some digital) or strictly digital. I have sustained a couple thousand dollars’ worth of damage to my records from playing at this night. Bringing a mint condition copy of a record you spent $80 on & seeing it get trampled and splattered in beer could be very disenchanting!
That said, I rent a separate room to house my record collection. I have been avidly collecting since 1992 when I started attending hardcore and punk shows as a 12 or 13 year old kid. The tradition of the vinyl format has never left the underground and that’s a wonderful thing. It spurred a life-long love/obsession with the format.
My prized pieces are as follows:
1.) Autographed discography of Blue Cheer’s LPs by Dickie Peterson & Paul Whaley.
2.) Autographed Dust & Richard Hell LPs by Marky Ramone.
3.) Mono copy of “Piper At The Gates of Dawn” found at a thrift store for $1.91, valued at a max of $1,200.
Tell me a little bit about the future of Guitar Army. Where would you like to see things go. Having live acts set the bar pretty high!
Guitar Army should serve as a means of like-minded people to congregate & dance, exchange concepts & ideas, start bands, get tuned in & turned on and ultimately serve to build a scene. I believe in the power of a properly curated party to serve as a beacon and sway the cultural climate of the underground. The future will yield more performances by righteous bands, perspiration and inspiration at maximum volume, and above all, enthusiastic gyration.
Be sure to check out Cherie Currie voice of The Runaways FRIDAY November 15th at The Barbary.
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