Ron Thal: lita ford looking forward to having bumblefoot on tour

Lita Ford has added another dimension to her upcoming tour by enlisting fellow guitar giant Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (GUNS N' ROSES) to duty by playing in her backing band.

"I'm really looking forward to getting out on the road with Bumblefoot," says Lita, who'll break a 15-year touring hiatus with the jaunt, which will be preceded by a slew of festival dates both in the states and in Europe. "It only took a couple of practices before we really connected — and that hardly ever happens. I've played with some terrific musicians, but this combination is really something special."

2009 - Press Conference - Lita Ford (part 1 / 2)

She opted to put that part of her life on hold in the mid-'90s, however, when she married fellow rocker Jim Gillette (best known for his work in NITRO) and concentrated on raising sons James and Rocco. The family went about as far from the glammy Hollywood rock lifestyle as possible — moving to a quiet Caribbean island where tending gardens and fishing replaced headbanging and crafting guitar solos as pastimes.

"We're at a point where we can take the kids out with us, and let them be part of the action," says Lita, who proudly points out that her sons have never spent a night in the company of a nanny or a babysitter. "My oldest is a really tough, cool kid. He's 12 and he loves being a roadie — he'll run across stage with my Gibson and work the place like a total professional."

"I was so impressed by the different styles I heard from him," says Lita, by way of explaining her decision to team with Bumblefoot. "He can be really heavy one minute and totally subtle the next. It gives us an extra dimension."

2009 - Press Conference - Lita Ford (part 2 / 2)

"Getting out on the road again is gonna be such a trip," says Lita. "It's not like getting back on a bicycle — it's more like going back to the gym and starting to really work out again after a long break. But I'm definitely in shape and back up to lifting the heavy weights again. It's gonna be a blast for everyone." full blabbermouth post