Kip Winger - The Borderline: 29 September 2018











Has it really been two years since we, the faithful, last gathered at The Borderline to celebrate an evening with Kip Winger? Just where did that time go? Since my last visit, on 17 September 2016, the venue has been refurbished and slightly reconfigured: accordingly, to give proceedings a fresher feel, tonight's show delivered some surprises as well as the traditional elements that we have by now come to know and love.

This year there was no opening act and Kip took to the stage earlier, at 7.45 pm. Armed with his trusty guitar and accompanied by his stellar percussionist and genuinely nice guy Ben Hans, he was a man on a mission, going back to basics to fit more songs into his two-hour set before the dreaded 10.30 curfew.

Anyone who's ever been to one of these shows knows exactly what to expect: an evening packed with excellent musicianship; a sing-along of classic songs from the Winger catalogue and Kip's solo albums; good humour; banter and fun in spades. Kip Winger always delivers!

The full set list is detailed below, but here is a summary of tonight's highlights:

Foiled by the venue's remarkably poor mobile phone reception, Kip was unable to make his customary telephone call tonight (he first tried former Winger band-mate Paul Taylor and then Reb Beach). By way of consolation he handed the microphone to Winger super-fan Samir to deliver his trademark battle cry: "Now it's time to surr-en-derrrrr!!!" In keeping with tradition, Samir worked his socks off throughout the evening to keep us all entertained!

A main purpose of these gigs is to involve the fans as much as possible. Tonight's guest vocalist from the audience, invited onstage to duet with Kip on "Miles Away", was Tessa, a nurse from Berkshire, who gave a fantastic performance. She told me later that she had been very nervous taking the stage with Kip, but her nerves certainly didn't show and she did a cracking job to a thunderous ovation from everyone in the room.

During some further good natured banter, the fans then acknowledged - by way of a "golf clap" - eminent rock journalist Dave Ling who was present before we were treated to the instrumental number "Free" that Kip and Ben unleashed with real purpose and plenty of eastern promise!

New introductions to the set included the tracks "Ever Wondered?" and "So Long China" from the last Winger album "Better Days Coming". Kip also took to the keyboards to showcase "Pages and Pages" and "Where Will We Go?", numbers from his solo albums that he said had been repeatedly requested by fans during the warm-down at previous years' shows.

Perhaps the main highlight of this year's set was a song entitled "A Requiem for Nothing" from Act 2 of the musical theatre show "Get Jack" that Kip has penned over the past three years. He delivered this quite remarkable performance in true music hall style, taking the role of a character named The Player, with full orchestral backing via his mobile phone. This part of the show was something particularly special and Kip indicated that he might include a version of the song on a future solo album. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this one because it was brilliant!

At the end of another triumphant night at The Borderline, Kip was happy to mix with the fans to chat, take photos and to sign anything and everything that was put in front of him - for me this year, my ticket and my insert from the "Down Incognito" CD.

I think it's fair to say that while the love of Winger's music primarily drives us to return here year after year, it is the people we meet when we come to these shows who really make the event. There's always a great vibe in the room and I'm sure we have all made new friends as a result of coming to see Kip Winger at The Borderline. Every year I'm lucky enough to make more new friends as well as enjoying the opportunity to catch up with the friends I've made at previous years' gigs. I would like to close this review by mentioning a few people - new and current friends and others who were there tonight - who will always make the trip to The Borderline worthwhile for me:

Craig Dowler (the hardworking curator of several Winger Facebook groups); Kirsty (the 2015 show's guest vocalist!), Belinda, Samir Winger, Elisabeth; Beccy; San Dra;  Carol; Brenda; tonight's guest vocalist Tessa; Stan; Martin; Terry; John and anybody I might have chatted to briefly and shaken hands with, whose names I didn't catch. Also, Ben and Dawn Hans... and, of course, the man himself, Kip Winger.

The last Winger album was entitled "Better Days Coming" It's nights like this where you realise that they're already here!

Steve Lewis

Set list:

·         Cross
·         Easy Come Easy Go
·         Who's the One
·         Can't Get Enuff
·         Hungry
·         Ever Wondered?
·         Rainbow in the Rose
·         Miles Away (duet with Tessa)
·         Under One Condition
·         Spell I'm Under
·         Free (instrumental with Ben Hans)
·         Pages and Pages
·         Where Will We Go?
·         A Requiem for Nothing (from Act 2 of Get Jack)
·         Headed for a Heartbreak
·         So Long China
·         Blind Revolution Mad
·         Down Incognito
·         Madalaine
·         Seventeen

·         Encore: How Far Will We Go?

Concert photos provided courtesy of Kirsty and San Dra.



