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CD Review: Winger / Better Days Comin’

April 22, 2014 by  
Filed under CD Reviews, Daily Music News

Better Days Comin’
Frontiers Records
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Winger has always been a band structured around songwriting and performance, yet in the early days bassist and founding member Kip Winger could always be found on the cover of a magazine or a staple through his mid section as the centerfold. Too often the band had more articles and photos due to their physical attributes and sex appeal than their actual playing. Nevertheless no one can argue that the first two Winger albums were hugely successful and in spite of the sometimes grotesque overuse of Kip’s “whiter than white” teeth I’m sure the general philosophy was “any press is good press”.

Well thankfully in the 2014 rock world Winger gets press now ONLY for their music, a welcome change for me personally having been a fan since the first time I saw “Madalaine” on Headbanger’s Ball in 1988. Better Days Comin’ picks up right where 2009’s Karma left off with some more heavy rock tunes, complete with signature harmonies and some memorable licks direct from riff master himself Reb Beach on guitar. All of these elements put together will allow Better Days Comin’ to take its rightful place amongst the previous five Winger albums but at the same time contains some individual moments which make it unique. If I were a professor set to study this new Winger album I would title my essay “Superior Time Emergence”. why Winger appeals to my five senses with their past five records and album six gives me added depth with a new sense to be able to predict future events. Better Days Comin’ indeed. Read more

Kip Winger

February 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Interviews

In October of 2009 Winger released their fifth studio album “Karma”.  The album has been called a cross between the first Winger album and Pull, one of their most acclaimed releases to date.  The title, a reflective nod to Winger completing their full musical circle and the path that lead them to where they are now, leads one to wonder what the future holds for these four (Kip Winger, Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein and John Roth.)

In addition to the latest Winger album, Kip finds himself immersed with a full plate of projects from composing classical music (that he has seen come to life with The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and most recently composing for The San Francisco Ballet) to the band that he’s in with his brother and childhood friend – Blackwood Creek.

Never one to rest on his laurels Kip Winger feels that this is just the beginning of much more to come in his musical repertoire, we’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Kip recently took some time to discuss the new Winger album with us, Blackwood Creek, his classical stylings and a song he wrote and dedicated to the late Dimebag Darrell.

Interviewed by: Tom Mathers & Mary Ouellette

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