Winger’s Tour for their new disc IV took a drive through the icy Cincinnati area and provided one hell of a show for those that braved the icy roads. 3 bands for under $20.00. Who would have thought that to be possible in this day and age.
First up was a Cincinnati based band by the name of Another Tragedy. They are a young and upcoming band that turned in a solid but short set of tunes in support of their new disc the Healing, which was recently reviewed in Classic Rock Magazine.
Next up was none other than Tesla’s Guitar Virtuoso Frank Hannon. Frank brought the crowd alive with an energetic set that featured most of Tesla’s big hits, as well as 3 incredible tracks from Frank’s solo CD, Guitarz from Marz. I was fortunate enough to meet Frank after his set, and now have an autographed copy of the CD in my possesion. Frank is one cool cat to meet, and honestly, his set was worth the price of admission by itself. His band backing him up was great and he sounded fantastic. I was amazed when he brought out the 12 and 6 string double neck guitar, and played some incredible solos on this beauty of guitar. Frank later mentioned that the guitar was given to him by the late great Steve Clark from Def Leppard, and he has played it for 20 years. Interesting, and very cool. Great set!
Next up was Kip Winger and the Boys. I have not ever had the pleasure of seeing Winger live previously. Newcomer Cenk Eroglu was not present during this show. Reb Beach and John Roth handled the dualing guitars while Rod Morgenstein pounded the drums, and Kip handled the bass, keyboards and vocals. Winger sounded great, and turned a long set, about 90 minutes in length, and played tunes from all 4 of their discs. The band seemed to have a very positive vibe about them, and seemingly were having a good time playing together. Reb Beach turned in some amazing guitar solos. This guy is an animal on the guitar. Morgenstein also did a excellent drum solo. Last but not least, Kip Winger was nothing short of amazing, jumping back and forth between the bass, and keyboards. His voice sounds just as good as it did, when I first heard him back on their 1988 debut disc.
As a whole, this was a killer show, and was worth every penny. Don’t miss these guys if they come your way. They have the following dates coming up:
|Thu||02/15/07||Cleveland, OH||House Of Blues|
|Fri||02/16/07||Columbus, OH||Alrosa Villa|
|Sat||02/17/07||Detroit, MI||Harpo’s Concert Theatre|
|Sun||02/18/07||Chicago, IL||House Of Blues|
|Thu||02/22/07||Loveland, CO||The Yukon|
|Fri||02/23/07||Gillette, WY||Jake’s Tavern|
|Sat||02/24/07||Lakewood, CO||Eck’s Saloon|
|Sun||02/25/07||Grand Junction, CO||Mesa Theater & Club|
|Mon||02/26/07||Salt Lake City, UT||Club Vegas|
|Thu||03/01/07||Santa Clara, CA||Avalon Night Club|
|Fri||03/02/07||Santa Barbara, CA||Velvet Jones|
|Sat||03/03/07||Santa Ana, CA||Galaxy Theatre|
|Tue||03/06/07||Scottsdale, AZ||Martini Ranch|
|Thu||03/08/07||Dallas, TX||Palladium Ballroom|
|Fri||03/09/07||Houston, TX||Scout Bar|