The much-anticipated Cinderella delivered to a sold out crowd at Revolution Live on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. The show is part of a 24-stop club tour after the three year band hiatus .
The band hasn’t done any live shows after lead singer Tom Keifer blew out his vocal chords and were forced to cancel tour dates in 2007. After his recovery, the band embarks on a sold-out North American tour in order to reconnect with their fans again. Usually part of the several “Rock Never Stops” summer tours, the band is touring solo this time. This is the delight of many fans who, like myself, are finally able to see Cinderella without having to sit through Poison for the one hundred time.
Local bands Kidd Havok and Rockets To Ruin opened the show. Havok’s lead singer Johnny B, told the audience several times how excited he was to be opening for Cinderella “What an honor!” he said several times during his repertoire.
As good as the bands were, the fans really couldn’t wait to see Cinderella. The minute the band stepped onstage, the 1000 fans that packed the tiny venue in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Revolution Live, cheered and applauded as the band kicked right in, into what would be a 2 hour set of their greatest hits.
“Ft. Laudedale, Florida its been a long time!” singer Tom Keifer told the audience as the fans cheered him on. He proceeded to sing “Last Train” as everyone sang in unisen.
Keifer didn’t strain his voice by singing as high-pitched as I’ve seen him done in the past, but he really gave it his all within limitations. God knows we don’t want anything happening to his vocal chords again. We will all kick ourselves if we have to wait another 3 or 4 years to see Cinderella live again.
The one thing I missed were the stage antics the band had. Not too long ago, Eric Brittingham and Jeff Labar would swing their instuments around their necks together, almost like an act. They would run and shake their booty all over the stage and provide hours of entertainment. It seems like the years caught up to them as they don’t do that at all, but just throw a smile here and there to the fans in the front row. The only one that seems to interact with fans with the same energy is Keifer.
“Night Songs,” “Push Push,” “Coming Home” were just one of the few songs that really highlighted the night. Closing with “Shake Me,” the band really did interact with the fans and seemed really happy to be performing live again. They were also one of the most greatful rockbands I have ever seen, thanking the fans over and over again for their love and support.
There are certain bands that you can just count on to seeing live every summer: Def Leppard, Motley Crue and we can only hope that Cinderella becomes a regular in my summer plans. That is certainly one of the bands that I will pay whatever money to see live because they are just as amazing as they come!