ONAMIA -- Night Ranger, one of the most successful hard rock bands of the 1980s, is bringing its revived, high-energy show to Grand Casino Mille Lacs next week.
The band, which still features its original members, including ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Brad Gillis, will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. Nov. 2 in the casino's convention center. Tickets are $12.95 and $19.95.
"Night Ranger was one of the fan favorites last July at Moondance Jam in Walker," a casino spokesman said in a news release this week. "The band electrified the crowd with the hard rock sound and high-energy stage show that earned it success in the 1980s.
Founded in San Francisco, Night Ranger rose to national prominence with a string of best-selling albums between 1982 and 1988, including "Dawn Patrol," "Midnight Madness," "7 Wishes," "Big Life" and "Man in Motion."
The albums sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, elevating the band's reputation as one of the hottest rock and roll acts of the time.
Several cuts from the albums also struck gold on the single's charts, including "Sister Christian," "When You Close Your Eyes," "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and many others.
The band broke up in 1989, at the peak of its popularity, over a dispute with its record label, but its members found success with other rock groups.
Vocalist and bass guitarist Jack Blades founded Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent, releasing two platinum-selling albums and several chart-topping singles.
Keyboard player Alan Fitzgerald found a home with Van Halen and guitarist Jeff Watson released a couple of successful solo albums and founded the band Mother's Army.
Gillis also released a solo effort, "Gilrock Ranch," in the early 1990s, before the band reunited in 1996 as part of a Nugent tour. Nugent also appeared at this year's Moondance Jam.
"Night Ranger has not tried to update their sound to fit into the passing trend of any era," wrote one reviewer about the group's revived efforts. "Instead they have remained faithful to their own brand of rock music ... with songs like 'Sign of the Times' and 'Panic in June.'
"Considering how many of the past decade's bands are no longer on the forefront, that alone is proof that this is a band whose music is for all decades," the reviewer wrote.
The group's most recent released is "Seven," in 1998.
Tickets for the Grand Casino concert are available at the gate or by calling Ticketmaster, (651) 989-5151.
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