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Night Ranger @ Fox News

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Night Ranger will perform their hits for free for all in attendance as a part of the Fox & Friends “All-American Summer Concert Series” for 2015. This is a great way to start your day and enjoy some awesome live music. As this event is super early, I suggest a timely arrival to get the best possible space. There is also free BBQ served up while supplies last.

Win A Ticket To See Night Ranger @ B.B. King’s On 7/2/2014

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The Details: In my humble opinion, Night Ranger continues to be one of the best Hard Rock bands that are still out there rocking their longtime fans along with those who might have been late to the party. They are providers of legendary tunes such as the radio blockbuster “Sister Christian” but as any diehard will tell you, that is just the icing on the cake when it comes to this band. I have to say that “Midnight Madness” remains one of my very favorite albums to this day but the guys don’t stop there as they will be delivering classics along with new material from “High Road” their latest release. With the holiday weekend upon us, I cannot think of a better way to make the summer even hotter than by hitting their show at the legendary B.B.King Blues Club and grill and thanks to their marketing team, PiercingMetal is going to be putting some fans into the show for free. Read more below on how to participate.
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Night Ranger @ B.B. King Blues Club (8/11/2010)

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Artist: Night Ranger
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 8/11/2010
Label: Frontiers Records

Tonight would mark my third visit to the halls of B.B. King’s in six days as they were really serving up the Hard Rock with some intent. We had a kick ass Y&T show this past weekend and a solid performance by Lillian Axe on Monday. That left us to the oft dreaded “hump day” where there is usually not a lot going on, but we would be lucky in the Big Apple for it was the return of Melodic Hard Rock champions Night Ranger. I’ll admit that even though my later years found me enjoying much heavier music as opposed to my mellowing with age, that Night Ranger’s material has always been a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I had listened to the band since “Dawn Patrol” and enjoyed a number of its tracks but it was “Midnight Madness” that became one of my very favorite Hard Rock albums of all time. For tonight’s show there would be no opening band and I felt that there should have been since it would have given some up and comers a chance to impress the Night Ranger following. Oh well, I am only the scribe and not the scheduler of events so cannot help out more in that regard. The band would hit the stage at just around 8pm and kick it into gear with “This Boy Needs To Rock”; this is a definite rousing opener and shows that the band doesn’t need to work their way up to the rockers and can instead begin the set with them. Sadly this was one of those seated shows so the audience was not on their feet as the Hard Rock energy washed over them.
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Night Ranger @ B.B. King Blues Club (8/17/2009)

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Artist: Night Ranger
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club. (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 8/17/2009
Label: VH1 Classic Records

I fear that I am dating myself a little too much for my own good when I say that I clearly remember the first time that I had ever heard of Night Ranger. It was decades ago and a couple of the bands videos were in consistent rotation on the then fledgling cable network called MTV. My friends from out of state were getting it but NYC did not at the time and when I went for a visit we found ourselves glued to the station as “You Can Still Rock In America” was blasted at maximum volume. While not the bands first video, it was my own first exposure to them and I have been a fan ever since. It was easy to see this happening for anyone who rallied behind the band based on the catchiness of their material and its great melodic hooks and often memorable lyrics. Fast forward to 2009 where we find the legendary Hard Rock band performing for the very first time at B.B. King Blues Club for a very diverse audience. The show would only feature them on the bill and would start early and I had to say that the mood of the room seemed full of excitement as the guys took the stage. Here is what transpired if you happened to miss out.
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“Greatest Hits” by Night Ranger

Artist: Night Ranger
Title: “Night Ranger’s Greatest Hits”
Label: MCA Records
Release Date: 6/1/1989
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

If you are one of those tried and true eighties Hard Rock fans then you are bound to remember just how it was when a band you enjoyed first hit you, and how hearing some of their signature tunes managed to take you back to a certain point in your life just a little bit. Such is the freedom of music and its powers over the human psyche and of course the feeling might not be exclusively relegated to that decade but for me it is since Metal was really growing and recieving a lot more media attention during this time. The twelve tracks presented on this Night Ranger collection are a great way to enjoy a band that was one of the genres shining stars when it came to Melodic Hard Rock that one would hear on a wide range of radio channels and during that time this meant a little more because you had clearly defined stations with Country, Rock and Commercial stuff. There were some dedicated to Talk and Disco but no real Rap focused stations to speak of yet and to the rockers it was a big deal to find a rocking tune over on a more mainstream Top 40 station. As a band I always found something special in the stuff that Night Ranger was dishing out. We had learned about their guitarist Brad Gillis from his short tenure as one of Ozzy’s guitarists as he is featured prominently on the “Speak Of The Devil” live CD if you wanted to look into that one. Yet the group he formed with Jack Blades would be slightly different because while heavy at some points, it was done on a more commercially acceptable level and really focused on the melody and catchy song structure. The riffs were great and we found this in tunes like “You Can Still Rock In America” which for its 1983 release year was also a pretty cool statement about how much freer a music fan was in the States.

The bands ability at composing a hit melodic track gave us a warm track from “Dawn Patrol” with “Sing Me Away” but it wasn’t until the song “Sister Christian” from “Midnight Madness” that the group would reach the stratosphere with their tunes. The song was a very personal one and written and sung by drummer Kelly Keagy about his younger sister. The song became the benchmark for Power Ballads going forward and has remained a popular track since. “When You Close Your Eyes” was a great tune that found Jack Blades reflecting on life and the “what could have been” as he muses aloud about a long lost person in his love life whom he wonders if he is still on the mind of. The tune was another popular one and I think that its premise was something that everyone of us is guilty of at one time or another as life moves forward. In the eighties I followed the bands first three albums and while the first one was the heaviest of the lot, the second one was my overall favorite and that made me happy to find the four tracks that appealed to me most included on this compilation. If you need to pick up any single release by the band that is not a compilation then please direct your focus on “Midnight Madness”. “Seven Wishes” is also touched upon here with three tracks and while “Sentimental Street “ is nice, it was a little too sappy for me, and I preferred the way in which “Goodbye” flowed instead. The bands core has remained at Keagy, Blades and Gillis in today’s music world but Jeff Watson (guitar) and Alan Fitzgerald (keyboards) have moved on to other adventures.
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