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Rewind with Kip Winger, 12/29/08

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Kip Winger
WINGER frontman KIP WINGER!
Even though these interviews are not the regular feature they used to be, today we are proud to present a long-overdue Metal Sludge Rewind with Kip Winger!
You first generation Sludgeaholics might recall our original 20 Questions with Kip from November 27, 2001. That's right, 7 years ago! Don't worry if you can't remember it, the interview really wasn't much to write home about. Kip just sort of half-assed his way through it and he came across as kind of a grouch. It was so lame that the Sludgeaholics voted his interview Worst 20 Questions of 2001 in our annual Sludgeaholic Choice Awards, beating out such worthy contenders as Dan Spitz of Anthrax and Anthony Focx of Beautiful Creatures. Kip also won big with "The Very Best of Winger" being voted Worst Compilation Album of the Year. Come to think of it, this might explain why the man has been avoiding us for the better part of a decade.
In the years since our original interview with Kip, Winger has actually returned to the scene and begun making music again. They reunited for Poison's annual summer trek in 2002 and even put out a new studio album ("Winger IV") in late 2006, touring in support of it until earlier this year. In between, Kip has been doing solo shows, performing with other artists and he just released a new solo album. Naturally, that leaves a lot of ground to cover in a follow-up interview so we sent out everybody's favorite fruit C.C. Banana to see if he could make it happen.
As luck would have it, Kip was scheduled to appear at the semi-annual Chiller Theatre Expo in NJ, alongside such other rock luminaries as Lita Ford, Jay Jay French, Ace Frehley and even Johnny Bravo himself, Greg Brady (a.k.a. actor Barry Williams). In addition to signing autographs and meeting fans that weekend, Kip and Barry each took turns rocking the crowd (even though neither busted out a live rendition "Sunshine Day"). In one of the expo's oddest pop culture crossovers, Barry walked up to Kip's table to shake his hand, congratulated him on a great performance and even claimed to be a fan! That's like Davy Jones complimenting Lemmy on the latest Motorhead album! Well, maybe not.
Anyway, here's C.C. Banana to tell us how his interview with Kip came to pass (or almost didn't, as the case may be).
Check it out, Sludge!
I'm honored to bring you the following interview with one of my all-time favorite rockers, Kip Winger! I'd previously encountered Kip and company during Poison's Hollyweird Tour, at which time I was fortunate enough to shoot a few impromptu interrogations with the band. Those segments ultimately appeared in my "BACKSTAGE BANANA" home video, samples of which are included below. Kip is always so cool and low-key in conversation that I can't help but feel like a hyperactive 7-year-old by comparison. Nevertheless, ever since then I've been hoping to conduct a more formal interview with the esteemed head of the Winger clan.
Kip Winger
C.C. Banana and Kip Winger meet on the Hollyweird Tour in 2002!
I did make an attempt when Winger played The Stone Pony in Asbury Park way back in February, but Kip was a bit under the weather that night and it never quite came together. So when it was announced that he would be making an appearance at Chiller this fall, I figured I would finally be able to "peel the deal." Yet after a suitably warm reception, I was dismayed to learn that Kip was none too keen on repeating the Metal Sludge experience! Though I'd done my best to craft an interview that balanced sarcasm with sincerity, Kip sampled a few of the questions and informed me that he was simply not interested in being insulted. Rather, he suggested that I should instead be asking him questions about Shostakovich! Ill-prepared to accommodate his request, I asked the only such question I was able to come up with:
Uh... how do you spell "Shostakovich?"
Faced with the prospect of aborting my effort, I eventually allowed Kip to read through the interview in its entirety (something I prefer not to do since it tends to rob the discussion of its spontaneity). Despite a few instances in which he literally crossed out questions that he said he wouldn't answer, Kip ended up laughing out loud at more than a few of my queries. He even began jotting down notes in the margin and offering a few off-the-cuff replies, until I pointed out that he was blowing his wad before we even began! At which point, Kip finally relented and allowed me to ask whatever my yellow heart desired, including everything he had previously crossed out. It is the answers to those very questions that I am pleased to present to you now.
Walkin' in a Winger Wonderland...
C.C. Banana
http://www.CCBanana.com
http://www.myspace.com/CCBanana

Click here to watch C.C. Banana interview Kip Winger!
(as seen in the home video "BACKSTAGE BANANA")
Good going, Banana!
