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CD review NIGHT RANGER "35 Years and a Night in Chicago"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in Night Ranger, Hardrock, AOR, News, CD Review

(8/10) Maybe the days when Night Ranger filled the very big venues are over, but this doesn't mean that the relevance of the band became less over the last years; quite the opposite. Jack Blades, Brad Gillis, Kelly Keagy, Eric Levy and Keri Kelly can look back on a 35 years lasting career that career that included masterpieces such as "Sister Christian", the first song I heard from the guys from San Francisco.

Sometimes live records are like mirrors in a black room - nobody needs them. In this specific case we have another live recording of a band that provided quite some live albums in the past and there might be even more in the future. However, could there be a better way to celebrate a 35 years anniversary than playing a great show in Chicago that's been recorded and released for fans all over the worls. I guess not. That's why this longplayer makes a lot of sense.

And since it was an anniversary concert the tracklist covers also all the milestone of Night Ranger. There are the very early pearls like "Penny" and the mighty "Night Ranger", "Big Life" is present with "The Secret of My Success" and also the latest studio album couldn't be missed. "High Road", the title track, stands for the current Night Ranger, showing that the band still has developed their unique sound that they tuned over time while not forgetting about their roots. And if all this wouldn't be enough Night Ranger gave a preview into the future with a new song they played that night. It's called "Day and Night", it's from the upcoming studio album and if this song is representative for the entire album I think we can expect another rocking disc from the California-based guys.

"35 Years and a Night in Chicago" is a well done live release that shows clearly why this band belongs to the big players in melodic hardrock. Thumbs Up.





  1. Intro
  2. Touch of Madness
  3. Sing Me Away
  4. Four in the Morning
  5. Growing Up in California
  6. Rumors in the Air
  7. The Secret of My Success
  8. Sentimental Street
  9. High Road
  10. Eddie's Coming out Tonight
  11. Goodbye
  12. Day and Night
  13. Night Ranger
  14. When You Close Your Eyes
  15. Don't Tell Me You Love Me
  16. Penny
  17. Sister Christian
  18. (You Can Still) Rock in America


Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: December 2nd, 2016

CD review NIGHT RANGER "35 Years and a Night in Chicago"


Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, Hardrock, Blues, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Night Ranger

It looks very much that we can expect a new Whitesnake album very soon. No title yet, just a date 25.02.2015. And it will be with ex-Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra. Stay tuned for more news.


CD review WHITE WIDDOW "Crossfire"

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2014 von Markus W. in White Widdow, Night Ranger, Treat, Hardrock, Rock, Dokken, News, CD Review

(7/10) What sounds very Swedish/Scandinavian comes from down under. White Widdow was founded in 2008 in Melbourne, Australia by Jules (v) and Xavier (key) Millis. Together with six stinger Enzo Almanzi the base was build for White Widdow.

The five-piece is inspirened by 80's AOR and melodic hardrock. Treat, Skagarak, Night Ranger and a bit of Dokken - those are the references in their sound. What might come over a bit old-fashioned gets actually quite modern out of the speakers. 

"Crossfire" is the third album of the band and follows the 2011 longplayer "Serenade". The new records contains all the incrediences needed for a nice melodic rock meal. There are the more rocking tunes like the opener "Caught in the crossfire" and "Never again". There are as well the highly melodic anthems "Just another day", "Carry the heartache" and "Too many tears". All three on the edge to drown in sticky cliches - but in the end they don't. That's good. Furthermore there are bombastic keyboard soundscapes, that are in line with a bit more rocking guitars and great vocals. No surprise considering the founding members.

"Crossfire" is an album that contains quite good melodic rock. If you are a fan of the earlier mentioned bands you will not regret having listened to White Widdow.





  1. Caught in the crossfire
  2. Fly me away
  3. Just another night
  4. Below the belt
  5. Dreams don't die
  6. Too many tears
  7. Angel
  8. Born to be a rebel
  9. Carry the heartache
  10. Never again


Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Melodic Rock

CD review WHITE WIDDOW "Crossfire"

CD review NIGHT RANGER "High road"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Juni 2014 von Markus W. in Night Ranger, AOR, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Can you still remember "Sister Christian"? Yes, right - the hit from Night Ranger which went up to the fifth place in the US charts at that time. This was in 1984. In the meantime we are 30 years further down the road, but Night Ranger is still around. The band with the guitar duo Jack Blades and Brad Gillis worked on their new record called "High road". It's their eleventh studio album in all these years. The main reason for this is the fact, that the band actually didn't exist anymore during the 90's. But they are back since a few years and that's good. They might not reach the huge successes like in the beginning of their cerreer, but they still write and release good songs.

In total the album comes with eleven tracks which are somewhere between hardrock, AOR and rock. I would say: typical stadium rock.

"Knock knock never stop"  and "Rollin' on" are cool hardrock song somewhere between Kiss and Aerosmith. The guitars are in focus and the tunes definitely rock. Another solid track is "X generation", eventhough I think that the hook in the bridge isn't the best. The catchy "Hang on" does a much better job. The smooth rocker comes with a straight forward guitar and a groove ryhthm. A highlight that stands out a bit is the bass- and rhythm-focussed "St.Bartholomews". It feels a bit more complex than the rest of the material, but has a killer groove. Doubtless, there is a ballad needed on the album too. And it's there. "Only for you only" is the name of it. It's an OK one, but it can't reach the band's anthem "Sister Christian". 

This brings me actually to the weaker composition which are on the record. The title track is a bit too sweet for me. It's an AOR song which we have heard already a couple of time before. This leads to limited excitement. Also "Brothers" is a bit too much cliche. It feels a bit too unemotional for an emotional track.

But in the end the positive things predominate and Night Ranger deliver what they can best. Catchy and highly melodic rock songs which are made for convertable car rides with your girlfriend. If this is what you're looking for you are safe with "High road".





  1. High road
  2. Knock, knock never stop
  3. Rollin' over
  4. Don't live here anymore
  5. I'm coming home
  6. X generation
  7. Only for you only
  8. Hang over
  9. St. Bartholomew
  10. Brothers
  11. L.A. no name (Bonus track)


Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review NIGHT RANGER "High road"

TESLA, STRYPER and NIGHT RANGER are headliners at Frontiers Rock Festival in May

Veröffentlicht am 5. Februar 2014 von Markus W. in Tesla, Night Ranger, Stryper, Hardrock, News, Tour

The 'who is who' of melodic rock/metal in one festival. Yes, that will happen this year during the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (Milan) beginning of May. Details see link below.

TESLA, STRYPER and NIGHT RANGER are headliners at Frontiers Rock Festival in May