More than 35 years after Night Ranger debuted, they’ve remained a consistent presence on the touring circuit. In this day and age where tapes, and tracks, occasionally help flesh out what fans are hearing in concert, a Night Ranger show delivers the real thing.

“You know, Tom Petty, God bless him, I saw him on that last tour and he said something that I love onstage and it really holds true with Night Ranger,” Night Ranger bassist and singer Jack Blades tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “When you come see Night Ranger, there’s no artificial sweetening involved. In other words, what you’re hearing is coming out of the five people that are onstage. The vocals, the guitars, the keyboards, the bass. There’s no artificial sweetening coming out of any tape in the background or anything like that. It’s all us.”

Night Ranger have a new album, Don’t Let Up. And we have the exclusive premiere of a new video from it for the song Truth, which you can watch below.

Blades explains “…To make the video, we just wanted it to be real. This is who we are, this is how it is. This is what Night Ranger is in 2018. We just wanted to keep it real, keep it honest. That’s the way it is. Keep it truthful. So that’s what we did, and we didn’t do a storyline, but we kept it rockin’, because that’s what Night Ranger is all about right now, just rockin’ and rollin.’”

Blades calls Truth a “straight from the heart and soul” kind of song. “When I wrote the lyrics and we came up with the song, it was like, ‘Just give me truth,’” he says. “That’s kind of what this world needs right now. How about a little truth? I mean, with everything. I’m not just talking about what’s going on currently in politics. I’m talking about in the world as a whole. If people were really true to themselves, if everything was just truth, think how it would be. Maybe it’s a fantasy dream and everything like that, and I’m not saying that we’re pie-in-the-sky dudes, because that’s the last thing that Night Ranger is. But I’m saying that we came up with the song Truth for that very reason of what this world needs right now is some truth.”

They’ll be celebrating their career on the road this fall by performing their first two albums, Dawn Patrol and Midnight Madness, in full at special concerts in Waukegan, Ill., (on Oct. 18th) and in Denver (on Nov. 29th). The two shows will feature “a lot of songs that we’ve never played live,” Blades says, along with others that haven’t been performed since the original tours for those albums in the early ‘80s.

“We started rehearsing them and working them up,” he says. “It was kind of like a walk down memory lane. Which basically is what the show is going to be about. We’re going to be telling stories about what was happening at that very time in rock ‘n’ roll in L.A. in 1983 at the Rainbow with Motley Crue guys coming down, with the Ratt guys on tour with us. It’s going to be nuts.
“It’s going to be so much fun. Some of these songs that we’re playing … [drummer and singer] Kelly [Keagy] and I are looking at each other going, ‘What the fuck were we thinking when we wrote those words?’ It’s pretty funny. But it was captured at a certain moment of time and that’s where we were.”

The band has plans to record audio of the Illinois concert, and Blades hints that they’re already looking at the possibility of doing other concerts where they’d play the two albums in other cities.

Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock.


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Nikki Sixx confirmed, via his Twitter, that Motely Crue has recorded new material for the forthcoming, The Dirt, movie.

When asked by fan, about the new songs, Sixx replied, “You can trust us these are ball busters. Everybody can relax.Were soon gonna smack you upside the head with some killer new tracks. Bob Rock is producing.Its our movie. We know what were doing.”

Singer Vince Neil tweeted yesterday that he was “going back in [the] recording studio in a few weeks” with his bandmates to lay down his vocals on the group’s new songs.

The band’s last studio album was 2008’s Saints Of Los Angeles, which was followed by a 2009’s Greatest Hits compilation.

A tour film about Motley Crue’s final shows, The End, came out in 2016.

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Rival Sons have premiered their video for Do Your Worst, the first song to be released from their forthcoming album. The as-yet-untitled collection is due early next year, and will be released on the Atlantic Records imprint Low Country Sound, a label launched by longtime Rival Sons producer Dave Cobb.

The album was recorded with Cobb at the historic RCA Studio A in Nashville, and at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama.

