“Dynamic singer,” “gifted songwriter,” “energetic frontman,” “bassist extraordinaire,” “discerning producer” and “consummate musician” would all appropriately describe Jack Blades and his contribution to Rock ‘n’ Roll over the past two decades. Jack initially came on the scene in the early 80’s as the frontman and lead vocalist of Night Ranger. He was responsible for writing or co-writing the majority of the group’s major hits including “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”, “(You Can Still) Rock In America”, “Sentimental Street” and “Sister Christian”.
After multi-platinum success with five studio albums throughout the eighties, Jack went on to co-found another successful collaboration in Damn Yankees that consisted of legendary guitarist Ted Nugent, Styxguitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw and drummer Michael Cartellone. Just as he did with Night Ranger, Jack fired up the Damn Yankees sound with true anthemic power. The association brought two successful albums on Warner Brothers Records. and Jack’s songwriting prowess generated double Platinum-selling albums, Gold certified singles and rock hits.
In 1995 Jack and Damn Yankees cohort Tommy Shaw would collaborate again to form Shaw/Blades. Their long-time friendship and mutual admiration would result in the critically-acclaimed release Hallucination which confirmed the musical instincts of Jack as a master songwriter and performer.
Two years later, Jack re-joined his original Night Ranger band mates in order to release Neverland, an album that experienced overwhelming success in Japan, selling some 40,000 copies in the first week of release. In support, the band toured throughout Japan, performing nine sold-out shows in a row.
In 1998 Jack was selected by Ringo Starr to be an integral part of his VH1 “Storytellers” show appearance and subsequent album. Released in 1998, Storytellers contained fourteen tracks featuring Jack on bass and vocals plus other members of the Roundheads including Joe Walsh, Mark Hudson and Simon Kirke.
In addition to being a songwriting force in all three of his bands, Jack is known within the industry as one of music’s premiere tunesmiths as he penned songs for such notables as Aerosmith, Cher, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Great White, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Styx and Point Of Grace among seemingly countless others. He has also written for country artists and offered numerous songs that appeared in blockbuster movies (Armageddon, Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy, Rock Star, The Secret of My Success) and multiple other TV shows.
In 2003 he released his first self-titled solo album which sported collaborations with such rock giants as Tommy Shaw, Neal Schon of Journey, Michael Lardie of Great White, Warren De Martini of Ratt, Damon Johnson of Brother Cane and of course his Night Ranger band mates Kelly Keagy and Brad Gillis.
With the success of his first solo album, Jack found himself being asked to work on more and more outside projects and collaborations. His home studio in SonomaCountybecame a hot spot for artists to bring their own projects to fruition. Among others, Blades produced works there with Ted Nugent and Vince Neil.
Expanding his horizons even further, Jack accepted a role in the hit Broadway show “Rock Of Ages.” For once he wasn't just writing music for film, but was participating in on-stage performances as an actor for a live audience in a theatrical setting. It was a thrill and an experience for Blades that won't be forgotten.
In 2007 Jack and Tommy Shaw reunited to release their second Shaw/Blades album, Influence, on VH1 Classic Records. The collection is some of their favorite tunes from the ‘60s and ‘70s. It was met with considerable critical acclaim upon its release, and the accompanying headlining tour generated an infectious buzz that resonated among fans both new and old.
That same year Jack and his Night Ranger band mates released their eighth album Hole In The Sun on VH1 Classic Records. The national tour that followed, and a run in Japan, kept everyone busy and rejuvenated proving more than two decades of Rock ‘N’ Roll still wasn't enough for these guys.
Night Ranger released Somewhere in California in 2011. Like past albums, it was also conceived in Jack's home studio by a joining of true creative forces. The album drew worldwide attention prompting tours in the U.S., South America, Europeand Japan.
After touring the world many times over and penning too many hits to count, one would think Jack would be ready for a break, but no. Brimming with new material, Blades collaborated with his friends to produce his newest solo album, Rock 'n’ Roll Ride. The new release also features his Night Ranger band mates as guest vocalists and musicians, but as the title foreshadows, is a full-circle Rock ‘N’ Roll ride for Jack Blades.