We didn't know that Will Farrell played in
Night Ranger, did you? Look at the guy second from the
right. Isn't that Will? Okay, so it isn't Will.
Night Ranger has roots back to a band called Rubicon from San Francisco.
After Rubicon split, three members of the band started a new band called
"Stereo": Those Rubicon members were bassist Jack Blades,
guitarist Brad Gillis, and drummer Kelly Keagy. After a few more
band additions, the band changed their name in 1980 to "Ranger".
Due to copyright infringement of another band with the same name, "Night
Ranger" was chosen.
Night Ranger's first release was
Dawn Patrol in 1982 (many of you will remember the song "Don't
Tell Me You Love Me" from this album). The band toured with Ozzy
Osbourne and ZZ Top to support this album, and Brad Gillis was even
tapped to fill in for the late Randy Rhoads during one particular tour.
Night Ranger went on to produce several more 80's album, but their
popularity began to wane after the 1987 release of Big Life.
The album that the band is probably most recognized for is 1983's
Midnight Madness. Many of you will remember the songs "Rock in
America" and "Sister Christian" form that release. "Sentimental
Street", "Four in the Morning (I Can't Take Anymore)", and "Goodbye"
were all hit songs on the bands 1985 album, Seven Wishes.
By the early 1990's, that band broke up as Jack Blades
left to join the super group Damn Yankees with Tommy Shaw (Styx) and
Sweaty Ted Nugent. The original members had a reunion in 1996, and
although the material did not fair as well in the states, it was very
successful in Japan. At the time of this writing, the Night Ranger
discography was as follows:1982: Dawn Patrol
1983: Midnight Madness
1985: 7 Wishes
1987: Big Life
1988: Man in Motion
1989: Greatest Hits
1990: Live in Japan
1995: Feeding off the Mojo
1997: Rock in Japan 97
1998: Rock Masterpiece Collection
1998: Keep Rockin': Best Selection 97-98
2000: The Millennium Collection
2005: Rock Breakout Years 1984 (Live)
2005: Hits, Acoustic and Rarities
2006: The Best of Night Ranger Live
2007: Night Ranger Live
2007: Extended Versions
2007: Hole in the Sun
2008: Rockin' Shibuya 2007
2011: Somewhere in California