/>"She was awesome. We lived by the Long Beach Arena and everyone would come to my house after the shows to hang out. My mom had to be at work at 4:00AM, so she would leave at like 2:30AM in the morning, just when I was coming home for the night. I would be reeking of cigarette smoke and alcohol and she wouldn't bug me about it. I was having such a great time back then. It was the '70s in Southern California. But yeah, mom was so open-minded about me and the stuff I was into," Ford remembered.
Lita and her parents in 1977:
Lita then told us a touching story: "I loved hanging out with my mom. I remember my solo band was out on tour with Bon Jovi in Italy and I took my mom with us. She was Italian and her dream was to see me play Rome. One of her sisters lived in Rome and the other in California, so I took her to Rome too so they could all be together. Little did I know that my mom and one of her sisters would die soon after that. The youngest sister died in August and my mom passed away in October at the age of 67. I just feel good that I got the chance to have them all be together with me in the country they were born in. That was a special day for me."
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Living Like a Runaway will be out on June 19 via Steamhammer/SPV. Catch her on tour this summer with Def Leppard and Poison.
6/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
6/22: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Amphitheater
6/25: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
6/27: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
6/29: Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's