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Night Ranger

Night Ranger is best known for "Sister Christian," a 1984 single that reached the Top 10 in the U.S. and Canada that later turned into a power ballad perennial. Prior to "Sister Christian," Night Ranger had a pair of major hits on American Album Rock radio -- "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "(You Can Still) Rock in America" -- but the success of "Sister Christian" helped push them in a pop-friendly direction which they rode through the end of the '80s, racking up a few hits along the way ("Sentimental Street," "Goodbye"). The band split in 1989 but in 1996 the original lineup reunited and, over the next two decades, the group would survive various changes in membership, touring regularly and recording occasionally.

Founding members Brad Gillis (guitar) and Jack Blades (bass) first met while playing in Rubicon, a group led by Jerry Martini of Sly & the Family Stone that spent its time alternating between funk and soft pop in the vein of Chicago. Rubicon had a hit in 1978 with "I'm Gonna Take Care of Everything" but split after a second album in 1979. Gillis and Blades recruited Rubicon touring drummer Kelly Keagy for their new rock-oriented project. Soon, the trio expanded, with ex-Montrose keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald and guitarist Jeff Watson and began playing the Bay Area under the name Stereo, which swiftly became Ranger. By 1982, the group signed to Boardwalk Records but by the time of their debut, Dawn Patrol, at the end of the year, they renamed themselves Night Ranger in order to distance themselves from a country band that shared a similar name. During the brief time between signing with Boardwalk and the release of Dawn Patrol, Brad Gillis filled in for the late Randy Rhoads on Ozzy Osbourne's Diary of a Madman tour; he can be heard on the Speak of the Devil live album.

Dawn Patrol generated a rock radio hit in "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," but Boardwalk folded after the album's release, so Night Ranger headed to MCA's subsidiary Camel. In the fall of 1983, the band released Midnight Madness. Its lead single "(You Can Still) Rock in America" was another AOR hit but "Sister Christian," a power ballad written by Keagy, turned into Night Ranger's breakthrough, climbing all the way to five on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1984. "When You Close Your Eyes," its successor, reached 14 at the end of 1984. Night Ranger followed Midnight Madness in the summer of 1985 with 7 Wishes, an album preceded by the power ballad "Sentimental Street." The single reached eight on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Four in the Morning (I Can't Take Anymore)" peaking at 19 and "Goodbye" topping out at 17.

Night Ranger recorded the theme song for Michael J. Fox's 1987 comedy The Secret of My Success, which also served as the first single from their 1987 album Big Life. This was their first record not produced by Paul Glasser and it represented a shift to a softer sound, which not only didn't win them new fans, but lost them several old ones; none of the singles cracked the Billboard Top 40. Alan Fitzgerald left the group after Big Life, replaced by Jesse Bradman for 1988's Man in Motion. "I Did It for Love," the record's first single, made it to 16 on Billboard's Rock Singles chart, but the band had lost its momentum. Jack Blades left the band to form Damn Yankees with Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent, and soon afterward Night Ranger called it a day.

After two years of inactivity, Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy decided to carry on Night Ranger as a trio, recruiting Gary Moon as a bassist. This lineup expanded in 1993 with multi-instrumentalist David Zajicek and was featured on 1995's Feeding Off the Mojo, which appeared on the small label Drive Entertainment. Not long after its release, Jack Blades came back to the fold, leading to a reunion with Alan Fitzgerald and Jeff Watson. This reconstituted original lineup signed with CMC and released Neverland in 1997, which was quickly followed by Seven in 1998; the title of the latter effectively writes Feeding Off the Mojo out of the official Night Ranger discography.

