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Lita Ford’s new ‘Living Like A Runaway’ studio album released June 18th on SPV

Legendary female metal icon Lita Ford has inked a worldwide deal with SPV’s Steamhammer label to release her brand new, ten track tour de force studio album, ‘Living Like A Runaway’, on June 18th.

‘Living Like A Runaway’, which will be released as a limited edition digipak CD featuring two bonus tracks and a poster, as a gatefold double vinyl LP, a standard jewel case CD and an exclusive itunes version with bonus track, is, not to put too fine a point on it, her best album since 1988’s smash ‘Lita’ Long Player.

Lita Ford teamed up with producer Gary Hoey And lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to write and record ‘Living Like A Runaway’, an intensely personal collection, the title of which has two deep and distinct meanings.  One refers to her first band the Runaways, with whom she achieved international breakthrough success while a member between 1975 and 1980. The second 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.”

The team invested a lot of time and effort in ‘Living Like A Runaway’: “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” proudly states Lisa, referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head’, ‘Hate’ and ‘The Asylum’, which sees her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.

Lita additionally focused at great length with Hoey on writing and arranging the prolific beautiful and melodic guitar harmonies on ‘Living Like A Runaway’, which, unlike many albums today, is a body of work 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 Runaway’ as a whole journey rather just an individual song.”

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx contributed ‘A Song To Slit Yours Wrists By’, the final track on the album, which Lita transformed into a nasty, industrial style track with a real ‘Feck You!’ attitude.  Guitarist Doug Aldrich provided the riffs and chorus melody on one bonus track, ‘Bad Neighbourhood’, which Lita states “is a high energy guitar riff that carries the song”, while Elton John gave his blessing for Lita to cover his classic ‘The Bitch Is Back’, featuring special guests the Uptown Horns, for the second bonus track.

A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Lita Ford was 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 concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: ‘Close Your Eyes Forever’, the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osbourne, and solo smashes such as ‘What Do You Know About Love’, ‘Shot Of Poison’, ‘Larger Than Life’ and ‘Kiss Me Deadly’. Now ‘Living Like A Runaway’, which is packed with many more potential hits, marks a massive new milestone on the musical path of Lita Ford, the undisputed queen of Hard Rock.

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