Cinderellais a rock band which was most recognized in the 1980's and 1990's. The group played blues type hard rock and also glam metal music. The group has sold over 18 million albums so far, worldwide. The band was formed in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania in 1982 by Tom Keifer (singer, songwriter, guitar and keyboard player), and Eric Brittingham (bass guitar player). Other members recruited into the group were Michael Smerick (guitar player) and Tony Destra (drummer). Tony left the group in 1985 and formed the band called Brittany Fox in 1985.
Cinderella received their break when they were noticed by Bon Jovi at the Empire Rock Club in Philadelphia. Bon Jovi suggested to the band that his A&R representative see them perform. They signed a recording contract with Mercury/Polygram Records in 1985. Jeff LaBar (guitar player) and Jim Drnec (drummer) also joined the group.
The band released their debut album called Night Songs, in 1986. Drummer Jody Cortez replaced drummer Jim Drnec because Drnec was to hard to work with. While still recording the album, Fred Coury (drummer) replaced Jody Cortez in time to get on the cover of the album and to tour with the band. The album received triple platinum status and it sold over 50 thousand copies per week for a while.
Cinderella toured with the band Poison in 1986 and they opened for the Japanese band called Loudness. This band played heavy metal style music. The group also spent 5 months performing an opening act for David Lee Roth (former Van Halen frontman), and opened for seven months for Bon Jovi on his Slippery When Wet tour in 1987. The band toured around the world in countries such as Germany, England, Japan and Scandinavia.
The group released their second album, Long Cold Winter, in 1988. A tour to promote the album lasted 14 months. They performed along with Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and Skid Row. They released their 3rd album, Heartbreak Station, in 1990. The release of their fourth album, in 1991, Still Climbing, was delayed because Keifer lost his voice and had to undergo several surgeries on his vocal chords. The album did not receive much attention and the band split up in 1995.
Cinderella reunited in 1997 and toured the U. S. The following year. Mercury Records released a compilation of their greatest hits. The group toured again in 2000 and 2002. They also signed with Portrait/ Sony records at about this same time but were dropped before a new album could be released. The band toured again in 2006 with the group called Poison. Both groups celebrated their 20th anniversary of their debut albums. Cinderella has plans to tour again in 2008.
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