Winger









Winger

is a rock musical group which was formed and gained fame in the late 1980's and 1990's. They are an American band who are best known for their Seventeen, Headed For a Heartbreak, and Miles Away. They were formed in 1987 in New York City, by Kip Winger who is a vocalist and bass guitar player. Kip had previously done backup singing for Twisted Sisterís 5th album, and he was a former member of Alice Cooperís band. Other members of the Winger group are Reb Beach (also former member of Alice Cooperís band), lead singer and rhythm guitar, Rod Morgenstein , drummer, and former member of Dixie Dregs. They wanted to name the band, Sahara, but the name was already taken so they named the group Winger. The band released 3 studio albums with the debut album being, Winger, which was released in 1988, on the Atlantic Records label. The record achieved platinum level in the United States, and gold in Japan and Canada. In 1990 they received recognition as being the Best New Heavy Metal Band and won an American Music Award. After the group released their second album, they went on a 13 month world tour. They played over 230 dates with KISS, Scorpions, ZZ Top, Extreme, and Slaughter. Paul Taylor left the group after the tour.

The band continued as a three piece band and released their third album, Pull, in 1992. On their next tour they recruited John Roth to replace Paul Taylor. After they completed the tour, they split up and Kip Winger began a solo career. In 2001 they band reunited in the studio to record the song, On the Inside, for the Very Best of Winger. They went on tour in 2002 in the United States and in Canada. They split up again after this tour. Winger again reformed in 2002006 and released the album, IV, which was released in England. The group has been ridiculed by some other groups but they have survived long enough to succeed. Some of them who ridiculed them were Beatallica, whose music is a combination of Metallica and Beatles styles music. The movie Beavis and Butthead also ridiculed the group and the group was called wussies by Beavis and Butthead. Winger claimed he would not let them make fun of him and this is thought to be part of the reason they lost their popularity. Lars Ulrich of the group, Metallica, was also seen throwing darts at a poster of Kip Winger, in a video he did for Nothing Else matters.

The group Winger has released 6 albums, 13 music videos, and 10 rare and unreleased tracts.