Runaways reunion down to Joan Jett
Now or never: The Runaways
Lita Ford says she’s done all she can to make a Runaways reunion happen – and it’s all down to Joan Jett now.
The former bandmates, along with Cherie Currie, settled their differences during the summer, after Ford arranged dinner dates with each of them.
It was the first time she’d spoken to Jett since the band split in 1980. She said at the time: “We had a nice dinner – it was real friendly, like seeing your sister.”
Now the guitarist tells Bravewords: “I can’t get a yes or no out of Joan, so I’ve kind of thrown in the towel.
“It’s now or never. I would love it, but for some reason – I don’t know why – it’s Joan’s camp. The ball is in her camp. It’s up to them.”
Jett and her band the Blackhearts were this year nominated for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, although they were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Ford is continuing with her solo career, working on a live album and an autobiography.
One story that might feature in the book is the night Robert Plant and Jimmy Page came to see the Runaways in the 1970s – and Plant asked her to replaced John Paul Jones in Led Zeppelin.
She recalls: “They came to the Starwood. They came upstairs and went back to the dressing room. They shook everyone’s hands and a huge crowd gathered around us, and we took photographs.
“Robert Plant says to me, ‘You’re really good on guitar. Would you like to play bass for Led Zeppelin?’
“I thought, ‘Yeah, right.’ I shook it off like it was a joke, but I don’t think he was joking. I didn’t even try to pursue that one. I love John Paul Jones – he’s one of my favourite bass players. I just couldn’t imaging me replacing him.
“But the fact that they thought about a female in their band was pretty cool.”