BRAD GILLIS

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Rock

Brad Gillis is best known for his guitar playing in the chart-topping band NIGHT RANGER. Since Night Ranger’s first release DAWN PATROL back in 1983, Brad’s mastery of the strings and whammy bar have helped lead this rocking AOR band to the top of the Billboard charts with close to twenty gold and platinum albums with sales reaching over 17 million worldwide.

Having appeared in over a dozen MTV and VH1 Music Videos, with TV performances on AMERICAN BANDSTAND, SOLID GOLD, ROCK & ROLL TONIGHT and thousands of live concerts, Brad is one of the few guitar icons of our time that can undoubtedly be recognized by both his aggressively unique tremolo guitar sound. His first solo album GILROCK RANCH produced the top twenty AOR single, “Honest to God,” co-written and sung by the legendary Gregg Allman. Gillis’ guitar history began long before the break-through of NIGHT RANGER.

Receiving his first guitar at 8 years old, he started his first band called THE INVADERS at the age of 10. After singing and playing “GLORIA” at his 6th grade talent show, Brad’s passion for live performances began. When turning nineteen, Brad joined the San Francisco based funk-rock band RUBICON. Together they recorded two albums, Rubicon and American Dreams, with 20th Century Fox Records. Rubicon played at the massive concert “CAL JAM II” at the Ontario Motor Speedway for 300,000 people with Aerosmith, Santana, Foreigner, Ted Nugent, Heart and others. When Rubicon disbanded, Brad with two other band members, Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy, joined with Jeff Watson, and keyboardist Alan “Fitz” Fitzgerald to form NIGHT RANGER……

After the unfortunate death of legendary guitarist Randy Rhoades, heavy metal icon OZZY OSBOURNE recognized Brad’s talent and asked him to supplant Randy on his ongoing tour. For the next year, Brad toured the world with Ozzy supporting the DIARY OF A MADMAN tour and can be heard playing lead guitar on Ozzy’s “SPEAK OF THE DEVIL” live album recorded at the RITZ in New York in late 1982.

In early 1983, Night Ranger was offered a record deal with Boardwalk records, Gillis had the difficult task of choosing one path over the other. Soon after, Night Ranger was releasing hit after hit and touring the world throughout the 80′s.

To this day, Brad is still recording and touring with Night Ranger, performing hits as “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”, “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” just to name a few. Night Ranger’s current 2011 release “SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA” is getting rave reviews throughout the world and was given a 100 percent rating in the top rated site Melodicrock.com

After years of being one of the top grossing touring bands of the ’80s, current original members Brad Gillis, Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy and new members, guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Rock Of Ages, Trans Siberian Orchestra) and keyboardist Eric Levy are touring the world with a hefty schedule in 2011. With the Japanese and European shows completed earlier in the year, Night Ranger is currently touring the US with Journey and Foreigner through October 2011.

Night Rangers Hit Songs (You Can Still) Rock In America, Sister Christian and Don’t Tell Me You Love Me have been picked up for the hit video games GUITAR HERO and ROCK BAND. Brad’s musical side projects include placing over 300 songs for ESPN’s Sports Center, The X Games, Fox Sports, Tiger Woods Sony Playstation Games, EA Sports, The Fuse Channel and many others.

Soundtracks by Brad and Night Ranger hits can be heard in dozens of movies (Secret of my Success, Boogie Nights) and current TV shows (American Dad, Family Guy). Brad’s music has been heard on Monday Night Football segments and hundreds of worldwide Television sports and TV Networks. Brad is an avid vintage guitar collector and has been featured on covers of Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Guitar World and many Japanese Guitar Magazines…..

– Gilrock Ranch [1993]
– Alligator [2001]

 

 

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