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LITA FORD Doing A Massive Summer Tour in the US with POISON & DEF LEPPARD


Lita Ford will be joining DEF LEPPARD & POISON on their massive US summer tour. The tour will hit off on June 20 in Salt Late City. Check this page for dates.

LITA FORD Signs With SPV/Steamhammer; New Album Title Revealed



Lita Ford has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer. Her new album "Living Like A Runaway" is tentatively due in May. "SPV gets who I am, my work, and what it takes to bring this project to life. I'm very excited to have them on my team," says Lita. "Living Like A Runaway" was co-written and produced by rock guitarist Gary Hoey and represents a return to form for Lita, who drew inspiration from her "ugly divorce" from NITRO singer Jim Gillette. "Gary Hoey and I wanted to approach this record by getting back to basics," she said. "We want to strip away all the electronics and plug-ins and keep it to vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Going back to basics is going back to what punk, metal and THE RUNAWAYS was for me." She added, "[The album title] 'Living Like A Runaway' means freedom and empowerment. To do what I want and to pursue my dreams while answering to no one." In a 2011 interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Lita said that "Living Like A Runaway" will be her 'real comeback album'. She explained, "The last album I did was called "Wicked Wonderland", I put it out with Jim Gillette and we were married at the time. It is kind of a Jim/Lita album and not a really true Lita album. I got a lot of spiel about that. A lot of people have told me that they want a real Lita album, and I know what they mean. They are going to get it." She continued, "I really wasn't that comfortable with 'Wicked Wonderland' — not at all, to tell you the truth. There are parts of it that are good but it doesn't sound like a Lita record. When it got released, a lot of my fans felt weird about it and said it wasn't a Lita album. This time I want to do it on my own. The last one turned out to be more of a Jim album. We worked pretty well together. It doesn't suck, it's not a bad album; it's just not a Lita album."

JOAN JETT guests on forthcoming solo album Lemmy Kilmister (MOTORHEAD)


Lemmy of MOTORHEAD has recorded ten songs for a solo album, that he has been working on for the past seven years. Guests so far include FOO FIGHTERS' Dave Grohl, JOAN JETT, THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT and THE DAMNED. Lemmy is hoping to finish it soon for possible release in 2012.

LITA FORD SPEAKS OUT ABOUR NEW STUDIO ALBUM AND UPCOMING DIVORCE



Lita Ford revealed during an interview for 96.7 KCAL Rocks, that she is presently going through a really ugly divorce from her husband of 16 years, ex-NITRO vocalist Jim Gillette. According to Lita, the ordeal has inspired the lyrical themes covered on her forthcoming studio album "The Healing", which she hopes to release sometime this spring. When asked what kind of topics she is writing about on the new CD, Lita said, "that the album is based around people and their problems — whether it's divorce, sickness or whether they lost a job. The album is is all based around those sorts of things — sickness, cancer, loss, divorce... It's not gonna be depressing album. So far the songs are very upbeat and it is written with encouragement. I think a lot of people will be able to relate".

CHERIE CURRIE ON THE MOVE WITH A NEW ALBUM

VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum is putting the finishing touches on the new album from Cherie Currie, tentatively due later this year. The CD will feature additional contributions from Nick Maybury (PERRY FARRELL, MINK) and Grant Fitzpatrick (MINK). Slash [VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES] plays on it, Duff McKagan [VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES] plays on it, Billy Corgan [SMASHING PUMPKINS] is to be heard on a track, THE VERONICAS, JULIETTE LEWIS, COURTNEY LOVE, etc. Stay tuned, because Cherie is back!

LITA FORD WORKING ON NEW STUDIO ALBUM

At this past weekend's NAMM international music industry trade show in Anaheim, California, Lita Ford announced, that she is currently working on her new album for a tentative spring release. Also she will be doing some more live shows this summer.

LITA FORD'S 'THE GILETTES: FAMILY BUSINESS' WEBCOMIC SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER



Just in time for Halloween, Lita gets covered in blood, fights zombies, and escapes evil…. bunny rabbits? Yes, those are the scenes going on in the Queen of Metal's first foray into the world of comics.
First up is Lita and her family — husband Jim and sons Rocco and James Gillette — in a four-panel, full color adventure webcomic where 8-year-old Rocco is dreaming about evil bunnies coming to get him, only to wake up to find that a fiercer danger actually lies ahead for this rock and roll family.
The webcomic is just a tease to where the real action goes down in The Gillettes: Family Business comic book, which is out just after Halloween via JLRG Entertainment and Wham Bang Comics. The 24-page, full-color comic book has Lita and her brood fighting their way to a concert by battling zombies, which were created through an ancient curse by a supernatural mastermind. The dead, soulless and impenetrable-to-pain zombies can only be taken down by extreme force or decapitation and that's just what Lita, Jim, Rocco and James set out to do.
The creative team behind the comic book are the fourteen-year-old comic scribe Jake Tinsley and veteran Manga artist Jason Dube.
Fans can get a glimpse of the promo The Gillettes: Family Business, which Lita also plans to sell on tour starting in November, on the back page of Jake's Amber Hagerman Deserves Justice: A Night Owl Story, which is in stores on October 28.

LITA FORD: 'WICKED WONDERLAND' TRACK LISTING REVEALED & RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED



LITA FORD will release her first new studio album in fourteen years "Wicked Wonderland" in Europe on Oct. 2 via earMUSIC/Edel. The CD will be issued in the U.S. on Oct. 6 through Lita's own JLRG Entertainment label. The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Love; 02. Piece; 03. Crave; 04. Scream; 05. Sacred; 06. Wicked Wonderland; 07. Indulge; 08. Patriotic Snob; 09. Everything; 10. Inside; 11. Truth; 12. Betrayal; 13. Bed; 14. Garden; 15. Push; 16. Indulge (Remix); 17. Scream (Remix);
The record has been co-produced by Ford, her husband and former NITRO singer, Jim Gillette, and Greg Hampton (songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer of u.w. ALICE COOPER, etc.). Lita is backed on the record by drummer Stet Howland (formerly of W.A.S.P.), Hampton on bass, rhythm guitar and keyboards, Gillette on background vocals, and its vivid cover art is by ROB ZOMBIE bassist and solo artist Piggy D.

LITA FORD'S NEW TOURING LINE-UP AND MORE USA SHOWS


LITA FORD has announced her current lineup for touring and recording. It is as follows: Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) on drums; Teddy Cook (DIO) on bass; Michael T. Ross (HARDLINE, ANGEL) on keyboards & Tom Cavanagh (ALMOST QUEEN, BENT PUSSYCAT) on guitar. She will play at least a couple of warm-up shows for her upcoming Rocklahoma appearance. Lita is apparently being billed as 'the Lita Ford tribute act' KISS ME DEADLY for these special performances, which will kick off in early July. So far the following dates have been announced:
June 28 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY (USA)
July 06 Club Loaded at The Crazy Donkey, Famingdale, NY (USA)
July 07 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY (USA)
July 11 Rocklahoma (festival), Pryor, OK (USA)
July 06 Club Loaded at The Crazy Donkey, Famingdale, NY
July 07 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY

LITA FORD'S COMEBACK PERFORMANCE ON ROCKLAHOMA FESTIVAL AND A NEW RECORD DEAL

LITA FORD has signed a deal with Coallier Entertainment, the New York-based company, whose list of clients include such artists as TWISTED SISTER and SEBASTIAN BACH. In a statement released by Lita regarding her comeback performance in July, she had this to say: "It's been way too long since I've rocked a crowd. Broke out my axe and turned it up loud. Always in my heart, forever in my soul. On July 11th, I'm gonna rock 'n' roll. At Rocklahoma I'll hit the stage with thousands of you maniacs."
The ROCKLAHOMA festival will be held July 10-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. TRIUMPH and EXTREME are among the bands reuniting with all or most of their original lineups for this year's festival, which will also feature sets from NIGHT RANGER, CINDERELLA, TESLA, ARMORED SAINT, L.A. GUNS and many more. More than 85 bands will perform on three giant stages throughout the four days with several more big names to be added in the coming weeks.

