Night Ranger 5/25/21

Night Ranger will release its first new album in four years when ATBPO drops on August 6th. The album, which is being dubbed, “an ode to making music during the Covid era,” features the just-released lead single, “Breakout.” ATBPO, which stands for “And The Band Played On,” will be available on CD and several limited edition, color vinyl versions, as well as digitally across all streaming platforms

Bassist Jack Blades spoke about recording the sessions in the face of Covid, saying, “The process was strange but the outcome rocks.”

Drummer Kelly Keagy added: “This record was incredibly hard to do as we could not be in a room together with all the Covid-19 issues that were going on. But sometimes you do your best work when there’s a deadline approaching.”

Guitarist Brad Gillis explained: “It’s been a crazy but fun task trying to write and finish this new record in a Covid situation. A few Zoom video gatherings got us started. With everybody in the band having their own home studios, we were all able to elaborate and add our own textures to each song. As a vintage guitar collector, I was able to add some great classic sounds to rhythm and solos using my ’57 Strat and ’52 Goldtop! I hope everyone enjoys the record!”

Jack Blades told us that even after all these years, he and Kelly Keagy are still the best of friends both on and off the stage: [“Well, Kelly and I, it’s pretty funny with Kelly, because we hang out all the time on the road. Kelly and I are the ones, that, like, y’know, you wake up in the morning after a long bus ride (and) I’ll get up at nine or 10, and we’re texting each other — ‘Coffee. Starbucks. Where is it? Let’s go.’ I mean, we’re always like, ‘Hey — let’s go out and look in some junk shops, let’s hit some antique shops, let’s do this. . . Hey, you wanna take a walk? Let’s go outside, let’s breathe some air.’ Kelly and I do everything together, I mean, on the road. We’re pretty much brothers to the bone. As silly as that sounds, that’s still the way it is, and I think it’s really fortunate that it’s that way.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . it’s that way)

The tracklisting to Night Ranger’s ATBPO is:

“Coming For You”
“Bring It All Home To Me”
“Breakout”
“Hard To Make It Easy”
“Can’t Afford A Hero”
“Cold As December”
“Dance”
“The Hardest Road”
“Monkey”
“A Lucky Man”
“Tomorrow”
“Savior”

  • Night Ranger tour dates (subject to change):
    May 27 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
    May 29 – Boone, IA – Boone River Valley Festival
    July 9 – Clear Lake, IA – Surf Ballroom
    July 10 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center
    July 22 – Walker, MN – Moondance Jam
    September 25 – Gonzales, LA – Rock’n the Bayou at Lamar Dixon Expo Center
    November 13 – Las Vegas, NV – Orleans Showroom

SOURCE: Press release

SIDE NOTES

  • Back in 2017, Night Ranger released their last studio set, Don’t Let Up, through the Frontiers imprint. The self-produced album was the band’s followup to 2014’s fan favorite, High Road.

FAST FACTS

  • Night Ranger will always be best remembered for their string of Top 40 hits — 1983’s “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” (#40), 1984’s “Sister Christian” (#5), “When You Close Your Eyes” (#14), 1985’s “Sentimental Street” (#8), “Four In The Morning (I Can’t Take Anymore)” (#19), and “Goodbye” (#17).
  • In 2014 drummer and singer, Kelly Keagy was named the first ambassador for Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame.