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Thursday, September 3, 2009

9/5: Lita Ford at TWC Amphitheater

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Lita Ford was 17 when she joined the Runaways, the 1970s hard-rock jailbait quintet. When the band dissolved in 1979, Ford and Joan Jett took the solo route with widely varied results. Favoring a pop-metal approach, Ford released the largely ignored Out for Blood in 1983 but scored a minor hit with “Gotta Let Go” from 1984’s Dancin’ on the Edge. She shelved a follow-up because of production issues and toured for four years before hiring Sharon Osbourne as her manager and releasing 1988’s Lita, which featured the monster tunes “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with Ozzy that reached the Top 10. Ford hung up her touring shoes in 1993, and her last album, 1995’s Black, went nowhere. But she played one show last year and booked a summer tour to generate some buzz for Wicked Wonderland, her first new album in more than a dozen years (it comes out next month). Ford performs at 9:15 p.m. at the Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City (1887 W. 3rd St., 216.522.4822, livenation.com). Tickets: $25 reserved, $8 general admission. — Baker

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