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Night Ranger

Sat
22
Nov

REVOLUTION SAINTS Self Titled Debut Out February 20

Released on CD, Deluxe Edition with bonus DVD, 
Digital Download and 180 gram black vinyl.

European release by Frontiers Records: Friday 20th February 2015
UK release: Monday 23rd February 2015
US release: Tuesday 24th February 2015

Deen CastronovoJack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three rock titans together in a band and you have the exciting new hard rock/melodic rock supergroup REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in JourneyBad English and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release.


Revolution Saints (L-R): Jack Blades (bass, vocals), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Doug Aldrich (guitar). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography

On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Bladesreleases.

On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed "Forevermore" release) and also of Burning Rainand formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today’s most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS isn’t your average rock 'n roll band. The new album brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. It’s completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino.


Revolution Saints (L-R): Doug Aldrich (guitar), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Jack Blades (bass, vocals). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography

With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. Truly, this will be a release that you cannot afford to miss. Lovers of melodic rock will fall in love all over again with REVOLUTION SAINTS.


Revolution Saints (L-R): Doug Aldrich (guitar), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Jack Blades (bass, vocals). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography

REVOLUTION SAINTS
Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars

SPECIAL GUESTS
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun 
Arnel Pineda – co-lead vocals on You're Not Alone
Neal Schon – guitar solo on Way To The Sun

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio


Revolution Saints (L-R): Doug Aldrich (guitar), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Jack Blades (bass, vocals). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography


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Mon
10
Nov

One on One with Mitch Lafon - JOEL HOEKSTRA

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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-67-joel-hoekstra

Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake joins Mitch for Episode 67 of One On On With Mitch Lafon. During the interview Joel discusses working with David Coverdale, the nearly completed new Whitesnake album, the band's upcoming tour and more. Joel also talks about working with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and their current tour that runs until January 2015, his time with Night Ranger and being part of the hit Broadway show, Rock Of Ages.

Talking Metal's Mark Strigl co-hosts this episode.
Listen to the One On One With Mitch Lafon Podcast on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, TuneIn and Stitcher.
For more about Joel visit: http://www.joelhoekstra.com and on Twitter: @JoelHoekstra13

For more Mark Strigl visit: http://www.talkingmetal.com and follow him on Twitter: @Strigl and @talkingmetal

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon

One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch

And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon

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Mon
13
Oct

Double Stop Podcast - JOEL HOEKSTRA (Night Ranger, Whitesnake)

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This week Joel Hoekstra shares his story - from early instruments and teenage bands to joining Night Ranger and now nabbing one of the most sought after gigs for a guitar player - the mighty Whitesnake. He fills in the blanks from how he got the gig in Night Ranger and managed to juggle it with Rock of Ages on Broadway, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra - all at the same time. Plus, he goes into detail on how he got the gig in Whitesnake and his part of the recording process on the new cd.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-34-joel-hoekstra-night-ranger-whitesnake-trans-siberian-orchestra-rock-of-ages

http://thedoublestop.com/ep-34-joel-hoekstra-night-ranger-whitesnake-trans-siberian-orchestra-rock-of-ages/

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-double-stop/id818189359

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvwoHxjlRBk

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Fri
05
Sep

NIGHT RANGER Continue Quest For Next Guitarist

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Night Ranger continue looking for a permanent replacement for departed guitarist Joel Hoekstra, who has joined Whitesnake.
Jack Blades sent this message out:
 
"We wanted to give a shout out to Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper Band), who has been playing with us until we make an official lineup announcement.  Keri has been rockin' the past few shows, like only he could! He's a bro and rock n' roll family to us. Getting hit by lots of great guitar players for the spot. No one is officially locked in as of yet. We have received so many amazing messages from our fans and thank you for supporting Night Ranger!"
 
Meanwhile, Joel has spoken to Guitar World about his new job: http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-joel-hoekstra-discusses-his-new-gig...
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Fri
22
Aug

NIGHT RANGER Guitarist Joel Hoekstra Departs To Join WHITESNAKE

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NIGHT RANGER guitarist Joel Hoekstra is leaving the band to join WHITESNAKE.
 
