Venue: 02 Academy, IslingtonDate: 12 March 2015
12/03/15, a Thursday evening in London, Night Ranger hit
town with their gig at the O2 Academy Islington and played
to what seemed to be a nearly sold out show. No wonder,
given that they only covered two shows in the UK this time,
one of them being the HRH AOR festival.
to vocalist Jack Blades, they thus kept a promise, they made
in the 80's when playing Wembley: To come to the UK every
Arriving at a time most support acts would have already started playing, I was initially surprised to enter what seemed like a half full venue at the time. A few dedicated fans had already secured top spots at the front and were anxiously awaiting Night Ranger to enter the stage. The band started a bit later than initially announced which might have been due to the Meet & Greet they had arranged while the venue was filling up. By the time the band went on stage, the venue was full of people.
were no supporting acts so that fans could get a longer set
of Night Ranger songs that went up until curfew at 11pm
covering old classics and as well as tunes from their new
record “High Road”. In between songs, Jack Blades told
different anecdotes, one of them explaining that the album
title meant something along the lines of “If you take the
high road, everything’s gonna be smooth”.
Night Ranger also did covers of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy
Train” right after guitarist Brad Gillis explained how he
auditioned to participate in Ozzy’s band. Basically he got
a call from Sharon Osbourne who heard of him and was asked
to audition which he didn’t believe at first.
cover was Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” to introduce
their fairly new guitarist Keri Kelli who had played with
Alice Cooper and Slash before he joined Night Ranger.
Although the gig got the crowd pumped and all excited to sing along, there were a few technical difficulties with the keyboard which caused a few short breaks. During one song, they had to stop shortly but just a few seconds later Kelly Keagy hit the drums again and continued singing perfectly which impressed the crowd greatly and everyone else followed.
setlist of the night covered a long list of tracks and
offered a great night to everyone who decided to get some
Night Ranger goodness that evening.
Setlist: Touch of Madness, 7 Wishes, Growing Up in CA., Sing Me Away, 4AM, Rumours, St. Barths, Coming of Age, Knock Knock, Sentimental Street, Night Ranger, Secret of My Success, School’s Out / Crazy Train (Alice Cooper / Ozzy cover), High Road, That Man Don’t Live Here, Eddie, High Enough, Boys of Summer, Goodbye, Lay It On Me, When U Close Your Eyes, Don’t Tell Me You Love Me, Penny, Sister Christian, Rock In America.
Review by: Anna Zurek
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