Sounds like the fearless fruit managed to win Kip over in the end, despite the fact that he was initially put off by our in-your-face approach. Surprisingly, this is the only interview C.C. has done for us all year (and the first since his amazing live 20 Questions with Eric Singer in 2007). We do know that he conducted a few mini-interviews for Wizard at this year's New York Comic Con and he also made a cameo in our 3-Wind with Bruce Kulick. Probably the biggest Banana news this year was his participation in the unlikely Kiss tribute album "KISS MY ANKH: A Tribute To Vinnie Vincent," which he announced during his appearance on the "Talking Metal on Fuse" TV show. C.C. sang a hilarious parody of Kiss' "Unholy" on a track which actually featured Chris Caffery of Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra! With all the high-profile gigs the Banana has been getting lately, we weren't sure if he'd be down for doing these interviews for us anymore. But true to his roots, Ol' Yellow has returned for another round.
Anyway, here it is, conducted on October 28th, 2008... our Metal Sludge Rewind with Kip Winger!
1. What are you currently up to? This is your one and only chance to plug your shit.
And it is shit, by the way! But seriously folks, I have a new solo album out called "From the Moon to the Sun." I'm also playing some solo dates and I just wrote a big classical piece for a choreographer friend in New York. Overall, I'm just moving forward and writing new music.
2. Unlike a lot of your contemporaries, Winger was one of the few '80s bands that seemed like it would never reunite. What finally convinced you that the time was right to get back together to record a new song in 2001?
Well, Rhino wanted to do a greatest hits album and I wanted to add a new song to it. We had an outtake from the "Pull" sessions called "On The Inside," but it was mostly just a riff. Reb and I got together to finish writing the song and ended up putting the band back together in the process. We're all very good friends and we've always stayed in touch.
Okay, so what did it take for you to finally take things to the next level in 2006 with a new studio album, "Winger IV?" Most fans considered "Pull" a hard act to follow.
I was just waiting for the right time, when I knew I could do the right album. One day I just woke up and heard the new Winger record in my head. I knew just what I wanted to do with it. I'm not one of those guys who can repeat the same record over and over again, with all the songs being interchangeable from one album to the next. Mine is more of a conceptual approach. I agree, "Pull" was a really good record and it's since turned into sort of a heavy metal cult album. But musically and lyrically speaking, "Winger IV" is way more sophisticated. I think it's a worthy follow-up and I actually prefer it.
Kip Winger
3. Tell everyone why they should buy the "Winger: Live" CD and DVD, despite the fact that the cover looks like it was designed by a 4th grader.
Ha! The truth is that some wires got crossed between our manager and the video director. As a result, no photographer showed up to shoot the show. We ended up having to pull still frames from the video footage. I agree with you, it's not the greatest cover, but the music kicks ass!
4. What ever happened to original Winger guitarist to Paul Taylor? He was on tour with you guys for the 2002 reunion (alongside his replacement John Roth, oddly enough) but he wasn't involved with the latest studio album and he wasn't with you on the more recent Winger tours. Is he busy shacking up with Fiona or something?
Man, I thought I was the one who shacked up with Fiona! No, Fiona and I never did anything like that. I actually did ask Paul to be on "Winger IV" but he declined because he was already working on other stuff. He's just a very busy guy. For the 2002 tour with Poison, we did it as a 5-piece almost as a statement. It was the big, long-awaited reunion so I wanted to include everybody who had ever been in the band.

Click here to watch C.C. Banana interview Paul Taylor and John Roth!
(as seen in the home video "BACKSTAGE BANANA")
5. Who the hell is Cenk Eroglu? He does he appear on "Winger IV" but he wasn't on tour with you either. Is he a real person or did you just make him up?
Nope, he's real. Cenk Eroglu is an exceptionally talented guy from Istanbul who sent me his music almost 10 years ago. I was so blown away by it that I actually flew to Turkey to start working with him. Cenk and I are kindred spirits with regard to music and production. He even co-wrote a lot of the songs on my new solo album. So when Paul Taylor declined to be involved with the new Winger album, I wanted Cenk to provide the keyboard element. Unfortunately, touring with Cenk just didn't work out because he's very much in demand as a producer in Istanbul. And that was okay, because I think the best live version of the band is the four-piece.
So where is Cenk now? Is he in some sort of Winger protection program?
He's still in Istanbul. But the next time we do a big reunion, it will have to be as a 6-piece to include Cenk!
How exactly do you pronounce his name?
"Chenk!"
Gesundheit!
Thank you.
Kip Winger
Has anybody seen the guy on the right? Try looking in Turkey.
