Jeff LaBar, Guitarist for 80s Glam Rock Band Cinderella, Dies at 58

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Jeff LaBar, guitarist with U.S. glam metal outfit Cinderella, died Wednesday (July 14), at the age of 58. The cause of death has yet been revealed. A statement from LaBar's surviving Cinderella bandmates confirms his passing. billboard.comCinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Dies at 58

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Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has died aged 58. The musician, who performed with the glam metal band from 1985 to 2017, was found dead on Wednesday (14 July) at his apartment in Nashville, Tennessee. The IndependentJeff LaBar death: Cinderella guitarist dies aged 58

Labar’s first wife, Gaile Labar-Bernhardt, told TMZ  that he was found dead Wednesday inside his Nashville apartment.

Labar joined the band in 1985, replacing original guitarist Michael Schermick. He played on all four of the band’s studio albums. The group’s first two albums, 1986’s Night Songs and 1988’s Long Cold Winter were both certified triple platinum for sales of over 3 million copies each. 

But as that era of hard partying hard rock ended, the Cinderella fortunes waned. They kept working, but broke up in the early 1990s. They reunited in 1996 and continued to perform, but stopped recording after the 1994 album Still Climbing.

The band was last seen in the 2014 “Monsters of Rock Cruise,” but again went on hiatus.

In addition to his work with Cinderella, Labar had a solo album, One For The Road. 

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Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar dies at 58 | EW.com

Entertainment Weekly News 15 July, 2021 - 09:50am

LaBar's son Sebastian announced the news on Wednesday with a heartfelt message and numerous photos of his father on Instagram.

"So i just got the call… @jefflabar , my father, my hero, my idol, passed away today. I'm currently at a loss for words. I love you pop! ❤️" he wrote, also imploring fans to "share pictures or video of all the fun times we all had with my dad. It would be greatly appreciated."

The musician's first wife told TMZ that he was found dead today in his apartment in Nashville and that the cause of death is currently unclear. Representatives for LaBar did not immediately respond to EW's request for confirmation.

In 1985, LaBar replaced Cinderella's original guitarist, Michael Schermick, right before the band recorded its debut album, Night Songs. Between their breakout single, "Nobody's Fool," and opening for Bon Jovi on tour, the band's first record ended up going triple platinum, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard 300. Another hit song, "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)," nabbed the group its highest Billboard Hot 100 placement at No. 12.

The band put out a total of four albums, with the last record, Still Climbing, issued in 1994. After a brief hiatus, Cinderella reunited in 1996 and continued to perform live but never released any more studio material.

LaBar also launched a solo career, releasing his debut record One for the Road in 2014. He also played in another outfit with his Cinderella bandmate Eric Brittingham called the Naked Beggars.

Cinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Dead at 58: He Was 'My Hero,' Says Son

PEOPLE 15 July, 2021 - 09:50am

LaBar's death was confirmed by his son Sebastian in a statement shared to Instagram on Wednesday, reading, "So i just got the call… @jefflabar , my father, my hero, my idol, passed away today."

"I'm currently at a loss for words," he continued, sharing photos of the musician through the years. "I love you pop!"

LaBar was found dead in his Nashville apartment on Wednesday, the musician's first wife Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt told TMZ.

No cause of death has been released.

LaBar joined Cinderella in 1985, replacing guitarist Michael Kelly Smith (né Michael Schermick) after he left the group to form Britny Fox.

Alongside founding members Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, LaBar released Cinderella's debut studio album, Night Songs, in 1986 after signing with Mercury Records.

The album, which featured the smash hit single "Nobody's Fool" and "Somebody Save Me," peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts and was certified double platinum a year following its release.

Cinderella saw equal commercial success with the 1988's Long Cold Winter, rising in the charts with singles like "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)," "The Last Mile" and "Coming Home."

The band put out two more albums — 1990's Heartbreak Station and 1994's Still Climbing — before going on hiatus in 1995.

However, Cinderella's break didn't last long and LaBar reunited with his bandmates a year later. Together, the group released the compilation album Once Upon A… in 1997.

In addition to his work in Cinderella, LaBar played guitar for Naked Beggars — which also featured Brittingham — and released a solo album titled One For The Road in 2014.

LaBar said during a 2016 interview with the Metal Edge Magazine's Another FN Podcast that he had was leaving the music industry behind him and had enrolled in a culinary arts associate degree program at The Art Institute of Tennessee.

