LITA FORD Says Her Divorce Has Given Her Inspiration To Write

Adam Hammer of recently conducted an interview with ’80s hard rock queen Lita Ford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On her summer tour:

“We’re doing new music, and we’re doing it just for the sake of doing some shows,” Ford said. “I’m about three-fourths of the way through a new record.”

On her upcoming disc, which will feature Ford writing and recording all the guitar parts by herself with a little help from producer Gary Hoey:

“It’s 99.9 percent Lita. I’m going through a divorce, and it’s a really bad divorce. It’s given me inspiration to write. I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve on this album. My anger is coming out in these heavy metal riffs and my love is coming out for my children, and it’s the story of what’s happening to me in my life right now. . . It’s an old Lita Ford sound. It’s completely different than [2008’s] ‘Wicked Wonderland’ [which was produced by Ford‘s soon-to-be-ex-husband, former NITRO singer Jim Gillette]. ‘Wicked Wonderland’ is really a Jim Gillette album, which is why it sounds so different. I put on a couple of vocals and a couple of lead guitar parts and he put my name on it. That was the problem. People expected a Lita Ford album and it really wasn’t. I’m not putting it down. I’m not saying it’s a bad record, because it’s really a good record. But it’s not a Lita Ford record.”

On the press reports that her former RUNAWAYS bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Currie filed a lawsuit to try to stop the release of the RUNAWAYS tribute album “Take It Or Leave It: A Tribute To The Queens Of Noise”:

“It’s a compliment, for God’s sakes! And it’s probably a kick-ass album. I heard one track. They sent it to me and unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to play on it because I got it too late. Joan and Cherie, they’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. It’s a compliment, that’s what it is.”

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Video footage of Lita Ford performing her ballad “Close My Eyes Forever” at the M3 Rock Festival, which took place May 13-14, 2011 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, can be viewed below.