Jack Blades and Night Ranger to Celebrate Almost 40 Years in Windsor

Night RangerWith more than 17 million albums sold worldwide and over 3000 live shows performed, Night Ranger has both epitomized and transcended the arena rock sound and style of that era and beyond. Fronting the band is the soulful-voiced lead singer and bass player Jack Blades, who’s celebrating almost 40 years (since the band originally formed) with the band when they hit Bluesfest Windsor on Thursday, July 12 for a co-headlining show with Extreme and local guests Drop Dead Famous. Jack took some time to chat with YQG Rocks and 519 Magazine.

With songs that have significantly impacted popular culture and continue to expand their ever-growing fan-base, Night Ranger is proof that powerful songs, plus accomplished musicians is the perfect formula for continued success.

Night Ranger has produced legendary hits such as “Sister Christian”, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”, “When You Close Your Eyes” the anthemic “(You Can Still) Rock In America”, along with “Sentimental Street”, “Goodbye”, “Sing Me Away”, “Four in the Morning” and more.

Along with Night Ranger, Jack has had successful projects with the band Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw, as well as a role in the Las Vegas version of Rock of Ages.

He speaks with us about Night Ranger’s history and some of his side projects.

It's hard to believe it's been 40 years for the band.
It's hard to believe it's been 40 years for the band.
Is it still fun after all these years?
Is it still fun after all these years?
You guys still keep the band fresh and keep recording.
You guys still keep the band fresh and keep recording.
Are you going to continue recording?
Are you going to continue recording?
Are there any unreleased tracks lying around?
Are there any unreleased tracks lying around?
Is there a song that really defines Jack Blades?
Is there a song that really defines Jack Blades?
Are there any songs you've written that you find hard to play live?
Are there any songs you've written that you find hard to play live?
Is it hard to replicate an authentic classic Night Ranger sound?
Is it hard to replicate an authentic classic Night Ranger sound?
Do you think your fans have high expectations?
Do you think your fans have high expectations?
Do you guys actually use a setlist?
Do you guys actually use a setlist?
There was a point when you left the band.
There was a point when you left the band.
I still think that Damn Yankees first tour was the loudest show in history.
I still think that Damn Yankees first tour was the loudest show in history.
Was Shaw-Blades a bit of a continuation of Damn Yankees?
Was Shaw-Blades a bit of a continuation of Damn Yankees?
You've written with a few people. Do you like collaborating?
You've written with a few people. Do you like collaborating?
You were in Rock of Ages in Vegas. Do you enjoy acting?
You were in Rock of Ages in Vegas. Do you enjoy acting?
Canada has been good to you.
Canada has been good to you.