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Lita Ford talks new album and how ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ with Ozzy came together under the influence
Lita Ford is getting ready for a busy summer with the upcoming release of her new album 'Living Like A Runaway,' and the big North American summer tour opening for Def Leppard and Poison. In an interview with Metal Underground, Lita talks about how she approached the album, her interest in getting The Runaways going again, being a mom in a rock band, and getting stoned with Ozzy Osbourne to create the iconic track 'Close My Eyes Forever.'
In the interview, Lita recalls how the biggest hit of her career, the duet with Ozzy, 'Close My Eyes Forever,' came about by accident during a night of drinking, getting stoned and driving under the influence.
The 1988 hit from her album Lita crowned an era during which she was named best female vocalist in rock, while Ozzy was named best male vocalist. She was managed by his wife Sharon at the time.
“Close My Eyes Forever was a mistake. It was just me and Ozzy and Sharon hanging about in the recording studio. They showed up one day and had a housewarming present for me: a life-size duplicate of Koko the gorilla from the San Diego Zoo. It was freaking huge – I had to strap it in the front seat of my jeep to get it home.
“Ozzy stayed, Sharon got bored and left, and me and Ozzy had a couple of drinks and we were jamming. We started singing, messing about and we wrote Close My Eyes Forever. Next thing I knew the sun was coming up. I looked at him and went, ‘Uh-oh, we’re in trouble.’ Sharon had been waiting all night.
“We were a long way from where Ozzy had to go. He said, ‘Can you drive me home?’ I said, ‘No, I can’t.’ We were stoned out of our minds. He got into a cab and I strapped Koko into my jeep and drove home – just barely made it.
“And then we had this hit song.”
It’s not the only time in Ford’s career a track has come out of the blue; the title song from new album Living Like a Runaway has a similar history.
She explains: “I presented two album titles: Branded and Living Like a Runaway. Everybody went: ‘Living Like a Runaway.’ The problem was I hadn’t written the song yet.
“I thought, ‘It’s such a great title’ and if I don’t write a song, someone else was going to. So I had to hurry up. We started with nothing but the title, and in three days we had a finished song.” Read the entire interview with Lita here: www.metalunderground.com
Lita Ford will release date for her new album 'Living Like A Runaway' on June 19th in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be released as a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.
The legendary female metal icon Lita said about the album, "This CD is truly a dream come true. It took me one year to write this CD along with producer Gary Hoey and song writing partner Michael Dan Ehming. We have dumped out hearts and souls into this amazing CD -- along with a lot of tears, pain, heartache, laughter, ripping out hair, going hungry, losing sleep and a lot of frequent flyer miles! 'Living Like A Runaway' is like being able to walk through fire and coming out the other side unscathed."
Lita will be rocking tracks from the new release as she hits the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the 'Rock of Ages Tour.' Lita is looking forward to the tour and getting to play the new songs live, "We are honored with this awesome tour and being able to play with these brilliant musicians. So strap in tight, it's going to be one powerful journey."
Best known for her work with The Runaways and her solo career, featuring hit singles 'Kiss Me Deadly' and the Billboard charting duet 'Close My Eyes Forever' with Ozzy Osbourne, Lita is ready to make a return to the throne as the queen of metal.
Lita Ford with Def Leppard and Poison 'Rock Of Ages' Tour Dates:
Jun. 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheater
Jun. 22 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jun. 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Red Rock Amphitheatre
Jun. 25 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Jun. 27 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
Jun. 29 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jun. 30 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
Jul. 2 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 3 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 6 - Cleveland, OH - Quickens Loan Arena
Jul. 7 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 10 - Baltimore, MD - Merriweather Pavilion
Jul. 11 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Jul. 13 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Pavilion
Jul. 16 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Jul. 17 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
Jul. 19 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
Cherie Currie, former singer for legendary female rockers The Runaways, recently posted a heartfelt message about being back in touch with former bandmate Lita Ford on her Facebook page: “I've had this recurring dream. It started about 25 years ago and in this dream I was sitting with a woman I had spent my teenaged years with, been through a lot with. We would talk, just 'be' and the dreams were so full of happiness, anticipation and this need to tell her what she meant to me…how proud I was of her and what we had done together. That I loved her. I had that very dream again three weeks ago only to awaken to the realization that again, it was only a dream.
“Three days ago, I spoke to someone that knew this woman as I did back then and who had recently spent time with her after so many years. I told this mutual friend how I wished I could have that opportunity and how much it would mean to me. She offered to reach out on my behalf and pass along what I had waited so long to say. The following day what felt like a miracle happened. I received an amazing email from this long-lost friend I have dreamed of all these years and she was as happy to hear that I wanted to see her as I was that she would want to see me.