Night Ranger will be playing one of their last shows with Joel tonight as they take the stage in Boston with 38 Special.
The band released this brief statement:
Joel Hoekstra has just announced he will be departing the band to pursue other creative opportunities. We couldn't be happier for Joel. The last 8+ years have been a blast and we wish him nothing but the best.
Night Ranger will be announcing Joel's replacement shortly. We are looking forward to the next chapter of Night Ranger, and traveling to Japan, Hawaii and venues across the United States, Europe and the UK in support of our new album HIGH ROAD.”
 
David Coverdale likewise released a statement:
 
"Ladies & Gentlemen...Boys & Girls...Your Attention, Please...:)
One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that Doug Aldrich had left the band, was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for Whitesnake in Arizona.
Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also, his very agreeable personality & he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug’s replacement in Whitesnake.
We jammed together & were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join Whitesnake on the spot. This was May 30th. 2014.
Joel is currently fulfilling his remaining tour dates with Night Ranger.
We sincerely thank you all for your patience & understanding...& so, without further ado, we ask you to welcome, as we have done, our exceptionally gifted new Snake Brother...
JOEL HOEKSTRA...Guitarist Extraordinaire"
 
So Night Ranger has started talks with potential candidates to replace Joel. A decision is expected to be made in the next couple of weeks.
 
Whitesnake are in the process of writing and recording a new studio album for release in 2015 - the band will undertake a worldtour throughout 2015.
 
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Mon
07
Jul

INTERVIEWS WITH BIFF BYFORD (SAXON), JACK BLADES (NIGHT RANGER), RAGE ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW

INTERVIEWS WITH BIFF BYFORD (SAXON), JACK BLADES (NIGHT RANGER), RAGE AND AREA 11 ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW
 
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features in-depth interviews with Saxon's Biff Byford, Night Ranger's Jack Blades, Rage and Area 11, and is available now for streaming at this link

http://www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-biff-byford-saxonnight-ranger-rage-area-11-interviews/

In the first hour of the show, Saxon frontman Biff Byford spills the beans on the band's forthcoming UK tour, choosing tracks from the albums the band plan to showcase at the gigs, what fans call the 'Holy Trinity' of Saxon albums, 'Wheels of Steel', 'Strong Arm of the Law' and 'Denim and Leather'. Biff also reveals that the band are planning a new album, and that he has a solo album in the pipeline.


 
Also in part 1, Night Ranger frontman Jack Blades talks us through the writing and recording of their new platter 'High Road', selects three songs from the album and discusses the band's touring schedule and long term plans.

In part two, Peavy Wagner of German Melodic Metalmeisters Rage talks about the band's new 30th anniversary double album of rarities 'The Soundchaser Archives', chooses two tracks, and looks back at the highlights of three decades of metal.
And finally we catch up with Area 11, an exciting new band from the UK whose love of Japanese culture and music has seen them write music for cartoons and anime in the land of the rising sun.


 
You can also listen on Sunday 6th June 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 9th June 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.totalrock.com, and on demand on hot new Texas rock and metal station KXZR Radio at www.kxzr.fm
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Thu
26
Jun

NIGHT RANGER - High Road (Review)

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In my book, this is yet another winner from Night Ranger. It’s different than Somewhere In California, but at the same time, it’s not too far from that sound – just a little heavier and a little more diverse. So for that reason I think it makes a great companion to the last album, just as 7 Wishes is the perfect match for Midnight Madness.
More classic Night Ranger harmonies and a really strong production make this a great album.
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92%
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TRACK LISTING
Produced By: 
Night Ranger
Running Time: 
46 + Bonus
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
92
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Frontiers Records
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Night Ranger are quite possibly my favourite band around. They are just so consistently good and feature several times already in my all-time Top 30 with such classic albums as Big Life, Midnight Madness, 7 Wishes, Dawn Patrol, Neverland (still underrated!) and Man In Motion of course. Even the Night Ranger album we can’t mention (Feeding Off The Mojo…oops!) was great!
Some fans had a hard time with the band’s modernized and sometimes inconsistent Hole In The Sun album, but how can you go pass such great tracks as Whatever Happened, There Is Life and Rockstar? Every album sees the band deliver some great new tracks.
Anyway…I digress. The band’s “return to form” Somewhere In California was a bonafide new era classic, with hit chorus after chorus making the album a perfect 100 for me and many others.
 
