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.
The musician’s son first shared news of the death on Instagram Wednesday. “So i just got the call… Jeff LaBar, 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.”
TMZ reported that LaBar’s first wife, Gaile LaBar-Bernhardt, told the outlet she had found the musician dead Wednesday inside his apartment in Nashville after no one had been able to reach him for several days.
“Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff,” former Cinderella band members Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham and Fred Coury said in a joint statement. “The bond between us over decades of creating music and touring the world is something that we as a band uniquely shared. Those memories with Jeff will be forever alive in our hearts. It’s unimaginable that one of our band brothers has left us. We’re sending his wife Debinique, his son Sebastian, family, and friends our deepest condolences. Jeff’s memory and music will be with us forever. We all — band, family and management — appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love.”
Cinderella was an American rock band formed in 1982 from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy MTV rotation. Cinderella initially had a heavy metal and glam metal sound before shifting into a more hard rock and blues rock based sound. By the mid-1990s, the band’s popularity declined severely due to personal setbacks, break-ups, and changes in the music industry. After a brief hiatus, Cinderella reunited in 1996 and continued to perform live, but never released any studio material after their 1994 album Still Climbing. The band has sold 15 million records worldwide, according to Tom Keifer’s official website. After participating in the 2014 “Monsters of Rock Cruise”, Cinderella again became inactive. In November 2017, Keifer stated that the band will not be reforming.
January 14 – Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР (Back in the USSR) exclusively in the USSR. Bootleg copies sell for as much as US$1,000 in the United States. January 23 – James Brown is sentenced in Georgia, USA, to six years in jail in connection with a police chase through two different states. January 25 – Madonna files for divorce from Sean Penn after three-and-a-half years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. January 27 – Michael Jackson ends the Bad World Tour in Los Angeles, USA. February 12 Roy Orbison joins Elvis Presley as the only singers to ever simultaneously have two top 5 albums on the Billboard charts. Tiny Tim launches an unsuccessful campaign to be elected mayor of New York City, USA. February 17 – Whitesnake’s David Coverdale marries Tawny Kitaen. March 21 – Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” music video, taped in late December 1988, attracts criticism for its use of Catholic Church iconography and for the use of cross burning imagery, but also garners praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith. Pepsi drops Madonna as a spokesperson out of fear the video will cause religious groups to boycott the company. April 9 – The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman announces that he will marry 19-year-old Mandy Smith, his girlfriend for six years. April 12 – Michael Jackson is named “King of Pop” after receiving the Soul Train Heritage Awards. April 28 – Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. May 1 – California, USA jewelry store employees called the police reporting a suspicious person hanging around their store. The person turns out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise. July 9 – All four original members of The Monkees reunite in Los Angeles, USA, for a concert performance at the Universal Amphitheatre. The following day the quartet attend an induction ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they receive a star. July 23 – Former Beatle Ringo Starr forms his own band named Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. July 29 – The Bee Gees perform in the U.S. for the first time in 10 years as part of their One for All world tour. August 3 – Sergio Franchi collapses before scheduled concert; dies 9 months later of brain cancer. August 11-12 – The Moscow Music Peace Festival is held in the Soviet Union. The event is put together by Doc McGhee and the Make-A-Wish Foundation and headline acts include Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Cinderella, and the Scorpions. August 31 – The Rolling Stones open their Steel Wheels North American tour in Philadelphia, USA. September 9 The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by I. M. Pei, opens in Dallas, Texas, USA. Madonna gives a risqué performance at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. Clad in baggy black sweatpants and a black bustier, she shocks the audience by simulating masturbation. The version of the song used in the show would later serve as the opening number of 1990’s “Blond Ambition World Tour”. September 14 – Madonna is granted a divorce from Sean Penn. October 15 – Media Rings Corporation, the Japanese music, video game, and software publishing company, is founded in Akasaka. December 23 – Ice Cube leaves N.W.A after financial problems and several conflicts with their manager Jerry Heller and the group’s founder Eazy-E. By this time, Cube has been recording his solo debut album, which will be released next year.
Also in 1989
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith leaves the band and is replaced by ex-Gillan guitarist Janick Gers who had most recently worked with Bruce Dickinson on his solo project. Ars Musica, an annual contemporary music international festival, founded
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