Lita Ford at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7th of June 1984.
When the Runaways, one of the first all-female rock bands, broke up in April 1979, two former members began their own solo careers. Former vocalist/guitarist Joan Jett had achieved some chart success with “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and together with her distinctive look of black hair and black eyes, became very well know. However, Jett’s former band member and lead guitarist Lita Ford, continued playing harder rock-oriented songs and released her debut solo album “Out for Blood” in 1983, on Mercury Records. Unfortunately, it didn’t bring her the commercial success they expected. However, her follow up album “Dancin' on the Edge” with producer Lance Quinn, seemed to turn the tide. Together with her new and very professional backing band, featuring drummer Randy Castillo (who later joined Ozzy Osbourne), Lita impressed the packed Paradiso and left a very good business card behind. Sales of the album soared, and together with maximum airplay, received a nomination for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. “Dancin' on the Edge” was her last release for Mercury Records before switching to RCA records in 1987, with Ozzy’s wife Sharon Osbourne, as manager.
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