Former Night Ranger Guitarist Jeff Watson Recovering From Brain Surgery

Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger) has taken to social media to offer fans a new health update. The guitarist is currently recovering after undergoing brain surgery.

Watson said the following:

“I’ve been in ICU for two weeks after having two holes drilled through my skull for access to my brain to put in a drain pipe to remove the blood gathering in my brain cavity 2 weeks ago so I wouldn’t die..

And I haven’t yet.. so thanks to a very good and cool neurosurgeon y’all are stuck with me for a bit..

And two days ago, Wednesday, I had another brain surgery procedure to stop an artery from continuing to leak into my cranial cavity..

Here’s my memory of Wednesday..

My Weirdest Day Ever

(that I can recall..) after my first brain surgery 14 days ago..

I arrived at UCSF radiology early Wednesday morning to be gowned and hooked up to IVs and multiple blood pressure cuffs, then after an hour or so was taken into a surgery theater bristling with gear and gadgetry that would have made Captain Kirk envious..

Hooked up to more machines and given pure oxygen feed and just enough IV sedation to keep me just awake enough to respond to oral commands.
My right arm was cinched down and two BP cuffs were reattached, my head was taped down, and my entire crotch area was shaved and sterilized, a veritable NASCAR pit crew started having at me like I was already losing the race..

Directly to my left were 9 large video monitors racked together and hanging from an amazing movable ceiling system, and large X-Ray cameras were right above my head, they numbed my right arm with lidocaine lotion, the surgeons (three) arrived and they started the needle / catheter up my artery into my brain.

As this proceeded I was instructed to hold my breath every couple of minutes for more X-rays and brain scans

As the radioactive fluid hit my brain I started tasting a metallic flavor unlike anything good ever prepared in a kitchen.

Once the catheter actually hit my brain I felt a strange sharp pain so alien that I became extremely frightened, and they assured me it was sometimes expected and to please lie still..

I could move my eyes just enough to see the screens to my left as the catheter hit my brain and the vessels, the size of rivers on the screen around my brain, were pulsating with every heartbeat.. so more freaking out..

Eventually, the pain in my brain started slowly subsiding as they started slowly removing the catheter from my artery and the procedure finally, slowly came to an excruciating end…

I was then sent for observation for two hours with clamps on my right wrist and arteries, after which Yolande came in and helped me dress and watched as they taped me up, removed the IVs and cuffs, and was allowed to sign my discharge papers and wander around SF trying to remember where we’d parked the car… (Thank goodness Yolande has such a great memory to go along with her unbelievable people skills.. never has there been a more kind and beautiful wife / partner / nurse!)

Home now, need sleep and nutrition, so more info to follow once my synapses start regrouping and my memory fully returns.. (on top of everything else, my guitar capabilities took a pretty big hit, so it’s back to bed with metronome practice, and rebuilding my skill set to try getting my hands back into shape…)”

Watch Night Ranger Cover Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” In Wellington, OH

During their August 23 set at the Lorain County Fair in Wellington, OH, Night Ranger performed a live cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Watch Night Ranger Perform Damn Yankees’ “High Enough” With Sebastian Bach

During their June 24 show in Toledo, OH, Night Ranger were joined onstage by Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) for a performance of Damn Yankees’ “High Enough.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Ex-Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Gilby Clarke Performs With Night Ranger In Sturgis, SD

During Night Ranger’s August 9 set at Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota, the band were joined by guest guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses). The group recruited Clarke after Keri Kelli was forced to miss the show due to a knee injury.

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Night Ranger Perform “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” With Slipknot’s Corey Taylor

During Night Ranger’s July 16 set at the Rock Fest in Cadott, WI, the band were joined onstage by Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) for a performance of “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.” You can see footage of that below. Night Ranger’s Jack Blades told Ultimate Classic Rock the following:

“Brad [Gillis] and I had met him a few years ago, with Eddie Trunk on ‘That Metal Show’. We were excited to share the stage with him at Rock Fest and I asked him if he wanted to sing the second verse of ‘Don’t Tell Me You Love Me’… and if he knew the words. He said, ‘Hell yeah,’ and out he came and killed it. [He’s] a brilliant songwriter and an amazing talent. We are happy to call him our friend.”

