Tom Keifer is back on the road after a health scare forced him to cancel a concert in Pennsylvania a couple weeks ago. He is also out supporting a just released expanded version of his solo album “The Way Life Goes”. Saturday night October 28 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO the fans were not “tricked” but treated to a hell of a rock and roll Halloween party.
Rock guitar goddess Lita Ford opened the party is fine fashion jumping right into “Gotta Let Go” from her 1984 solo album Dancing’ On The Edge. Although Ford is not promoting any new music she spoke about her published autobiography released last year which tied into two songs from her last album “Living Like A Runaway” and “Relentless”. Backed by some great musicians (Marty O’Brien – bass, Bobby Rock – drums, Patrick Kennison – guitar), Ford pleased the ghosts and goblins in attendance playing a nice mix of songs that included the grammy nominated “Cherry Bomb” from the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie and songs from her solo career. One of the highlights was when she played “Close My Eyes Forever”. Instead of Ozzy Osbourne on the male vocals, guitarist Patrick Kennison sang his vocal parts and Ford would blend hers in for a beautiful rendition of the mega hit.
Tom Keifer would continue the party and as his band filed onstage one by one then collectively exploded into the set opener “Still Climbing” from Cinderella’s album from 1994. Using their haunted attitude shuffle the band treated the fans to a nice mix of scary treats from Tom’s solo album, Cinderella candy favorites, and cover gems. Tom’s raspy bluesy voice is recognizable and sounded incredible singing Cinderella’s hits including “Somebody Save Me” and “Shake Me” and even his solo songs “The Way Life Goes”, and “Solid Ground”. One the highlights was when a mini piano was brought out and Tom sat and sang the huge ballad hits “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” and “Nobody’s Fools” with the help of a singing crowd. A lot of fans and media are always asking him if the members of Cinderella would ever reunite and tour again but after hearing Tom and his band those thoughts are erased. The backing band is fantastic and features his wife Savannah Keifer on background vocals, Tony Higbee on guitars, Billy Mercer on bass, Kendra Chantell on vocals, Jarred Pope on drums, and Kory Myers on keyboards. To close out the night Keifer would play a nice rendition of the classic Beatles song “With A Little Help From My Friends” then closing with “Gypsy Road”. Tom was very gracious and promised to bring another scary rock and roll party back soon.