Lita Ford
Musician, songwriter
Lita Ford
Carmelita Rossana "Lita" Ford is a British-born, American-raised rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career in the 1980s.
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12 Awesome Baby Names From New Celebrity Dads
Huffington Post - 8 months
Each year Nameberry likes to give a Father’s Day salute to those proud celeb dads who’ve most recently welcomed babies -- and 2016 happened to see some exceptionally awesome names. Some of these dads are first timers, while others are continuing to grow their families. Here are our nominations for the 12 most outstanding baby names from celebrity dads who've welcomed new additions in 2016. Ashe Olsen "Late Night" host Seth Meyers honored two of the most important women in his life with his son’s name. Ashe -- right on trend with popular Asher and Ash -- is the maiden name of his wife Alexi; the middle name Olsen was the maiden name of Meyers’ maternal grandmother. They were able to keep in play two family names that might have been lost. Boomer Robert Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps’ joy at the birth of his first son is obvious in the choice of the upbeat nickname name Boomer. Robert is a tribute to Phelps’ longtime coach, "Bob" Bowman, and also to his great-grandmo ...
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Lita Ford: The Runaways were 'rebellious jailbait teenage troublemakers'
Fox News - about 1 year
Lita Ford’s band The Runaways were one of the first all-girl rock groups when they hit the scene in the mid-70s, just as punk rock was exploding.
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A Community Center Honoring 2 Slain Nuns, Forced Out of Its Home
NYTimes - about 3 years
The Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center must vacate its rooms at St. John the Baptist Parish in Bedford Stuyvesant since the property is being leased to a developer for housing.
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Oct. 4: Brewery Tour; Lita Ford in Concert
Agoura Hills - over 4 years
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Karman Kregloe: The Best Lesbian Moments Of The Week
Huffington Post - over 4 years
AfterEllen.com is Logo's site for lesbians and bisexual women in entertainment and media, which means we pride ourselves on knowing all kinds of Sapphic pop-culture facts. Each week we'll share some of the best tidbits on The Huffington Post in our new series, "Best Lesbian Week Ever." Here's who and what was on our raging gay radar this week. U.S. Olympic soccer player Megan Rapinoe officially came out in an interview with Out magazine. Rapinoe said, "I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out. I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want -- they need -- to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol' U.S. of A." Photo courtesy of Getty Images Lesbian character Karen (played by lesbian actress Joanna Johnson) came out to her brother "Dollar" Bill on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. While Karen expected the worst from Bill, he surprised her with his posi ...
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Weekend best bets: June 29-July 1
ajc - over 4 years
The “Dancing Machine” sequence from Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, which comes to Philips Arena this weekend. FRIDAY Performing arts: Cirque du Soleil celebrates the music of the late King of Pop in “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” an elaborate production taking over Philips Arena for three performances at 8 p.m. June 29 and 30 and 4 p.m. July 1. Check out our preview. Festival: Old Five Points, at the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads, is the place to experience cuisines from around the world at the Taste of the World Fest. they’ll also have an artists’ market, music and more. It happens noon-10 p.m. June 29-30. Music: If the movie “Rock of Ages” has you longing to relive the rock of the ’80s, This weekend’s Def Leppard and Poison concert is a great place to do that. The show begins at 7 p.m. June 29 at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood with opener Lita Ford. Read our interview with Def Leppard guitarist Vivian …
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Album Premiere: Lita Ford, 'Living Like a Runaway'
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Click to listen to Lita Ford's album 'Living Like a Runaway' Lita Ford realizes that her last release 2009's nü metal-inspired Wicked Wonderland left many of her hardcore fans befuddled So the former Runaways guitarist recorded an album much more in line with her earlier efforts Living Like a Runaway out...
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Lita Ford from the Runaways joins the resurging heavy metal scene
LATimes - over 4 years
Lita Ford is taking part in a 'Rock of Ages' tour with Def Leppard and Poison. She's open to a Runaways reunion with Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. In the days when hair-metal bands ruled the Sunset Strip and MTV — i.e., in the age of rock depicted in the musical and movie"Rock of Ages" — sex roles were rather Neanderthal. Male musicians patrolled the stage; video vixens rolled around on the hoods of hot rods.
