Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with ’80s hard rock queen Lita Ford on the red carpet of the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods awards, which was held on April 11 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Lita Ford will release her new album, “Living Like A Runaway”, on June 19 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort will be available in four configurations: double LP, limited-edition CD, standard CD and digital download.
Commented Lita: “This CD is truly a dream come true. It took me one year to write this CD along with producer Gary Hoey and songwriting partner Michael Dan Ehming. We have dumped out hearts and souls into this amazing CD. Along with a lot of tears, pain, heartache, laughter, ripping out hair, going hungry, losing sleep and a lot of frequent-flyer miles. ‘Living Like a Runaway’ is like being able to walk through fire and coming out the other side unscathed.”
Coinciding with the album’s release, Lita will hit the road this summer with DEF LEPPARD and POISON on the “Rock Of Ages Tour”.
Lita is looking forward to the tour and getting to play the new songs live.
“We are honored with this awesome tour and being able to play with these brilliant musicians,” she says. “So strap in tight, it’s going to be one powerful journey.”
Best known for her work with THE RUNAWAYS and her solo career, including hit singles “Kiss Me Deadly” and the Billboard-charting duet with Ozzy Osbourne, “Close My Eyes Forever”, Lita is ready to make a return to the throne as the queen of metal.
“Living Like A Runaway” was co-written and produced by Gary Hoey and represents a return to form for Lita, who drew inspiration from her “ugly divorce” from NITRO singer Jim Gillette.
“Gary Hoey and I wanted to approach this record by getting back to basics,” she said. “We want to strip away all the electronics and plug-ins and keep it to vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Going back to basics is going back to what punk, metal and THE RUNAWAYS was for me.”
She added, “[The album title] ‘Living Like A Runaway’ means freedom and empowerment. To do what I want and to pursue my dreams while answering to no one.”
In a 2011 interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Lita said that “Living Like A Runaway” will be 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. A lot of people have told me that they want a real Lita album, and I know what they mean. They are going to get it.”
She continued, “I really wasn’t that comfortable with ‘Wicked Wonderland’ — 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. This time I want to do it on my own. The last one 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 and Jim are the parents of two sons, Rocco and James.