NEON ANGELS ON THE ROAD TO RUIN - NEW RUNAWAYS MOVIE


JOAN JETT will executive produce a planned movie about her 1970’s all-girl band, THE RUNAWAYS, according to Variety [www.variety.com].
Floria Sigismondi will write and direct "Neon Angels", adapted from an unpublished memoir by lead singer Cherie Currie, that delves into the band’s sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle.
Producers Art and John Linson have secured music rights that will accent the tale of the five female teenage musicians brought together in 1975 by music producer Kim Fowley, undeniably leaving a legacy for future generations of female rockers.
The original line-up for the band’s eponymous 1976 debut album and its follow-up "Queens of Noise" consisted of Currie, Jett on rhythm guitar, Lita Ford on lead guitar, Jackie Fox on bass, and Sandy West (who died from lung cancer last October) on drums.
While the underage ladies were no doubt capable musicians with well-written tunes — most notably their hit “Cherry Bomb” — their skimpy on-stage attire saddled them with a 'jailbait' tag. This made it difficult for people to take their music seriously, especially in the United States. Though THE RUNAWAYS had greater success in countries like England, Japan, and Scandinavia, they broke up in 1979 and Jett went on to achieve solo success.
Jett’s longtime manager-producer Kenny Laguna, along with Brian Young, will also executive produce the film, which will be financed independently to allow for an R-rated and edgy drama, factors that were important to Jett and Currie.

LITA FORD CONTRIBUTES ON XMAS ALBUM TWISTED SISTER


TWISTED SISTER has released "A Twisted Christmas" in December through Razor & Tie music. The album includes twelve tracks, and features Lita Ford on vocals in "I'll Be Home For Christmas".

PUBLIC MEMORIAL FOR SANDY WEST


Here's more info about the public memorial for Sandy West:

Location: The Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA
7021 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028, USA
Date: December 9th, 2006
Cost: $10.00 and all proceeds go to The Sandy West Foundation
Buy Tickets Online or see about other purchase options.

Also Performing: Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS) with Jake Hays, Ian Mitchell (BAY CITY ROLLERS), Athens, The Street Walkin' Cheetahs, D.H. Peligro (DEAD KENNEDYS) and Craig Else, Michael Des Barres, Chuck Wright (QUIET RIOT), Vinnie and Carmine Appice, Rhino Bucket, The Adolescents, The Start, Diane Katz, and many more!

IN HONOR OF SANDY WEST....


Sandy's family has asked us to share this information with everyone.

There will be a private funeral this weekend, family only. They've asked that their wish to grieve in seclusion be honored. However, if you would like to send flowers, they would be welcomed. The flowers should be sent to Forest Lawn in Cypress, California, and should be directed to arrive by Friday afternoon. Forest Lawn has it's own florist on premesis, and flowers can be ordered via their website: http://www.forestlawn.com

There will be a public memorial on Saturday, December 9th, in Hollywood. Her family will be present, and her friends, fellow musicians and fans are all welcome to attend Sandy's public memorial, so, once again, please let's allow the family their privacy for her funeral. We will make an official announcement regarding Sandy's memorial in the next couple of weeks.

SANDY WEST DIES AT AGE 47!!!



Sandy West has died on October 21, 2006 after a long battle with lung cancer. She left an indelible mark on rock music as a founding member of The Runaways and as a leading inspiration for many musicians. Rest in peace, wild thing; we will miss you eternally!!!!!

MORE BAD NEWS FOR SANDY WEST


In August of last year, Sandy was diagnosed with lung cancer. She has battled bravely and endured an extensive course of chemotherapy, which is still continuing. As Sandy wanted her illness to remain a private issue, and to reemerge with new projects, cancer free, she didn't want to get this news to the open.
However, earlier this week [July 17] Sandy received more bad news, that has made her reevaluate the issue of privacy vs her need for your prayers and support. In addition to the existing lung cancer, Sandy was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She is currently undergoing radiation therapy in addition to the chemotherapy. It is a very hard time for her, and while we remain optimistic and hopeful, at this time we ask for your prayers and for you to please send out your positive and healing energy to Sandy.
Her management at Times Square Productions have set up a special email address to send Sandy 'Get Well' letters. Sandy won't be able to respond, but she will definately read them all. The greatest joy in Sandy's life are her fans. Please email your Get Well wishes to: lettersforsandy (at) yahoo.com.
They have also set up a Paypal account for Sandy. Even though she has some medical insurance, her bills are piling up alarmingly, and any amount you'd like to donate, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated. Please go to the official Runaways website for more info at: http://www.therunaways.com.

View Joan's video for "ACDC" here

View Joan's video for "Androgynous" here

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS RELEASE NEW ALBUM "SINNER"

JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS will release a new album in June, called “Sinner” on Blackheart Records. The track listing is as follows: "Riddles", "ACDC", "Five", "Naked", "Everyone Knows", "Change The World", "Androgynous", "Fetish", "Watersign", "Tube Talkin’", "Turn It Around", "Baby Blue", "A Hundred Feet Away" (re-recorded version) and "Bad Time".

[Updated: May 07, 2013]


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