FEBRUARY 2, 2021
BY LAURA B. WHITMORE
The quintessential rock singer, Cherie Currie of The Runaways, released a solo album Blvds of Splendor in 2020. Now she’s sharing this intense and intimate video for the track “Rock & Roll Oblivion,” proving herself an undying champion of this classic genre. Currie continues to be in excellent voice, never shrugging away from her role as a groundbreaking trailblazer for women in rock.
“‘Rock & Roll Oblivion’ is one of my favorite songs on Blvds of Splendor,” Currie shares. “I reached out on Facebook and asked for violinists/fiddle players that wanted to be a part of my new quarantine video and was amazed at the talent. I picked my amazing three and we started to build the song. It was a fluke to be able to have some of the original musicians from the album, Nick Maybury and Grant Fitzpatrick and songwriter Lanny Cordola (who had just come in from Pakistan) come onboard as well. The final key was editor Isaac Valiente (who had blown me away with his talented editing on “Roxy Roller”) stepping up to add his magic. He brings such awe to this video. I can’t thank all these talented musicians for their precious time. They are fantastic, uplifting human beings at a time when we really need the positivity.”
For this special, one-of-a-kind “At Home” performance, Cherie (vocals) enlisted special quests Lanny Cordola (co-writer & guitar), Perry Farrell guitarist Nick Maybury, Grant Fitzpatrick (bass), Greg Holt, Josh Zuckerman and Alyson Montez (strings) and John Tempesta on drums with 17-year old-Runaways fan (Isaac Valiente) editing the video.
In addition, Cherie has been honored with the She Rocks Awards “Groundbreaker” Award alongside Nancy Wilson of Heart, Amy Lee of Evanescence, the Go Go’s and others. Fans can watch the 2021 show virtually via WiMN YouTube page.
The album, Blvds of Splendor features guest collaborations with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Slash and Duff from Guns N’ Roses, as well as Juliette Lewis, Brody Dalle, The Veronicas and drummer Matt Sorum. The special digital only release features three bonus tracks (including a remake of The Runaways classic “Queens of Noise” featuring Brody Dalle, The Veronicas, Juliette Lewis and Matt Sorum paying homage to late Runaways drummer Sandy West). Blvds of Splendor garnered Cherie the best reviews of her career including a Top 10 Albums of 2020 nod from Classic Rock Magazine.