Rock icon Lita Ford has opened up about her wild life on the 80s music scene – including dalliances with Jon Bon Jovi and Van Halen.
Decades on from her hey-day with pioneering all-girl band The Runaways, now-57-year-old Ford has given a salacious throwback in a new tell-all book Living Like A Runaway.
The memoirs detail some of her wildest and most bizarre encounters on the road.
Rock icon Lita Ford has opened up about her wild life on the 80s music scene – including dalliances with Jon Bon Jovi and Van Halen
Decades on from her hey-day with pioneering all-girl band The Runaways, now-57-year-old Ford (left in 1976) has given a salacious throwback in a new tell-all book. Pictured L-R: Jackie Fox, Cherie Currie, Joan Jett
One night, she claims, Jon Bon Jovi and his keyboardist Aldo Nova came back to her room for some wine, according to the book read by the New York Post.
But as she was in bed with Jon, and Aldo was in bed with her friend Toni, Jon was overcome with drunkenness and ‘began puking in the corner, right on the bedroom carpet’.
Later, she was ‘fooling around with’ Eddie Van Halen on the floor of her room when her enraged ex-boyfriend appeared, having apparently climbed up four stories of the building and in through the balcony.
According to Ford’s account, Van Halen – who is now 61 and married – locked himself in the bathroom and by the time Ford could open the door, he had climbed out a ‘tiny’ window and jumped down four stories.
She also claims she got pubic lice from the late Dee Dee Ramone and slept with John Entwistle, the late bassist for The Who. Both men died in 2002.
The bizarre anecdotes are just a couple of the many gems Ford lets readers in on about the rise of The Runaways under hyper-controlling record producer Kim Fowley.
The Runaways’ popularity paved the way for girl bands such as The Bangles and The Go-Go’s and even solo artists, such as Pink and Courtney Love, cite their influence.
One night, she claims, she was drinking wine with Jon Bon Jovi (together, left) in her bed when he became overcome with drunkenness and started vomiting. Pictured right: the cover of Ford’s new book
Ford details her lengthy abusive relationship with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi (pictured together), which, she says, started with a failed attempt at sex as he was ‘too high’ on cocaine
But before even reaching success, Ford explains, the band had a major fall-out.
She had a sudden realization that everyone in the band except for one was a lesbian – and left fearing that ‘one of the girls might make a move on me’.
However, her prejudice – which she now puts down to naivety – was overrun by her fear that they might succeed without her.
Having fallen in love with rock at 13, she writes according to the Post, she was willing to throw herself into Kim Fowley’s fierce and grueling world of sex, drugs and music in order to make it as a musician.
It led to her lengthy abusive relationship with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, she says, which started with a failed attempt at sex as he was ‘too high’ on cocaine.
‘He was impotent from his constant drug use, and he was very embarrassed. I felt bad for him and didn’t really know what to do. Eventually, I got him off,’ she explains in the book.
They went on to get engaged but later broke up.
Among all the anecdotes, the Post reports, Ford declines to write about her relationship with the father of her children, Nitro singer Jim Gillette – though she intimates it wasn’t all positive.
Ford will be promoting her book in Barnes&Noble in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood on February 23 at 7pm.