Daveman of the 105.7 The Brew radio station in Columbus, Ohio recently conducted an interview with CINDERELLA guitarist Jeff LaBar. You can now listen to the chat below.
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. . . You 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.”