the 23rd March 2000, Chronological Crue called the Florida, USA home of
metal queen Lita Ford, to gain an insight into her extensive career and
involvement with members of Mötley Crüe along the way. After not quite
getting the time difference correct when I called, Lita
asked, “Can you give me a few minutes and call me back? I was just
getting out of the shower and I'm not dressed and I'm all soaking wet.”
Not sure if I was actually dreaming, I obliged. Lita’s husband,
Jim Gillette, answered the phone on the second attempt, and passed the
phone to Lita, who was standing beside her man.
Chronological Crue: Hi
Lita. Sorry about that!
Sorry about what?
CC: Getting the time
understandable. It’s not like you’re right down the street, you know.
CC: Well I thought I had
it right, but these things happen.
A lot of
the time I get phone calls from people doing interviews and things,
that think that we’re on east coast time, same as New York, but we’re
one hour earlier. We’re not quite that far east. So we’re 50 miles away
from the Eastern Time line, where it goes over one more hour.
CC: Right OK.
know. So it’s easy to get confused.
CC: OK well, as you know,
Chronological Crue traces the complete history of Mötley Crüe and its
members. So I’d just like to start out by tracing some of your history.
CC: You were born in
England going back to 1958. That was in London?
CC: And then you came out
to the US as a young child. What sort of age were you when you came out?
I think I
was four. We moved to Boston, Massachusetts and we lived there for a
while then sort of made our way across the United States. From Boston,
we moved over to Dallas, Texas and lived there for a little while. Then
by the time I was in Third Grade, I ended up in Los Angeles… or Long
Beach, CA. Are you familiar with the West Coast of California?
CC: A reasonable amount.
I’ve never been there but I’ve certainly looked at a lot of maps over
LF: Right. So we ended up there.
CC: Was that because your
parents were always changing jobs most of the time?
hated the weather. The East Coast is cold, unless you live in Florida.
Here it’s hot, but New York, New Jersey and all those places, they’re
f*cking freezing cold with the wind and the snow. My Mom just said,
"F*ck this." She’s from Italy. Born and raised in Rome. She was a beach
bunny, so she loves the beach which is why we ended up in California.
CC: Yeh, right. I’m in
Perth in Western Australia and it’s a bit similar here really. Cities
like Melbourne on the east coast are quite cold and wet, whereas over
here in Perth it's more like California. A lot of the American sailors
that come here say it’s very similar to California.
Are you in
is absolutely gorgeous.
CC: You’ve been here?
have. I loved Perth… but couldn’t you have found somebody a bit more
local to do this [interview]?
CC: [laughing] No,
there’s just me. I do the whole lot myself. I’m Chronological Crue’s
CC: Thanks! So when did
you come to Perth?
was… let me think… it was 1992ish. Somewhere in there.
CC: So that was after
your Dangerous Curves album?
was right after Dangerous Curves. I didn’t perform there. I was working
for Ibanez guitars and I was doing some clinics. I would actually play
but I didn’t have the band with me. I was pretty much doing it by
CC: Yeh sure. I’ve been
to clinics before.
I wish I
could have performed. We finished our trip in Perth, so that was the
last place. It was just gorgeous… just beautiful.
CC: It’s a very clean
city. It’s very similar to L.A. without the crime.
CC: Yeh that too. So just
back peddling back a bit from that point in your life, I believe you
first saw a rock concert when you were just becoming a teenager and it
was Black Sabbath, yeh?
CC: Yeh. From what I
understand that was really what turned you onto the guitar.
played guitar before I went to the Sabbath concert. Of course I was a
huge Sabbath fan and used to listen to all their records. That was
pretty much all I played, over and over and over. That, and a little
bit of Deep Purple… and The Who… and of course [Led] Zeppelin now and
then. Oh, and [Jimi] Hendrix! The list gets longer and longer! But I
was a real big Sabbath fan.
So when I
was thirteen, my cousin Paul took me to my first concert at the Long
Beach Arena. The Long Beach Arena holds about 13,000 people. It’s quite
a big arena… and we saw Black Sabbath of course. I was such a big fan.
CC: You never forget your
first concert, do you?
don’t think my feet touched the ground, when I stepped foot inside that
arena. It was like I was walking on air. The music was so loud and
powerful, and the air was full of pot smoke and cigarette smoke, and it
had a whole vibe. It was like the whole place was sort of Satanic.
wanted to do that. I saw those guys… Ozzy and Toni and everybody on
stage… of course I can call them first names now, as they’re people
that I know, but then they were Black Sabbath and I wanted to do that.
I wanted to be able to make the audience feel like they were making the
CC: Well you soon got
that chance with The Runaways. Was that your first band?
CC: Like you didn’t even
have like a garage band before that? That was your real first band?
LF: No. Well, I had a garage band but we never even really made
it out of the garage. We were going to do our first show and what
happened was, a friend of mine’s band was going to play at a club.
Their bass player got sick… a girl... or something happened to her, and
they needed a bass player to fill in for them for that one night show.
I was like fifteen or sixteen years old here. So they called me and
said could I fill in for this girl, just for one night, and we’ll teach
you how to play all the songs and everything. So I learnt all the songs
and it was no big deal. Anyway, we never did play the show. It got
cancelled, but Kim Fowley, who was putting together The Runaways at the
time, had heard that there was a girl bass player in this band that was
supposed to have played that night. So he called me and said, "Well I
hear you’re a bass player and we’re looking for a bass player to put
together this all girl band, and we need a bass player."
CC: But of course you
So I said,
"That’s great, but I’m really not a bass player, I really play guitar"
and he said, "Oh that’s great because we need one of them too." I guess
the only ones they had were Sandie on drums and Joan on guitar, and
didn’t have anyone else.
CC: Right. She was Joan
Larkin back then too, wasn’t she?
Larkin alright. [Joan Jett]
CC: What was your
favourite Runaways song?
I dunno. Maybe Saturday Night Special, or Black Leather. I dunno.
CC: Yeh I guess they’re
all different. Different songs inspire you, or make you feel different
ways at different times.
just that I’ve grown so much since The Runaways that it’s kind of like
looking back at College. You know, like what did you do in College that
was your favourite thing. It was like going through College to learn
the real deal. That’s what The Runaways were.
CC: You did a VH1 online
chat not too long ago and you said you wouldn’t do a Runaways reunion,
whereas prior to that I understand The Runaways were going to get back
together but Joan was too busy at that time.
know what? She’s not f*cking busy enough. She’s got a Looney Tunes
manager that I don’t know what his intentions are with her, but he’s
pretty much keeping the whole thing from happening. He wants to have
complete control over the whole ordeal. All the other girls, I guess,
are OK with that but I’m not because this guy has given me a real hard
time my whole career. Since my very first solo album, this guy has
given me a hard time. He’s kept me from using photographers. He’s tried
to keep me from doing certain video shoots. He’s tried to keep me from
writing with certain writers and I don’t know what his reason is. I
suppose he thinks that Joan is going to become a bigger star if he can
shove me out of the picture a little more. So this was MY idea to put
The Runaways back together. A long time ago, about seven years ago, I
originally came up with the idea and for seven years I’ve been battling
with Joan and Kenny, her manager, about trying to put this band back
together. For the last seven years! You know, in the last seven years,
Joan Jett’s career has slowed down enough that it would be good for her
to put The Runaways back together IF it was done properly and
everything was in the girls’ hands. I mean we’ve known each other since
we were sixteen years old.
CC: That’s a long time
done a lot of records since then. I mean, f*ck, we’re 42 years old now.
We’ve been there, done that. Learnt this, learnt that, and I don’t want
my life in this man’s hands. So what I said to him was, "Look. I will
bring somebody in to handle me. You work with her and the two of you
get together and make this thing happen." It’s not like each girl has
her own manager. It’s just Joan and Lita and we’ll work together with
the rest of the girls and make it happen. But he doesn’t want it that
way. He wants it all or nothing and that’s the bottom line. I just
think why should I put my career in your hands after what you’ve done
to me the last… so many years? So that’s it.
