'80a hard rock queen Lita Ford was interviewed on the October 24 edition of the "Sixx Sense" radio show hosted by MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist — and Lita's former boyfriend — Nikki Sixx. You can now listen to the chat below.
Ford's new album, "Living Like A Runaway", features the song "A Song To Slit Your Wrist By", which was written by Sixx. Asked how the collaboration came about, Lita told Examiner.com, "It was the weirdest thing. I was on my computer one day and it popped up. And I went, 'I don't have any Nikki Sixx songs saved to my desktop. What the fuck is this?' So I listened to it and called Nikki. He said, 'It's from the 58 version.' I asked, 'Is this something you did for your book? Can I have it?' He said, 'Yeah! Do what you want with it. It's a song I wrote for my ex-wife fifteen years ago.' I thought, 'Oh, God. How perfect.' I asked if he were to change anything, what would he do. He said he'd give it an industrial vibe, like a NINE INCH NAILS kind of feel. Gary [Hoey, producer/co-writer] started messing around with it, gave it some loops, added a guitar solo, added more attitude. I think it came out great. I wrote on the album in my handwriting, 'Do not attempt this at home.'"
Lita recently filmed a video for the song "Mother" in Joshua Tree, California. Directing the clip is Ford's former THE RUNAWAYS bandmate Victory Tischler-Blue, whose film "Edgeplay" was based on her tenure in the 1970s all-girl teenage rock act.
Said Ford: "[Vicky's] got a lot of photographs of me and my children, a lot of the necessary elements to create this video."
Photos from the "Mother" video shoot can be found at this location.
"Mother", which is dedicated to Lita's estranged sons, Rocco and James (father is former NITRO singer Jim Gillette), comes off her new album, "Living Like A Runaway", out now on SPV/Steamhammer. "I wrote this song for [my sons]," Lita recently told the Deciblog. "I wrote this song to tell them how much I love them and to tell them that I didn't mean for this to happen [for Lita to be forced to live apart from her kids following her divorce from Gillette. — Ed.] and that it's not my fault. I didn't do this to them, although they think I did. I miss them, I love them. They're my life."
"It was hard to write," she told Examiner.com. "It was hard to record. It's hard to listen to. I find myself skipping over it sometimes, depending on how much makeup I have on that day. If I'm all made up, I'm like, 'Oh, can't cry right now!' I've done interviews where big, grown men tell me they've come away from it in tears. That's huge. That's what I wanted — for people to feel my pain. But it is a great song."
"Living Like A Runaway" was released on June 19 in North America. The effort was made available in four configurations: a double LP, limited-edition CD, standard CD and digital download. The artwork for the album was created by famed rock photographer Mark Weiss.
Lita's current touring band consists of the following musicians:
Lita Ford - Guitar, Vocals
Mitch Perry - Guitar
Marty O'Brien - Bass
Scot Coogan - Drums