If anyone should have a star in the sky named after him,it would be Kip Winger.
The Winger star is shining bright north of the polar star,if you listen carefully you can hear the intergalactic sounds of "Rainbow in the rose" coming through the airwaves.
This is truly one of the best songs ever written and if you want to know what Kip is up to these days and what he has to say about his previous efforts - hang on!
I read something about reunion shows with Winger this year and the making
of a live DVD on Rod?s website,how?s it progressing?
Kip: We?re are compiling the footage now ..hopefully it would be too long
before it is finished.
To many fans surprise you were out on the 2003 tour with Alan Parsons
Project,how come you ended up singing with APP?
Kip: I met Alan at a cherity jam with Jim Peterik in Chicago.
He called to ask if I would sing with his band..of course I was honored and did
as many gigs as I could ..but our conflicting scheduals didnt allow me to continue
with the band...It was an amazing experience!
You have been featured on some tribute albums (Subdivisions/Rush ?
Spin the bottle/Kiss - Stone cold queen-Queen),I really love your version
of ?I?m in love with my car? by the way.
How would you feel if a tribute was made in behalf of your music?
Kip: would be really cool...Id be flattered..
On Jordan Rudess-Rhythm of time you sang on the tracks ?Beyond
tomorrow? and ?Tear before the rain?.
This is not your first visit in progrock land - there are songs with some
progrock influences on Winger tracks like "Headed for a heartbreak" and
"Rainbow in the rose".
Are you a fan of progressive rock music?
Kip: I am the produce of 70s band... Deep Purple, Rush, Yes..etc...Its my total
foundation of pop music
I think you?re an underrated musician and bassplayer,what major influences
has affected you as a bassplayer through the years?
Kip: Thank you very much!....I used to be really into actually practicing but now
Im just into learning how to write music....
What many fans are wondering is if you have any plans of recording a new
Kip: I am recording now but it will take a while..I just started a few months back...
for me its like a painting...I dont want to paint the same thing twice...and until I really
have something to say I dont want to release anything....
to many artist just crank out the cds...and the music suffers because commerce
takes over.....myself included...but when it comes to my solo stuff..
I try to keep it as pure as possible.
What is your favorite hobby when you?re not doing music?
Kip: real estate....
What fave albums are you listening to these days?
Kip: Im really listening to a bit of everything....
I just love it when artists and bands take a look back at their back
catalogue in magazines,so what do you say about making short
comments about the albums you have recorded?
Winger (1988) Atlantic
Kajs Comment:This is one of the most important albums in the melodic
rock genre during the 80?s coz when the AOR thing exploded every
single band sounded the same after 1985 but with this album,a big change
came with loud guitars,huge choruses and pro-musicianship.
Kip: The first cd was Reb and I comblineing our ideas for the first time..
I knew I wanted heavy riff, big vocals and fast solos , played really well....
?Headed for a heartbreak? was my favorite song.
In the heart of the young (1990) Atlantic
Kajs Comment:This is my favorite Winger album mostly because it contains
the anthem ?Rainbow in the rose? which is one of the best songs ever written
and your biggest hit ?Miles away? puts tears to my eyes.
A million selling album worth every penny it sold!
Kip: This cd I was trying to find myself....its a bit of a mixed bag....some old
some new....more progressive then the first...but with a few crossover tracks....
difficult record for me...the pressure was on....?Rainbow? was my favorite too...
Pull (1993) Atlantic
Kajs Comment:An evolution of the classic Winger sound,Paul Taylor left the
band to play with Steve Perry and you became heavier as a trio.
This is more guitar oriented and not so commercial as the previous albums,
I like the cover artwork which feels influenced by Bram Stoker?s Dracula.
Kip: This was absolutey the best record...music...lyrics and overall sound..
it was what I was trying to do for day one....I "learned " how to make a record
on "Pull"..because of Mike Shipley....
Was had a great time doing this one....still holds up to this day...
This conversation seems like a dream (1996) Domo
Kajs Comment:Your first solo album has a more darker approach with an
autumn feel to it, I love the vibes the music gives me and this was my favorite
album of 1996.
Kip: Finding myself as a solo artist took alot of experimenting....
Its also a bit of a mish-mosh..but in the end seems to hold up.....I like alot of
the songs ...and the overall vibe was okay....
Made by hand (1998) Domo
Kajs Comment:With this acoustic album,it feels like you have found home
musicwise coz the acoustic versions of old Winger songs are forever
classics and the new written song ?Another way? is up there with the best ones.
Kip: This cd was a bit of an after thought to all my acoustic performances....
I had writtin Another way a few years before..and it fit nicely into the one...
I liked my approach to the recording..I just let go into it and didnt get too
bogged down in production...
Songs from the ocean floor (2000) Frontiers
Kajs Comment:This one continues where the first solo album left,it almost
sounds like you have been more influenced by Peter Gabriel on this album.
?Only one word? is one of your most beautiful songs.
Kip: Of course this one was very difficult...and took a long time to get through.
I think the writing is some of my best...?Only one word? is my favorite......
a healing record for me....
Best of (2001) Atlantic
Kajs Comment:Featured the new brilliant song ?On the inside? plus the outtake from
Pull called ?Hell to pay?,I missed other good outtakes like "Written in the wind",
"Without warning" which both were recorded by Khymera plus the soundtrack songs
"Battle stations" (Bill and Ted?s bogus journey) and "Out for the count"(Karate Kid 3).
Kip: -?On the inside? was a Pull out-take...re-written....I like the way it came out.....
thanks for the interest in my music and hopefully some new stuff is on the way soon...
Did you know that?
Markku Lappalainen former bassist of the band Hoobastank currently owns a hair salon, avocado farm, and supermarket chain.