CINDERELLA GUITARIST JEFF LEBAR PASSES AWAY AT AGE 58
Cinderella guitarist, Jeff LaBar, has passed away at the age of 58. The band, their families and management request privacy at this time.
“Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff. The bond between us over decades of creating music and touring the world is something that we as a band uniquely shared. Those memories with Jeff will be forever alive in our hearts. It’s unimaginable that one of our band brothers has left us. We’re sending his wife Debinique, his son Sebastian, family, and friends our deepest condolences. Jeff’s memory and music will be with us forever. We all… band, family and management appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love.Rest In Peace Jeff – Tom, Eric & Fred”
Mark Slaughter, co-founder of the band Slaughter, tweeted, “Gone too soon. RIP Jeff Labar.” He shared a smiling picture of the two musicians.
Poison drummer Rikki Rockett was also among his peers paying his respects, “Blown away hearing about Jeff LaBar. I can’t count the amount of shows we all did together with Cinderella and Poison. Rest In Peace my Brother.”
The cause of his death has not yet been announced, but his ex-wife Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt discovered him unconscious after not hearing from him in a few days, The Sun reported.
LaBar joined Cinderella in 1985, three years after its creation, when the band’s original guitarist, Michael Schermick, left. The Philadelphia-based metal group welcomed him on as they were signing to a record label.
In 1986, the band released its debut album Night Songs, which jumped to the third slot on the Billboard 200. It wasn’t until their next album, Long Cold Winter in 1988, that the band released its signature song: Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).
Cinderella toured with bands such as, Bon Jovi and Poison, until they eventually disbanded in 2017 after years of hiatus. LeBar later released music of his own as well as touring with other groups including Cheap Thrill, Freakshow, and the Naked Beggars.
I only saw Cinderella once, opening for Roth in ’86 at MSG, honestly, I actually thought they were going to be bigger than they became, because they were that good! “Night Songs” is a GREAT album, 1 of my favorites of all time (I know I have alot of those, but it really is) Cinderella was (IMO) the perfect combination of AC⚡DC and Aerosmith! “In From The Outside” is probably my favorite song from Cinderella, it’s like they got together with AC⚡DC and Aerosmith and just jammed their asses off! It’s one of those songs that you just don’t want to end! After “Long Cold Winter” they kinda fizzled down, I wish they had stayed with the “Night Songs” formula, if they had, who knows how much bigger they would’ve become. Still a great band though, and LeBar was a great guitarist. RIP, Jeff, cheers.
Cinderella always put their heart and soul into their performances. Jeff was not just a talented musician, he was good to the fans. Saw them multiple times. They were better than most of their peers. I hate it when people refer to them as metal. They were rock and roll, hard rock and roll at times. Thanks for the fun memories, Jeff, rest in peace.