Winger Album and Tour Plans
Winger reunited after more than a decade in 2006 for the release of the successful come back album entitled "IV," a record that pushed the boundaries of Winger's classic sound to new heights, dealing with the concept of the military life and what it was like to be a soldier, from a soldier's perspective, leaving politics at the door. "After Winger 'IV' we toured the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan, during which we made a live record," said Kip Winger. "When the chance came up to do a new Winger record, I envisioned an upbeat totally rocking record that was a cross between the first Winger album and 'Pull.' So Reb and I sat down and wrote all the music in a month or so. I worked for six months to finish it in the classic Winger style."
The result is an amazing new record where the four band members, Kip Winger (bass and vocals), Reb Beach (guitars now also in Whitesnake), Rod Morgenstein, and John Roth, shine with an incredible instrumental and vocal prowess at the service of superb hard rock songs, but with an uncanny sense of melody. The title itself, "Karma," represents Winger completing its full musical circle, as Kip Winger explained, "We were discussing the very interesting path the band has had and we have all been through so much together. So we went for 'Karma,' as this is a word that truly sums up the experience of being in the band."
Winger's debut album in 1988 on Atlantic achieved platinum status in the United States, and gold in Japan and Canada, sporting such hits as "Madalaine," "Seventeen," and "Headed For A Heartbreak." In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for "Best New Heavy Metal Band." Shortly after, Winger released its second album "In the Heart of the Young," which went platinum in the U.S. and gold in Japan. The album included Winger's biggest hit, "Miles Away," who topped at #12 on Billboard charts in the USA. Their third and last studio album, "Pull," was recorded in 1992-93 as a three-piece band, following the original keyboard/guitar player Paul Taylor's departure. Produced by Mike Shipley, on the following tour John Roth was called in to replace Paul Taylor.
"Usually Winger fans don't 'expect' anything because they know we do what we feel like doing artistically," explained Kip. "It is not a commercially driven band. I can say that the songs are very upbeat." Reb Beach added: "It's a very up-tempo, riff-driven, rocking record. It has the elements of vintage Winger from '89 but has the blood, sweat, and tears of years 20 years of writing, recording, and touring!"
"Karma" will be released with the first pressing in limited digipak edition and includes the following songs: "Deal With the Devil," "Stone Cold Killer," "Big World Away," "Come A Little Closer," "Pull Me Under," "Supernova," "Always Within Me," "Feeding Frenzy," "After All This Time," "Witness," and "First Ending" (Bonus Track). Also included will be an Electronic Press Kit, with footage filmed in the studio during the recording sessions, which is playable on all computers, as an interactive bonus.
Winger has also announced their forthcoming European tour in support to the new album's release.
20-Nov ITALY - Roma, Crossroads
21-Nov ITALY - Pinarella di Cervia (RA), Rock Planet
22-Nov ITALY - Pavia, Thunder Road
24-Nov FRANCE - Paris, Maroquinerie
25-Nov BELGIUM - Verviers, Spirit of '66
26-Nov HOLLAND - Weert, Bosuil
27-Nov RUSSIA - Moscow, Plan B
28-Nov RUSSIA - Ufa, Rock Club
30-Nov GREECE - Ioannina, n.a.
1-Dec GREECE - Athens, Gagarin/tbc
3-Dec GREECE - Thessaloniki, n.a.
4-Dec DENMARK - Copenhagen, The Rock
6-Dec POLAND - Warsaw, Progresja
7-Dec CZECH REP. - Prague, Exit/tbc
8-Dec AUSTRIA - Wien, tbc
9-Dec HUNGARY - Budapest, A38
11-Dec SWITZERLAND - Worblaufen, Tibis
12-Dec SPAIN Madrid - Ritmo y Compas
More dates will follow in 2010 in Europe, USA, and elsewhere!
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