CC: I guess it’s the
fans that dip out or miss out, because of that.
Oh yeah. I
mean he wants to write the songs. He wants to record the songs. He
wants to be the producer. He wants to be the manager. You know, he is
not The Runaways. He was never in The Runaways, and even if I thought
the sun shined out of his ass, I still wouldn’t want him to produce the
band because he’s not the right producer. It’s just the bottom line.
Nor is he the right writer for the band. I mean, if we’re going to do
this we need to do it properly and pick and choose the right team of
people to make it all happen. But he’s not going to let it happen, so
f*ck it. It’s not going to happen.
CC: OK sure. Well
hopefully one day it will.
CC: But at least the fans
know what’s happening there.
I’m not picking on Joan. I’m not picking on anybody. I just think that
he needs to back down a little bit and Joan needs to take hold of her
own career a little bit. If she really wants to do this… and because
she’s not taking a hold of it and making it really happen, I don’t
think she really wants to do it, and she really doesn’t have a good
reason. There is no good reason.
CC: Well when The
Runaways were happening all those years ago, you were treated like
Queens in Japan. They really took a liking to you. Did you enjoy
playing in Japan?
was tremendous! It was the highlight of The Runaways career. Absolutely.
CC: What kind of
experiences from Japan sort of stand out in your mind to this day from
those times? What made it so good?
fan base. The fans were just beyond belief. They were so dedicated and
so warm and welcoming to us. They gave us gifts and followed us on the
streets and just, you know. There was like packs of them everywhere. It
wasn’t like just one or two fans here and there. It was just gangs of
people. For instance, we’d be walking down the street and everybody in
one whole school; everybody would be hanging out the windows. On every
level of each floor of the school, screaming and yelling at us. It
wouldn’t be like just one kid, you know. It was incredible. There were
security guards everywhere. They had to hold crowds back at the
airport. It was just major, major, major fan based. It was wonderful.
The audiences were tremendous.
CC: You played your last
Runaways performance in San Francisco in late 1979 and then went solo;
put out a lot of solo albums since. It was in your early solo days that
you met Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crüe which probably would’ve been
towards the end of 1982?
I can’t remember when I met him. I think it was earlier than that.
CC: How did you meet
I saw him…
I was in a nightclub. What club was it… let me think? The Troubadour on
Santa Monica Boulevard and I was with some friends. We were having a
conversation sitting at the table. We were talking about guys.
CC: As girls do.
Yeh and my
friends asked me what kind of guy do you like. I looked over across the
room and I saw Nikki and I said, "Oh I like them kind of scuzzy
looking, kind of scary looking, but kind of good looking at the same
time, I dunno… kind of like a little rat or something" you know. I
looked over and said, "Like that guy over there!" and I pointed at
Nikki. If you knew Nikki then, he had no tattoos. He was very, very
skinny. He was wearing thigh high red boots that were about four sizes
too small for him. I don’t know how he got his foot into them and just
some clothes that he picked up at the nearest goodwill.
CC: Did he play that
No he was
just there having a drink and hanging out. At that point they were
CC: There’s a story that
you stuck something in Nikki’s mouth… some illegal substance?
Oh yeh. I
offered him an illegal substance and afterward he wanted to join our
party and come home with us. Of course we accepted.
CC: You guys lived
together for a while.
lived together for two years, maybe longer.
CC: Was that Clark St?
LF: Let’s see…
Nikki had a place on Clark St and I would always stay there with him. I
was always there with him. I was always there, but I didn’t really live
there. Then later on we moved and we got our own apartment, and then
after we split up he moved across the street from me. We were together
for quite a while off and on.
CC: And Tommy
was living with you as well, I think, for some time.
LF: Yeh Tommy
was there. They were all there. It was pretty much Nikki’s place, but
everyone would go there… bring their girlfriends, and we’d all have a
drink, you know?
CC: Yeh. What
things do you remember most from those days, hanging out with the guys?
There was the famous Riot on Sunset incident where Nikki was faced with
an assault charge after there was a run-in with some bikers as they
left the Rainbow.
