CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer recently spoke with Jesse Bruce of 93.1 WMPA‘s “In The Basement With Jesse Bruce”.
On his new album, “Rise”:
Tom: “Stylistically, it’s hard rock — blues-inspired hard rock like I’ve always written, kind of a straight-ahead, driving rock record with all the same kind of dynamics that I’ve always had on records that I’ve been involved with in the past — ballads and acoustic songs, as well as very heavy songs. There’s a lot of variety, but it’s all in the same style of what I’ve done for years. I just call it rock music.”
Tom: “I don’t have any regrets. We worked with an amazing producer; I’m proud of the records that we made; I’m still proud of the songs, and I still play them all live. I guess if I wasn’t proud of them, I wouldn’t. [laughs]
“I still enjoy playing all of those with my band and the fans still love them. The era got kind of pegged with a particular look and a label, and you go back and look at anyone’s yearbook picture and kind of have a laugh. Obviously, there’s some pictures you cringe at here or there, but for the most part, that’s what was going on at the time — that was the look of the day.
I think the ’80s were an extension of the glam rock that all the artists in the ’80s grew up on. I was influenced not just musically, but visually too — by [Mick] Jagger and Janis Joplin and Rod Stewart and AEROSMITH… I think in the ’80s, it was just kind of that on steroids. It was the flavor of the decade, and I feel like we grew out of it. I think we matured, and our look and sound, production and all kind of grew. I think that’s what you need to do as an artist. I think we evolved from day one — we just kept evolving.”