TOM KEIFER ON A CINDERELLA REUNION, “EVERYONE ELSE IS OFF DOING THEIR OWN THING…I’M HAPPY WHERE I AM”
Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer. Excerpts from the interview appear below.
LI Pulse: The Way Life Goes was originally issued in 2013. Why an expanded version now?
Tom Keifer: The record came out and was pretty well-received, and the label did a great job with the first single. But somewhere along the line, the record got caught up in a corporate shake-up and it ended up getting pulled down. It’s actually not been available for a couple of years. First and foremost, we just want to get the record back out. We’ve been working towards that, and we thought in the process of doing that, we’d create the deluxe edition.
LI Pulse: Were the 80s as wild and crazy as Behind the Music episodes make it out to be?
Tom Keifer: Not at all. That’s all a lie. [Laughs] No, it was an amazing time. I always describe it as we were in Philadelphia and South Jersey playing clubs, and we got that lucky break and it just felt like a tornado came and picked us up. The ride has been going ever since. It was a really fun, creative decade to be a part of. It continues today. The fans are so loyal, and I feel really lucky to still be able to walk out on stage and everyone is singing every word. That’s continuing with this tour with the solo band, too, so I feel very blessed for that.
LI Pulse: You’ve experienced vocal troubles in the past. How is your voice currently?
Tom Keifer: It’s doing very well. I had a little mishap this summer and had to have surgery. I just got back on the road and did a couple of shows—my first shows in two months. I’d had that paralysis of my left vocal cord that took me years to retrain, but I’ve been singing really strong. It was just one of those nights where I pushed something a little too hard back in June. But I had surgery, recovered and now everything is good.
LI Pulse: Would you ever consider a Cinderella reunion?
Tome Keifer: There’s really no talk of that at all at this point. I’m really happy with what I’m doing and I think everyone else is, too. Everyone else is off doing their own thing. I have put a lot of time into this new project, and it’s been going really well. I’m really enjoying it. I’m happy where I am.
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