In a new interview with NME, Cherie Currie spoke about the possibility of a reunion of iconic rockers THE RUNAWAYS. The first true girl band of the 1970s, THE RUNAWAYS — which also featured Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Jackie Fox and Sandy West — toured internationally and made a dent in the charts before calling it quits at the end of that decade.
Asked if there is any chance of a RUNAWAYS comeback, Currie said: "No. Joan and Lita just can't seem to see eye-to-eye on a couple things and that's unfortunate. Actually, 22 years ago, it was Lita that bowed out when Sandy and Joan and I wanted her to be a part of it. We had a deal lined up and a tour and Lita just doesn't get along with [Joan's producer and manager] Kenny Laguna so that was unfortunate. And when Lita wanted it a couple years ago, Joan didn't. So, to me, I just don't think it's going to happen."
Pressed about whether she still talks to Lita, Currie said: "Yes, I talk to Lita. Look, I'm the only one who's ever played with every single one of these girls since the breakup. I'm the lone soldier that was hoping it would work out, but you can't control people; you have to just let it go."
Last November, Ford told the Daily Mail that a reunion of THE RUNAWAYS will probably never happen. She explained: "Joan Jett is very much in 'Joan Jett land,' I guess you could say. Will she ever come out of Joan Jett land? I don't think so. I think her manager controls that and it's really up to him and her. It seems to me like Joan Jett's manager just runs her life in every way, shape, or form. He's very controlling and he has a real problem with me. He has a real issue with me. He sees me as a threat, which is ridiculous, because she's like my sister and I love Joan. It's ridiculous, it's uncalled for, and it's caused a little bit of rivalry between her and I, which is totally uncalled for. It's his fault."
Ford claimed that Jett's manager has prevented her from even talking about a RUNAWAYS reunion with Jett.
"The hard part is just trying to communicate with Joan without her manager involved," she added.
"We had dinner a couple of years ago, what was supposed to be a girl's night out, and she brought her manager with her.
"So it's like, "Dude, answer the question. I'm trying to ask you a question. Are you interested in putting THE RUNAWAYS back together?' She never answered the question."
In a 2015 interview with with the WHMH (Rockin' 101) radio station, Lita explained that she decided against a possible RUNAWAYS reunion in the early '90s because "NIRVANA was just kicking in, and it was really bad timing; it wouldn't have worked. People would have just turned their nose up at it."
A movie about THE RUNAWAYS' brief history, starring Dakota Fanning as Currie and Kristin Stewart as Jett, came out in 2010.