The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame received some new artifacts for their heavy metal exhibit recently. Tom Keifer, lead singer and guitarist for the 80's band Cinderella, stopped by during a recent tour to give the Hall his double neck guitar and some touring outfits.
Keifer, who was in town for a concert at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park, said the donation came about after the Rock Hall emailed his management team inviting him to visit the Hall during his next visit to Cleveland and asked if he would be willing to donate any memorabilia from his career. The singer's reaction? "I didn't have to think twice about it." Upon learning his donation would be displayed alongside many of his peers' artifacts, Keifer continued, "It's a hard feeling to describe. Kind of just sinking in. To be alongside AC/DC and Guns 'n Roses, it's an honor. It really is."
The guitar on the hit "Night Songs" because Keifer said it allowed him to play the rhythm part on the twelve string and the switch to the bottom neck for the solo. He also donated the top hat he wore on the Night Songs tour because he felt the two "go together."
The singer also gave the collection a personal touch with a denim jacket he customized and a t-shirt he made as a tribute to his "all-time favorite rock and roll song by the Rolling Stones."
Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris promised to take good care of the artifacts and that they were a "reminder for fans of where they were when they heard the songs and what it meant for their lives."
You can watch our full interview with Tom Keifer below. Find out more about him, tour dates and his new solo album, The Way Life Goes, by visiting tomkeifer.com.