5 Questions with Lita Ford

June 1, 2016
Lita Ford is on the road this summer supporting two new projects — her career-spanning autobiography "Living Like A Runaway" and her studio album Time Capsule. Lovely Lita is part of the Hudson Gardens Concert Series in Denver and she'll perform with The Babys and Sweet on Sunday, June 26. Those tickets are available HERE and a full Lita Ford tour schedule can be found HERE.

Many thanks to Lita for answering my "5 Questions" as I love her candor and honesty. See ya at the show!

1 — Your new memoir "Living Like A Runaway" was very entertaining – I couldn't put it down. You mentioned the implosion of The Runaways was like "graduating from rock 'n' roll college." In today's day and age of American Idol and The Voice, why aren't more young artists willing to hone their craft the old school way?

I believe the guitar playing should come before the pedal board. Learn the instrument before adding the accessories. In 1975, The Runaways had no choice and we had to learn how to play guitar - not wireless units, not rhythm machines, not delay units. It taught me how to play the instrument first - then later on I was able to add a cry baby or a delay pedal. I still find that if the pedal board goes down, I really don't feel confined. I'm fine without it so long as my guitar and amp are kicking, then so am I.

2 — You detail several rock star liaisons in your book including the likes of Ritchie Blackmore, Nikki Sixx, and Richie Sambora. How often did male fans flirt with you when you were on the road?

They flirted with me all the time, but I loved it. I had my pick of the litter. They were usually sleeping with fans or groupies, but a rocker of the opposite sex comes along and bang - the fun begins! We were all young and single; there were no kids or wives, so we were in the clear and no one committed to each other. It was free and beautiful.

3 — You transformed into the world's most rocking music teacher in a TV commercial for Indeed.com and it reminded me of the page in your book where you dressed very conservatively to sell men's cologne at Lakewood Mall. Did that memory come back to you while filming the commercial?

LOL! That was a great commercial, but was a little over board from the mall. ha ha ha ha !!! You have a great memory.

4 — Your new album "Time Capsule" is described as a throwback record of lost recordings. If you could go back in time to re-live one specific event of your life, what would it be?

Don't get married.

5 — You make a guest appearance on Ace Frehley's new album, performing a cover of "Wild Thing" by The Troggs. You also have Gene Simmons playing co-writing and playing bass on "Rotten To The Core" off Time Capsule. What's your favorite KISS album of all-time?

I have never been a KISS fan musically. I've only been a fan of their appearance, because I figured they could grow old and no one would know who they were. However, I never thought much of their music; shows you who was wrong. I love Ace. The Runaways grew up with them, so we had a lot in common as friends, but not so much with music. Being able to play on Ace's track was a blast and we laughed and had fun. Gene is always trying to show himself to be the big guy and he was and still is. I owe him that. Love Gene, Love Ace.

(Photo by Ken Tomczak)