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5th March 2017

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MetalTalk's Gig Of The Week is awarded to the luscious Lita Ford who returns to her birthplace of London for her first gig there in almost thirty years when she plays the Islington Academy on Sunday 12th March.

Lita was born in London to an English father and an Italian mother in 1958. The family later moved to Los Angeles and by the time she was eleven years old she was playing the guitar, inspired by the wild fretwork of Ritchie Blackmore.

In 1975, at the age of just sixteen, she was recruited by Kim Fowley to join the all female teenage band The Runaways who also featured Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Jackie Fox and Sandy West.

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Enjoying moderate success in the States, the girls become huge stars in Japan, however the band played their final gig on New Years Eve 1978 before officially disbanding.

Following the break-up of The Runaways, Lita Ford launched her solo career with her debut album, 'Out For Blood', released in 1983 followed by 'Dancin' On The Edge' a year later.

Both of those albums were popular in the Heavy Metal charts but her real breakthrough came when she was taken on board by the management of Sharon Osbourne.

The resulting album, 'Lita', was a huge success and featured the hit singles 'Kiss Me Deadly' and the ballad 'Close My Eyes Forever', a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. Both Nikki Sixx and Lemmy also contributed to the songwriting.

In Europe Lita Ford was the special guest of Bon Jovi on the first leg of their mammoth 'New Jersey' tour.

December 1988 at Wembley Arena, supporting Jovi, was the last time Lita Ford performed in London. She even filmed a live video in front of invited fans before one of the shows.

More albums followed with 'Stiletto' in 1990 and 'Dangerous Curves' a year later which featured the hit single 'Shot Of Poison'.

Her sixth album, 'Black', from 1995 saw Ford move in a more blues and grunge direction before she took a long hiatus of more than a decade to raise a family.

Lita Ford returned in 2009 with 'Wicked Wonderland' but her real comeback album was 'Living Like A Runaway', released in 2012 which saw a return to the style of her earlier albums and was warmly greeted by fans.

Lita's latest release is 'Time Capsule', a collection of unreleased material recorded in the 80s with stars such as Billy Sheehan, Gene Simmons, Robin Zander, Rick Neilsen and Dave Navarro included.

Last year she brought out her autobiography, also titled 'Living Like A Runaway'.

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Lita Ford plays the Islington Academy, London on Sunday 12th March. Special guests will be the hard rocking trio Rock Goddess who themselves will be releasing their comeback album later this year.

The former Runaways guitarist also headlines the HRH AOR event in Pwellhi, North Wales on Friday 10th March in a mouth watering bill that also features Slaughter and Autograph. Lita will only be playing one other European date on this visit where lucky fans in Romania can see her on Tuesday 14th March in Bucharest.

Tickets for Islington are on sale right here.

lita ford

lita ford



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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