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Winger Biography

Hard-Rock band Winger were formed in 1986, in New York City, New York USA, originally comprised of vocalist + bassist Kip Winger, lead guitarist Reb Beach, guitarist + keyboardist Paul Taylor and drummer Rod Morgenstein.

The group's eponymous debut album was released in August 1988 on Atlantic Records and the inaugural single, "Madalaine", soon reached #27 on The Mainstream Rock chart. The album itself did manage to climb to #21 on The Billboard 200 going platinum and spawning three more hits including their first top 40 single, "Seventeen", which also furiously penetrated the Mainstream Rock top 20; the ballad "Headed For A Heartbreak" went a bit beyond the 20 of The Billboard Hot 100 at #19 and peaked at #8 on The Mainstream Rock list; finally, "Hungry" became the band's fourth Mainstream Rock radio top 40 entrant.
The quartet supported their first album touring for over a year with the likes of Bad Company, Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Skid Row and Tesla.

In the summer of 1990 Winger released "In The Heart Of The Young" which was another million-seller, the disc peaked at #15 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and generated three singles: "Can't Get Enuff" hit #6 on The Mainstream Rock chart, "Miles Away" rose to #12 on The Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #14 on The Mainstream Rock chart and "Easy Come Easy Go" was another Mainstream Rock top 20 hit for the band; in support of their second album, they toured the world playing more than 230 shows.

Three years later was released "Pull", but it largely failed to match the success of its predecessors, the disc reached #83 on The Billboard 200 and only one single, "Down Incognito", climbed into the top 20 of The Mainstream Rock chart.

Following the addition of guitarist + keyboardist John Roth for the promotional tour, in late 1993 the band members decided to go their separate ways.
After the release of "The Very Best Of Winger", in October 2001, they come back together for a spring/summer 2002 tour.

Three-fourths of the original Winger line-up, Kip Winger, Reb Beach and Rod Morgenstein returned to the studio to cut a fourth album, the appropriately titled "IV", it came out in October 2006 on Frontiers Records.

In October 2009, the New York City hard rockers released their next studio effort, "Karma".

Latest News:

Winger will release its sixth album, "Better Days Comin'", in North America on April 22, 2014, via Frontiers Records. The debut single off the CD is the adrenaline-fueled rocker "Rat Race".

 

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    [L-R] Reb Beach, Kip Winger, Rod Morgenstein and Paul Taylor (1990)