Damon Ranger

Damon onstage with Peter DiStephano. (Credit Brian Henciak

Lollapalooza Day 3 Blog

By Damon Ranger– CHICAGO (CBS) — So today I woke up, checked the weather, and I’m pretty excited. Today I get to join Motown Pete at Lollapalooza and guest in on their set. Motown Pete […]


Lolla founder and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell playing with kids at The School Of Rock. (Credit: Adam Mackintosh)

Lollapalooza Day 2 Blog

By Damon Ranger– CHICAGO (CBS) — A guitar solo in Grant Park??? Kirk Hammett of Metallica stood proud and alone, while giving a 5 minute lesson in shredding strings, which is slowly becoming a lost […]


Damon with DJ Chris Masterson. (Credit: Damon Ranger)

Lollapalooza Night One Blog

Having Lollapalooza in Chicago is really a special thing.



Lollapalooza Launch Party

By Damon Ranger CHICAGO (CBS) — Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make it so rewarding. I woke up to an email that invited me to Perry Farrell‘s private Lollapalooza launch party. As […]


Musician Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins performs at the Wiltern Theatre on October 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

New Smashing Pumpkins Disc, ‘Oceania,’ Released

“It was time to kick out the jams again,” the Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan tells CBS 2’s Damon Ranger.



Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath To Headline Lollapalooza

There’s no more speculating about leaked lists – the Lollapalooza lineup is out.

CBS Chicago–04/11/2012

Butch Walker and the Black Widows perform at the 3rd annual Pablove Benefit Concert in Milwaukee on Jan. 28, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Benefit Concert Raises Funds For Cancer Foundation

Jeff Castelaz, co-founder of Dangerbird Records, started an online blog when his 4-year-old son Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. Butch Walker and the Black Widows and several other artists performed at a recent benefit for Pablove, the charity named in Pablo’s memory.

CBS 2–01/30/2012

Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction perform on the first evening of a two-night stand at the Metro to launch their new album 'The Great Escape Artist,' on September 24, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Lyle A. Waisman/Getty Images)

Going Down Memory Lane With Jane’s Addiction

CBS 2 and Blackbox frontman Damon Ranger takes a trip down memory lane with Jane’s Addiction.

CBS 2–09/27/2011

Check out WXRT Radio for more info and pictures! (photo by Nate Azark/WXRT).

Lollapalooza: What You Didn’t See

Blackbox frontman Damon Ranger of CBS 2 takes you backstage and behind the scenes to show you the VIP lifestyle and celebrities at the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza.


Jazz drummer Buddy Rich performs on July 13, 1978, at the Nice Jazz Festival. Born Bernard Rich to vaudevillians Robert and Bess Rich 30 September 1917, the famed drummer was introduced to audiences at a very young age. By 1921, he was a seasoned solo performer with his vaudeville act "Traps the Drum Wonder". Rich performed regularly on Brodway. His jazz career began in 1937 when he began playing with Joe Marsala at New York's Hickory House. Later he went to play with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Ventura, Louis Armstrong. Rich died on April 2, 1987. (RAPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Cathy Rich Shares Memories Of Her Dad, Jazz Drummer Buddy Rich

Cathy Rich, the only child of jazz drumming legend Buddy Rich sat down with CBS 2 photographer and Blackbox frontman Damon Ranger and shared never before seen photos and videos of her father for this Father’s Day.

CBS 2–06/19/2011