Lita Ford At The Rex Theater In Pittsburgh On April 26

Onward Promotions will be presenting rock legend Lita Ford at the Rex Theater In Pittsburgh PA on April 26, 2014.  11After, an all-female rock band based in Akron OH, will be the opener for the Lita Ford concert.  Ticket information will be available at RexTheater.com.
A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Lita Ford is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. Being a founding member of the Runaways, one of the first girl groups who unexpectedly broke down barriers in the punk era as well as the male-dominated world of rock music, causing a stir with their six rebellious releases.

Following the demise of the Runaways, Lita Ford concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osbourne ́Close Your Eyes Forever`, ́What Do You Know About Love`, ́Shot Of Poison`, ́Larger Than Life` and ́Kiss Me Deadly’. With the release of Living Like a Runaway, expect many more songs to be added to the list of hits.

To Lita Ford, the title of her newest solo album, Living Like A Runaway, has two deep and distinct meanings: The first refers to her first band The Runaways, which she was a member of between 1975 and 1980, achieving her international breakthrough. The second reason is of a much more personal nature: “There have been days in my life when I ran away, when I was unhappy and had to get out of my previous life,” Lita confesses. “It‘s like walking through fire and being able to come through the other side unscathed.” She continues, “I wanted to write an album which gives people courage, inspires them and gives them new power, in other words the power of music. As it has done for me on difficult days, I want this music to help people to get through tough times, while remembering their happy times as well. It’s happened to me plenty of times: fans come up to me and tell me how my songs have helped them in difficult situations, in a way it is almost like a soundtrack to their lives.”

Living Like A Runaway was released in June of 2012. The album is available in five different formats: as a limited edition digipak featuring two bonus tracks and a poster, as a gatefold double LP, a jewel case version, an exclusive iTunes version including a bonus track, and for download.

Lita Ford teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period. Ford is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate’, and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.

In addition to lead vocals, Lita and Hoey have arranged beautiful and melodic guitar harmonies rather than just rattling off a bunch of notes. Also contributing to the album is Nikki Sixx who wrote ́A Song to Slit Your Wrist By` which was taken by Lita and completely transformed into a nasty industrial style track with a real F You! attitude. On the track ́Bad Neighborhood` guitarist Doug Aldrich provided the riff, which Lita says, “is a high energy guitar riff that carries the song.” Elton John also gave his blessing to Lita to do a cover of his classic ́The Bitch is Back`, featuring special guests The Uptown Horns.

Unlike many albums today, Living Like a Runaway is an album that truly must be heard in its entirety from start to finish. “Listeners shouldn’t pick out individual tracks but listen to the full album,” says Ford. “It’s a fascinating musical journey, inspired by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. I had seen a documentary about Dark Side of the Moon and it really motivated me to focus on Living Like a Runawayas a whole journey rather just an individual song.

Opening for Lita Ford in Pittsburgh will be the all-female rock band, 11After, Akron’s very own “Bad Girls of Rock n’ Roll”.  The band has three independently produced CDs and two videos under their studded belts.  The four-female-force of dynamic talents are well known for their tightly woven and loosely flowing sound throughout their diverse array of original music recordings and popular live shows.

D Cruise, lead singer/songwriter, is the driving force behind this exciting act and draws on her unique life experiences for both her lyrics and her incredible performing presence. Her raspy growl and stage antics combine for the ultimate ‘rock chick’ experience.

11After has toured extensively across the U.S. and have seasoned their sound at places like Cleveland’s House of Blues, Akron’s biggest summer party ‘Live at Lock 3’, and many other venues, dive bars, and clubs too numerous to mention. In 2012 they opened for Skid Row twice and were on the bill with Warrant, Firehouse, & Trixter for a festival in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Originally opened as a vaudeville theater in 1905, the Rex Theater has been a fixture on Pittsburgh’s Southside for over a century. Over the last decade, the Rex has found a place as a concert venue with full service bar.

Onward Promotions has promoted concerts for 6 years now in over 30 states and in over 30 different venues ranging from 60 capacity up to 2540 capacity.  They promote local, regional, and national acts and several different genres.  Some of the artists they have promoted include Brian McKnight, Rick Springfield, Skid Row, The Motels, and A Flock Of Seagulls.

LITA FORD Reunites With CHERIE CURRIE For Christmas Duet

Two of the most influential women in Rock and Roll have reunited for a special holiday song.  LITA FORD has partnered up with her former Runaways band mate CHERIE CURRIE for what is sure to be a new Christmas Classic.  The song “Rock This Christmas Down” is the first timeLITA and CHERIE have recorded new music together since 1977.