LF: Yeh, Nikki
accidentally hit one of the Sheriffs with my belt. I gave him my belt
because there were all these guys fighting. I said, "Here Nikki use
this." So I pulled off my belt… a chain belt, and he was swinging this
belt trying to hit one of the guys that were giving him a hard time,
and he accidentally hit one of the Sheriffs. Oops. So they threw him in
jail. Nikki was in jail and I didn’t have any money to get him out and
neither did Nikki. So I put up my Firebird TransAm as collateral.
CC: So you
hocked it to get him out?
LF: Yeh. I
gave the pink slip on my car to get him out.
What about Tommy back in those days. Was he as wild as Nikki?
LF: Yeh. He
was worse. Yeh. I dunno. He was always in some kind of trouble. I
remember the house that we all hung out in was full of cockroaches. The
oven especially was full of cockroaches. So if you ever wanted to cook
anything, you had to turn the oven on for a while to kill the
cockroaches before you put your food in it. Did you ever burn a
cockroach in the oven?
LF: They stand
up on their hind legs. They’re really weird. They stand up on their
hind legs and then they’ll fall over on their back. So Nikki used to
put the oven on and he’d do that German march where you kick your legs
out in front of you and then you put your hand straight out?
LF: He’d do
that Heil Hitler German march thing to the cockroaches dying in the
oven. That was a daily ritual. I thought that was interesting. That was
something exciting before your dinner.
another time the guys had a big map hanging on the wall in the hallway
by the bathroom, and every time one of them had to have a crap, they’d
go out and tear off a piece of the States. You know, like they’d tear
off Florida, then they’d tear off Georgia, and then they’d tear out
Mississippi and Texas and they would wipe their ass with a piece of the
States off the map. The map would gradually be getting smaller and
CC: So they
only had 52 times that they could use it before they’d need a new map,
LF: Yes. It
was cheaper that way than buying toilet paper.
CC: Eeww yuk!
LF: I know.
It’s pretty disgusting.
CC: Well I
guess they were those young decadent kind of days?
LF: Yeh, now I
would run for cover. I’d run for my life if I saw cockroaches in the
oven. You think I’d ever put my food in there and eat it? Eeww.
Eventually that building was condemned because there were some rats or
something in the trash out back, and they were getting inside the
building, so they condemned the building. They shut it down or
something. I don’t know.
CC: What about
the music back in those days. Did you really enjoy the music of Mötley
LF: Ah it was
OK. I enjoyed them as people because they were so young and kind of
like, rebels. Especially Nikki. He was a real go-getter, you know. He
had his mind set on what he was going to do with his life. He knew
exactly what he was going to call the albums. He pictured it. He had a
vision in his mind and he made it all bigger than life; larger than
life. He took the best of Kiss and the best of Alice Cooper and the
best of W.A.S.P. and put it all together. There you had the best of
Mötley Crüe and they were sort of bigger and better than those bands at
that time in their careers.
CC: When you
say he had a vision, do you mean like it suddenly came to him one day,
or he just had a concept in his head of how it would fit together?
LF: He had a
dream… as a kid. I think he thought about it for, I don’t know how many
years, but he had had that dream when I met him. I mean, he knew Shout
At The Devil. He knew Theatre Of Pain. He knew all those album titles
like Girls, Girls, Girls. I mean he knew all that and had it in his
mind that he was going to do this, this, this and this; and they were
going to be big; and they were going to wear… I mean he knew it all
because he told me.
LF: And he
made it all happen. He had a dream… and he lived it. He did it.
recently talked about when he had his overdose and died back in ’87 how
he left his own body and had an outer body experience. So yeh, when you
say about this vision; that’s quite amazing.
LF: He is
incredibly intelligent. You know he had a real rough childhood.
CC: Yeh, sure.
LF: He just
took over his own life and made himself. He didn’t have any help from
Mom and Dad. He didn’t have anybody, you know. He’s the leader of the
pack. Mötley Crüe wouldn’t have been anything without Nikki… well; they
wouldn’t have been Mötley Crüe. You know what I mean? They’re all of
course talented members of the band and would have gone off to do
something else I’m sure, but they would never have been Mötley Crüe.