6. Name a Winger song you have never performed live, and one you have absolutely no desire to ever play live again.
Let's see... one of our coolest songs is a new one from "Winger IV" called "Disappear." We've never played that live but it would be amazing if we could pull it off. Unfortunately, I wrote it so high that I doubt I could sing it every night. We actually tuned down a little bit on this album so it would be easier to perform on tour, but somehow I wrote that song up higher anyway!
Having said that, there are no Winger songs that I'd never want to play again. I enjoy playing all of our stuff. I'm perfectly at peace with "Seventeen" and I'm happy that it makes people feel good. When I wrote that song, I didn't even know that 17 was underage. I was just taking my cue from that Beatles line, "she was just seventeen and you know what I mean." I was completely oblivious!
The thing that most people don't understand about "Seventeen" is that musically, it's a progressive song. And it's not easy to play! To this day, I've never seen anyone else play that riff properly. No one! So to all you guitar players out there, see if you can do it right. Then put it on YouTube and show us what you've got! There are already a bunch of them up there and they still don't know how to play it. And let me tell you, playing and singing that song live is a fucking bitch! Especially at my age!
7. The song "Baptized by Fire" contains a section in which you actually start rapping! How drunk were you when you thought that was a good idea?
Well, that was right around the time when Tone Loc was hitting it big, so I thought I should try putting some rap in there somewhere. I was actually one of the first rock guys to do a rap so I played it safe and kept it short.
We're pretty sure bands like Anthrax or Faith No More would disagree with Kip about him being one of the first to combine rap with rock, but we'll let him slide because his rapping gave us such a good laugh.
8. Do you know if anyone ever actually used the "Pull" album for skeet shooting?
Haha! I don't know for sure, but somebody probably used it as a coaster at some point.
Kip Winger
The Winger lineup of the "Pull" era: John Roth, Reb Beach, Kip Winger, Rod Morgenstein
9. What was it like being on the road in support of "Pull," with the album floundering and hard rock popularity at an all-time low? Were people even showing up for the gigs or were you playing to empty houses?
We actually fared pretty well on the Pull Tour, though it certainly wasn't as good as the tour for our second record. We were playing theaters and House of Blues-type venues, places like that. Let's face it, once Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hit, the whole scene was dead. But we did our best and we actually did pretty well, all things considered.
10. By contrast, in 2007 Winger performed at the massive Rocklahoma festival, featuring a veritable "who’s who" of the '80s metal scene. What was that experience like and how cool was it playing for over 100,000 fans?
It was great, man! It was just like riding a bike again. We're a very well oiled machine and we can still go out and kick ass. So for me it was fun but at big concerts like that, the audience is so far away that you can't really see anybody. Above all else, Rocklahoma is a testament to the fact that rock & roll is still alive and well. The moral to that story is... if you build it, they will come.
Kip Winger
11. What was the deal with that triangular face with the target eye and laser beam on your album covers? Was that supposed to be your attempt at a metal mascot like Iron Maiden's Eddie or Megadeth's Vic Rattlehead?
That's a very good question! I actually have no idea what that was but we just sort of went with it anyway. It was designed by a friend of mine and when our first record came out, it won an award for album cover of the year! Can you believe that? So we figured we'd keep using it as a logo or whatever.
Did it have a name?
No, we never did have a name for it! We could name it right now, if you like.
Personally, I like to call it Sahara.
People should send in their suggestions so we can finally give it a name!
Kip Winger
NOTE: Sahara was actually the original name for the band, before it was changed to Winger. If you look closely, you can even see the name in the lower right corner of the debut album cover. After the name change, they were apparently going to call the album itself "Sahara," but the art department must not have gotten the memo. Fascinating, huh?
12. In 2005 you were a featured artist on the VH1 Metal Mania Stripped Across America Tour, along with Don Dokken, Stephen Pearcy and FireHouse. Jani Lane was also on the bill, but he ended up missing a bunch of shows and having a few well-publicized onstage meltdowns. Tell us what it was like dealing with a liability like that on tour.
Poor Jani. That's a sad story, man. Jani is such a talented guy but he just can't seem to keep it together. He's a good performer, a good singer and a good songwriter, but he is also proof positive that drugs and alcohol will lead you to Hell. He'd be on stage and after three songs he'd throw the mic down and say, "Fuck this shit, I'm out of here!" To me, that's cardinal sin #1. The show must go on, baby! We finally had to throw him off the bus. We actually made him ride in the van! When he's straight, he's a sweetheart of a guy. It's all because of the drugs and alcohol, man. Just stay away from that stuff! Even Nikki Sixx will tell you that.
