It isn't so often that national touring acts come to little Centerville, Ohio but last night Kip Winger stopped by for a lively solo show.
Kip and his 12 string appeared at Centerville's Soft Rock Cafe, a place he's played in the past.
Venue management sold about 150 tickets at $15 each, so the show was very intimate.
Yellow Sky opened the evening of music.
The male/female duo performed a lot of really famous songs. Some were expected like "Gold Dust Woman" and "Heart of Gold." Others, like "Man in the Box" and "You Oughta Know" were more adventurous for an acoustic set.
Yellow Sky were on stage for more than an hour, and the crowd really enjoyed their performance.
Overall, I would say the duo have a bright future.
Just minutes after Yellow Sky left the stage, Kip Winger appeared with a green twelve string in hand.
Immediately, he started in with a set of nearly 20 songs, and the crowd loved him.
Kip sang a collection of both Winger and solo tunes including "Headed for a Heartbreak," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Runaway" (from a forthcoming release), "Daniel," "The Lucky One," "Madaline," and "Seventeen."
Last night, Kip proved that he can still hit the high notes and sing the hell out of his songs.
As the crowd grew more rowdy, Kip performed the favorites "Down Incognito," "Easy Come, Easy Go" and "Miles Away."
The talented Kip also sang "Hungry" twice: once during the show, and once during the encore.
At one point, Kip asked the audience for requests.
All night, one man kept screaming "Four Leaf Clover!" Kip would immediately quip "No!" or "I don't know that song!"
So, as the man continued to drink, he became more intent on hearing "Four Leaf Clover."
Kip finally started laughing at the crazed fan.
Toward the end of the show, the drunk man screamed "Four Leaf Fucking Clover!" to which Kip screamed "God Damnit!'
Mr. Winger himself eventually explained that he felt guilty for not knowing the riff well enough to play solo.
He also said he "sucks."
This was met with screams of "You don't suck!'
Kip threw up the devil horns, and said that would be his new slogan: "Kip Winger doesn't suck!"
When it was time for the encore, Kip asked for requests.
He got a lot of suggestions including, of course "Four Leaf Clover" and anything by Slayer.
In the end, we got a reprise of "Hungry" and "How Far Will We Go."
Most people in the crowd were die hard Winger fans as evidenced by classic tour shirts. Still, I think Kip won over a few people on the fence about his music.
The show was more than worth the $15 investment.