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I just got home from a concert here in KC, featuring the band Night Ranger. You might remember them for their signature song, "You Can Still Rock In America" which received major airplay on MTV (back when MTV played MUSIC videos all day and night!). Or, maybe you remember them for the classic rock ballad, "Sister Christian".
I have had the privilege of knowing a couple of the guys in the band for years, after doing some supporting act shows with them on tour in the early 90's. And to see them again, chat with them, and watch them tear it up in my home town was great.
These guys have still got it. I mean, there are times when you can just tell if someone has "it" or not.
Kelly Keaggy (the drummer who also sings a major amount of lead vocals) was a little bit hoarse tonight, but that happens to us all from time to time. He still sounded great. They have played a few shows this past week, and being a principle vocalist in the band, he's always putting 110% out there, singing AND playing.
Guitarist Brad Gillis was as electrifying as ever with his soaring guitar solos and his daredevil dive bombing whammy bar attacks that have become his eternal trademark. And he's still playing the same red and black Fender electric that he's had all these years!
Jack Blades' vocals have always been stellar, even while he was the bassist/lead vocalist in the 1990's band Damn Yankees, which also featured Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw (from Styx fame) and Michael Cartellone on drums.
Tonight's show featured an acoustic/unplugged set that began with a duet featuring Brad Gillis and new addition to the lineup, Joel Hoekstra. Joel replaced original guitarist Jeff Watson, and is also the regular lead guitarist in "Rock of Ages", the hit Broadway musical that features the music of Night Ranger, Journey, Foreigner, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Poison, Whitesnake, and other icons of ’80s rock. Read about it here: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/joel-hoekstras-rock/may-09/96053
You can also see a preview clip for the Sunday, June 7th airing of The Tony Awards (for Broadway musicals) by clicking on the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfdFy9v-FXI
The video clip also features a live performance with Joel on guitar backing up the vocalists that are a couple of the primary leads in the show "Rock of Ages".
Included in the acoustic set was one of the more well-known songs from Damn Yankees, "High Enough", and ending with their song, "Goodbye", which they dedicated to all the veterans who stormed the beaches of Normandy on this day (June 6th) in 1941. Very cool.
The band said their goodbyes, and walked off the stage, but leaving two very obvious song choices yet to be played, so an encore was eminent. The near capacity crowd wouldn't let them leave without playing their Top 10 hit, "Sister Christian", and MTV hit "You Can Still Rock in America" as the closing song of the night.
The band burst onto the rock scene in a big way in 1982 with their debut album, "Dawn Patrol" which included the songs "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", "Sing Me Away", and the rocker, "Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight". It's probably their heaviest sounding album, as they softened up a bit, but honed their hook-writing craft to produce music that was more suitable for radio.
The weather was perfect tonight, and the outdoor amphitheater was close to capacity. And many of tonight's songs were recognizable for the regular radio listener in the 80's and 90's..
All of these components made for a great evening out, and proof positive that You CAN Still Rock In America!
Everything that we do begins with getting started. I mean, think about it.
See what I mean? When you thought about it, you started a new thought process. You were wondering what it was that I was going to write, then you started thinking about what I wrote.
Life is all about "getting started". How profound, if I do say so, myself.
To do something else, you have to stop doing one thing (usually), and you begin another. Sometimes we continue from one thing to another (chain smoking, for instance), but in reality, even though you're CONTINUING to do something, most times there is some NEW element involved.
With chain smoking (a dirty, nasty, filthy habit, I might add, but one that serves quite well in this example), you're STILL smoking, but you're STARTING a NEW cigarette. The act is the same, but there is a changing variable that is introduced into the process.
Not to mention that where once before you were holding one cigarette in your hand, you now have two. Or, one and part of another depending on how much you smoked before lighting the new one.
Okay, by now you're probably wondering, "Dude, what are you on?" To which I would reply, "A wicker chair." :-P
But seriously, I was thinking about starting this blog to talk about random things in my day, and I think I have accomplished it.
My real objective here is to get you thinking.
Before you started reading this, most likely there was something in your day or thought process that was tying you up rather distractedly. Which reminds me, I have been such a literot (literary idiot) always correcting people on how to say words like caramel ("care-uh-mel" instead of "car-mull"), and the oft-mispronounced sherbet (shir-bet instead of SHER-BERT), that I have decided to start making words up, like DISTRACTEDLY and LITEROT. And I think they, however wrong they are, should also be in all capital letters for emphasis. "EM-PHA-SIS!" (One of my favorite quotes used by the character Josh in the Nickelodeon TV series, "Drake & Josh").
No offense to anyone who might use those aforementioned words in the secondary manner I EXAMPLED in the previous paragraph. It's just funny that sometimes the obvious isn't always. (To put the word "obvious" at the end of that phrase would have been redundant...I know, and so it goes.)
I leave you with this final thought: If you're saying something in a way that seems right to you and someone else is not hearing it that way, it's okay. Just look at them and say, "I'm sorry, but you must have HERDED me WRONGLY, I can speak GOODLY. RALLY, I can." :-)
Have a WONDER-FILLED week!