Who is Jeff LaBar?
Jeff LaBar or Jeffrey Philip LaBar born on March 18, 1963, was an American guitarist most famous for playing in the glam metal band Cinderella, in which he replaced original guitarist Michael Schermick.
Jeff LaBar Death, Cause Of Death
LaBar had joined Cinderella four years after the band’s formation in 1982, after the original lead guitarist Michael Schermick aka Michael Kelly Smith was replaced. Aside from appearing on all four of Cinderella’s albums, he also performed for their two greatest hits compilation CDs, as well as the live project ‘Live At The Key Club’.
The 1963-born guitarist helped the metal band deliver classic hit numbers like ‘Heartbreak Station’, ‘Somebody Save Me’, ‘Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone’, ‘Nobody’s Fool’, ‘The Last Mile’ etc. With his contribution, the band sold over 15 million records across the world.
Alongside Cinderella, LaBar also played for other bands like Naked Beggars, Freakshow, and Cheap Thrill. Since 2014, he was also known for heading a solo project.
While the cause of Jeff LaBar’s death is not exactly certain at the moment, the guitarist’s struggle with alcoholism is well-known. He has also dealt with substance abuse for years. In fact, in 2016, LaBar blamed his own drinking problems as the root cause for Cinderella’s inactivity for years. He was believed to be caught in a vicious cycle where the inactivity eventually pushed him towards substance abuse.
Meanwhile, fans of Jeff LaBar posted heartfelt tributes to their favorite legend after learning about his tragic untimely death.
Musician Jasmine Cain posted, “And here I am…posting something I was hoping to never have to post. My hero, supporter, and friend is gone. It caught me completely off guard today. I can’t tell you what this guy meant to me. Debby hooked me up to do the music video for “No Strings” and eventually we became his backup band along with Sebastian LaBar who will now carry on his legacy. Everyone is crushed and devastated right now so please give em all a minute to process. Long live, Jeff Labar. I miss him already. RIP”
Jeff LaBar Biography, Wiki
During Cinderella’s temporary break-up in the mid-1990s, LaBar supported himself by running a pizza shop with his brother and by doing assorted construction jobs.
In an interview from 2016, LaBar admitted to having a substance abuse problem with alcohol for years, and blamed the substance abuse for Cinderella’s inactivity.
LaBar has a son named Sebastian from a previous marriage. Sebastian is the lead guitarist in a band called Mach22 and Tantric.
LaBar died on July 14, 2021, at the age of 58.
|Birth name||Jeffrey Philip LaBar|
|Born||March 18, 1963|
|Origin||Darby, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Died||July 14, 2021 (aged 58)|
|Genres||Glam metal hard rock heavy metal|
|Instruments||Guitar bass cello keyboard vocals|
|Associated acts||Cinderella Naked Beggars|
Jeff LaBar Career
LaBar was also in a side band with Cinderella bandmate Eric Brittingham called Naked Beggars. In April 2007 LaBar and his wife parted ways with Naked Beggars. They hosted an internet radio show “Late Night with the LaBar’s” on www.realityradio.biz.
In 2012, LaBar and Cinderella completed their 20th anniversary tour with fellow rock veterans Poison, who were also celebrating 20 years in the business.
LaBar’s debut solo record “One For The Road” was released August 2014. Jeff toured in support of his solo record with his son Sebastian and Jasmine Cain.