Inspired by The Beatles and especially Sir Paul, Blades commenced his career working the club circuit in a variety of local Southern California bands. Eventually he hooked up with funk rockers Rubicon, commandeered by former Sly & The Family Stone sax man Jerry Martini. Their two slabs Rubicon (1978) and America Dreams (1979) may not have scaled the charts – yet they showed promise for young Jack and his bandmate Brad Gillis.
When Jack Blades isn’t composing hits for himself, he pens songs for a wide array of artists including Cher, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Vince Neil, and Ozzy. He’s hosted a syndicated radio shows; produced sides for Samantha 7, Great White, and Nugent, among others; and toured with Ringo’s All Star Band, and a reformed Night Ranger.
Akin to his hero Macca, Blades is the consummate song player who adapts his technique and tone to the song first and foremost. Blades’ primary weapon of choice these days is his signature Hamer bass.