During a new interview with the Chicago Tribune, ’80s hard rock queen Lita Ford let slip that she recently met with her former THE RUNAWAYS bandmate Joan Jett for the first time in years, for dinner in New York City. “I hadn’t seen her so long. We exchanged guitar picks,” Lita said. “I just thought it was about time to see her. I reached out to her, and she reached back to me, so it was meant to be. She could have told me, ‘Ah, go stick your head in the toilet,’ but she didn’t. It was great. I told her in the e-mail, ‘If you want, you can tell me to (expletive) off. It’s fine, but I would really love to see you.’ She was a sweetheart.”
Last year, the movie “The Runaways” was released starring Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” fame as singer Joan Jett. The band formed in 1975, with Ford on lead guitar. She was 16 at the time.
When asked about a possible reunion of THE RUNAWAYS, which broke up in 1979, Ford told the Naperville Sun, “I would love it [if a THE RUNAWAYS reunion were to happen]. I can’t answer that question, but I would love it,” she said. “We were ahead of our time. Now, people are realizing we were ahead of our time. We inspired so many different artists, and not just girls.”
“The Runaways” was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who is best known for directing music videos by such artists as DAVID BOWIE, MARILYN MANSON, and SHERYL CROW.
Jett previously explained THE RUNAWAYS breakup to an interviewer, “I think it all really came down to musical differences. A couple of the girls wanted to go in a heavier direction and I wanted to stay with mainstream rock ‘n’ roll and punk rock. I was like, ‘OK. Let’s just say goodbye.'”