Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar dies at 58
Jeff LaBar, the guitarist best known for playing in the glam rock band Cinderella, has died at age 58.
His son Sebastian LaBar announced the news Wednesday, posting a heartfelt message and several photos of his father on Instagram.
"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!" he wrote, also imploring fans to "share pictures or video of all the fun times we all had with my dad. It would be greatly appreciated."
Cinderella also issued a statement paying tribute to LaBar, saying, "Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff. 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.
LaBar replaced Cinderella's original guitarist, Michael Schermick, in 1985, right before the band recorded their debut album, Night Songs. Between their breakout single, "Nobody's Fool," and opening for Bon Jovi on tour, the band's first record ended up going triple platinum, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard 300. Another hit song, "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)," nabbed the group its highest Billboard Hot 100 placement at No. 12.
The band put out a total of four albums, with the last one, Still Climbing, issued in 1994. After a brief hiatus, Cinderella reunited in 1996 and continued to perform live but never released any more studio material.
LaBar also launched a solo career, releasing his debut record, One for the Road, in 2014. He also played in another outfit with his Cinderella bandmate Eric Brittingham called the Naked Beggars.