Mar 6, 2013 12:02 PM by MTN News - Missoula

Power ballads, rock 'n roll to help Libby cancer victims

LIBBY- One of Night Ranger's biggest hits in the early 1980s was called "You Can Still Rock in America". They'll be out to prove "you can still rock in Libby" when the legendary rock band headlines the third annual Big Sky Bash, sponsored by the CARD Foundation in July.

Night Ranger, along with "hair metal heart-throb" Kip Winger and local favorites The Copper Mountain Band will headline this year's show, which helps to raise money for the Center for Asbestos Related Disease and its research helping Libby's asbestos victims.

Fueled by heavy airplay on radio and videos on MTV, Night Ranger quickly rose to the status of early 80s "supergroup" with such hits as the aforementioned "Rock in America", "When You Close Your Eyes" and "Sister Christian", which became a slow dance anthem at high schools and wedding receptions across the country in 1984. The song would peak at #5 on the Billboard charts but go on to "timeless" status, ranking as one of the greatest hit songs of the 1980s.

The band's initial albums sold more than 10 million copies before they split up in the late 80s. But they re-formed in the '90s and have been touring ever since.

Winger started his career with Alice Cooper and Alan Parsons before forming his own group "Winger" and then moving on as a solo performer.

The Copper Mountain Band will be performing at its third Big Sky Bash. Moving to more of a rock 'n roll format marks a change for the event, which was headlined by country-rock acts The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sawyer Brown the first two years.

This year's event is set for Saturday, July 13 at J. Neils Park, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets will be $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show and will go on sale May 1 at the CARD Clinic as well as local outlets in Libby and online.

Reported by; Dennis Bragg


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