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Could There Be A CINDERELLA Reunion Without JEFF LABAR? FRED COURY Weighs In

In a brand new interview with the “Discuss Toomey” video podcast, Fred Coury was requested if there may ever be a CINDERELLA reunion with out guitarist Jeff LaBar. Jeff died final 12 months at his house in Nashville. He was 58 years outdated.

“We all the time mentioned that it is the 4 of us,” the drummer mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH>NET). “That is why you do not see Tom [Keifer, CINDERELLA frontman] on the market touring as CINDERELLA. As a result of it is actually his band — he can say what he desires. He can say [his current solo band] isCINDERELLA, nevertheless it’s not — it does not really feel prefer it, it does not sound prefer it, it does not appear like it. And we all the time mentioned it is the 4 of us.

“So, may there be one thing with out Jeff? I do not know,” Fred continued. “I believe it would be bizarre. We all the time say ‘by no means say by no means.’ However why? Why go do it? For who? The followers wish to see it, however then they’re all gonna miss Jeff. We’re gonna all the time look over at that aspect of the stage and we’re gonna miss Jeff. Our keyboard participant Gary [Corbett] died on the identical fricking day. So stage proper — gone. You look over and it is simply so… so wacky.

“So, I do not see it,” Coury added. “If one thing miraculous occurs and Slash [GUNS N’ ROSES] was, like, ‘I actually such as you guys and I wanna do one thing with you guys and it could be cool to do and let’s do a tribute [to Jeff]’ sort of factor, certain. However I do not suppose anyone has the time as nicely.”

Requested about the opportunity of CINDERELLA carrying on with Jeff‘s son Sebastian LaBar, who’s the guitar participant for the band TANTRIC, Fred mentioned: “Folks carry that up on a regular basis. He performs like him and he appears to be like like him and we have all watched him develop up. He is like all of our illegitimate stepchild. And we love the man; he is actually salt of the earth, as they are saying.”

Three months in the past, Keifer publicly mentioned LaBar‘s passing for the primary time throughout an look on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”. On the time, he mentioned: “I’ve gotta let you know, you are by no means actually prepared for that type of loss; you are not ready to listen to that type of factor. And everybody continues to be attempting to grieve and course of it. It is an emotional subject. Jeff was simply such a passionate, wonderful particular person, musician, human. He had an enormous coronary heart. And it was a troublesome one, man. It nonetheless is, for everyone.”

Tom continued: “Jeff and I had a extremely good relationship all through out profession. Clearly, in bands there’s occasions when you may have variations; that is a part of being in a band. It is true what individuals say about bands — that they are like a household, however, truthfully, it is like that and much more intense, as a result of there’s so many alternative sides that inform the dynamics between bands; every little thing from enterprise to creativity and every little thing in between. However regardless of any variations that we have had through the years, and the band basically, as I’ve all the time mentioned, we have by no means aired something like that.

Jeff and I had an incredible relationship,” Keifer repeated. “I liked Jeff — I actually did — and have so many nice reminiscences of our journey collectively. He was wonderful, and never simply what he contributed to the music. Jeff had such an incredible humorousness, and a few of my favourite reminiscences with Jeff are simply type of slicing up collectively on the bus. We had been each huge film followers and will quote just about all our favourite motion pictures. And we would sit within the entrance lounge and quote ‘Arthur’ and ‘The Large Lebowski’ and ‘Caddyshack’. He was only a actually passionate, actually enjoyable man to be round, and clearly, a tremendous performer. He was an enormous a part of CINDERELLA.

“Like I mentioned, you are by no means prepared for that. And everybody is absolutely truthfully… I am in contact with Eric [Brittingham, bass] and Fred usually — everyone near him — and we’re nonetheless attempting to course of it. We actually are.”

