Jack Blades – Man of Many Faces

music musings, beaverdamusa.comI started out to write a review/musing on the new Revolution Saints (more on that later) album that was recently released, but as usual, the ole brain took me in a different direction. I was thinking about the members of Revolution Saints and the background that I would need to put into the blog when it hit me – Jack Blades is one busy dude.

Jack’s “primary” band is Night Ranger.  Night Ranger first came onto the music scene in the early 80’s with their debut album – Dawn Patrol (1982) which gave us Don’t Tell Me You Love Me and Sing Me Away.  I saw Night Ranger on the Dawn Patrol tour in Huntsville, AL when they opened for KISS and had just heard Sing Me Away on KDF (when  KDF played rock) that day.  However, like many of the attendees, we wanted to see KISS.  I would like to publicly apologize to Night Ranger for being in the crowd that night.  People were booing because they wanted the KISS show to start.

Night Ranger’s next album, Midnight Madness, solidified their place in anthem rock history with When You Close Your Eyes and the monster hit Sister Christian.  The rest they say is history.  Good or bad, they will forever be tied to the power ballad Sister Christian.

Enough about Night Ranger and on to the topic – Jack Blades.  Jack reminds me of the energizer  bunny, not just for his onstage energy (tons!), but for his multiple avenues of getting his music fix:

  • Damn Yankees – this was one of the first “supergroups” and formed in 1988 with Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw (Styx), Michael Cartellone, and Jack.  This band put out some great music and was great to see on tour.  Sadly, after two albums, the members’ priority turned to their individual or band’s careers.  As a side note, read a recent piece on the band at http://ultimateclassicrock.com/damn-yankees-history/ .
  • Shaw Blades – Tommy Shaw and Jack teamed up for two unforgettable albums.  Their vocal ranges complement each other superbly.  Their first album Hallucination was original songs, while their sophomore album, Influences, included covers of songs that influenced each of them growing up.   They didn’t tour a lot, but I did have the opportunity to see Shaw Blades at the Wildhorse Saloon
  • Solo albums – Jack also found time to release two solo albums – Jack Blades (2004) and Rock n’ Roll Ride (2012).  I haven’t heard the inaugural solo album, but love Rock n’ Roll Ride.
  • Revolution Saints – this is Jack’s latest project.  It include Deen Castronovo (drums) from Journey & Bad English, Doug Aldrich (guitar) from Whitesnake.   My lovely bride heard this album and said “it sounds like an 80’s band.”  Yes, it does.  With Deen Castronovo’s vocals, it sounds a lot like Journey.  I didn’t realize how close he & Steve Perry’s vocals are when you listen.  If you want a good solid rock album, get this one.

Well, it is about time to bring this thing back around and close it out.  Thanks for indulging my rambling mind, but that is how it works.  The purpose of this musing?  I guess it is to show appreciation of the versatility and musical talents of Jack.  If you get the chance, go catch a Night Ranger show. You will be glad you did.

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”


  1. Kim Staines says:

    I will take a listen to Revolution Saints. You know me. I’m old classic rock & roll and don’t listen to anything else. If they sound like that I’m sure I will love it too.

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