Wednesday, August 6, 2003 @ 1:05 PM
One-Man-Acoustic Band Kip Wing
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REVIEW BY: Brett
While watching Jani Lane take the stage at Universal on Sunday, I couldnít stop thinking about how much he resembles a fat bloated Elvis. The band sounded tight and played all their famous hits from "Cherry Pie" to "D.R.F.S.R." to "Uncle Tomís Cabin." As good as the band was, Lane's appearance made you wonder how much time he has left before he's found dead in his bathroom? That said, it was a fairly decent show and if you like Warrant go see them this summer opening for Whitesnake.
Few bands have had the faggoty reputation that Winger's had. The big hair, tight spandex and fruity pop songs have even made them the goof of Beavis and Butthead. Many have pointed to Winger as the reason the Ď80s hair band era finally came to end. Having learned Kip Winger would be in the 3rd opening slot of the Whitesnake show in LA Sunday night, I couldnít help but wonder how long the beer line would be at the concession booth when Kippy took the stage. I decided I would wait it out -- I mean how bad could this be?
Well... Kip was not bad. In fact, Kip turned out to be the most amazing one-man show I've ever seen! Standing in the center of the stage with no bass player, drummer or guitarist (besides himself), Kip played an acoustic set of old Winger songs and actually made them sound legit. He sang better then any of his lead singer contemporaries on the bill. Yes, even David Coverdale who after last nightís performance should really consider following ex-wife Tawney Kiteanís career into the abyss. I have a new found respect for Kip's talent that I never had before. This guy had more charisma in his pinky then all five members of the Village People combined. Donít miss Kip if he comes to a town near you. This was one gutsy performance that stole the night.