With a crescendo of a chorus, a song about a younger sister growing up too fast ushered in the era of the big rock ballad, thanks to Night Ranger and “Sister Christian.”
Much like how the power ballad endured so has the San Francisco-based band. Night Ranger makes a stop at AC’s Lounge at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto on Wednesday.
Drummer Kelly Keagy wrote and sung the iconic song for the band. He said despite “Sister Christian” celebrating its 25th anniversary, the audience helps keep it fresh on stage every night.
“I think when you strike a chord with somebody, it’s always going to be there,” Keagy said in a telephone interview.
In addition to “Sister Christian,” Night Ranger had a number of other hits throughout the 1980s, including “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America” and the title track to the Michael J. Fox movie “The Secret of My Success,” which launched the band to multi-platinum and MTV stardom.
By the end of the 1980s, the band had fizzled, but reunited in 1996 for a tour of Japan and has been going since.