After these two records, Night Ranger continued to tour regularly in America and Japan, but they started to shed members in the early 2000s. Fitzgerald left in 2003 with Michael Lardie filling his shoes, then Jeff Watson departed during recording of 2007's Hole in the Sun; Reb Beach sat in during 2007. By 2008, these new guys had left -- Christian Matthew Cullen took over on keys, Joel Hoekstra on second guitar -- and Hole in the Sun finally saw a U.S. release. Night Ranger continued to tour steadily in the 2010s, shifting members from time to time -- Eric Levy took over on keyboards in 2011; Keri Kelli would play guitar when Hoekstra's dance card was filled, eventually becoming a full-time member in 2014 -- and releasing live albums in conjunction with studio albums. Somewhere in California, their tenth studio album, appeared on Frontiers in 2011, followed by High Road in 2014 and Don't Let Up in 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Don't Let Up

1. Somehow Someway

2. Running Out Of Time

3. Truth

4. Day And Night

5. Don't Let Up

6. (Won't Be Your) Fool Again

7. Say What You Want

8. We Can Work It Out

9. Comfort Me

10. Jamie

11. Nothing Left Of Yesterday

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Track List: High Road

1. High Road

2. Knock Knock Never Stop

3. Rollin' On

4. Don't Live Here Anymore

5. I'm Coming Home

6. X Generation

7. Only For You Only

8. Hang On

9. St. Bartholomew

10. Brothers

11. L.A. No Name

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Track List: 24 Strings And A Drummer (Live And Acoustic)

1. This Boy Needs To Rock (Live)

2. When You Close Your Eyes (Live)

3. Sing Me Away (Live)

4. Growin' Up In California (Live)

5. The Secret Of My Success (Live)

6. Sentimental Street (Live)

7. Four In The Morning (Live)

8. Let Him Run / Goodbye (Live)

9. Forever All Over Again (Live)

10. Don't Tell Me You Love Me (Live)

11. Sister Christian (Live)

12. (You Can Still) Rock In America (Live)

13. Boys Of Summer (Live)

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Track List: Somewhere In California

1. Growin' Up In California

3. Bye Bye Baby (Not Tonight)

4. Follow Your Heart

5. Time Of Our Lives

7. Live For Today

8. It's Not Over

9. End Of The Day

10. Rock N' Roll Tonite

11. Say It With Love

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Track List: Live In Tokyo

1. Neverland

2. Touch Of Madness

3. My Elusive Mind

4. Sing Me Away

5. Someday I Will

6. Brad Gillis Guitar Solo

7. Rumours In The Air

8. Jeff Watson Guitar Solo

9. Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight

10. Sentimental Street

11. Goodbye

12. Forever All Over Again

13. Slap Like Being Born

14. When You Close Your Eyes

15. New York Time

16. Don't Tell Me You Love Me

17. Sister Christian

18. (You Can Still) Rock In America

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Track List: Hole In The Sun

1. Tell Your Vision

2. Drama Queen

3. You're Gonna Hear From Me

4. Whatever Happened

5. There Is Life

6. Rockstar

7. Hole In The Sun

8. Fool In Me

9. White Knuckle Ride

10. Revelation 4am

11. Wrap It Up

12. Being

13. Don't Tell Me You Love Me (Acoustic Version)

14. Sister Christian (Acoustic Version)

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Track List: The Best Of Night Ranger - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

