TOM KEIFER On The Idea Of Touring With New Band Under The CINDERELLA Name - "I Would Never Do That" (Audio)
August 14, 2019, 5 months ago
Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer recently appeared on the SDR Show to talk about his new solo album, Rise. During the conversation he responded to the idea of touring under the Cinderella moniker with his current solo band.
Keifer: "Obviously, we play Cinderella songs because cause people wanna hear them. I was the singer, I wrote the songs, I produced the records and co-produced some of the records. I did most of the guitar work. Those songs are a part of me and people wanna hear them. But no, I would never do that. There's a lot of acts out there now touring under the banner of a particular name. Some of them have a few original members. I get that. If it's kind of morphed over the time, I guess that's okay, but the solo thing was kind of overnight. To call this Cinderella, it's just disingenuous."
Check out the audio interview here.
Keifer with #keiferband - Savannah Keifer, Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Kendra Chantelle, Jarred Pope, Kory Myers - are ready to Rise to yet another peak in their ongoing music journey with the September 13 release of his second solo album on Cleopatra Records. Pre-orders for the album are available here on all formats, including CD (digipak), vinyl (in your choice of red, blue, or green) and digital, which will include an instant download of the first single, “The Death Of Me".
A video for “The Death Of Me” - written by Keifer and his wife Savannah, and directed by Vicente Cordero - can be seen below. Though Tom Keifer has faced many ups and downs all throughout his storied career, his unyielding resilience can be found well within the grooves and lyrics of the song. “We created ‘The Death Of Me’ to inspire people not to give in to or be defeated by the seemingly insurmountable lows that we all sometimes face, but rather to Rise and overcome them,” he says.
His creative renaissance is fully on display via the eleven tough ’n’ tender tracks that comprise Rise. 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 nontraditionally arranged, 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. It’s the aural portrait of an artist who, to borrow a phrase, is still climbing.
“When this band came together, we all felt a bit like broken souls, each with our own unique story,” he explains. “If you ask anyone in the band, they would all say this band came along at just the right time. Every human who walks this planet faces challenges and extreme adversity they have to overcome. As a band, we feel fortunate to be able to face those things together. There is a piece of every band member in the ‘The Death of Me’ as well as throughout the entire Rise album.”
The common thread to each song on Rise is the intuitive interplay between each member of #keiferband, a tight but loose collective that’s spent the last six-plus years on the road honing their live craft together in support of Keifer's 2013 solo debut, The Way Life Goes. Rise is the studio-bred equivalent of a band just now realizing the full scope of its powers. “We were trying to capture the feeling of what people have witnessed live with this band,” Keifer explains. “There’s an off-the-rails, real live feel to Rise - and that’s what we were going for. It shows a real kind of angst and reckless abandon that we tried not to polish too much. And when we pull it back on the ballads, it’s more about the emotion, the soul, and making people feel something in a different way.”
“To me, the perfect rock and roll record is perfectly fucked up,” Keifer says with a hearty laugh. “You try to make each record interesting and different. I don’t ever want to make the same record twice, even though there’s a common thread between them. Everything doesn’t have to be perfectly in place, but there is a balance you try to strike. Sometimes there may be something about it that’s technically not ‘right,’ but there’s a vibe, an energy and an attitude to it that I always try to preserve.”
"Touching The Divine"
"The Death Of Me"
"Waiting On The Demons"
"All Amped Up"
"Taste For The Pain"
"Life Was Here"
"You Believe In Me"
"The Death Of Me" video:
In touring news, Tom Keifer and #keiferband have been on a vigorous trek ever since the 2013 album release, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Their next batch of headlining dates start tonight, July 30 in their hometown, Nashville, TN at The Cowan. Dates are already confirmed through the end of 2019, with more to be added in the coming weeks, and are already being planned for 2020.
Check out Tom Keifer and #keiferband at any of the following tour stops:
15 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
16 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
17 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Ballroom
21 - Scottsdale, AZ - BLK Live
23 - Montclair, CA - The Canyon
24 - Ojai, CA - Ojai Libbey Bowl
25 - Pasadena, CA - The Canyon at The Rose
27 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
29 - Las Vegas, NV - Count’s Vamp’d
30 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
31 - Big Bear Lake, CA - The Cave
6 - Leesburg, VA - Tally Ho Theatre
7 - Cherokee, NC - Cherokee Blue Ridge Run
11 - Knoxville, TN - Cotton Eyed Joe
12 - Versailles, OH - BMI Indoor Speedway
15 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
17 - Warrendale, PA - Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
18 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Event Center
19 - Akron, OH - Goodyear Theater
24 - Green Bay, WI - Green Bay Distillery
31 - Milwaukee, WI - Potowatami Bingo Casino
1 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
2 - St. Charles, IL - The Arcada Theatre
(Photos - Tammy Vega)