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Cherie Currie carves out a new career but keeps on rockin’

May 10, 2020 at 5:59 a.m

Cherie Currie might carve a baby Yoda with her chainsaw. She’s got the time and the talent, why not?

“I’m not even a ‘Star Wars’ person but it’s just so damn cute,” Currie said from her home in California.

Yes, Currie — the legendary singer who fronted the Runaways in the ’70s — is a master chainsaw artist.

She loves her second calling, but right now she’d rather be on a stage belting out “Queens of Noise.” While the world hangs at home, Currie is promoting her latest solo album, “Blvds of Splendor.”

There’s plenty to promote — produced by ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum and featuring help from superstars (Slash! Billy Corgan!) — the album feels modern and still has some welcome Runaways’ rage. Standouts from the album include a respectful remake of Runaways’ “Queens of Noise,” a garage-y, glammy take on Tommy James’ “Draggin’ the Line” and the “1979”-evoking Corgan produced title track duet.

“Matt had the vision,” she said. “I didn’t have any material, but he got me writing. Then Matt just kept bringing amazing people and amazing material to the table. As somebody who had been out of the business for quite a long time, even though I did a lot of writing in the ’90s, I didn’t see any kind of music career for myself. Then Matt comes along and brings these amazing songs and collaborators. These people all came from Matt’s little black phone book.”

Currie is humbled by the fact that so many musical giants love her work — with Sorom being one of her biggest fans.

“(Years ago) I was asked to open for (another ex-Runaway) Joan (Jett) at the Pacific Amphitheater and I didn’t have a band,” Currie said. “So I asked Matt, ‘Do you know any musicians? I’m just a chainsaw carver from the Valley, I don’t know anybody anymore.’ He said, ‘Well, I’ll be your drummer.’ And I fell off my chair.”

Sorum put a band together for the gig and that snowballed into sessions for “Blvds of Splendor.” Unfortunately, Currie had a near-fatal accident while carving, falling over 12 feet to the ground off of scaffolding. Her recovery took months and the album was shelved until last week.

“I toured in 2013, 2014 and 2015, doing a lot of these songs because I just didn’t want to wait for people to hear them,” she said. “I would love to tour more because the album deserves it. … Matt got truly iconic musicians to come in and he’s just a great producer who knew exactly what he wanted. Now that I listen to it ten years later, I’m shocked at how great this record is.”

With luck, Currie will bring this music to rock clubs later this year or next. She has baby Yodas to carve (and how about a nice Chewbacca?), but she still loves rock ’n’ roll.

“You forget how much you love something until it’s taken away from you,” she said. “But what can you do? You just got to be grateful, and I am.”