By Jon Chattman
The hard rock queen is about to retake her throne. Lita Ford is releasing her first full album (“Wicked Wonderful”) in nearly 15 years and on Sunday, she’s going to share songs off that record as well as old favorites with audiences at the Ridgefield Playhouse at 80 East Ridge in Connecticut.
“I hope everyone can come rock out with us,” she said in a recent interview.
After success found her in her tweens as a member of The Runaways (the focus of an upcoming bio-flick), Ford found success on her own in the 1980s. There arguably wasn’t a hotter (literally) woman in rock than Ford.
Her singles were instant classics (think: “Kiss Me Deadly” and the Ozzy Osbourne duet “Close My Eyes Forever”) and the videos that accompanied them stole the hearts of prepubescent boys everywhere.
In the 1990s, she focused on raising a family, homeschooling them, with fellow rocker husband Jim Gillette, but it’s clear she’s ready to rock right now. Here’s what she had to say…”
During an MTV special years back, you noted that metal was going to make a comeback. Do you think it’s still the case?
Absolutely! The video games have really helped that to happen. I’m actually in a new one that comes out this November called “Brutal Legend.” It stars Jack Black, Rob Halford, Ozzy, and I get to play the Queen; I’m Queen Rima.
Speaking of which, what do you make of the Guitar Hero/Rock Band phenomenon? Can we expect your tunes on there?
I think it’s great! I love seeing the new generation of kids getting into real classic rock! We have a song in “Brutal Legend” that I mentioned earlier. We’re very excited to be a part of that game. My family watches a few of Jack Black’s movies over and over. Our favorite is “School of Rock.” It reminds us of our house.
Nice. Well, I guess obviously I have to ask you this: it’s been 15 years since you last toured, why was NOW the right time?
‘Cause my family was ready. We have two boys and they’re old enough now to enjoy it and learn from it. We home-school them and this is a pretty awesome field trip.
I bet! What’s the experience touring thus far? Everything you imagined?
It’s been overwhelming. The audiences have been amazing. I’ve been touring since I was 16 and this has been the best because I have my family with me. It’s great getting to share the experience with the ones I love. We were in three countries on our youngest boy Rocco’s birthday: Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.
Not too shabby. Still, were you nervous?
Just a little (laughs). Actually I feel quite at home on stage.
What’s the style of your new album, how long have you been developing it, and when will it be out?
The new album is very heavy. It’s very personal — it’s about my husband (Jim Gillette) and me [and] what we do when the kids go to sleep. It’s more mature than any of my past albums. I’ve grown as a person and so has my music. It comes out this fall. We haven’t set a date in stone yet, but between Sept. 15 and Oct. 6. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
The Ridgefield Playhouse is at 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Showtime: Sunday 8 p.m. $55-$60.