November 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm$39
Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, w/:
- L.A. Guns
@The Arcada Theatre
Saturday, November 2
Doors = 6:30 pm
Show = 8:00 pm
Tickets’ starting price = $39
Known primarily as the lead singer and guitarist for bluesy, chart-topping ’80s metal outfit Cinderella, Springfield, Pennsylvania-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Keifer began playing at a young age. Discovered by Jon Bon Jovi in 1985, Cinderella went on to release four albums between 1986 and 1994, three of which went platinum, before breaking up in 1995 after Keifer suffered a voice injury. Keiferspent the ensuing years undergoing numerous operations to remove the nodules and fix the paralysis of the left chord. The band reunited in 1997 and toured fairly regularly into the 21st century. Keifer released his well-received solo debut, The Way Life Goes, in 2013. (Source)
The collection of 14 new songs ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the Blues, Rock and Country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella. Rolling Stone praised KEIFER as “a gritty, bluesy (rocker) with enough genuine swagger to draw comparisons to Mick Jagger. (Source)
The veterans of the Sunset Strip’s hair metal scene, L.A. Guns, are also known for being one of the two bands (along with Hollywood Rose) that merged in the mid-’80s to form Guns N’ Roses. Formed in 1983, the group’s first lineup included Tracii Guns and vocalist Axl Rose. When the band replaced Guns Slash, he bounced back by rejoining his old bandmates in L.A. Guns, who’d continued playing shows in his absence under the leadership of vocalist Paul Black.
In 1988, L.A. Guns released their self-titled debut album, featuring a raunchy, Aerosmith-influenced sound and a number of songs that had been written by ex-member Paul Black. Former W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley joined the lineup during the tour that followed, and L.A. Guns quickly returned to the studio to bang out a second album, Cocked and Loaded. Released in 1989 and propelled by the Top 40 single “The Ballad of Jayne,” Cocked and Loaded went gold, giving the band a minor stake in the hair metal explosion that Guns N’ Roses had helped spark. Released two years later, Hollywood Vampires managed to hold the audience’s attention by peaking at number 42. Nevertheless, the guys laid low for four years, waiting for grunge to fade away.
For 2001’s Man in the Moon (again produced by Clarke), Phil Lewis and Mick Cripps returned to the lineup, joining Guns, Riley, former Pretty Boy Floyd member Keff Ratcliffeand new bassist Muddy. Waking the Dead followed a year later, and founder Tracii Guns left the group to form Brides of Destruction with Nikki Sixx.
In 2016, Guns and Lewis buried the hatchet and performed together for the first time in 14 years. They played a series of live shows which culminated in the release of the aptly named The Missing Peace, L.A. Guns’ 11th studio long-player released by Frontiers Records. The album’s success prompted Lewis to sever all ties with the Riley lineup, and he and Guns forged ahead to play the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan which yielded the 2018 live set Made in Milan. The reunion continued in 2019 with another studio album, The Devil You Know, which continued in the similarly metal vein of their previous outing. (Source)