Lita Ford is a British-born, American rock musician and singer who was the lead guitarist for highly successful, but short lived, all-girl band The Runaways in the late 70’s. Ford achieved popularity for her solo career during the 1980’s. Her 1988 album LITA went platinum in the USA and it featured four commercial hits, including “Kiss Me Deadly”, “Back to the Cave”, “Falling In And Out Of Love” and “Close My Eyes Forever” which was a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. The 90’s wasn’t an easy time for hard rock bands/artists. Following the release of BLACK in 1995 Ford retired from the music business and focused on family life. Lita returned to the stage in 2008 and one year later she released WICKED WONDERLAND, which was her first album in almost fifteen years. Since then she has gone through many changes including a difficult divorce from Jim Gillette but she has also released her strongest album in decades titled LIVING LIKE A RUNAWAY (2012). Lita Ford and her renewed band arrived to a mini-tour in Scandinavia in July. I was fortunate to meet her at backstage in Skogsrojet festival in Sweden and here are the results of that interesting discussing session. Read on!Read the rest of this entry »
Bobby Rock is a Los Angeles based rock/metal drummer. The man first came into awareness with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion which featured, as its name suggests, former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, bassist Dana Strum and vocalist Robert Fleischman who was soon replaced by Mark Slaughter. The band released two albums before disbanding in 1988. Later on, Rock worked on several projects including The Skull, Nitro, and Hardline. He’s also been working many years with the band Nelson and released solo albums, including OUT OF BODY (1996), several instructional DVD’s, books, and has become a recognized health and fitness specialist, with certifications in exercise, nutrition, and meditation. In recent years Rock has also played with the metal band Carnival of Souls, Gary Hoey and Graham Bonnet’s Alcatrazz. In addition to all this, Bobby joined the legendary Lita Ford band last January. The band did a mini-tour in Sweden in late July 2013. At Skogsrojet festival, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to sit down with Bobby and discuss the current Lita Ford thing, his past with Vinnie Vincent and other interesting topics. Read on!
Skogsrojet is one of these newer hard rock / metal festivals organized in the promised land of festivals, Sweden. The two day event is held in the outlying village of Rejmyre and the nearest town is Norrkoping about 40 kilometers away. The festival was held for the first time in 2006 and it has been increasing steadily year by year. Last years line-up included Alice Cooper, Doro, Testament and L.A. Guns and now the fans were treated to Twisted Sister, Helloween, Pretty Maids and Lita Ford. As you can see from the list of names, the event organizers rely heavily on traditional hard rock spiced with a few heavier acts. I don’t know if this kind of concept would work anywhere else, but in Sweden, but it works. This year, the festival again gathered thousands of participants who were eager to rock hard!!!
Classic Rock Revisited founder Jeb Wright recently caught up with LITA FORD to discuss her new album, Living Like A Runaway. An excerpt is available below:
Jeb: Living Like A Runaway is an album of redemption. Do you agree?
Lita: “Yeah, I have risen from the ashes. My girlfriend called me and said I was like the Phoenix. She said she was going to buy me a tattoo of the Phoenix. I had no idea what she was talking about, so I Googled it. When I learned what that was, I related to it because I really did have to dig myself out of my situation and rise again. I am very happy with the record. My manager, the record company and everyone that helped me with the record is happy, too. I can’t wait to start playing these songs live.”
Jeb: How important was it to you to make this album sound like you?
Lita: “I had to make it sound like me because I had to bury the last album. The only way I could do that was to make a true Lita album. Gary (Hoey/producer, guitarist) brought the best out of me, on guitar and vocals. I didn’t have anybody squashing me down saying, ‘No, you’re doing it all wrong. You’re not playing that riff right.’ You know what? I wrote that fucking riff, so I know how to play it. I have really had a lot of freedom on this record and that is what makes it sound so True Blue, because it’s real. There is no doubling the vocals and tripling the guitars and quadrupling this or that. I really went back to basics on this record. We stuck to bass, drums, guitar and vocals.”
Jeb: ‘Living Like A Runaway’ is an autobiographical song.
Lita: “Yes, it is an autobiographical song. It turned out great. We didn’t know what we were going to call the album. At first, we were going to call it Branded, and I thought that was a good title. We, then, came up with Living Like a Runaway. I thought that was a great title. We got on the phone with the record company and I said, ‘What do you want to call the album? We’ve got Living Like A Runaway and we’ve got Branded. The president of the record company said, ‘We want to call it Living Like A Runaway’ in his big Germany accent. I hung up the phone and said, ‘I don’t have a damn song written with that title.’ I immediately went to work writing the song because I put my foot in my mouth by getting the album named after a song that wasn’t written.
I thought, if I don’t write this song then somebody else will write it; I have to write it. I got on the phone with my lyricist, Michael Dan, and the two of us wrote the lyrics over the phone; it was really wild. I would sing, ‘Run, baby, run’ and he would go, ‘Across New York City’ and I would go, ‘Run, baby, run’ and he would go, ‘Through the streets of LA.’ We did it over the phone, singing back and forth. At one point in his life, Michael was on the run from the law, years ago. He knows what it is like to be a runaway. I went to Gary’s house and in three days we had the song written and recorded.”
Jeb: Would you ever consider reuniting with THE RUNAWAYS?
