While I was waiting in line to get into the venue, I was speaking with a couple guys behind me about Night Ranger and music in general. Once the doors opened, we said goodbye and went our separate ways. When I picked up my meet and greet pass, I was delighted to see there were two of them. While looking for a table, I spotted one of the guys I was speaking with earlier and joined him. I turned to him and said, “How would you like to meet Night Ranger?” He told me he had never done a meet and greet and was interested in taking me up on my offer.
My new friend, Albert, and I lined up to the left of the stage and waiting to be led backstage to meet Night Ranger. I noticed a couple KISS shirts on the fans in line and it made me think of the first time I was introduced to Night Ranger’s impressive catalog of music: KISS Kruise III. I assumed the KISS-clad guys in line also saw Night Ranger on this rock and roll sea voyage and were just as impressed by them as I was.
When Albert and I made it backstage, we were directed to the left where the band was standing and taking photos with fans. I approached Jack Blades, gave him a politician handshake where you lay your free hand on top of the person’s hand that you’re shaking. I have no idea why I did this, but it seemed perfectly natural at the time and Jack didn’t seem to mind. Him and I spoke for a little bit and I reminded him of our interview a month or so ago. After Albert and I took a photo with the band, I asked Jack for a photo with just him and I, which is what you see above.
It took me a couple of hours to get to New York and a couple of hours to get back, but it was worth the trip. Night Ranger put on a phenomenal show that exceeded my expectations. I got hits, deep cuts and even a little Damn Yankees for good measure. I met the guys, got some swag and made a new friend along the way. It was a terrific experience, and I highly recommend you see Night Ranger when they come to your area. You won’t be disappointed.