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Stuart Bull meets The Queen of Metal, Lita Ford and guitarist Gary Hoey, in advance of the forthcoming album Living Like A Runaway. And what’s that acoustic Lita’s playing? It was love at first sight with a Taylor GS8e, she reveals.
Lita Ford is one of Rock’s true survivors - a female guitar player who has made a career in hard Rock, both in her first band, The Runaways, and since 1979 as a successful solo artist. In fact that hard Rock edge turned positively Metallic back in the 1980s when she had several hit singles, including a duet with Ozzy himself, earning herself the title The Queen of Metal.
Best known to gear heads for her long standing endorsement of Seymour Duncan-powered BC Rich guitars (most recently A Warlock NJ Deluxe and a Bitch Doubleneck), Lita has recently reinforced the reputation of Taylor guitars for being the Rock guitarist’s acoustic of choice, by adopting a Taylor GS8e which, as she reveals in her interview with Stuart Bull, she discovered thanks to Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell.
The Taylor will be getting a serious work-out on Ford’s long-awaited new album, due for release early this year, titled Living Like A Runaway.
Joining The Queen of Metal on stage at the recent NAMM show in California, was fellow band member - and noted solo shredder - Gary Hoey, who also spoke with Stuart Bull, revealing that he and Lita Ford have been working on a lot of harmony lead guitar for the forthcoming album (spooky coincidence time, given this issue’s harmony guitar tech feature!).
There’s plenty more NAMM 2012 coverage on our website iguitarmag.com - but we couldn’t resist the temptation to run this footage as soon as we got back from the show!