Lita: “I would love to play with them again…I would love it. I don’t know if it will ever happen, but if it does happen, then now is the time for it to happen. Not ten years from now, or ten years ago, the time is now. They know I want to do it. I hope one day they will call me and say, ‘Okay, Lita…let’s go. Roll up your sleeves and write some songs.’ I really think it would be a blast. I think we would do really well. It would be a great way to end our career as The Runaways. It really would be a good point of exit.”
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FANTASY CAMP ROCKS THE BAHAMAS AT ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND IN FEBRUARY 2011
First-Ever Tropics Camp Features Special Guest Counselors
Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford
The Who’s Roger Daltrey Slated to Host New York City Rock Camp in January
LOS ANGELES (November 11, 2010) — Can you imagine playing lead guitar for Crüe drummer Tommy Lee or jamming alongside KISS icon Ace Frehley and pioneering Runaways rock goddess Lita Ford in front of a live, screaming and standing-room-only crowd? For many people, this is a lifelong fantasy; at Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, it becomes reality. From February 17th to 20th at the world-famous Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas, rock enthusiasts and amateur musicians from all walks of life will have the opportunity to interact with, learn from, jam with and perform alongside their idols as part of the rock camp that became the centerpiece of VH1 Classic’s new series – also called Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp – whichdebuted October 16th as the most watchedseries premiere in network history.
Over the four-day camp, counselors will kick-start campers’ hearts – and rock skills – transforming them from rock hobbyists into arena maestros. In addition to guest counselors Lee, Frehley and Ford, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp at Atlantis will feature several of the rock star counselors from the Mark Burnett-produced VH1 Classic show, including Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Kip Winger of Winger, and renowned singer/songwriter Mark Hudson (Aerosmith), plus Alan White of YES, George Lynch of Dokken, and many others.
“The Bahamas is going to rock like never before when Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp invades Atlantis Resort with an unprecedented line-up of some of the most celebrated rockers on the planet, all there for one reason: to make rock ‘n’ roll magic by transforming amateurs into rock stars,” says Rock Camp founder/CEO David Fishof. “Where else can someone with a passion for music spend four days playing with and learning from rock icons like Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford? Our Bahamas camp will be one of our most life-changing events ever produced.”
From the minute campers arrive in the Bahamas, their rock ‘n’ roll adventure begins. Campers will form their own bands; meet, jam with and receive intensive and ongoing instruction from the rock star counselors; spend over 10 hours a day in-studio jamming and creating original music under the guidance of a famous rock musician; take a variety of specialized master classes conducted by rock icons; break bread with industry insiders; and play live before a jam packed crowd at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
There are three packages – the four-day Rock Star package, and six-day Headliner and the Groupie packages – allowing campers a variety of options to tap into their inner Robert Plant.
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp premiered as the most watched show in VH1 Classic history for a reason,” added Fishof. “Our Atlantis camp this February will be one of our most star-studded camps ever.”
Prior to the Bahamas camp, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp takes New York City by storm January 12th to 17th with help from special guest counselor Roger Daltrey of The Who, one of the most iconic front men in rock history. Additionally, this fall, in conjunction with the VH1 Classic series, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is criss-crossing the nation, bringing a series of “Weekend Warrior” Camps to several cities. The tour, which kicked off in Philadelphia on October 22nd, is led by Allman Brothers legend Dickey Betts and ends in Chicago (Nov. 19-21). Spots are still available in Chicago.
Learn more about Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, tour dates and pricing at www.rockcamp.com.
About Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp
Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp was founded by David Fishof in 1997 as the ultimate music experience for the amateur or aficionado, pairing music lovers of all levels together with rock icons for a first-hand immersion in the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Camp attendees move from spectator to band member, sharing the stage – and limelight – with rock icons for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. More details are available at www.rockcamp.com.
About Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas
Atlantis, Paradise Island is the flagship resort of Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels. This unique, ocean-themed destination is located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis is home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects. Dolphin Cay, the resort’s interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants. The Cove Atlantis, a 600-room resort, features oversized rooms with a step down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean. Atlantis is also known as THE culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops, and the largest casino, conference center, meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.
For further information about Atlantis, Paradise Island; telephone 954-809-2000, or visit Atlantis.com. For reservations, call your travel agent or 800-ATLANTIS.
Additional questions and transcription by Jani “Ozzy” Salo
Legendary drummer Eric Singer first rose to fame playing drums on Lita Ford’s DANCIN’ ON THE EDGE tour back in 1984. Subsequently he joined up with Tony Iommi and played on two classic Black Sabbath albums, SEVENTH STAR in 1986 and THE ETERNAL IDOL the following year. Thereupon he toured the world with Gary Moore before reuniting with his old Black Sabbath colleague Ray Gillen in Badlands. In quick succession he hooked up with Alice Cooper for some touring before stepping in to replace the ailing Eric Carr in KISS and proceeding to record the classic REVENGE album in 1992 and the follow up CARNIVAL OF SOULS in 1997 as well as the live albums ALIVE III in 1993 and MTV UNPLUGGED in 1996. More recently he has, in addition to touring with both KISS and Alice Cooper, appeared on Alice’s BRUTAL PLANET album in 2000 and THE EYES OF ALICE COOPER album in 2003. He has also toured and put out albums with ESP (Eric Singer Project) and worked with Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia, Gilby Clarke and that’s not all… read all about it in this forthright interview.