It’s been almost 6 months since the release of your first solo album The Way Life Goes and the reviews have been very positive both of the record itself and the shows in support of it. Was it a scary concept to go out and be just Tom Keifer having been a part of a band setting with Cinderella for all of your career up to this point?
Yes, there is a safe feeling being part of a band for that long. The thought of stepping outside of it and starting something new with each step that I took was a little nerve racking and something to get used to. It’s felt pretty natural so far. We worked so long on this record and have been real pleased with how it came out. It feels really good also to be out touring in support of it. It’s cool. But it did take a minute to get used to the idea. Read more
Cinderella, in their original line-up, just finished up a leg of The Scorpions farewell tour and are now out on some headlining dates. You can catch the full list of tour dates here and catch out our photos from their recent stop at the Club Casino in Hampton Beach, NH below.
July 15, 2010
Club Casino – Hampton Beach, NH
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
Interviewed by: Amanda Sixx
What is it you love about music?
Lisa:Letting my emotions out
Kris:I think rock and roll can save the world and the chicks are great.
Eric: You can turn it off whenever the fuck you want to.
Describe your music…
Eric: I dunno, Depends on if it’s a good night or bad night?
A good night..
Eric: oh it’s cool.
Kris: bluesy rock n roll, you know old school.
Lisa: Catchy rock n roll that has a lot of meaning to everybody in the band, because we all write, basically from the heart.
What was the moment you knew you wanted to be a musician?
Lisa: After i sat down behind my dad’s drum set, after his band rehearsal one day I sat down there and started screwing around and thought that’s what I want to do.
Kris:It’s probably when I saw The Song Remains The Same for the first time.
Lisa: oh really!
Eric:That was too long ago. I can’t remember when I didn’t want to be a musician.
Who were your influences starting out?
Lisa: Tommy Lee, Tommy Aldrich, Keith Smith, that’s all I remember.
Kris: I would say: Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley.
Lisa: Oh fuck I forgot Bonham.
Kris: Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley , a lot of Beatles.
Eric :Dung beetles, June beetles, Japanese beetles.
Is there anybody you are inspired by or listen to now?
Eric: Neil Diamond.
Kris: Clay Aiken, Ruben Studard, who’s the American Idol?
Eric: American Karaoke.
Kris: We all like the new bands, Breaking Benjamin, and bands like that. Nickelback, Hinder, Evanescence, all that kind of stuff, it’s cool, you know the modern stuff – Buckcherry, Saliva …
Lis: I even listen to Maroon 5 believe it or not!
What’s the best moment you have had together as a band?
Lisa: The night that we farted together.
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Kris: We were a six piece a one time, to know we could pull of a four piece.
Eric: We got rid of Jeff and we didn’t really need him and we were like wow!
Eric: Difference of opinion, he has his, we have ours.
Kris: And now a month later we are getting better gas mileage.
Eric: And the club owners have a smaller alcohol tab, it’s a win win situation, except for tonight, for some reason, I thinks it’s you guys, but anyhow.
What was the worst moment as a band?
Kris: Rock bottom I think was before Lisa was in the band, when we played in Albany, on the anniversary of 9/11 and we played to like three people and a couple of cockroaches.
Eric: The three people were three people from the opening band that were still there, so that was pretty bad.
Kris: When we were playing we weren’t sure if the bar was open.
Eric: we don’t play in that area now.
Kris: Especially on the anniversary of 9/11, that’s kind of a bad idea.
Eric: Yeah that kinda sucked.
Kris: Kind of like the Village People playing a biker bar.
If you could pick any musician living or dead to resurrect who would it be and why?
Lisa:Bonham, or Jesus.
Kris: first one that pops in mind would be John Lennon, I’d like to collaborate with him.
Eric: He died so long ago he’d look really bad, But he would still look better than Yoko Ono.
What is the biggest challenge working with your spouse?
What is it like to be a woman in rock? Have you been you been treated differently? If so how did you handle it?
Lisa: I hate this question. Everyone obviously thinks when they first see you, Oh, it’s a chick. This one time I was setting up my drums and this guy that actually was the promoter of the club didn’t realize and he was watching me set up. And thought I was a girlfriend, or a wife of the drummer and was like oh that’s so nice, oh look his girlfriend is setting up for him, and he heard me play said do you mind if I write that in my article and I was like I don’t give a shit whatever you say whatever you think write. Basically he said at first he just thought it’s a hot chick setting up and she’s going out with the drummer and then I heard her play and It just floored me. Of course you’re going to get that, because you’re a chick and they don’t think you are going to do as well as a guy, which is stupid because tits and a cock don’t make you play different, that’s the way I look at it, unless you have tits and a cock, they don’t make your playing any different.
Kris: Both if you have tits and a cock.
Lisa: You can have a third hand to hit your snare with your dick, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t bother me,I don’t really give a shit, I just do what I want to do anyway and play the way I want to play, it’s not to impress or do anything for anybody but myself.
Eric what’s the biggest difference coming from Cinderella to playing with the Naked Beggars?
Eric: I think it’s just we’re structured differently. Cinderella from it’s inception kind of evolved into a certain thing and it was not, god, it’s hard to say this, I’ll probably burn in hell for this, but it didn’t evolve into very much of a democracy. It kind of evolved into this is how it’s going to be. With this band we’ve been weeding that kind of crap out, were actually involved in something where everyone is equal and contributing and we are just having fun doing it. So Cinderella I think our goal was to get to a certain level and we did and once we got there, everybody had their fingers in the pie and guiding the way things go and with this band it kind of sucks that we haven’t gotten their yet but I think our journey to getting there is a much better path.
What’s next for you guys?
Eric: More driving many miles for no money.
Kris: Well were working on our third record.
Eric: It should have been done months ago, we started it last week, playing a lot of gigs and not making money.
Any parting words for your fans?
Lisa: Buy our next cd XXX!