Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cinderella - June 19, 2010

Other than Kix (, Cinderella was the best band at this year’s M3 Festival. It had been a long time since I had seen Cinderella live in concert, and I was excited about the prospect of them going on the main stage right before the Scorpions (with Warrant playing the second stage in between). Tom Keifer had been battling throat issues, which caused Cinderella to stop touring for the past couple of years. After surgery and recovery time, the band was back and in full form.

From the opening lines of Second Wind, I could tell that Cinderella was happy to be back on stage. They sounded superb. The music was excellent and Keifer’s voice was in exceptional form. Their performance sounded so great that I broke out in chills during the second song of their set, Push, Push.

Being limited to only an hour, Cinderella must have had a very tough choice in deciding the setlist. Some of the fan favorites were unfortunately left out due to time constraints. What’s a Cinderella concert without The Last Mile? Unfortunately, I had to find out. I understand though, it’s hard to please all the fans. However, I may have left Second Wind out and kept The Last Mile in, but the band didn’t ask me.

The songs that were played were incredible. Although Cinderella didn’t run around the stage like it was the 80s again, they still produced an intense set. Their focus was on execution of the music, and not so much on the stage show, which was all right by me. It’s the music that counts the most, and after years of not being able to hear Cinderella live, their time at M3 more than made up for the lost days.

The ballads of Heartbreak Station and Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Till It’s Gone) were well received by the fans and just plain fun to sing along with. The bigger hits in Nobody’s Fool and Gypsy Road went over extremely well. The fan favorite of Night Songs was an amazing experience. Basically, Cinderella was on that night! For Heartbreak Station, Tom introduced it as a song about a girl, a train, and some love gone bad. He then led us in a sing-along of Heartbreak Station – magnificent to all involved.

When Tom Keifer came out with a saxophone in his hand during Shelter Me, the crowd went wild. Keifer wailed on that sax like a long lost friend and played the solo note perfect. I was amazed at his ability on the wind instrument and thoroughly impressed with the band’s performance of Shelter Me. It was like hearing from a long lost friend and learning that he’s very successful.

There really was not one bad song (or filler) played during Cinderella’s condensed set. From the opening of Second Wind to the closing notes of Shake Me, Cinderella was a rock and roll band with class. They knew what they were doing on stage and their professionalism and grace made them one of the best acts at M3.

It’s great to see the band back together after having an uncertain future for so long (with Tom Keifer’s vocal surgery). I’m hopeful that Cinderella will tour on their own (as headliners) once their current tour with The Scorpions is over, but I understand that Keifer may need to take some time off to rest his vocal chords. Perhaps he can use that time to finally release his solo album that was finished 5 years ago.

Second Wind
Push, Push
Somebody Save Me
Night Songs
Falling Apart At The Seams
Heartbreak Station
Coming Home
Shelter Me
Nobody’s Fool
Gypsy Road
Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)
Shake Me

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