Lita Rossana Ford is a British-American rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a solo career in the 1980s. 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. The original cover art for this album featured Lita standing in front of a spiderweb holding a broken blood-spurting guitar. It was later replaced with a cover of Lita standing in front of a purple background with her guitar. The album's artwork saw Ford adopting a very heavy metal-inspired image, an image she would maintain for much of the next decade.
Though former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford has been absent from the recording industry since 1997, she hasn't exactly been idle. After releasing Kiss Me Deadly, her final album after a string of them in the '80s and '90s, the music scene – and the industry with it – changed, and alternative ruled the airwaves. Ford got married to Jim Gillette, former vocalist with hair metal rockers Nitro, and started a family. In addition, she relocated to the Caribbean. Wicked Wonderland is uncharacteristic of the pop-metal she released a decade ago. It's an in-your-face metal record, but ultimately it's a very studied and calculated 21st century pop-metal record.
Though they had their moments, Lita Ford's PolyGram albums tended to be uneven. When the graduate of the Runaways – a great but neglected '70s band that also boasted Joan Jett and Cherie Currie – moved to Dreamland/RCA in 1988, her solo career got somewhat of a boost, both creatively and commercially. On Stiletto, the input of hit producer/songwriter Mike Chapman is an asset…
After working with power pop hero Mike Chapman on Stiletto, Lita Ford switched producers on Dangerous Curves and joined forces with another in-demand studio ace, Tom Werman. The result is a decent collection of slick, commercial hard rock that isn't much different from its predecessor…
Cleopatra Records offers up this live set by glam metal queen Lita Ford. Recorded in 2000, the album comprises material from her first six solo albums, the most recent of which prior to this recording was 1995's Black. Her major chart hits "Kiss Me Deadly" and the Ozzy Osbourne duet (sans Ozzy) "Close My Eyes Forever" are both here, and she sounds remarkably vibrant playing for a small club's worth of hardcore fans. Her voice and guitar playing are in good form, though there are moments here that sound like obvious overdubs or pre-recorded parts, like the way-too-clean backing vocals on "What Do You Know About Love." Still, most of it has the fire of a hard-rocking band playing in a sweaty rock club, which is what fans would want from one of the founding Runaways.
Lita is the third solo studio album by the American rock singer and guitarist Lita Ford. It was originally released in February 1988 and it was her first for RCA Records and her first published with the supervision of new manager Sharon Osbourne. The album features the song "Close My Eyes Forever", a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, and the hit "Kiss Me Deadly", which was named the 76th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. Musicians Don Nossov and Myron Grombacher, who were best known for being the rhythm section of the successful American singer Pat Benatar, joined Ford for the recording sessions and for the promotional tour.
'80s hard rock queen Lita Ford will release a new album, "Time Capsule", on April 15 via SPV/Steamhammer. The very special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. New album consisting of previously unreleased archival recordings featuring appearances from a long list of guests that includes members of Kiss and Cheap Trick.