“Sometimes environment really shapes a song,” says singer Jay Buchanan. “Hunkered down in a threadbare shack deep in the south Tennessee woods we (Scott [guitarist Scott Holiday] and I) sweated it out and just wrote for a week straight.

“We were set out on an old causeway surrounded by neglected reservoirs and overgrown with shit you don’t want to see and yes; infested with all manner snakes. The song is a whiskey nightmare crawling with copperheads to me.”

More details on the album, the band’s sixth, will be announced over the coming weeks.

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Aerosmith performed their classic song Walk This Way on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (Sept. 12th) using a selection of kids’ instruments including mini guitars, toy drums and kazoos.
They were joined by host Fallon and his longtime house band the Roots, watch the performance below.

Aerosmith recently confirmed they’d mark their 50th anniversary with a Las Vegas residency, playing 18 shows at the Park MGM Hotel and Casino starting on April 6th. “What we want to do is something that I haven’t seen before,” [guitarist Joe] Perry said. “Just downsizing our live show, just playing in a smaller place. We want to do something different. We’re in the middle of the production now. What we’re talking about is having an experience that you wouldn’t be able to see on a regular Aerosmith tour.”

Aerosmith’s 50th anniversary with a Las Vegas residency dates:

April: 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26

June: 19, 22, 24, 27, 29

July: 2, 4, 7, 9

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In a recent interview with Backstage Axxess, Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill was asked why guitarist K.K. Downing was not asked to re-join after Glenn Tipton had to step aside due to his battle with Parkinson’s.

Ian replied, “When he retired, we took on Richie [Faulkner], you know, so he’s playing all Ken’s parts. So, it’s not Ken’s [parts] that are missing, it’s going to be Glenn’s parts that he would be playing. Really, Ken, what’s he going to do? Come over to my side of the stage and play Glenn’s parts? It wasn’t his job, if you know what I mean, that had become vacant. It was Glenn’s. Glenn and Ken are two excellent guitarists, [but] both are completely different in styles and sounds, and for Ken to be playing Glenn’s parts anyway, it really wouldn’t have sounded right anyway. We never thought about Ken for that reason.”

The “Cobras & Fire” podcast asked what Downing thought of Hill’s justification for why he wasn’t contacted about coming back to to the band, Downing said (as per, “Complete load of bollocks. If I had rejoined the band, obviously, I’d step into my role — that’s where people would expect me to be — and Richie is already playing Glenn’s parts anyway, and we’d do that. It wasn’t the case where I was gonna play Glenn’s parts and Richie plays mine.”

“I was thinking, ‘Ian, was it too early in the day or too late in the evening when you came up with this idea?'” K.K. continued. “I don’t know. But bless him — bless him, because we were like brothers; we went to infant school together and secondary school together, and we lived our career together. But I’m not totally happy about what’s being said. Ian seems to be [saying] things like, ‘None of the fans are missing K.K.,’ and, ‘Richie has brought a new energy to the band.’ And I’m going, ‘Ian, dude, on that last tour, I was the energy. I slowed down because people weren’t keeping up with me.'”

Downing added, “That’s a true story. ‘Cause I started off that tour, I played a few shows, and then Scott [Travis, drums] made a comment, and he said, ‘What do you mean, man? It’s your show.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Did he think I’m trying to steal the limelight by doing what I’ve always done?’ Then I started to back off, and then I was in an unhappy place from that point — I didn’t want everybody to think I was trying to steal the limelight when I wasn’t. ‘Cause Rob’s [Halford, vocals] reading his Autocue [teleprompter system] — he’s slowed down — Glenn’s going over there for a beer in between every song, and I’m thinking, ‘Hmm… I don’t know.’ So I’m thinking, Ian, get a grip with yourself, mate. You’ve just replaced the energy with some energy. Fine — well, great. But that’s not moving forward, Ian.”

