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Brad Gillis / Night Ranger

Guitar for Night Ranger

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“How Bout’ A BIG KISS” One of the biggest bands (brands) in the world! Over the top merchandising, makeup and songs! Longevity at its finest. (A rare accomplishment in the music industry) Although I was never a big KISS fan (Hendrix, Zepplin and the Beatles were my cup of tea) but I do love a few of their songs! With our first NR tour out of the gate in early 1983, we became friends and they gave us the utmost respect. I had just left Ozzy’s “Diary Of A Madman” 1982 world tour and jumped right in with the KISS/Night Ranger US tour. MTV was beginning it’s 24/7 format and our first single “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” was all over the airwaves and music television. Since then, we’ve performed on the KISS cruise and played the M3 Festival with Ace Frehley a few weeks back. KISS...... WHAT A HUGE BRAND! (Oh, we’re in this Rock Candy magazine issue too!) WHAT’S YOUR KISS STORY? #lovinglife #careerofrock #kiss #nightranger #mtv #kisscruise #branding #rockcandy #merchandising #musicindustry #beatles
Sometimes in business, we need to diversify our strategy in a new form. Taking a normal product and changing its dynamics into a purer sense could draw new attention. As with my band Night Ranger, we take our powerhouse electric rock set and tame it down to a raw acoustic set. Not only do we bring our audience closer with a “playing in your living room” vibe, we tell stories of the songs conception and related instances. For the past few years, we’ve been showcasing our acoustic set at different venues with great success and believe me, tackling some of the guitar solos on acoustic guitar is a rewarding challenge. Maybe you could apply a different strategy to your product or business...sometimes simplicity rules! #taylorguitars #yaneverknowifanewconceptwillrevitalizeyourbiz #welcometomyclubkids #bradgillis #guitar #ontour #practice #lovemyjob
Sold out Michigan tonight... I love my job. 🎸💥 • • • • #ontour #guitar #rocknroll #practicemakesprogress #fender #gibson #guitarist #michigan
What is your favorite acoustic brand and why? Taylor-Gibson-Martin (The big 3 in my book) 1. 1995 Taylor GABE with the Tree Of Life inlays plays like butter. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. 2. 2004 Gibson J200 Vine is a Cannon! Nuff said.... 3. 1986 Martin D-45 is warm and fat! Perfect for recording. These guitars represent the holy grails of modern acoustic craftsmanship! What’s your thoughts? • • • • #taylorguitars #bradgillis #guitar #rocknroll #ontour #gibsonacoustics #CFMartin #sorefingers #imhungry #gonnamakelunch
Powering down on my skills tonight. I’m a guitar player, so I play it with a passion! Four hours building up my calluses to keep my chops up.. Are you honing your skills? You never stop learning. Apply this to your craft and you may prosper. What are you waiting for my friends......the time is now to bring it on!!! Wrangling my 57 Strat and making her sing....... • • • • • #fender #stratocaster #winning #jamming #powerchords #finish #guitar #ontour #rocknroll #rockstar #bradgillis #practice
“SOUNDCHECK PIC” We’re having a blast on our 3 night East Coast run with Night Ranger! Sold out tonight in Waterloo, NY and filming a video for the song “Truth” tomorrow night in Philly. It’s so great after 36 years of touring, we all still have that spark, and throw it down every night! After a long look at the Night Ranger catalog of songs, we’re adding old classics to the set. Our Soundchecks have been too much fun relearning old tunes!
It’s not often when I get a nice complement in Guitar World Magazine from one of my Idols. Thanks to Richie Blackmore from Deep Purple on the shout out. I started out learning the DP song “Hush” in 8th grade and onto the big hit “Smoke on the Water”and the album “Burn” in High School........ Countless hours in my room practicing every day after school and on weekends. Dad: All you do is play that guitar Me: Yea daddy, I wanna be a Rockstar! Dad: Good luck son... you do have the drive and passion! Me: Someday I’m gonna be big and play The Colosseum! Dad: Can I bring my golf buddies. June 19, 1982, my father joins me at the Oakland Colosseum performing with Ozzy Osbourne! Oh, those were the days honing my craft to the greatest era of ROCK! • • • • #rockstar #rockstar #ritchieblackmore #guitarworld #ontour #guitar #rocknroll #bradgillis #usa @guitarworldmagazine @ritchieblackmorefanpage
The hometown crowd never lets us down! Last night at the Fillmore brought down the house!! 🎸💥🤘🏻 • • • • #nightranger #bradgillis #guitar #ontour #fender #gibson #rockstar #sanfrancisco #thefillmore
Another great show tonight. Playing in Goodyear, Arizona with @38specialband . Unfortunately, this was the only shot I was able to take. If you have any pics from the show make sure to tag me! • • • • #nightranger #bradgillis #rock #rocknroll #guitar #ontour #athomeontheroad #rockstar #fender #gibson
Cal Jam 400,000 people... 40 years ago. Blessed and still going strong. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. 🎸💥🤘🏻 • • • • #nightranger #rockstar #rocknroll #guitar #guitarporn #fender #gibson #ontour #blessed
Always enjoy seeing pictures from our fans! Thanks for tagging me in this one for our show at the Epcot. @tinacooperphotography
Just finished up a 12 day run with 4 shows in Florida followed by London & Wales. Now on my 11 hour flight from Heathrow to SF, I look back on the great time we had. Selling out Londons famous 02 Shepherds Bush Empire and a 3 day festival in Wales was quite a highlight for Night Ranger! At Shepherds Bush, we find out iconic artists like David Bowie, The Who and other major bands have graced the stage. With a few days off, we start hitting the states with our weekend warrior gigs at a venue near you! We’re celebrating our 36th year and still going strong! I attest our longevity to staying healthy, tossing egos out the door and good humor. • • • • #guitar #ontour #nightranger #bradgillis #rockinamerica #fender #gibson #guitars #rockstar #uk #getmehome
“COLOR ME RED” My customized 1972 Datsun 240Z! After my first record contract in 1976 with the band Rubicon, I decided to buy a “cool” car. I found this Datsun with custom Emron paint, custom rims, a pumped up motor and lowered suspension. How bout that HUGE whales tail! The seller gave me an extra bucket of the orange-red paint if ever needed. After receiving my main 1962 Fender Stratocaster in 1978 sanded down and in pieces, I decided to use the extra paint for the guitar’s body. I went to an auto body shop in Oakland who sprayed gray primer and then the color. The guitar was reborn! Soon afterwards, I bought the 3rd Floyd Rose Tremolo System ever built by Floyd in his garage and installed it into the guitar. I added a 22nd fret and custom pickups.I sold the car, bought a BMW and began my whammy bar madness. I miss that car but still play the strat “live”. It’s the 40 year anniversary of its reincarnation! Rock on my friends #datsun240Z #Fender #floydrose #bradgillis #rockstar #rockandroll #80s #ontour #guitar
It was a blast jamming with the 15 bands at the @rockfantasycamp. Half day of rehearsals with a Sunday night gig at the famous @thewhiskyagogo on The Sunset Strip. I’ve performed thousands of shows all over the world but never played at the Whiskey. I can finally write it off my bucket list! Now off to 4 shows in Orlando with Wales and London following..... • • • • • #rocknroll #nightranger #whiskeyagogo #losangeles #fender #gibson #guitar #guitarporn #rockstar #ontheroad #ontour
Today, I'm working on a few beautiful rare guitars in my workshop. It's important to keep Vintage & Custom Axes in top shape for recording and live performances. 1968 Fender Telecaster Blue Floral (Look at all the wear on the neck) #fender #classicrock #shredding #play #gibson #guitarporn #guitars #guitarist #nightranger #guitar #rock #music #bradgillis #iloveguitars #musician #ontour #USA #america #musicmatters
Music that still empowers our memories of growing up, young love, cruising on Saturday night, and tailgating concert parking lots! It's time to bring NEW MELODIC ROCK back to the airwaves!!! Left to Right: Neal Schon, Kenny Aaronson, Me, Gary Phil, Sammy Hagar and Greg Rolie in 1984.......... As the young pup here, I'm very fortunate to be part of this memory ... Happy Holidays my friends!! 🎄🎉🍾 #rockstar #guitar #guitarporn #livinglegend #fender #gibson #holidays #newyear
Was good seeing SiriusXM’s @downtownjuliebrown at 80’s in The Sand in Punta Cana! 🌴🌞🐠 Glad to be home and enjoying a few days off. #workhardplayhard #siriusxm #puntacana #80sinthesand
Just like old times!! Such a great night hanging with @sammyhagar and friends in Clearwater, Florida! @jamesblades @kerikelli @nightranger • • • #keeponrockin #sammyhagar #florida #nightranger #bradgillis #rockstar #rocknroll #guitarporn #livinglegend
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