Night Ranger Premiere “Breakout” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “ATBPO”

Night Ranger have premiered a new video for their new song “Breakout.” This track is from the band’s new album “ATBPO” (aka “And The Band Played On”), which will be released on August 6.

“ATBPO” Track Listing:

01. “Coming For You”
02. “Bring It All Home To Me”
03. “Breakout”
04. “Hard To Make It Easy”
05. “Can’t Afford A Hero”
06. “Cold As December”
07. “Dance”
08. “The Hardest Road”
09. “Monkey”
10. “A Lucky Man”
11. “Tomorrow”
12. “Savior” (bonus track; CD and LP versions only)

Jack Blades said the following about the record:

“The process was strange but the outcome rocks.”

Kelly Keagy continued:

“This record was incredibly hard to do as we could not be in a room together with all the COVID-19 issues that were going on. But sometimes you do your best work when there’s a deadline approaching.”

Brad Gillis added:

“It’s been a crazy but fun task trying to write and finish this new record in a COVID situation. A few zoom video gatherings got us started. With everybody in the band having their own home studios, we were all able to elaborate and add our own textures to each song. As a vintage guitar collector, I was able to add some great classic sounds to rhythm and solos using my 57 Strat and 52 Goldtop! I hope everyone enjoys the record!”

Night Ranger Working On New Album

Night Ranger have confirmed that they are working on a new album. The effort is expected to be released in 2021.

The following was said on the band’s official website:

“Songwriting started with the three original members Jack Blades (lead vocals/bass), Kelly Keagy (lead vocals/drums), and Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars) meeting and putting their initial ideas together. The recording has now started with Eric Levy (keyboards) and Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars) joining the process and the band will record through the rest of the year. The plan, subject to change, is to deliver the record to Frontiers in the first few months of 2021, with a release in the summer currently planned. The hope is that the album release will coincide with the band’s return to the stage, conditions permitting.”

The group also added:

“What this world needs now is to come together through music and Night Ranger is on it! We are excited to create a new studio album with our great partners at Frontiers Music. Our biggest problem is that we have so many songs, we’re trying to figure out which ones to leave off! Rock and Roll baby.”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Cancel U.S. Tour

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have cancelled their U.S. tour with Night Ranger due to the coronavirus pandemic. This news comes after Whitesnake previously dropped off the trek so David Coverdale can undergo surgery for a bilateral inguinal hernia.

The following statement was issued:

“The Sammy Hagar & The Circle Summer 2020 Tour has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want our fans to know that ticket holders will be emailed directly from the ticketing company with their refund options, including a full refund, so please look out for their communication in the coming days.

We’re disappointed that the current situation has forced us to make this call but our top priority is the health and safety of our entire CIRCLE which extends from the band to our touring family to the venue staff at every show and especially to our fans.

We can’t wait for the day when we’re safely on the other side of this and can hit the stage and celebrate with you again. Until then, stay safe and we’ll do our best to continue entertaining you with our Lockdown Sessions! Sending Love & Light – Sammy, Michael, Jason & Vic”

Sammy Hagar, Whitesnake, & Night Ranger Announce U.S. Tour

Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Whitesnake, and Night Ranger have announced a U.S. tour together. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/09 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
07/11 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
07/14 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
07/15 Raleigh, NC – Coast Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
07/18 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
07/19 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/22 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
07/23 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07/25 Salamanca, NY – Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino Outdoor Venue
07/26 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre
08/07 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/08 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/11 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
08/14 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/15 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
08/18 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/19 Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
08/21 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/22 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
09/02 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
09/03 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/06 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/08 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/10 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09/13 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/15 Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
09/16 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/18 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
09/20 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre