Cherie Currie (The Runaways) And Dave Schulz (Goo Goo Dolls) Team Up For Cover Of Jackie DeShannon’s “What The World Needs Now Is Love”

Cherie Currie (The Runaways) and Dave Schulz (Goo Goo Dolls, etc.) have teamed up for a cover of Jackie DeShannon’s “What The World Needs Now Is Love.” The performance also features: Tony Levin (King Crimson, etc.), Eliza James (Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka), Randy Cooke (Ringo Starr, etc.), Sharlotte Gibson (Nine Inch Nails, etc.), Julie Ragins (Moody Blues, Queen Latifah), and Matthew King Ross (David Foster, Barbara Streisand).

Currie commented:

“Driving back from my sister Marie’s house in Henderson, Nevada over July 4th weekend, I was listening to the ‘Forrest Gump’ soundtrack Marie had gifted me. When ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ came on, I put it on repeat to sing along. I was struck with how prevalent this song is, especially today. Right at that moment, Dave Schulz called me and I shared my thoughts on the song. ‘Let’s do it!’ and Dave set off on making this possible. His talent as a producer and player are so obvious as to why he has had the successful career he has. Dave Schulz brought in wonderful players! Even the violinist who worked with Burt Bacharach. The final key was reaching out to my longtime friend, vocalist Julie Ragins, to complete the chill factor on the end of the song. My dear friend and publicist Ken Phillips was onboard from the start, stating this was a timeless song in a time where what we REALLY need is love. Love created this. From our hearts to the world. Love really is the answer!”

Schulz added:

“During the lockdown, I have been producing an entertaining and quirky series of ‘quarantine-style’ songs/videos for my YouTube channel and had randomly said to Cherie, ‘Let’s do a duet!’ She immediately got excited because she happened to be driving along at that exact moment …and had heard ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ (Jackie DeShannon’s version of the Burt Bacharach classic) in her car and thought what a great message that would be for our times. Of course, I was ecstatic at the idea. I’m a HUGE Burt Bacharach fan and couldn’t agree with her more. I immediately enlisted a few of my favorite session musicians/friends. It truly was a blast to create, and I think it’s great for Cherie, especially, since it’s not something her fans will expect from her. We’re so excited about it…we may even do an entire album like this!”

Cherie Currie And Brie Darling Release Cover Of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”

Cherie Currie and Brie Darling have released a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” The track was recorded as part of Blue Élan’s upcoming covers collection, “We Are The Highway.” That effort will benefit the Chris And Vicky Cornell Foundation.

Currie commented:

“His artistry shown in everything he touched. He loved people more than he loved himself. There will never be another Chris Cornell.”

Darling added:

“Immediately, I knew the song I would like us to do, my favorite… ‘Black Hole Sun’! I felt Cherie’s and my voices would work well on his beautiful and haunting melody. I love her and my different sounds and styles that work so well together. What a gift and inspiration, Chris’s talent was truly special.”

Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Etc. Members Guest On Cherie Currie’s New Album “Blvds Of Splendor”

Cherie Currie (ex-The Runaways) will be releasing her new album “Blvds Of Splendor” in digital outlets on April 28. The effort, which was previously released on vinyl for Record Store Day, features guest contributions from Samshing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, Juliette Lewis, The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle, The Veronicas, and ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum.

“Blvds Of Splendor” Track Listing:

01. “Mr. X”
02. “Roxy Roller”
03. “You Wreck Me”
04. “Black Magic”
05. “Blvds Of Splendor”
06. “Force To Be Reckoned With”
07. “Bad And Broken”
08. “Rock & Roll Oblivion”
09. “Shades”
10. “Draggin’ The Line”
11. “Breakout”
12. “The Air That I Breathe”
13. “What Do All the People Know?” (bonus track)
14. “Gimme” (bonus track)
15. “Queens Of Noise” (bonus track)

Sorum produced the record and had the following to say about it:

“Cherie’s voice tells it all, she is the real deal. And now more than ever that voice tells the story of where’s she’s been in her life. This record is about who Cherie Currie is now. We’ve waited a long time to hear this icon of Rock N’ Roll do what she does best. I’m very proud to be a part of this album by one of the best female singers of all time.”

Currie herself added:

“I’ve never had so much fun making a record before. We all looked at each other and went, ‘Oh my God, there’s magic happening here.’”