One of the more intriguing stories from the history of the Runaways is the time they opened for Rush. I've heard this story told by Joan Jett many times.
Apparently while the Runaways were on stage, Alex, Geddy and Neil decided to sit off to the side and watch the girls play. Shortly into the set the Canadian trio seemed to find the antics of the girls humorous and began to laugh. Joan noticed, and today as she remembers the event she says, "That kind of stuff pisses me off."
Now, let's put this in context. As a sixteen year old boy I loved the whole sexy girl band thing, and Cherie's lingerie stage outfits, and Lita's signature "let me show you what I got" split was exactly the kind of stuff this teenager wanted to see.
On the other hand, a serious progressive rock band would no doubt be beyond the jail bait fantasies (hopefully) and quite frankly they might find the Runaways act amusing.
At least that's my theory.
Anyway, regardless of what happened, Joan has never forgotten, and to this day she still holds a grudge. That's why this particular event appears in the Runaways movie. Rush isn't named in the film, but Joan will tell you flat out that it's them.
So, how did the teenage Ms. Jett respond? She snuck into their dressing room and wet down their guitars, and it wasn't water.
Considering the circumstances the above picture is surprising. I'm guessing it was taken before that show.
One last thing. As much as I like Rush, their 70's stage outfits also bordered on the godawful, and yes, when I watch those old Rush concert videos I often snicker. I think they do too.
'til none of us ever where stupid clothes again
Thanks for reading my articles on Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and The Runaways. Please check out the following video. It's from The Dollyrots, a band that has recorded two albums for Joan Jett's Blackheart Records. We're fond of them and we hope you'll like 'em too.
Here's their new single "Twist Me to the Left".
Keep the Adventure Alive,