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Runaways Producer & Rock Icon Kim Fowley Has Died
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Kim Fowley

Legendary Runaways producer and Los Angeles rock legend Kim Fowley died today after a long battle with cancer, although no official cause of death has been released at this time, according to Rolling Stone. He was 75.

The son of actors, the Los Angeles, CA-born Fowley began his career in the music business in 1959 and spent the 1960s working with acts such as Paul Revere and the Raiders and Gene Vincent. His career as a solo artist yielded a minor hit when his third LP, 1968’s Outrageous, broke Billboard’s Top 200. Many credited Fowley with the advent of the raised lighter concert salute after he encouraged the crowd to do it while MCing John Lennon’s Toronto Rock and Roll Revival performance in 1969.

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Massive Metal Monday: “Gotta Let Go” By Lita Ford
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Lita Ford

A lot of people counted out the gals from The Runaways when Kim Fowley’s manufactured girl group split entered in the late 70s. But those people had not taken notice of the considerable forces that are Joan Jett and Lita Ford. By 1984, singer/guitarist Jett had already established herself as the queen of a new generation of female rockers and lead guitarist Lita Ford was reinventing herself as a sultry heavy metal goddess who would give all of the male axe-slingers a run for their money throughout the golden age of the guitar hero.

Here below is Lita Ford with the official video for “Gotta Let Go,” the second single from her second solo album Dancing On The Edge.

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Runaways Lita Ford and Cherie Currie Reunite For Holiday Song – Listen Now!
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Runaways Lita Ford and Cherie Currie Rock This Christmas Down

Guitarist Lita Ford and singer Cherie Currie, have reunited for an original holiday single called “Rock This Christmas Down,” which is the first time the queens of noise have recorded together since 1977 when they were in the all-girl hard rock band The Runaways.

The new song will be available as an MP3 Download starting December 3, 2013, but USA Today is previewing the song right now!

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Interview: Former Runaways Guitarist and Queen Of Rock Lita Ford
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Lita Ford live 2013

Since her breakthrough in the 1970s with all-girl hard rockers The Runaways, Lita Ford has become one of the world’s foremost guitar-wielding goddesses. Twice. She managed to come back from a 13-year music hiatus to fight her way back to the top of her game and is still releasing punchy hard rock albums that leave many of her (few) peers in the shadows to prove she is still the first lady of rock.

Last year, Ford released a new solo album, Living Like a Runaway, and this week saw the release of the live album from its tour, The Bitch Is Back…Live.

As well as cranking out albums full of hard rock, Ford has set up a Facebook page dedicated to raising awareness of Parental Alienation, of which she is currently a victim after her divorce from singer Jim Gillette.

Lita Ford is one of America’s greatest living rock stars, but her story did not start in the U.S. We got a chance to talk to her recently about her upbringing, music, touring, and what’s to come for the tattooed queen of rock.

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Free Streaming: Lita Ford’s Entire New Album ‘The Bitch Is Back…Live’
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Lita Ford The Bitch Is Back...Live album

Today, November 5, 2013, sees the release of Lita Ford‘s new release The Bitch Is Back…Live, a 12-song live album recorded at a show at Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA in early October 2012, available now on CD and MP3. The CD is an “AutoRip,” which means with your physical copy, you’ll also get a FREE MP3 download of the entire album.

If you want to check out the album right now, Yahoo! Music is streaming all 12 songs online for free! Check out the audio embed of the album here below and take a listen.

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Original KISS Members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss Perform Together For First Time In 13 Years (Video)
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Ace Frehley, Peter Criss KISS Dressed To Kill

Original KISS members Ace Frehley* and Peter Criss performed together this week for the first time in 13 years at the 30th anniversary celebration for radio host and TV’s That Metal Host star Eddie Trunk.

The Spaceman and The Catman, both of whom originally left KISS in the early 80s, but returned to the group for the 1996 reunion tour and subsequent album Psycho Circus, jammed together at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, along with Anthrax members, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian; former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

With Frehley on lead guitar and Criss on drums, along with a combination of the aforementioned musicians, the former bandmates rocked out on KISS tunes “Parasite,” “Got To Choose,” “Hooligan,” “Love Her All I Can,” and “Rock And Roll All Night” — the latter three performances can be seen here below in a fan video that was taken.

