Hair Metal Icon Reveals Why His Life Fell Apart When Grunge Exploded

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Meltdown of the WRIF radio station recently conducted an interview with Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer, and he discussed how his life changed when Grunge hit it big back in the 90’s.

Before Grunge came along, “things were really kind of heading in the right direction for us, if you will,” Tom said.
“Actually, we started headlining on… [On 1988’s] ‘Long Cold Winter’ [album], we did some support slots for AC/DC and Judas Priest, and then we went into a pretty big headline tour for that record and then straight into another headline tour on ‘Heartbreak Station.’

At the same time that [grunge came into the picture], the whole music scene changed and there was this changing of the guard of the new music and kind of out ‘out with the old and in with the new,’ at the same time that that was going on, I was actually starting to experience vocal problems, with a partially paralyzed vocal cord, right around the same time.

So the ’90s was not a joyride for me for both those reasons, because the career was on shaky ground as a result of the music scene changing and, at the same time, my instrument had been taken away from me by a neurological condition that I was told there was no cure for and that I would never sing again. So, yeah, [it was] a crazy time, and [I’ve] been really fighting and struggling and crawling back ever since, particularly with the voice, trying to fix that problem, which was a retraining process. It’s taken years.”