There is something honest in Cherie Currie‘s return to the music business. It doesn’t feel forced, or like an ego trip, or like she’s exploiting past fame for some quick cash. Watching the one-time Runaway perform Friday night you got the sense that she’s doing this because she loves the music and she loves her fans. In fact, she spent a majority of the set off stage, among the crowd, and after the set moved directly the merch booth to start signing autographs and the like.
A quick review of the show:
Hammerdown Sindrum played one of its first shows with a new singer (who’s only been in the band for a month). If there was any learning curve, you couldn’t tell. The band does straight-ahead 90’s rock with chugging guitars and growling vocals. They do it well.
The Red Coats play 70s-style tongue-in-cheek pop-rock ala Cheap Trick or the Bay City Rollers. Think catchy choruses about peace, love and the good-ol’ U-S-of-A (which is actually the name of one of their songs and the thrust of its lyrical content). The band is young (like, can’t-stay-in-the-club-after-playing-their-set young) and at moments seemed to be trying too hard (introducing each of the members, for example). Overall the Red Coats pulled own a strong set that was a good match for the night.
Cherie Currie isn’t 15 anymore and for those who weren’t around when she was, it’s hard to conceive how groundbreaking the Runaways must have been. Currie’s voice is as powerful as ever, possibly given to the fact it hasn’t seen much use in the ensuing years. The band (which includes her son on guitar) was young and rockin’ and there was a certain joy that permeated the entire venue during her set.
At one point, the guy behind me turns to his friends, smiling wide and yells over the music, “I love rock and roll,” without a hint of irony. Wrong Runaway perhaps, but everyone could dig the sentiment.
Here’s a quick video compilation from the show.
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