Tom Keifer “Shakes” Louisville with a great evening of old-school rock-n-roll with support from locals rockers Wyld Ryde.
Despite Tom Keifer and his band’s proximity to Louisville (being based out of Music City, USA -Aka Nashville, TN) it has been more than 5 years since Tom last played Louisville. The point was not lost on eager fans who were lined up at the doors of The Mercury Ballroom well before their opening anxious to roll back time with familiar songs from Cinderella. Tom Keifer is on tour in support of his recent solo album Rise, released in the fall of last year, along with the second single from the Rise album. “Hype,” which was released more recently. As reference, Tom Keifer’s first solo album titled The Way Life Goes was released back in 2013.
A loud roar greets Tom as they gather in front of the illuminated drum set and the stage length #KeiferBand backdrop. It was literally the last moment of “calm before the storm” as the stage lights came up and the band launched into their opening song “Touching The Devine” from the Rise Album. Hesitating only to change guitars Tom rockets into the first pair of Cinderella songs of the evening “Night Songs” and “Coming Home” and has the whole venue singing at the top of their lungs.
If there was ever a recipe for how the quintessential rocker would look and feel on stage, you could probably only have look to Tom Keifer. With his long, black hair, necklaces, bracelets on each wrist, long flowing scarf, lightly torn black jacket and pants, a guitar slung over his shoulder and his signature high pitch gravely voice rolling through classic Cinderella songs like “Somebody Save Me,” “Nobody’s Fool,” and “Fallin’ Apart at the Seams” Louisvillians were transported back to a time where real rock n’ roll was king.
Now center stage at the piano, Tom treats us to a fiery rendition of the title track, “Rise” from the new album with the aforementioned single “Hype” that is sure to be an instant fan favorite. While a pair of songs from The Way Life Goes album, “It’s Not Enough” and the bluesy rocker “Solid Ground” were also featured during the set, the evening’s biggest cheers came from the Cinderella hits that came pouring from the stage.
It was not surprising that the energy in the room noticeably increased when Tom, accompanied center stage by his wife Savannah at the piano, sang the popular Cinderella classic “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” but the whole crowd erupted when “Shake Me” and “Shelter Me” closed out the main set in rapid-fire order.
Tom Keifer and band closed out a fantastic evening of real, honest rock and roll with “Long Cold Winter,” “The Death of Me” from the Rise album and finally the mega-hit from the Cinderella era “Gypsy Road” putting a giant exclamation point on a great evening of music.
Tom Keifer’s band consists of Tom’s wife Savannah Keifer (vocals, percussion, piano), Tony Higbee (guitar, vocal), Billy Mercer (bass guitar, vocals), Kendra Chantelle (vocals, percussion), Jarred Pope (drums, vocals) and Kary Myers (keyboards, vocals).
Louisville rockers Wyld Ryde opened the evening with a hard-driving set of original songs. With an hour-long set at their disposal, the guys could let their hair down a little and debut a few new songs including “Alone” and feature a smoking solo from guitarist Tommy Blitz early in the set.
Wyld Ryde is supporting their debut EP City Streets, which was released mid last year, by performing all of the songs from the EP including “Something to Hide” before wrapping up their time on stage with a scorching rendition of “Six Gun Shooter”. Along with guitarist Tommy Blitz, Wyld Ryde features dynamic frontman Chief on vocals and guitar, bassist Mick Watkins and drummer Michael Kidd.