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Night Ranger is an American Whatever Happened - Night Ranger - Hole In The Sun band from San Francisco formed in that gained popularity during the s with a series of albums and singles. The quintet is best known for the power ballad " Sister Christian ", which peaked at No.
After their success waned in the late s, the band split up in and its members pursued other musical endeavors, including group and solo efforts.
After Rubicon's demise inbassist Jack Blades formed a hard rock trio  with two other Rubicon members, drummer Kelly Keagy and guitarist Brad Gillis. Performing under the name Stereo, the threesome added keyboardist Alan Fitzgeralda former member of Montrosein Fitzgerald soon recommended enlisting a second virtuoso guitarist, so Jeff Watsonwho led his own band in Northern Californiawas added to the group. As Stereo, the band played small clubs in San Francisco insuch as the Palms in the Tenderloin.
Inthe band changed its name to Night Ranger after a country band, the Rangers, claimed a trademark infringement. Rolling Stone 's review of 7 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 Paraderunderscored 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. Night Ranger's popularity solidified with their second album, Midnight Madnesswhich pushed the band from opening act to headliner status by the summer of But Gillis said the band chose not to release it on Dawn Patrol because they were afraid of losing their hard rock credibility.
InNight Ranger continued headlining their own tours in support of 7 Wishes Restless Heart - Whitesnake - mp3, which followed a very loose concept of the band flying across the ocean in a WWII B Mitchell bomber.
Night Ranger's "Sentimental Street" video even placed them in an Amelia Earhart scenario, with the entire band lost at sea. Like Midnight Madness7 Wishes garnered Clouds Above My Head - Tiny Moving Parts - This Couch Is Long & Full Of Friendship hit singles: "Sentimental Street" 8; sung by Kelly Keagy ; Blades' mid-tempo rocker "Four in the Morning I Can't Take Anymore " 19the title describing the time of night Blades wrote the song;  and the pleasant, acoustic-flavoured "Goodbye" 17which saw the band veering in an overtly folk-rock, even country, direction.
According to a TNN interview, Blades wrote "Goodbye" in memory of his older brother, James, who had died from a heroin overdose several years before. Between andNight Ranger branched out into soundtracks, recording or contributing songs to several teen oriented films. InBlades co-wrote the title theme to the Michael J. Unlike the previous three Night Ranger albums produced by Pat Glasserthis 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 Poisonwhile 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. Big Life featured some fairly mature Blades-Keagy songwriting, including the nuanced fan favorite "Rain Comes Crashing Down," inspired by a stormy California afternoon.
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 tour peaking at 90 on Billboard's Hot — a vigorous series of dates across North America and the Caribbean, featuring The Outfield as the opening act.
In earlyFitzgerald 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 Motionwhich 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. The band still views "Restless Kind" as a favorite, but it failed to chart. InBlades returned to Night Ranger, which ultimately led to a reunion of all five original members for two studio albums on CMC Recordswho engineered a similar comeback for Styx.
While Neverland and Seven did not become as successful as the band's early material in the United Statesthese albums became quite popular in Japanand the ballad "Forever All Over Again" from Neverland did become a minor Adult Contemporary hit in Whatever Happened - Night Ranger - Hole In The Sun States. The band Love Is Wine - Pete Townshend - The Genuine Scoop 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. In they joined other s bands in the second installment of the Rock Never Stops Tourwhich also happened to feature Blades' former Damn Yankees bandmate Ted Nugent.
Fitzgerald began handling offstage keyboards once again for Van Halen in Inwhile working on their next release Hole in the SunWatson was fired from the band. In Januaryin a podcast interview with Stuck in the 80sBlades said the band's latest album, Hole in the Sunwould be released in 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 Crackletone - Journey To The Sea Of Sparks troops on the island.
To date Night Ranger have sold 16 million For Squirrels - Mighty K.C. worldwide. Hoekstra also did double duty for a stretch of the band's tour, filling in for Mick Jones of Foreignerwhich was also on the bill that summer along with Journey.
The live acoustic album consist of 12 songs plus a bonus track. On June 4,Night Ranger returned to the Islington Academy in London for the second headlining show in twelve months at the capacity venue. Alongside their major Camouflage, Camouflage - The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes, the band also commemorated Gillis's brief stint with Ozzy Osbourne 's band with a cover of "Crazy Train".
Keyboardist Eric Levy was forced to miss this performance due to his wife giving birth. He likewise returned in late once again to fill in for Hoekstra when Trans-Siberian called him away again.
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.
On August 21,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. Included in the release is a new song, "Day and Night. 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.
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