In the past, ex-THE RUNAWAYS guitarist and solo performer Lita Ford had romantic connections with numerous well-known musicians, including Tony Iommi from BLACK SABBATH. During a 2016 interview with Fox News Magazine, she reminisced about her involvement with MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s bassist Nikki Sixx.
“My first love, of course, was Nikki Sixx and we helped each other along the way because he was young and struggling, pre-Mötley Crüe. I remember him lighting his boots. He had these boots that were two sizes too small, and he would pour lighter fluid on them, and then light them with a Bic lighter, and then go on stage with these boots [laughs]. So obviously, [MÖTLEY CRÜE] progressed as far as pyrotechnics go.”
“I taught him how to make fake blood for the mannequins they used on stage,” he continued. “Because THE RUNAWAYS used fake blood. We helped each other with money, we didn’t have much to eat or just to buy stuff, like a pair of socks, shoes, or anything like that.”
Lita previously talked about how she and other musicians from the 1980s openly embraced the sex and drugs typically associated with the rock-and-roll lifestyle of the era.
“Everybody was just going crazy with the sex,” she recalled. “Look at bands like POISON. They would have a room full of girls after the show, and Bret [Michaels] and C.C. [DeVille] and all the guys from POISON, they would just pick a couple of girls — not one; two or three — and they would make the others go back out into the audience, and they would have their way. And the girls loved it; they would have the time of their life. It was just a real crazy time.
“And with me, I always went with the rock stars,” she added. “I got off on that, because everybody else was going with the groupies, and here I am going with the rock stars. ‘Cause I was one of the only females out there. I was touring with all these guys and I was working with all these guys and meeting them at nightclubs and parties. It was awesome.”
Asked if she thinks she ended up hooking up with the rock stars because they had so much in common with her, Lita said: “I think people just naturally do that anyway. If you’re in school, you’re gonna attract someone who’s also in that same school. If you’re in a job, if you’re working as a doctor, you’re probably gonna attract the nurses.
“If you’re an attorney, you’re probably gonna attract other female attorneys or male attorneys or the secretaries. It just kind of goes that way. If you’re a rock band, you’re gonna attract other singers or guitar players. And I did. I had an affair with a lot of guitar players in the music industry and a lot of lead singers in the music industry.”