E’ morta il 25 agosto scorso l’ultima bassista delle Runaways di Joan Jett. Laurie McAllister è deceduta a 53 anni nella sua casa di Eugene nell’Oregon a causa delle complicazioni di una cronica forma di asma. Ex Baby Roulette e Rave Ons entrò nelle Runaways nel novembre del 1978 al posto della dimissionaria Vicki Blue. Un’avventura durata poco tempo visto che l’all female band americana si sciolse quattro mesi dopo. La McAllister passò quindi alle Orchids, un’altra formazione tutta femminile sempre “guidata” dal manager Kim Fowley, autrice di un unico album prima dello split datato 1980. La McAllister quindi si ritirò dalla scena musicale.
Joan Jett la ricorda così: “I am so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. She was a good person and a good bass player. It was a great experience being in a band with her, as she was the last Runaways bass player before her own band, The Orchids, formed. I was still in touch with her and saw her last year at a show. It was as if no time had passed. My heart goes out to her family and friends, and most of all, to Laurie. Rock on girl.”
Kim Fowley: “Laurie was one of the tragic figures in rock ‘n’ roll, who did everything right she looked the part, she wrote the part, she performed the part, she sang the part but never with the right people at the right time. She was a giant of a woman: good-looking, smart, and larger than life.”