Carl Thomas Keifer is an American vocalist and guitarist for the band Cinderella. Tom Keifer began playing guitar at a young age. Keifer soon fell in love with the blues and was influenced by this kind of music. Keifer joined his first rock band while in junior high school, he soon learned to play the electric guitar. The young musician struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in high school, considered dropping out of school to pursue a music career. However, his mother Adrienne bribed her son to stay in school by promising him a Gibson Les Paul guitar upon graduation. Keifer received the coveted instrument. After graduating Keifer played guitar in bands such as Saints in Hell and Diamonds. Soon, Keifer conquered his addictions, began to focus on a career as a musician, he had started writing original material. He found financial support by walking race horses at tracks and delivering film to developing outlets. Keifer came closer to his dream of being a successful artist by forming the hard rock band, Cinderella with good friend and bassist Eric Brittingham, whom he met on Halloween night in 1980 in a bar bathroom, and, in Saints in Hell.
Despite being shy, Keifer took on the role of lead singer because they could not find anyone they liked to sing for the band. In articles, Keifer has said, "I don't feel comfortable when I'm up there singing and not playing guitar. I feel naked when it's just me and the microphone." Cinderella was discovered by Gene Simmons of Kiss who attempted to get the band signed to no avail. It was Jon Bon Jovi in 1985, at the Empire Rock Club in Philadelphia, that convinced his Mercury A&R manager Derek Schulman to sign the band. Bon Jovi has been quoted as saying "I saw Tommy Keifer onstage delivering some pretty nifty, growling vocals, he whipped out this Les Paul and proceeded to lay into some astounding sounds. This guy struck me as a star right and there." Keifer and company experienced much success with their albums, Night Songs, Long Cold Winter, Heartbreak Station. Keifer enjoyed the reputation of being a prolific songwriter with hits such as "Shake Me",'"Nobody's Fool", "Gypsy Road", "Don't Know What You Got", "Coming Home", "Shelter Me", "Heartbreak Station".
He enjoyed spending time with his wife, whom he had married in 1987 after years of dating. She designed the band's unique logo and accompanied her husband on tour. After the Heartbreak Station tour Keifer lost his voice, he underwent several operations to no avail. It was determined that he had paralysis of the left vocal cord. To make matters worse, his mother died of cancer. By 1994, Cinderella had managed to release their fourth album, Still Climbing, which received little attention; the band broke up in 1995. Keifer continued to undergo surgeries on his vocal cords, he battled depression. He was forced to learn how to sing again because of the paralysis of his left cord, but he began working on material for a solo album, he and Emily divorced, he settled in Nashville, where he continued to work on his solo album. The album was put on hold after Cinderella reunited in 1997 and toured in 1998, they were dropped a few years later. They released a greatest hits album. Cinderella toured the United States in 2000 and again in 2002.
Keifer has a daily regimen, including warm-ups and exercises, that may last longer than some of his shows. Cinderella was the headliner of the 2005 Rock Never Stops Tour. Keifer and Cinderella completed their 20th anniversary tour with fellow rock veterans Poison in 2006, who were celebrating twenty years in the music business; the tour was a rousing success and swiftly became one of the most successful tours of 2006, averaging about 12,000 people in attendance per night. Keifer said that his solo album will be released shortly, a new album from Cinderella is possible somewhere down the road, though not immediately. Cinderella had planned to tour in 2008 with Warrant, Lynch Mob, Lynam; the tour had to be postponed after Keifer's left vocal cord hemorrhaged again, thereby making it impossible for him to sing in the immediate future. Keifer has worked with country artist Andy Griggs, he appeared on an episode of Extreme Makeover, where he helped a fan write a song. Keifer has finished his solo album, released on April 30, 2013.
As of May 2, 2013, Keifer has been touring his solo album The Way Life Goes, moving from California, to across the Midwest, culminating in Chicago. The tour visited many countries, including Russia. On Sunday July 22, 2017 Keifer was an act featured in Loud-N-Lima's 3-Day Music Festival in Lima, Ohio fеaturing many artists for the hair metal era's peak; the most recent news from Tom Keifer on an interview last November 23, 2009 with Metalzone said they have never gone away. They've been kind of on a break because he injured his voice a few years back and has been trying to rehabilitate his vocal cords and train it back to where he can be able to perform a Cinderella show again. "I thought that I was there in the summer of 2008 for the tour for the States here, we ended up having to cancel that tour because I re-injured my voice. Since I've been working on trying to get it strong again, which I am glad to say it's strong now and we're looking to be back out on the road in 2010." When asked about his solo record, he said "It’s pretty much finished.
