Cinderella’s only UK date for their 25th Anniversary tour was always going to be a cause for excitement!
Cinderella took to the stage with a massive cheer but with an odd choice to open their set – "Once Upon A Time". However, when they launched into "Shake Me" the venue erupted as Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham, Fred Coury and Jeff Lebar – the classic Cinderella line up – took the crowd back in time 20 years.
The quartet went from strength to strength as the evening went on, pleasing the crowd by playing their back catalogue of hits including "Heartbreak Station", "Gypsy Road", "Save Me" and "Long Cold Winter". Worries about Tom Keifer’s voice were quickly set aside as his trademark gravelly tone filled the venue and never deteriorated for the duration of a short yet sweet 85-minute set.
Cinderella were a band that came out of the 80s hair metal scene with their musical integrity intact – pigeonholed at the time into the Sunset Strip glam rock movement. But they always boasted the talent to stand out as a more bluesy alternative to their sleazier counterparts.
And in 2011 Cinderella continue to display this love of the blues and this set featured live slide guitar for "The More Things Change" and piano for one of the highlights of the evening "Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)". They rounded off their night with an encore of "Nobody’s Fool" and left the crowd hoping that this is a new era for Cinderella – free from health issues and with the hope of new material and a full UK tour to come.
London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, June 25th 2011 - great fan-filmed footage: