A pair of the 80s most successful mainstream rock acts, Night Ranger and Loverboy, are planning to add to their legacies with new material in the coming year.
Night Ranger singer-bassist Jack Blades tells Billboard that his band is "about 12 songs into a new album," which will follow 2011's "Somewhere in California." But, he adds, "We don't feel we're there yet. We were going to release a record in the fall but we pushed it off to the spring of next year so get back in (to the studio) and write about seven or eight more songs and get what we feel is the best mix." Night Ranger is working with Anthony Focx, who was also part of the "Somewhere in California" team, as well as old friend Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne). The new material, Blades says, is "pretty rockin'. There's a lot of slamming stuff."
And, he adds, Night Ranger is open to working with other writers on its next batch of songs. "We haven't sat down with anybody else at this point," he says, "but we're always open to anything. We don't care where it comes from, just as long as we can make it sound like Night Ranger."