Has it really been two years since we, the faithful, last gathered at The Borderline to celebrate an evening with Kip Winger? Just where did that time go? Since my last visit, on 17 September 2016, the venue has been refurbished and slightly reconfigured: accordingly, to give proceedings a fresher feel, tonight's show delivered some surprises as well as the traditional elements that we have by now come to know and love.

This year there was no opening act and Kip took to the stage earlier, at 7.45 pm. Armed with his trusty guitar and accompanied by his stellar percussionist and genuinely nice guy Ben Hans, he was a man on a mission, going back to basics to fit more songs into his two-hour set before the dreaded 10.30 curfew.

Anyone who's ever been to one of these shows knows exactly what to expect: an evening packed with excellent musicianship; a sing-along of classic songs from the Winger catalogue and Kip's solo albums; good humour; banter and fun in spades. Kip Winger always delivers!

The full set list is detailed below, but here is a summary of tonight's highlights:

Foiled by the venue's remarkably poor mobile phone reception, Kip was unable to make his customary telephone call tonight (he first tried former Winger band-mate Paul Taylor and then Reb Beach). By way of consolation he handed the microphone to Winger super-fan Samir to deliver his trademark battle cry: "Now it's time to surr-en-derrrrr!!!" In keeping with tradition, Samir worked his socks off throughout the evening to keep us all entertained!

A main purpose of these gigs is to involve the fans as much as possible. Tonight's guest vocalist from the audience, invited onstage to duet with Kip on "Miles Away", was Tessa, a nurse from Berkshire, who gave a fantastic performance. She told me later that she had been very nervous taking the stage with Kip, but her nerves certainly didn't show and she did a cracking job to a thunderous ovation from everyone in the room.

During some further good natured banter, the fans then acknowledged - by way of a "golf clap" - eminent rock journalist Dave Ling who was present before we were treated to the instrumental number "Free" that Kip and Ben unleashed with real purpose and plenty of eastern promise!

New introductions to the set included the tracks "Ever Wondered?" and "So Long China" from the last Winger album "Better Days Coming". Kip also took to the keyboards to showcase "Pages and Pages" and "Where Will We Go?", numbers from his solo albums that he said had been repeatedly requested by fans during the warm-down at previous years' shows.

Perhaps the main highlight of this year's set was a song entitled "A Requiem for Nothing" from Act 2 of the musical theatre show "Get Jack" that Kip has penned over the past three years. He delivered this quite remarkable performance in true music hall style, taking the role of a character named The Player, with full orchestral backing via his mobile phone. This part of the show was something particularly special and Kip indicated that he might include a version of the song on a future solo album. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this one because it was brilliant!

At the end of another triumphant night at The Borderline, Kip was happy to mix with the fans to chat, take photos and to sign anything and everything that was put in front of him - for me this year, my ticket and my insert from the "Down Incognito" CD.

I think it's fair to say that while the love of Winger's music primarily drives us to return here year after year, it is the people we meet when we come to these shows who really make the event. There's always a great vibe in the room and I'm sure we have all made new friends as a result of coming to see Kip Winger at The Borderline. Every year I'm lucky enough to make more new friends as well as enjoying the opportunity to catch up with the friends I've made at previous years' gigs. I would like to close this review by mentioning a few people - new and current friends and others who were there tonight - who will always make the trip to The Borderline worthwhile for me:

Craig Dowler (the hardworking curator of several Winger Facebook groups); Kirsty (the 2015 show's guest vocalist!), Belinda, Samir Winger, Elisabeth; Beccy; San Dra;  Carol; Brenda; tonight's guest vocalist Tessa; Stan; Martin; Terry; John and anybody I might have chatted to briefly and shaken hands with, whose names I didn't catch. Also, Ben and Dawn Hans... and, of course, the man himself, Kip Winger.

The last Winger album was entitled "Better Days Coming" It's nights like this where you realise that they're already here!

Steve Lewis

Set list:

·         Cross
·         Easy Come Easy Go
·         Who's the One
·         Can't Get Enuff
·         Hungry
·         Ever Wondered?
·         Rainbow in the Rose
·         Miles Away (duet with Tessa)
·         Under One Condition
·         Spell I'm Under
·         Free (instrumental with Ben Hans)
·         Pages and Pages
·         Where Will We Go?
·         A Requiem for Nothing (from Act 2 of Get Jack)
·         Headed for a Heartbreak
·         So Long China
·         Blind Revolution Mad
·         Down Incognito
·         Madalaine
·         Seventeen

·         Encore: How Far Will We Go?

Concert photos provided courtesy of Kirsty and San Dra.









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