1. Sister Christian

2. Don't Tell Me You Love Me

3. Sing Me Away

4. Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight

5. Rock In America

6. When You Close Your Eyes

7. Sentimental Street

8. Four In The Morning

9. Goodbye

10. Secret Of My Success

11. I Did It For Love

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Track List: Seven

1. Sign Of The Times

2. Jane's Interlude

3. Panic In Jane

4. Don't Ask Me Why

5. Kong

6. Mother Mayhem

7. Soul Survivor

8. Sea Of Love

9. Peace Sign

10. When I Call On You

11. Revelation

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Track List: Neverland

1. Forever All Over Again*

2. Neverland

3. As Always I Remain

4. Someday I Will

5. My Elusive Mind

6. New York Time

7. Walk In The Future

8. Slap Like Being Born

9. Sunday Morning

10. Anything For You

11. I Don't Call This Love

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Track List: Live In Japan

1. Touch Of Madness (Live) (1988)

2. When You Close Your Eyes (Live) (1988)

3. Man In Motion (Live) (1988)

4. Don't Start Thinking (I'm Alone Tonight) (Live) (1988)

5. Let Him Run (Live) (1988)

6. Goodbye (Live) (1988)

7. Reason To Be (Live) (1988)

8. Four In The Morning (Live) (1988)

9. Sister Christian (Live) (1988)

10. Don't Tell Me You Love Me (Live) (1988)

11. Halfway To The Sun (Live) (1988)

12. (You Can Still) Rock In America (Live) (1988)

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Track List: Greatest Hits: Night Ranger

1. (You Can Still) Rock In America

2. Sing Me Away

3. Goodbye

4. When You Close Your Eyes

5. Sister Christian

6. Don't Tell Me You Love Me

7. Sentimental Street

8. The Secret Of My Success (Soundtrack Version)

9. Restless Kind

10. Four In The Morning

11. Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight

12. Rumours In The Air

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Track List: Man In Motion

1. Man In Motion

2. Reason To Be

3. Don't Start Thinking (I'm Alone Tonight)

4. Love Shot Me Down

5. Restless Kind

6. Halfway To The Sun

7. Here She Comes Again

8. Right On You

9. Kiss Me Where It Hurts

10. I Did It For Love

11. Woman In Love

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Track List: Big Life

1. Big Life

2. Color Of Your Smile

3. Love Is Standing Near

4. Rain Comes Crashing Down

5. The Secret Of My Success

6. Carry On

7. Better Let It Go

8. I Know Tonight

9. Hearts Away

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Track List: 7 Wishes

1. Seven Wishes

2. Faces

3. Four In The Morning

4. I Need A Woman

5. Sentimental Street

6. This Boy Needs To Rock

7. I Will Follow You

8. Interstate Love Affair

9. Night Machine

10. Goodbye

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Track List: Midnight Madness

1. Rock In America

2. Rumours In The Air

3. Why Does Love Have To Change

4. Sister Christian

5. Touch Of Madness

6. Passion Play

7. When You Close Your Eyes

8. Chipppin' Away

9. Let Him Run

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Track List: Dawn Patrol

1. Don't Tell Me You Love Me

2. Sing Me Away

3. At Night She Sleeps

4. Call My Name

5. Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight

6. Can't Find Me A Thrill

7. Young Girl In Love

8. Play Rough

9. Penny

10. Night Ranger

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It's.....tak e n . . M i l e s . . . . . a n d . . . . L i n e s . . . . . t o o learn the....Right . . . . . . f r o m . . . . . W r o n g . . . . . . . . . . D o n ' t . . . . . . T E L L . . . . M E . . . . U . . . . L U V . . . . M E ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! X X X X O O O X X O O O O
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They put on a great show. Don't tell me you love me is one kick a** rock song!
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I was on my way ...jack Blades....&. . . . w a l k i n g beside Me......too the Concert..... . . . . X O X O X O X O X O X O D O N T TELL ME U LUV......... . . . . . . . . . . M E ! ! ! ! ! ! - - - - N I G H T R A N G E R
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Saw these guys open up at Cheyenne Frontier Days. The first rock band ever to open up this historic festival. They were great then and still are today.
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Saw them in concert over the summer...the y still rock! Awesome show!
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You can still rock in America!!! Oh yeah!!?!
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kwtkdmom
They don't even list 3 of what I consider to be their best albums - Seven, Neverland and Feeding Off the Mojo. There is SO much more to their history & current status than what is listed here.
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Omg!!!
Rock On!!!!
Memories.... *Sigh*
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one of my favorites too
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kwtkdmom
My favorite band in the world!!
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love it all.....sing i n g , music, meaning
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Its......... . . M E ! . . . . . ' S I S T E R CHRISTIAN'.. . . . . . X X X X O O O O O O O
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kwtkdmom
Pandora needs to update their picture. Joel Hoekstra is no longer with them; Keri Kelli is their other guitar player.
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How did Night Ranger get on my Brian Eno station?
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One of the best concerts ever