Not a band to repeat themselves or make the same album twice, I was curious as to what High Road was going to deliver. And I was surprised at the results. Mainly because on first reflection I felt this was the most diverse album the band had ever delivered.
I think there are parts of both Jack and Kelly’s solo sound in here as well as a dose of Damn Yankees style rock n roll and Shaw/Blades also.
Of course the more I listen the more is just sounds like Night Ranger, but I do hear and understand some criticism from a few fans over a few of the tracks included.
After the chorus driven brilliance of the last album, it was always going to be near impossible for High Road to match it. But I think the band came close.
So High Road is a very diverse collection of new songs where choruses play a less prominent role on several songs. It’s also a heavier and harder rocking album and if you go with the flow I think there’s a lot to love here once again. It’s just different.
 
Track By Track:
High Road – you’ll be hard pressed to find a more brilliant hands-in-the-air anthem than this beauty. Absolute melodic bliss and one of my favorite recent era NR tracks. It has a modern sound, but a huge classic chorus.
 
Knock Knock Never Stop – at first I thought it a little bit silly and the lyrics aren’t anything spectacular. I thought the chorus was underdone, but in the flow of the album the song has great energy– it’s this album’s answer to Lay It On Me from Somewhere In California and I’ve come to like it a lot.
 
Rollin' On – I didn’t warm to this song at all for quite a few plays. And it’s not the best song to be rolling out at track 3 I think. The heavy blues rocker with a short chorus is something different, but it really does rock even if it sounds more like Damn Yankees than Night Ranger!
 
Don't Live Here Anymore – I loved this from the first listen and even more so now. Kelly Keagy sings his ass off here, on a song that has a haunting message and a moody heart, until it explodes out of the gate with some blistering guitar work mid-song. It has a very similar vibe to the wonderful rain Comes Crashing down from Big Life.
 
I'm Coming Home – I was so excited first time I heard the riff to this song and as it built I just knew the chorus would blow me away. Except it didn’t. I felt as if the chorus was underdone for a while, like it could have gone even higher and bigger. But that thought soon faded and it remains one of my favorite songs on the album. While I think it feels a little like it could have come from either of Kelly’s solo albums, it is also a song that sounds closest to the style of the last album.
 
X Generation – this is another all-out rocker with a pretty short chorus. It’s not a mind blowing chorus, but I love the pace of the song and the pounding drums (all the drums on this album sound fantastic). It’s a good fun hard rocker that suits the overall album.
 
Only For You Only – ballad time again and this time it’s a traditional Night Ranger ballad with gorgeous vocals and a nice sentimental message. Can’t go wrong with tracks like these and is another winner.
 
Hang On – this is a moody rocker with a Mojo style vibe to it. Or a Kelly solo track perhaps, but with those trademark NR backing vocals and the twin guitar attack, it is another cool song for me. Once again the chorus is understated, but with the flow of the album it’s perfectly placed.
 
St. Bartholomew – this is another big hard rocking track that sounds more AC/DC than it does Night Ranger, but those guitars are so classic in sound it couldn’t be anyone but NR right? The chorus is a grower and more traditional sounding, so I give it two thumbs up.
 
Brothers – is akin to something off Jack’s solo album or Shaw/Blades. Together with the instrumental LA No Name, I think that the album ends on a weak note after the high energy of the rest of the album as a whole. The track, with its Beatles-esque acoustic harmonies is a classic piece of music, but would have been better used as one if the bonus tracks on offer I think.
 
