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Back some years ago, when I was in the thralls of my Hair Metal Kick, one band would always stand apart, the reason was cause when their hit song came out…it fit so well with the girl downstairs I was trying to win over and get to go out with me. That song was “Seventeen” and the band was Winger. Kip Winger and his band of merry men stormed the barracks that is known as The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, FL this past week, and boy did they play to the crowd.


The room, reminiscent of that good old 80’s – 90’s hair metal feel, was electric. People having a good time with a couple of drinks and the ladies walking around in skimpy outfits. Once the band hit the stage, they left nothing to chance. Lead Singer Kip Winger blazed through hits “Madalaine” and “Headed for a Heartbreak” like it was 20 years ago. The band was tight through out, as they opened with a song from their new album “Karma”. Guitarist Reb Beach sizzled through each song and drummer Rod Morgenstein and bassist John Roth held their own in the rhythm department. Mr. Winger was talk through out each song and at one point, reminisced about having a home in the Ft. Lauderdale area, prompting the crowd to cheer along his former residency. The band cut through all their hits including “Down Incognito”, “Miles Away”, “Easy Come, Easy Go” and “Seventeen”.


At the end of the performance, Kip asked if there were any musicians in the audience, particularly any bassists. Several audience members quickly raised their hands and Mr. Winger proceeded to choose one lucky fan to get up on stage and was handed Mr. Wingers Bass. They all then went on to play a Van Halen song “Ain’t Talking bout Love”. Of all the bands coming from the 80’s hair Metal Scene, Winger gets the least respect from the lot of those bands, although the band has one of the larger array of hits and Kip and Reb are actually a formidable writing team. I would put them on the Bon Jovi, level of song writing. All in all, Winger is a fun night out and the band gives it their all. If Winger come over to your town, break out that old T-Shirt and mini skirt and take a road down memory lane with Kip and the boys. I’m sure you’ll get some good Karma out of it.

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