The 35th Anniversary of Night Ranger. Does that make you feel old? Well, it shouldn’t because if they can still rock, so can you. 35 Years and a Night in Chicago will be released on December 2nd via Frontiers Music and is available in multiple formats: 2 CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3 (audio only). Having sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and played over 3000 live shows, Night Ranger has no trouble filling a venue, as they did at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on May 7, 2016 for the making of this DVD.
Fans of all ages packed the venue. In fact, at one point Jack Blades asks the crowd who was around in a certain year when one of their albums originally came out, and the cheer isn’t that overwhelming, proving that Night Ranger has a fresh crop of new, younger fans, in addition to those who have been devoted to the band from the early days. Perhaps that is because Night Ranger’s songs have popped up in popular culture from TV shows, to video games, movies and Broadway musicals!
This performance features three of the original members of the band- Jack Blades (bass, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), and Brad Gillis (lead and rhythm guitars). Eric Levy (keyboards) and Keri Kelli (lead and rhythm guitars) round out the band and fit in just as well as if they had been there all along. Levy is from the Chicago-area which pleases the local crowd at this performance.
The band plays all the great hits from their hit albums such as Dawn Patrol, Midnight Madness, 7 Wishes, and Man in Motion in addition to some newer tunes. And the entire band still sounds great. Some tunes are heavy, with Brad Gillis blazing on guitars, but Night Ranger always knew how to pull in the ladies with those ballads, several of which feature Kelly Keagy’s soulful vocals. The track listing is as follows: Touch of Madness, Sing Me Away, Four in the Morning, Growing Up in California, Rumors in the Air, Secret of My Success, Sentimental Street, High Road, Eddie’s Comin’ Out Tonight, Goodbye, Day and Night, Night Ranger, When You Close Your Eyes, Don’t Tell Me You Love Me, Penny, Sister Christian, (You Can Still) Rock in America, and 7 Wishes. The CD’s split these tracks on to two albums.
It appears that the band is also about to put out a new studio album in 2017. This performance is a great way to keep the fans in the loop and put out something for them to enjoy while they wait for the music. This is a definitely something to add to the the collection for any Night Ranger fan.