WINGER

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Progressive Metal

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Winger is an American rock band that has combined elements of glam metal and progressive metal. Formed in New York City, Winger gained popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band’s musical style combines elements of glam metal and progressive metal. Kip Winger, in description of the band’s musical ability and style, said, “Our band was known to musicians, and a lot of musicians showed up to see me play — watching, trying to figure out how I’m playing. We were like the ‘hair band’ version of Dream Theater.”

The debut album, Winger, was released on August 10, 1988 on Atlantic Records. The record was a success, achieving platinum status in the United States, and gold status in Japan and Canada. On February 11, 1989, the album peaked at number 21 on theBillboard 200, and since then, was in various places on the chart for 63 weeks. Radio and MTV hits from the album included “Madalaine”, “Seventeen”, “Headed for a Heartbreak” and “Hungry”. In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Awardfor “Best New Heavy Metal Band”.

Shortly after that tour, Winger released its second album In the Heart of the Young, which went 1-and-1/2 platinum in the U.S. and Gold in Japan. Hit radio tracks and MTV videos included “Can’t Get Enuff”, “Miles Away” and “Easy Come Easy Go”.

Winger followed the release of its second album with a 13-month world tour, playing over 230 dates with Kiss, Scorpions, ZZ Top, Extreme and Slaughter. Paul Taylor left the band after the tour, citing exhaustion after years of touring. Their third studio album, Pull, was recorded in 1992/1993 as a three-piece band. It was originally going to be called Blind Revolution Mad, after the opening song. Reportedly Kip Winger, anticipating that critics would dismiss the album out of hand, renamed it Pull as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the CD being used by critics as a skeet shooting target. The album was produced by Mike Shipley, but was not as successful as the previous album. On the following tour, John Roth was called in to replace Paul Taylor on rhythm guitar. The album coincided with the rise of grunge, which swept aside the brand of melodic pop-metal that Winger represented.

After disbanding in 1994, bassist/lead vocalist Kip Winger went on to a solo career, guitarist Reb Beach went on to touring projects with artists such as Dokken, Alice Cooper with a permanent guitar spot in Whitesnake since 2002, and the band’s other members pursued or resumed careers as session musicians.WINGER 2014 - photo

In 2001, it was announced that all original members of the band (including both Taylor and Roth) would return to the studio to record the song “On the Inside” for The Very Best of Winger. In 2002, all five members embarked on a reunion tour of the US and Canada on a bill with Poison. According to Kip Winger, in a 2008 interview with rock and roll comicC.C. Banana, it was important to include all five members because “it was the big, long-awaited reunion so I wanted to include everybody who had ever been in the band.” In 2003, it was confirmed that activity had been halted again due to Reb Beach’s touring commitment with Whitesnake as well as his solo album “Masquerade” and involvement with “supergroup” project The Mob with King’s X frontman Doug Pinnick and Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy.

On July 16, 2005, it was announced that Kip Winger would perform as the lead singer for the Alan Parsons Live Project at the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, Michigan. In May 2006, it was confirmed that Winger had reformed without one of its original members Paul Taylor, to record another album and tour Europe. The album, IV, was released in Europe in October and the nine-country “Winger IV Tour” ran in the last two weeks of the same month.

On February 25, 2008, the band performed in Providence, Rhode Island, as part of a benefit for survivors of the Station nightclub fire. The concert, along with other artists was debuted on VH1 Classic on March 23, 2008. In late 2009, it was confirmed that Winger would record a fifth album Karma, with a tour to support it. Most recently, John Roth became the guitarist for Giant and will appear on their latest album Promise Land set for release in February/March 2010.

The band Train has released a song entitled “If It’s Love”, which includes a reference to Winger. Winger is returning with their first new album in 5 years. Winger is releasing Better Days Comin’ on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America via Frontiers Records. “On Better Days Comin’ we drew from our past to elaborate on our future. The band is stronger than ever and very excited about the music on this record,” explains front man Kip Winger. “We feel this album exemplifies the true sound of the band in every way.”

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– Winger [1988]
– In The Heart Of The Young [1990]
– Pull [1993]
– IV [2006]
– Karma [2009]
– Better Days Comin’ [2014]

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