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Winger

“Winger’s musical pedigree was practically unmatched in 80’s metal… the band crafted a
debut album that combined hard-pop melodies with plenty of proggy, technically dazzling
instrumental work” – Rolling Stone Magazine 

Winger is an American hard rock band from New York City. Their debut album, Winger,
came out on Atlantic Records label in 1988 and achieved platinum status in the United
States and gold in Japan and Canada. Winger stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for
over 60 weeks, where it peaked at #21. It spawned such hits as “Seventeen” and
“Headed for a Heartbreak”. To support the album, the band toured for over a year with
Bad Company, Scorpions, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Poison, Skid Row and Tesla.


In 1990, Winger was nominated for an American Music Award for “Best New Heavy
Metal Band”. Their follow-up album, In the Heart of the Young, was released in 1990 and
just like their first album, reached platinum. It peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Top 200 and
hits off this album include “Can’t Get Enuff”, “Miles Away” and “Easy Come Easy Go”. To
support this album, Winger toured the world for 13 months, playing over 230 dates with
KISS, Scorpions, ZZ Top, Extreme and Slaughter.


The change in musical climate of the mid-90’s led the band to go on hiatus in 1994 after
the release of their third album Pull, which peaked at #83 on Billboard’s Top 200. In
2001, the band reunited, completed several very successful tours and have not looked
back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while
winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip
Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting.


In 2006, they released their 4th studio album, IV, which is the most musically progressive
album of Winger’s career. Lyrically, much of the album is sung from the perspective of
U.S. soldiers stationed overseas. In 2009 Kip Winger was presented by U.S. General
Harold Cross with an honorary plaque and U.S. flag that had flown in Iraq for the song
“Blue Suede Shoes”, which honors the service and sacrifice of the United States armed
forces and their families.


In 2009, Winger released their 5th studio album, Karma. This album was hailed as their
best studio album released. The band toured the US, Europe and South America to
support the album.


In 2014, Winger released their 6th studio album, Better Days Comin’, which entered at #4
on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums Chart and at #85 on Billboard’s Top 200. “A hard-hitting
album…Winger’s blood is still pumping…so are the tunes” – Kerrang! Magazine
Seven, the band’s 7th studio album, was released on May 5, 2023 and entered at #21 on
Billboard’s Top Current Album Sales. The album’s first single, “Proud Desperado”, was
co-written by Kip Winger, Reb Beach and Grammy-winning songwriter Desmond Child.
To support the new album, Winger has been touring all over the US, and has also
included the UK, Japan, Australia and New Zealand in their tour.


“This is a band who refuse to merely glide on past glories… Winger push their own
boundaries.” – Classic Rock Magazine