CC: Did you
ever meet his sister?
CC: What about Tommy’s sister, Athena?
LF: Yeh I
CC: Her band
KrunK actually contributed a song to the Mötley Crüe Tribute CD I’ve
just put out through Pulse Records in Chicago. It’s a pity that we
didn’t hook up earlier, as you may have been able to contribute a track
LF: Yeh! Well
maybe next time… oh, what song was it that he told me he wrote for me?
Looks That Kill.
CC: Right, OK.
LF: I don’t
think he [Nikki] wrote the whole song… but a couple of lines in the
CC: What, that
he had in mind as such. More so, wrote it about you, or for you?
More with me in mind when he wrote it, you know. So that was nice.
CC: Do you
have many photos of you and Nikki?
LF: I don’t
think I have any shots of me and Nikki.
CC: There is
one floating around on the Internet that I’ve seen.
probably came from me. It’s an old shot. I know that one you’re talking
CC: You’re in
a blue leather jacket.
LF: It was
taken at the Santa Monica Civic when we were both there. Nikki was
performing there. I remember that shot and I think that’s probably the
same one that I have. We didn’t get in too many pictures together. I
don’t know why. It’s weird.
You later got together with Nikki back in 1987 and wrote a song
together called Falling In & Out Of Love that was on your self-titled
Lita album released the next year. How did that occasion come
about? What was the story behind that? Who called who?
God, I don’t really remember. I think we were both in the same studio
recording at the same time. Is that what happened? God, I don’t
remember but I know they were in the studio. They were over at One On
One in Studio City on Lankershim [Boulevard] over there. There’s a
little room off to the side of the studio with a piano in it and stuff.
I was trying to collect material for my new record. I had just written
some stuff with Ozzy. We wrote that there too in the same studio.
CC: Right, OK
because that was actually your highest charting song.
LF: Yeh I was
in that studio a lot. I don’t remember what I was doing there. I don’t
remember if I was recording. Maybe I was recording. I don’t remember. I
was there a lot and they were there too, so we were probably both
recording in the same studio. You know how they have different rooms?
CC: Yeh, sure.
LF: So I think
that may have been the situation.
CC: That was
the album that had Close My Eyes Forever on it which was the song you
co-wrote and performed with Ozzy. Did you get a Grammy nomination for
LF: No, can
you believe it? For Close My Eyes, no.
CC: What was
your Grammy Nomination for?
Kiss Me Deadly. They did a whole thing at the Grammy's for Best Duets…
Rock Duets and Ozzy and I didn’t even get nominated.
CC: Right OK.
Weird considering it made Top 10.
LF: Kind of
weird. Sharon Osbourne probably put a stop to it or something. I don’t
in those earlier days you met Randy Castillo and he went on to play
drums for you on your 1984 album Dancin’
On The Edge. How did you hook up with Randy Castillo?
LF: Randy was
playing at a little club in Los Angeles called Madam Wong and I had
gone to see his band play because I was looking for a drummer. I don’t
remember who referred me to Randy… but anyway I had gone to see him
perform and I thought he was unique with his style of playing. He had a
wonderful personality. Everybody loves Randy.
LF: Yeh he’s a
great guy. So that was it. No major stories there. Just saw him at a
club then hooked up.
CC: It’s kind
of interesting how he ended up becoming a member of Mötley Crüe.
LF: Yeh, he played with Ozzy too. It’s a small
world. Everybody wears everybody else’s underwear. Whatever fits at the
time, you know.
Nikki, you were married to Chris Holmes from W.A.S.P. I remember seeing
the Decline of the Western Civilization video and thinking who’s this
well, he played it up on that. I mean he really… Chris is quite a show
man. I think a lot of people took him dead serious though. I mean he
did have a drinking problem. Definitely did have a drinking problem, as
we all did at one point.
CC: Now of
course you’re married to Jim Gillette, who was in a band called Nitro a
long time ago.
CC: The OFR
album. Is that still available?
LF: The what?
CC: The OFR
LF: Oh, I
don’t know. I never listen to Nitro.
