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Acording to Tommy Sommers, with therockpit.net, “(Night Ranger is) the kind of band you could bring someone to see that has never heard any of their music and would have a great time.”
Brad Gillis, Night Ranger’s guitarist, played with Ozzy Osbourne for eight months in 1982. He finished that year’s “Diary of a Madman” tour after Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash.
“That (Ozzy Osbourne) gig was the the biggest gig of my life,” Gillis said over the phone.
Gillis returned to Night Ranger, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Originally, Gillis had learned to play by ear, then took lessons for six months. “I was playing ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb,’ and I wanted to rock. In around 1969, my brother had about every great record out there. I would listen over and over.”
So rock he did.
Gillis plays lead guitar on Osbourne’s 1982 “Speak of the Devil” live album — “It went gold,” Gillis said — as well as on the DVD. That double album consisted of all live versions of songs recorded by Osbourne’s previous band Black Sabbath.
More than 1 billion radio fans have tuned in Night Ranger’s songs, which means people remember their music and want to see their shows.
“(Night Ranger) has had a great year. We’ve had 80 shows so far,” Gillis said.
When Night Ranger recorded the album “Dawn Patrol,” they were called simply Ranger. They soon learned another band had that name, so they added Night. “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” was the first single, and came with a music video that MTV loved. It hit No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks. “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me (I don’t want to know)” was written by Night Ranger’s Jack Blades and was recorded again for the video game Rock Band.
“MTV had just been released when we released ‘Dawn Patrol,’ and they played ‘Don’t Tell Me You Love Me’ 25 times a day.”
Night Ranger began in San Francisco in 1979 and increasingly grabbed fans during the 1980s. Gillis and drummer Kelly Keagy have been the only round-the-clock members. Jack Blades (bass) performed on all except one of their albums.
In the 1980s, Gillis’ hair would have shamed Goldilocks. Today, his curls are tamer but not his riffing.