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Night Ranger live at Sausalito Art Festival, 2009.
Background information
Also known asStereo (1979–1980)
Ranger (1980–1982)
Nightranger (1982)
Origin San Francisco, California, US
Genres
Years active1979–present
(hiatus: 1989–1991)
Labels MCA, Boardwalk, CMC International, Universal, Legacy, Frontiers
Associated acts Rubicon, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades, Great White, Ozzy Osbourne, Revolution Saints, Winger, Whitesnake, TMG
Website nightranger.com
Members Jack Blades
Brad Gillis
Kelly Keagy
Eric Levy
Keri Kelli
Past members Alan Fitzgerald
Jeff Watson
Jesse Bradman
Gary Moon
David Zajicek (Zychek /Professional spelling)
Michael Lardie
Reb Beach
Christian Matthew Cullen
Joel Hoekstra
Deen Castronovo
Will Evankovich
Brandon Ethridge
Fred Coury

Night Ranger is an American rock band from San Francisco formed in 1979 that gained popularity during the 1980s with a series of albums and singles. [1] The band's first five albums sold more than 10 million copies worldwide [1] and have sold 17 million albums total. The quintet is best known for the power ballad "Sister Christian", which peaked at No. 5 in June 1984. [2]

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

San Francisco Consolidated city-county in California, US

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a city in, and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of, Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, and the fourth-most populous in California, with 883,305 residents as of 2018. It covers an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large US city, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is also part of the fifth-most populous primary statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area.

Sister Christian 1984 single by Night Ranger

"Sister Christian" is a power ballad by the American hard rock band Night Ranger. It was released in March 1984 as the second single from their album Midnight Madness. It was ranked number 32 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s. It was written and sung by the band's drummer, Kelly Keagy, for his sister. It was the band's biggest hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and staying on the charts for 24 weeks. It also reached number one in Canada.

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After their success waned in the late 1980s, the band split up in 1989 and its members pursued other musical endeavors, including group and solo efforts. [3] [4] [5] Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy teamed up with bassist Gary Moon and released an album without the other original band members in 1995, but the band soon reunited to release two new albums in the latter half of the decade.

A supergroup is a musical performing group whose members have successful solo careers, are members of other groups, or are well known in other musical professions. The term is usually used in the context of rock and pop music, but it has occasionally been applied to other musical genres. For example, The Three Tenors—composed of opera superstars José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti—or Rainbow have been called a supergroup.

Solo (music) musical piece or part of musical piece performed by a single musician

In music, a solo is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung featuring a single performer, who may be performing completely alone or supported by an accompanying instrument such as a piano or organ, a continuo group, or the rest of a choir, orchestra, band, or other ensemble. Performing a solo is "to solo", and the performer is known as a soloist.

History

Beginnings

The group's origin can be traced to Rubicon, a pop/funk group led by Jerry Martini, who gained fame as a member of Sly and the Family Stone. After Rubicon's demise in 1979, bassist Jack Blades formed a hard rock trio [5] with two other Rubicon members, drummer Kelly Keagy and guitarist Brad Gillis. Performing under the name Stereo, the threesome added keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald, a former member of Montrose, in 1980. Fitzgerald soon recommended enlisting a second virtuoso guitarist, so Jeff Watson, who led his own band in Northern California, was added to the group. As Stereo, the band played small clubs in San Francisco in 1980, such as the Palms in the Tenderloin. [6] By late that year, the band name was changed to "Ranger" and were opening for acts such as Sammy Hagar. [7]

Rubicon (US band) American band

Rubicon was a California one-hit wonder funk rock band, whose "I'm Gonna Take Care of Everything" spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978, peaking at number 28.

Gerald L. Martini is an American musician, best known for being the saxophonist for Sly and the Family Stone.

Sly and the Family Stone American band

Sly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1966 to 1983, it was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music. Its core line-up was led by singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and included Stone's brother and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone, sister and singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Greg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham. It was the first major American rock group to have a racially integrated, male and female lineup.

