There is clearly something in the air or possibly money to be made in the reformation genre”¦ just when we thought there was no one left to re-form, we got news that The Runaways are about to make the announcement, well if a post on former members Cherie Currie’s Facebook page is any indication

Apparently former band mate, Joan Jett, did the matchmaking, leading to a meeting between guitarist Lita Ford and singer Currie that apparently went extremely well, so well in fact there was talk of “doing together again what we had done so well as kids.”

Currie’s post stated:

“Dreams do come true.”

I’ve had this reoccurring dream. It started about 25 years ago and in this dream I was sitting with a woman I had spent my teenaged years with, been through a lot with. We would talk, just ‘be’ and the dreams were so full of happiness, anticipation and this need to tell her what she meant to me.., how proud I was of her and what we had done together. That I loved her.

I had that very dream again three weeks ago only to awaken to the realization that again, it was only a dream.

Three days ago I spoke to someone that knew this woman as I did back then and who had recently spent time with her after so many years.. I told this mutual friend how I wished I could have that opportunity and how much it would mean to me. She offered to reach out on my behalf and pass along what I had waited so long to say.

The following day what felt like a miracle happened. I received an amazing email from this long lost friend I have dreamed of all these years and she was as happy to hear that I wanted to see her as I was that she would want to see me.

Tonight, that dream came true. It was joyful, sometimes tearful, yet so exhilarating and full of love. Just the two of us, feeling like teenagers again but with the maturity that 30+ years can bring, what life, being mothers will bring.

We talked about our kids, our lives and our dream of doing together again what we had done so well as kids.

She is everything and more than I could have imagined and I get to see her (my friend) again tomorrow night, introduce her to my son, Jake and cheer her on.

I no longer have to dream. I am now living that dream.

I want to thank the mutual friend that brought us together, Joan Jett.

And the long lost sister I have waited 30+ years for? Lita Ford.

Yeah.. dreams DO come true.

(Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t happen.)

XO

The Runaways were formed in late 1975 by drummer Sandy West and rhythm guitarist Joan Jett after they had both introduced themselves to producer Kim Fowley, often considered a US version of Malcolm Maclaren ”“ Fowley has since denied ”˜creating’ the band. They, through friendships with Blondie, The Ramones and The Dead Boys were introduced to The Damned and the Sex Pistols and so were attached to the emerging punk scene.

The band subsequently released four studio albums and one live set during its run. Among its best known songs: “Cherry Bomb”, “Queens of Noise”, “Neon Angels On the Road to Ruin”, “California Paradise” “Dead End Justice”, and the cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock n Roll”. In Japan the reaction to the bands was phenomenal – with thousands flocking airports upon their arrival, scenes last seen when The Beatles arrived in the country.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

4 COMMENTS

  1. i was a big fan of the Runaways but the news that they could be/are reforming fills me with dread.What is the point ? they were a fabulous band way back in the glorious 70’s when they were angry/gorgeous teenagers, they are now middle aged women and i don’t think it will work at all. Reformations are usually disastrous and lets face it people usually only do it for the money, the Pistols being a classic case in point.Sandy West the drummer of the Runaways is of course long dead so this further reinforces the pointlessness of it all.I am surprised Joan Jett is going along with this,she doesn’t need to, Cherie Currie i can understand as musically she has been a non starter since she left the band,who will be on bass ? doubt very much that it will be Jackie Fox as she is now an entertainment lawyer and as far as i know, hasn’t touched the instrument since 1977.

  2. i was a big fan of the Runaways but the news that they could be/are reforming fills me with dread.What is the point ? they were a fabulous band way back in the glorious 70’s when they were angry/gorgeous teenagers, they are now middle aged women and i don’t think it will work at all. Reformations are usually disastrous and lets face it people usually only do it for the money, the Pistols being a classic case in point.Sandy West the drummer of the Runaways is of course long dead so this further reinforces the pointlessness of it all.I am surprised Joan Jett is going along with this,she doesn’t need to, Cherie Currie i can understand as musically she has been a non starter since she left the band,who will be on bass ? doubt very much that it will be Jackie Fox as she is now an entertainment lawyer and as far as i know, hasn’t touched the instrument since 1977. I will always love the Runaways but as far as i’m concerned they finished for good in 78,case closed.

    • sorry about repeating my post,i had one more sentence to add and for some reason the whole post reappeared,computers eh?

  3. I think this is what rock and roll history is made of. With the disappointment of GN’R reuniting for a few songs at this years RnRHF, the reformation of The Runaways is the best news I’ve heard.

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