Blades Wants Album With Zander
Night Ranger frontman hails four-hour studio stint with Cheap Trick singer as his most creative experience since the day Damn Yankees formed.
Jack Blades had so much fun in a four-hour studio session with Robin Zander that he wants them to do a full album together.
The Night Ranger and Cheap Trick frontmen got together one afternoon to collaborate on a track for Blades’ new solo record, Rock’n'Roll Ride.
But the afternoon went so well they came up with three songs – and now Blades, who also fronted ‘supergroup’ the Damn Yankees, wants to do more.
He tells Ultimate Classic Rock: “I didn’t do any of the record virtually. I didn’t sent anything to anybody. I really don’t like to do that. I want to make sure that I’m there and guiding the process through.
“When Robin Zander came up he was on the west coast for a gig or something like that, and showed up in this big-ass stretch limousine. We just frickin’ rocked out for like four hours.
“We wrote Anything For You together and he sang it. We wrote two other things, we put all of the stuff down and then he left. I looked at my buddy Will and I was like, ‘What the hell just happened?’ That was the most creative four hours I’d spent since the weekend we formed the Damn Yankees! It was insane.”
Blades plans to tour his solo record at some point, although Night Ranger are busy this year touring to mark their 30th anniversary and support last year’s Somewhere in California album.
But he hopes the rest of his Zander collaboration will be released eventually: “I’d love to make a full record with him some day. That guy is so uber-talented it’s stupid.”