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Night Ranger, tonight at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Hotel and Casino in Mescalero NM!!!

This is gonna rock!
 

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Well, I have to say the show was pretty good, aside from a few shortcomings of the venue, not the band.

Instrumentals were superb, much better in person than in video or radio. Some of the guitar work was just about nothing short of miraculous. Seriously, WHO can play full 6 string chords on an acoustic guitar, totally in HARMONICS, AND be fingerpicking at the same time?! Wow, it was awesome.

This show kinda reminded me of the "Hell Freezes Over" Concert done by the Eagles years ago, as all the band members contributed on vocals, the drummer even sang 3 songs of his own. While playing the drums and with all the lights and other distractions on and off stage, that was impressive to say the least, especially since he was rocking a 4/4 time signature with a tempo of at least 115 - 120. The guys good to say the least.

The only bad things about the show were, again, in the venue, not the performance.

First, the lighting sucked, but it was a small cramped stage, roughly 40 x 100 ft if I had to guess. Since the lighting sucked, the multi-media screens also sucked as the contrast on the stage cameras were coming through with a purple hue most of the time. The audience cams were clear as day, but they couldn't zoom in on the band members that well from 200 feet back.

Second, the acoustics in the venue SUCKED!!!! As I said, small stage, and a REALLY small theater for the 2,000+ that were there. Not only that, there were alot of walls sticking out at odd angles making the sound bounce all over the room 3 or 4 times creating an echo when the band was playing with distortion, but when they unplugged it was actually nice.

Third thing, *Sorry Neo* whoever that sound guy was, he ought to be fired. There was nowhere NEAR enough bass, you couldn't even hear it!!!! That, and the treble was so high it screeched, which bouncing around the room created MORE of an echo and just about drove me nuts!!!

Having played in a band before, I've spent a moderate amount of time behind a sound board/mixer/midi digital recording devices. Either these guys didn't do a sound check or just didn't care because of the size/shape challenges of the venue itself.

Now, being that I didn't pay a dime to get into the concert, it was awesome! Of course, they played "Sister Christian" and "Rock in the USA" but those were the last 2 songs of the night. What really rocked is the lead vocalist started talking about how every band has a "Na Na" song, and then they break out in the Beatles "Hey Jude". It was pretty sweet. Some other songs that I remember were some Damn Yankee songs like "Can you take me High Enough" and "Where you going now". Of course, I'd rather have heard those done live by the Damn Yankees themselves, but oh well, they did a good job musically, even though they tried to sing it in a key signature that was too high for their voice ranges, and they were BAD flat on the high notes. The other song titles escape me, but they even threw in some new stuff off their upcoming album release, which was pretty cool, as we were the first audience to hear it live..... *I'm almost positive they've said that to every audience they've played for this entire tour.... Might have been born at night, but it wasn't last night....*

All in all it was a decent escape from reality for about 3 hours. My wife actually enjoyed herself, which was cool to me as she doesn't dig classic rock the way I do. She's more of a 90's girl, as that's the musical decade she remembers the best. Regardless of how bad my ears are ringin' right now, I couldn't beat the price, and it was a pretty cool time.
 
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