by Carol Anne Szel
He’s a hard rock bluesman with a tinge of country thrown in. Tom Keifer of Cinderella, the chart-topping rock band from the mid-1980s to late 90s, rocked the house at BB King’s in NYC on June 25 to a packed house mixture of dedicated followers and first time listeners who were all on their feet by the end of the night!
With an evening that started with Tom Keifer’s band circled mid-stage in the dark shadows as a ritual before the show, the minute the lights went up, Keifer bounced into the Cinderella tune “Once Around the Ride” and we were off to the races. With a voice that is beyond what it used to be, better than before he had a glitch of surgeries several years ago, Tom Keifer, dressed in black jeans and leather jacket, has a stage presence that is bold, sexy, determined, and powerful.
The SRO crowd sang the words to every song, from Cinderella’s hit albums “Night Songs,” “Long Cold Winter,” and “Heartbreak Station.” And as this well oiled band played on as Keifer hit every note spot on. His charisma had the patrons in a tizzy, old and new they had a sense of the rock and blues enormity that was before them.
Cinderella, first discovered by Gene Simmons to no avail, was then taken under the wing of rock mega-group Bon Jovi in 1985 and taken out on a sold out tour around the world opening up for their mentors and often stealing the show. They’ve gone multi-platinum, and Tom Keifer has certainly made known how that all happened with this night’s show out on his current nationwide tour.
From slowing it down to the poignant and pretty tune of love and despair, “Heartbreak Station,” through the fast paced and rocking tunes also from Cinderella “Somebody Save Me” and “Shake Me,” Keifer slowed it down when he brought out his singing/songwriting wife Savannah to sing “Ask Me Yesterday,” a tune from his 2013 music release “The Way Life Goes.”
He brought the house down when he performed his trio of hits to cell phone lights raised in place of lighters with fiery “Night Songs,” passionate “Coming Home,” and the beautiful “Shelter Me” before the encore. Ending the night off with the Stones “It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)” and The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends” that bled seamlessly into Prince’s “Purple Rain” in the encore, he hit all the right notes with the Cinderella song “Gypsy Road” to close the set and left a true rock and blues frontman dripping in sweat from an incredible night of music.
Once Around the Ride
It's Not Enough
The Flower Song
A Different Light
Somebody Save Me
Ask Me Yesterday
Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
With a Little Help from My Friends / Purple Rain