Some bands want to create a strong emotional response in their audience.
Some bands want to make a meaningful artistic contribution. Some bands
want to change the world. Cinderella? They just wanted to get laid and
look cool. It's easy to look back at a band like Cinderella with an air
of condescension. The hair, the hyperbolic lyrics, and the sonic bombast
all added up to a band that always seemed more a caricature than an
Of course, that's the cynical music listener's view of the world. The
hard-edged, coursing-through-your-veins rock of bands like Cinderella
has no room for cynicism. When you look at Cinderella through that lens,
you see a band that embraced its style and sound and never let go.
Bluesy, gritty rock amped up through the high, hard keen of pop-minded
metal shred pairs perfectly with overblown lyrics and overblown
attitude. Rock 'n' roll has never been about moderation, and bands like
Cinderella symbolize that excess that used to be much more prevalent.
Theirs is a somewhat rare invitation these days, so tease your hair, rip
your jeans, and wallow in the disgusting and lurid spectacle that is
-- Nicholas L. Hall
Cinderella, with Rockets to Ruin and Kidd Havok. 7 p.m. Saturday, August
7, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost
$41.25. Call 954-727-0950, or click here.