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Frontiers Records is an Italian record label, predominantly producing classic rock. It is based in Naples, Italy. Serafino Perugino started working in the music industry in 1996, as Italian distributor for numerous artists in the field of classic rock and earned an excellent reputation in the field, so that he could soon set up an independent label. 1998 saw the birth of Frontiers Records. The first release of the new label was the double live album Never Say Goodbye by the British hard rock group Ten. In addition to the commitment of Frontiers Records to manage new artists in the genre the label roster includes well known bands and artists, such as Little River Band, Jeff Lynne, Styx, Yes, Joe Lynn Turner, Thunder, Glenn Hughes, House of Lords, Crush 40, Jeff Scott Soto, Boston and FM Frontiers Records in December 2010 completed sales contract with EMI Music for the U. S. and Canada distribution, which became effective from January 2011. After Universal Music Group's purchase of EMI, Caroline, a UMG company, has undertaken US distribution.
From January 2017, Sony Music or its independent labels distributor RED Music has started to distribute Frontiers Records releases in some key markets such as US, Canada and New Zealand. Caroline Distribution has been continuing the distribution in UK while in the other parts of the world, the independent labels distribute Frontiers Records releases; the exclusive distribution in Greece is being carried out by Infinity Entertainment IKE. Italian producer, keyboardist and mixing engineer Alessandro Del Vecchio works as the in-house producer for the label. List of record labels Frontiers Records home page
Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits
Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits is a compilation album released by American rock band Cinderella in 2005, featuring tracks from their entire catalog. "Night Songs" – 4:12 "Shake Me" – 3:44 "Nobody's Fool" 4:47 "Somebody Save Me" – 3:16 "Bad Seamstress Blues / Fallin' Apart At The Seams" – 5:21 "Gypsy Road" – 4:01 "Don't Know What You Got" – 5:54 "The Last Mile" – 3:51 "Long Cold Winter" – 5:21 "If You Don't Like It" – 4:14 "Coming Home" – 4:54 "The More Things Change" – 4:21 "Shelter Me" – 4:47 "Heartbreak Station" – 4:28 "Winds Of Change" – 5:34 "Blood From A Stone" – 4:50 "Hot And Bothered" – 3:56All songs written and arranged by Tom Keifer except, "If You Don't Like It" and "Hot and Bothered", by Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham. Tom Keifer – Lead Vocals, Electric, 12-String Acoustic, 6-String Acoustic, National Steel Guitars, Piano, Harmonica Eric Brittingham – Bass, 12-String Bass, Background Vocals Jeff LaBar – Guitar, Slide Guitar, Background Vocals Fred Coury – Drums, Background Vocals
Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)
"Don't Know What You Got" is a power ballad written and performed by the glam metal band Cinderella, from their second album Long Cold Winter. Released in August 1988, it was their most successful single, peaking at number 12 on US Billboard Hot 100 in November 1988; the music video for this song was filmed at Bodie, California. This fact is revealed in the Tales From the Gypsy Road video collection. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Long Cold Winter
For the Laura Ingalls Wilder novel, see The Long Winter. Long Cold Winter is the second studio album by American glam metal band Cinderella, it was released in 1988 on Mercury Records. With Long Cold Winter, Cinderella started to move away from the glam metal music of their previous album and into a more blues rock-oriented direction, akin to early 1970s Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Bad Company, Deep Purple; the record reached No. 10 in the US and became double-platinum for shipping 2 million copies in the US by the end of the year, just as their debut album Night Songs had done earlier. It was certified triple platinum. In 2005, Long Cold Winter was ranked number 457 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time; the album features four singles, which all charted in the US. "Don't Know What You Got", to be Cinderella's highest-charting single, reached No. 12, "The Last Mile", reached No. 36, "Coming Home" reached No. 20, "Gypsy Road" hit No. 51, a year after the release of the album.
All songs are written by Tom Keifer, except where noted "Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin' Apart at the Seams" - 5:19 "Gypsy Road" - 3:55 "Don't Know What You Got" - 5:56 "The Last Mile" - 3:51 "Second Wind" - 3:59 "Long Cold Winter" - 5:24 "If You Don't Like It" - 4:10 "Coming Home" - 4:56 "Fire and Ice" - 3:22 "Take Me Back" - 3:17 Tom Keifer - electric and steel guitars, vocals Jeff LaBar - guitar Eric Brittingham - bass, backing vocals Jay Levin - steel guitar Joseph Starns, Cozy Powell, Denny Carmassi - drums Rick Criniti - piano, synthesizer Kurt Shore, John Webster - keyboards Paulinho Da Costa - percussion Produced by Andy Johns, Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham Engineered by Thom Cadley, Ryan Dorn and Andy Johns Mixed by Steve Thompson, Michael Barbiero and George Cowan "Long Cold Winter" at discogs
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Cinderella was an American rock band formed in 1982 from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy MTV rotation. Cinderella had a heavy metal and glam metal sound before shifting into a more hard rock and blues rock based sound. By the mid-1990s, the band's popularity declined due to personal setbacks, break-ups, changes in the music industry. After a brief hiatus, Cinderella reunited in 1996 and to continue to perform live, but never released any studio material after their 1994 album Still Climbing; the band has sold 15 million records worldwide, according to Tom Keifer's official website. After participating in the 2014 "Monsters of Rock Cruise", Cinderella again became inactive and in November 2017 Keifer declared that "there won't be any reunion." Cinderella was formed in 1982 in Philadelphia suburb, Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania by singer-songwriter and guitarist Tom Keifer and bassist Eric Brittingham.
The initial lineup included guitarist Michael Schermick and drummer Tony Destra. In 1985, Shermick and Destra left to form another Philadelphia-based glam metal band. Cinderella practiced in the attic of the American Legion building in Wayne, PA. In a 2014 interview, Tom Keifer stated that Kiss bass guitarist Gene Simmons first took interest in the band, tried to get them a deal with Polygram, but they were not interested. Jon Bon Jovi saw them perform at the Empire Rock Club in Philadelphia and talked to his A&R man, Derek Shulman about seeing the group. Shulman was not convinced at first either, wanted to sign the band to a six-month development deal, but after extensive negotiations, he signed the band. In 1985, with a recording contract with Mercury/Polygram Records in the works, guitarist Jeff LaBar and drummer Jim Drnec joined the band. During the recording of the band's debut album, Night Songs, studio session drummer Jody Cortez was brought in to help with the recording. After the recording was completed, Drnec was replaced by Gloucester City, NJ drummer, Albie "Al" Barker, who just missed making the album's cover and the band's album line-up.
Fred Coury was in all MTV music videos and played in the upcoming tours. Night Songs was released on August 2, 1986 and achieved triple platinum status, selling 50,000 copies per week at one point; the heavy metal album reached No. 3 on the Billboard charts in February 1987. By the end of 1987, the band released a video compilation called "Night Songs" to accompany the album, featuring the promotional videos from the album plus three live songs recorded on their 1986 tour. Cinderella's first tour was in 1986 with glam metal rockers Poison, opening for Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. Further tours into 1987 were spent playing to large arena audiences: five months opening for then-former Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth, seven months with Bon Jovi, taking the opening slot for their Slippery When Wet tour; that year, the band went overseas, appearing in Japan, at the Monsters of Rock festivals in United Kingdom and Germany. Cinderella's second album, Long Cold Winter, was released in 1988.
The new album signified a shift towards a blues rock sound, though it could still be described as glam metal. A 254-show tour to support the album lasted over 14 months, in August 1989, the band performed at the Moscow Music Peace Festival alongside other metal acts, such as Ozzy Osbourne, the Scorpions, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Skid Row; the tour's stage show included Tom Keifer being lowered to the stage while playing a white piano during their radio hit "Don't Know What You Got". On April 17, 1990, the band released a video compilation called Tales from the Gypsy Road featuring four promo videos from Long Cold Winter plus two live medleys, the second of which contained a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's famous "Sweet Home Alabama". Cinderella's third album, Heartbreak Station, was released in 1990, it featured more songs than Long Cold Winter. Following the accompanying tour, Fred Coury left the band and joined former Ratt vocalist Stephen Pearcy in the band Arcade. In 1991, Keifer lost his voice due to a paresis of his vocal cords.
He underwent several surgeries to hemorrhage. This added to delays in the recording of the band's fourth album, it was released in 1994 with Kenny Aronoff on drums, but the album disappeared from the charts. Mercury Records dropped the band which went on hiatus in 1995. Cinderella resumed activity in 1996, a year Mercury Records released a greatest hits compilation titled Once Upon A... and a video compilation containing all the bands promo videos from the first three albums. The group toured the United States in 1998, with one concert stop captured on the live album Live at the Key Club, released in 1999 through Cleopatra Records. Around 1999, the band was signed by John Kalodner to Sony Records. However, the band was dropped by the label before a new album could be released, plunging the band into three years of litigation. Cinderella toured again in 2000 and 2002. Cinderella headlined the VH1 Classic Rock Never Stops 2005 summer tour. In 2005, Cinderella toured with FireHouse, RATT, Quiet Riot.
Mercury Records released the compilation Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits on CD and DVD. In 2006, Cinderella toured with Poison. Both bands celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut albums, Night Songs and Look What the Cat Dragged In. Cinderella planned to tour in 2008 with Warrant, Lynch Mob, Lynam, but on June 13 that year, Tim Heyne, the band's manager, said in a press release: “It is with