CINDERELLA Frontman Talks About Upcoming Solo Album

CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer recently spoke to 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: 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." Have you been signed to any label?

Tom Keifer: "No. I'm going to be shopping it as a finished record." 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." 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." 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 at this location.


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