It’s been 35 years, over 17 million in albums sales worldwide, 10 number 1 MTV videos, 3000+ live shows performed, over 1 Billion in radio audience and Night Ranger keeps rocking. The have epitomized and transcended the arena rock sound and are doing it once again with their upcoming “Don’t Let Up” release.
Night Ranger has earned widespread acclaim, multi-platinum and gold album status while leaving their indelible mark on the music charts with a string of best-selling albums (Dawn Patrol, Midnight Madness, 7 Wishes, Big Life and Man In Motion), its popularity fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks. Producing 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.
It’s obvious Night Ranger isn’t letting up any time soon. In December they released ’35 Years & A Night in Chicago’ a live album/DVD which exemplifies how this band shines on a stage and with ‘Don’t Let Up’ dropping this month plus dozens of shows booked through the year, it seems when Jack Blades says “It’s Only Rock and Roll, but I like it,” while referring to the new album, he’s ready to keep on rocking their, die-hard, fans for some time.
Frontier Music will release ‘Don’t Let Up’ which is the 12th studio album from Night Ranger on March 24th. It will be available in both a standard edition and a deluxe edition (featuring bonus track and bonus DVD – physical format only). The album is self-produced by the band and features 11 tracks that will satisfy both new and old fans alike. “Don’t Let Up” track listing is as follows :
01. Somehow Someway
02. Running Out Of Time
04. Day And Night
05. Don’t Let Up
06. Won’t Be Your Fool Again
07. Say What You Want
08. We Can Work It Out
09. Comfort Me
11. Nothing Left Of Yesterday
Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead and rhythm guitars), Eric Levy (keyboards), and Keri Kelli (lead and rhythm guitars).
When asked about ‘Don’t Let Up’ Gillis had this to say “I’m looking forward to the new Night Ranger studio effort ‘Don’t Let Up’ as it’s always a pleasure releasing new material to keep the bands creative flow. As typical for NR, we have all the elements that made us popular in the first place, including twin lead vocal tradeoffs with Jack and Kelly and dual guitar harmonies and solos with my new partner in crime, Keri Kelli. We’ve stacked the deck again with up tempo driving rock songs, mid-tempo tunes and a few acoustic ballad tracks. We’re hoping this new album will be added to your existing Night Ranger catalog!!!”
Whether you’re an old school fan or just someone that likes to check out new music I know you’ll thoroughly enjoy this album. I’ve listened a handful of times and, outside of it being one of the best new rock albums I’ve heard in a while, there are hints of classic Night Ranger, Kiss, Alice Cooper, The Beatles and even some country influence which is probably inspired by Kelly Keagy’s surroundings in Nashville. Stand out tracks for me are ‘Running Out Of Time,’ ‘Truth’ the bluesy ‘(Won’t Be Your) Fool Again’ and the high paced, guitar driving ‘Comfort Me.’ The obligatory ballad slot gets filled twice in my opinion, first with ‘We Can Work It Out’ then closing it all out with ‘Nothing Left Of Yesterday’ which like all 11 Tracks show that Night Ranger and ‘You Can Still Rock In America’
Just to be clear ‘Don’t Let Up’ is NOT just a band from the past trying to breath fresh air into old songs or rewrite hits with new lyrics.This is all new music that you can hear both new and old influences and, once again proves Night Ranger has perfected the rock radio formula.
Of course if you want to full Night Ranger experience you have to see them live. So check out their official website for tour dates and all things Night Ranger and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook as well.