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Night Ranger Biography


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Birth Place: San Francisco, California, United States
Years Active: 1982–1989, 1991-Present
Genres: Hard Rock


Night Ranger is an American rock band that hail from San Francisco and reached the height of their popularity during the 1980s. The band came together from the ashes of another band, Rubicon, when ex-bassist Jack Blades, drummer Kelly Keagy and guitarist Brad Gillis decided to form another band. The trio recruited keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald, and second guitarist Jeff Watson, to round out the band. The band's debut album, “Dawn Patrol” appeared in 1982 on Boardwalk Records, which was followed up with opening slots for ZZ Top and Ozzy Osbourne. As a result the band was offered a record deal with MCA's subsidiary Camel Records in 1983. Night Ranger landed a hit song in 1984 with their single, “Sister Christian,” which peaked at #5 on Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The success of the single brought the band some international recognition, which grew over the next three albums. By the end 1980s the bands popularity began to dwindle and they disbanded in 1989.

Blades went on to form the band, Damn Yankees, Watson pursued a solo career, while Keagy and Gillis enlisted Gary Moon as vocalist and reformed as a trio. The new incarnation of Night Ranger released, “Feeding Off The Mojo” in 1995 to lukewarm reviews. The trio then hit the road for and extensive tour. Blades returned to Night Ranger in 1996, and two studio albums followed on CMC Records, while not as successful as the band's previous albums they continued to tour. Over the next few years the band went through some line-up changes when they fired Watson in 2008. The band's next offering, “Hole in the Sun” was released later that year. 2011 saw Night Ranger add Eric Levy to the lineup with the departure of Christian Matthew Cullen, who had replaced Watson initially. The band released their album, “Somewhere In California” in 2011, followed by a tour with Journey and Foreigner.