Night Rangeris a rock band from the U. S. And was formed in San Francisco, California. The beginning of the band came about when the group called, Rubicon, led by Jerry Martini, split up. Jack Blades formed a hard rock band with other members, Kelley Keagy (drum player), and Brad Gillis (guitar player). The threesome played as the group called, Stereo. The band later recruited a keyboard player named, Alan Fitzgerald. They also added another guitar player known as, Jeff Watson, and the five called themselves, Ranger. In 1982 the band changed their name to Night Ranger, after a country band known as, The Rangers claimed a trademark infringement. They toured and opened for Ozzy Osbourne and ZZ Top. They recorded, Dawn Patrol, with the Boardwalk Records label. Night Ranger signed with MCA Camel Records in 1983, after Boardwalk closed. The bandís first three albums all reached RIAA platinum status. The albums were, Dawn Patrol, in 1982, Midnight Madness, in 1983, and Seven Wishes. Their number 4 album, released in 1987, was Big Life, and it reached gold with about 800 thousand copies sold. After that the group seemed to fade. Their career was not as successful after that. The group did have a Top 20 Anthem called, You Can Still Rock In America. They released 2 ballads, When You Close Your Eyes, which reached number 14 on the charts, and Sister Christian, which reached number 5. Sister Christian was written and sung by Kelley Keagy for his younger sister, Christine.
Between 1984 and 1987 the band had some of their songs used on soundtracks for several teenage movies. Their song, Interstate Love Affair, was used in the movie, Teachers, and later used on Seven Wishes. Their music was also used in the movies, Sixteen Candles (1985), and Out of Bounds (1986). The songs used were, Rumors in the Air, and Wild and Innocent Youth. The band co-wrote the title theme to Michael J. Foxís film called, The Secret of My Success.
The Night Ranger band is still performing and they play in the summer festivals. In 1999, they joined with other 1980's bands in performing the second round of the Rock Never Stops Tour. Alan Fitzgerald left the band in 2004 and was replaced by Michael Lardie. Fitzgerald went on to handle offstage keyboard for Van Halen. Jeff Watson left the band in 2007 when he was fired from the group while on tour. He was replaced for the rest of the tour by Reb Beach. The band has released a total of 19 albums and 12 singles and are still going.
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