Photo: Jeff LaBar (from YouTube) Jeffrey Philip LaBar (March 18, 1963 – July 14, 2021) was an American guitarist most famous for playing in the glam metal band Cinderella, in which he replaced original guitarist Michael Schermick.
During Cinderella’s temporary break-up in the mid-1990s, LaBar supported himself by running a pizza shop with his brother and by doing assorted construction jobs.
LaBar was also in a side band with Cinderella bandmate Eric Brittingham called Naked Beggars. In April 2007 LaBar and his wife parted ways with Naked Beggars. They hosted an internet radio show “Late Night with the LaBar’s” on http://www.realityradio.biz.
In 2012, LaBar and Cinderella completed their 20th anniversary tour with fellow rock veterans Poison, who were also celebrating 20 years in the business.
LaBar’s debut solo record “One For The Road” was released August 2014. Jeff toured in support of his solo record with his son Sebastian and Jasmine Cain.
In an interview from 2016, LaBar admitted to having a substance abuse problem with alcohol for years, and blamed the substance abuse for Cinderella’s inactivity.
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LaBar died on July 14, 2021, at the age of 58.
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Jeff LaBar, Guitarist for 80s Glam Rock Band Cinderella, Dies at 58
By Samson Amore, The Wrap | Jeff LaBar, guitarist and vocalist for glam metal band Cinderella, died July 14. He was 58 years old.
LaBar’s son, Sebastian LaBar, confirmed the news in an Instagram post Wednesday evening. Sebastian said, “So I just got the call… @jefflabar , my father, my hero, my idol, passed away today. I’m currently at a loss for words. I love you pop! If you could, please share pictures or video of all the fun times we all had with my dad. It would be greatly appreciated.”
LaBar’s first wife Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt told TMZ that LaBar was found dead in his Nashville apartment but didn’t specify a cause of death. TMZ reported that LaBar-Bernhardt went to check on LaBar because he had “one off the grid the past few days, with friends and family unable to reach him,” and then found him dead.
LaBar joined Cinderella in 1985, three years after the band was founded by lead vocalist Tom Keifer in Philadelphia. He was a key component in the band’s 1986 debut record “Night Sounds,” which sold over 3 million copies and was certified triple platinum by 1991.
Within a year of releasing, “Night Sounds” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts — and to this day, it’s still cited as one of the best albums to come out of the hair metal era.
Cinderella cut their teeth opening for Jon Bon Jovi, who was on the same label at Mercury Records, and Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth. The band’s biggest hit songs included s “Nobody’s Fool” and “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).”
Cinderella never officially broke up, but they stopped releasing new music by 1994. They’ve reunited a couple of times with LaBar, including in 2012 for a reunion tour with Poison and most recently in 2017. In the meantime, LaBar was in another band he co-founded called Naked Beggars and released “One For the Road,” a solo record he dropped in 2014.
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
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14: Flores El Gaditano, 99, Spanish flamenco singer; *Jeff LaBar, 58, American rock guitarist (Cinderella).
13: Brother Resistance, 66–67, Trinidadian rhythm poet and musician; Joan Parets Serra, 81, Spanish priest and musicologist.
12: Sandra Timmerman, 57, Dutch model (Playboy), singer and stage actress.
11: Murali Sithara, 66, Indian composer and music director, hanged; Sound Sultan, 44, Nigerian rapper, AITL.
10: Esther Béjarano, 96, German singer (Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz) and Holocaust survivor, co-founder of the International Auschwitz Committee; Byron Berline, 77, American fiddler; Chris Hutka, American punk rock vocalist (The Bunny the Bear); KTS Dre, 31, American rapper, shot.
9: Andy Williams, 49, American drummer (Casting Crowns), traffic collision.
8: Indian Red Boy, 21, American rapper, shot;
7: Robert Downey Sr., 85, American film director (Putney Swope, Up the Academy) and actor (To Live and Die in L.A.), complications from Parkinson’s disease.