Night Ranger!

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  1. Frank Prince

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    A friend left their Greatest Hits CD in my car and I've been binging on it. Sometimes I almost forget what a great band they were/are. Don't Tell Me You Love me is somewhere in my Top 5 All Time Greatest Melodic Rock Songs list.

    One thing that really sticks out from repeated listening this time around was that their tunes had a LOT going on technically, but they also had tons of hooks and great melodies. They could get a little sappy at times, but there was always something cool happening, with really well thought out arrangements. And of courses, THE GUITAR PLAYERS!

    I saw them live about seven years ago, all original members except with Joel Hoekstra in the Jeff Watson slot, and they absolutely crushed it.
     
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    I always thought if their albums had been produced with more guitar/less keyboard noises they’d have gotten more respect.
    They were crunchier live.

    Both Watson and Gillis were monster players.
     
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    I saw them about 3 years ago in concert.

    Great show- and a lot of nice guitar work. Jack Blades is the leader now,
    he handles all the frontman stuff and does a good job.
     
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    Love this band.
    One of the best-underrated rock bands.
     
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    I saw them back when that video was shot, but at Red Rocks. Killer band!
     
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    Brad Gillis got all the attention because of his Ozzy stint, but I always preferred Jeff Watson and his two-handed style. There was a point in the mid 80s when I was studying the book The Right Touch by Steve Lynch, who later became the guitarist in Autograph. It took a few more years until I fully embraced the whole Floyd Rose thing.
     
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    I think I still have my copy of that!
     
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    Who is playing the superstrat and who is playing the Les Paul?
    I much prefer the tone and playing of the superstrat.
     
  10. Bankston

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    Jack Blades has always been the leader and frontman of NR. He founded the band with Kelly Keagy and Brad Gillis, after they were all in two other bands, Rubicon and Stereo. They added Watson on guitar and ex-Montrose/Sammy Hagar keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald.

    I've been a Night Ranger fan since they broke onto the scene. After Sister Christian became a big hit, there was a ton of pressure on them to duplicate that success, which is why their singles were more keyboard driven.
    As a live act, they were much more rocking.

    Gillis and Watson were up there with Tipton/KK and Davey & H. as guitar tandems go. Keri Kelli is now the second guitarist with Brad after Joel Hoekstra left to join Whitesnake.

    Killer co-lead guitar work in this song:



    In some ways, Night Ranger enjoyed more mainstream recognition after their run in the 80's as Sister Christian proved to have legs.

    They still record and release new albums and tour in legacy packages or headlining the casino/state fair circuit.
     
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    Brad was playing the super strat. He is very known for his Floyd Rose antics. Jeff Watson was the Les Paul guy and was famous for his 8 finger tapping. Great band! Always loved their songs.
     
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    I saw them live during the "Sister Christian" era and they were a fantastic band.

    My old band used to cover "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and it was a kick to play, especially the solos.
     
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    super tight, great vocals. I could do without Blades 80's posturing, but everytime I've seen him, he does the same thing so I guess it's just what he is. Brad and Jeff are 2 of my influences for sure.
     
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    I got to see them on a bill that was The Romantics, Night Ranger, and Rick Springfield, in that order, summer of 2016. Good show. Always loved Jeff Watson more than Brad. His half of the solo on "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" is balls out. Like so many bands of that era, the kept pouring on the syrup to the point that they were closer to Air Supply than they were to Motley Crue. Jack Blades is a great songwriter. New Revolution Saints CD is killer.
     
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    Killer place to see them!
     
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    One of the absolutely killer bands that made the 80's music tolerable...AND they made it look easy.
     
  17. Lance

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    Pretty sure Brad was playing through a Mark IIC+. A lot of players don't like that compressed tone, but I think it's awesome. I can get pretty close with my Mark III, especially on the R2 channel with an SD-9. Almost Rockman level compression.

    Here's a somewhat later release I thought was really good, but never got heard much.


    One of the more rockin' tracks.
     
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    Night Sister is a unique band - They were all sidemen gathered together
    to be 'frontmen'. For me Jack Blades doesn't have half the voice that
    drummer Kelly Keagy - but they have the trouble that all lead vocal
    drummer bands have - singers just don't come across sitting on drums.

    In guitar world - I like both Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson. I think the duo worked
    because they have different styles - Gillis is a monster player and is somewhat of
    a Van Halen clone live - he plays for the flash a lot. Watson is a monster technician.
    I ran across him when he had a part in the Disney movie Enchanted - and in between
    scenes he was flat picking some funky smoking bluegrass type stuff.

    Jack Blades - he's all showman. I think he has the bass just to have something
    in his hands. The times I've seen Night Ranger (back in their heyday and the years prior)
    he gave his all overnight - but appeared to be quite the party king. I'm actually surprised he
    still working. Maybe he's clean and sober.


    Kelly Keagy is an all around nice guy - with a hard core businessman sitting inside.
    He's good on drums - and keyboards. Doesn't seem like a rocker.
     
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    Their first album got worn out in my house. After that, not so much. But I did see them live back then. Twice, if memory serves, and they were excellent.
     
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    And then they show up wearing outfits like that! :eek:



    :D
     
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