13. Is it true that you once brought a dead puppy back to life just by flashing your smile?
Yeah, right! My teeth are all stained these days from drinking too much coffee.
Kip Winger
The smile that resurrected Lassie #7
14. In recent years you've performed as part of The Alan Parsons Project. That sounds about as exciting as Bruce Kulick playing in Grand Funk Railroad. How did you hook up with that gig and what would you say to Winger fans to encourage them to check out those shows?
Hey! That's a fucking insult, man! Alan Parsons is rock & roll royalty. He engineered "Dark Side of the Moon" and he's been the real deal longer than any of us will ever be. I was honored to get that phone call from him, asking me to be his singer. All I asked him was when and where! But the most amazing part of that story is that when I was 16, I'd sent Alan Parsons my demo tape... and he actually wrote me back! So when I showed up to the first rehearsal as his new singer, I handed him that very letter, bringing things full circle. Playing Alan Parsons songs is nothing but hit after hit and the crowd goes fucking wild. It's just an awesome band and Godfrey Townsend is an unbelievable guitar player. If you haven't seen this band live, you really should. I don't sing for them anymore since our respective schedules weren't really in sync, but they are amazing and I highly recommend the experience.
15. You have been known to occasionally auction off your old stage clothing on eBay. Does it ever creep you out to think of what those rabid Winger fans do with your clothes after they buy them from you?
No, I never even think about that.
Just so you know, I did NOT bid on your dragon pants. I did not bid on them five times. I did not do anything of the sort.
I'm just not a packrat. I don't keep shit like that but if people want to buy it from me, that's cool. I just turn it around into more recording gear or I give the proceeds to charity.

Kip Winger before and after his eBay auctions!
Hey Kip, how much for the banana hammock? (No offense, C.C.)
16. What do you remember about writing or recording the following songs:
Madalaine = That was one of the first 4 songs Reb and I ever wrote when we got together in New York. He had a handful of riffs from when he was younger but he didn't know what to do with them. However, arranging rock riffs is my specialty. That's why Reb and I became such good writing partners. He'd whip out the riff and I'd figure out what to do with it. So that's how that song came together.
State of Emergency = That was a song that Paul Taylor and I started working on while we were on tour with Alice Cooper. When we got off the road, I ended up finishing the song by stealing lyrics from one of my old demos called "State of Emergency," which was a totally different song.
Easy Come, Easy Go = When we finished working on our second record, we didn't think there were enough rock songs on it. So we went back and wrote "Can't Get Enuff" and "Easy Come, Easy Go." That turned out really well for us because "Easy Come, Easy Go" ended up being a huge hit in Europe.
Rainbow in the Rose = That was sort of the "Stairway to Heaven" of our second album. I spent about 8 months writing that song and it's since become a favorite of the fans.
Junkyard Dog = I love that song and it's a cool song to play live. It's actually about a friend of mine who died of a heroine overdose. When Reb first heard the title, he hated it because it reminded him of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce.
Who's The One = Reb and I wrote that song in Florida and it came together very fast, in just a couple of hours. When Reb first played me the riff, I stopped him within two bars and said, "What the fuck is that?" I thought it was just incredible. I could literally hear the whole song in my head just from him playing that one riff.

Believe it or not, someone actually produced a series of Winger trading cards!
"I'll trade you a Derek Jeter for a Rod Morgenstein!"
Steam = That was a very experimental time for me. "Steam" was one of those tunes that just sort of popped out. I ended up working on the arrangement for a long time because there were a few elements that I couldn't work out until maybe a month into the writing process. A lot of that song ended up coming together while recording it.
Cross = That song is very personal to me. I went through some very dark times from 1994 to 1999. The words are about rising out of a great trauma, something totally unexpected that happens to you when you're just living your life. All of a sudden, your whole life changes. So it's really more of a spiritual song for me and I open every solo show with it.
Four Leaf Clover = Reb and I just sort of wrote that song by accident when were doing "Winger IV." That riff originally sounded like something The Police would do, but I don't sound like Sting so we just wrote over it. It's one of my favorite songs on that album and we do play it live, although it's rare. It's somewhat complicated and it really takes a keyboard player to make the riff gel.
Your Great Escape = That's probably the big rocker from "Winger IV," another song where Reb just threw out the riff. A lot of times, we'll be in the studio and I'll just turn on the recorder and leave the room, and Reb will unconsciously jam out something like ten amazing riffs. He never remembers any of them, of course! That's why I always have the recorder going.
