Joan Jett & Cherie Currie
Ray Shasho: You actually opened for Joan Jett And The Blackhearts back in 2010?
Cherie Currie: “I sure did, over in Orange County. It was amazing, a sold-out crowd of nine thousand people. I really didn’t expect to come back into this business at all, but after that show I got such great reviews and immediately got offered a record deal and to do a tour. Kenny Laguna was my manager back then and he wanted me to do the record with Blackheart. It’s still not being released and there’s not much I can do about that. We went right into the studio immediately after that show in 2010 to cut a record. Matt Sorum produced it. Billy Corgan is on it and wrote a duet for him and me, The Veronicas, Juliette Lewis came in and sang … Slash and Duff was on it. For some reason Kenny hasn’t mastered it.”
Ray Shasho: I wonder why Kenny is taking so long to release it.
Cherie Currie: “That’s been my question for the last two and a half years, so when my management contract was expiring in March … I wouldn’t re-sign.”
Ray Shasho: That’s a real shame, you’ve got some great artists on the album and Matt Sorum from Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver produced it.
Cherie Currie: “He’s very talented and really put everything into this album. Kenny wouldn’t let me play any shows after I performed with Joan either. For someone my age, a year is like five. Why wouldn’t he let me play? Even with the movie and my book, that would have been PR enough for me to be able to get out there and have fun and play Runaway songs, and say hi to the fans old and new, but he wouldn’t let me do it.”
Ray Shasho: I wonder if Kenny is protecting Joan’s legacy is some way.
Cherie Currie: “That seems to be what everybody else is saying because there’s no rhyme or reason to it. I’ve really had to work super hard trying to forgive this man for this. To me it just does not make sense.”
Ray Shasho: Joan really hasn’t had anyone else achieve the level of success as she has after The Runaways, but now Lita is back and drawing huge crowds and the original lead singer of The Runaways Cherie Currie is touring.
Cherie Currie: “Without a record it’s very difficult for me, so it’s a cruel and unusual punishment. He just wants me to sign a record contract that I will not sign. It’s one of those 60/40 contracts that they own you for life. Are you f*ing kidding me? He was one of my best friends for seventeen years and I just really want him to do the right thing and give me my record. It’s so hard to go out and do these shows with no record. The record has been finished for three years. I’ve had to walk away and let it go and I thought the evil was out of this business. Joan’s record is coming out in October and it just blows my mind because she hadn’t even thought about making a record when I went in to make mind. I wish her the best, but it will be a cold day in f*ing hell before I ever let anyone do this to me again.”
“I really knew there was a conflict of interest way back when we signed with him, and believing without Blackheart I wouldn’t have a chance in hell. But I’ve had so many offers after I signed with him and the people were mistaken. I signed with him because I trusted him. I’ve known him for seventeen years and is really good friends with my son and my wonderful ex-husband Robert Hays and felt like family to me, so I feel extremely betrayed by the whole thing. I don’t think Blackheart had any other hits out of that record company besides Joan, so it doesn’t seem to make sense to me.”
“But Joan is a sweetheart and is a good person; she just works and works, probably three hundred days out of the year, and has been doing that for the last thirty years. I commend her for all she’s done.”
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