NIGHT RANGER (1982–PRESENT). Jack Blades (vocals/bass), Brad Gillis (guitar), Jeff Watson (guitar), Kelly Keagy (drums/vocals), Alan Fitzgerald (keyboards).
With their breakout hit “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” from their debut Dawn Patrol hitting the airwaves in 1982, Night Ranger quickly became one of the most popular rock bands of the era. The band combined the twin guitar attacks of ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson—both of whom were masters of their instruments—with well-crafted, radio-ready songs. Night Ranger enjoyed a string of hit albums and singles throughout the decade. The band also featured lead vocalist/bassist Jack Blades, and drummer/lead vocalist Kelly Keagy, as well as former Montrose keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald.
The band’s commercial success peaked with their second album, Midnight Madness, which went platinum, featuring the hit singles “(You Can Still) Rock in America” and the ballad “Sister Christian.” After enjoying success with two subsequent albums, the band called it quits after their fifth, 1988’s Man in Motion, failed to go gold. Blades subsequently formed the supergroup Damn Yankees with ex-Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent. Night Ranger saw most of its members reuniting in the late 2000s for occasional touring and released a new studio album, Hole in the Sun in 2007.
Discography: Dawn Patrol (Camel, 1982); Midnight Madness (Camel, 1983); 7 Wishes (Camel, 1985); Big Life (MCA, 1987); Man in Motion (Camel, 1988); Live in Japan (MCA, 1990); I Did It for Love (Camel, 1991); Neverland (Sony, 1997); Seven (CMC International, 1998); Hole in the Sun (Frontiers, 2007); Rock in Japan 1997 [live] (Universal, 2008); 20th Century Masters—The Millennium Collection: The Best of Night Ranger (MCA, 2000); Greatest Hits (Universal, 2007); Box (Universal, 2007).