Every Story Told = That's the opening song from my new solo album, "From the Moon to the Sun." It really exemplifies the partnership between Cenk Eroglu and me. I went over to Turkey about five times to work with him and we just hit this one right out of the park. The song is a really good fusion of our songwriting and production sensibilities.

Kip shows nip! For more flattering photos like this, check out our Kip Winger Exposed page.
17. Is there anything less glamorous than touring Borders bookstores?
Hey, Borders was great for me, man! I really dug it! How many people can play an acoustic guitar in a bookstore during the day and still draw a crowd? We'd get 100 to 150 people at these shows, so that was pretty cool. I actually built a solid fan base by doing this. At first, a lot of people didn't understand what I was doing, but after they came out and saw the show, they understood and they've been coming back ever since.
18. For what amount was your largest music-related check and what did you do with it?
God, I don't know... maybe $500,000 or $600,000. Probably not as much as Sting gets, but still pretty good. And what did I do with it? I gambled it all away in Las Vegas! No, I don't do that. I buy apartment buildings and shopping centers. Gene Simmons actually gave me that advice.
19. Can you kick Mikhail Baryshnikov's ass?
I doubt it!
20. In your original 20 Questions interview, when asked if you would ever re-record the Winger hits for some sort of "latest & greatest" CD, you said that you wouldn’t do it. Yet not only did you do just that, the album itself was issued 3 separate times with 3 different track listings! How much money did it take to convince you to compromise your morals?
You know what? Nobody paid me anything to do that album. It actually came about as a result of those Borders gigs. When I started that tour, I was only playing four songs on an acoustic guitar. But so many people were coming up to me, asking me to play this song or that song or the other song... but I didn't know how to play any of them on my 12-string! So over the course of those Borders shows, I built up a 90-minute repertoire of all the Winger material. When I got off the tour, I just went in and recorded all that stuff on my own. So nobody paid me to do it, I just did it by myself. There were three versions of the album because three different companies put it out. Nowadays, everybody wants their own version for their own territory because they want to have a chance of actually selling some... even though albums don't sell anymore beyond the first week.
Kip Winger
"Down Incognito," "Another Way" and "Made By Hand" -- separated at birth?
21. See if you can answer this Metal Sludge Stupid Trivia question: Which cartoon character once uttered the following phrase?
"I knew that the tribal elders had interpreted my vision correctly and that wrangling groupies for Winger was not my proper life path."
Uh... pass!
Do you want to phone a friend or use one of your other lifelines?
No.
Answer: John Redcorn, on "King of the Hill."
I don't know him but I do know that show is done by Mike Judge, who also did "Beavis and Butt-head."
What's his beef with you, anyway?
I honestly don't know. Personally, I have nothing against the guy but I'm happy to talk with him if he wants to chat. Heck, he's been keeping my name out there so for that I thank him.
Kip Winger
John Redcorn, Licensed New Age Healer
(and former roadie for Winger)
22. Over the years, Winger has issued its share of rarities and obscurities: songs like "Never," "All I Ever Wanted," "Battlestations" and "Out for the Count." Do you think you might one day release them on a compilation album for all the obsessive-compulsive Winger fans who can’t find that shit?
Well, we don't really have much control over the stuff from our first three records. Those were all done for Atlantic so they own everything... in perpetuity, throughout the universe, in any format now known or ever invented! They will always own that stuff, but at least I still get paid for it! "Out for the Count" was an outtake from the first record but "Battlestations" was something I wrote specifically for "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey," after reading the script for that movie. I thought it was a really cool song and recording it was a very good experience. We were all very fresh, right off the European tour. It was actually supposed to be the first single from that soundtrack, but Winger was putting out something else at the same time so they didn't want us competing with ourselves.
23. The reunited Winger seems to have hit all the obligatory bases over the past few years: reunion tour, greatest hits compilation, demo collection, new studio album, live album and home video. At this point, what does the future holds for Winger the band and Kip Winger the man?
Overall, my future holds writing more music. That's really all I care about and it's all I want to do. I'm actually working on a lot of classical music right now, for anybody who cares about that kind of stuff. As for Winger the band, we tend to make the rounds every year and a half or so. We went to Japan and Australia not too long ago, Europe before that. We'll probably put out another Winger record about a year from now. Playing with Reb, Rod and John is just so much fun and I'm always motivated by the fact that I get to write for such good musicians.

Click here to watch C.C. Banana interview Rod Morgenstein!
