Posted on 2/28/2013
Tom Keifer, the front man for the hard rock – big hair band from the 80s, Cinderella, performed in Nashville, TN at the popular live music club, 3rd and Lindsley as a stop on his tour to promote his upcoming solo project. Concert Blast was invited to review the show so Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook were more than pleased to head to one of their favorite Nashville, TN night spots to review the concert. Tom Keifer and his Nashville musician friends put on a show that thrilled the over sold-out crowd consisting mainly of Cinderella fans. Read Mike Arnold’s concert review as he steps through Tom’s set list.
Written by Mike Arnold
When I first heard about Tom Keifer’s solo tour and record, the first thing I asked myself was, “Is this going to be acoustic or electric?” The next questions in my mind were, “Is Tom trying to jump on the country or acoustic bandwagon like other rock artists such as Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish and Aaron Lewis of Staind have? Or will Tom Keifer continue to thrill his Cinderella fan based audience with powerful electric songs using his very unique rock voice?” The answer to those questions were an astounding “YES!” Tom Keifer did not shock his audience by totally changing his on-stage persona or come up with a completely different show. In his concert he gave us both acoustic and electric new songs as well as thrilling the place with Cinderella classics and even a cover song. This was an excellent way to introduce new solo material to his Cinderella fan base.
It was 8pm when opening act and rock icon vocalist John Corabi took the stage. John performed acoustically with a bass, percussion, and another guitarist. The former Motley Crue lead vocalist (during the Vince Neil hiatus) and solo artist was well received, but not overly. Just a polite applause after his songs and no encore attempts.
When 9:10pm rolled around, the headliner’s intro music blasted through the club’s PA system of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” and the band members took their position on the stage with Tom Keifer close behind them. The band didn’t waste anytime at all to please the fans as they opened with the Cinderella rocker, “Sick for the Cure”. Fists were in the air, heads were banging in time with the music, and cell phone cameras were up in the air all over the club. At the closing of the opener, drummer Paul Simmons pounded out the rhythms on the drums as Tom continued to get the crowd into the show with repeats of “Haaaaay Hey!”. This transitioned into his first song from his upcoming solo record, a rhythm rocker called, “Ain’t That A Bitch”.
Tom continued with a switch to an acoustic guitar, while the band stayed electric. Tom greeted the fans with a “Good Evening!”, before going into another new tune, “A Different Light”.
It was time for the first of many surprises of the night as Tom asked the audience if they wanted to just hear the songs or hear the stories behind the songs. The crowd yelled “Stories!” Tom replied, “I’m not yet convinced, stories or songs?” This time with a loud convincing response the crowd yelled, “STORIES!” Tom began to talk about the time when the cable TV channel VH1 asked him to perform some of the Cinderella rock songs acoustically for an TV special. Tom said he began to think if he could actually do that until he discovered that the song “Shake Me” was actually a blues song so he gave us the Cinderella rocker in an acoustic blues format. This was a nice surprise!
The next surprise of the night came as he was still in acoustic mode, he brought out his wife Savannah Snow to introduce her to us and mentioned that she was a songwriter as well as the co-producer of his new record. He said he played her one of his new songs for a songwriter’s opinion. Tom said she thought the song would be a good one once he finished it! The crowd laughed and Savannah smiled as they went into a new acoustic song, “Ask Me Yesterday”. Tom mentioned his wife once again as she waved and left the stage. He then added that she was his love and said, “It’s only God that can match two people from different parts of the country as I’m from Philadelphia and she’s from Mississippi and join them together.”
Tom then asked the crowd if they had heard of “The Flower Song”. With the cheers from the crowd he continued with the new single from the upcoming solo album.
With Tom still on the acoustic guitar, he mentioned that as a child of the 60s and 70s his parents did a pretty good job of raising him, but admitted they had help from The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. He then introduced a Cinderella song from the Heartbreak Station album, “One For Rock and Roll”.
Tom handed over his acoustic guitar and said, “It’s time to Rock!” and they did once again with two new songs, “Solid Ground” and “Cold Day In Hell”, which Tom wailed on the harmonica and strutted all over the stage.
Tom said, “How about another acoustic song?” Tom and his band mates went back to the acoustic style and Savannah came back out to sing background vocals while they impressed the crowd with another Cinderella song, “Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)”. What made this special was half way through the song, the road crew and band members switched the acoustic set into an electric set while Savannah ran off the stage and the guys rocked out the remainder of the song in pure Cinderella fashion.
The rock kept going while they dove into another Cinderella classic, “Coming Home”. This is when the crowd really got into the show but then he took them to another level with “Shelter Me”. Tom strutted around and got the people singing, and then he and the band left the stage. Of course the crowd yelled for more, and more they got as the band members returned separately beginning with the keyboardist. The sounds from the keyboard were very familiar and it didn’t take me long to guess what song it was as the remaining players joined in on a Joe Cocker version of the Beatles song, “With A Little Help From My Friends”. Here was another fun surprise as Tom Keifer belted the song as the crowd cheered with approval. To sum it all up, the cover song of the night was Amazing!
Without stopping to talk, the band rocked right into the song that everyone was waiting to hear all night, “Gypsy Road”. From there the band members gathered together, joined hands, and bowed as Tom Keifer told the sold-out crowd thank you and goodnight. Everyone in the place was very pleased with the performance they just witnessed and I heard several people say they were looking forward to getting the new record when it comes out.
Brian Hasbrook and I gave it a Concert Blast Scale of 9.0. Since I’m a fan of Cinderella’s live show, I really wanted more Cinderella tunes such as “Nobody’s Fool” and “Heartbreak Station”, but I do realize it was a Tom Keifer solo show, so I should be happy with the extra songs we got. I saw Cinderella lead guitarist Jeff Labar in the crowd and it would have been nice to see he and Tom on the stage together, especially during the encore songs. Would I go see another Tom Keifer solo show again? Definitely… Tomorrow… and you should too!
Written by Mike Arnold