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Wow July 2021 has been quite a month in regard to losing many of our Rock Heroes, don't quite know what's going on here but as we go to press we here at Chaotic Riff's Magazine felt the need to pay our respects to these fallen stars:

First of these fallen stars would be Cinderella's Lead Guitarist:  Jeff Lebar.  While no official cause of death has been given Jeff's death was Confirmed by his Son:  Sebastian Lebar who plays Guitar in the band:  Tantric.  Now while Jeff appears on the cover of Cinderellas's debut album he didn't play a lick on that album, he did not join the band until after the recording of Night Songs but he did play on the final 3 Cinderella albums which of course was Long Cold Winter, Heartbreak Station, and Still Climbing.  And while no cause of death has been given many people believe that it may have had something to do with the fact that Jeff struggled with an addiction to alcohol for many years and in an interview a few years back he admitted that it was his alcohol addiction that he believed was the main reason why the other members of Cinderella did not want to get back together, he said he felt that the band's front man:  Tom Keifer did not want to see him die on the road.  Jeff Lebar passed away on July 14, 2021.

Also, another member of the Cinderella family died on the same day as Jeff Lebar and that was Gary Corbett who was the keyboardist that not only toured with Cinderella but also was the touring keyboardist w/Kiss for several years and on Paul Stanley's 1989 solo tour.

Also, another shocking death that was announced in the month of July was Metal Church front Man:  Mike Howe.  Mike Howe was first in Metal Church from 1988-1996 and then he would return to the band from 2015-20021.  Mike Howe died on July 26th, 2021 and originally when his death was first made it was announced that 911 was called to check on Howe at his home where Police found him dead.  At the time the death was announced Police made it known that drugs and alcohol did not play a role in Howe's death.  On July 30th as we go to press it was announced just this morning that the official cause of Mike Howe's death was SUICIDE! , It was reported that Howe hung himself.

Also on July 26th, 2021 Original Slipknot Drummer:  Joey Jordison passed away, no official cause of death has been given.

Finally, on Juky 27th, 2021 it was announced that ZZ Top Bassist:  Dusty Hill passed away in his sleep at the age of 72.  No cause of death was given but Hill had missed some recent tour dates with ZZ Top due to a hip injury so perhaps his death has something to do with that.  Following Hill's death, the band released a statement saying that the band plans to carry on and it appears that prior to his passing that Hill gave his bandmates his blessing to carry on with ZZ Top.  ZZ Top was formed in Texas in 1970 and the band was inducted into The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame in 2004.

Chaotic Riff's Magazine would like to say in regards to all of these fallen stars that were lost in July 2021 that may they all Rest In Peace and let's remember them all for all the great music they left us!

Jeff LaBar's family releases statement regarding his passing

Jeffrey Philip La Bar of Nashville, Tennessee passed away peacefully at the age of 58 on July 14, 2021.  He was born on March 18, 1963 in Darby, Pennsylvania to June and Bob La Bar.  Jeff grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and went to Upper Darby High School.  

Inspired by his brother Jack to pick up the guitar, he joined the local rock band Cinderella, who rose to prominence in the late 1980s with a string of platinum selling albums. The group toured the world and had numerous charting songs and videos on MTV. Cinderella had an exceptionally strong fanbase in Japan, which was particularly special to Jeff as that’s where his mother June was born and raised. He would always take her and their family in Japan to the band’s shows there, a life highlight for both mother and son. As Jeff got older, a love of music shifted to a passion for the culinary arts, with his cooking inspired by June’s Japanese heritage. He would reinterpret dishes that were standards in the La Bar household and add a unique flair.

Following a move to Nashville in 2004, Jeff quickly surrounded himself with a community of dear friends who he loved to host and cook for at his home there. He never forgot his Delco roots though and stayed close with all those he grew up with in the region. While he became a bit of a fan of the Tennessee Titans when he moved to Nashville, Jeff’s number one sports franchises were in his hometown, number one being the Philadelphia Eagles, as he never missed the team’s games and would always text his dad Bob during them. He would always make time to talk to his mom for hours every Sunday on the phone, reminiscing and listening to stories about June’s days growing up in Japan. He planned on moving back to Delco as his parents got older, and his mother was excited to have him return with his cooking.

Jeff inspired many of his friends and family to get into music, notably his son and pride and joy, Sebastian. He was eternally proud of the man and musician his son became and looked forward to working on a music project with him. Sebastian visited his father in Nashville often and loved playing music with Jeff and hearing about adventures from the old days when he was on the road. An animal lover, Jeff rescued cats, spent time taking care of his fish and adored his cat Loki.

In addition to Sebastian, Jeff is survived by his wife and best friend Debinique, with whom he created an internet radio show ‘Late Night with the La Bars,’ his parents Bob and June, brothers Jack (Alice) and David (Victoria), sister Diane (Jason), sister-in-law Lisa and many nieces and nephews. Jeff was like a second father to his siblings Diane and David growing up. Although he had many admirers, Jeff was an even bigger fan of his family and friends, seeing the absolute best in everyone he met. Rarely was there a picture of Jeff without a smile on his face. Jeff was an incredibly loving human being and will be missed beyond measure. Immediate arrangements are private and a Celebration of Jeff's Life is being planned for close friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Grammy’s Musicares Financial and Addiction Recovery Assistance Program


After an 18 month hiatus that the world has taken from live concerts due to the Covid-19 lockdown, America’s multi-platinum rock band TESLA is announcing their return to performing live concerts with the "LET’S GET REAL!" tour – kicking off August 5th in Grants Pass, Oregon. The tour will include shows with legendary artists Styx, Kid Rock, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and will continue until November 2021 - hitting the continental USA and Mexico.

Frank Hannon: "We are so excited and anxious to get back to performing ‘real’ live concerts again. There’s nothing like the energy of being in the same spontaneous moment with an audience of people. Tesla has always taken pride in being a high energy live band relying on performances without any backing tracks or pre-recorded help. We are planning some surprises for our fans on this upcoming tour by playing some deeper Tesla cuts as well as a fresh brand new song we just wrote. Of course we will play the hits as well, but introducing a fresh new track on this return is something we are very excited about!"

Tickets and special VIP Soundcheck packages are on sale now at

TESLA: Over the course of their thirty-five year + career, the iconic Sacramento melodic hard rock quintet—Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass), Jeff Keith (lead vocals), Troy Luccketta (drums), and Dave Rude (guitar)—sold more than 25 million albums domestically and played globally to sold-out crowds far and wide. To say TESLA live is absolutely bombastic is an understatement, they are a hard rock band to beat all hard rock bands.

TESLA 2021 TOUR DATES: (more dates to be added)

Aug. 5 – Grants Pass OR (Josephine County Fairgrounds)
Aug. 6 – Grand Ronde OR (Spirit Mountain Casino)
Aug. 9 – Sturgis SD (Full Throttle Saloon)
Aug. 11 – Harris MI (Island Resort & Casino)
Aug. 12 – Harris MI (Island Resort & Casino)
Aug. 14 – Dubuque IA (Q Casino & Hotel: Back Waters Stage)
Aug. 15 – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (Mt Pleasant, MI) * w/ Kid Rock
Aug. 18 – Des Moines IA (Iowa State Fair) * w/ STYX
Aug. 20 – Island Lake IL (Bands in the Sand at 3D Sideouts)
Aug. 21 – St. Louis MO (The Pageant)
Aug. 24 – Anderson IN (Paramount Theatre)
Aug. 25 – Wabash IN (Honeywell Center)
Aug. 27 – Holmdel NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center) * w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sept. 16 – Roanoke VA (Dr Pepper Park)
Sept. 17 – Ocean City MD (O.C. Bike Fest)
Sept. 19 – New York NY (Irving Plaza)
Sept. 21 – Hampton Beach NH (Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom)
Sept. 23 – Mansfield MA (Xfinity Center) * w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sept. 27 – Morrison CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre) * w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Oct.1.    – Irvine CA (Fivepoint Amphitheatre) * w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Oct. 16 – Pigeon Forge TN (Monsters on the Mountain Festival)
Oct. 25 – October 30 -Quintana Roo MX (The Sands 2021 at Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort)
Nov. 5  – Knoxville TN (Thompson Boling Arena) * w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Nov. 6  – Charleston WV (Charleston Coliseum) * w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Nov. 9  – Charlotte, NC (The Fillmore)  
Nov. 13 –  Greensboro NC (Greensboro Coliseum) * w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Nov. 14 –  Atlanta, GA (Coca Cola Roxy)   
Nov. 19 –  Bossier City LA (Century Link Center) * w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Nov. 20 – Tupelo MS (BancorpSouth Arena) * w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd


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