Most 80’s “hair bands” have simply flamed out because, frankly, they were not very good. 4 chords and an electric guitar with overuse of a “whammy” bar does not necessarily make for good music. Lyrical content didn’t get much better. “Mocumentary” Spinal Tap really did a great job of making fun of how overtly sexual lyrics had become with songs like like “Sex Farm” and “Big Bottoms.”
Now I say this with some nostalgia, as the first song I learned on guitar was Poison’s “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn.” I also learned the guitar solo, if that says something to you of the lead guitarist C.C. Deville. Nevertheless, still a good song.
Yet not all of these 80’s rockers were equally as bad. Guns N Roses comes to mind; of course they eventually got really bad and broke up. But I wonder if you thought Night Ranger was still rocking. Just saw this on foxnews.com.
Apparently front man Jack Blades is still rocking and putting out music. Some of his former band-mates have collaborated on his new project. If you’re like me-aware of many of these bands-you may only remember Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian.” But if you want to go see him, you needn’t fear. They haven’t forgotten what we remember most about them.
The album features special guests including his Night Ranger band mates Brad Gillis, Kelly Keagy, Joel Hoekstra, and Eric Levy. He’ll reunite with them on the road with both Night Ranger and solo shows in store this year. And don’t worry, “Sister Christian” will be on the set list!
Unlike some folks who score big with a song of almost anthem-like quality like House of Pain’s “Jump Around”, and yet DON’T want to play that song in concerts because such artist feel they’re beyond it, Night Ranger is more than happy to sing “Sister Christian.” They don’t mind being identified with it. Perhaps even defined by it.
“How can you get bored when you look out at the audience and… just grins across their face, their eyes, happy, singing ‘Motoring,’ how can you not get into that?” he asks. “It’s been 30 years we’ve been doing this, and every night I get up there and play and it’s like my first night.”