Lita Ford Live

by Kevin Wierzbicki

Wild Horse Pass Casino, Chandler, AZ � November 8, 2013

Ford has a new hits-and-favorites album out called The Bitch is Back�Live and after beginning the show with the brief "Your Wake Up Call" from her Stiletto album played the first four cuts from the new one in order; the title cut which is a cover of an Elton John oldie, the sex-charged "Hungry" complete with a little appropriate cat-scratch guitar riff, "Relentless" and the rather melancholy youth-chasing-a-dream "Living Like a Runaway."

Ford switched guitars often during the show and strapped on her down-tuned double-neck to effect an ominous growl on "Devil In My Head" and proudly showed off her brand new BC Rich Lita Ford Black Widow Warlock on show highlight "Back To the Cave," a song that ended with an extended guitar duel between herself and second guitarist Mitch Perry.

Ford and her three-piece backing group kept the energy level extremely high, reeling off hot takes of "Under the Gun," "Out for Blood" and the Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) cover "Black Leather." A long take on "Can't Catch Me," her co-write with Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, included a drum solo from Bobby Rock that gave the rest of the players a short break after which they came back and played the Runaways favorite "Cherry Bomb," the only tune in the set list to come from Ford's earliest days.

The generous 90-minute set concluded with Ford's two biggest hits, "Close My Eyes Forever" and "Kiss Me Deadly." Since, as Ford put it, Ozzy (Osbourne) was not around to sing with her on the former as he did on the original, would the audience mind handling those chores?

By now the crowd was eating out of her hand and voices sang out in unison on the introspective song widely interpreted to be a ponderance of suicide. The crowd participation continued with "Kiss Me Deadly" with the fans on their feet, dancing and throwing heavy metal horns and clearly elated with every note of the very satisfying set.

Lita Ford Live

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