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Kip Winger: Solo and Acoustic

kingsings2_wm.JPGIt 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.

kipsings4_wm.JPGAt 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.

kipssings_wm.JPGHe 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.


Reader Comments (8)

Thanks Allyson! I'm moping at home because I can't go to the Pittsburgh show tonight. (Darned hand surgery!). Good shots too, by the way, we love them! :)

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChessie
Sounds like he put on a good show. Do you know when another solo release or another Winger album will be coming out?
August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Oh Allyson you are one lucky lady! Thanks for sharing the review and pics. Love your site!
August 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJolita
Kip played on Wednesday the 15th in a little venue in Bellefontaine, and although he didn't do an encore, he did have a nice little meet & greet after the show. Sounds like he did pretty much the same routine there, and had about 100 people or so there show up. Tickets were $10, plus service charges. Very reasonably priced, I'd have paid twice that amount. Mr. Winger still rocks!! Was very charming to the fans after the show.
August 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLori
Kip has said that a new solo cd should be out "soon", but for him, that could be 2 months or 2 years... :)
He also has Blackwood Creek - his first band! - out with a CD soon too. This band is Kip, his brother Nate, and their friend Peter.
Winger just released IV, and the Demo Anthology, so I'm not sure when a new CD from the group will come.
August 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChessie
This comment is way after the fact, but I just found the post! Always felt Winger, and Kip in particular was way underrated. His acoustic solo shows prove just how strong his songwriting is. Great stuff!
November 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkev moore
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