CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer recently spoke to Glam-Metal.com about the group's participation in this summer's "Rock Never Stops" tour and his upcoming solo album, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:
Glam-Metal.com: Are we ever going to see a new CINDERELLA CD? There have been rumors of one for years now.
Tom Keifer: "(Pauses) Well, that's a long ways off. The abbreviated version of what's been going on is that we signed a deal with Sony Records and we were with them for three years and we were scheduled to start the record in 2001. We ended up having a falling out with Sony and it all ended up on a big lawsuit and legal hassle that we are still in. So we are sort of tied up in legal limbo at the moment. But, I've been working on a solo record. Hopefully it will be out at the end of this year."
Glam-Metal.com: Have you been signed to any label?
Tom Keifer: "No. I'm going to be shopping it as a finished record."
Glam-Metal.com: I see. What is the material like?
Tom Keifer: "It's similar to that of CINDERELLA, mainly because I'm the songwriter, singer and do a lot of the guitar work. I've been describing it as somewhere between 'Long Cold Winter' and 'Heartbreak Station'. It's going to be a blues influenced hard rock record."
Glam-Metal.com: Is there anyone else playing on the CD or are you doing pretty much everything yourself?
Tom Keifer: "Well, I did most of the guitars myself and I sang. The drums and bass were two local guys from Nashville and also Greg Marrow did some drums. I had a couple of guitar player's play on a few songs in addition to what I did. I had some people do keyboards and back-ground vocals, so there are a lot of different people on the record. One guy you might recognize is Bobby Keys, he played with the ROLLING STONES. But, it's a cool record and I'm almost done. The tracks are all recorded and produced. We are in the middle of the mix practice right now."
Glam-Metal.com: I want to talk a bit about the last CINDERELLA CD "Still Climbing". That was a solid CD, but really didn't get the recognition that it deserved. In retrospect, how do you feel about that record?
Tom Keifer: "I like it, there's a few on there that I feel are as good as anything we've ever done. And there's also a few that I don't like as much. But as a whole to me, I didn't think it was our best record. I was going through a lot of problems with my voice at the time. When I listen to it now, I hear things in the vocals that I don't like. But overall, I think that it's a good record. I came out at a really bad time. (Laughs)"
Read Tom Keifer's entire interview with Glam-Metal.com at this location.