USA Today is hosting an exclusive premiere of “Rock This Christmas Down” as well as an interview with the LITA and CHERIE HERE.

The single is available for pre-order on iTunes now HERE and will be releasedtomorrow December 3rd.

Tired of the same old Christmas songs LITA was ready for something new:

I thought the world could use a new Christmas song.   The song was Written by Mitch Perry, my guitarist and Michael Dan Ehmig, my lyricist, along with Marty O’Brien on bass, and Rodger Carter on drums. We so rocked it! 

 

What I didn’t know is that I’d be singing it as a duet with my long lost sister,CHERIE CURRIE.  I am blessed to have her back in my life, and what an appropriate time and song to rehash an old friendship.  CHRISTMAS!!!

 

CHERIE hopped a plane from Chicago to L.A., and drove straight to the studio and threw down her vocal track on this rocking song!  Needless to say, it was magic and history in the making. 

 

We were left with such a smoking track for everyone to hear, every Christmas, every year!  Let’s ROCK THIS CHRISTMAS DOWN!!!”

CHERIE was equally as excited to reunite and work with LITA again:

I have dreamed, literally, of seeing LITA again for over three decades.  Even after all that time I still thought of her often.  The Runaways was something that was always left unfinished to me.  Especially when it came to LITA, but I only knew her as a child.

 

What floored me more then the unbelievable gift of working with her again was the woman she had become.  She is the bravest, kindest, strongest, most loving human being I have met.

 

LITA asking me to be a part of this amazing song and a part of her astonishing life has filled that void, that hole I had in my heart that maybe we both shared.  It is now filled with love, support and admiration for a dear and wonderful friend whom I am so proud to say is LITA FORD.

 

“Rock This Christmas Down” has the flare of our Runaways legacy but its pure LITA.  It rocks like only she can.   We took a dim, negative and unfinished past and turned it into a positive future.  It doesn’t get any better then that.  I know this will be the best Christmas I have had in decades.  Thank you sister!

 

What does “Rock This Christmas Down” signify?  Possibly more collaborations between the former Runaway members in the future…only time will tell.

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LITA FORD The Bitch is Back Live North American Release Date Moved to November 5th

The Bitch is Back…Live is a brand new live album from the queen of Hard Rock and MetalLITA FORD.  Hot on the heels of her TRUE comeback album “Living Like a Runaway”, LITAtook to the stage at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California in early October of 2012 to showcase the new material as well as LITA FORD classics. Originally set for release October 22nd in North America, the album will now be available November 5th.

This killer show was recorded for the live album The Bitch is Back…Live.  Where does the title come from?  LITA opens the show with her rendition of the classic Elton John track “The Bitch is Back”, which was previously released as a bonus track on “Living Like a Runaway”.  It may be a strong proclamation, but it is true…the bitch is back and bringing it live.  Now fans have a chance to be a part of this memorable evening and performance.

The album will be released as a digipak with a special booklet including fan photos and download. Release dates are USA/Canada on November 5th, Germany on October 25th and Europe onOctober 28th through SPV/Steamhammer.

TRACKLISTING: 

1. The Bitch Is Back

2. Hungry

3. Relentless

4. Living Like a Runaway

5. Devil in My Head

6. Back to the Cave

7. Can’t Catch Me

8. Out For Blood

9. Dancing On The Edge

10. Hate

11. Close My Eyes Forever

12. Kiss Me Deadly

CURRENT LINE UP:

Lita Ford – vocals, guitar

Mitch Perry – guitar

Bobby Rock – drums

Marty O´Brien – bass

Drums on “The Bitch Is Back…Live” by Scot Coogan

LITA FORD LIVE:

 

11/7: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

11/8: Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Casino

11/9: Hermosa Beach, CA @ Sainte Rocke

 

 

 

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LOUDER THAN HELL THE DEFINITIVE ORAL HISTORY OF METAL IS KILLER

Got mycopy of Louder Than Hell in the mail yesterday…wow.  Really, no B.S. No filler, all killer.  I read a ton of rock bios and rock related books every month; actually I read a ridiculous amount.  Half of those books are decent, a quarter complete garbage, the other quarter is split between excellent and “how the fuck did this get published?”.  Louder Than Hell falls in the category of “I will now devour this, keep your grubby hands off of it, no you can’t borrow it, and yes it’s a bit beat up ‘cuz I keep going back to it again and again”.  Yep, it’s that cool.  There really is nothing like getting the story straight from the people in the middle of the shit, deep and dirty in the trenches.  And that is what this book gives you.  If you are a fan of rock, metal, music in general, you owe it to yourself. Get this book!

