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Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone: Cinderella Break Up

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Although I’m as likely to use them for an easy punch line as anyone, I sincerely believe that Cinderella were one of the better bands to emerge during The Golden Age of Hair Metal. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that if they hadn’t dressed as though they’d been kidnapped by inept beauty school students, the band wouldn’t have been considered hair metal at all — their best tracks, like “Gypsy Road,” “Hot and Bothered,” and “Shake Me” are just great AC/DC-style hard rock songs, and sometimes, as on “Shelter Me,” they even delved into southern rock.

So, bummer news, bruh: bassist Eric Brittingham seems to think the group is dunzo, vocalist/guitarist Tom Kiefer having apparently embarked upon a solo career.

There is a silver lining, of course, which is that no one knew Cinderella were even still together. The band hasn’t released any new music since 1994’s Still Climbing — in hindsight, a tragically ironic title — and even Bring Back Glam!, a website devoted to this style of metal, “didn’t realize it’s been four years since Cinderella has played live together.” So this news is a little bit like if ‎Muhammed Suiçmez suddenly announced that there he hated deleted all the files for the new Necrophagist album. You’d be all, “NO! Wait there was gonna be a new Necrophagist album?” Right?

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