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Whatever Happened to The Runaways?

Life after rock stardom

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When The Runaways formed in 1975, all-female rock bands were rare, especially all-female hard rock bands made up of teenagers. After breaking up in 1979, band members went their separate ways, some continuing as performers, some in other music-related pursuits, and some who found life after rock stardom in other fields.

The core of the band included co-founders Joan Jett and Sandy West, the only members of the band who were there from beginning to end. Cherie Currie, Lita Ford and Jackie Fox were the longest serving of the remaining band members. Four other musicians -- Vicki Blue, Micki Steele, Peggy Foster and Laurie McAllister -- each served shorter stints in the band.

This is for all of those who like knowing the answer to the question, where are they now?

Vicki Blue

Victory Tischler-Blue
Victory Tischler-Blue photo © 2010 Vern Evans, via SacredDogs.com

Born:
Victory Tischler-Blue on September 16, 1959 in Newport Beach, California

With The Runaways:
Bass guitar, vocals, July 1977 - September 1978

After The Runaways:

  • Dropped the name "Vicki" and continues to use her birth name, Victory Tischler-Blue
  • Appeared in the 1984 feature film, This is Spinal Tap
  • Produced a 2003 documentary, Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways
  • Directed the 2004 Suzi Quatro biopic, Leather Forever
  • Currently works as a producer, director, photographer and writer

Cherie Currie

Cherie Currie
Photo by Albert E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Born:
Cherie Ann Currie on November 30, 1959 in Los Angeles

With The Runaways:
Lead vocals, November 1975 - August 1977

After The Runaways:

  • Recorded a solo album and an album with her twin sister, Marie
  • Appeared in several feature films (including Foxes, Wavelength and Twilight Zone: The Movie) and network TV series (including Murder, She Wrote and Matlock)
  • Worked as a drug counselor and as a fitness instructor
  • Owns an art gallery where her carvings (done with a chainsaw) are displayed
  • Today (2012) she is in the process of recording songs co-written with her son, and has announced plans to tour and possibly record with former Runaways band mate Lita Ford

Lita Ford

Lita Ford
Photo by Zoran Veselinovic via Wikimedia Commons

Born:
Lita Rossanna Ford on September 19, 1958 in London, England

With The Runaways:
Lead guitar, vocals, October 1975 - April 1979

After The Runaways:

  • Has released eight solo studio albums since 1983, most recently, Living Like a Runaway in 2012
  • Appeared in the film Highway to Hell in 1992
  • Was briefly engaged to Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath in the mid '80s
  • Has announced plans to tour and possibly record with former Runaways band mate Cherie Currie

Peggy Foster

Peggy Foster
Promotional photo via Peggy Foster Bass Player Facebook page

With The Runaways:
Bass guitar, November - December, 1975

After The Runaways:

  • Played bass guitar for Steve Vai on two of his albums
  • Toured and recorded with several dozen bands and artists
  • Currently owns a recording studio where she also serves as engineer, in addition to writing songs and continuing to perform with other artists

Jackie Fox

Jackie Fox
Photo by Neal Preston / Rock Scene Magazine

Born:
Jacqueline Louise Fuchs on December 20, 1959

With The Runaways:
Bass guitar, vocals, December 1975 - June 1976

After The Runaways:

  • Worked as a record label executive, promoter, modeling agent, scriptwriter, and is currently an entertainment attorney
  • Earned her law degree at Harvard, where she was a classmate of President Barack Obama
  • Appeared in the documentary film Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways in 2005, produced by former Runaways bass guitarist Victory Tischler-Blue (aka Vicki Blue)

Joan Jett

Joan Jett
Photo by Archive Photos / Getty Images

Born:
Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1958

With The Runaways:
Rhythm guitar, vocals, August 1975 - April 1979

After The Runaways:

  • Has released 14 studio albums between 1980 and 2006
  • Appeared in the 1987 feature film, Light of Day and the 2000 revival of The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway
  • Continues to peform with her band, The Blackhearts

Laurie McAllister

Laurie McAllister
From 1978 promotional poster

Born:
June 26, 1957

With The Runaways:
Bass guitar, vocals, September 1978 - April 1979

After The Runaways:

  • Performed with another all female band, The Orchids
  • Left the music business and became a veterinary technician
  • Died on August 25, 2011 of asthma

Micki Steele

Micki Steele
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Born:
Michael Steele on June 2, 1955

With The Runaways:
Bass guitar, vocals, August - November, 1975

After The Runaways:

  • Played with several Los Angeles bands before joining The Bangles in 1983
  • Played with several more bands between the time The Bangles broke up in 1989 and reunited in 1999
  • Dropped the name "Micki" after leaving The Runaways and has since used her birth name, Michael

Sandy West

Sandy West
Photo by Tom Gold via TheRunaways.com

Born:
Sandy Pesavento on July 10, 1959 in Long Beach, California

With The Runaways:
Drums, vocals, August 1975 - April 1979

After The Runaways:

  • Performed with her own band and with other artists, and was a drum teacher
  • Appeared in Victory Tischler-Blue's documentary, Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways
  • Died on October 21, 2006 of lung cancer
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