Cinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Reportedly Dead at 58


Ultimate Classic Rock 14 July, 2021 - 08:05pm 22 views

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Jeff LaBar, best known as the guitarist for glam metal band Cinderella, has died. His son Sebastian confirmed the news on Wednesday via a social media post. He was 58. The cause of death was not disclosed. Rolling StoneCinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Dead at 58

Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has reportedly died of unknown causes at the age of 58.

The news was broken by his son Sebastian, guitarist for the band Tantric. "So I just got the call… Jeff LaBar, my father, my hero, my idol, passed away today," he wrote on Instagram. "I’m currently at a loss for words."

LaBar joined Cinderella in 1985 and played on all four of their studio albums, including their 1986 debut Night Songs and 1988's Long Cold Winter, both of which sold over three million copies.

After the release of 1994's Still Climbing, the band entered a long period of fitful activity, with recurring vocal issues for frontman Tom Keifer and record label troubles keeping them from recording another studio album. Their last major tour took place in 2012. LaBar released a solo album, One for the Road, in 2014.

In a 2016 appearance on Another FN Podcast with Izzy Presley (as reported by Blabbermouth), LaBar theorized that his substance abuse problems had prevented a Cinderella reunion. "I can only speculate, but I believe it's all my fault. It's no secret that I've had a drinking problem. And it showed its ugly face on one of those [cruises that Cinderella played]. I guess that's what caused a rift… When I fell out on one of those cruise ships in front of everybody — like, basically O.D.'d — that's when the band, and mostly Tom, took notice and was, like, 'What the fuck?'"

After explaining that he was at least in semi-regular contact with drummer Fred Coury and bassist Eric Brittingham, LaBar stated, "It's just Tom and I that don't talk anymore. And I can only speculate that he's very disappointed and doesn't wanna see me die. He doesn't wanna witness me dying."

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Cinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Dead At 58

Stereogum 15 July, 2021 - 02:07am

LaBar was born in Darby, Pennsylvania in 1963. In 1985 he joined Cinderella, replacing founding guitarist Michael Schermick, just as the band was signing to Mercury/Polygram. The following year’s debut album Night Songs made them burgeoning stars in the hair metal scene, spinning off hits like “Nobody’s Fool” and leading to tour dates with the likes of Poison, David Lee Roth, and Bon Jovi. The band’s sound, concisely summed up by Apple Music as “AC/DC meets the Faces,” made good use of singer Tom Keifer’s high-pitched growl.

1988’s Long Cold Winter continued Cinderella’s upward trajectory; in addition to introducing the blues-rock sound that would come to define the band’s later years, the album launched their signature power ballad “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone),” which became their highest-charting single at #12 on the Hot 100. Two more albums followed in 1990 and 1994, but vocal cord issues for Keifer and a swing in public taste away from Cinderella’s style of rock music led to a hiatus in 1995.

The hiatus did not last long. In 1996, Cinderella began a second act that would continue in fits and starts until LaBar’s death. He also began pursuing side projects including Naked Beggars and Cheap Thrill. In 2014, he released his debut solo album One For The Road, on which he played every instrument but drums. In recent years LaBar suggested in interviews that Cinderella’s inactivity is due to his own problems with alcohol and drug abuse.

Below, check out a survey of LaBar’s career in music.

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Cinderella pay tribute to late guitarist Jeff LaBar

Louder 15 July, 2021 - 01:09am

The members of Cinderella and other musicians have paid tribute to guitarist Jeff LaBar, who has died at the age of 58

In a statement, Tom Kiefer, Eric Brittingham and Fred Coury say, "Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff. The bond between us over decades of creating music and touring the world is something that we as a band uniquely shared. Those memories with Jeff will be forever alive in our hearts. It’s unimaginable that one of our band brothers has left us. We’re sending his wife Debinique, his son Sebastian, family, and friends our deepest condolences. 

"Jeff’s memory and music will be with us forever. We all... band, family and management appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love. Rest In Peace Jeff."   

Other musicians to pay tribute to LaBar included Stryper's Michael Sweet, who posted, "I’m deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Jeff LaBar. I had the honor of meeting Jeff multiple times when he would attend our shows in Nashville, Tn.

Todd Kerns, bassist with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, wrote, "Very sorry to hear about the passing of Jeff LaBar. The 1st Cinderella album had a major impact on me. I was lucky enough to play with Jeff a number of times. He was the best and he will be dearly missed."

Former Motley Crue and Dead Daisies singer John Corabi wrote, "Just heard that my pal and Philadelphia Eagles compadre Jeff LaBar passed away today! This is a tough one! A great guitar player, Dad, and a incredibly sweet funny guy! Rest In Peace buddy!"

Other stars paying tribute included singer Jeff Scott Soto, who tweeted, "RIP Jeff Labar - Cinderella Only 58, gone way too soon!", Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, who wrote, "Blown away hearing about Jeff LaBar. I can’t count the amount of shows we all did together with Cinderella and Poison. Rest In Peace my Brother," and Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter, who simply tweeted, "Gone too soon. RIP Jeff LaBar." 

A cause of death has not yet been announced.

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