Lita Ford, who played lead guitar in the groundbreaking band, The Runaways, before launching a successful, Grammy-nominated, solo career in the 80s, will make her debut performance at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Mass., on November 1st. Click HERE for tickets!
Born in London, and growing up in Long Beach, California, Ford began playing guitar when she was 11 years old; starting out on a nylon-string acoustic that she received as a birthday present from her mother. For Christmas, she received an upgrade: a steel-string acoustic that she played for the next two years. She saved her money from an after-school job to buy a chocolate Gibson SG that finally allowed her to play Black Sabbath and Deep Purple riffs the way they were meant to sound. It was this guitar with which she joined The Runaways. The band released four studio albums and one live set during their late ‘70s run. Among their best-known songs are “Cherry Bomb,” “Hollywood,” and “Queens of Noise.”
Following the demise of The Runaways in 1979, Ford concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: the Top 10 duet with Ozzy Osbourne “Close My Eyes Forever,” “Kiss Me Deadly,” “Falling In and Out of Love,” “Shot of Poison,” “What Do Ya Know About Love,” “and “Larger Than Life.”
This year has been particularly busy and productive for Ford. In February, she published her long-awaited autobiography, Living Like A Runaway. Two months later, she released Time Capsule, a compilation of previously unreleased songs from the 1980s that she discovered in a collection of analog tapes in her home.
For her performance at the Narrows, Ford will be playing with a full electric band. Expect to hear the hits and fan favorites from her entire storied career.
The Narrows Center is located at 16 Anawan Street. Tickets to her show can be purchased online at www.narrowscenter.org or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926. For those wanting to purchase tickets in person, box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.