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Lita Ford is still running away with it

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  • Dustin Jack

Lita Ford was only 15 when she joined the burgeoning all-female rock 'n' roll group the Runaways in 1975, playing lead guitar for the band that also featured Joan Jett. The group broke up in 1979.

From there, Ford launched a successful solo career that rivaled Jett in the 1980s, topping charts with hit singles like the party anthem "Kiss Me Deadly" and the hard-rock ballad "Close My Eyes Forever," which she sung with Ozzy Osbourne.

After a lengthy hiatus in the late 1990s through 2007, in which she focused on raising two children, Ford returned to the stage 10 years ago with an invigorated sound and kick-ass attitude, showing fans around the world that her edge was as razor-sharp as ever.

As it turns out, 2016 is shaping up to be one of Ford's biggest years ever. She has a new autobiography out, Living Like a Runaway, that documents her wild days in the Runaways and her solo adventures. She also has a new album, Time Capsule, comprising several old demos given new life with the help of an all-star band of players.

This week, Ford brings her timeless rock to the North Bay and performs on Friday, Nov. 18, at Rock Star University's House of Rock, 3410 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $55–$75 (21 and over). 707.791.3482.

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