(as seen in the home video "BACKSTAGE BANANA")
24. The Last of Kip Winger:
Last CD you purchased = Uh... two weeks ago, Chopin symphonies.
Last Ethan Van Sciver comic you read = I've never read one of his comics, but I'm a fan of his artwork.
Last time you listened to "Love Is For Suckers" = Wow... probably when we were in the studio doing background vocals for that album, 20-plus years ago. But the Twisted Sister guys are great and Dee Snider is a hell of a dude.
Last time you were with a 17-year-old girl = When I was seventeen.
Last time you were with a 17-year-old boy = Never!
Last time you watched "Beavis and Butt-head" = I watched it back when it was popular. It's actually a funny show.
Last time you ate a banana = Two days ago. And it wasn't you!
Last time you ate dirty pudding = Haha! Two days ago! And it wasn't you! It was at home with my wife.
Last time you talked to Kane Roberts = Kane Roberts is one of the three smartest people I've ever known. I try to call him every six months.
Last time you saw Don Dokken without his wig = We don't call it a wig, we call it a rock helmet! Having said that, I cannot confirm whether or not Don wears one. But I will say that he is one of the coolest guys in the business and I really do like him. I gave him shit in my 20 Questions by rating him a "1," but that's not true at all. He's a great singer and a very kindhearted man.
Last time you threw darts at a photo of Lars Ulrich = I've never done that. I really never had anything against the guy. In fact, when I first heard Metallica's Black Album, I thought it was a really cool record... and then they just started taking shots at me, for whatever reason. But it's okay, Lars is not really that talented. He's got a lot of fucking money, though, so I'm sure he's happy. I actually felt sorry for him when I saw that "Some Kind of Monster" documentary. He was sitting there next to his dad, just seething with unmoved emotion over things that were still unresolved. It was really kind of sad to watch. But I do like Metallica, they're a good band.
Last thing you said to Alice Cooper = Thank you very much for the interview, it's been a pleasure!
Hey, not bad, Kip!
He didn't seem to want to talk about Alice Cooper, but he opened up about a lot of other stuff, including a little smack talk about Lars Ulrich! In fact, after the interview was over, Kip actually asked C.C. Banana to turn the recorder back on so he could vent about somebody else! Apparently he had some stuff he wanted to get off his chest about the comments made this past summer by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, calling Winger, Warrant and Poison "shite bands."
Anyway, here's what Kip had to say about that:
Yeah, I just want to say that I read what Joe Elliott said, slagging off bands like Poison and Winger. I've gotten used to being the punching bag, I take it all! But Poison is really good live and Bret Michaels' own response to Joe was awesome. I also love Def Leppard and I think they're a great band. But if Joe Elliott wants to meet me at an L.A. club of his choice with an acoustic guitar, leave the Pro Tools at home and I'll open up a can of whoop-ass on him!
WHOA!
Them's fightin' words, Kip! Looks like we have the makings of a real rock & roll rumble here. Although in all fairness, it was Joe who started the whole thing by bagging on Winger in the first place. If these two ever do go toe-to-toe somewhere, you'll read about it here at Metal Sludge!
All in all, Kip gave us a pretty good read for his official Rewind. Maybe not the best interview we've ever done but far from the worst and way better than his original 20 Questions. We learned that Kip actually likes Don Dokken, that he doesn't mind his fans wearing his clothing and that most people can't play the riff from "Seventeen" to save their life. We also found out that Kane Roberts is one of the three smartest people Kip has ever known. Maybe next time Kip will tell us who the other two are. We know that one of them must be Steven Adler, but the other remains a mystery.
In closing, we'd like to thank C.C. Banana for conducting another top-notch interview for us and for doing all the grunt work in putting the whole thing together. We're glad to have him back around here and we look forward to whatever he decides to do next. We'd also like to thank Kevin Clement of the Chiller Theatre Expo for hosting the big event and for taking good care of the Banana while he was there (including feeding him on Saturday night). Lastly, thanks to Kip Winger for subjecting himself to another of our interrogations and for being a better sport about things this time around. Even though he was resistant at first, he stood there and took it while C.C. hurled a series of insulting questions at him, so for that we give him props. To find out more about Kip or the band Winger, visit any of the websites below. And don't forget to pick up a copy of "From the Moon to the Sun" so Kip can afford to buy another apartment building.
Kip Winger
http://www.KipWinger.com
http://www.myspace.com/KipWingerMusic
Winger
http://www.WingerTheBand.com
http://www.myspace.com/WingerTheBand
Kip Winger
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