Tom Keifer will enter the studio next year to begin work on the follow-up to his acclaimed debut solo album, 2013's "The Way Life Goes". Speaking to the "92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel" show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station KOMP 92.3, the CINDERELLA frontman stated about his plans to release new music (hear audio below): "We've been out for a really long time behind 'The Way Life Goes', because when it was first released, I put together the band that we've been touring with. And that's just been kind of growing out on the tour circuit and becoming more and more popular, the solo band. So we've just kind of stayed out."
He added: "It's a different age in the music business now. It takes a little longer for music to seep in; there's so much out there. So we've just continued touring. [But] I've been writing the whole time."
"Touring is always the place where I fill the well, because you're done thinking about production and recording and writing and you just go out and you live and you do what you love doing and playing music and meeting people and traveling, and then the well starts to fill and then the songs start to come again. So we've been writing."
Keifer went on to say: "Last year, we went into the studio with the touring band, and we produced — with Vance Powell, who's a really great producer here from Nashville — we produced some bonus tracks for a deluxe edition of 'The Way Life Goes'. It's coming out, I believe, in August or late summer this year, and that's got bonus tracks and a documentary on the new band and a whole new art package that's pretty special, done by a really cool artist. So that's coming out towards the end of the year, and we'll tour through the rest of this year, and then we'll be in the studio doing a follow-up to 'The Way Life Goes' next year."
Tom's solo backing band consists of Tony Higbee on guitars and vocals, Billy Mercer on bass and vocals, Paul Simmons on drums and vocals, Paul Taylor on keyboards and vocals, Savannah Keifer on vocals, percussion and piano, and Kendra Chantelle on vocals and percussion.
"The Way Life Goes" sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on in April 2013 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group).
Although CINDERELLA hasn't released a new studio album since 1994's "Still Climbing", the band started playing sporadic shows again in 2010 but has been largely inactive for the last few years while Keifer focuses on his solo career.