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$3 MP3 Album Deal: ‘The Runaways’
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The Runaways 1976 debut album

Right now, The Runaways, the debut album from the band The Runaways, is on sale in MP3 format for only $2.99.

Released in 1976, The Runaways is the debut album from the 1970’s all-girl rock band featuring Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie, who were teenagers at the time – all the girls were around 16 at the time and their ages were even listed on the album’s back cover. The 10-track album features the band’s breakout hit “Cherry Bomb,” as well as “You Drive Me Wild,” “American Nights,” “Thunder,” and a cover of Lou Reed’s “Rock & Roll.”

All this for only $3!!! The Runaways is one of my favorite bands of all time and this album was my introduction to them as a little girl who wanted to play rock music. HIGHLY recommend.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each and those for $2.99 and up as well as several albums on sale for $0-$5 each and select live albums on sale for $5.99 each.

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Remembering Rock Drummer Randy Castillo
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Rock drummers are a notorious breed. They are constantly the butt of many jokes, which many have come to deserve. But there are a few who sidestep the stereotype, playing on some of the greatest songs and albums in rock history, who deserve their well-earned level of respect. Fewer still deserve as much respect as Randy Castillo.

Born Randolpho Francisco Castillo on December 18, 1950 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Castillo first came to prominence when he performed on the Lita Ford album Dancin’ On The Edge.

Castillo was best known as the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne’s band from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s. He played on The Ultimate Sin in 1986, which was the final album to feature guitarist Jake E. Lee. He also played on the first two Ozzy albums which included Lee’s successor, the young Zakk Wylde: No Rest For The Wicked and No More Tears, as well as the two live albums Just Say Ozzy (which also featured Ozzy’s ex-Black Sabbath bandmate, bass player Geezer Butler) and Live and Loud.

He would later go on to replace Tommy Lee for the Mötley Crüe album New Tattoo. Sadly, in more ways than one, this would prove to be Castillo’s final album recording.

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Contest: ‘Neon Angel: A Memoir Of A Runaway’ Book
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Neon Angel: A Memoir of a RunawayThe Runaways, which stars of Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning at Cherie Currie, is based on Currie’s autobiography Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, so to celebrate the film’s wide release in theaters this weekend, we here at Geeks of Doom have five (5) copies to give away to some lucky readers!

Five (5) winners will each receive:

  • One (1) copy of Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway

I’ve read the book and trust me, it’s a good one. Currie talks about her upbringing and then goes into detail about her time with The Runaways, which was an all-girl teenage rock band in the 1970s and if you see the movie (which I suggest you do), you’ll see how just how hard these young girls had it and what they did for rock and roll. Currie’s original version of the autobiography has been out of print since the 1990s, but thanks to It Books, the book is not only back in print, but has also been improved upon. I now only three copies of this book (2 of the original; one of the new version), so yeah, I’m lovin’ this contest. So, enter to win!!!

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps:

(1) Make sure you’re subscribed to the Geeks of Doom email digest. If you’re not then click here and sign up. (If you’re already a subscriber, then go right to the next step.)

(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!

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Sneak Peek: New Clip From ‘The Runaways’ Movie
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The RunawaysThis week, the news broke that The Runaways, a biopic about the 1970’s all-girl rock band that featured Joan Jett, had been acquired by Apparition Films ahead of its debut at next month’s Sundance Film Festival (Read: ‘The Runaways’ Movie Finds Distribution).

Now, Entertainment Tonight has aired a sneak peek clip of the film, which stars Twilight: New Moon‘s Kristen Stewart (as Jett) and Datoka Fanning (as singer Cherie Currie).

Watch the clip here below.

The Runaways, which will be released in theaters March 19, 2010, is directed by Floria Sigismondi and also stars Scout Taylor-Compton as lead guitarist Lita Ford, Alia Shawkat as Robin (a fictional bassist), and Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley.

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