Even factoring in the normally turbulent life of a rock star, the last year-plus has been especially turbulent for Lita Ford.
But this summer, Ford, one of the members of the groundbreaking music group, The Runaways, who also went on to have a successful solo career, has hit the road touring and is having a blast doing so.
Ford and her band will stop at the Sandia Casino Amphitheater in Albuquerque Sept. 11. She will open for Def Leppard and Poison, whom Ford has joined for several dates across the country.
“It’s been really great,” Ford said of the tour. “We have a great crew. It’s a great bunch of guys. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer. The shows have been great and the fans are amazing.”
Ford was the lead guitarist for The Runaways, an all-girl rock band formed in the mid-1970s, the lineup of which included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Joan Jett on rhythm guitar and vocals and, briefly, bassist Micki Steele, who would later join The Bangles.
Ford would find success as a hard rock act in the late 1980s, scoring Top 20 hits like “Kiss Me Deadly” and her highest-charting single to date, “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne.