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Formed: 1987
From: New York City, NY, United States
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Latest Winger News

Below is our complete Winger news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Winger Changes Title Of "Seventeen" To "Eighteen"

We barely recognized Kip at the Goodwill, but there he was, clean shaven and perusing through a bunch of beaten up cassettes. We noticed that he had a few already picked out, most notably Extreme, White Lion and Abba.

We asked him what new and exciting things he was up to and he nonchalantly said "Sup" along with a head bob. Not meaning to interrupt his walk through memory lane, we cut to the chase and asked him whom "Seventeen" was written about.

Almost violently, Kip's body tightened and he clenched his fists. He whipped his head around (His rat tail hit him in the mouth), and he looked us straight in the eye and said, "It's now called 'Eighteen' brah! Too many registered sex offenders have been caught with that song blaring on their Ipod." Well, that settles that! Have a nice life Kip! More...

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Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Arena Rock Singles DLC Released For Rocksmith 2014

This week's Rocksmith 2014 DLC pack includes five arena rock singles.

Learn to play “Holy Diver” by Dio, “Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph, “Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison, “Seventeen” by Winger, and “The Stroke” by Billy Squier.

The downloadable content is available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.

“Holy Diver” by Dio – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Seventeen” by Winger – Eb Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“The Stroke” by Billy Squier – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Apologies to Winger

This week a tribute to the eighties, Bach is back and Winger (yes, that Winger) continues to surprise me. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Winger Returns

Winger's first new album in five years, 'Better Days Comin', is slated for release in April and the album's first video for the single "Rat Race" is now upon us. More...

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Sunday Old School: Winger

Kip Winger could have been a member of Kiss. I am basing this notion on body hair alone. As the number of eighties bands grew, Winger was one of the bands that started the “too much” movement eventually breaking in the early nineties. This was foreshadowed by the Beavis & Butthead character Stewart wearing a Winger shirt as a sign of being weak and available for jokey punch lines. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Resolutions

Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Loaded, ex-Guns N Roses) has recently undergone sinus surgery to fix a quarter size hole caused from drug use. Based on this information I have to assume at some point Steven Adler’s (Adler’s Appetite, ex-Guns N Roses) nickname was Silver Dollar… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Bored to Death

During a lazy Sunday I found myself catching up on previously recorded episodes of Bored to Death when much to my delight I discovered a couple Metal Mania episodes on queue. Here’s what I found:

In Kiss’s video for “Rock and Roll all Nite,” I wonder what was so bad that the girl coming down the stairs needed her eyes blacked out like they do on the show Cops. Also, is there someplace we can put all of the eighties brick-sized cell phones for display? I would definitely go to the Pre-2K Cell Phone Hall of Fame (maybe located in Indiana?) to see the phone Gene Simmons has while sitting on his throne in this video as well as the one used by Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell. More...

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Sneak Peek Of "That Metal Show" Episode 2 Posted

VH1 has posted a sneak peek from episode two of "That Metal Show," which premieres on VH1 Classic Saturday, October 23 at 11 pm ET/PT. The second episode will feature guests Michael Anthony (Van Halen / Chickenfoot), Carrie Keagan and Kip Winger.

Here's an excerpt from Episode Two:

Eddie Trunk: “Listen. Let’s get right to it. Why the hell are you not in Van Halen?”
Michael Anthony: “That’s a good question.”
Eddie Trunk: “Do you know?”
Michael Anthony: TUNE IN TO FIND OUT THE ANSWER More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Vote Slash for Office

Slash (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver) released his new solo album this week that includes a song sung by Ozzy Osbourne, “Crucify The Dead” containing the lyrics: "A loaded gun jammed by a rose/the thorns are not around your head/your ego cut you til you bled". Slash is adamant that the song is not about ex-band mate Axl Rose saying, “Yes, there were some key lines in there that were very suggestive of my experience. No, this is just an overall picture of the issues.” Prediction: We are two years from Slash running for a political office… More...

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Winger Announces US Tour Dates

WINGER has announced their first US tour dates in support of the release of the band’s recent come back album “Karma.” The tour dates are as follows:

May, 2 2010 MelodicRockFest 2 - The Roadhouse, Elgin, Illinois
June, 19 2010 M3 Rock Festival - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland (also appearing NELSON)
June, 20 2010 B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill - New York, New York
June, 25 2010 Grizzly Rose - Denver, Colorado
July, 24 2010 Midwest Rockfest - Lake Afton, Wichita, Kansas
August, 9 2010 Ocean City Music Pier - Ocean City, New Jersey

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Winger Announces European Tour Dates

WINGER has announced the second leg of European tour dates:

19/03/10 Leknes, Norway - Lekneshallen (small sports arena)
20/03/10 Norway/Denmark - Rock the Boat
22/03/10 Bristol, England - Academy 2
23/03/10 Portmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms
24/03/10 Manchester, England - Academy 3
26/03/10 Dudley, England - JB's
27/03/10 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Spring & Airbrake
28/03/10 Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
30/03/10 Newcastle, England - Academy 2
31/03/10 Leeds, England - Rio's
02/04/10 Sheffield, England - Corporation
03/04/10 Nottingham, England - Rock City
04/04/10 London, England - Islington Academy
06/04/10 Bochum, Germany - Matrix
07/04/10 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
08/04/10 Munich, Germany - Backstage
10/04/10 Achaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal

In related news Kip Winger and Reb Beach have recently recorded their participation to THAT METAL SHOW on VH1. The show will be aired on April 3rd 2010 at 11.00 PM.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Video Marathon

Today’s column takes us through another marathon of 80’s glam metal videos. This special presentation is sponsored by Stella beer and Patron tequila. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Christmas Edition

The season for giving and receiving is upon us. This week we look at what the 80’s glam gods are asking for this year…

Bret Michaels (POISON): A bandana (preferably blue) that alerts Bret when there’s a reality show opportunity near by.

Jon Bon Jovi (BON JOVI): Jeans (skinny, tears above and below the knees, medium wash).

Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW): Tickle me Elmo.

Steve Tyler (AEROSMITH): A band.

Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT): A bottle of tequila, wrapped.

Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE): A Radio Flyer 2900 red wagon to carry all the cash made this past year.

Gene Simmons (KISS): To have Christmas renamed KISSmas.

Ted Nugent: Guns, raw meat, gun powder…oh, wait this is Ted’s weekly shopping list.

David Coverdale (WHITESNAKE): Once again make large hair and album sales go hand in hand.

Axl Rose (GUNS N ROSES): The option to do what he wants despite contractual obligations and pending legal proceedings. Also, a Tickle me Elmo.

David Lee Roth (VAN HALEN): A straight answer from the Van Halen brothers.

Jani Lane (WARRANT): For 2009 to end ASAP.

Kip Winger (WINGER): Hair dye for his chest AND buttons for his shirts.

Lita Ford: A new bed.

Josh Todd: A new tattoo.

Dee Snider: World anarchy in the name of peace and metal.

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"Rock Stars" Book Now Available

Metalunderground.com columnist David S. Grant (aka Rockstar_Scribbler) has released his latest book, "Rock Stars: The rise, fall, and rise of 80s glam frontmen into pop culture." "Rock Stars" is a look back and forward with the glam metal singers from the eighties. Accompanied by illustrations of each singer (courtesy of by Joel Gwidt), "Rock Stars" takes a tongue-in-cheek look at both the careers and music created during this time.

Here are some excerpts from the book:

"...Wearing tight acid washed jeans, Jon Bon Jovi made no qualms about putting "pop" back into rock. Videos focused on his ass made it appear there was an unspoken jeans rivalry between Jon and Joe Elliot of Def Lepard..."

"...I have to rethink everything regarding Rob Halford since he came out of the closet, turning from ferocious front man of Judas Priest to fierce. In hindsight there were signs. The video for "Hot Rockin" was pretty much just a bunch of guys working out in a gym. Hello!!..."

"...Sebastian Bach and Skid Row made music for the kids smoking cigarettes behind the school. Music for the kids that owned denim jackets, but didn't have the money for fancy patches (instead, forced to scribble SKID ROW across the back with a black Sharpie). Essentially, Sebastian Bach made music for the bad kid in The Breakfast Club..."

The book features twenty-eight mini-profiles detailing strengths, weaknesses, and X factors ranging from Kip Winger's hair, David Lee Roth's use of the microphone, to Bret Michaels reality series comeback. Think Behind The Music on cocaine.

You can purchase "Rock Stars: The rise, fall, and rise of 80s glam frontmen into pop culture" here.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Winger Comeback

During a week that featured Dokken teaming with Norton Antivirus ("Imagine that your hard drive is a chicken. '80s heavy metal band DOKKEN is a computer virus that wants to blow up your chicken. Don't allow heavy metal bands to have their way with your chicken. Get PC protection with Norton Internet Security 2010.") and Vince Neil opening ANOTHER tattoo parlor that will feature go-go dancers it, was two other bands that stole the show. More...