Jim’s never played it to you?
LF: I didn’t
know who Nitro was. I’d never heard it. Oh yeh, he’s now played it for
me, since we’ve been married.
CC: Do you
have to hide all your glasses in the house?
hard] No we have a three-year-old son, so all of our glasses are
Just as well.
LF: But our
son has Jim’s voice.
LF: Oh man!
You wouldn’t believe it. You wouldn't believe this powerful sound that
comes out of this kid.
CC: So how
old is James now?
LF: James will
be three in May. He’s almost three. Amazing huh? I have a three year
CC: How has
life been since the birth of James? Has it really changed your
lifestyle a lot?
tremendously. I’m a completely different person. I have to be… being a
full time Mom. James doesn’t have babysitters or day-care, or nannies
or anything. It’s just James and Mommy and Daddy. You know, here I am
watching kids movies every night and going to Playgroups with other
kids. Just going and hanging out in toyshops. It’s great!
CC: How do you
get on with the other parents at playgroup and stuff?
LF: Well, I
try to keep a low-key profile. I mean, I don’t wear leather pants and
all that stuff like stiletto heels. I sort of keep a low profile with
them and just try to mind my own business and talk about kids. I don’t
bring anything else into it. The people out here… I mean we’re in the
south right now and it’s real hard for them to relate. The people out
here didn’t grow up in Hollywood with music, drugs, tattoos and hair
dye. I mean they didn’t grow up like I did, or Jim did. So it’s a real
weird touchy thing out here, so I don’t talk about it much.
CC: Right OK.
Jim’s building us a house out in the Caribbean. So we’re going to be
moving out in the Caribbean pretty soon.
Wow! What made you want to move out there?
LF: We just
want to get into a place that’s less populated. It’s British
Government. It’s a cleaner environment. There’s less crime. Just mainly to raise our son. It’s going to be
CC: When you
say Jim’s building it, do you mean he’s contracting people to do it, or
is he actually building it?
LF: No Jim
builds them. We’ve got ten houses in Florida that Jim has built, that
we own. We’ve sold a bunch. No, Jim builds them himself. He’s got
people that work for him and he gets in there and he does a lot of the
dirty work himself.
CC: So what
kind of construction are they? Is it timber frame? In Perth here we
have mainly double brick homes.
LF: Well here
they have to withstand hurricane force winds, so a lot of the house we
have are on the water so they are built up on pylons in case the water
rises. The houses are built high. They’re wood framed houses but they
are extremely, extremely strong with concrete foundations and stucco.
Metal roofs and hurricane storm proof windows. There’s lots of
hurricanes here. Lots of tiles… you know, real Florida style stuff. You
probably don’t know what they are right?
CC: Well, I am
on the other side of the world.
LF: I know you
CC: But I’m
always ahead of you though… when it comes to time.
CC: Where do
you see yourself in about ten years from now?
being a Mom.
been some talk that you’ve been working on a new album with Nile Rogers.
LF: Well I
started to do some work with Nile but it didn’t happen. Maybe it’ll
happen in the next couple of years. What happened was, I was busy doing
things and Nile was busy doing things and we tried to make other things
connect but they just didn’t connect. We’re going to keep trying and
maybe we will in the future. I’m not ready to give up my career. I have
slowed down because you get a little bored doing the same shit for
what… I had my first record out when I was seventeen and I’m going to
be 42 in September. So I’ve taken some time off and let Jim pay the
bills for a while, and he does that well let me tell ya... and raise
our son. In ten years I’m still going to probably be doing the same
thing. I’m probably going to be doing a little bit more music than I am
now. My son is so into music I know he’s going to want to be a part of
CC: Excellent. My
daughter is fifteen and my son is ten towards the end of this year, so
they’ve certainly enjoyed always having music around them. My daughter
takes singing and dancing classes and loves it.
you’ve got to build your world around them because if you don’t, then
you’re not a good parent.
Unfortunately my Mother and Father both passed away.
LF: Yep. Of
CC: You wrote
a song dedicated to your Mom called Lisa that was on the Stilletto
CC: What’s it
like for James not having Grandparents there?
