Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist TOM KEIFER was the musical guest on CBS’ ”Late Show With David Letterman” last night (Tuesday, June 18). Click here to watch the powerful performance of his first single “Solid Ground”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyay258to7M
Tom Keifer is currently out on his first ever solo tour supporting the effort.
When I first caught wind of Tom Keifer working on a solo album , I was excited that new tunes would be coming from the Cinderella front man. That was four years ago! Mr. Keifer has been working on They Way Life Goes for a long time. I can gladly say that good things come to those who wait. The Way Life Goes is one of Tom’s most brilliant pieces of work, and possibly his best song writing since Cinderella’s Long Cold Winter. It really is that good.
The Way Life Goes is NOT a hard rock record by any means. It is an honest to goodness rock record, with elements of blues, a little bit of country, and some hard rock moments as well. I was fortunate enough to experience some of the songs on this record live on Tom’s tour a couple of months ago, and I really enjoyed what I heard. I knew then that this album may be something special, but I wasn’t expecting it to be THIS good. This CD has been on constant repeat since I picked it up a week ago.
There are so many good songs on The Way Life Goes, it is hard for me to pinpoint a favorite, but “Thick and Thin” and “Ask Me Yesterday” are songs that really get me thinking. I love the harder rocking moments of the songs “Solid Ground”, “Mood Elevator” and “Welcome To My Mind”. “The Flower Song” is a terrific song to put the convertible top down on a sunny afternoon and enjoy the day. “You Showed Me” has a bit of a Beatle-esque quality to it. This is another tremendous song that deserves a ton of airplay. “Ain’t That A Bitch” is a cool bluesy rocker that has a 70′s type of feel to it.
The fact is, there is NOT one bad song on this CD. The songs on The Way Life Goes are arranged in a way that keeps the album flowing and interesting.
Fantastic song writing, and outstanding playing fill The Way Life Goes and Tom Keifer’s voice has never sounded better! If you buy one CD in 2013, this is the one to get!
I can’t recommend this enough! This is easily one of the best releases of the year! Don’t miss this!!
Rating: Out of 10
l. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick And Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fools Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain’t That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
Tom Keifer – Vocals, Background Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Keyboards
Greg Morrow – Drums & Percussion
Michael Rhodes – Bass
Tony Harnell – Piano, B3, Wurlitzer, Clavinet
Background Vocals – Etta Britt, Crystal Taliaferro, Savannah Keifer,Vicki Carraco, Kent Agee, Chuck Turner
Additional Guitars – Ron Wallace, Pat Buchanan, Jeff Labar
Saxophone -Bobby Keys, Jim Horne
Midi Programming & Strings – Mitch Goldfarb, Blair Daly
Tom Keifer came to the 20th Century Theater last Wednesday night. It was the second to last night of Tom’s solo tour, and quite frankly I didn’t know what to expect. It has been a few years since I have seen Tom perform with Cinderella. It was 2010 at the M3 Rock Festival to be exact. That was a killer show then, and as many times as I have seen Cinderella perform, the band, and more importantly Tom Keifer has never disappointed me.
I still remember the first time I saw the band play back in ’87, and won’t ever forget it. I remember the long line that I waited in for tickets at the now defunct Ticketron for the Cinderella/ Bon Jovi show. The line extended halfway around the mall. The fans in line were quickly disappointed when it was announced that the show sold out, but a second show was quickly announced. In my eyes, and ears, Cinderella blew Bon Jovi off the stage, and I fell in love with the band from that day forward.
Night Songs may have gotten Cinderella in the door for me, but it was Tom Keifer’s song writing and blusier material on Cinderella’s later albums that had me coming back for more and more.
Last Wednesday night’s show was a pleasant surprise. Keifer’s set was a good mix of Cinderella songs, and Tom Keifer’s solo material from his up and coming album The Way Life Goes (due out April 30th). Tom’s history with his vocal surgeries is well documented. Well believe me when I say, Tom Keifer has never looked or sounded better than he did last Wednesday night. His voice is in fine form, and he can still pull off all of those trademark screams that he is known for in Cinderella.
As far as the new music? Tom’s solo material is a little more bluesy than Cinderella’s style of hard rock, but it awesome nonetheless. My current favorite from the new set was “Ask Me Yesterday”, but I truly loved all of the new songs. It almost seems unfair that we have to wait until April to purchase his new CD.
Tom’s solo band has quite a few music vets including Paul Taylor from Winger (keyboards, and Paul Simmons (Petra, Reverend Horton Heat, Black Oak Arkansas), and rounded out by Tony Higbee (guitar) and Billy Mercer (bass). I thought it was a very nice touch for Tom to bring out his wife Savannah Snow to help sing some of the songs that she co-wrote on the new album. It was also cool to see Paul Taylor again. I haven’t seen him play since the 90′s (with Winger).
