Night Ranger experiencing best year since late ’80s

In the 1980s, Night Ranger burst onto the rock-music scene as one of only a handful of bands that boasted a pair of guitarists who both had blistering playing that was lead-guitar caliber.

But what set the San Francisco quintet apart from all the others was that the band not only had the dual guitar work of Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson, but also dual lead vocals in Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy.

That combination of melodic vocals and virtuoso guitar riffs helped Night Ranger sell more than 16 million albums and come up with some of the biggest rock anthems of the era, including “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.” Their 1984 mega-hit “Sister Christian” is arguably one of the biggest power ballads of all time.

Now celebrating more than 25 years since their debut album, “Dawn Patrol,” Night Ranger is preparing to release its ninth studio album, “Hole in the Sun,” and tour all summer. Speaking to the Deseret News from his home in Oakland, Calif., Gillis said 2008 is the biggest year for the band since the late ’80s.

“It’s going to be a great year for us. I haven’t done this much press since the ’80s,” Gillis said. “Everyone is excited to go back on the road … keep the machine rolling for another few years.”

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