Concerts and Shows at The Magic Bag
Cherie Currie & Brie Darling with Amy Gore Band and Royal Sweets
Saturday, November 23 - Doors 8pm - $20 adv.
The Runaways front-woman and solo artist Cherie Currie and Fanny drummer and singer Brie Darling were '70s icons who got the headlines. But they didn't always get the credit they deserved as strong women holding their own and forging new ground in a rock & roll playing field then dominated by old-school masculine mores.
While Currie and Darling had a mutual admiration society, the two didn't meet until 2017, when Darling reached out to Currie to contribute vocals to Fanny Walked the Earth, a reunion album from the trailblazing Fanny, the first all-female band signed to a major label (Reprise) in 1969. Now fierce friends and cool collaborators, they're singing together on the new album, The Motivator, a 12-song album featuring nine classic covers by bands including T. Rex, The Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield, Stevie Wonder, and John Lennon, plus three powerful new originals, including the tough rocker "Too Bruised" and the topical "This Is Our Time". The tour is set for late 2019.
"I loved her soulful style, her sultry voice. I'm not a person who holds back. I get really excited when I meet somebody I like," recalls Currie. "I told Dave [Darling, Brie's husband/and Grammy-nominated Cherie Currie & Brie Darling producer] that the only problem with the Fanny Walks the Earth record is I wanted to hear more!"
Darling picks up the story: "That's how this whole thing came about: For the Fanny session, Cherie walked in saying, "Man, I just love your voice. You're the bomb." That made me feel good about saying, down the line, 'Hey, do you wanna do something together?' Never in a million years would I have thought I was gonna ask Cherie Currie, who's like way up there on the ladder, to do a record with me!"
The two Californians, who grew up with similar influences and worked tirelessly to overcome similar obstacles in their pioneering all-women groups, vibed quickly. "It was truly collaboration," says Currie, who actually was ready to leave the music biz after years of grueling touring. "With us, there's no ego, no push-pull. I don't stand for that. I grew up with it, and I'm fed up with it. I'm into lifting people up, not putting people down."