R.I.P. Laurie McAllister — final bassist for The Runaways

Laurie McAllister, final bassist of The Runaways and also of The Orchids, passed away on August 25th due to asthma. I was out of town when I first got the news, so I apologize for not posting this sooner. My deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and fans.

The L.A. Times has a quote from Joan Jett about Laurie’s passing:

“I am so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing,” Jett said in an emailed statement. “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.”

Read the rest HERE.
Read Kim Fowley’s goodbye to Laurie on Facebook HERE.
Visit Laurie’s memorial wall on Facebook.

Youtube: Laurie McAllister – Black Orchids

Youtube: The Orchids, “Girls”