The Queen of Metal herself, Lita Ford, takes the Rock N America main stage to deliver an hour long set of classics spanning her still thriving musical career.
Leaving The Runaways in 1979, Lita embarked on a successful 20 year solo career including a 12 year break to concentrate on her family with husband Jim Gillette (Nitro) and sons who accompanied the artist throughout the festival. She returned to live performances in 2008 and has been one of the festival circuits most sought after acts ever since.
As is customary with Lita Ford’s performances at summer festivals in Oklahoma, storm clouds rolled in prior to the set prompting my use of OpTech rainsleeves with the Nikon D700’s. Moderate rain doesn’t concern me – this was a full blown thunderstorm. The rain subsided by the start of the set giving way to glorious natural light and allowing for a bit of the stage lighting to come through. For the photographers, the pit was positioned perfectly in the drip line of the man stage canopy. Shooting the first three was relatively straightforward though good timing was required to catch the artist as she stepped aside from the mike during vocal breaks. With moving cloud cover from the storm, metering varied considerably from 1/200 F2.8 ISO800 – 1/1000 F2.8 ISO200.