1980s

In 1982, the band changed its name to Night Ranger after a country band, the Rangers, claimed a trademark infringement. By this point, they had recorded Dawn Patrol for Boardwalk Records and done opening stints for ZZ Top and Ozzy Osbourne; the latter had employed Brad Gillis as a replacement guitarist for Bernie Tormé, who had been a temporary replacement for the recently deceased Randy Rhoads, in the spring and summer of 1982. After Boardwalk folded, producer Bruce Bird secured Night Ranger a deal with MCA on their Camel subsidiary in 1983.[ citation needed ]

<i>Dawn Patrol</i> (album) 1982 studio album by Night Ranger

Dawn Patrol is the debut studio album by Night Ranger released in 1982. During the recording of the album, the band was known as just Ranger. The first issues of the album were printed and ready to be shipped when it was discovered that there was a country band from California with the same name. The band decided to name themselves Night Ranger after the song that Blades had written for the album, and Boardwalk proceeded to destroy every copy that had "Ranger" on it. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", the first single/video, entered heavy rotation on MTV and reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. The second single/video, "Sing Me Away" peaked at #54 on Billboard's Hot 100 and at #39 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart in late spring of 1983.

Boardwalk Records was a record label founded by Neil Bogart in 1980, after PolyGram acquired his Casablanca Records. The label had hit acts with Joan Jett and Harry Chapin before Bogart died of cancer in 1982. Other artists on the Boardwalk label included, Invisible Mans Band, produced by Alex Masucci and Clarence Burke Jr. Curtis Mayfield, Ohio Players, Richard "Dimples" Fields, Chris Christian, Night Ranger, Ringo Starr, Starpoint, Sunrize, Mike Love, Get Wet, Phil Seymour, Tierra, and the soundtrack to the 1982 film Megaforce. Boardwalk Records also released the soundtrack for the 1980 film version of Popeye, which starred Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall.

ZZ Top American rock band

ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970, consisted of vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. "As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers", according to critic Michael "Cub" Koda. "Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom [...] while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support."

Their first three albums, Dawn Patrol , Midnight Madness, and Seven Wishes , all reached RIAA Platinum status and garnered the band international fame.[ citation needed ]

<i>Midnight Madness</i> (album) 1983 studio album by Night Ranger

Midnight Madness is the second studio album from rock band Night Ranger released in 1983. Their second album produced three charting singles and contains the band's best known hit, "Sister Christian." It remains their highest selling album at over a million copies sold in the US. The first single/video, "(You Can Still) Rock in America" peaked at number 51 in early 1984 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and also reached number 15 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Sister Christian" peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 and was one of the most played videos of 1984. The song also has been featured in several films including "Boogie Nights" and "Rock of Ages" among others. "When You Close Your Eyes" was the third single/video and reached number 14 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and number 7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. The 1984 CD release contains a slightly different recording of the track. "Rumours In The Air" also charted on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart peaking at number 26 in the spring of 1984.

<i>Seven Wishes</i> 1985 studio album by Night Ranger

Seven Wishes is the third studio album by the band Night Ranger, released in 1985 and produced by Pat Glasser. The album features three Billboard Hot 100 chart hits "Sentimental Street" (#8), "Four In The Morning" (#19) and "Goodbye" (#17).

Rolling Stone's review of Seven Wishes took a swipe at Night Ranger's "formula" of "sub-Broadway" ballads. Other critics were even less flattering, with terms such as "poseurs" and "pomp-rockers" put forth in various music guides. But favourable critics, such as Hit Parader, underscored Jack Blades' puppy-dog appeal, which won over female fans, while Gillis and Watson's duelling guitars pleased the same male audience that guitar-driven bands such as Van Halen had already begun to cultivate. Both guitarists also featured prominently in magazines like "Guitar for the Practicing Musician."[ citation needed ]

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its musical coverage and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content.

Hit Parader was an American music magazine that operated between 1942 and 2008. A monthly publication, it was a general popular music title until the 1980s, when its focus turned to the genres of hard rock and heavy metal. The magazine reached its peak during the 1980s as heavy metal music achieved high levels of popularity and commercial success.

