As a 12-year-old kid in Port Jefferson, New York, I distinctly remember Night Ranger’s Dawn Patrol being the first cassette I ever played air guitar to while standing in front of my bedroom mirror. Of course, it wasn’t actually an air guitar as I snuck my mom’s metal yardstick up to my room and pretended to be Brad Gillis while I made all sorts of rock star faces in the mirror.
25+ years later I had the distinct pleasure to speak with Night Ranger vocalist/bassist Jack Blades about the band’s history and their upcoming performance in Columbus with Journey. It was a dream – a dream that started back in 6th grade as you’ll hear during the interview – come true. And throughout the 20-minute interview, pay attention to how often Jack mentions the Schottenstein Center, Columbus, and calls me by name. This guy is a true profession and obviously had his talking points laid out in front of him prior to my calling.
Catch Night Ranger Wednesday night as they open for Journey at the Schott. Tickets run from $22 to $124.50.