Persevering through many bumps in its career, the blues rock heavy-metal band Cinderella is on its 25th anniversary tour, stopping at the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale on Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
It's almost hard to imagine, with today's nightlife scene is dominated by pop, dance, hip-hop music (and a little country, too), but during the 1980s and early '90s one could easily find places where rock and heavy metal played all night. Lots of Long Island’s ladies (and plenty of guys had long, teased-out hair and wore denim and leather while hitting the hot clubs. That's when Cinderella was a mainstay.
With sales of its 1986 debut album "Night Songs" and the 1988 follow-up "Long Cold Winter" reaching multi-platinum status (shipping more than 3 million copies for sale) and with its songs charting in the Top 20 and videos finding heavy rotation on MTV, it's easy to see why so many fans in Nassau and Suffolk counties wore Cinderella T-shirts and painted the band's logo on the backs of their jackets.
The band has been through many tribulations, however, including repeated bouts of throat damage for lead vocalist-guitarist Tom Keifer, After vocal surgery, he and Cinderella are apparently doing fine and scheduled to headline a night at the Donkey alongside Long Island rock act Craving Strange and Queens-based group Stiletto. It's an all ages show, with tickets $35 in advance, $39 at the door (call 631-753-1975 or check clubloaded.com for more information).
Picture: Tom Keifer, frontman of Cinderella.