Alan Welding (Editor and COO of PMM)

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Based on Hundreds of Original Interviews with the Metal Elite — Including Lemmy/Motorhead, Members Of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Korn, Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Van Halen, and many more.

“…no one’s gone quite as deep into the genre’s recesses as this 736-page oral history…”

– ROLLING STONE (4 star review!)

“It’s an aficionado’s delight.”

– NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

“…an amazing account of the four-decades-old genre…”

– LA WEEKLY

“If you want some debauchery and demonology to go with your gentle summer breezes,Louder Than Hell is the tome for you.” – YAHOO SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE, “ROCK’S BEST BEACH READS”

“Essential.” REVOLVER (4/4 stars review!)

“An indispensable oral history of an often misunderstood musical genre.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS (a starred review!)

“I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”

—ALICE COOPER

 

“…the authors’ inclusiveness give this examination a weight that is just as heavy as the music.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal is in stores TODAY! Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it.

Last night (May 13), co-authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman threw a hugely successful public party and signing at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY. An in-depth Q&A was moderated by That Metal Show’s Don Jamieson and renowned music photographer Stephanie Cabral (her gorgeous, full-color photos can be seen in the book) also joined the session. The event was such a huge success that the venue actually ran out of beer and the authors ran out of books to sign! Press and photographers came out in droves. See below for some photos from last night, taken by well-known New York photographer Greg Cristman.

On a related note, Jon and Katherine visited the Rock N’ Roll Heaven and Old Bridge Metal Militia Reunion Concert and Fundraiser in Freehold, NJ this weekend to witness the stellar line-up and sell signed books for charity. Again, all books were sold out before the end of the show and the authors were able to raise over $400 in proceeds to donate to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The amount of positive reaction that LOUDER THAN HELL has received so far is staggering, as the quotes above can attest to. Not surprisingly, LOUDER THAN HELL was already being used as an official source even before the book release.  This book is being recognized as a credible, definitive guide to the history of heavy metal.  As published in the New York Times on May 3, the paper of Record referred to the new book LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal” to gain further insight into their story.

Revolver senior editor Wiederhorn and Nights with Alice Cooper producer Turman dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never-before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. Candid and confessional commentary comes straight from icons of the genre, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Slayer’s Kerry King, Phil Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

The many musicians interviewed by these veteran journalists offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business, and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse, and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, and porn stars) provide additional insight.
From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter:

  • Rob Halford of Judas Priest reveals how he kicked cocaine and alcohol in 1986 after tragically witnessing his boyfriend’s suicide and sought solace in spirituality, which has helped the Metal God stay clean to this day.
  • Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose talks about the early days of Guns N’ Roses, the making of the 36-million-copy-selling debut Appetite for Destruction, and how Robert Willams’ graphic cover art was censored.
  • Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi explains how he lost parts of his fingers while working a day job in a factory – and created homemade prosthetics so he could play guitar, which changed the tonality of the instrument and the sound of heavy metal forever.
  • Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson shares how he dug through his own vomit in search of the balloon of heroin he’d swallowed to avoid being arrested by the police, and then used that heroin to celebrate his victory over not getting busted.
  • Members of Metallica and Anthrax detail the horrifying events of 1986 when Metallica’s tour bus crashed and tipped over, crushing bassist Cliff Burton beneath it while the rest of the members escaped relatively unscathed.
  • Alice Cooper reveals how it was really wheelchair-bound members of his AUDIENCE who tore the live chicken apart during his fateful concert in Toronto, while Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne give first-person accounts of Ozzy biting the head off a dove while wasted during a high-level record company meeting, and decapitating a bat onstage during his Diary of a Madman tour.
  • Hellhammer, drummer of Norway’s pioneering black metal band Mayhem, talks about ex-vocalist Dead committing suicide and how guitarist Euronymous used a chunk of Dead’s brain to make a Mexican stew.
  • Biohazard guitarist Billy Graziadei details how gang bangers stabbed a member of the group’s posse with a hunting knife while shouting, “Payback, Motherfucker!” and how the band vowed to retaliate. Vocalist Evan Seinfeld also recounts his graphic sexual liaisons while on tour, and how they led to his career in porn.
  • Slipknot bassist Paul Gray (who died of an overdose at age 38 during the writing of LOUDER THAN HELL) discusses the evolution of the lineup; physical fights between band members, and his own struggles with addiction.

LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal—from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God—LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.