Bonus Tracks:
 
Mountain Song is one of the bonus tracks on offer and a fine hard rocking one at that. It fits in with the style of this album used by X Generation and Knock Knock and is well worth hunting down.
 
Don’t Even Know Your Name should have been on the main album release. This track is a great uptempo melodic rocker with a strong chorus and could have helped even out the album more for those that missed the commercial chorus driven sound of Somewhere In California. 
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Tue
10
Jun

NIGHT RANGER - KNOCK KNOCK VIDEO RELEASED

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NIGHT RANGER
Knock Knock Never Stop
(Official Videoclip / New Album / 2014)
 
Order HIGH ROAD -  iTunes: http://georiot.co/HighRoad
Amazon: Deluxe: http://smarturl.it/NRDeluxeAmz /
Regular: http://smarturl.it/NRRegAmz
Taken from the Frontiers Records release HIGH ROAD.
 
Thu
29
May

NIGHT RANGER: "HIGH ROAD" LIMITED 12" VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED

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NIGHT RANGER: "HIGH ROAD" LIMITED 12" VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED

Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the release of a limited 12" vinyl edition of the NIGHT RANGER album "High Road". A deal was inked with Frontiers Records, and the release dates are set to July 18th for Europe and August 5th for North America. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics.

"High Road" is available for pre-ordering at the Inner Wound Store: http://www.innerwound.bigcartel.com

Track listing;

Side A
01. High Road
02. Knock Knock Never Stop
03. Rollin' On
04. Don't Live Here Anymore
05. I'm Coming Home

Side B
01. X Generation
02. Only For You Only
03. Hang On
04. St Bartholomew
05. Brothers

For more information:
http://www.innerwound.com

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Fri
02
May

NIGHT RANGER TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

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Iconic arena-rockers Night Ranger are set to release their new studio album, HIGH ROAD, on June 6th in Europe and June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records.  Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats � a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips.  To access the cover art for HIGH ROAD, which incorporates elements of the artwork from the band�s previous releases, please click here and see below for the full track listing.  Click here to check out an EPK on the making of the album.  HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard version here, and as the deluxe version here.  The album�s full track listing can be seen below.  Look for the band to tour North America and around the globe this year in support of HIGH ROAD.
 
Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, �It�s almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD!  Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n� roll.  We can�t wait for our fans to hear.�  Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, �We�re so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans.�
 
Night Ranger�s legendary hits "Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock in America," and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band�s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band�s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture.  Night Ranger�s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX�s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL�s �Hear The Truth� campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums.  Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).
 
Night Ranger HIGH ROAD track listing:
 
1.    High Road
2.    Knock Knock Never Stop
3.    Rollin� On
4.    Don�t Live Here Any More
5.    I�m Coming Home
6.    X Generation
7.    Only For You Only
8.    Hang On
9.    St. Bartholomew
10.  Brothers
11.  L.A. No Name
12.  The Mountain Song*
 
*only available on deluxe edition
 
 

For more information please visit:
www.nightranger.com 
www.frontiers.it
  
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Fri
02
May

NIGHT RANGER - High Road (Showcase)

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TRACK LISTING
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· High Road
· Knock Knock Never Stop
· Rollin' On
· Don't Live Here Anymore
· I'm Coming Home
· X Generation
· Only For You Only
· Hang On
· St. Bartholomew
· Brothers
· L.A. No Name*

DVD*: High Road (videoclip); Knock Knock Never Stop (videoclip); Making of the album (documentary)
*only available on the deluxe edition

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High Road
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Night Ranger
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
June 6
Released: 
World
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Melodic Hard Rock
 

Release dates:
EU: June 6th 2014
NA: June 10th 2014

Iconic arena-rockers Night Ranger are set to release their eleventh studio album, HIGH ROAD. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. The cover art for HIGH ROAD, incorporates elements of the artwork from the band’s previous releases.

Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, “It’s almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD! Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n’ roll. We can’t wait for our fans to hear.” Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, “We’re so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans.”

Night Ranger’s legendary hits "Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock in America," and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more!To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums.

Night Ranger is: Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).

 

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