How to Play Cherry Bomb by The Runaways (Guitar Lesson)


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Lita Ford

Cherry Bomb

Lita Ford from the all female band The Runaways teaches the hit "Cherry Bomb".

Taught by Lita Ford in Songs with Lita Ford seriesLength: 10:15Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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Time TravelerTime Traveler replied on March 26th, 2016

I wounder If She remembers doing the Cardi's Clubs in TX ? Lita if U see this go on the Cardi's- Houston Face Book Fan Page. They still talk about the shows. I took U out for Dinner in Beaumont TX when U did Cardi's show there We had a Club in Dallas to at that time.. Great shows. Thank U!! Never will forget U Rocking the roof off the place!

balmoralbalmoral replied on September 27th, 2015

I always think of "Guardians of the Galaxy" when I hear this song now. Love it!

Wolfchylde68Wolfchylde68 replied on February 26th, 2015

perfect song to introduce players and fans to Lita's style and as a teacher,Lita is personable and keeps it entertaining

MichaelRussellMichaelRussell replied on December 30th, 2014

Well This is awesome and on the verses and chorus playable by an old fell" like me (64) who has been playing the guitar now for four weeks Only wish and I have already sent an email to this effect is please give us beginners a SLOWER rendition of the solo. I really haven't learnt picking technique yet so Lita please give us a slower version so us old folk can see exactly where your fingers are headed Michael

bluedog12bluedog12 replied on December 19th, 2014

Oh hell yeah!

stratrat8758stratrat8758 replied on November 13th, 2014

Great song to learn some really good hard rock. As a beginner plus, she did a wonderful job of making you want to hit it heavy and really have fun with it. Thanks Lita.

maurogiffomaurogiffo replied on October 5th, 2014

Thanks Lita, I really like your lessons. Is it possible to receive the backing track of this song?

dhaydhay replied on July 9th, 2014

Very Good, Very nice quick lesson on this great song. Feels like 1 on 1 celebrity lesson.

TwiggyTwiggy replied on July 9th, 2014

AWESOME!!!!!! Love Lita!!!!!

tangohuntertangohunter replied on July 8th, 2014

GAME ON!!!!

playingwithchaosplayingwithchaos replied on July 6th, 2014

AWESOME!!!! LOVE Lita. Hope there are more videos to come!!!

philmanphilman replied on July 6th, 2014

Very nice!!!

mouser9169mouser9169 replied on July 5th, 2014

I have just found my dream guitar ;)

fredz483fredz483 replied on July 5th, 2014

This is very cool!

Songs with Lita Ford

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Lita Ford will demonstrate her style and the impact she had on the 70's/80's all-female band "The Runaways."



Lesson 1

Cherry Bomb

Lita Ford from the all female band The Runaways teaches the hit "Cherry Bomb".

Length: 10:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Waitin' for the Night

Lita Ford breaks down another Runaways song entitled "Waitin' for the Night". This was the first song Joan Jett sang when she joined the band.

Length: 12:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Lita Ford View Full Biography

To LITA FORD, the title of her new solo album Living Like A Runaway has two deep and distinct meanings: The first refers to her first band The Runaways, which she was a member of between 1975 and 1980, achieving her international breakthrough. The second reason is of a much more personal nature: “There have been days in my life when I ran away, when I was unhappy and had to get out of my previous life,” LITA confesses. “It‘s like walking through fire and being able to come through the other side unscathed.” She continues, “I wanted to write an album which gives people courage, inspires them and gives them new power, in other words the power of music. As it has done for me on difficult days, I want this music to help people to get through tough times, while remembering their happy times as well. It’s happened to me plenty of times: fans come up to me and tell me how my songs have helped them in difficult situations, in a way it is almost like a soundtrack to their lives.”




Living Like A Runaway will be released on SPV/Steamhammer June 18th 2012 (USA: June 19th; Germany: June 15th). The album will be available in five different formats: as a limited edition digipak featuring two bonus tracks and a poster, as a gatefold double LP, a jewel case version, an exclusive iTunes version including a bonus track, and for download.


LITA FORD has teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period. FORD is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate’, and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.


In addition to lead vocals, LITA and Hoey have arranged beautiful and melodic guitar harmonies rather than just rattling off a bunch of notes. Also contributing to the album is Nikki Sixx who wrote "A Song to Slit Your Wrist By" which was taken by LITA and completely transformed into a nasty industrial style track with a real F You! attitude. On the track "Bad Neighborhood" guitarist Doug Aldrich provided the riff, which LITA says, “is a high energy guitar riff that carries the song.” Elton John also gave his blessing to LITA to do a cover of his classic "The Bitch is Back", featuring special guests The Uptown Horns.


Unlike many albums today, Living Like a Runaway is an album that truly must be heard in its entirety from start to finish. “Listeners shouldn’t pick out individual tracks but listen to the full album,” says FORD. “It’s a fascinating musical journey, inspired by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. I had seen a documentary about Dark Side of the Moon and it really motivated me to focus on Living Like a Runaway as a whole journey rather just an individual song.


A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Lita Ford is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. Being a founding member of the Runaways, one of the first girl groups who unexpectedly broke down barriers in the punk era as well as the male-dominated world of rock music, causing a stir with their six rebellious releases.


Following the demise of the Runaways, LITA FORD concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osbourne "Close Your Eyes Forever", "What Do You Know About Love", "Shot Of Poison", "Larger Than Life" and "Kiss Me Deadly." With the release of Living Like a Runaway, expect many more songs to be added to the list of hits.

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