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|Born||September 15, 1952
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Years active||1982-1989, 1991-present|
|Associated acts||Night Ranger, Rubicon|
Kelly Keagy (born September 15, 1952) is an American drummer and vocalist, best known for his work with Night Ranger. Keagy sang lead vocals on several of their hits, such as "Sister Christian", "Sing Me Away", and "Sentimental Street".
Keagy started out his career as a drummer, but over the years gained experience in many aspects of the music business. The day after Kelly graduated high school, he packed his bags and left home to pursue being a full-time drummer. After years of playing the club circuit, he became the drummer for the San Francisco band Rubicon. Along with fellow members Jack Blades and Brad Gillis, he formed the band Night Ranger in 1979 as Stereo.
After cutting their teeth on local gigs in San Francisco, promoter Bill Graham booked Night Ranger as the opening act for such bands as Judas Priest, Santana, and the Doobie Brothers. They became one of the most popular mainstream hard rock bands of the mid-1980s. Night Ranger's first album, Dawn Patrol, released in 1982, reached No. 38 on the U.S. charts and sold over 1 million copies, yet it was 1983's Midnight Madness that established the band as a commercial force. Featuring the hits "(You Can Still) Rock in America" and "Sister Christian", the record peaked at No. 15 and sold over 2 million copies. The 1985 album Seven Wishes (7 Wishes) was even more successful, reaching No. 10 on the charts and selling over 3 million copies. In 1988, keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald left Night Ranger, shortly after the recording of Man in Motion. Then, in 1989, after the Man in Motion tour, front man Jack Blades left Night Ranger, with the group disbanding.
In 1991, Night Ranger reformed with Gary Moon replacing Jack Blades on bass and lead vocals. Then in 1996, the classic Night Ranger lineup of Jack Blades/Kelly Keagy/Brad Gillis/Jeff Watson/Alan Fitzgerald reunited. Fitzgerald departed in 2003, and Watson in 2007.
As of 2014, Night Ranger continues to tour and record new music with the current lineup of Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis, Joel Hoekstra and Eric Levy. Their most recent release, High Road came out in 2014.
In 2005 Keagy joined Guitarist Reb Beach, Vocalist Doug Pinnick and Keyboardist Timothy Drury to form the group The Mob. They released a self-titled album of the same name.
In 2001, Keagy took a turn down the solo album trail. Keagy performed drums and vocals on Time Passes. Keagy and his Night Ranger bandmates finished a new studio album and a live album recorded in Japan.[when?] He released his second solo work, I'm Alive.[when?] Keagy is a core member of the band Scrap Metal, along with Mark Slaughter and Gunnar Nelson.
Keagy currently plays DW drums and pedals, Evans drumheads, Vic Firth signature drumsticks, and Sabian cymbals, mostly using their HH series.
- Dawn Patrol (as Ranger) (1982)
- Dawn Patrol (as Night Ranger) (1982)
- Midnight Madness (1983)
- Seven Wishes (7 Wishes) (1985)
- Big Life (1987)
- Man in Motion (1988)
- Greatest Hits (1989)
- Live in Japan (1990)
- Feeding Off the Mojo (1995)
- Rock in Japan '97 (Japanese release) (1997)
- Neverland (1997)
- Seven (1998)
- Keep Rockin': Best Selection '97–'98 (1998)
- Rock Masterpiece Collection (1998)
- Rock in Japan: Greatest Hits Live (1999)
- The Millennium Collection (2000)
- 20th Century Masters: The Best of Night Ranger (2000)
- Rock Breakout Years: 1984 (live) (2005)
- Hits, Acoustic & Rarities (rerecorded hits) (2005)
- The Best of Night Ranger Live (2006)
- Night Ranger Live (2007)
- Extended Versions (live) (2007)
- Hole in the Sun (released internationally) (2007)
- Hole in the Sun (released in the U.S.) (2008)
- Somewhere in California (2011)
- High Road (2014)
- The Mob (2005)
- Gilrock Ranch (1993)