LITA FORD RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE ON NEW ALBUM COMING THIS FALL
Wicked Wonderland Showcases Her Legendary Hard Rock Fury & New Maturity
Summer Shows in U.S. & Europe Preview Lita’s Most Dynamic Record Yet
Lita is back! The Queen of Metal returns in full force on Wicked Wonderland, her first new U.S. studio album in 18 years being released early this fall on her own JLRG Entertainment label. After a 15-year break from music living on an island in the Caribbean raising her two sons, Lita also hits the road this summer playing select festivals and motorcycle rallies in America and Europe.
“It’s harder and sexier than anything I’ve ever done,” says Lita of the record, which was co-produced by Ford, her husband and former Nitro singer Jim Gillette, and Greg Hampton, the songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer known for his work with Alice Cooper, his band Science Faxtion (with Bootsy Collins and Buckethead and Brain from Guns N’Roses) and other rock notables. Lita is backed on the record by drummer Stet Howland, formerly of W.A.S.P., Hampton on bass, rhythm guitar and keyboards, Gillette on background vocals, and its vivid cover art is by Rob Zombie bassist and solo artist Piggy D.
The songs brim with a passionate adult eroticism and über-hard rock sound highlighted by Lita’s trademark searing guitar riffs. The album includes a keen and timely slice of social commentary on “Patriotic SOB,” sexy rave-ups like “Piece (Hell Yeah),” duets with Gillette on numbers like the aptly titled “Indulge,” and “Betrayal,” which will be featured in the upcoming video game “Brütal Legend,” in which Lita also voices one of the characters alongside Jack Black, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Rob Halford of Judas Priest. The recordings find her rocking, playing and singing with an amped-up fury and power like never before that’s also informed by her personal growth as a wife and mother as well as legendary rocker.
Lita leapt back into action last summer with a triumphant performance in the middle of a tornado at the Rocklahoma festival followed by an appearance at the Rock The Bayou festival in Texas in the wake of a hurricane. She began her career at age 17 as lead guitarist in the groundbreaking all-female band The Runaways. Her own career includes such best-selling albums as Out for Blood, Dancin’ on the Edge, Stiletto, Dangerous Curves and 1988’s million-selling Lita as well as such signature songs as “Kiss Me Deadly” (a #12 hit single), “Shot of Poison,” “Hungry” and her Top 10 hit duet with Ozzy Osbourne “Close My Eyes Forever”. Her dynamic concert performances were known for not just holding their own among the boy’s club of hard rock but giving them a run for their heavy metal money.
After Lita and Gillette married, she left her stiletto heels on the stage and moved to a large home on a deserted Caribbean island and devoted her life to raising the couple’s two sons, who she has also home schooled. At the urging of her friends like Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, devoted fans and even her sons, both of them budding musicians, Lita now reclaims her place as the First Lady of Heavy Metal with an album sure to thrill her many followers and win her new listeners with music that’s more fiery and assured than ever before. A first single from the album will be released this summer, and Lita’s tour schedule includes an appearance at the 69th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 3 sharing the bill with superstar Toby Keith.
Although Lita spent the last decade-and-a-half in the Caribbean, she has anything but mellowed out, and is ready to show the world that a woman and a mom can rock with the best of them. “I missed playing rock’n’roll,” she concludes.
Evolution of Online Music Combines Personalized Streaming Audio with Rich Visuals
New Player Offers Enhanced Music Experience to Users and New Video Advertising Platform for Sponsors
Last.fm today announced the launch of its Personalized Visual Music player, a reinvention of the site’s original online radio experience that now combines personalized streaming radio stations with rich media visuals to deliver an unparalleled multisensory listening experience to its users and unique video advertising opportunities to brands and sponsors. Last.fm is part of the newly formed CBS Interactive Music Group, a division within CBS Interactive that brings together the Company’s industry-leading digital music assets.
