Which female rocker inspired The Runaways?

There’s no doubt that The Runaways set in motion a revolution for female rockers everywhere. But who inspired these five teenage girls to say goodbye to regular high school years and say hello to the worldwide stage?

Both Joan Jett and Cherie Currie have cited fellow rock icon Suzi Quatro as an influence to their music, and in an interview with Billboard, Cherie said of Suzi: “I think she was truly badass and she really kicked the door open for us, and I just love her.”

In an interview with Rock Cellar magazine Cherie said “She was a person I looked up to and aspired to be like, ‘If she could do it, we could do it.'”

So it should come as no surprise that Cherie has written a song for Suzi Q called “Rock and Roll Rosie” which will now feature in an upcoming docu-movie on Suzi Quatro that is being produced in Australia. Cherie herself will appear in the film, both in interview and also live onstage with Suzi.

Other noted inclusions in the Suzi Q movie are Alice Cooper, Debbie Harry, Tina Weymouth, Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, plus many more.

Cherie and her new band recently toured the UK with an exclusive 8 show tour, with Cherie’s powerful performances earning ecstatic reviews. On the closing night of the tour, at The Underworld in London, none other than Suzi Quatro herself jumped up on stage and performed “Rock and Roll Rosie” with Cherie!

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A historic reunion (Image source)

“How often do you get the chance to watch a bona fide legend down your local boozer? Cherie takes to the stage walloping straight into “American Nights” from the Runaways’ debut album. That incredible voice is still as strong as ever and she looks a million dollars at 56 years of age.”  – Gigslutz

This is Cherie Currie’s first visit down-under and you’d be mad to miss a genuine rock legend still performing at the height of her powers.

Get tickets now:

Friday 20 May – Kings Arms, Auckland
Saturday 21 May – Bodega, Wellington
Sunday 22 May – Churchills, Christchurch
Thursday 26 May – The Triffid, Brisbane
Friday 27 May – Manning Bar, Sydney
Saturday 28 May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tuesday 31 May – The Gov, Adelaide
Wednesday 1 June – Rosemount Hotel, Perth