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Winger's New Album, "Karma," Details Revealed

Frontiers Records has announced the official release date of WINGER’s fifth studio album entitled “Karma” as October 16th in Europe and October 27th in the USA.

WINGER reunited after more than a decade in 2006 for the release of the successful come back album entitled “IV,” dealing with the concept of the military life and what it was like to be a soldier, from a soldier’s perspective, leaving politics at the door. “After Winger IV we toured the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan during which made a live record” says Kip Winger. “When the chance came up to do a new Winger record, I envisioned a upbeat totally rocking record that was a cross between the 1st Winger album and Pull. So Reb and I sat down and wrote all the music in a month or so. I worked for 6 months to finish it in the classic Winger style”.

The title itself “Karma” represents Winger completing its full musical circle as Kip Winger explains “We were discussing the very interesting path the band has had and we have all been through so much together. So we went for “Karma” as this is a word that truly sums up the experience of being in the band.”

“Usually Winger fans don’t 'expect' anything because they know we do what we feel like doing artistically,” explains Kip. “It is not a commercially driven band. I can say that the songs are very upbeat”. Reb Beach adds: “It's a very up-tempo riff driven rocking record. It has the elements of vintage Winger from ‘89 but has the blood, sweat and tears of years 20 years of writing, recording and touring!”

“Karma” will be released with the first pressing in limited digipak edition and includes the following songs:

Deal With The Devil
Stone Cold Killer
Big World Away
Come A Little Closer
Pull Me Under
Always Within Me
Feeding Frenzy
After All This Time
First Ending (Bonus Track)

Also included there will be an Electronic Press Kit, with footage filmed in the studio during the recording sessions, that is playable on all computers as an interactive bonus.

Winger also announced their forthcoming European tour in support to the new album’s release: More...

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Winger Completes Recording of New Album

Kip Winger, singer of the 80s metal band Winger, has issued the following update:

"Sorry for all the confusion about Winger news. As for touring I have not received confirmed dates and until I do I wont post anything. Yes I'm almost done mixing the new Winger Record. And it will come out in Oct. I still have not heard from the label about the exact release date for 'Blackwood Creek.' As soon as i confirm the actual information I will post it."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Top 5 Strip Club Songs

At the 63rd Annual Tony Awards Bret Michaels (Poison) was hit in the head by a descending stage prop. Watching the clip, I couldn’t help think that had Michaels done the “drop and roll” move from the “Talk Dirty To Me” video this whole fiasco could have been avoided. More...

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Kip Winger Honored By US Government and Military

Multi-platinum recording artist, producer, songwriter Kip Winger was recently presented with an honorary plaque and a historic United States of America flag by The Government of the United States.

In a surprise presentation ceremony during the taping of “Legends & Lyrics” General Harold Cross honored and praised Kip for his work on Winger lV.

The inscription on the plaque reads:

Department of Defense Seal



The flag has historic significance as it was the last United States of America flag to fly over Forward Operating Base ,Kalso, located in Iskandaria, Iraq, 20 miles south of Baghdad. Before it was turned over to the Iraqis, FOB Kalso was the U.S. Army soldier’s broadband internet services facility in Iraq as well as a base to stop enemy activity in the Sunni Triangle.

WINGER IV’s [Shrapnel Records] concept and emphasis was on our Military and what it was like to be solider, form a soldiers perspective, leaving politics at the door. Kip had a vision to support the American troops that are standing ground in Iraq and elsewhere. “I had been doing solo shows at Military bases and in speaking with many of the soldiers, their stories touched me” explains Kip. “It was amazing to hear how far reaching our music was and how many soldiers have been moved by it, I was truly humbled by the stories”. Capturing the spirit, mood and reality from the perspective of the soldier. Songs like Right Up Ahead, M16 and Blue Suede Shoes were inspired songs seen though the eyes of a soldier at war.

The album artwork was handled by Ethan Van Sciver who wanted to put in his part for our Military – Sciver is a renowned DC Comic book artist and penciler who has contributed (among others) to Cyberfrog, New X-Men, The Flash: Iron Heights and Impulse. The “Guardian Of Freedom” album art depicts our Militaries finest protecting with guardian angels that are representative of our prayers we send.

Currently Kip is promoting his latest solo CD "From The Moon To The Sun" on MVD Audio and the soon to be released "Blackwood Creek" record. He recently completed his first orchestral piece for Ballet Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Director of Morphoses Ballet Co. that will be used for San Francisco Ballet. The Musical world premier of Ghosts will be with The Tucson Symphony November 14th and 15th 2009. Kip and Reb Beach have also just began writing for a new WINGER release.

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