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August 23, 2013


Aug. 23--Twenty-five years later, the rock band Winger is finding a new audience. And vocalist Kip Winger couldn't be happier.

"The goal was always to make good music," he says during a recent interview. "We came along at a time in music where the digital age was just beginning. Today we are seeing a resurgence as a new audience finds the band. It's pretty cool."

Winger burst onto the music scene in 1988 with its self-titled debut. The album went platinum and spawned the singles "Seventeen" and "Headed for a Heartbreak," which helped its profile rise.

Since then, the band has taken a break and re-formed.

Winger says he's been working for about five months on a new album that should be out in March.

"The process has been the same since the first album," he says. "Me and Reb (Beach) get together with a drum machine and go from there. The pieces are coming together which is great."

Aside from making music with the band, Winger is busy with some side projects. He recently got back from some gigs overseas with Alan Parsons.

He's also been working on some original classical music compositions.

"This is a genre that I've heard more than anything," he says. "I started studying with people and reached for the goal of writing classical music. I've gotten a lot of stuff published and learned all the rules."

Winger With Warrant, Head East

WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 30

WHERE: San Felipe Casino Hollywood, Exit 252 off I-25

HOW MUCH: $17 at or 886-1251


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