“Tonight, that dream came true. It was joyful, sometimes tearful, yet so exhilarating and full of love. Just the two of us, feeling like teenagers again but with the maturity that 30+ years can bring, what life, being mothers will bring. We talked about our kids, our lives and our dream of doing together again what we had done so well as kids. "She is everything and more than I could have imagined and I get to see her (my friend) again tomorrow night, introduce her to my son, Jake, and cheer her on. I no longer have to dream. I am now living that dream. I want to thank the mutual friend that brought us together, Joan Jett. And the long lost sister I have waited 30+ years for? Lita Ford. "Yeah. Dreams DO come true. (Don't let anyone tell you it can't happen.)"
I think it's time for a Runaways reunion!
Metal Queen Lita Ford has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and her new album, entitled 'Living Like A Runaway,' is set for a May 20th release.
Best known for her work with The Runaways and her solo career, featuring hit singles Kiss Me Deadly and the Billboard charting duet Close My Eyes Forever with Ozzy Osbourne, Ford is ready to make a return to the throne as the queen of metal.
"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 the singer/guitarist.
Lita spoke about the album and the meaning of title, "Gary Hoey and I wanted to approach this record by getting back to basics. 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 Runways was for me. Living Like A Runaway means freedom and empowerment. To do what I want and to pursue my dreams while answering to no one."
SPV A&R Representative/Product Manager Olly Hahn commented on the signing of LITA FORD:
"When I bought "Dancin`On The Edge" back in 1984 I never thought that I would ever sign Lita Ford to a label. But a dream of mine came true and it`s a huge honor for us at SPV/Steamhammer to have one of the leading women in Rock n`Roll on our label."
Van Halen News: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Lita Ford quoted in new photo book, exclusive 1981 Fair Warning Tour Footage
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from KISS have contributed to two coffee table photo books on Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen, both published by legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower. Gene Simmons said: “Once upon a time, when it meant something to be a rock star and groupies prided themselves on whom they had spent the night with, I was invited to the Starwood Club in L.A. to see a band called THE BOYZ. I took Bebe Buell, she of Playboy/Liv Tyler/etc. fame, and sat next to Rodney Bingenheimer, king of the L.A. nightlife, and waited for the opening band to come on.
“Life is what happens to you when you least expect it. I saw Van Halen. I was stunned. They killed. Within two songs I was waiting for them backstage and immediately offered to sign them and take them into the studio. It seems there was a - I kid you not - yogurt manufacturer who was waiting to finance the band. I begged them not to do that. And, in a short time, I flew them to New York, signed them to my Man Of 1,000 Faces production company and took them into Electric Ladyland Studios to do a thirteen-song demo. I also bought Dave some platform shoes and leather pants.
“I took the demo and showed it to the rest of the KISSers and Bill Aucoin, our then-manager. No one got it. I was shocked. I gave the demo back to the band, told them I had a tour to go on and afterward I would try to get them a record deal, but until then, I tore up our contract and set them free. It didn’t take them long to get on Warner Bros. Did I discover Van Halen? Nah... I was there. I saw. I knew. I am a fan.”
Paul Stanley said:
“Lita Ford and I went to see Ed play with Van Halen one night at the Starwood in 1977, and I was blown away and brought Gene with me the next night. Their charisma, stage presence, and take-no-prisoners attitude coupled with great songs, killer arrangements, and airtight playing made them undeniable. Everything about Edward, from his groundbreaking technique to his hacked-up Frankenstein guitar, made him the heart of the band, and clearly someone who was playing on all levels, by his own rules.
“So many have tried to copy his style, but it’s always just made it more obvious that although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it pales next to the real deal.”
Lita Ford has cited Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen as a “great inspiration” to her, not just for his guitar skills but also for the advice he gave Ford early in her career.
Her comments come from rock photographer Neil Zlozower’s book ‘Eddie Van Halen.' Perhaps one of the most intense contributions to the book’s text comes from fellow guitarist Ford, who not only refers to the guitarist as “Edward” but says he was a “great inspiration to me” and christens him the “Les Paul of our day.”
Those are big words, but they are certainly not without merit! It is endearing how Ford, late of The Runaways, shares stories of the breakfast EVH would serve up to her – Carnation Instant Breakfast. Just add milk! She also reveals how he gave her advice about playing guitar, since she was a chick in a dude’s world.
Van Halen News Desk posted the essay Ford penned, which doesn’t stop short of gushing about Edward! Here is part of her tribute:
“We all know EVH is the Les Paul of today’s world. We all know Edward changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll. But it’s the person that he truly is that makes him so unique. He is an inspiration to every musician, because we all wanna be him, and some of us try real hard, but the reality of it is that there is only ONE Edward Van Halen!!! PERIOD! What makes him tick? Good question! But whatever it is, they honestly did break the mold after they made Edward!!! I love you, buddy friend! God bless you and your family! Thanks for rockin’ my world!!!” You can order the books here.
VAN HALEN News Desk reports:
Here’s an “exclusive” for you… a little gem we dug up from Van Halen’s 1981 Fair Warning tour. This is a never before heard audio recording of Van Halen playing 'Romeo's Delight' at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Not your typical live version, this is an AMAZING performance, luckily captured on tape. Without going into too much detail, we’ll just say that you’ll enjoy the breakdown in the middle of the song."