Lita Ford Rocks Kansas Crossing

Legendary guitarist Lita Ford and her band performing at the Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, Kansas on Saturday, December 17, 2022. (Photo by Kyle "Buttercup" Million)


Rather, if you are a child of the 70s and 80s or just turned 21 Lita’s jams were a turn on to all that came out and saw the show on Saturday, December 17, 2022! Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, while being in a small town in southeast Kansas, definitely has a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system to bring out that 80s big hair nostalgia. Basically, the perfect spot for performers like Lita to put on a show to make you feel like a teen rocking out again.

Being born the same year as the first album by the Runaways, the ban that made Lita and Joan famous, I grew up with these two glam rockers and rebels filling my eardrums. The band broke up in ’78 and while Joan Jett went on to make a more Ramoans style punk rock and roll, Lita stayed true to her hard rock style and went on to become big in that genre. Lita even went on to perform a duet we all love with Ozzy and has remained in our hearts ever since. The 90s through mid-2000s were a different story as she took a break from the spotlight to raise her two sons and did not come back until 2007 and releasing her first new material in 2009.

In June 2008, Ford re-emerged with a new band with Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) on drums, playing several warm-up gigs under the moniker Kiss Me Deadly prior to Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma, which is where I last covered her performance. In June 2009, she toured the United States and Europe with a new line-up for her last fourteen shows, consisting of former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, drummer Dennis Leeflang, and Deepfield bassist PJ Farley.

Watching her set was the best part of the night as she was so much of my childhood musical tastes and remembering outdoor concerts as a toddler dancing in a field with my mother. Seeing her perform old favorites and new was so worth hiring a sitter, and I hope you all enjoyed the show as much as I did.

All images © Kyle “Buttercup” Million

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