Review - Legends of Rock - Boca Raton, FL
Winger walked out with his twelve string guitar, smiled his famous smile and greeted the hardy crowd who managed to stick it out. And went into a fantastic set of acoustic versions of his songs that blew the crowd away.He opened up with an extremely soulful 'Headed for a Heartbreak' that made everyone take note. This guy wasn't phoning this gig in, in fact, he was going full throttle.His vocals were crisp, strong and he hit every note with a passion that made the dreary night come alive. People were paying attention.When he had some playful conversation with the crowd, this was after all like playing in your backyard to a few of your closest friends, a guy yelled out the requisite 'Free Bird' request. Winger laughed and said, "well, you wanted 'Free Bird' and that is pretty close as this next song is off my second solo album Songs From The Ocean Floor. This one is called 'Free'."Then he launched into a gorgeous acoustic version of an instrumental song he wrote while wandering Egypt 'wasted' in the mid 90's. The melody was mesmerizing as he skillfully played with such a passion that it made me wonder what was going through his mind at that exact moment.A powerful version of 1988's "Madalaine' followed by the hits 'Easy Come and Easy Go", "Miles Away", Can't Get Enough", and of course ending the show with the mega hit from the album Winger "Seventeen". Of which he had the disclaimer that she was now probably about forty six.The great part of the set was hearing all these songs in such a different vein and that in the end, these were great songs, written by a great American songwriter. One that may not get the praise he deserves.Kip Winger is a very accomplished musician. Read his bio and you will be surprised the level of his talent and dedication to the art. I am sure that few realize that.Still, will all the talent in world to be able to do what he did over the course of forty minutes was an amazing tribute to him as a musician and an artist. Standing on that stage in the rain, looking out over a nearly empty amphitheater with no one but yourself to do the show is not easy task. Yet Kip Winger not only did it, he rocked it and walked off stage with everyone there knowing he gave a hell of a performance under horrendous conditions.If you get a chance to see Kip Winger perform, do yourself a favor and go see him. Well worth the price of the ticket.
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