25 Years of Cinderella in the Shadows of the Castle

One of the 1980’s premiere Hair Bands made a return to Orlando’s House of Blues on Saturday night, as they celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their hugely successful debut album “Night Songs.”

I remember stumbling across them in a local Philly club in the mid-eighties and thinking they did not have much of a future. Jon Bon Jovi saw them shortly afterwards and saw the talent, and over the years they’ve sold millions of albums, and packed a slew of arenas.

Tom Keifer, is clearly still the heart and soul of this Philadelphia area quintet. His vocals were fantastic. He’s gone through two difficult surgeries on his vocal chords including one just 5 years ago, but you’d never know by listening to him. His distinctive voice is still powerful, and he hit every note perfectly.

Keifer also showed off his musicianship throughout the evening, playing an assortment of guitars, as well as they keyboards and piano. While he played impressive leads and solos, the rest of the band didn’t really shine. They were all adequate, but no one really stood out and sounded good, despite the majority of them being original members.

“Heartbreak Station” featured drummer Fred Koury stepping up front to share the vocals, and Keifer playing a slide guitar solo. During “The More Things Change, Keifer and guitarist Jeff LeBar traded off the lead and seemed to be having some fun on stage.  The highlight for me was Keifer sliding behind the piano for one of their biggest hits “Don’t Know What You Got.”

Overall, the show was good, although brief. They played the exact same set list that they’ve been rolling out nightly throughout this tour, and the show seemed a bit devoid of energy.

The set list featured 11 songs, and clocked in at a meager 57 minutes, and they followed that with a ten minute encore which closed with a smoking version of “Shelter Me.” Overall, the song selection was excellent and a diverse sampling of their catalog, both metal hits and bluesy rockers.

Here’s the Setlist:

  • Once Around the Ride
  • Shake Me
  • Heartbreak Station
  • Somebody Save Me
  • Night Songs
  • The More Things Change
  • Second Wind
  • Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)
  • Nobody’s Fool
  • Gypsy Road

Encore:

  • Long Cold Winter
  • Shelter Me
Here’s a link to a small snippet of “Nobody’s Fool.”

The evening opened with an acoustic set from rock and roll nomad John Corabi. Corabi’s voice sounded great and he interacted with the crowd throughout, and was a very nice surprise. His set was highlighted by an abbreviated version of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” reprising his role as the group’s lead singer he held for 15 minutes in the mid-nineties. He closed with a fantastic cover of The Beatles “Oh! Darling” that featured the full range of his powerful voice.

3 thoughts on “25 Years of Cinderella in the Shadows of the Castle”

  1. Attended the Cinderella 25th Anniversary tour at House of Blues last night (7-30). Nice to see a packed house at HOB. Pretty much all areas of HOB were packed with people. The age range was between 18-50 but more on the 50 side. Typical Cinderella show, ears are still ringing. The main thing I noticed was the the lead singer was the band. Not much from the supporting crew. The drummer, keyboard, bass and lead guitars didn’t add anything to the show. For the price of the ticket 38.00, they only played 11 songs and it lasted about 1 hour 10 minutes. I do think they blew one of their speakers on the encore because there was a loud hum at the end of it. The sound board should have done better because there was plenty of time that I could not understand the words. But after 25 years, they still were rockers……Luc

  2. I was quite impressed with Tom Keifer’s voice and the high pitches he was able to achieve. The guitarist added a bit of flavor to the concert as well in my opinion! I was disappointed in the length of their performance, but overall thought they rocked the house!!!

Share your thoughts, we'd love to hear...