’80s hard rock queen Lita Ford recently filmed a video for the song “Mother” in Joshua Tree, California. Directing the clip is Ford‘s former THE RUNAWAYS bandmate Victory Tischler-Blue, whose film “Edgeplay” was based on her tenure in the 1970s all-girl teenage rock act.
Said Ford: “[Vicky‘s] got a lot of photographs of me and my children, a lot of the necessary elements to create this video.”
Photos from the “Mother” video shoot can be found at this location.
“Mother”, which is dedicated to Lita‘s estranged sons, Rocco and James (father is former NITRO singer Jim Gillette), comes off her new album, “Living Like A Runaway”, out now on SPV/Steamhammer. “I wrote this song for [my sons],” Lita recently told the Deciblog. “I wrote this song to tell them how much I love them and to tell them that I didn’t mean for this to happen [for Lita to be forced to live apart from her kids following her divorce from Gillette. — Ed.] and that it’s not my fault. I didn’t do this to them, although they think I did. I miss them, I love them. They’re my life.”
“It was hard to write,” she told Examiner.com. “It was hard to record. It’s hard to listen to. I find myself skipping over it sometimes, depending on how much makeup I have on that day. If I’m all made up, I’m like, ‘Oh, can’t cry right now!’ I’ve done interviews where big, grown men tell me they’ve come away from it in tears. That’s huge. That’s what I wanted — for people to feel my pain. But it is a great song.”
“Living Like A Runaway” was released on June 19 in North America. The effort was made available in four configurations: a double LP, limited-edition CD, standard CD and digital download. The artwork for the album was created by famed rock photographer Mark Weiss.
In a recent interview with Über Röck. Lita stated about “Living Like A Runaway”, “This was an album I wrote during one of the darkest times of my life. I was going through this divorce and I needed somewhere to channel my feelings. My hurt, my pain, my aggression, my sadness, my happiness… all of these feelings are in this record. When you listen to the tracks, they are believable because they are real. . . It just came together; it was like a gift from God, this album. It took a year to write, it was a slow process, seeming like two years, and it came to me a piece at a time.”
Lita has previously referred to “Living Like A Runaway” as her “real comeback album.” She explained, “The last album I did was called ‘Wicked Wonderland’. I put it out with Jim Gillette, and we were married at the time. It is kind of a Jim/Lita album and not a really true Lita album. I got a lot of spiel about that. . . I really wasn’t that comfortable with that record — not at all, to tell you the truth. There are parts of it that are good, but it doesn’t sound like a Lita record. When it got released, a lot of my fans felt weird about it and said it wasn’t a Lita album. [It] turned out to be more of a Jim album. We worked pretty well together. It doesn’t suck, it’s not a bad album; it’s just not a Lita album.”
Lita‘s current touring band consists of the following musicians:
Lita Ford – Guitar, Vocals
Mitch Perry – Guitar
Marty O’Brien – Bass
Scot Coogan – Drums
“Mother” audio stream (courtesy of the Deciblog):