JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

February 14, 2016
The Rail Club
Fort Worth, TX USA
Review by Andy Laudano
Photos by Neil Berthelot

Lita Ford

"Happy Valentine's Day Fort Worth! I Wore Red Just For You!"

Is there a better way for a metalhead to spend Valentine's Day than with the reigning "Queen of American Heavy Metal," Lita Ford?

"Happy Valentine's Day Fort Worth! I wore red just for you," Lita exclaimed as she greeted the capacity crowd at the newly renovated Rail Club. Decked out in a tight red leatheroutfit, it seems impossible that she started doing this some forty years ago with her compatriots in The Runaways, and yet still looks and sounds this good today. Lita and her band, which includes charismatic bassist Marty O'Brien, world renowned drummer Bobby Rock and Texas guitarist Patrick Kennison, played a great setlist that honored her past and present.

The set opened hard and fast with the classic, "Gotta Let Go," and never slowed down. Recent gems like her cover of Elton John's "The Bitch Is Back" and the autobiographical "Living Like A Runaway" were mixed in with standards, "Hungry" and "Back To The Cave." Perfect for the occasion, the highly underrated, "Falling In and Out of Love" made it's way back into the set. Lita paid tribute to her good friend Lemmy with the song "Can't Catch Me," which the late Motorhead frontman co-wrote.

Then it was time to jump into the way back machine as first Lita played the title track from her very first solo album, "Out For Blood," followed by The Runaways' classic, "Cherry Bomb," which was featured recently in The Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Lita joked about how it only took nearly 40 years to become a number one song. The show then closed with her two biggest solo hits, the power ballad duet, "Close My Eyes Forever," with Kennison doing a great job singing Ozzy's parts and of course, "Kiss Me Deadly."

This was a great show and Lita shows no signs of slowing down. She announced that she has a new album and a book coming out in 2016 as well as an upcoming tour with fellow female rocker Lizzy Hale and her band Halestorm. Expect a big 2016 from "The Queen of Heavy Metal."