"I'm pretty much done playing music," he explained. "I can't do it on a high-school level anymore. With Cinderella, we have crew, we have bus drivers, we have buses and trucks and all. I wake up, I go on stage, I do my thing. On the level that I've been doing it for the past few years, I just don't have it in me anymore. I can't travel in a van with trailers and [haul] my own gear until four in the morning. It's just too hard. I enjoy cooking more."

Jeff LaBar, guitarist of glam metal band Cinderella, has died aged 58

NME 15 July, 2021 - 09:11am

Jeff LaBar, the lead guitarist in Philadelphia glam metal band Cinderella, has died at age 58.

The news of LaBar’s passing was confirmed by his son Sebastian, who posted on Instagram: “My father, my hero, my idol, passed away today. I’m currently at a loss for words. I love you pop!” LaBar’s cause of death has not been made public at the time of writing.

Per Rolling Stone, LaBar’s bandmates in Cinderella have released a statement honouring the late guitarist, saying: “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.”

Born in Darby, Pennsylvania in 1963, LaBar joined Cinderella in 1985, replacing original guitarist Michael Schermick shortly before the band signed to Mercury/Polygram Records. He performed on all four of the group’s studio albums, starting with their 1986 debut ‘Night Songs’. The band’s best-known song, the power ballad ‘Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)’, was released 1988 and on the tracklist of their second album ‘Long Cold Winter’.

Cinderella broke up shortly after the release of their 1994 album ‘Still Climbing’, following which LaBar would support himself by running a pizza shop with his brother, and working various construction jobs. The band reformed in 1996, releasing a greatest hits compilation titled ‘Once Upon A…’ that year, and a live album titled ‘Live At The Key Club’ in 1999.

Though ‘Still Climbing’ remains their final full-length offering, the band continued to tour regularly throughout the 2000s and early 2010s, including a prolific co-headline run with Poison in 2006. Cinderella would officially call it quits in 2017.

LaBar also played in the Naked Beggars alongside Cinderella bandmate Eric Brittingham. Before leaving the fold in 2007, he released two albums with the Naked Beggars: their 2003 self-titled debut, and ‘Spit It Out’ in 2005.

LaBar released his solo debut, ‘One For The Road’, in 2014, touring it with Sebastian and Cain.

Among those who have paid tribute to LaBar include his former bandmate Jasmine Cain,  Slash, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet, and Jeff Soto. See those tributes below:

And here I am…posting something I was hoping to never have to post. My hero, supporter, and friend is gone. It caught me completely off guard today. I can't tell you what this guy meant to me. Long live, Jeff Labar. I miss him already. RIP pic.twitter.com/myHaCnR9LL

— Jasmine Cain (@jasminecainrock) July 15, 2021

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. He was always a gentleman & very kind. May God bless you Jeff & may God bless the LaBar family, friends & fans worldwide pic.twitter.com/QeR1va5rZT

— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) July 15, 2021

Only 58, gone way too soon!! pic.twitter.com/jt7gCqUpZs

— Jeff Scott Soto (@jeffscottsoto) July 15, 2021

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Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has died aged 58

The Independent 15 July, 2021 - 04:10am

Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has died aged 58.

The musician, who performed with the glam metal band from 1985 to 2017, was found dead on Wednesday (14 July) at his apartment in Nashville, Tennessee.

His body was discovered by his ex-wife Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt, who had gone to check on LaBar after he hadn’t been heard from for a few days.

No cause of death has been given.

A statement from the remaining members of Cinderella, Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham and Fred Coury, read: “Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff.

“The bind 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.”

LaBar’s son Sebastian, who plays guitar in the band Tantric, posted about his father’s death on Instagram, sharing photos of himself and the rocker.

“So i just got the call… @jefflabar , my father, my hero, my idol, passed away today,” Sebastian wrote.

“I’m currently at a loss for words. I love you pop! If you could, please share pictures or video of all the fun times we all had with my dad. It would be greatly appreciated.”

LaBar replaced Cinderella’s original guitarist Michael Schermick in 1985, performing with the band into the late 2010s.

From L-R: Cinderella’s Tom Kieffer, Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar and Fred Coury in 1987

The “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” group toured with bands including Bon Jovi and Poison and released four studio albums together in the 1980s and 1990s.

LaBar released his first solo album One for the Road in 2014.

He is survived by his wife Debinique and son Sebastian.

From L-R: Cinderella’s Tom Kieffer, Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar and Fred Coury in 1987

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