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Night Ranger
Night Ranger
07/08/2017

Night Ranger at the Marion County Fair in Salem 07/07/17 - photos

By BRENT ANGELO //

The Marion County Fair just brought Night Ranger to Salem.

The set list was packed solid with their greatest hits and a they even threw in a few covers as well. The band touched on times when members were also playing in other bands like Damn Yankees, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper, but they didn't stray too long as this band has quite a music catalog and history of its own. Songs like "(You Can Still) Rock in America", "Sister Christian" and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are rock radio classics for examples and still hold up after all these years.

The Marion County Fair show had some special moments tool. Kelly Keagy was back on drums and singing duties after having health troubles. He was in impressive form for a person who just had open heart surgery a few months back. During his absence, Dean Castronovo (who has always played in Journey) filled in. Dean was a special guest on the night and once again got some time behind the drums. With all the members playing on stage, it made those few songs feel a little more personal and special.

Night Ranger may have been an 80s rock favorite, but these guys continue to make great new music as well. In truth that was the one disappointment of the night as some new songs didn't make the setlist cut. Their new cd, Don’t Let Up for example kicks off strong with the rocker "Somehow Someday" which would have been a solid addition to the setlist. In the end and after 35 years of writing, recording, and touring, Night Ranger proved that night they are still rocking in America.

Night Ranger


Somehow Someway (new song)


Marion County Fair
The fair runs July 7-9, 2017.


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