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Popularity Of Reunion Surprises Winger

Of the Oakland Press

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When Winger reunited in 2002 after a nine-year break, Kip Winger had no illusions — or great expectations.

“I know where the band stands,” says the singer and multi-instrumentalist, who formed Winger in 1986 after a tenure in Alice Cooper’s group. “We weren’t thinking we were gonna blow the doors off the world when we put a new record out or anything.

“But it’s been going really good, man. We’ve had really amazing turnouts. The hardcore fans dig it, and there’s a lot of young people out in the audience who are, like, 18 to 25, which is surprising to us.”

That says something about the durability of Winger’s music, which includes ’80s hits such as “Seventeen,” “Headed for a Heartbreak” and “Miles Away.” The group cemented its reunion last year with the release of a new album, “IV,” and the band’s namesake says there’s more where that came from — including a live DVD the band plans to tape in Los Angeles this year, an archival concert DVD and video collection, a compilation of demos and unreleased recordings, and Winger’s first solo album in seven years, which he also hopes to put out this year.

“Then we’re thinking about when to do another Winger record,” says Winger, 45. “There’s some decent momentum, so if we could knock another one out sooner rather than later, that’d be cool.

“There’s a lot of ’80s bands that kept going out, making the rounds twice every year. We never did that. We didn’t beat a dead horse into the ground, so I think we have a little more value in what we’re doing, which is why people are responding so well.”

Winger performs Saturday (Feb. 17) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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