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WINGER, O2 Islington Academy, London
4 April 2010
Photos by Noel Buckley
in the country for their biggest UK tour the band have ever undertaken,
ending tonight here in London on a Bank Holiday weekend. Despite
some of the rail networks being up the shute, that hasn't deterred a
healthy turn out to see Kip Winger and the boys who last toured here
back in the early 90's promoting their 'In The Heart Of The Young' LP.
and 1991 Winger were all over MTV, then grunge came along and the name
Winger was on MTV for all the wrong reasons as Beavis and Butt-head
bullied their naive pubescent pal Stewart, the Winger t-shirt wearing
kid. It was cool to like AC/DC and Metallica but, for Winger, it
effectively killed off their career. Something that still irks Kip
Winger to this day.
had the duty of cracking open the Easter eggs tonight with some fine
melodic heavy duty rock which featured some stunning Zakk Wylde guitar
riffs from Chris Green and Pat Heath who has previously played with
Danny Vaughan and Peter Frampton. Expect to hear a lot more from
the Brighton bombers.
released 'Shaft Of Light' 25 years ago and was has gained cult AOR
status over the years. I was an Airrace virgin before tonight and
the band blew me away. This was classic British melodic AOR.
Fronted by the amazing pipes of Keith Murrell, there was some pomptastic
keys from Toby Sadler, who was celebrating his 50th tonight. Drummer
Simon 'awesome' Dawson easily fitted into Jason Bonham's shoes not
giving his kit much relief.
had to be good to follow that and they have found some good 'Karma' with
opener 'Pull Me Under' from the new album which set the path for this
rocking gig. Winger sounded a whole lot better without a pemanent
keyboard player playing alongside. A metalized version of 'Easy
Come Easy Go' sounded so much more brutal than the poppy original
newie 'Stone Cold Killer' was spine chilling with some tight crisp riffs
from Reb Beach that would belong on a Motley Crue record. Furyon's
bassist helped out on 'Rainbow In The Rose' whilst Kip sat side stage
playing the keyboard which was used on only a few numbers. Kip
Winger was enthusiastic and clearly happy with his lot on this UK tour
and couldn't thank London enough for being the loudest.
gave us their only UK hit in 'Miles Away' ,a song adopted by the
American troops in the first Gulf war and showed us that some things do
not change through time. After a ripping 'Seventeen' ,the stage was
engulfed with all the band members from all three bands tonight who
along with Steve Strange on drums (the promoter for this tour.) gave us
a glorious version of the Beatles classic 'Helter Skelter'.
billing and a great gig. It's cool to wear those Winger t-shirts
again. ''Shut up Beavis. Shut up Butt-Head....Huh, huh, uh, huh
.... Fire .. Fire ... Huh, huh, uh, huh .. huh'', Stewart has left the
Set list : Pull Me Under / Blind Revolution Mad / Easy Come Easy Go /
Stone Cold Killer / Rainbow In The Rose / Deal With The Devil / Down
Incognito / Your Great Escape / You Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner /
Headed For A Heartbreak / Can't Get Enough ... encores Miles Away /
Madalaine / Seventeen / Helter Skelter
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