THEY KNOW HOW TOO ROCK........ . . . . U . S . A . . . . . X X X X X O O O O O O O O X X X X
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mbrocato64
My absolute favorite 80's band! See them whenever I can
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Best....CONC E R T . . . E V E R ! ! ! ! ! ! . . . . I W A L K E D . . . . . . T O O THE SHOW WITH..THEM.. . . . ! ! ! ! ! ! ! X X X X O O O O O
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Love it
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This was the first concert I took my wife to in the summer of
1983. Night Ranger is a very special band for both of us.
We are going to see them this Saturday at the County Fair in Turlock
California and again next month at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
They still rock the house, check them out if you get a chance.
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been a fan since the 80's..
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Love....this . . . . . . . b a n d . They still bring it in concert and their last two CDs, Somewhere in California and High Road are two of their most complete LPs.
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kwtkdmom
I just saw them again last week in Jacksonville and they kicked a**!! They never disappoint and give their all to their fans. Can't wait to hear their new CD that they're working on and hopefully see them again.
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I was there live as they played this..song.. . . . . I also walked into the concert...wi t h them....side by side........ . . . g o o d b y e X X X X X X X X O O O O O O O
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great song
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kwtkdmom
I've been a fan since they debuted on American Bandstand in 1981/82. I finally got my dream of meeting Brad Gillis when he was on vacation in my hometown of Key West, FL in 2013. And then I got to meet the whole band in Oct. 2015 in Jacksonville . They are amazingly super nice & gracious guys and still rock the hell out. They put on an amazing show. I'm going to see them again next month in Jacksonville as well. They have so many other good songs for sure - catch up Pandora!!!
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Don't just like it -- I love it!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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This is My Song........ . L U V . . . M e . . . . . . . . . . s i s t e r Christian... . X X X X X O O O O
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the cheek by the love of your life now that you've read this don't stop.If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post This on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on your phone in big type.
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gcarreon
Nothing like staring at the stars and rockin with some Night Ranger.
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lesia1968
So love Night Ranger !!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Awesome
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They are great. Sister Christian, don't tell me you love me, still rock in America
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I love Night Ranger!!!! Don't tell me you love me......��
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i remember one of my first concert experiences was Night Ranger with REO Speedwagon headlining at Memorial auditorium sacramento ca.
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SF. SH. 1978. Curtis. ��������
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:)
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I dunno this one.
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Such a asome super group
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What a fantastic group! , Brings back so many good memories from Grass Valley ,calif. Wish there were more groups like them now ,thankfully we have all their great music from the 80,s!
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errolguidry
FIRST CONCERT OF MY 12 YEAR OLD LIFE IN 1983.
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You can still rock in America!
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I seen em live &walked side by side on the way too the show.....It Must have been heaven looking for Me..... I did not want.too say..Good Bye
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lpaulae
Amazing: 80s band..
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ronton617
Reminds me so much of the mid 80's. When you close your eye's will always be my favorite song. Will always remind me of the Summer of 85. Great times, Great Memories.
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saw them at the Del Mar fair bandstand in the early 80's and they crushed it! love the double lead riffs in this song and the lyric, don't tell me you love me, well if you have never said that to anyone I bet you thought about saying it to someone!
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I saw these guys on American Bandstand performing Don't Tell Me You Love Me and I told everybody that they were going to be huge someday and a year or so later, Midnight Madness broke and they were on their way. When Brad was playing with Ozzy, a friend of mine was actually auditioned for the spot that went eventually went to Jake Williams (aka Jake E. Lee). Man, I miss the 80's!
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