Inching closer and closer to a Runaways reunion, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie have recorded a new Christmas song for the 2013 season, “Rock This Christmas Down.” According to Currie, the song “has the flare of our Runaways legacy but its pure Lita. It rocks like only she can. We took a dim, negative and unfinished past and turned it into a positive future. It doesn’t get any better then that. I know this will be the best Christmas I have had in decades.”
Ford is excited about the new song as well. “I thought the world could use a new Christmas song. The song was Written by Mitch Perry, my guitarist and Michael Dan Ehmig, my lyricist, along with Marty O’Brien on bass, and Rodger Carter on drums. We so rocked it!
“What I didn’t know is that I’d be singing it as a duet with my long lost sister, Cherie Currie. I am blessed to have her back in my life, and what an appropriate time and song to rehash an old friendship. CHRISTMAS!!!
“Cherie hopped a plane from Chicago to L.A., and drove straight to the studio and threw down her vocal track on this rocking song! Needless to say, it was magic and history in the making.”
Of course, this isn’t Lita’s first Christmas song…she also appeared on Twisted Sister’s Twisted Christmas. What’s more Christmas than Dee Snider?
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a big fan of the 1980s hard rock scene. Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, and Poison were some of the biggest bands back then. When it comes to solo artists, there was none bigger than Ozzy Osbourne. He always picked great guitarists to play on his records: Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde. If anyone is deserving of the JT’s Ultimate Mixtape treatment, it is Ozzy Osbourne.
The rules are simple:
- Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
- That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the artist to promote said album.
- Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixes of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
- Live albums are a waste of time. This is a general rule that applies to most, but Ozzy’s Tribute album is obviously exempt.
JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Ozzy Osbourne edition…
- “Crazy Train” (Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980)
- “Over The Mountain” (Diary Of A Madman, 1981)
- “War Pigs” (Speak of the Devil, 1982)
- “Bark At The Moon” (Bark at the Moon, 1983)
- “Shot In The Dark” (The Ultimate Sin, 1986)
- “Suicide Solution” (Tribute, 1987)
- “Crazy Babies” (No Rest for the Wicked, 1988)
- “No More Tears” (No More Tears, 1991)
- “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (Live & Loud, 1993)
- “I Just Want You” (Ozzmosis, 1995)
- “Back On Earth” (The Ozzman Cometh, 1997)
- “Dreamer” (Down to Earth, 2001)
- “Sunshine Of Your Love” (Under Cover, 2005)
- “I Don’t Wanna Stop” (Black Rain, 2007)
- “Let Me Hear You Scream” (Scream, 2010)
Ten very solid studio albums, three live albums, a compilation and a covers album are all represented on JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Ozzy Osbourne edition. But, as always, we’ve got to have some bonus tracks. It was hard to whittle this list down, and I didn’t even include any Black Sabbath material (that will come later…oooh, foreshadowing).
- Was (Not Was) “Shake Your Head (Let’s Go To Bed)” (Born to Laugh at Tornadoes, 1983)
- Lita Ford “Close My Eyes Forever” (Lita, 1988)
- Gary Moore “Led Clones” (After the War, 1989)
- Ozzy Osbourne “Purple Haze” (Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell, 1989)
- Bill Ward “Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)” (Ward One: Along the Way, 1990)
- Alice Cooper “Hey Stoopid” (Hey Stoopid, 1991)
- Infectious Grooves “Therapy” (The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move…It’s The Infectious Grooves, 1991)
- Motörhead “I Ain’t No Nice Guy” (March Or Die, 1992)
- Ozzy Osbourne with Miss Piggy “Born To Be Wild” (Kermit Unpigged, 1994)
- Ozzy Osbourne “Walk On Water” (Beavis And Butt-Head Do America, 1996)
- Ringo Starr “Vertical Man” (Vertical Man, 1998)
- Rick Wakeman “Buried Alive” (Return To The Centre Of The Earth, 1999)
- Coal Chamber “Shock The Monkey” (Chamber Music, 1999)
- Tony Iommi “Who’s Fooling Who” (Iommi, 2000)
- Rob Zombie “Iron Head” (The Sinister Urge, 2001)
- Black Label Society “Stillborn” (The Blessed Hellride, 2003)
- Mountain “Masters Of War” (Masters of War, 2007)
- Slash “Crucify The Dead” (Slash, 2010)
- Eminem “Going Through Changes” (Recovery, 2010)
Man, this guy gets around! And I didn’t even include everything that I could have! Of course, the duet with Lita is a no-brainer, but Ozzy has really contributed a lot of great material to other bands.
