MetalTalk GIG OF THE WEEK
LITA FORD RETURNS FOR HOMETOWN GIG IN LONDON 5th March 2017
MetalTalk's Gig Of The Week is awarded to the luscious Lita Ford who returns to her birthplace of London for her first gig there in almost thirty years when she plays the Islington Academy on Sunday 12th March.
Lita was born in London to an English father and an Italian mother in 1958. The family later moved to Los Angeles and by the time she was eleven years old she was playing the guitar, inspired by the wild fretwork of Ritchie Blackmore.
In 1975, at the age of just sixteen, she was recruited by Kim Fowley to join the all female teenage band The Runaways who also featured Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Jackie Fox and Sandy West.
Enjoying moderate success in the States, the girls become huge stars in Japan, however the band played their final gig on New Years Eve 1978 before officially disbanding.
Following the break-up of The Runaways, Lita Ford launched her solo career with her debut album, 'Out For Blood', released in 1983 followed by 'Dancin' On The Edge' a year later.
Both of those albums were popular in the Heavy Metal charts but her real breakthrough came when she was taken on board by the management of Sharon Osbourne.
The resulting album, 'Lita', was a huge success and featured the hit singles 'Kiss Me Deadly' and the ballad 'Close My Eyes Forever', a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. Both Nikki Sixx and Lemmy also contributed to the songwriting.
In Europe Lita Ford was the special guest of Bon Jovi on the first leg of their mammoth 'New Jersey' tour.
December 1988 at Wembley Arena, supporting Jovi, was the last time Lita Ford performed in London. She even filmed a live video in front of invited fans before one of the shows.
More albums followed with 'Stiletto' in 1990 and 'Dangerous Curves' a year later which featured the hit single 'Shot Of Poison'.
Her sixth album, 'Black', from 1995 saw Ford move in a more blues and grunge direction before she took a long hiatus of more than a decade to raise a family.
Lita Ford returned in 2009 with 'Wicked Wonderland' but her real comeback album was 'Living Like A Runaway', released in 2012 which saw a return to the style of her earlier albums and was warmly greeted by fans.
Lita's latest release is 'Time Capsule', a collection of unreleased material recorded in the 80s with stars such as Billy Sheehan, Gene Simmons, Robin Zander, Rick Neilsen and Dave Navarro included.
Last year she brought out her autobiography, also titled 'Living Like A Runaway'.
Lita Ford plays the Islington Academy, London on Sunday 12th March. Special guests will be the hard rocking trio Rock Goddess who themselves will be releasing their comeback album later this year.
The former Runaways guitarist also headlines the HRH AOR event in Pwellhi, North Wales on Friday 10th March in a mouth watering bill that also features Slaughter and Autograph. Lita will only be playing one other European date on this visit where lucky fans in Romania can see her on Tuesday 14th March in Bucharest.