“In Concert” by Cinderella

Artist: Cinderella
Title: “In Concert”
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 3/29/2005
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: 3/5

Filmed during the band’s musical peak in 1991 while in performance on one of their “Heartbreak Station” shows; Cinderella is captured live in Detroit in front of a sold out crowd. By the time their third album had been released on the fans the band had become one of the more reliable standouts musically from the other L.A circuit “Hair Bands” around them. As expected, this concert finds Cinderella performing all of their hits of the day and as I watched this DVD I was reminded of how different the Hard Rock and Metal scene was at the time. “Hair Metal” as it had become referenced was slowly being edged aside by the Grunge Movement (or Seattle Sound) but by the look of this show you could see that Cinderella as one of the biggest bands of the day was not going quietly into that good night. Since this DVD is from a 1991 show there are certain limitations to the overall production in terms of lighting, sound and angles but overall there is enough good music here to make you look past that. It’s the kind of release that you cannot compare to the same that is delivered today with 18 different cameras used all over the theatres – this is a professionally shot concert that brings you seventeen of the bands best songs.

In 2006 the members of Cinderella are still together and tour when possible, and fans that lost track might be pleasantly surprised to know that they sound better today than they did in the beginning. The music Cinderella offered fans was good old-fashioned Rock & Roll, but it had a strong Blues twist to it. The raspy voice of Tom Kiefer was originally thought to be very close to that of ACDC’s Brian Johnson when they launched their career with “Shake Me”, but it was not long after that when the band came into their own and showed they had a lot to give to anyone who would listen. Kiefer, Coury, Brittingham and LaBar sure gave you their all with their music and this particular video shows just how much fun you would be able to have at one of their concerts.

I think this is why I enjoyed the release so much – even despite some of the sound misgivings that are present here. The main thing I took away from this release was how much fun a concert was back during this time in music history and I am not only talking about Cinderella. Most of the bands from the eighties and into the early nineties held big productions and the shows were big deals when you went to them. You never just went to a concert with a friend, and instead went en masse and hung out beforehand and long afterward. If you only slightly remember this then perhaps this DVD would be a great reminder for you. Those that remember the days of MTV playing videos will love this as well, for every track of note also had presence on the once video rich network. Radio also was the home for many of these songs so if anything this will take you back from start to finish.

Track Listing:
1. The More Things Change
2. Push Push
3. Sick For The Cure
4. Make Your Own Way
5. Night Songs
6. Back Home Again
7. Somebody Save Me
8. Heartbreak Station
9. Coming Home
10. Falling Apart At The Seams
11. Love’s Got Me Doing Time
12. Love Gone Bad
13. Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)
14. Nobody’s Fool
15. Gypsy Road
16. Shake Me
17. Shelter Me

Official Website: www.cinderella.net

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