K.K. Downing’s autobiography, “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest”, will be released on September 18th through Da Capo Press. Read more about this forthcoming release by clicking here.

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Slash and his band, Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, will perform their new single Driving Rain this Wednesday, September 12 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Tune-in tomorrow night (Sept. 12th) to watch the episode airing at 11:35PM (ET/PT)/10:35PM (CT) on ABC TV. Watch the video below.

Listen to the previously song, Mind Your Manners, here.

Living The Dream–due out September 21th through Slash’s Snakepit Records (a partnership w/Roadrunner Records)–is the new full-length offering from the group which, in addition to Slash and singer Myles Kennedy, also includes bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and, making his recorded debut after several years of live work with The Conspirators, rhythm guitarist Frank Sidoris. Slash and his band re-teamed with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Iggy Pop, Incubus) for their third album resulting in the band’s strongest collective statement to date following World on Fire and 2012’s Apocalyptic Love. From the barnstorming, high-octane riffery of opener Call of the Wild to the wah-drenched funk rock of Read Between the Lines, the haunting majesty of Lost Inside the Girl to the swaggering deep-in-the-pocket Seventies grooves of Serve You Right, to the stately, quasi-classical melodic themes of The Great Pretender, Living The Dream packs a compendium of sounds and styles into 12 tightly arranged and sharply executed tracks, all of it shot through with Slash’s trademark electrifying and dynamic riffing and high-wire, lyrical solos.

“It’s a natural progression from World on Fire, for sure,” Slash says of the new album. “I think it has a little more diversity–some of the ideas are not really what I would consider to be predictable.” At the same time, he adds, “The record is also a bit more structured, with songs that are shorter and more to the point than last time.”

Kennedy concurs, “I don’t know that there are as many of those sort of ‘epic sonic journeys’ that we took on the last record,” he says. “Although there are songs that take you on a trip, like Lost Inside the Girl. But overall a lot of these songs–things like My Antidote, Read Between the Lines, Slow Grind–they’re pretty precise statements, and they definitely fall in line with the type of sound we’re known for. There’s a certain type of sonic calling card that we’ve developed over the years, and you can hear it front and center on this record.”

“It’s just a snapshot of where we’re at,” Slash continues, summing up Living The Dream. “Which is what we’re going for with each new album–to be present in what we’re doing and come up with something that is representative of and reflects this moment in time.”

On Thursday, September 13th, Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators will begin their North American headlining tour at The Whisky in Los Angeles and will visit 20 major cities including New York, Denver, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC (Silver Spring, MD), Chicago (New Buffalo, MI), Dallas (Thackerville, OK), Austin, Houston, and more before ending October 16 back in Los Angeles. In early 2019, the group will launch a European Tour in February and March before returning to the U.S. All tickets for the fall and winter SMKC tour are available at

Tour dates:


13-Whisky A Go Go Los Angeles, CA
15 The Van Buren Phonenix, AZ
16 KAABOO Music Festival Del Mar, CA
18 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
19 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
21 Paradise Cove Margaritaville Tulsa, OK
22 Winstar World Casino Thackerville, OK (Dallas)
24 Walter Creek Ampitheater Austin, TX Stubb’s
26 House Of Blues Houston, TX
28 Louder Than Life Festival Louisville, KY
29 Four Winds Casino Resort New Buffalo, MI


1 Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ
2 Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
4 Casino Rama Rama, Canada
5 Pier 17 at South Street Seaport New York, NY
6 Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
9 Paramount Huntington, NY
10 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11 House Of Blues Boston, MA
14 Aftershock Sacramento, CA
16 Los Angeles, CA The Palladium

Living The Dream song list:

1. The Call of the Wild
2. Serve You Right
3. My Antidote
4. Mind Your Manners
5. Lost Inside the Girl
6. Read Between the Lines
7. Slow Grind
8. The One You Loved Is Gone
9. Driving Rain
10. Sugar Cane
11. The Great Pretender
12. Boulevard of Broken Hearts

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