Lita Ford - 'The Bitch Is Back...Live'

 


LINE-UP:
Lita Ford - vocals & guitar
Mitch Perry - guitar
Marty O'Brien - bass
Bobby Rock - drums




SETLIST:
1.) "The Bitch Is Back" (A cover of the Elton John hit recorded in 1974 and released on the L.P. 'Caribou', and reached number 1 in Canada (his sixth in that country), number 4 in the United States and number 15 in the United Kingdom.

2.) "Hungry" - Taken from the release titled, 'Stiletto', released May 15, 1990.
3.) "Relentless" -Taken from the release titled, 'Living Like a Runaway', released June 19, 2012.
4.) "Living Like A Runaway" -Taken from the release titled, 'Living Like a Runaway', released June 19, 2012.
5.) "Devil In My Hand" -Taken from the release titled, 'Living Like a Runaway', released June 19, 2012.
6.) "Back To The Cave" - Taken from the release titled, 'Lita' release date February 1988.
7.) "Can't Catch Me" - Taken from the release titled, 'Lita' release date February 1988.
8.) "Out For Blood" - Taken from the release 'Out For Blood, release date 1983.
9.) "Dancing On The Edge"- Dancin' on the Edge release date 1984.
10.) "Hate" -Taken from the release titled, 'Living Like a Runaway', released June 19, 2012.
11.) "Close My Eyes Forever" - Taken from the release titled, 'Lita' release date February 1988.
12.) "Kiss Me Deadly" - Taken from the release titled, 'Lita' release date February 1988.





    Lita Ford was born to a British father and an Italian mother in London, England. At the age of four she moved with her family to the United States, eventually settling in the Los Angeles area by the time she was in the second grade. Inspired by Ritchie Blackmore's work with Deep Purple, she began playing the guitar at the age of 11. Her vocal range is mezzo-soprano.
In 1975, at the age of 16, Ford was recruited by recording impresario Kim Fowley to join the all-female rock band he was assembling called The Runaways. The band soon secured a recording contract and released their first album in 1976. The band's "jailbait on the run" gimmick garnered significant media attention and The Runaways became a successful recording and touring act during their late 1970s heyday. Ford's lead-guitar playing became an integral element of the band's sound until their eventual break-up in 1979.
In 1979, internal conflicts were erupting within The Runaways, who had by that time already parted ways with producer Fowley, lead singer Cherie Currie, and bassist Jackie Fox. Vocalist/guitarist Joan Jett wanted the band to shift to a more Ramones-influenced punk rock sound, while Ford and drummer Sandy West wanted to continue playing the hard rock-oriented songs the band had become known for.
 With neither faction willing to compromise, the band finally broke up in late 1979.
Ford performing on 19 December 1988 in the "Olympiahalle" venue of Munich, Germany.
      Following the breakup of The Runaways, Ford set about launching a solo career. Her debut solo album, entitled 'Out for Blood', was released in 1983 and was a commercial disappointment. Her next release, 1984's 'Dancin' on the Edge
' achieved moderate success and Ford's popularity began to rise, due largely to her sex appeal with the largely male heavy metal audience. Dancin' on the Edge included the single "Fire In My Heart", which reached the Top 10 in several countries outside the US. The follow-up single, "Gotta Let Go", was a bonafide hit for Ford, reaching Number One on the Mainstream Rock charts.
      Ford toured extensively for the next four years while not releasing any new music. A follow-up to 'Dancin' On The Edge', entitled 'The Bride Wore Black', was recorded with
Tony Iommi serving as producer, but never released. Ford claims this was because the new Mercury Records president "was a country fan and he didn't have a clue as what to do with me". The status of those recordings remains unclear; Ford has alternately stated that the unfinished album remains "sitting in my closet" and may still be released one day or is "in (record) label hell! Who knows what shelf that is sitting on!"
      Following the failure to have her third solo album released, Ford signed with RCA Records, hired Sharon Osbourne Management, and re-emerged with a more radio-friendly pop-metal sound. In 1988 she released her most commercially successful album, the self-produced '
Lita'. The album featured four commercial hits, including "Kiss Me Deadly", "Back To The Cave", "Close My Eyes Forever", and "Falling In And Out Of Love", a song co-written by Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe. The ballad "Close My Eyes Forever", a duet with Sharon's husband Ozzy Osbourne, remains her most successful song, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ford followed up the success of Lita with the 1990 album 'Stiletto'. 'Stiletto' featured the singles "Hungry" and "Lisa" (a song dedicated to her mother). However, the album failed to match the success of her previous release. Ford's next release was 1991's 'Dangerous Curves
' on Spitfire Records, which featured her last charting single to date, "Shot Of Poison". Ford's final album prior to a lengthy recording hiatus was 'Black' on the German ZYX label.
      By the mid-1990s, Ford placed a reduced priority on her music career as she turned her attention towards raising her two young sons. Following the release of Black in 1995, Ford did not release new material until the 'Wicked Wonderland' album almost fifteen years later.
     In June 2008, Ford re-emerged with a new band, playing several warm-up gigs under the moniker Kiss Me Deadly prior to
Rocklahoma in the New York City area. In June 2009, she began touring the United States and Europe with a new line-up consisting of current Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Bumblefoot drummer Dennis Leeflang, and Deepfield bassist PJ Farley.
     After a long recording hiatus, Ford released the new album 'Wicked Wonderland' on October 6, 2009, on the JLRG Entertainment label. In an interview with ExclusiveMagazine.com, Ford spoke about her new material: "I just wanted to kick ass! I don't know what's popular, or the flavor of the day. I just wanted the music to rock! The lyrics are very personal and that's it. I wasn't going to come out in sandals with hairy armpits!".

      In May 2011, Ford promised to release a "real comeback album" later in the year, saying that 2009's nu metal-inspired 'Wicked Wonderland', was too much of a collective project with ex-husband Jim Gillette. "A lot of people have told me that they want a real Lita Ford album, and I know what they mean. They are going to get it," she was quoted as saying at the time. The album 'Living Like a Runaway' was released in June 2012 on on SPV/Steamhammer Records. True to her word, the album was much more in line with her earlier work. The title is also celebratory, as Ford had recently buried the hatchet with her former Runaways' bandmates.
     Recorded in October 2012 at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills California 'The Bitch Is Back...Live' is the second live CD Lita has released since the split of The Runaways in 1979.  Looking at the setlist one of the first things I noticed is there are no songs from Lita's releases, 'Black' (Released February 14, 1995) or 'Wicked Wonderland'(Released October 6, 2009).  Lita opens the show with a cover of the Elton John hit "The Bitch Is Back".  This for those like me who are not Elton john fans will be blown away by Lita's interpretation of it.  After the cover song Lita goes into a barrage of classic and new songs covering all her solo release except for the two mentioned earlier.  You can definitely hear a different energy level between the songs from Lita's new CD as opposed to most of the other songs.  You could contribute this to the fact their new songs and/or new band members.  The older songs have an energy level of Lita just being back on stage.  The crowd sings the part of Ozzy on "Close My Eyes Forever" which did not bother me at all.  In this day and time if an artist is going to release something live it really should be on blueray/DVD.   However this live CD is just as good as any other live CD.  This  release is for the die-hard Lita Ford fan.