September 17, 2015
Gas Monkey Live!
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Michael Insuaste
Photos by Michael Insuaste
Tom Keifer Bringin' It On
Without a doubt there are certain voices in rock and roll today that are unmistakably and unforgettable. Tom Keifer, ex Cinderella frontman, has one of those mouthpieces and his screams he left behind at the Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill last September 17th are still ringing today!
Working his way through north Texas and making a stop in Dallas, Texas, Keifer and Crew laid down the law and for the next 90 minutes made us all remember what rock and roll is truly all about.
Kickin' off with "Fallin' Apart At The Seams" then right into "It's Not Enough" Tom embraced the crowd nicely for the ride to come. Keifer, in his wornout blue jeans & jacket with leather sleeves, sporting a ragged American flag on his back, strutted around the stage in true rock fashion and had the crowd just where he wanted them, in his hands with ears to the floor!
Reliving his fame from his early works with Cinderella, Tom laid into a few classic numbers "Somebody Save Me" and the crowd pleaser, "Shake Me" which gave the audience a taste of the past in a one-two punch. His voice was spot on and his band was tight!
After the high energy beginning, it was time to slow it down a bit with a few newer songs from his latest 2013 release The Way Life Goes. As an added touch, Keifer invited his wife, Savannah, to join him for a softer, much mellower tune "Ask Me Yesterday" which I believe she helped co-write. Quite a touching moment indeed to see Tom express such a loving connection with his woman by his side and his other love, the fans in the front. Best of both worlds.
At this point the show was rockin' and on solid ground. Mixing in the new with the old had the crowd on their feet and amused as he lead into more songs from his 80's hay day like "Nobody's Fool," "Night Songs" and "Shelter Me" from his 1991 Heartbreak Station LP.
Finishing his set, Keifer through in a few classic, timeless numbers, one by The Rolling Stones, "It's Only Rock And Roll," which was quite fitting, and another by The Beatles, "With A Little Help From My Friends" done Joe Cocker a la mode. His final song of the night was "Gypsy Road" which really spells out his career in a nutshell.
Tom Keifer has lived the life from cock rock metal to country gypsy rocka-roller and his music has proven their is life after midnight, or should I say Cinderella. One of the best high end shows on the road with a low end cost! Catch him live!