For 35 years, Night Ranger has epitomized the arena rock sound and style with their powerful songs and dynamic stage performances. Wednesday night Rock fans at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Md. were treated to something a little different, two exceptional back to back acoustic gigs from these highly accomplished musicians. The sets featured an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks which have grown to become significant in popular culture and most certainly have left their mark on the American psyche.
A favorite part of this special sit-down performance was the opportunity to catch the guys in a laid back atmosphere that allowed for good-humored conversations between them on stage and offering them the opportunity to share some stories about the songs they played. For instance, we learned that the band was invited to the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC the day before the concert to celebrate the Emperor’s birthday. Jack Blades looked like he was enjoying himself on stage, full of big smiles and lots of energy. He gave his old Damn Yankees guitarist Ted Nugent, who had turned 69 the day before, a happy birthday shout out as the band cranked into “Higher.” In a recent interview, Brad Gillis spoke of his anticipation for this concert. He absolutely blew the crowd away with his stellar acoustic guitar solo on “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.” There were even a few surprised thrown in along the way such as kicking into a bit of “Highway Star” by Deep Purple. The highlight of the night of course though was when Night Ranger played their Midnight Madness classics “(You Can Still) Rock In America” and “Sister Christian.”
On Jan. 26, Night Ranger will be performing at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, Texas. AXS tickets are on sale now. Visit the Night Ranger website for the complete list of tour dates. Night Ranger’s latest album Don’t Let Up was released in March and comes with a bonus DVD which contains live interviews and backstage clips.