Monday, October 14, 2013

LITA FORD: "The Bitch Is Back... Live"

Rating: Live
Label: SPV/Steamhammer 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Lita Ford is badass. The guitars are so badass. Live albums are... well, not quite as badass. It's now 2013. Can't we just all agree to skip the live album and simply replace them with the fun DVD/Blu-Ray release? Because that's the only badass experience you'll ever have regarding live stuff. Watching AND listening to your favorite acts and artists on screen is clearly the best and only way to go. Wouldn't it be great to have former Runaway aka Lady Lita Ford on your '50 big-screen' roaring, playing and singing the massive rock of "Hungry", "Back To The Cave", "Out For Blood", "Dancing On The Edge", and gulp, "Kiss Me Deadly". Sweet Zombie Jesus! That would be badass!

Starting up the concert recorded at the Canyon Club, L.A. California in early October of 2012 with the Elton John cover "The Bitch Is Back" is odd to say the least. Nothing remotely wrong about the song (originally found on the 1974 album 'Caribou' -featuring the worst artcover ever!) but the people are clearly there for Queen Lita. The band are solid on the evening and get a nice reaction. However, I can't say that I enjoy the rather hollow sound of the snare-drum. The simple and very effective party rock of "Out For Blood" -like a kick to the head, but, I really wish they could perform "Gotta Let Go". Lita is still very much the badass rocker with something to offer even if this particular platter had me longing for the non-existing DVD/Blu-Ray.

Why do I keep typing badass on every line? Lita loudly says and I quote: 'There's nothing like the roar of those guitars man. They are so badass', prior to introducing, "Relentless", and the line kept haunting me throughout the album. Release date Europe: October 28th on digipak. facebook

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