As we continue our countdown to HRH AOR V – and in response to several messages on the HRH Mag Facebook page – we’re throwing the spotlight on 2015 stars Night Ranger. This is what HRH Mag’s Simon Rushworth had to say about a memorable night in Wales.
Jack Blades used Night Ranger’s HRH AOR III headline slot to promise fans the band was on a mission to reconnect with its largely ignored UK audience. And if this was meant to be a long overdue olive branch then a stellar set did the trick.
True to their pre-show word, the supercharged San Franciscans played almost two hours and there were treats aplenty for those prepared to see in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A Damn Yankees double of Coming Of Age and High Enough allowed Blades to dig deeper into his personal back catalogue while Brad Gillis and Keri Kelli were each afforded lengthy introductions courtesy of the Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne covers that reflected their rich and varied careers.
Drummer Kelly Keagy supported Blades with lead vocals on a slew of classics – hitting his peak on the supreme Sentimental Street. Goodbye celebrated the 30th anniversary of Seven Wishes in fine style and Keagy came to the fore again as Sister Christian ushered in an encore built to last.
Given Blades’ assurances that the band are committed to heading back across the Pond at the earliest opportunity it was a brave move to sign off with (You Can Still) Rock In America. You know what Jack? You can still rock here, too.
HRH AOR III – Camp HRH, March 2015