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Remembering Jeff LaBar, The Flamboyant Guitarist For Cinderella



Alex Lloyd Gross Photo Delaware Valley News.com Jeff LaBar on Broad Street getting honored by Philadelphia Music Alliance

by Alex Lloyd Gross

July 14 2021 Jeff LaBar, the flamboyant showman guitarist for Cinderella has died.  Circumstances surrounding his death have not been made public.   He was not the original guitar player, he replaced Mike Shermick. LaBar was a native of the Philly area.  He was 58 years young.

Alex Lloyd Gross Photo Delaware Valley News.com Jeff LaBar plays at the Philadelphia Spectrum,

Rock fans remember fondly LaBar would play clubs like the Empire Rock Room or the Galaxy  in South Jersey.  LaBar would hang in the crowd for other bands shows when his band were not playing,  and he would  be just another person in the crowd before or after his own bands shows during the mid 1980’s  He was not content to  simply stand and play. He would spray water from his mouth and spin this guitar in time with the music.

Hard work got them recognized by another Jersey band, Bon Jovi. Before long, the band would open op shows at the Spectrum. During their first opener at the Spectrum, LaBar was in shock, seeing  an arena crowd looking back at him. “I can’t believe it”, he would mouth at the photographers in the photo pit.  From being on a cramped stage with a pole in the way at the Galaxy, to an unobstructed show with professional PA, security, roadies is enough to make anyone think they were dreaming.

 

LaBar came back with his band in 1988 to again play the Spectrum with a duel headline show with David Lee Roth.  In 2015 LaBar was the only member of Cinderella to be on South Broad Street to get the Philadelphia Music Alliance award. You can read that here

 


Alex Lloyd Gross
Alex Lloyd Gross has the reputation for aggressive news coverage. With over 40 years experience including working at The News Gleaner, and had his work published in books and magazines that span the entire globe. With a strong background in emergency service related topics, he can bring forth a perspective that others cannot.
A contributor to Starfile Photo Agency for 20 years, Alex has been given access to and has photographed luminaries of both stage and screen.
He now shares his talent with you.

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