To learn more about LOUDER THAN HELL, please visit these official locations:

 

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Buy your copy of LOUDER THAN HELL on Amazon.com now at this location.

About the Authors:

Jon Wiederhorn is a senior writer for Revolver who also writes for Guitar World, Yahoo.com,eMusic.com and Noisey.Vice.com. His second book, the authorized biography of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, is scheduled for release in August. His work has also appeared in Rolling StoneSPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Loudwire.com, AOL Noisecreep, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, RIP, Alternative Press and Cosmopolitan. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary ‘80s/’90s metal club L’Amour. His greatest accomplishment is teaching his two pre-teens to flash the devil horns long before they discovered Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. A former editor of RIP magazine and producer at TV’s The Sharon Osbourne Show as well as radio’s Rockline, her writing has been in major publications including Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Village Voice and Daily Variety. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Brooklyn.

Advance Praise for LOUDER THAN HELL:

“This is the best oral history I’ve read since Please Kill Me. Louder than Hell is the first book that really delivers the brutal truth from the mouths of the artists and key players themselves!

I couldn’t put it down.” —Matt Pinfield

Louder Than Hell comes straight from the twisted minds of rock icons and flows seamlessly through various eras of heavy metal. You hear from the guys that were there on the stage, in the pit, puking in the gutter. It brought back memories, and I even learned a few things I never knew. I really dig this book.”  —Riki Rachtman, DJ, VJ

“Books on the history of even something as cool as metal can be a bit antiseptic and boring—not this one. It’s the story straight from the horse’s mouth. Even better is when the horses have experimented with drugs and black out occasionally. . .” —Brendon Small, creator of Dethklok and Metalocalypse

“Who likes rock n roll here?? Well if you do, this is the book for you! Every rock has been overturned, every band has been analyzed, quoted, and lionized and every page offers a new fact or figure that you probably didn’t know. This is the definitive chronicle of all that is heavy metal and I’ve read them all!”  —Chris Jericho, Fozzy

“Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn know metal. Louder than Hell is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear.”

—Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine

“This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the head-banging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”

—Alice Cooper

Louder than Hell is a love letter to the misunderstood genre of heavy metal music, written by trusted companions who had a front row seat on the devil’s rollercoaster. The definitive chronological testimony by the people who were there, including some who are no longer with us.” —Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray and co-host Extra

“An amazingly comprehensive book on all eras and genres of hard rock and heavy metal. The stories and attention to detail make it an instant must for anyone who ever was or is a fan.”

—Eddie Trunk, DJ and host of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic

 

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LITA FORD Premieres Video at USA TODAY

 

 

Living Like A Runaaway Available Now on Steamhammer/SPV

The reigning queen of Hard Rock LITA FORD has teamed up with USA TODAY for an exclusive premiere of the new video for her single “Mother”.  The song comes from FORD’s latest solo effort Living Like a Runaway that was released last summer on Steamhammer/SPV.  The video was directed by former Runaway Victory Tischler-Blue.  Head over to http://goo.gl/jiZ3Uand get a first look at “Mother”.

 

LITA commented on the video and the song “Mother”:

 

“Mother is my song to my beautiful sons.  I know they will see the truth one day.  They will always have a place in my heart, which bleeds for them through this song.”

 

LITA will be on the road in the coming weeks, a complete list of dates can be found below.

 

Living Like a Runaway is available in four configurations: a double LPlimited edition CD,standard CD and digital download.

 

LITA FORD teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work onLiving Like a Runaway.  Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period.  FORD is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate,’ and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.

 

LITA FORD Live:

5/23: Melbourne, Australia @ Prince of Wales Bandroom

5/25: Sydney, Australia @ Factory Theater

6/8: Vernal, UT @ Thunder Rocks @ Western Park

6/24: New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club (Lita Salutes Les Paul – 2 Shows)

6/29: Norfolk, NE @ Music Fest 2013 w/Bret Michaels and Vince Neil

7/13: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot w/Ratt

7/24: Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers

7/25: Malmo, Sweden @ KB

7/26: Rejmyre, Sweden @ Skogsrojet Festival

7/27: Jevanaker, Norway @ The Untouchables

8/7: Sturgis, SD @ Sturgis Bike Rally

8/15: Mankato, MN @ Stond Amphitheater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt

8/16: Moline, IL @ I Wireless Center w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt

8/17: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt

8/18: Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Stadium w/ Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt

8/23: Viroqua, WI @ Vernon County Fairgrounds “Jamming for the Vets”

9/14: Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley w/Dokken, Skid Row and Ratt

 

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