LF: Well he doesn’t miss them because he never
knew them, but I think it’s harder for me than for James.
there’s times when you need that break and it’s very difficult if you
can’t offload them.
LF: And you
need somebody to talk to and support from a family member that’s been
there. Somebody you trust. We just don’t have that and it’s real empty.
It’s a very empty feeling.
CC: I think at
the end of the day though; I think being the best parent is just going
with your gut. You know what’s right and you just do it.
sometimes it’s not that easy and sometimes it is. I think it’s hard
when the holidays hit. That’s when I have a real hard time. My parents
used to make such a big deal out of Christmas. They used to buy Nikki
[Sixx] all kinds of stuff too for Christmas and he would sort of hide.
CC: What sort
of stuff would they buy him? Music, or…?
clothes and cookies and food. You know, my mother was Italian so the
food thing was a big ordeal.
CC: Did Nikki
get along well with her, with Nikki having Italian descent in him as
absolutely! Yeh. When my Father died… my Father died first… he sent my
Mother a dozen, dozen roses. White roses. I think it was a dozen. It
was either half a dozen, or a dozen dozen roses all in one big pot.
LF: It was
CC: When was
the last time that you caught up with Nikki?
LF: A long,
long time ago. Maybe seven years, something like that.
CC: What sort
of music are you listening to these days?
LF: You know what I
listen to? It drives me nuts. I listen to myself… f*cking over and
over. That’s all my son wants to hear. “Play Mommy singing. I want to
hear Mommy singing Playing With Fire. I want to hear Mommy singing Shot
Of Poison” and he makes me play it over and over and over. If I put on
anything else, he’ll say to me, “I don’t want to hear that. I want to
hear Mommy singing.” So I’m letting him hear it. It drives me a little
crazy sometimes, but he loves it. He’s learning the words and he’s
singing along with it. It’s just real neat for me.
CC: Does he
like watching the videos, as well? Obviously there’s that whole visual
thing as well. Does he recognise?
LF: Oh, of
course. Oh he knows. Oh yeh.
CC: Cool. Well
that pretty much covers everything I wanted to go over with you Lita.
Is there anything you want to say to fans of The Runaways… or Mötley
fans as well?
Gosh, I don’t know. I wish I could be there in Perth.
you’re welcome here anytime.
LF: Oh thank
you. Just tell everybody that I hope I can get to Perth and perform.
That’s something that we never had the opportunity to do before, other
than doing the in-store clinic… but that’s not the same thing. I don’t
know. What do you tell the fans. Thanks and God bless you all.
CC: Are you a
LF: No… but I
do believe in being happy and healthy… being safe and living a good
CC: And having
LF: Yeh, you
only live once.
CC: Have you
got any new tattoos lately?
LF: No, but I
died my hair red!
LF: Yeh, a
dark strawberry red.
LF: Yeh it’s
pretty cool. It’s real long too. I look different.
CC: Well maybe
you might be able to send me some photos?
LF: Yeh, it
was my Y2K hair. That’s what it is. I kept it. I’m going to go blonde
again once summer’s here.
CC: What did
you do on New Year's Eve for the year 2000?
LF: I hid. I
thought it was going to be the end of the world. So I hid. Went to bed
with a pillow over my head. I was afraid. I thought please let us be
here in the morning when we wake up… and we were.
Excellent. What about your 40th Birthday? Was that a big
milestone party? How did you celebrate that?
LF: It was a
quiet dinner. When you turn forty it’s not like you really want to
think about it. I just went to a quiet dinner and ate, then came home
and sort of forgot about it. It’s not like when you’re sixteen or
twenty-one or anything like that. Forty is like, "OK. Great. I’m forty.
So what? Next?"
CC: OK then
Lita. Well thanks for your time.
Hey, please tell all the fans, "God bless you all and I miss you." Tell
them, "I MISS YOU."
CC: OK, will
do for sure. Thanks very much for your time. Nice talking with you.
LF: Thank you.
Yeh, I enjoyed it. I’ll see you soon… I mean, I’ll talk to you soon.
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