considered a quintessential 80's hair band by many, made dressing up like
a guy from the King's entourage an art form. Cinderella originated
in Philadelphia in 1983 and was one of the most recognized metal bands
of the 80's, in part due to their extensive MTV air time.
Cinderella was formed by vocalist,
Tom Keifer, and bass player, Eric Brittingham. The original guitar
player, Michael Smerick, and drummer, Tony Destra, left Cinderella in
1985 to join the band Britny Fox. Before the release of their
first album, these two band positions were like a revolving door, but
new members were solidified in time for album cover photo shoot.
Cinderella's big break came when
Jon Bon Jovi saw them at The Empire Rock Club in Philly. They were
soon signed by Mercury/Polygram records and released
in 1986, which hit number 3 on the on the 1987 Billboard charts.
Over their formative years, Cinderella toured with bands like Poison,
David Lee Roth, Loudness, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Skid
Row, and Bon Jovi.
As the years went on, Cinderella's
sound tended towards a more bluesy sound. The album
Long Cold Winter
was released in 1988 and Heartbreak Station in 1990. In
1991, Tom Keifer had some medical issues with his vocal chords, which
delayed the release of their fourth album until 1994, Still Climbing.
This album got little recognition and the band was dropped by
Mercury/Polygram soon after.
Since their heyday, Cinderella has
re-surfaced from time to time by performing at some of the larger hair
metal mega-group reunion shows (Rocklahoma, Shiprocked) with bands like
Poison, Firehouse, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Warrant, Scorpions, and Lynch Mob.
At the time of this writing, the Cinderella Discography was as follows:1986: Night Songs
1988: Long Cold Winter
1990: Heartbreak Station
1994: Still Climbing