Cinderella’s Tom Keifer
Friday, September 9 at 8 p.m.
Rock music may sparkle and fade on the charts, but rock n roll – the spirit, the invincibility, the fearlessness? That lives forever. There might not be a better example of the unstoppable need to make music, to knock the odds on their ass, than Tom Keifer. His story begins as the singer-songwriter, guitarist and front man of hard rock heavyweights Cinderella. Their bluesy, no-BS stadium-shakers moved records to the tune of fifteen million worldwide and sound tracked just about everybody’s ’80s. Tom Keifer, is enjoying continued success with is latest project, #keiferband, releasing two critically acclaimed solo albums “The Way Life Goes” & “RISE”. Though he possesses all the fire and brimstone of Rock’s greatest front men, you would be hard pressed to find the versatility and dimension that Keifer brings to a stage. Whether delivering heart wrenching ballads, such as Don’t Know What You Got ‘til It’s Gone, channeling the soul of the bluesmen of the past with his slide guitar and lap steel, or blowing sax on rockers like “Shelter Me”, Keifer is clearly one of the most unique singers and accomplished musicians in Rock and Roll. Combine that with #keiferband, Savannah Keifer (Vocals/percussion/Piano), Tony Higbee (Guitar/vocals), Billy Mercer (Bass/vocals), Kendra Chantelle (Vocals/percussion) Kory Myers (Keyboards/Vocals), Jarred Pope, (Drums) and there is only one possible outcome- A high energy rock show combining all the classic hits of Cinderella with new favorites from his solo releases that will only leave you wanting more.
The latest #keiferband studio album “RISE”, (Billboard Top 10 Hard Rock Sales), released September 13th, 2019 on Cleopatra Records features the rousing, rollicking rock singles, “The Death of Me” and “HYPE”. Both singles landed in the Billboard Mainstream Rock Top 40 with “The Death of Me” sitting five weeks inside the top 20, peaking at #18 and “HYPE” spending four weeks inside the top 40, peaking at #32. Produced by Tom Keifer, Savannah Keifer, and Kyle O’Connor, Rise scales renewed sonic heights. From the tasty slide work that stamps “Touching the Divine”, the heavy, dark jam of “Untitled,” the breakneck thrust of “All Amped Up” to the tender coda of “You Believe in Me”, Rise signifies the ongoing evolution of the former Cinderella frontman as a person, songwriter, and bandleader. Keifer’s deep-seated roots shine through to the very core on “RISE”, something that was embedded at the very heart of his music created during the multiplatinum Cinderella days.
Keifer’s first solo release, 2013’s “THE WAY LIFE GOES” cracked Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 40 with it’s first single “SOLID GROUND”, peaking at #14 and holding inside the top 15 for nearly two months. The second single, “THE FLOWER SONG”, received multi-format airplay on Mainstream Rock, AAA and POP... Including 8 weeks of heavy rotation on SIRIUS/XM’s “20 on 20”. A deluxe edition of “THE WAY LIFE GOES”, featuring bonus tracks, DVD documentary and special custom artwork was released in 2017. One of the featured bonus tracks was a duet of Cinderella’s classic “NOBODY’s FOOL” with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale. The collaboration on the classic song landed another top 40 single, peaking at #30 on Billboards Active Rock chart.
Though Keifer has faced many ups and downs all throughout his storied career, his unyielding resilience can be found well within the grooves of both solo releases, “THE WAY LIFE GOES” and “RISE”. And, in this moment, it’s fair to say “RISE”, is the perfectly realized album that’s brought #keiferband directly to the next summit.