TOM KEIFER On CINDERELLA: ‘There Won’t Be Any Reunion’
Tom Keifer has once again shot down the possibility of a CINDERELLA reunion, saying that the “issues” between the bandmembers are “beyond repair.”
Although CINDERELLA hasn’t released a new studio album since 1994’s “Still Climbing”, the band started playing sporadic shows again in 2010 but has been largely inactive for the last few years while Keifer has toured as a solo artist.
Asked in a brand new interview with All That Shreds if there will ever be a CINDERELLA reunion, the 56-year-old singer responded: “I’m pleased where I’m at now. There’s been a lot of issues over the course of decades and build-up that is beyond repair at this point. So there won’t be any reunion. I am renewed and inspired and loving the [solo] band that I’m in now and are working on and what we’re doing. We’re having a good time, and the new music’s been received well. It’s been unexpected because the first year of it started slow and we just stuck with it.”
He continued: “I think that’s the key to anything, if you’re happy doing something and you love it and it inspires you. You do it for that reason — not how many people are in the room or how much money you make. And then if you continue to do it for the right reason, which [is that] it’s something you love and you [are] inspired, you’ll see around the corner and have the success. But I think it starts with the right reasons, and I always felt the chemistry. Everyone’s dedication to the new band to this has always felt like for the right reasons.”
CINDERELLA guitarist Jeff LaBar last year accepted blame for the group’s prolonged period of inactivity, explaining that his “drinking problem” caused a rift between him and his bandmates. He told “Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley”: “I can only speculate, but I believe it’s all my fault. It’s no secret that I’ve had a drinking problem. And it showed its ugly face on one of those [cruises that CINDERELLA played]. I guess that’s what caused a rift… When I fell out on one of those cruise ships in front of everybody — like, basically O.D.’d — that’s when the band, and mostly Tom, took notice and was, like, ‘What the fuck?'”
Asked if he is sober now, LaBar said: “No, I’m not. Which is the problem. Which is probably the problem. Like I said, I can only speculate, because I don’t talk to the other guys anymore. I talk to Fred [Coury, drums] every now and then. Eric [Brittingham, bass] lives twenty minutes from me. We haven’t talked lately, but Eric and I have been the most consistent of all my bandmates throughout the past thirty-two years. It’s just Tom and I that don’t talk anymore. And I can only speculate that he’s very disappointed and doesn’t wanna see me die. He doesn’t wanna witness me dying.”
“The Way Life Goes – Deluxe Edition”, an expanded compilation of Keifer’s critically acclaimed solo debut album, “The Way Life Goes”, was made available on October 20 via Cleopatra Records.