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The Runaways’ former singer Cherie Currie goes off like a Cherry Bomb at Governor Hindmarsh gig

June 1, 2016 12:29am
PATRICK McDONALDChief Arts WriterThe Advertiser
The Runaways singer Cherie Currie at the Governor Hindmarsh. Picture: Patrick McDonald

GIVEN a modest Tuesday night turnout and some less-than-favourable reviews from interstate, one might have understood if Cherie Currie hadn’t exactly felt inspired for her Adelaide show — but instead, she gave it her all to make this gig at The Gov a “Runaway” success.

From the get-go, Currie expressed an elation to be both in Australia and on stage, and the audience responded with a joy and level of enthusiasm that belied its size.

Currie was in great voice and backed by a tight, polished three-piece band that stayed true to the upbeat, 1970s rock’n’roll party feel of her repertoire, rather than trying to morph the songs into some faux modern metal sound.

Cherie Currie at the Governor Hindmarsh.

She seemed equally delighted that, while about half the crowd were of her vintage, the rest were refreshingly young, mostly female and raucously familiar with the lyrics — a new generation of fans clearly inspired by her seminal all-girl band The Runaways and the 2010 Hollywood film adaptation of their story.

Currie wisely mixed classic Runaways hits and album cuts with a smattering of solo efforts and choice cover versions from the same era.

She opened with the high-energy American Nights and kept the crowd participation going by holding the microphone out for an audience singalong on the “all right’’ refrain of the Velvet Underground’s Rock’n’Roll.