A one-and-a-half-minute video clip in which CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer answers the question, “What was the first thing that got you interested in music?” can be seen below.
Keifer has inked a deal with Jack Ponti‘s Merovee Records, a joint venture with David Letterman‘s Worldwide Pants, for the release of his long-awaited debut solo album. Due in early 2013, the as-yet-untitled CD will feature 14 tracks that are described by Ponti as “intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots.” The lyrics will take an introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer‘s life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.
In a 2011 interview with Sweden’s Metalshrine, Keifer was asked whether his solo album was going to be a whole lot different from CINDERELLA. Tom replied, “No, not really, because being the lead singer and the main songwriter and I did a lot of the guitar work in CINDERELLA, it’s kind of hard to run from my sound. I had a lot of influence over those records so… I’m just doing what I do and that’s hard rock inspired by blues and roots music. What I did in CINDERELLA is what I love to do and what I’m doing on my own is what I love to do. I try to be true to what I like. It’s similar in that way, you know. Dynamically the records, the CINDERELLA records, and especially as they went on into ‘Long Cold Winter’ and ‘Heartbreak Station’, they had a lot of different flavors and colors and dynamics and different types of songs, which I always like because the bands that I grew up on, like, [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE [ROLLING] STONES, they really covered a lot of area musically. My solo record does that, too, and I think it makes for a more interesting record when it’s not just the same song for 14 tracks.”