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Def Leppard talk hair metal, Rock of Ages and Tom Cruise
Ciniplex - over 4 years
Def Leppard has no shame. When it comes to riding the fur-covered, animal print-lined coattails of Rock of Ages, the big-screen musical opening Friday about love and hair bands in the 1980s, the group isn't shying away from commandeering some of the film's spotlight to remind everyone they're still around, and they're still rockin'. Rock of Ages was, after all, the title of a Def Leppard hit long before it was a Broadway musical. The British band - lead singer Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell - re-recorded two of their songs that appear in the film, and they're teaming up with Poison and Lita Ford for a summer tour kicking off June 20 in Salt Lake City. "The movie helps a lot without the momentum of something like a new album," said Elliott during a break from rehearsing for the tour, which they're not-so-subtly calling the "Rock of Ages" tour. In the movie, Tom Cruise's out-there rocker Stacee Jaxx performs a ...
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The Random Rock N' More: Weekend Edition (Updates on 40+ Bands & Artists)
Kik Axe Music - almost 5 years
It's time for a weekend edition of The Random Rock N' More, the column where the ''...for Grown-ups'' section infiltrates the normally family-friendly homepage of The Rock Father. Below you'll find updates on over 40 bands and artists - all of which have hit my inbox in the past few days. ''Random Rock'' means just that. Black Metal, indie, punk, acoustic, underground, mainstream - it's all here. ''N' More is everything else for a well-balanced musical parfait. Let's get to work. Far East Movement Maroon 5 Robert Schwartzman Exhumed Saving Abel The Runaways It Bites Steamhammer Records Inside Out Records Ignite Hot Water Music Doro That Metal Show Eve to Adam Beastie Boys Coldplay SPV Records Lita Ford Cherri Bomb The Cult The AllAmerican Rejects Weezer Matt Toka Century Media Records The Random Rock
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Audio Roundup: New Music from CHELSEA GRIN, FIREWIND, PRIMATE, LITA FORD, SABATON
Metal Injection - almost 5 years
We're helping you get over that hump day slump with a slew of new music samplings. We got new tracks from Chelsea Grin, Firewind, Primate, Lita Ford and Saboton. We kick it off with a new track from Chelsea Grin. C'Grin is putting out an EP called Evolve on June 19th. The first track, "Lilith" can be ...
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Artists' CSA 'shares' on sale May 3; 'Pippi' is back
Minn Post - almost 5 years
Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. for the fourth season of Community Supported Art. Think Community Supported Agriculture, except instead of buying food from local farmers, you’re buying art from local artists. Nine artists will create 50 “shares” for the program; buy a share and receive three “farm boxes” of locally produced artwork at intervals throughout the summer. This year’s artists include Alyssa Baguss, Tara Costello, Steven Lang, Andy Mattern, Stefanie Motta, the team of Louisa Podlich and Chistian Dahlager, Alex Reed, Krista Kelley Walsh, and Lunalux Letterpress Studio. Shares cost $300. Reserve yours here (the form won’t be live until 10 a.m. Thursday). If you’re seriously interested, it’s best not to dawdle on this. We’ll know today whether the Walker won a Webby, the award honoring excellence on the Internet. It was nominated for Best Art Site on April 10, the public voted until April 26, and this is the day when the winners are named, giving them time to ma ...
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Hot ticket: Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford in Charlotte
Go Upstate - almost 5 years
Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford will perform Aug. 11 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C. Tickets, $20-$125, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lita Ford
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 57
    Lita released her autobiography Living Like A Runaway in June 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 54
    Lita appeared on the May/June 2013 cover of Making Music Magazine to discuss her life and career.
    More Details Hide Details Lita competed on the reality cook show Chopped in hopes of raising $10,000 for her charity, Parental alienation. Lita made it through the first round, but was eliminated in the second round.
    In 2013, Ford reunited with former Runaways bandmate Cherie Currie to record a Christmas single.
    More Details Hide Details The single ties into work Currie and Ford are both doing on behalf of Toys for Tots, a charity run by the U.S. Marine Corps, which gives holiday toys to children of need.
    In 2013, Ford referred to her ex-husband as a "control freak" and commented that Gillette had turned the children against her because she had taken a trip to speak to TLC executives about the impending reality television show deal.
    More Details Hide Details She stated that because she had taken control of the show, Gillette turned the couple's children against her, threatening that Ford was going to do harm to the children. Due to this, Ford has become an advocate for the awareness of Parental alienation. During her solo career, Ford endorsed musical instrument manufacturer B.C. Rich and exclusively used several of the brand's guitars, most notably the Warlock. Ford had a small role in the 1992 horror/comedy film Highway to Hell playing a character called "The Hitchhiker". Ford was also asked by VH-1 to join the cast of the seventh season of the reality television program The Surreal Life in 2007. She declined. Ford contributed her likeness and voice to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC video game Brütal Legend. She appears as the character Rima, alongside Jack Black, Tim Curry, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford and Lemmy Kilmister. Her song "Betrayal" is also one of the 100+ songs that appear in the game.
