Ken Sharp at Goldmine recently caught up with Lita Ford on KISS Kruise V. An excerpt from the video is available below:
Goldmine: For you, what was the appeal of coming on the KISS Kruise?
Lita Ford: “Oh God, for me it’s an honor to be on the KISS Kruise because there’s only four bands playing and we got picked. I just felt very honored by it, whereas on the other cruises there’s a lot more bands that play.”
Goldmine: You go back a long way with KISS.
Lita Ford: “Yeah, I’ve known them since the ‘70s. They would be at functions where the Runaways would show up and we got to know KISS from going to different functions, mainly Paul and Gene. I became friends with Gene and Paul first; they’re the two that used to go to the functions the most being the frontmen of the band. I always thought Paul was hot; he was such a handsome man. Then later on down the road I ran into Ace and we became good friends. Recently, in the last five years I just met Peter Criss and his wife. A lovely man, what a great man. They’re good people all the way around. KISS get their bad raps; Gene is this and Paul is that but I was never one of those to bad rap or badmouth the KISS Army. (laughs) It’s funny, when Jackie Fox, the Runaways bass player auditioned for the band, we played ‘Strutter’ so that’s a bit of rock ‘n’ roll trivia that I don’t even think KISS knows (laughs).”
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A new episode of Talking Metal has been uploaded with Lita Ford, which was recorded at the Food Truck and Rock Carnival on Sunday, September 20.
When asked if her upcoming book will include any good “kiss and tells” she said “Oh my God it’s full, it’s full of dirt. It really is. Ya know, Nikki (Sixx) told me ‘Don’t hold back.’ He said ‘Let it fly’ so I did. I let it fly. Don’t want to get into it ‘cause I don’t want to give it away.”
Lita Ford’s Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir is due for release on February 23, 2016.
An official description below:
“The legendary former lead guitarist of The Runaways—‘heavy metal’s leading female rocker’ (Rolling Stone)—opens up about the ’70s and ’80s music scene and her extraordinary life and career in this long-awaited, emotionally powerful memoir.
“Lita Ford lived her dreams, until her life turned into a nightmare. She left home at age sixteen to join the world’s first all-female rock group, the Runaways—a band whose legend was sealed by the 2010 hit movie starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning—and went on to become the first woman hard rock guitarist, a platinum-selling star who gave Ozzy Osbourne his first Top Ten hit, a bare-ass, leather-clad sexy babe whose hair was bigger and guitar licks were hotter than any of the guys. She is also the mother of two sons whose harrowing tale of her catastrophic marriage to a metal rocker makes Ike and Tina Turner sound like life at the country club.
“But in the end, Lita’s story changes from a music story to a woman’s story—a wrenching, desperate drama of human bondage and a mother’s love, a life-and-death struggle over her own soul. Trapped in an increasingly terrifying marriage, systematically stripped of her connections to the outside world, Lita Ford became a prisoner in her own life, a slave to her husband’s demands, living like a captive. She plotted her escape and her freedom cost her the boys she stayed in the marriage to protect. Her graphic, explicit story will terrify and horrify readers, but they won’t be able to put it down.
“Living Like A Runaway will shock people with the candor that Lita Ford shines on her dramatic life story. At ease as a woman in the previously all-male world of rock, Lita shares with her male counterparts an unvarnished directness when it comes to topics such as sex, drugs, money or fame. No female rock star of Lita’s stature has ever before told the real story of women in rock. With unprecedented rawness and honesty, Living Like a Runaway reminds us that Lita Ford is not only one of music’s greatest pioneers, but also one of its fiercest survivors.”
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