What’s on your Ultimate Mixtape for Ozzy? Try to stick to the rules laid out above!
The reigning queen of Hard Rock Lita Ford has teamed up with USA TODAY for an exclusive premiere of the new video for her single “Mother”. The song comes from Ford’s latest solo effort Living Like a Runaway that was released last summer on Steamhammer/SPV. The video was directed by former Runaway Victory Tischler-Blue. Head over to www.usatoday.com and get a first look at “Mother”.
Lita commented on the video and the song “Mother”:
Mother is my song to my beautiful sons. I know they will see the truth one day. They will always have a place in my heart, which bleeds for them through this song.
Lita will be on the road in the coming weeks, a complete list of dates can be found below.
Lita teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period.” Ford is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate,’ and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.
LITA FORD Live:
5/23: Melbourne, Australia @ Prince of Wales Bandroom
5/25: Sydney, Australia @ Factory Theater
6/8: Vernal, UT @ Thunder Rocks @ Western Park
6/24: New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club (Lita Salutes Les Paul – 2 Shows)
6/29: Norfolk, NE @ Music Fest 2013 w/Bret Michaels and Vince Neil
7/13: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot w/Ratt
7/24: Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
7/25: Malmo, Sweden @ KB
7/26: Rejmyre, Sweden @ Skogsrojet Festival
7/27: Jevanaker, Norway @ The Untouchables
8/7: Sturgis, SD @ Sturgis Bike Rally
8/15: Mankato, MN @ Stond Amphitheater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/16: Moline, IL @ I Wireless Center w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/17: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/18: Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Stadium w/ Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/23: Viroqua, WI @ Vernon County Fairgrounds “Jamming for the Vets”
9/14: Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley w/Dokken, Skid Row and Ratt
The “Rock of Ages” show stopped by the Riverbend Music Center on Monday night, with the Queen of Metal Lita Ford opening for Poison and Def Leppard. Playing a half-hour set, Lita was able to squeeze in two new songs, “Living Like A Runaway” and “Branded,” along with her major hits “Close My Eyes Forever” and “Kiss Me Deadly.” While she did not have the freedom of a full show as she did in Lexington last week, she made the most of her time and got the crowd pumped up for two of the best-selling hard rock acts of the 1980s.
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One of the most influential women in the hard rock world is Lita Ford. Even after a long hiatus from performing, she is proving this year that she can still rock with the best of them. Lita is currently on tour with Poison and Def Leppard, but I was fortunate to catch one of her solo performances Thursday night in Lexington, Kentucky, in which she played for a solid ninety minutes (as opposed to the thirty minutes she gets during the Poison/Def Leppard concerts).
Lita impressed the small but enthusiastic crowd at Buster’s Billiards & Backroom with a set packed with both hits and new songs. From her classics such as “Back To The Cave” and “Hungry” to the legendary “Close My Eyes Forever” and “Kiss Me Deadly,” she kept the energy high throughout the set. Four new songs from Living Like A Runaway were included in the set: “Living Like A Runaway,” “Branded,” “Devil In My Head,” and “Bad Neighborhood,” which is a bonus track that is not included on the standard CD release of the album. One of the most powerful performances of the night was “Under The Gun,” featuring some fantastic fretwork from Mitch Perry.
Certainly, if you are planning to attend a Poison/Def Leppard show, be sure to get there in time to see Lita Ford rock out before Poison goes on. And if you are able to catch her on a “night off” in a local club, do not waste the opportunity. Lita Ford is still and always will be the Queen of Metal.
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Running Like A Runaway
Killer guitar riffs, driving basslines, straightforward rock vocals and lyrics…this is the Lita Ford we all knew and loved in the 1980s. Forget her last album ever happened; Living Like A Runaway is a return to what Lita does best: rock out. The songs have a classic sound that will no doubt sound great in concert.
Opening for Poison and Def Leppard this summer, she has been playing two songs from the new album. “Branded” is the first track on the record, a hard-hitting song about a bad relationship. The second song being performed live is the title track, “Living Like A Runaway” with a singalong quality that will no doubt become a permanent part of her live performance.
There are several other songs on this album that could work in a live setting. “Relentless” is a hard rocker, while “Mother” is a heartfelt acoustic piece. With Gary Hoey as the producer of the album, one might expect some insane guitar solos, but that’s not the case. There is plenty of great guitar on Living Like A Runaway, but it’s not over-the-top. The restraint shown by Lita and Gary is impressive.
Overall, Living Like A Runaway is a very strong return to form for Lita Ford. It is doubtful you will like every song here, but there is enough to remind the listener of the 1980s to make it worth the time to listen.
3. The Mask
4. Living Like A Runaway
7. Devil In My Head
9. Love 2 Hate U
10. A Song To Slit Your Wrists By
Album Available Today on Steamhammer/SPV
Today sees the release of the highly anticipated new album Living Like A Runaway, from Metal Icon LITA FORD via Steamhammer/SPV. The album will be available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.
Lita commented on the release of Living Like a Runaway:
“The new album Living Like a Runaway is finally ready for the universe to hear. You will feel it your bones when you listen to it. So get your new CD, put it in your car (or wherever your favorite place is to listen to music is) and BLAST IT LOUDER THAN LOUD!!!”
In celebration of the release RollingStone.com the online home of Rolling Stone Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire album. Listen to Living Like a Runaway in its entirety HERE.
Ford is beyond stoked to be sharing the new album with the help of Rolling Stone:
“Thanks to Rolling Stone for all their support and for streaming Living Like A Runaway in its entirety!!! Rolling Stone rocks it big time as usual!!!”
Coinciding with the album’s release, Lita is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the “Rock of Ages Tour”. In addition to the dates with Def Leppard and Poison, Lita has confirmed additional headlining shows during the run. These dates are scheduled for June 21st in Tempe, AZ, June 28th in Lexington, KY and July 12th in Jim Thorpe, PA. A complete listing of all dates can be found below.
Lita Ford has teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this killer project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period.” Ford is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate,’ and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.
Following the demise of the Runaways, Lita Ford concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osbourne “Close Your Eyes Forever” “What Do You Know About Love”, “Shot Of Poison”, “Larger Than Life” and “Kiss Me Deadly”. With the release of Living Like A Runaway, expect many more songs to be added to the list of hits.
Lita Ford on Tour With Def Leppard and Poison:
6/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
6/21: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee (headlining show)
6/22: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Amphitheater
6/25: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
6/27: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
6/28: Lexington, KY @ Buster’s Billiards + Backroom (headlining show)
6/29: Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
6/30: Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Time Forum
7/2: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/3: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/6: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
7/7: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
7/10: Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
7/11: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
7/12: Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak (headlining show)
7/13: Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Pavilion
7/14: Atlantic City, NJ @ Revel Ovation Hall
7/16: Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
7/17: Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
7/19: Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
8/9: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center
8/11: Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/12: Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
8/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/15: Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
8/17: Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/18: Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
8/20: Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/22: Bangor, ME @ Bangor Waterfront
8/24: Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/25: St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
8/28: Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
8/29: Lampe, MO @ Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater
8/31: Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater
9/1: Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/3: Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
9/4: Austin, TX @ Cedar Park Center
9/11: Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino Amphitheater
9/12: Tucson, AZ @ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
9/14: Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
I didn’t want to see Poison in concert this year. The setlist has been practically the same for the past decade (with a few covers from Poison’d sprinkled in here and there), and with no new material I don’t expect that to change in 2012. Combine that with the fact that they are touring with Def Leppard…again…and it’s an easy decision: I’m not going.
That changed today when the opening act was announced…
I’ve never seen Ms. Ford in concert. I was supposed to go to Iowa a couple of years ago for Rock Gone Wild, but that event was cancelled. Then she was going to play at a local club in Covington with Queensrÿche, and something happened. I don’t remember if the show was cancelled or if I had other plans that I couldn’t get out of, but I didn’t get to go then either.