Night Ranger and Mr. Big Stars team up for a new group of named skills

Skills, a newly formed group consisting of members of Night Ranger and Mr. Big, will release their debut album different worlds May 13.

The group is led by Renan Zonta, singer of the Brazilian rock band Electric Mob. A press release notes that Frontiers label president Serafino Perugin was “blown away” by the singer’s talent. “Knowing how much Renan loves classic ’80s hard rock, Perugino thought it would be cool to pair him with some monster players from that era,” the statement explained. Thus, guitarist Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and drummer David Huff (David and the Giants) were recruited for the band.

In addition to announcing different worlds, Skills released “Stop the World”, the first single from their upcoming LP. Watch the music video for the song below.

Gillis founded Night Ranger alongside bassist Jack Blades and drummer Kelly Keagy in 1979. The guitarist remained a constant member of the band’s lineup, contributing to their 13 studio releases. Gillis’ rock resume also includes a stint with Ozzy Osbourne on tour following the death of Randy Rhoads in 1982.

Likewise, Sheehan has an impressive rock history. Before founding Mr. Big in 1988, the bassist joined David Lee Roth on his first tour following the singer’s departure from Van Halen. With Mr. Big, Sheehan contributed to the group’s biggest hit, “To Be With You”, which went to No. 1 in 14 countries in 1992 and held the top spot on the US Billboard chart for 3 weeks.

Skills’ first album different worlds is available for pre-order now on CD, vinyl and digital platforms.

See the album’s track listing below.

Skills, “Different Worlds” Tracklist

1. “Escape Machine”
2. “The night’s fault”
3. “Different Worlds”
4. “Losing Track”
5. “Writings on the Wall”
6. “Show me the way”
7. “Just when I needed you”
8. “Need to fall”
9. “Stop the World”
10. “Hearts of Stone”
11. “Don’t Break My Heart”

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