(Cherry Bomb starts around 1:15)
Without a doubt if you were to ask who the most influential all female rock/punk bands were, The Runaways would be at the top of your list. This past Friday night I had the chance to see lead singer Cherie Currie perform with her band at Philly’s intimate bar/club The Barbary.
Presented by Guitar Army, Philly’s own punk-glam-rock party (which has grown from just a few people hanging out listening to The Ramones, The Clash, and The New York Dolls to almost a sold out fucking Cherie Currie show), it’s easily one of my favorite parties in Philadelphia. The fact that they were able to bring in this iconic musician is just mind blowing.
First up were Philly’s own local The High Five. These dudes play pretty straight forward punk influenced rock and roll sound like what I imagine what The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, and Iggy And The Stooges had a threesome using nothing but beer for lube.
I’ve caught them a few times before, and they put on an energetic, enjoyable set.
Cherie took the stage, and the place instantly exploded with applause, screams, and “I love you Cherie!” There were such a mix of people there, young and old, punks and people who saw The Runaways movie coming to see the musical legend. I actually saw some girls fighting back tears, as she took the stage just to give you an idea of the influence she had and energy of the place.
Cherie and company blasted through some of her previous solo work, a few Runaways songs and some covers while throwing in some newer material as well. She didn’t miss a beat, and was constantly interacting with the hyped as fuck crowd.
At one point, Cherie even hinted at a possible Runaways reunion (to which you could imagine the amount of screams). If anything was apparent, it’s that this girl still can work a crowd and puts on a more energetic show then a lot of people just half her age. If you weren’t there, you fucked up.
Queens of Noise
Rock and Roll
You Wreck Me
Is It Day Or Is It Night
Dragging The Line
Rock And Roll Oblivion
Rebel Rebel (David Bowie cover)