The first lady of rock played to a near capacity crowd in Sellersville last night. Sellersville is the town that hid the Liberty Bell as it made it’s way from Allentown to Philly back in the 1700’s. It’s a sleepy town that is nestled way in the hinterlands of Bucks County. It’s history shall now include the town that Lita Ford headlined in during her “day off”.
As Lita would tell the crowd, She is on tour with Poison and Def Leppard. This night was a night off from the tour. On stage, as an opener, she plays for 30 minutes. Hardly enough time to say hello. Instead of taking the time to kick back and relax, Ford chose to headline at Sellersville. and boy were we lucky.
Lita was onstage for about 90 minutes. While that was ample time to squeeze in most of her well known material, she could have played for another 90 minutes and this crowd would not have minded. Of course, “Back To the cave”, “Can’t Catch Me” ” and “Hungry” were all played. Lita and her band were in top form. Lita Ford is rock royalty whether she wants to admit it or not. From her days with the Runaways, to her solo career, Ford did it first and rocked harder than any other female in the business.
Today, it does not matter, but in the 1970’s it was next to impossible to be taken seriously as a musician if you were a female. Lita Ford simply made people pay attention and take her seriously. She has the talent and the attitude. You pay attention to her or get your ass kicked.
Lita is on tour in support of her new album. Yes album, it is called Living Like A Runaway and it is available on vinyl. It’s also available on CD and digipack. Ford was able to play quite a bit of material from it. She opened with “Bitch is Back” the Elton John cover that is available as a bonus track on her record. For the song “Hate”, Ford shed her guitars and sang.
The crowd was subdued. Even during the encore of “Kiss Me Deadly” some people chose to sit in their chairs as opposed to standup and rock. Cameras were not permitted and that put a damper on peoples spirits. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter had comments from Lita fans that wanted to snap a memento but were not permitted. This was her first headlining show in the Philly area since 1991. She last played at the Chestnut Cabaret.
On stage, Lita took care of business. She would banter with the crowd, joke with them, and toasted them with a glass of vodka. She would play a double neck guitar on some songs. Others she went for a cherry red standard. After the show, Ford and her band made their way to the lobby where she stayed for about 90 minutes taking care of her fans. Pictures, autographs and stories were shared with the first lady of rock. Yes, it would be fair to say that Lita was relentless in Sellersville.
To read a pre show interview with Lita go here.
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