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Night Ranger Returns To Recording

Of the Oakland Press

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Night Ranger didn’t plan to take nine years between solo albums, but singer-bassist Jack Blades says he had no doubt the group — best known for its 1984 hit “Sister Christian” — would bring some new music to the world again, as it has with the new “Hole in the Sun.”

“We hadn’t thought about it, really,” says Blades, 54, who was also part of the band Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent and Styx’s Tommy Shaw. “We just decided to do a record and a lot of music came out, and came out really good.

“I think new music is what keeps artists and musicians alive. Just creating is a real key element. If you stop your creativity ... It’s like sharks; they stop swimming and they die. Musicians can’t stop being creative.”

“Hole in the Sun” coincides with Night Ranger’s 25th anniversary as a band, an important mark, Blades says, giving he and the other founding members, guitarist Brad Gillis and drummer Kelly Keagy, some cause for reflection.

“It’s crazy, isn’t it?” Blades notes. “Time goes by so quickly ... I’m just happy that after all these years the fans are still out there just singing those songs and coming to the shows and smiling and laughing and joking around. I feel really blessed. It’s been a great ride.”

Night Ranger performs at 10:30 Friday (July 25) at the St. Clair Riverfest 500 N. Riverside Ave., St. Clair. Admission is free.www.stclairriverfest.com for information.

Web Site: www.stclairriverfest.com

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