Lita Ford is one of the quintessential Queens of Rock. Having gotten her start with the all girl rock group The Runaways in the late seventies, Lita blazed her own path through the dense jungle that was the eighties male-dominated metal scene. Proving that ladies could rock every bit as hard as their male counterparts, she has been an inspiration to many and without her influence we might not have the Lzzy Hales or Maria Brinks in the world of metal today.
On March 11, Lita kicked off the first night of her current tour—an acoustic tour at that—at the Firehouse BBQ and Blues in Richmond, Indiana. This was such a great venue for a sold-out show. Table seating was provided and many of the show goers enjoyed the succulent dinners the Firehouse offers (for you vegetarians, the menu offers plenty for you to love as well). Opener Kelly Richey entertained with her one-woman jam. With her accompaniment tracks playing, Kelly plugged in her electric guitar and treated the audience to some originals as well as cranking out some Hendrix covers.
Lita then came out and was accompanied by Patrick Kennison, who provided a second guitar and backing vocals. If you thought he looked familiar or that you’ve heard his name before, you might remember him from The Union Underground. Lita, with her 12-string acoustic guitar, proceeded to perform career spanning classics such as “The Bitch Is Back”, “Close My Eyes Forever”, “Shot Of Poison”, “Kiss Me Deadly” and more before closing out the show with the iconic Runaway’s number “Cherry Bomb”, which, according to Kennison, marked the first time they had ever done a live acoustic version of it.
Throughout, Lita looked and sounded as good as ever. Her vocals were silky smooth on numbers like “Close My Eyes Forever” and gritty on “Cherry Bomb” and at all times providing the powerfulness she is known for. The playing of both Kennison and Lita was so extremely dynamic that it really did not appear this was an unplugged show at all as Lita danced and worked the stage while Kennison held down the groove. I had been told earlier in the evening that this was the first time Lita had done an acoustic tour and that this was the first show of that tour, but it really went on without any noticeable hiccups that you would expect in that situation. If you have the opportunity to catch Lita on this tour, go out and see her as she continues to prove she still wears the crown and sits atop the throne.