At the center of this new listening experience is the unique next-generation player that will offer users a continuous stream of artist images, music videos and other types of rich media of the artist being played, creating a multisensory experience way beyond any traditional online music streaming service.
Additionally, users can now create multi-genre stations by mixing music tags — “80s” and “Soundtrack,” or “French,” “60s” and “Female” for example — to fine-tune their music channel. Multi-artist radio enables users to launch stations based on combinations of their favorite bands and performers; listening to a music stream featuring the likes of Radiohead, Rachmaninoff and Rage Against the Machine is now a reality.
The new music player provides advertisers and sponsors with unique visual branding opportunities to efficiently reach Last.fm’s highly engaged audience in a more immersive manner than that of audio advertising.
Martin Stiksel, Last.fm Co-Founder, said, “Personalized Visual Music shows what’s possible with Last.fm’s unparalleled music database and the innovative vision of our team. We were the first Web site to offer personalized streaming music, and this marks the next evolution of that service. Passionate music fans come to Last.fm for more than just the songs, and Visual Radio provides them with the enriching, full-featured music experience they demand. And the bold new music player allows brands and sponsors the opportunity to directly reach these users in a visually exciting way.”
Felix Miller, Last.fm CEO and Co-Founder, said, “Last.fm prides itself on using music as the carrier medium for a much richer user experience, centered around a deep dive into an artist’s creative output, personality, activity and live events. Last.fm users, who listen to a billion tracks a month, are able them to share this experience with their friends, and we tie it all together with a world-class discovery engine that continues to surprise and delight music fans across the Web. Today’s launch marks another milestone for us on this journey of taking music listening to the next level.”
Personalized Visual Music puts the best features of Last.fm in one place. The most accurate similar artist recommendations online, relevant concert listings targeted to your locality, unparalleled song and artist information drawn from a music database of over 45 million tracks — the “greatest hits” features of the Last.fm music experience are instantly accessible the second you press play on your Last.fm radio station, direct from the Radio page.
Check out the evolution of online music at http://www.last.fm/listen
For screenshots and demo videos please go to http://static.last.fm/visualradio/web_skinned_playing.jpg or http://static.last.fm/visualradio.
I must admit that I hate reality television. I wont turn on MTV these days, simply because that network forgot what music was years ago. It is loaded with mindless reality shows that I just can’t stand. I don’t watch Survivor, No American Race, No Biggest Loser or whatever the latest reality fad is. When I turn on the television, I hope to be entertained, and these half baked shows do nothing for me. Oddly enough, as much I loathe reality TV, I can’t turn away from American Idol. Why is that, you ask? I guess I am always hoping that I will get to see the next great rock singer. Maybe that is a crazy thought, with this being a non rock music competition, but I have my hopes.
Like it or hate it, American Idol has found some pretty talented people over the years, although it has badly been lacking in the rock department. There have been some moments over the years, which have taken me by surprise (see below). This year has been no exception, with the extremely talented Adam Lambert. Lambert continues to show off his impressive vocal range, and cool arrangements on songs each week. Much like many of you, I would be shocked for Lambert not to win this years competition on Idol. Seeing a singer of his caliber on TV makes me wonder where all of the talented singers are at in this generation of rock music.
Lets face it, I grew up listening to Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale, Geoff Tate, Axl Rose and a host of other singers with impressive range that took chances with their voices. These singers are iconic in hard rock today. I don’t see singers of the same caliber in today’s bands. Are today’s singers afraid to take the same chances with their voices? When is the last time you heard a newer singer hit a high note that made you say, “Holy Shit!”?! It doesn’t happen much these days, and that is disappointing.
With millions of people watching American Idol, and more importantly, seeing Adam Lambert sing each week. Hopefully, a new crop of talented singers will step forward that will say, “Hey, I can sing like that! “. They might not turn up on American Idol, but the influence of this program has could help uncover the next great rock singer. It can’t happen soon enough, in my opinion!
The videos below have been some of the more surprising rock moments on American Idol. Check them out!