Guitarist and glam/punk/metal pioneer Lita Ford has yet to receive the full historical reappraisal that she so richly deserves. How does Thursday work for you? A shredder from the word “go,” Ford got her start with no less than Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in 1975 as guitarist and founding member of the Runaways, a vicious, leather-encased group of teenage delinquents that cut eternal side after eternal side – think “Cherry Bomb” or “Queens of Noise.” When the volatile chemistry of the Runaways caused the project's implosion, Ford bided her time for a bit and then just burst onto the radio heavy metal scene with a new metal-queen image and her debut album, Out for Blood
. Which, really, was her mission statement at the time – gone was the Ramones-y primitivism of the Runaways, here to stay was a slick, sleek metal sound that was ALL Ford, and she fucking killed. Ford was a fixture on rock radio for about a decade, with singles like “Kiss Me Deadly” and the wrenching Ozzy Osbourne duet “Close My Eyes Forever” (which became her sonic calling card). Ford took a about a decade off starting in 1996 to focus on her family, but she’s staged a forceful return as an undiminished player and vocalist. Lita Ford deserves a second look beyond the heavy metal nostalgia circuit.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29 | Hard Rock Hotel, 5800 Universal Blvd. | hardrock.com