This season on That Metal Show we decided to go behind the stacks and interview some of your favorite TMS guests about their musical gear and find out how they got started playing their instruments in our That Metal Gear features. This week we’re proud to take That Metal Gear to the next level and present an exclusive online interview with heavy metal‘s leading lady, the legendary Lita Ford.
Lita got her start at the age of 16 with groundbreaking all-female hard rock group The Runaways which set the stage for her ‘80s career as a platinum-selling solo artist. Watch Lita walk us through her set up, talk about her love of Black Sabbath and share amazing stories about touring with the Ramones and how Deep Purple and Rainbow guitar god Ritchie Blackmore forever influenced her playing!
VH1: What was your first guitar and where did you get it?
Lita Ford: The first guitar I ever had was a Gibson, a chocolate Gibson SG. I got a job working at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach, California. I was 14-years-old. I lied about my age and got away with it. My mother helped. And I was able to save up $350 and bought a chocolate Gibson SG because I wanted to sound like Black Sabbath.
Who was the last guitar player you saw that blew you away?
The last guitar player that I saw was on That Metal Show and that was Gary Hoey. He’s an amazing guitar player. Sometimes I think he’s underrated and people that don’t know him don’t realize how amazing he is. I think Gary Hoey would be my first choice.
What’s your favorite song to play live and why?
I just love playing live. I like to jam. I don’t have any particular favorites. But when we do do a live show, I like the part where me and my other guitar player, Mitch Perry, the two of us do a dueling guitar. That was one of my favorite things that Alice Cooper used to do in the Welcome to My Nightmare tour was where the guitar players used to come down off the top ramp and do a dueling guitar solo. So that’s probably my favorite part of the show. Although I don’t have a favorite song, just a favorite part.