During the late 70s, a very young Lita Ford and The Runaways carved a path and set the stage for all other female rockers to follow. Ford’s popularity gained momentum during the 80s when her solo career took off in the rock and metal world; her music was in heavy rotation on radio and MTV.
Ford returned to Southern California after her 2012 summer tour with Def Leppard and Poison and the release of her new album earlier this year, Living Like A Runaway.
The Canyon Club sits in an area just fifteen miles from Malibu, which is a rich part of Hollywood history as the rolling hills have provided backdrops for movies and TV series like M*A*S*H in the 1970’s. As the lights went down inside the club and her silhouette made its presence, Ford’s voice rang through as she announced, “The Bitch is Back!” and went right into her rendition of Elton John’s song of the same name. Ford’s 90 minute show was a great mix of her new stuff and old favorites such as Dancin’ on the Edge, Back to the Cave, Hungry, Relentless, Living Like a Runaway and Close My Eyes Forever. Audience participation was never missing as the crowd sang Ozzy’s part throughout the song. Her guitar playing, vocals and personality were still rambunctious as ever.
Ford and her supporting cast; Mitch Perry on guitar (Talas, Heaven, MSG), Bassist P.J. Farley (Trixter/RA), and drummer Scott Coogan (Lynch Mob), rocked the city of Agoura Hills, as Ford directed the audience to keep shouting; she had a little surprise for the masses. She announced that this particular show as well as two other Southern California concerts were being recorded for her first live album, to be released next year and she also told the adoring crowd she’ll be sailing with the Monsters Of Rock cruise this coming March.
Ford’s love of what she does shines through; she is back and rocking with the support of fans from her generation to today, listening to her music and that of the Runaways; still an inspiring female guitarist making her way in the world of rock n’ roll.