Van Halen American heavy metal band

Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. Credited with "restoring hard rock to the forefront of the music scene", Van Halen is known for its energetic live shows and for the work of its acclaimed lead guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dawn Patrol's first single, "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", received a boost through its MTV video airplay and peaked modestly at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Sing Me Away," a concert favourite sung by Keagy, fell short of the Top 40 at a peak position of #54 even though it also was featured on MTV. Night Ranger's popularity solidified with their second album, Midnight Madness, which pushed the band from opening act to headliner status by the summer of 1984. Apart from "Rock in America," Midnight Madness spun off two hit ballads: "When You Close Your Eyes" (#14) and "Sister Christian," (#5) written and sung by Kelly Keagy for his younger sister, Christine. "Sister Christian" proved to be the band's milestone — as well as a millstone. [4] According to a later interview with Gillis, "Sister Christian" was actually completed in 1982. But Gillis said the band chose not to release it on Dawn Patrol because they were afraid of losing their hard rock credibility.[ citation needed ]

In 1985, Night Ranger continued headlining their own tours in support of Seven Wishes, which followed a very loose concept of the band flying across the ocean in a WWII B-25 Mitchell bomber. Blades later reported he and Gillis were fascinated by World War II planes. Night Ranger's "Sentimental Street" video even placed them in an Amelia Earhart scenario, with the entire band lost at sea. Like Midnight Madness, Seven Wishes garnered three hit singles: "Sentimental Street" (#8; sung by Kelly Keagy); Blades' mid-tempo rocker "Four in the Morning (I Can't Take Anymore)" (#19), the title describing the time of night Blades wrote the song; [8] and the pleasant, acoustic-flavoured "Goodbye" (#17), which saw the band veering in an overtly folk-rock, even country, direction. According to a 2001 TNN interview, Blades wrote "Goodbye" in memory of his older brother, James, who had died from a heroin overdose several years before.[ citation needed ]

Between 1984 and 1987, Night Ranger branched out into soundtracks, recording or contributing songs to several teen oriented films. In 1984 the band released "Interstate Love Affair" (later appearing on Seven Wishes) for Teachers , starring Nick Nolte. In 1985 they also contributed another Seven Wishes track, "This Boy Needs to Rock," to the soundtrack of Explorers . The band also received exposure on two Anthony Michael Hall vehicles, Sixteen Candles (1984) and Out of Bounds (1986). "Rumours in the Air" from Midnight Madness appeared on the former, while the latter featured "Wild and Innocent Youth," a rollicking Blades-Keagy composition that has still never been released on a Night Ranger album or compilation.[ citation needed ]

In 1987, Blades co-wrote the title theme to the Michael J. Fox film The Secret of My Success , which served as the lead-off single on the band's next album, Big Life. Unlike the previous three Night Ranger albums produced by Pat Glasser, this one was produced by David Foster and featured a more polished, keyboard-driven sound, comparable to Journey and Foreigner. Unfortunately, Night Ranger now faced stiff competition from glam rock bands such as Bon Jovi and Poison, while overall tastes had begun to shift toward "bad boy" groups such as Guns N' Roses. Moreover, some Night Ranger fans perceived the band's Hollywood flirtations as evidence of "selling out", reflected by a slight decline in album sales for Big Life.[ citation needed ]

Big Life featured some fairly mature Blades-Keagy songwriting, including the nuanced fan favorite "Rain Comes Crashing Down," inspired by a stormy California afternoon. Sung by Keagy, "Carry On" was most reminiscent of classic Night Ranger, and featured as the flip side of "Secret of My Success." None of the chosen Big Life singles hit the Top 40. "Secret of My Success" stalled just short of hit single status at #64 on Billboard's Hot 100 despite heavy MTV rotation in the spring of 1987. Night Ranger also openly quarrelled with MCA over choosing "Hearts Away" in lieu of one of the heavier songs. Their label expected another Top 10 ballad, like "Sister Christian" or "Sentimental Street," but despite Keagy's passionate vocal, "Hearts Away" failed to catch on during Night Ranger's 1987 tour (peaking at #90 on Billboard's Hot 100) a vigorous series of dates across North America and the Caribbean, featuring The Outfield as the opening act. A third single/video was released for "Color Of Your Smile" but it failed to reach the charts due to limited airplay.[ citation needed ]

