Jeff LaBar: 1963-2021

In 2015, Jeff LaBar and Bay Area musician Ronnie Borchert/Markus Allen Christopher (Miss Crazy) formed Welcome to the Freakshow. The video above was shot at the now-defunct Rockbar Theatre in San Jose, CA. “Everyone” was the first video from their self-titled CD. Although I did not participate in the video shoot I was there that day (‘Cause where else would I be on a Sunday in August of 2015?) sitting at the bar watching everyone (!) patiently filming take after take…

Above photos © myspace.com/freakshowrox 2015

I did not meet Jeff LaBar until three months later
when the band played a show at Rockbar Theater.

Earlier that night I remember seeing Jeff near the bar where we were sitting. I looked up and there he was, chatting with some people and staring straight at me. No biggie, though. I just thought, “Oh, there’s Jeff LaBar” and continued doing what I was doing. While one of the opening bands was playing I was tapped on the shoulder and asked if we’d like to go backstage and meet the band. Well, I was (and am) a huge fan of Miss Crazy and saw this as my opportunity to tell Markus Allen Christopher (aka Ronnie Borchert) just how much I loved them. So backstage we went.

Each of us was given a “limited edition” copy of the CD.

The photo on the back of the CD was taken in the Vodka Bar located inside Rockbar Theater. (The Vodka Bar was where I spent many nights hawking my wares at their Simply Stilettos ladies-only events. It was a beautiful room.)

Next thing I know, Jeff appears to my right and introduces himself. “Hi, I’m Jeff.” Mr. LaBar was a cutie AND a bit of a smart-ass – but in a nice way. I enjoyed the verbal sparring we engaged in. Very cool and laid-back.

Once Welcome to the Freakshow took the stage we went right up and stood in front of Jeff. With both him and MAC/RB at the helm, it’s no surprise they played some kick-ass 80’s style music! They even did one of my favorite covers by W.A.S.P.I Wanna Be Somebody.

The show was on a Friday and by the next week I was working-out to several of their songs.

Even though I saw Cinderella once or twice back-in-the-day, I will never forget meeting Jeff backstage at that show.

Jeff LaBar
March 18, 1963 – July 14, 2021
R.I.P.

Cinderella (late 80’s). Jeff is far-left.

From the video “Somebody Save Me”. My favorite shot of Jeff. Very intense.

CINDERELLA Guitarist JEFF LABAR Dead At 58
Jeff LaBar (wikipedia)
ratpakrecordsamerica.com/jefflabar
freakshowrox (myspace)
Cinderella (wikipedia)

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Playlist::Power Walk 4

Power Walks: Walking briskly on hilly roads while wearing 1-pound weighted hand gloves. I do a 3-mile lap around the neighborhood which takes about 50 minutes – after which I perform my normal 30-minute workout (weight-training, abdominal & butt-sculpting, stretches).

I prefer tunes with a fast tempo, not unlike those I use during my indoor cardio workouts.

18 songs
1 hour, 7 minutes

(Lotsa Videos in this Post…)

Summertime Girls

Y&T
Me Against the World Lizzy Borden
Nessun Dorma

Manowar
Metal Nations London
Send Me an Angel Real Life

(One of my favorite videos – EVER.)

Generation Wild
Reptile
Rust

CRASHDÏET
Shut Eyes Miss Crazy
You Don’t Have to Ask Me Twice Nia Peeples
You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come) Vince Neil
Prime Mover Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
(These guys look like they come from East Side SJ, but they’re British!)

(Check out that HOT drummer, Robbie Vomm.)

Sombody Save Me Cindrella
For the Love of Money
Smooth Up In Ya
Bulletboys
Trick Of The Wrist Michael Monroe

(Another very favorite video.)

All We Are
I Rule the Ruins
Warlock

(Had the pleasure of seeing Warlock in 1988
and giving Doro Pesch a bouquet of red roses while she was onstage.)

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Playlist::Power Walk 1

Power Walks:  Walking briskly on hilly roads while wearing 1-pound weighted hand gloves. I do a 3-mile lap around the neighborhood which takes about 50 minutes – after which I perform my normal 30-minute workout (weight-training, abdominal & butt-sculpting, stretches).

I prefer tunes with a fast tempo, not unlike those I use during my indoor cardio workouts.

17 songs
1 hours, 8 minutes

Jet City Woman Queensrÿche
The Beat Goes On Sonny & Cher
St. Elmo’s Fire John Parr
Summer Song Joe Satriani
Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant
Wild Boys Duran Duran
We Didn’t Start the Fire Billy Joel
Somebody Save Me Cinderella
Call Me Blondie
Shock to the System Billy Idol
Gloria Laura Branigan
Baby I’m a Star Prince
Need You Tonight INXS
Any Way You Want It Journey
Dying Miss Crazy
Mow Miss Crazy
Cold Hearted Paula Abdul

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Playlist::Workout 2

All my Workout Playlists contain a medley of tunes that can be used during both the cardio and strength-training segments (that way I can mix it up to suit my mood) – with the last two songs designated for cool-down/stretching.

16 songs
1 hour, 5 minutes

Gonna Get Close to You
(Note: The USA is barred from viewing the original video on YouTube – this “replacement” is fucking lame.)
Queensrÿche
I Don’t Believe In Love Queensrÿche
We Didn’t Start the Fire Billy Joel
Jet City Woman Queensrÿche
Wild, Wild West The Escape Club
This Is Radio Clash The Clash
Somebody Save Me Cinderella
Kiss My Love Goodbye L.A. Guns
Your Mama Won’t Know Pretty Boy Floyd
48 Hours Pretty Boy Floyd
Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz Pretty Boy Floyd
Rock & Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night On Fire) Pretty Boy Floyd
What I Like About You The Romantics
Wild In the Streets Bon Jovi
Walk In the Shadows Queensrÿche
Jenny of Oldstones Florence + The Machine

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