Glam metal lives on! With the big hair and eyeliner to match! Last night at the OC Fair, Cinderella (rockin’ out for more than 25 years) and their original line-up graced the stage of Pacific Amphitheater on Friday, August 3, 2012. Tom Keifer (vocals, guitar), Eric Brittingham (bass), Jeff LaBar (guitar) and Fred Coury (drums).
Opening the show was Sebastian Bach with nothing less than a great performance! Playing “Slave To the Grind,” “I Remember You”, and “18 and Life”, 80’s hairband fans rocked out in classic headbanger fashion. One special fan got extra attention from Bach when he held up a piece of paper that read “thank you.” Bach took the paper from the fan’s hand and said, “No, thank you for taking the time and extra effort to make this sign!” Awe Sebastian, we can always count on you for sarcasm.
Classic Cinderella doing their glam metal blue rock thing with front man Tom Keifer’s vocals hasn’t changed a bit. Rockin’ their tight leather garb, I felt like I was back in the 80’s listening to the songs on MTV when I closed my eyes. Their set spanned through all four of their records, including their biggest hits. What’s a Cinderella concert without “Don’t Know What You Got (Till it’s Gone)” and my favorite “Nobody’s Fool.”
Cinderella displayed their musical talent with a creative instrumental line-up in addition to their classic pieces to include harmonica, and sax and piano. Tom Keifer showed off his skills on the sax, switched back to guitar and then opened a new track with a dramatic dark and spot-lighted solo intro on the piano. He then stood up, back to guitar and front stage lead in a seamless transition.
The stage was in full effect neon greens, purples and ultra bright fuchsia lighting up the stage and making the crowd scream. One shirtless fan got a little too pumped up and rushed the stage and Tom Keifer. He was soon tackled by two sumo wrestler lookin’ body guards who struggled to tackle him to the ground and dragged him off stage! Breathless with black sweaty rocker hair, they finished their set but then quickly came out for an encore with two last songs to please the crowd and close the night.
This glam rock show was nothing short of a flashback to the great days of teased bangs and tight jeans, and left the crowd on “Gypsy Road” and back to 2012 OC reality.
Tons of on-lookers, groupies, families and freaks gathered together today to witness legendary rocker Slash honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday July 10, 2012. This makes Slash the first Guns N’ Roses band member to receive this honor and it is the 2,473rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
Charlie Sheen, a close friend of Slash, was there to pay tribute to the rocker and to poke some fun at Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose. Charlie Sheen said to the audience “It’s quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on… This star is going to be stepped on more than the coke we did in the ’80s.”
As much fun as it was standing in the 100 degree weather watching Slash and Charlie shoot the shit, I was waiting in anticipation for the KLOS after party inside the Hard Rock Hotel! This is where the fun began! Slash played an acoustic set with Myles Kennedy who is now the front man for Slash’s solo tour! Kennedy’s voice was amazing! Very rock n roll! The dynamic duo played a couple Velvet Revolver songs and a couple GNR songs. Surprise guest Steven Adler (former GNR drummer) hopped on stage to sing along to “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Everyone was digging it! The crowd was clapping and singing along to the lyrics.
After their set you would have thought they were finished and it would have been time to go home, but no way, Slash was feeling extra generous today and surprised the crowd with an unofficial meet and greet. I was super excited and wish I knew before hand so I could have brought a GNR CD cover or something. Instead I whipped out my suede wallet and had Slash and Myle’s Kennedy sign that! Good enough for now. I am sure I will meet Slash again one day and I will be prepared!
Today was a great day in Rock N Roll history! -Raquel