When host Eddie Trunk famous that CINDERELLA followers had been very supportive instantly after LaBar‘s passing, Tom mentioned: “That is all I noticed on-line — was actually, actually constructive, as a result of he projected that. He was a very good soul and a very good good friend to me. Clearly, whenever you’re in a band, you attempt to maintain one another up. And something that Jeff was going via in his life I’d attempt to have his again on, and he did the identical for me. Particularly once I had my voice challenges,” referencing his early ’90s battle with vocal wire paresis, a neurological situation on the left aspect of his voice field that nearly put an finish to Keifer‘s profession, “he was actually supportive. There was some extent the place I used to be simply at an all-time low earlier than I met [vocal coach] Ron Anderson. And I used to be so self-conscious about my voice that I did not need anybody within the rehearsal room once I was attempting to work via it. And I requested Jeff if he would simply are available and play guitar and let me sing, ‘trigger there was a lot mind energy [required] simply attempting to work via the vocal points that I could not even play the guitar and sing on the similar time. And he got here each day. It was simply me and him, and he simply performed the guitar and I sang the songs. And he heard plenty of actually dangerous issues come out of my mouth [laughs], and he would simply all the time have a look at me and say, ‘You are doing nice.’ And I all the time tried to return and have his again on… He had his challenges too.”

Together with his voice cracking with emotion, Keifer continued: “We had a very good relationship. We actually did. I liked him, and I do know in my coronary heart he liked me. And ultimately, that is what’s most necessary. And I’ve nice reminiscences of him they usually’re ceaselessly in my coronary heart. And I cherish them.”

Though CINDERELLA hasn’t launched a brand new studio album since 1994’s “Nonetheless Climbing”, the band began enjoying sporadic reveals once more in 2010 however has been largely inactive for the previous couple of years whereas Keifer targeted on his solo profession.

Again in 2016, LaBar accepted blame for CINDERELLA‘s extended interval of inactivity, explaining that his “consuming downside” triggered a rift between him and his bandmates. He advised “One other FN Podcast With Izzy Presley”: “I can solely speculate, however I consider it is all my fault. It is no secret that I’ve had a consuming downside. And it confirmed its ugly face on a kind of [cruises that CINDERELLA played]. I assume that is what triggered a rift… After I fell out on a kind of cruise ships in entrance of everyone — like, mainly O.D.’d — that is when the band, and principally Tom, took discover and was, like, ‘What the fuck?'”

Requested if he was sober on the time of the interview, LaBar mentioned: “No, I am not. Which is the issue. Which is in all probability the issue. Like I mentioned, I can solely speculate, as a result of I do not discuss to the opposite guys anymore. I discuss to Fred now and again. Eric [Brittingham, bass] lives 20 minutes from me. We have not talked recently, however Eric and I’ve been essentially the most constant of all my bandmates all through the previous 32 years. It is simply Tom and I that do not discuss anymore. And I can solely speculate that he is very upset and does not wanna see me die. He does not wanna witness me dying.”

LaBar went on to say that the touring way of life “fed [his] urge for food for partying… all the way in which again to the ’80s.” He defined: “I’ve a historical past. It isn’t simply these previous points. I’ve a historical past of consuming and cocaine… Within the ’80s, it was cocaine abuse. Within the ’90s, it was heroin. I went via each cliché part {that a} rock star may undergo. It simply wasn’t extremely publicized. I used to be arrested, I went via rehab, I did all of the issues MÖTLEY CRÜE did. I simply did not publicize it. I used to be MÖTLEY CRÜE and GUNS N’ ROSES all wrapped into one. As a band, we tried to cover our soiled laundry, and most of our soiled laundry was me. We did not attempt to cover it; we simply did not publicize it. We simply did not inform individuals. ‘Oh, yeah, Jeff‘s in rehab. Jeff‘s in jail. Jeff‘s in… no matter.’ We simply did not publicize it. We truly saved it to ourselves. It was our household. It was our household enterprise, and that is how we handled it.”

Even though he hadn’t spoken to Keifer for a few years previous to the “One other FN Podcast With Izzy Presley” interview, LaBar mentioned that he did not maintain a grudge in opposition to his longtime good friend and bandmate. “I perceive why he does not return my calls, and I do not blame him,” he mentioned. “I perceive. And hey, , he is been the foremost expertise of CINDERELLA all this time, and he deserves to be solo. Not deserves to be solo, however, , it was inevitable for him to go solo. He is simply a kind of guys — lead singer, predominant songwriter. It is inevitable that he ought to go solo and mainly dump [laughs], dump the useless weight.”

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