Date:

Author:
Category:

"I've always been honest with the public" - facts about Tom Keifer's life

"I've always been honest with the audience. I've always felt that when I go on stage, I should give my best to the fans.... Even going back to the early tours with Cinderella, I've always been completely sober on stage. I enjoy what I'm doing too much. It's a high to walk on stage knowing you're performing at your best. It's a high for me to know that you can walk off the stage and say, "I did my best, and that's what I gave the audience."

Tom Keifer and the story of how he came to be - surprising details about the Cinderella vocalist

Tom Keifer (Keifer). - one of the most brilliant frontmen in the history of glam metal and heavy rock! But beyond that, he's a talented songwriterwho gave us some of the best romantic ballads such as "Nobody's Fool" or "Long Cold Winter".

From the very beginning of his career, Tom has made a loud voice for himself, and even dazzled with his charisma Jonah Bona Joviso that the group Cinderella made it to Olympus pretty quickly! Nevertheless - his story of ascent, and later the peak of fame, is full of dark moments... But despite everything - our hero has always remained loyal to himself, his work and fans.

The early years, or how addiction led to the creation of Cinderella

Tom Keefer
Tom Keefer

Tom was lucky: his parents loved music, and in many ways - this played a key role in making the future legend of the Cinderella decided to pick up a guitar. In high school, the boy joined his first band, and around the same time learnt the electric guitar. But at the same time the young man struggled with his inner demons: already in his teens Tom acquired a severe addictions from substances and alcohol. However, music was his main vector, and for its sake he managed to overcome his destructive passions.

Having decided to devote himself fully to music, Tom told his mother that he intended to quit school. But the woman wanted her son to get at least some education, so she made a trick: she promised that if Tom graduated from school, she would give him a present Gibson Les Paul. Actually - their deal was made, and the future rocker received a cherished gift.

The charisma that defeated Jon Bon Jovi.

Tom Keifer
Tom Keifer

Group Cinderella was co-founded by Tom with his good friend and bassist Eric Brittinghamwho, by the way, our hero met on Halloween night in 1980! Despite his modesty, Keifer took on the role of vocalist because "they couldn't find anyone more suitable". The musician later recalled:

"I didn't feel very comfortable in this role, I was not used to singing instead of acting. Just with the microphone in my hands, it was like I was naked in front of the audience!"

"Cinderella." (as the band's name translates) quickly gained fans, and even knocked out some already famous rock stars, including Gene Simmons и Jon Bon Jovi. It was the latter that got Cinderella signed. From the memoirs of the leader of Bon Jovi:

"I saw Tom performing some pretty nifty growling vocals on stage. I was stunned! Then he grabbed this Les Paul and started extracting some amazing sounds... This guy immediately impressed me. He was a star!"

Childhood influences

Tom Keefer
Tom Keefer

As a child, Keifer listened to a lot of different music, but the music that inspired him the most was blues and rock bands that dabbled in it. So, when asked what his favourite album from his childhood was, Tom said:

"Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock 'n Roll" from 1974. In fact, for me, it could be all Rolling Stones albums. This band changed my life. Their music is a phenomenal classic!"

In addition to this, it was revealed that the Cinderella frontman has always been fascinated by the artwork of the Led Zeppelin!

"I don't think there's a rock musician of my generation who wouldn't say that Led Zeppelin had a colossal influence on him! They're a very, very important band, extremely inventive... They've always inspired me, and the album 'Physical Graffiti' was the first record of theirs in my collection that I got for Christmas!"

Personal tragedies

Tom Keifer
Tom Keifer

After touring in support of the album. "Heartbreak Station" (1990) Keifer lost his voice. After several unsuccessful operations, it turned out that the singer had neurological problems. The fact that Tom's mother died at the same time added to the gloomy colours....

"Any rock 'n' roll singer is always at risk of hurting himself. Your voice is always under a lot of pressure, especially on tour. I have more tension in my voice because there's a congenital weakness... It's a neurological problem, so it's incurable. I try to take very good care of myself, my health in general. I think - so far it's under control."

Tom Keifer
Tom Keifer

After dealing with depression and going through rehab, Tom was forced to learn to sing from scratch. Luckily - he managed to get back in shape and even presented a few solo albums to the public.

On the breakup of Cinderella and his commitment to the cause

Cinderella
Cinderella

After the group disintegrated, Keifer told reporters:

"Cinderella's wheels had been falling off for a few years now. There was a point in my life where I wanted to keep doing music, but I was looking for something new... I wanted to start again."

The musician also adds:

"I've always been honest with the audience. I've always felt that when I go on stage, I should give my best to the fans... Even going back to the early tours with Cinderella, I've always been completely sober on stage. I enjoy what I'm doing too much. It's a high to walk on stage knowing you're performing at your best. It's a high for me to know that you can walk off stage and say, "I did my best and this is what I gave to the audience."

LEAVE ANSWER

Please enter your comment!
please enter your name here

- 3 = 2

'Pretty Woman With A Secret': Debbie Harry's 'Blondie' Secrets She Long Hid From Fans

Debbie Harry: facts about her personal life and career Debbie Harry is unfortunately a rarity: a surviving 78-year-old punk scene icon whose career developed during the era of...

Yuri Antonov - The Hardest Idol: Antics and Scandals That Made Producers Walk Away From the Master

Yuri Antonov: character, scandals, antics Recently, producer Sergey Lavrov said that Yuri Antonov is the most difficult, capricious and wayward maestro of the domestic variety, with whom he...

Ekaterina Batrakova: "A good half of academic musicians listen to good rock"

Ekaterina Batrakova - interview: about career and plans for the future The correspondent of Fuzz Music talked to the rock singer Katya Batrakova, whose songs have repeatedly hit the...
Recommended

'Pretty Woman With A Secret': Debbie Harry's 'Blondie' Secrets She Long Hid From Fans

Debbie Harry: facts about her personal life and career Debbie Harry is unfortunately a rarity: a surviving 78-year-old punk scene icon whose career developed during the era of...

Yuri Antonov - The Hardest Idol: Antics and Scandals That Made Producers Walk Away From the Master

Yuri Antonov: character, scandals, antics Recently, producer Sergey Lavrov said that Yuri Antonov is the most difficult, capricious and wayward maestro of the domestic variety, with whom he...

"Men Who Sing": Patrick Swayze, Bradley Cooper - Actors Who Have Performed Loud Hits

Actors who have performed hits: names, clips, facts Many actors are very bright and versatile personalities! They make us laugh to tears or tremble to goosebumps, but besides...

Ekaterina Batrakova: "A good half of academic musicians listen to good rock"

Ekaterina Batrakova - interview: about career and plans for the future The correspondent of Fuzz Music talked to the rock singer Katya Batrakova, whose songs have repeatedly hit the...

Brigitte Bardot: Four Marriages, Lonely Old Age - And Not a Drop of Regret

Brigitte Bardot: personal life, relationships and husbands In her youth, Brigitte Bardot was one of the most beautiful women in France - as, in fact, and the world cinema in...

What Lolita Milyavskaya is grateful to Pugacheva for

Lolita Milyavskaya and Alla Pugacheva: friendship, relationship, photos To call Lolita and Alla Borisovna girlfriends - somehow the language does not turn. Let the relationship between them always and...

Maksim and His Brother Dmitry Galkin - When the Apple Has Fallen Far From the Apple Tree

Maxim Galkin* and his brother Dmitry: biography, photos and facts Often children repeat their parents at an already realised age - their actions, their aspirations,... И...

Yuri Antonov: "Broken Zhiguli and a flat in Vykhino" - What the Artist Spent His Millions on, and How Much He's Ready to Perform for Today

Yuri Antonov: royalties, wealth, fortune Yachts, houses, business class cars... Yes, the sweet life of today's artists can only be envied, because they are literally like cheese in...

"In Her Mother's Footsteps": Olga Rozhdestvenskaya - How She Lives and Looks Today

Olga Rozhdestvenskaya: biography, career, photos and facts In the USSR there were many talented singers - with a beautiful voice, diction, manner of performance and, in fact, repertoire. How many gorgeous...