Former THE RUNAWAYS bandmates Cherie Currie and Lita Ford reunited on stage for the first time in 37 years on Saturday, October 19 at the sixth annual Malibu Music Awards at Smothers Theater at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California to perform THE RUNAWAYS classic "Cherry Bomb". Fan-filmed video footage of their appearance can be seen below.
Currie, who was honored with the Rock Legend Award at the event, later said of the occasion: "Besides the birth of my son, this is the best day of my life."
Ford and Currie recently collaborated on a Christmas single. Lita told PsychoBabbleTV.com how the collaboration came about: "My old drummer called me, Rodger Carter, and he says: 'Lita, let's record a Christmas song,'" she began. "He's got his own studio; it's called the Doghouse. It's in Encino, California… Reseda. And it's a really nice studio. He said, 'Come over and let's record a Christmas single.' So I thought, 'OK. What do you wanna do? 'Jingle Bells'?' And he said, 'No. Let's write something new.' And I thought, 'OK.' So I got out a pen and paper, and I thought, 'Let's rock this Christmas down.' So we started writing this song called 'Rock This Christmas Down'. And this year, I got in touch with Cherie Currie, who I haven't spoke to in quite a long, long time, who was the lead singer for THE RUNAWAYS. And so it just so happened to be that she was on the phone just shortly after we had finished talking about recording this song. I said, 'Cherie, why don't you sing it with me?' So she flew in from this area, which she just played, and came straight from the airport to the studio, cut the vocal track, and we have a Christmas single with me and Cherie singing lead vocals."
In 2010, the movie "The Runaways" was released starring Kristen Stewart of "Twilight" fame as singer Joan Jett. The band formed in 1975, with Ford on lead guitar. She was 16 at the time.
"The Runaways" was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who is best known for directing music videos by such artists as David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Sheryl Crow.
In a recent interview with Metal-Rules.com, Lita stated about the possibility of a RUNAWAYS reunion: "Well, Cherie and I talk all the time. We're all for it both of us. You know I'm friends with Vicki [Blue, bass] and I'm friends with Jackie [Fox, bass]. Of course, Sandy [West, drums], unfortunately, is not around, but Joan is the only missing link."
Asked when the last time was that she spoke to Joan, Lita said: "Joan, I talked to Joan… Monsters Of Rock cruise docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and when they docked in Fort Lauderdale that night, Joan played in Fort Lauderdale so I went to her concert. It was in March, so that was the end of March, and I… She didn't expect me at the show so I showed up at soundcheck and she went, 'What are you doing here?' I said, 'I came to see you tonight.' I was hoping that she was going to ask me to sing with her [but she didn't]."
Regarding why she thinks Joan seemingly isn't interested in a RUNAWAYS reunion, Lita said: "I don't know. I really don't know, because she doesn't answer my e-mails, but I would love a RUNAWAYS reunion, I would love it. I think it would kick ass."