Night Ranger gives electrifying performance

MANISTEE — Night Ranger brought its 35th anniversary celebration to Manistee on Saturday, giving an enthusiastic performance to a large crowd at the Little River Casino Resort.

Night Ranger includes three original members – Jack Blades, bass guitar and vocals; Brad Gillis, guitar and vocals; and Kelly Keagy, drums and vocals. Eric Levy, keyboards, joined the band seven years ago and Keri Kelli, guitar and vocals, five years ago after playing with Alice Cooper for 10 years.

The band’s energy flowed throughout the crowded casino event center, and by the end of the performance most of the audience was on their feet.

“The band is better than it’s ever been,” Blades told the News Advocate in a previous interview. “It is really firing on all eight cylinders and we’re very happy with the way it is because we just get out there and have a good time.”

Night Ranger played a variety of songs, from their own hits (“Night Ranger,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “Sentimental Street”) to covers of Damn Yankees songs, of which Blades was a member for four years. Alice Cooper’s “Schools Out for Summer” was also part of the set as well as Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.”

The band had the crowd singing along with hits “Sister Christian” and “Still Rockin America.”

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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