First appearing on the music scene as a teenaged member of The Runaways in the mid-'70s, Lita Ford has always embodied the rebel spirit hard rock was borne in. Throughout the '80s, the guitarist/vocalist's stadium-ready singles and sexy-yet-tough image helped make Ford a star on MTV and magazines like Hit Parader and Metal Edge.
In June, Ford is returning to record store shelves with Living Like a Runaway, her best solo collection since her 1988 smash Lita album. Noisecreep recently had the honor to sit with the singer at The Grafton hotel in Hollywood to talk about the new album and her storied career.
It seemed like the ideal location for a Lita Ford interview since she's so synonymous with the Sunset Strip and its rich rock 'n' roll history, but the singer reminded Noisecreep that she wasn't even born in the States: "Yeah, a lot of people think I'm originally from here, but I was actually born in London, England and my family didn't move to the Los Angeles area till I was in the second grade. Even though I wasn't born here, I definitely still consider myself a California girl," said the 53-year-old rock queen.
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Noisecreep reminded Ford about the advice column her mom, Lisa, wrote for the folks at RIP Magazine: "Wow, that's right! She was the best. My mom was my biggest fan. She never asked me where I went, or what I was doing, or who I was doing it with. She trusted me. My mom knew everybody. I remember she had a really thick Italian accent and she would say stuff like [puts on an Italian accent], 'Ah, that Alice Cooper. He's really nice. I like him a lot!'