I loved the storyteller aspect of the show, where Tom talked about the song writing of several of his classic and soon to be released tunes. I also enjoyed the nice twist that Mr. Keifer company put on Cinderella’s trademark hit “Shake Me”, as well as the other songs performed this night.
As a whole, it was a tremendous night of rock and roll. I am quite glad that I got to see Tom perform again. I hope Tom Keifer will schedule more dates in the spring and summer to support his new album. The new songs are outstanding and need to be experienced in a live setting.
Don’t forget to pick up The Way Life Goes when it is released April 30th!
The Set List for the show was:
Sick for the Cure
Ain’t That A Bitch
A Different Light
Ask Me Yesterday
The Flower Song
One For Rock and Roll
Cold Day In Hell
Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)
Little Help From My Friends
Which Cinderella we were going to get at the M3 Rock Festival was anyone’s guess. Poor Tom Keifer has been through so many vocal surgeries, and has had so many issues with his voice in the past, it doesn’t seem fair. A few years ago, when Cinderella last toured, Tom’s voice was not at its best, and a lot of folks were disappointed with some of the band’s live shows. With the band back on tour in 2010, I assumed that Tom was 100 % again, but didn’t know until he took the stage.
For the fans at the M3 Rock Festival, they got to see Tom Keifer in fine form. He looked and sounded great, and overall Cinderella put on a pretty tight set that included the songs, “Shake Me”, “Nobody’s Fool”, “Night Songs”, “Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin’ Apart At the Seams”, “Gypsy Road”, “Don’t Know What You Got (‘Til It’s Gone”, “Somebody Save Me”, “Coming Home” & “Heartbreak Station”. I am thankful that Cinderella is back in action, and sounding better than ever. In my opinion, Tom Keifer has one of the coolest, more unique voices in rock. I am very glad I got to see him sing again. My only disappointment with this show, was that Cinderella didn’t do one of my favorite songs of theirs, “Long Cold Winter”. Aside from that, I thought they were very good live.
I am hopeful that Cinderella will put out some new music in the career, although they have no current plans to record anything new. Thankfully, you will have several chances to catch them on tour this year, with the Scorpions!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Hard Rock icons CINDERELLA for the European release on the “Live at the Mohegan Sun” album on November 6th 2009.
Featuring the all original line-up of Tom Keifer (vocals, guitar), Eric Brittingham (bass), Jeff LaBar (guitar) and Fred Coury (drums), the show was recorded during the VH1 sponsored “Rock Never Stops” package tour, which Cinderella headlined, supported by Ratt, Quiet Riot and Firehouse. The concert was held in Uncasville, Connecticut on July 21, 2005 is now officially and integrally released in Europe as an appetizer to the ultimate live return of the band on the European soil, which is planned for the year 2010!
Formed in Philadelphia in 1983 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Keifer and bassist Eric Brittingham, they quickly added guitarist Jeff LaBar to the line-up. With Jody Cortez completing the band on drums, Cinderella started to write and perform original material in clubs and bars in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, until Jon Bon Jovi caught one of the performances and alerted his record company, Mercury, who immediately signed the band. Cinderella’s debut album “Night Songs”, was released in June 1986 and went on to sell over 3 million units, sporting such singles as “Shake Me“, “Nobody’s Fool” and “Somebody Save Me”. Fred Coury replaced Cortez prior to the release of “Night Songs” and the band has remained unchanged since.
Two years later Cinderella returned with their second album, “Long Cold Winter”. The record was another huge success, selling in excess of 3 million copies with tracks like ”Gypsy Road” and “Don’t Know What You Got (‘Til Its Gone)” becoming soon fan favourites.
Their third album, “Heartbreak Station”, was released in 1990 followed by “Still Climbing” in 1994. The later two albums featured songs more influenced by Keifer’s love of the blues. Cinderella disbanded in 1995 but by 1998, there was interest by promoters for Cinderella to reunite in the original lineup for a tour. Cinderella were later signed to Sony’s Portrait label by famed record executive John Kalodner, however the lack of success of the label’s initial releases brought the cancellation of the deal as the label folded.
Nevertheless, a faithful fan base supported the continued road work by the band, which reunited again in the summer of 2000 for a tour with Poison, followed by a second outing by the two groups in 2002 and regular live activity until 2006 which will be finally resumed during next year. Get ready for the return of Cinderella!
Final tracklisting of “Live at the Mohegan Sun” includes:
Intro; Night Songs; The Last Mile; Somebody Save Me; Heartbreak Station; Coming Home; Shelter Me; Nobody’s Fool; Gypsy Road; Don’t Know What You Got (‘Till It’s Gone); Shake Me; Fallin’ Apart At The Seams*; Push Push*; Still Climbing*.
(*) Bonus Tracks available on the first pressing in digipak!