In early 1988, Fitzgerald left during the recording of Night Ranger's fifth album, citing his own diminished role in the guitar-driven band, even though Fitzgerald had originally suggested the addition of Jeff Watson to augment the band's sound in the first place. With "Fitz" gone, Night Ranger acquired a touring keyboardist, Jesse Bradman, to complete the next album, Man in Motion , which promised a return to earlier form with more hard rock to anchor the group's sagging fortunes. But none of the singles from it were distinguished enough to gain radio airplay, as MCA once again chose ballads over rockers. "I Did It for Love" (written by Russ Ballard) fared poorly, even with a cameo appearance by popular actress Morgan Fairchild in the video. The band still views "Restless Kind" as a favorite, but it failed to chart. "Don't Start Thinking (I'm Alone Tonight)" and "Reason to Be" were similarly unsuccessful in early 1989. Man in Motion thus became the first Night Ranger album not to achieve Gold or Platinum status.[ citation needed ]

Early 1990s: "Moon Ranger" Era

After a tour in 1988–89 supporting Man in Motion (including an opening slot for Kansas), Blades left Night Ranger to form the popular supergroup Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw of Styx, and the band broke up. [5]

In 1991, Keagy and Gillis enlisted Gary Moon (ex-Three Dog Night) to replace Blades as vocalist/bassist and decided to reform as a trio after Jeff Watson decided to pursue a solo career.[ citation needed ]

In 1993 David Zajicek / Zychek (from the group Airborne, who had also brought forth musician/producer/engineer Beau Hill [Alice Cooper, Ratt, Warrant, Winger, Europe, Dirty White Boy etc. ] ) was added as a full member on guitar, keyboards & backing vocals to the new unit of the group and to back the coming album and bolster the group's stage sound.[ citation needed ]

The reformed nucleus of the group (Gillis, Keagy, Moon, and Zajicek / Zychek ) then recorded Feeding off the Mojo in 1995, with producer David Prater, who also worked with Dream Theater and Firehouse and had previously introduced Zajicek / Zychek to Night Ranger.[ citation needed ]

1996–1999: "Reunion"

In 1996, Blades returned to Night Ranger, which ultimately led to a reunion of all five original members for two studio albums on CMC Records, who engineered a similar comeback for Styx. While Neverland and Seven did not become as successful as the band's early material in the United States, these albums became quite popular in Japan, and the ballad "Forever All Over Again" (from Neverland) did become a minor Adult Contemporary hit in the States. The band continued to tour in between solo albums and projects, mostly on the summer festival circuit. Blades also began a stint as chief counselor for the Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp.[ citation needed ]

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Night Ranger (2008).
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Kelly Keagy (2009).

In 1999 they joined other 1980s bands in the second installment of the Rock Never Stops Tour, which also happened to feature Blades' former Damn Yankees bandmate Ted Nugent.[ citation needed ]

2000–2010

In 2003, Fitzgerald was replaced by Great White rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Michael Lardie. Fitzgerald began handling offstage keyboards once again for Van Halen in 2004.[ citation needed ]

In 2007, while working on their next release Hole in the Sun , Watson was fired from the band. His replacement for the remainder of their 2007 tour was Winger/Whitesnake guitarist Reb Beach. Lardie and Beach soon left the band to focus on Great White and Winger/Whitesnake respectively. Christian Matthew Cullen replaced Lardie in 2007 while Joel Hoekstra took over for Beach by early 2008.[ citation needed ]

Hole in the Sun was released overseas in April 2007 but did not appear in the US until July 2008.[ citation needed ]

In January 2008, in a podcast interview with Stuck in the 80s, Blades said the band's latest album, Hole in the Sun, would be released in 2008 and supported by a national tour. In addition, he said the band was flying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in late January to play a special show for Navy and Marines troops on the island. To date Night Ranger have sold 16 million albums worldwide. [9]

2011–present

When not with Night Ranger, Hoekstra played guitar for the hit Broadway show Rock of Ages and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Hoekstra also did double duty for a stretch of the band's 2011 tour, filling in for Mick Jones of Foreigner, which was also on the bill that summer along with Journey.[ citation needed ]

On March 8, 2011, Night Ranger announced new member Eric Levy (Garaj Mahal) and the departure of Christian Matthew Cullen. [10]

Night Ranger released its new album, Somewhere In California, on June 21, 2011. The video for the first single, "Growin' Up in California", can be seen on YouTube.[ citation needed ]

On March 25, 2012, Night Ranger gave an a cappella performance of The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.[ citation needed ]

In May 2012, Night Ranger celebrated the 30th anniversary of their debut album Dawn Patrol by recording "24 Strings & A Drummer" as both a live DVD and album in an intimate, all-acoustic setting in front of a select number of fans at TRI Studios in San Rafael, California. According to Brave Words, [11] the CD/DVD features some of their greatest hits, such as "(You Can Still) Rock in America" and "Sister Christian", in new acoustic arrangements. The live acoustic album consist of 12 songs plus a bonus track.[ citation needed ]

On June 4, 2012, Night Ranger returned to the Islington Academy in London for the second headlining show in twelve months at the 800-capacity venue.[ citation needed ]

On July 12, 2012, Night Ranger opened for the German band The Scorpions at its US Farewell "Get Your Sting and Blackout" Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Alongside their major hits, the band also commemorated Gillis's brief stint with Ozzy Osbourne's band with a cover of "Crazy Train".[ citation needed ]

From July 13 to 15, 2012, Night Ranger performed in the small midwestern town of Woodhaven, Michigan, for the Uncle Sam Jam.[ citation needed ]

On September 1, 2012, Night Ranger performed as the headlining act for the "River Days" festival in Portsmouth, Ohio. Keyboardist Eric Levy was forced to miss this performance due to his wife giving birth. Brandon Ethridge (from the musicals Rock of Ages and We Will Rock You) handled the keyboards for this performance.[ citation needed ]

In late 2012, guitarist Keri Kelli (whose resume includes stints with Alice Cooper, Slash, Skid Row, Vince Neil Band, Ratt, Warrant, L.A. Guns, Tal Bachman, John Waite and others) came aboard Night Ranger to sub for Joel Hoekstra while he was off playing for Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He likewise returned in late 2013 once again to fill in for Hoekstra when Trans-Siberian called him away again.[ citation needed ]

On June 10, 2014, Night Ranger released their 11th studio album, High Road , available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats. A deluxe edition includes a bonus track and a DVD of music videos and behind-the-scenes extras; Best Buy offers an exclusive version of the deluxe edition with a second bonus track.[ citation needed ]

On August 21, 2014, it was announced that Hoekstra would be leaving the band to join Whitesnake. Keri Kelli was then brought back in as the permanent replacement for Hoekstra.[ citation needed ]

The band released a live DVD/2 CD recording on December 2, 2016, with Frontiers Records. Celebrating the band's 35th anniversary, "35 Years and a Night in Chicago" was recorded May 7, 2016, at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. Included in the release is a new song, "Day and Night." A second encore that night featured another new song, "Running Out of Time." [12] These new songs were part of an album of new material. [13]

On January 13, 2017, the band released a new single, "Somehow Someway", from "Don't Let Up." The album was released by Frontiers Music SRL on March 24, 2017. It features 11 songs and was produced by the band. It is the first studio album by the group to include Keri Kelli on guitar. [14]

Band members

Current members

Discography

Studio albums

TitleReleasePeak chart positions Certifications
US
Dawn Patrol 198238
Midnight Madness 198315
Seven Wishes 198510
  • RIAA: Platinum
Big Life 198728
  • RIAA: Gold
Man in Motion 198881
Feeding off the Mojo 1995
Neverland 1997
Seven 1998
Hole in the Sun 2007
Somewhere in California 201179
High Road 2014105
Don't Let Up 201755

Live albums

Compilation albums

Singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
US
[15]
US
Rock

[16]
CAN
[17]
GER
[18]
AUS
1983"Don't Tell Me You Love Me"404Dawn Patrol
"Sing Me Away"5439
"(You Can Still) Rock in America"5115Midnight Madness
1984"Sister Christian"5216799
"When You Close Your Eyes"141441
1985"Sentimental Street"83297 Wishes
"Four in the Morning (I Can't Take Any More)"191384
"Goodbye"171685
1987"The Secret of My Success"6412Big Life
"Hearts Away"90
"Color of Your Smile"
1988"I Did It for Love"7516Man in Motion
"Restless Kind"
1989"Don't Start Thinking (I'm Alone Tonight)"
"Reason to Be"
1997"Forever All Over Again"†102Neverland
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

†"Forever All Over Again" Bubbled Under the Hot 100 at #2.

Music videos

See also

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