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There’s just so much noise that we allow to come in and drown out all those things. People would really like themselves if they just let themselves get to know who they are. If we stopped looking at all the negative and looked at the positive of all of it, what a different world we’d live in. I deal on Facebook with people writing, ‘She doesn’t deserve to be singing. She doesn’t deserve to ever be on the stage again.’ It’s like, ‘My God, you can’t be serious.’As much as social media can be fun and a good business tool, some people should never have a soapbox to stand on. I know so many people don’t and that’s what worries me. Hiking in the mountains with my son would be a very perfect day. In this business people forget why they’re where they are.

For the longest time I refused to get an i Phone or even allow Internet on any phone [laughs]. I’m just so glad that my son is grown now because I can’t imagine how some of these young kids have to deal with cyber bullies. They’re there because the fans cared enough to put them there.

You can survive anything if you believe in yourself. The only reason why anybody ever gets into anybody else’s business is either because they’re afraid or they don’t believe they can do it themselves so they have to stop their friends or loved ones from pursuing their dreams. People are missing out on who they are because they have this public forum that they can just ask any Tom, Dick or Harry, ‘Should I do this or should I do that? Go out, take a hike, go in the mountains somewhere, or camp for a few days.

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I’ve also learned that philosophy being a chainsaw artist.

When you live alone with two dogs and a kid, you’ve got to do something with your life. The chainsaw carving is the reason why I have my house. You don’t get a perfect credit score or record by living on pipe dreams. When I carve a piece for somebody, they have to be over the moon and then some.

Image Credit: Photography by Brad Elterman Cherie Currie definitely knew that rock ‘n’ roll was in her DNA after witnessing David Bowie soundly trounce his would-be competitors on the hallowed Diamond Dogs Tour in 1974.

Within a year and a half, at the urging of controversial manager-producer Kim Fowley and the incomparable Joan Jett, the all-female, still influential Runaways were born.

Of course, I would want my son’s music with his band, Maudlin Strangers.

I’d also be pretty satisfied with the Beach Boys, Bread, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, [1975]. When were on tour, I always had to bring my turntable. When we were on tour, Bread was playing somewhere with opening act Jelly. Sandy West [drums] and I sat on the side of the stage as their guest and watched the concert. When it was time for David Gates to deliver “If,” Sandy and I both started crying. She was unequivocally a great woman [West succumbed to lung cancer on October 21, 2006].I cling desperately to privacy and to those moments where I can feel what my next move is or what am I going to do tomorrow. You don’t even have to say your real name or put your real picture up there. That’s why Lita and I wanted a Runaways reunion so badly because we care about what the fans want.It’s not up to me to turn around and say, ‘Oh well, it might not be exactly what you want.’ If you want it, I’m gonna give it to you.In 2010 the punk rockers were immortalized by Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning on celluloid, reviving interest in Currie’s musical aspirations.She experienced a tentative return to recording with digital singles “Some Velvet Morning” and the piston pumpin’ “Rock This Christmas Down“ three years later, the latter a fun duet with longtime friend and former band mate Lita Ford, best known as the lead guitarist in the Runaways., Currie’s third solo album and first in an astonishing 35 years, was self-distributed quietly in 2015.Hang tight as original Runaways lead vocalist Cherie Currie offers some sterling pearls of wisdom in an exclusive interview.