Jack Blades ... meet Dennis DeYoung
Night Ranger is playing Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Jan. 19 in a rare duel bill with former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung. Who's the headliner? Does it really matter? It's gonna be a night of great 80s music no matter who draws the short straw that evening.
Could there be some awkward moments backstage between DeYoung and Night Ranger's Jack Blades, who's gone on to record some great stuff with Styx guitarist (and DDY nemesis) Tommy Shaw? Hopefully I'll be backstage that night to find out in person. My guess: Dressing rooms on different floors of the building. (Put me in the room next to Dennis -- I've got a couple hundred Styx-related questions to ask him.)
But on stage, it should be a night to remember: The word from fans who've seen either act lately is that DDY and Night Ranger both still deliver killer stage shows.
Tickets are $49.50 and are available online at rutheckerdhall.com or via the box office at (727) 791-7400.