Not many people can say that they have survived in the music industry for decades. Lita Ford is one of them. First as an original member of The Runaways, then as a successful solo artist, the legend of Lita Ford continues to grow in rock n' rock history as well as popular culture.
As a teenager in the late 1970's, Lita Ford was a founding member and lead guitarist of the pioneering all-female rock group, The Runaways. Lita, along with band members Joan Jett, Sandy West, Jackie Fox, and Cherie Currie, not only proved that girls could rock, but they could do it with the best of them. From the bands beginning to their eventual breakup in 1979, Lita Fords guitar playing provided much of the force behind the bands ground-breaking sound.
The Runaways have influenced countless musicians over the years, both male and female. Bands such as The Donnas, Bikini Kill, and L7 wear their influence as a badge of honor, while other all-female groups like The Bangles, The Go-Go's, or Precious Metal may not have had the opportunity to exist without the doors opened by The Runaways.
The 1980's began the solo career of Lita Ford. With the release of albums such as Out for Blood, Dancin' on the Edge, and Lita, she was well on her way to earning the title of "The Queen of Metal".
As a solo artist Lita had the freedom to lean more to the hard side of rock n' roll. Hit singles Kiss Me Deadly and Close My Eyes Forever, a duet with metal master Ozzy Osbourne, took Lita to new heights both commercially and artistically. Kiss Me Deadly was named one of the best hard rock songs of all time by VH1, while Close Me Eyes Forever is featured Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore.
Lita (pictured left with Alice Cooper) continued her solo success with a string of well received albums into the 1990's.
After a long self-imposed break from the crazy world of the music industry, Lita Ford returned to the stage in 2008 at the Rocklahoma music festival and to the studio with 2009's Wicked Wonderland.
The future is on fire for The Queen of Metal, Lita Ford. As we speak, Lita Ford is writing new material and will hit the studio very soon to record a brand new album due in 2011. When asked about the new material her response is simply, "This will be the first REAL Lita album in a long time!"