  • 2011
    Age 52
    In May 2011, Ford promised to release a "real comeback album" later in the year with drummer Chuck Spradlin, saying that 2009's nu metal-inspired Wicked Wonderland, was too much of a collective project with ex-husband Jim Gillette. "A lot of people have told me that they want a real Lita Ford album, and I know what they mean.
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    In a March 2011, interview on the Classic Rock Revisited website, Ford claimed that she had taken a business trip to Los Angeles to discuss the reality show with TLC executives, and returned home to find her husband and sons not speaking to her.
    More Details Hide Details She also claimed that her sons physically attacked her, encouraged by Gillette, after which she decided to divorce him.
    In a February 2011 radio interview, Ford acknowledged that she and Gillette were divorcing.
    More Details Hide Details The family were in negotiations for a reality TV show, tentatively titled The Gillettes: An Extreme American Family on TLC. The couple's impending divorce ended any plans for the television show.
  • 2009
    Age 50
    After a long recording hiatus, Ford released the new album Wicked Wonderland on October 6, 2009, on the JLRG Entertainment label.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with ExclusiveMagazine.com, Ford spoke about her new material: "I just wanted to kick ass! I don't know what's popular, or the flavor of the day. I just wanted the music to rock! The lyrics are very personal and that's it. I wasn't going to come out in sandals with hairy armpits!".
    In June 2009, she toured the United States and Europe with a new line-up on her last 14 shows consisting of former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, drummer Dennis Leeflang, and Deepfield bassist PJ Farley.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 49
    In June 2008, Ford reemerged with a new band with Stet Howland (WASP) on drums, playing several warm-up gigs under the moniker Kiss Me Deadly prior to Rocklahoma in the New York City area.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 36
    Following the release of Black in 1995, Ford did not release new material until the Wicked Wonderland album almost fifteen years later.
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  • 1994
    Age 35
    Ford was married to W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes in the early 1990s for a short time; the pair divorced and Ford began dating former Nitro vocalist Jim Gillette in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details The couple were married after knowing each other for only two weeks. They have two sons, James and Rocco Gillette. The family moved to Turks and Caicos, where Gillette operated a small building and real estate developing business.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    Ford signed with RCA Records, hired Sharon Osbourne Management, and re-emerged with a more radio-friendly pop-metal sound. In 1988, she released her most commercially successful album, the self-produced Lita.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured several singles including "Kiss Me Deadly", "Back to the Cave", "Close My Eyes Forever", and "Falling In and Out of Love", a song co-written by Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe. The ballad "Close My Eyes Forever", a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, remains her most successful song, reaching No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Ford followed up the success of Lita with the album Stiletto (1990). Stiletto featured the singles "Hungry" and "Lisa" (a song dedicated to her mother). However, the album failed to match the success of her previous release. Ford's next release was Dangerous Curves (1991), which featured her last charting single to date, "Shot of Poison". Ford's final album prior to a lengthy recording hiatus was Black on the German ZYX Records. By the mid-1990s, Ford placed a reduced priority on her music career as she turned her attention towards raising her two young sons.
  • 1983
    Age 24
    Following the breakup of The Runaways, Ford set about launching a solo career. Her debut solo album, entitled Out for Blood, was released in 1983 and was a commercial disappointment.
    More Details Hide Details Her next release, Dancin' on the Edge (1984) achieved moderate success and Ford's popularity began to rise. Dancin' on the Edge included the single "Fire in My Heart", which reached the Top 10 in several countries outside the United States. The follow-up single, "Gotta Let Go", performed better, reaching number one on the Mainstream Rock charts. Lita said in an interview that she recorded an unreleased album with RCA Records, and Tony Iommi didn't perform on it.
  • 1979
    Age 20
    With neither faction willing to compromise, the band finally broke up in April 1979.
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    Ford's lead-guitar playing became an integral element of the band's sound until their eventual break-up in April 1979.
    More Details Hide Details In 1977, internal conflicts were erupting within The Runaways, who had by that time already parted ways with producer Fowley, lead singer Cherie Currie, and bassist Jackie Fox. Vocalist/guitarist Joan Jett wanted the band to shift to a more Ramones-influenced punk rock sound, while Ford and drummer Sandy West wanted to continue playing the hard rock-oriented songs the band had become known for.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 16
    In 1975, at age 16, Ford was recruited by recording impresario Kim Fowley to join the all-female rock band he was assembling called The Runaways.
    More Details Hide Details The band soon secured a recording contract and released their first album in 1976. The band's "jailbait on the run" gimmick garnered significant media attention and The Runaways became a successful recording and touring act during their late 1970s heyday.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on September 19, 1958.
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