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Arena rockers, relive the '80s

Published Sep. 3, 2005

The very coolest thing we at Team Pop have heard of anyone doing at a wedding involves 1980s arena rock band Night Ranger and its hit Sister Christian. Anyone who grew up hearing 1980s arena rock knows that Sister Christian was pretty much the anthem of ick.

Remember these lines: "Motorin,' what's your price for flight? And finding Mister Right? You'll be all right tonight.'

Anyway, how cool is this:

You know that comedian Kathy Griffin _ the loud-mouthed, brassy redhead from television's Suddenly Susan, starring Brooke Shields? Last year, at her wedding, as 60 guests cracked up, Griffin had Sister Christian played as her bridesmaid Shields walked down the aisle. As the song hit the rocking "motorin"' crescendo, Griffin emerged on her 84-year-old father's arm, strolling to the altar to greet her intended.

Night Ranger, the second act on the bill Sunday with Bad Company and the Pat Travers Band, will likely thrill nostalgic fans with Sister Christian and (You Can Still) Rock In America, whose plucky patriotism probably resonates more so with fans, post-Sept 11.

Bad Company performs with Night Ranger and the Pat Travers Band at 8 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.50-$47.50. (727) 791-7400.

_ GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic