CINDERELLA guitarist Jeff LaBar was interviewed prior to boarding the new metal cruise Monsters Of Rock – The Voyage, which set to sail on February 25, 2012 and is scheduled to return three days later via Ft. Lauderdale / Bahamas / Key West. You can now watch the chat below.
Featuring some of the greatest artists of the ’70s and ’80s, the Monsters Of Rock cruise will be an epic voyage, not to be missed by the avid heavy metal fan. Artists include CINDERELLA, TESLA, KIX, STRYPER, YT, UFO, NIGHT RANGER, LYNCH MOB, FIREHOUSE, BLACK ‘N BLUE, BANG TANGO, FASTER PUSSYCAT, KEEL, XYZ, John Corabi, Eric Martin of MR. BIG, Ted Poley of DANGER DANGER, RHINO BUCKET, HELIX, ODIN, DC4, BUILT BY STEREO, FLAMETAL and the ATOMIC PUNKS. This historic cruise journey will visit Key West, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas, sailing the emerald waters of the Bahamas in this unprecedented heavy metal festival at sea.
The cruise is based on a legendary rock festival at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England… Seven metal bands and thousands of rabid fans converged on the soggy turf of Donington Park and became part of rock history as a historic event was born… the Monsters Of Rock! Fast forward to today…the tradition of the Monsters Of Rock is reborn, this time in the Bahamas aboard a luxury cruise ship, showcasing the greatest floating ’80s heavy metal festival in history!
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In a 2011 interview with Sweden’s Metal Shrine blog, CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer was asked if there are any plans for the band to record a new studio album. “There’s nothing on the horizon right now,” he replied. “We attempted that in ’98 with Sony and [former AR executive] John Kalodner and it turned into a big legal hassle and lawsuit, which prevented us from recording the material that they claimed they owned, for five years. . . . Even though they didn’t want to record it. It’s typical in recording contracts. It’s called re-record rights. Once they claim they own the songs, you can’t re-record it for five years. They claimed ownership and decided not to make the record. It was like two years of writing and demos of material that we weren’t allowed to record. Needless to say, we had a slightly bad taste in our mouth. . . It’s not that there’s a lack of desire, it’s just that we’ve had a lot pushing us down that we’ve been trying to crawl back from. The last four years before the tour last year, I think we were all just more worried whether we were even gonna be a band again, because the stuff with my voice was so serious that the future of the band was literally a question mark. Last year we were getting our legs and we’re getting back on the road now, so… to answer the question of a new record, it would be great to do. I know it would have to be the right situation and a label who is really serious in making a great record and producing it right. You never know. We’ll see if that opportunity pops up. I’m getting ready to put mine out, hopefully this year. I’m shopping for a deal right now. I wanna see that through and you’ll never know what the future will hold, but we are certainly open to the idea.”
When asked about his long-awaited solo album and whether it’s 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.”